I'm trying to get back in the habit of posting a monthly recap here. The highlight of this month was attending CONvergence July 4-8 in Bloomington, MN. Kevin and I had never been to this con before, but the establishment over the past few years of Skepchick-sponsored skeptic and science-themed programming had caught our attention, and the long holiday weekend provided a good opportunity for us to travel. Registration took a ridiculously long time, but other than that, we had a great experience. Kevin and I both signed up for panels; he sat on 4, while I participated in 2. The party scene was especially fun, and we spent a lot of time in the Skepchick room (where my feminist hero Amanda Marcotte held court and served as DJ) and the adjoining Freethought Blogs suite. I also met my favorite Tarot dealers from The Tarot Garden (one of whom doubled as the bartender in another favorite party room, The Brass Falcon Airship) and a couple of fellow Doctor Who fans I used to correspond with regularly online: fizzixrat and John Seavey. (I am on the far left and John is second from the right in the photo below, from the panel Doctor Who: The Wilderness Years.)
Kevin and I did a bit of live recording at the con, which appears on Flopcast 062. This coming weekend, Kevin will be at the rescheduled Boston Comic Con (postponed from April due to the Boston Marathon bombing) and I will be visiting with my family before heading off on what is probably my last trip of 2013. After two years off, I'm attending the National Barbie Doll Collectors Convention, which is taking place in New Orleans. With all of our travel this year, I'll only have 3 vacation days left after I return, so Dragon Con is unfortunately out of the question for me (but Kevin will be there, as usual).