I'm not quite packed yet. Anyone who knows me and/or has read my Adventures of a Cheap Overplanner with Kids blog knows that I am a firm believer in the carry-on only rule. That's just not going to happen here. I feel like I am bringing insane amounts of clothing, but I can't seem to get around bringing two suits, possibly another sport jacket, multiple ties, and casual items for the days before the official PAEMST events get started on Sunday night. Plus, I want to get a 12 mile long-run in on Sunday morning because the Scranton Half Marathon is only a month away. I've got an awesome route planned out, but that means I need to bring running clothes and shoes.
|Planned Running Tour of DC|
- We could have flown, driven, or taken a train. All travel expenses are paid for winners and their guests (for those driving they will pay mileage up to the cost of a flight).
- We get a Per Diem allowance for food, which is adjusted for the meals that are included in the itinerary.
- Transportation costs like taxis to/from the airport are reimbursed.
- The hotel is paid for the nights of the events. Other nights before or after the trip are your responsibility.
I'm pretty excited about the trip - especially about meeting the other winners. We've gotten to know each other a bit through a Facebook group that many of us joined, and they seems like amazing people and teachers. I am so honored and blessed to be among this group.
In order for students in my school (and a few other classes I've invited) to learn along with my on this trip, I've set up a Celly account. I created a cell on that site that will allow me to post updates and pictures in real time and will allow students and classes to text message me in a controlled, moderated forum. I'm excited to share the trip with students. Hopefully there will be some good interaction, and I can spark some learning.
Tomorrow is going to be a crazy day. I still have a few cool projects to wrap up before I leave. In the morning I'm helping our 2nd grade gifted students shoot a green screen video with scenes from Japan behind them while they read the Haiku they wrote. I also have a few things to take care of for EdCamp NEPA. I'd like to get the letters to local school districts inviting their teachers mailed before I leave. My mother-in-law will be staying with our kids while we're gone and has generously offered to shorten the pants on the suit I just bought before we leave for the airport.
Hopefully I'll be able to get a post up tomorrow, but I'm not optimistic. We leave Scranton at 6:55, have a short stopover in Philly, and land at Reagan National at 10:00. By the time we get to the hotel, I'll likely be spent.