This month I attended the 255th American Chemical Society National Meeting & Exposition, along with some 11,000 to 13,000 chemists. Held in New Orleans, the conference was an absolutely wonderful opportunity to meet likeminded professionals and get a bit of sun. I presented on the topic “Gibbs Ensemble Monte Carlo Simulations for Additive Loading in Surfactant Bilayers.” It was great to hear about the groundbreaking chemical research others are performing, and I felt renewed in my own work. I was even lucky enough to have a bit of spare time to explore the lovely city of New Orleans and try out my first beignet at Cafe du Monde! Look for me at the next conference held in my own home state: Massachusetts!