Next month I'm heading to DC for a conference. Usually, I do only the conference, not spending time visiting the city/sites. Usually, too, I don't "spouse" (bring someone not attending the conference) or "roommate" (share a room with someone attending the conference). This is done to protect my sanity - I do not want to hear about the great time my "spouse" had while I was in sessions/at meetings, nor do I constantly want to talk shop.
However, this conference I will be roommating (with Alice). And, after I saw a mention of the Degas, Sickert and Toulouse-Lautrec exhibit at the Phillips Collection, I may have to break my "all conference all the time" rule, too.