One of the formats that I love involves starting with what I’m currently doing and working back to describe the events of the day. I haven’t taken the time to do this for awhile and I always find it interesting to see the whole picture of the day.
I finally sat down to write my blog post for today. I hate waiting so late to slice and now that the conference is over and my sessions have been shared, I hope that I can get back to a routine that involves posting earlier in the day. Now I just need to read and comment on other posts. I was afraid if I did that first, I’d never actually take the time to write my own:)
Before that, I curled up in my grandfather’s recliner and read a book on my Kindle.
Before that, I took a nap. While I love conferences, I typically don’t get my usual amounts of sleep and when the lack of sleep finally catches up with me, I crash.
Before that, I grabbed a quick bite to eat even though I was almost too tired to eat.
Before that, I unloaded my car. I missed the nice bellman who loaded everything into my car at the hotel as I wrestled my suitcase, conference bags, a computer bag, a purse, my snack bag, and my soda.
Before that, I cruised down the interstate, mentally counting the miles and trying to stay awake.
Before that, I stopped at Chick-Fil-A to get something to drink that would give me a boost of energy. I was exhausted and I still had a good hour of driving ahead of me. Luckily, Interstate 64 was pretty calm, but I knew that I would have to be hyper-alert on Interstate 81.
Before that, I started my journey home. I listened to the first stage of the Xfinity race until the red flag for rain. Once again, I gave thanks for my subscription to satellite radio because the NASCAR channel was my absolute favorite.
Before that, the nice bellman at the hotel loaded my car and I plugged my phone into the USB port in my car because I was down to less than ten percent of my battery. I had to dig through a couple of bags before I found the cord.
Before that, I waited as my car was brought around from valet parking. I stood with a couple of friends who were also waiting for their cars and we chatted about the conference.
Before that, I followed the bellman down to the front door. I realized (yet again) that when I travel, I tend not only to overpack, but I also end up bringing so many additional things home by the end of a conference.
Before that, I made sure that I had packed and collected all of my belongings. A bellman came to help me transport my things down to my car.
Before that, I returned to my hotel room and prepared to depart.
Before that, I spent the final session of the conference listening to Mr. Schu. This was the first time that I’d ever been able to see Mr. Schu in person, although I’ve followed him on Twitter for a long time. I don’t think that I have the words to describe just how amazing and inspiring he is!
Before that, I was able to introduce Mr. Schu. It’s amazing how nerve-racking it is to meet someone who is like a literacy rock star. I stumbled through the introduction and retreated to my table. I really wish that I could have a do-over:)
Before that, I attended the State of VSRA breakfast. As I sat with other board members, I gave thanks for this group. Working with them has been such a privilege and I can’t wait to see what the future has in store for us!
Before that, I headed downstairs for the first event of the day. I even remembered to wear my VSRA shirt for our group picture!
Before that, I woke up and got ready for the day. I made sure that I had my phone and my iPad and my room key. While I was sad that it was already the last day of the conference, I knew that I had so many ideas and a wealth of information to take back to school with me.