“Medium hot chocolate, 2% milk, please” I requested of the Peet’s barista.
Then I sat for an hour, working on my NCTE slides and awaiting for the restaurant to open.
“Eggs with bacon, please” I told the restaurant waitress, “and an unsweeted iced tea.”
Then I sat and ate with my laptop opened next to me, creating six-days of sub plans.
Two days so I can attend the NCTE conference in Anaheim.
Then four more days off before and after the Thanksgiving break
so my husband and I can take our New Mexico trip that didn’t take place last summer.
(Yep, I’m feeling slightly guilty being gone from school all those days.)
I glanced at my phone to see that four hours have passed.
“A bowl of soup and another iced tea,” I asked when the waitress checks on me.
And for another 3 hours, I keep at it.
Sitting in the coffee shop and the restaurant allowed me time to focus.
If I had stayed home, I would have been distracted by
a dish washer to empty, a living room to vacuum, a backyard of leaves to rake.
Sitting plates of food I didn’t have to prepare and with borrowed wifi,
I listed and checked off many tasks.
Now, I am closer to being ready to leave town for 2-weeks.
NCTE, here I come! Then Disneyland. Then New Mexico.