Friday, Saturday and Sunday of SXSW

What a whirlwind of two days. It feels like I have been here a week and an hour all at the same time. I am writing this as I sit on the floor (there has been an odd amount of sitting on the floor) while waiting for THE session of the sessions that Glensheen really needs to hear… The Future of Museums.

Day 1

Let’s start at the very beginning, a very good place to start.

This one is for my mom who loves the sound of music.

…Okay, that was as far as I got yesterday. As you may have noticed, I have not been blogging after each day. I’ve been trying to make sure I soak in as much of this as I can and do all the cool things! I have been regularly adding to my Insta story, snap story and tweeting the tweets. So for SXSW fun stuff, find me there.

So now it is Sunday afternoon and I am pooped. Thinking tonight will be a recharge night to allow me to charge through on full tilt until Thursday.

Let’s try this again.

Day 1

An instagrammy photo outside the Austin Convention Center

Friday morning, March 10th, we woke up bright eyed and bushy tailed all ready to go. We arrived early to check it all out and get our bearings. The convention center was huge but not as huge as the registration line. We were incredibly thankful to have picked up our badges the night before. Because the registration line could have been mistaken for an Apple new product launch line.

We decided on our first sessions and went on our merry ways. Dan and I swapped the sessions we were planning on going to and I am so glad. Noor Tagouri spoke. She rocked it.

Noor. A really awesome woman.

This woman has gained international attention as one of the most talked about young adults around the world through embarking on her journey to achieve her dreams and break down barriers. Can you tell I took that sentence from her bio? Well, this woman knocked it out of the park and sufficiently inspired me. It was the perfect way to kick off the conference. Here’s an inspiring conference quote:

“Reclaim the place that never claimed you to begin with.”
sitting on the floor has turned out to be a theme

Because SXSW has 8 billion people in attendance, things like missing your session because it filled up happens. The picture above is me finishing my last blog on the floor after missing a session. So I took Noor’s advice and posted up outside the ballroom of the next session and blogged away.

yummy mini burgers

By this time it was 2:00 pm and I was starving. I sniped some of these little babies that were served in the session prior.

A couple sessions later, I stumbled upon one that has stood to be a favorite session so far. I attended this one after hearing the advice of ‘go to a session that is outside of your box’. Craig Winslow. Check out his stuff.

His big push was ‘Make time for passion projects.’

We all met back up for dinner and to download our days. Of course we had to go to the historic restaurant called the Driskill. Plus, it’s rumored to be haunted. We were sold.

a bad iphone picture of the lobby area at The Driskill

Okay so now for sake of time, keeping your attention and getting me to some tacos sooner than later… this half of my blog I am calling THE EPIC CHRONOLOGICAL PHOTO BLOG TOUR OF SXSW. Sorry, that was dramatic. I say weird things when I am hungry and tired.

The ‘secret’ bar called Somersault right next to our hotel
Slide from a neuroscience session that was added to the favorites list
Sessions weren’t just in the convention center. They were all over downtown. The JW is one of the many session locations. Look! Corralling people like cows is a real thing at sxsw.

Side note: You don’t say, “This is my first year at South by south west.” Because then you really look like a newbie. You ask, “Have you been to South By before?” ;) Just sharing the lingo for all you folks.

It rained all day Saturday. I got splashed by a car and my shoes were walking puddles by the end of the day.
Giant bulls are a thing. Everything really is bigger in Texas.

This was cool. On Rainy Street brands take over bars, give free food and drinks then show off their shiniest new toy. The Pinterest House was the best. Yummy nachos, free bloodies and this cool gif maker.

The Salt Lick re-shared my Instagram video of these lovely chips steaming.
Sums up Rainy Street.

Saturday was an awesome day. So many great ideas for Glensheen and to move us forward to the next level. Get ready for them!

Yes, that is the iron throne from Game of Thrones. It was awesome and the highlight of Sunday.



TTFN is an initialism for a colloquial valediction, ‘ta ta for now’, based on ‘ta ta’, an informal ‘goodbye’. The expression came to prominence, in the UK, during the Second World War.

^To save some of you the google search.

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