Like when you say, I almost died of hunger...but I didn't. I didn't die of hunger. Instead, I lived!
Monday was the day I thought I would be finished grading. Instead, I am almost finished grading.
Or another way to put it is: the end of grading will actually happen on Tuesday.
Since I am no Pharisee, I made today a hybrid day. I graded, I cleaned, I worked out. Also, we ate leftover
Thai food. And I took a nap. That's because almost really set me free from the tyranny of I will or else.
But tomorrow, I gotta. I really really gotta.