I’m one of those weird people who loved school. And now, all these years later, I still love it when I get to spend a day taking classes and learning stuff.
This morning I was up early boiling water, getting dressed, and carefully packing the salad I made last night. I made enough tea to put in my thermos and my travel mug. I knew the chances of tea being offered at the writers’ conference were very slim. I was out the door a little before 7:00.
My travel mug is so good that my tea was still piping hot after my drive of over an hour to get to the community college where the conference was held. This was a new conference for me—quite local and certainly the smallest one I have attended. However, there was no deficiency in the quality of the classes offered. As Spencer’s buddy Britton would say, they were “top qual.”
Two of the speakers were people I know, so I expected good presentations from them, but the others were excellent also. I even won a door prize—a bucket full of romance novels, along with a drink and some popcorn.
My lunch strategy worked perfectly. I got my box lunch (a sandwich) and removed the meat and cheese to add to the salad I’d brought from home. The chips and cookie I brought back for my husband. I could just as easily have fasted, but I’ve found that sometimes it makes people uncomfortable when everyone else is eating, so I just made sure I had food I could eat.
After lunch we had a couple of excellent classes—but I found myself struggling to stay alert after a poor night’s sleep and early rising. It was several minutes before I had my “duh” moment when I remembered that I had brought a thermos of nice hot tea to deal with that very situation! I was so glad I did. The tea helped.
It started raining after lunch and rained for the rest of the day, at times very heavily. I got pretty wet walking out to my car when the conference ended, and had to drive more slowly and carefully than usual because in some places there was enough water on the road to make controlling the car a challenge.
I made it home in time to cook supper. My sinus infection has returned, so I’ve been medicating myself all day and am hoping for some improvement tomorrow—because I have a ton of grading to do and right now I don’t feel alert enough to do it . . .