Giant Crab Claws and {slight} Sunburn

Last day in Tampa. I got up early, worked out, grabbed some breakfast, then headed to the beach. I spent a good 3 hours-ish laying out. I got tan line again (I love a good tan line!….is that weird?) and got a little pink. I hate when you don’t feel burned while you are out, but a few hours later, it is almost as if the sun finally soaked in, and you are pink. That is what happened today. Oh well…its ok. I was just so happy to have warmth and sunshine and a little free time to enjoy it all.

Tonight, we went for dinner with some of Dr. Webb’s friends and they were so wonderful. They have the most precious little 3 month old baby named Aria (What a pretty name, huh?) and we ventured off the property down the street to Crabby Bill’s. Well, today was the opening of stone crab season, so we had stone crab, of course! They were THE BIGGEST crab claws I have ever seen and they were delicious! And we sat outside and had a gorgeous sunset view as well.

Great trip, but I’m ready to be back home and see my sweetie!


A taste of the beach…

Well today, I got up and went and worked out at the resort gym. Let me tell you, most of the people who elect to work out while on vacation are hardcore. These people were sweating like crazy running super fast on the treadmill, grunting lifting heavy weights, and just working out vey hard. I felt out of place doing my little Couch 2 5k run. Then I grabbed some breakfast, got ready, and went to some sessions. I heard interesting sessions on women in history and culture (talking about nuns, women Hindu priests, the tradition of the Kimono) and gender, race, and disability on “Glee.” It was fun to discuss Glee in an academic mindset.
Then I had a little headache, so I grabbed a little lunch, and went back to the room to take some Tylenol. Well, as I was opening my fruit tray for lunch, I glanced outside and realized it was a shame to eat inside when the beach was just outside. So I threw on a sundress and strolled to the beach to eat my lunch. Jealous?
I got this picture of part of the resort. This is just one of probably 5 or 6 buildings. But the property is beautiful.
This was my lunch…cheese and fruit. Sorry for the almost crotch shot.
After that, I got a little work done and went to the conference banquet awards presentation.On the way to the dinner, I stopped for a few minutes to enjoy the sunset. It was beautiful tonight.
I also thought this view of the pool in the sunset. I liked the way the trees were reflecting in the water.

Now I’m just working and chilling. Gonna spend tomorrow outside getting a tan!


Research and Sunset

So today we presented our paper. The panel was in the first time slot of the morning, on the first day of the conference. And, our panel of 4 papers was full of AMAZING papers. All the papers had to do loosely with gender performativity online. Interesting papers about avatar character choice on Second Life, the post-partum depression on dooce.com, and about the idea of Facebook, careers, and “what your mom wouldn’t want to see” online. Then there was our paper, which was a literature review of current academic research on gendered blogging, gender bending and cyber relations. Ours was the only paper in the panel that wasn’t original research, but rather a survey of the current literature. So ours was a little out of place…but the presentation went well. We had great questions and conversations afterwards. Then we heard other fantastic panels of presentations. I am just amazed at the cool research in my discipline (Communication) and the wide range of topics and questions these researchers are tackling. It is cool.
Tonight, we had a welcome party on the deck, and this was our view…
At the party, I hung out with some grad students from Western Kentucky who were really cool. We had a great conversation about Facebook and the consequences, benefits, and cultural impact its having. So interesting to talk to others about the crazy thoughts in my head! Ha! Then the three of us went to a performance the conference put on. It was performance art, and was a one woman show, a monologue, which I think was quite autobiographical of the performer. It was funny, creative, shocking, and thought-provoking.
Then I took a little stroll along the beach, FINALY getting my toes in the sand and water.
Hopefuly tomorrow I can take a little time for myself to work out, and maybe catch a little sun.
Love from Florida…

OSCLG

OSCLG stands for the Organization for the Study of Society, Language and Gender. This conference brought me today to Tampa, FL for a conference.
Tomorrow me and a professor (Dr. Webb…read her blog here) are presented a paper of some research we did on gender on the Internet….gendered blogging, gender bending online, and cybersex (scandalous, right?). Then until Sunday, we are just enjoying our beautiful resort, the beach, and doing a little work (probably by the pool!).
So here are some pics from the first day of the trip…
The beautiful view from our wingseat on the flight here.


Our oceanview room’s view….
Dinner at an Italian place at the resort…yummy lobster tortellini with veggies (I only ate a little tortelini…trying to stay on diet!)

Wish me luck presenting tomorrow!