#SOL15: March Challenge Day 31 – Before That

(Following the example of Sally Donnelly, a colleague and friend that I met face to face Saturday .  .  .  you can read her “Before That” here.)

Before That

I arrived home last night just before dark, without having encountered any deer, in my blue Hyundai rental without cruise control, eternally grateful that I was able to monitor my speed while excited about my weekend of learning.

Before that, I was thankful that I did not need the picture that I snapped of the fire extinguishers on the wall of the parking ramp near my car in order to remember where I left it after my mad dash to the airport on Friday following all day PD!

Before that, my US Airways jet landed in Des Moines in the midst of a balmy yet windy 75 degree afternooon. (I didn’t believe the pilot, I had to text a friend for verification. 75? Really?)

Before that, my US Airways jet finally departed the Washington DC airport after two hours of delay due to undisclosed maintenance.

Before that, we deplaned after 30 minutes of sitting on the tarmac.

Before that, we began boarding at the time listed on tickets for our departure.

Before that, we were shuttled to our departure terminal after the bus idled in our rectangular-painted location until the corresponding bus left Terminal 23 – our destination.

Before that, our shuttle flight landed in DC . . . exactly one hour late.

Before that, I was using the internet at LGA to stay caught up with email, slices, and organizing pictures captured over the weekend.

Before that, I was clearing check in and security literally in seconds due to TSA pre-check status and at my departure terminal in minutes.

Before that, I was on my way to the airport in a yellow cab, relishing the fact that 50% of the folks at Central Park were wearing shorts and the other 50% were bundled up from head to toe in winter coats.

Before that, I finished packing and added a few last minute thoughts to a document as I contemplated topics for my last March Challenge slice as well as beginning curious thoughts about what “traditional Tuesday” slicers would find for imaginative topics.  My current list of all the modes of transportation from the weekend in NYC (in reverse order):  taxi, walk, subway (loud guy), walk (“reading glasses”), subway, subway, walk, subway, walk, subway, bus, walk, walk, walk, walk, taxi, plane, walk, plane, walk, and rental car.

Before that, I had a hearty American breakfast at the Nice Matin, adjacent to the Lucerne Hotel, on the upper-west side of Manhattan because with a full day of travel, a solid breakfast to begin the day beats any and all airport food.

Before that, I read and responded to daily “slices” as well as posting my own and linking it at Two Writing Teachers.

Before that, I woke at 6:00 on my last morning in New York City (this trip to Teachers College Reading and Writing Project) in the fabulous Lucerne Hotel.

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THANKS for reading my daily posts during March!

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This is the last day of the March Daily Challenge. Check out the writers, readers and teachers who are “slicing” here. Thanks to Stacey, Anna, Beth, Tara, Dana and Betsy at “Two Writing Teachers” for creating a place for us to share our work.  So grateful for this entire community of writers who also read, write and support each other!


23 responses

  1. LOVE it!!! Love it more because I think I got you to ponder using this form!!
    Congrats on a great month. I look forward to more connections with you both online and in person in NYC.

    1. Thank you so much for the inspiration! It was a fabulous March! I’m looking forward to the brief holiday break so I can “catch up” on those things that have slid to low or no priority this month!

      I am also looking forward to seeing more of you – virtually and/or face to face!

  2. And before that? Love the format, Fran. Now, if I could get you to write the same format starting on Saturday afternoon…hmmm.

    1. Melanie,
      I have a lot more to write about Saturday. Need to actually do some of the learning and not just “report” – Seriously, Carl Anderson’s Mentor Text session completely blew me away. 50 minutes of PURE gold!

      What a great month for writers!

  3. I would love to read about what you learned at some of your sessions. Great job.

    1. I promise! More will come!

  4. I am rubbing my hands in glee, thinking of the writing you will do about your sessions! 🙂 What a long day full of delays to return home! At least snow was not the cause of any delays. Rest up and process your thinking.

    1. 🙂 What a picture “rubbing your hands in glee” – so maybe I’ll not put writing at the bottom of the “get caught up” list!!

      So true – no snow yesterday. But it was crisp in NYC in the morning so the 75 felt like an April Fools statement!

  5. I really like this format. I have not yet tried it…maybe in some weekly post. I really enjoyed reading your posts this month and look forward to more Tuesday slices.

    Thank you for your comments on my slices.

    1. It’s a fun format!

      The slicing community is so supportive and helpful and what I love most is being able to “borrow” ideas!

  6. I loved the format when I first saw it and it was perfect for this hurry up and wait day you had. Phew!
    I look forward to reading more about your learning!

    1. Thanks, Erika!
      The format was great!!!

      More soon! I promise!

  7. And…after that…rest!! So much fun posting with you, Fran.

    1. Tara,
      It does feel like I will need a day of break/rest/rejuvenate!

      Enjoy your trip to London!

  8. Love reading this! Giggling at the loud guy comment. Glad you are safe and sound 🙂

    1. It was a bit uncertain for two hours . . . not sure when / how the “maintenance needs” were being communicated!

  9. Thank you for the entertaining post, Fran. I am also looking forward to reading more of you enjoyed at the Reunion. I would love to meet you and oth slicers there next October!

    1. Fall is quite tricky for me as I have family obligations in October – 12 birthdays . . . and then there are my football weekends and who knows what I will need to do with the new grandson!

      Probably spring as a more likely possibility! Just sayin’

      1. Well, maybe a year from now, then! Enjoy the grandchild!

  10. Great form! Wow – I had no idea the travel grit you needed prior to that long day! Glad you had a good breakfast. Hee hee. So glad to have had time in community with you here and o’er the weekend. Thank you thank you for all your continued support. Best!

  11. This is a great format, Fran! I’ll have to remember it for next year. Glad you arrived home safely, and so glad we shared this month of slicing!

    1. Home, Sweet, Home! Started working on a new PD session today. Hate scrapping the old plan but this will be so much better. Can’t wait to see how the “new learning” works!

      It was a great month of slicing and so extra special to see so many slicers and friends over the weekend! FUN!

  12. […] … I made notes throughout the day after checking my “Before That”post from last year inspired by Sally Donnelly. I typed this up last evening so it would be ready to […]

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