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Musecon is a wonderful concept and is going to grow up to be a lovely con.
This year however, I had a rather frustrating and disappointing time. This is NOT the fault of the con at all, just a by-product of being a parent of small children and rather disorganized to start with.

There were three workshops that I would have loved to have been part of. I managed to miss all three. One was a simple scheduling conflict. Nothing to be done for it.
The other two, (Mountain dulcimer and blues harmonica,) I missed because I just couldn't get this train running on time.

I came home early because I had a couple of seriously over-wound little girls on my hands. You just can't have conversation when you are constantly interupting yourself with "Katie put that down!" and "Julie, get back in here!"

I'm tired and frustrated and sad. But I have hopes of getting my life back some day.

Right now, the girls are crashed out on the couch, and I had some dinner that didn't come from McDonalds.
I'll be OK, I just needed to vent.

And as for Musecon...
Plan to go next year.
Hope to see you there.



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Aug. 8th, 2010 01:31 am (UTC)

My darling husband has been staying home with the kiddos for similar reasons when I go to cons. Sparkle, in particular, does not have the concept that mommy on stage is an non-interruptible mommy.

I used to take the boys to cons, up until they were four or five, but both of my boys are sedate, sweet, quiet lads. This does not describe Sparkle at any age! So, my DH stayed home with all three. Now that my eldest has turned thirteen with musical ambitions of his own, I am considering bringing him along, if he's interested.

I know several cons like OVFF and Marcon and a couple of the Michigan cons have had a child watch. Marcon and Origins child centers did not patrol the doors, though, so they were of limited utility to me.

Will we be seeing all of you at OVFF this fall?
Aug. 8th, 2010 02:18 am (UTC)
God I remember those days. It will get better soon. Within a year or so Katie will be old enough to really want to go to children's programing more and where Katie goes you won't be able to stop Julie. I think it's harder for you because there's a relative dearth of other parents with small children at the moment,but hang in there. Before you know it you'll be buying pay-as-you-go cell phones to try and keep track of them.
Aug. 8th, 2010 12:30 pm (UTC)
Definitely planning to come, unless the Day Job fafiates me like it did on Confluence this summer. OTOH, the money I didn't spend going to Confluence means I Definitely have the funding for MuseCon, and that stash is already re-purposed.
Aug. 9th, 2010 01:55 am (UTC)
Are there dates for Musecon 1? I want to get it on my calendar... from the noises folks were making at rehearsal tonight, it sounds like all of Wild Mercy is at least hoping to attend.
Aug. 9th, 2010 05:14 am (UTC)
August 5, 6 and 7th 2011

see www.musecon.org

Aug. 9th, 2010 01:37 pm (UTC)
D'oh! I knew that (that they had next year on the website already). I'm so used to most cons not having the next year up 'til the current year is finished that I didn't even think to go check for dates.

It's on the calendar now. :-)
Aug. 10th, 2010 12:30 am (UTC)
Any time you can arrange a kid-free hour at a con that I'm at, the Mountain Dulcimer workshop will be available to you.
Aug. 10th, 2010 03:40 am (UTC)
Thank you, that is very sweet of you.

Aug. 10th, 2010 08:13 pm (UTC)
I want to make the same offer regarding harmonica...and would also be glad to take some time at any music night you happen to be at.
Aug. 10th, 2010 11:50 pm (UTC)
Gretchen, if I can make it to a convention sometime when you're there, I am willing to watch them for an hour or so if you're willing to leave them with me.
Aug. 11th, 2010 06:37 pm (UTC)
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