Had a great trip to Washington DC for the Linguistic Society of America 2016 annual meeting. Gave a talk on a meaty chunk of my dissertation, "Prosodic features of stance strength and polarity." Was in a great session and got to introduce some old friends to the ribald (for academics) American Dialect Society Word of the Year vote. Other highlights: Pat Keating's plenary on voice quality, Lauren Spradlin and Taylor Jones on 'totes' constructions, and Carmen Fought and Karen Eisenhauer on gendered compliments in Disney princess films. I added some sight-seeing to the trip, and the weather was unseasonably warm. Got to tour the White House, ride to the top of the Washington Monument, visit the newer monuments (haven't been since I was 14), a couple Smithsonians, the National Cathedral, and the zoo (pandas!).