VMworld 2008 and VMworld 2009

As I prepare for VMworld 2010 and the third year of spouse activities, I thought it might be fun to take a look back at activities from previous years. While reviewing pictures from the activities during the past two years, I find myself getting excited all over again. I’m really looking forward to making this year’s activities better than ever!

Some of you might be wondering about the origins of the term “spousetivities”. Clearly, the term is a combination of the words “spouse” and “activities”. Last year, Joep Piscaer (one of the VMworld attendees) coined the term and registered the domain for me. Thanks, Joep! My husband, Scott, worked to bring this website online so that I could share more information about the spouse activities–or the spousetivities, as they are now known–with everyone. Thanks to both Joep and Scott for their help.

The spouse activities first started in 2008, when VMworld was held in Las Vegas. About 25 spouses participated in activities that year, and we had a fun-filled 3 days of activities planned. We spent a day at the Hoover Dam, a day at the Grand Canyon, and visited various notable places there on The Strip. But the great thing about the spouse activities is that they are flexible: some people went to Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum, others went to Siegfried and Roy’s Secret Garden, and still others just relaxed at the hotel spa or pool. The feedback from the activities was positive.

The next year, VMworld was held in San Francisco, and the spouse activities were bigger than ever. With VMware’s help in getting the news out, we had about 125 spouses that participated in a wide range of activities. These activities included trips to Alcatraz and Angel Island, a day trip to the wine country (and tastings at the wineries, of course), and sight-seeing in San Francisco. With the help of a few other spouses, we also arranged a day trip to Korbel and a Segway tour of the city. Again, the feedback from the participants was great and everyone indicated they had a great time.

For pictures from both the VMworld 2008 and VMworld 2009 spouse activities, visit my Facebook page.

And be sure to stay tuned for more information on the VMworld 2010 Spousetivities! I’m in the planning process now and more information will be available soon.

Spousetivities is live!

The Spousetivites web site is live! Spouse activities planning for VMworld US 2010 as well as VMworld EMEA 2010 has already started. I’ve already started lining up activities for San Francisco, with a special focus on including activites for people who have already been to San Francisco as well as activities for those new to the area. Hopefully I’ll have a wide range of activities to suit everyone’s interests. There’s still time for you to add your ideas to the mix! Speak up in the comments to add your ideas to the list of possible activities for VMworld US 2010 in San Francisco.

In addition to launching this web site, I’ve also started a new Twitter ID. If you’re a Twitter user, be sure to follow my Spousetivities Twitter account for announcements and other information.

This year is shaping up to be the best year yet! I’m looking forward to seeing everyone at the conferences later this year.