Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Slice of Life - Best Laid Plans...

Thanks to the writers at Two Writing Teachers for hosting the slicing community!  I hope you're all anticipating the March Slice of Life Challenge.  See Tara Smith's great post yesterday about her class and their writing adventures while slicing here!  Margaret Simon of Reflections on The Teche and I are the support team for those who are entering the challenge with their classrooms.  See her wonderful post today that will help you begin.  Like Margaret, if you have questions, you can leave them in the comments, or e-mail me at LindaB414 at gmail dot com. I'm the connection for teachers whose names begin with A through M. 


#NFPB10for10 - Remember that tomorrow, Cathy Mere and Mandy Robek are hosting this event!  Don't miss it!

        One dictionary consulted reads that "Serendipity is finding something good without really looking for it." As I consider our lives observed as slices of life, I realized sometimes things that have taken a wrong turn do turn out okay! My son, daughter-in-law and grandson flew in Friday to ski with their friends and immediately went to our condo in the mountains.  They arrived at my house Sunday evening for a quick visit with my daughter, son-in-law and two granddaughters. It was a lovely evening, and then Monday was spent with more visiting and shopping at a few stores they don't have where they live.  They left about 5pm to catch their flight back to Texas.  It's always hard to say goodbye, but I was happy to have seen them even for a short time, took a quick picture and off they went. 



           It was going to be a quiet evening, right!  I sat down at the computer to read some Monday blog posts, thinking about dinner prep, and then my grandson called.  



Their flight had been canceled! After scrambling: first they couldn't get another for a day, then it was the afternoon, and by the time I picked them up, my son had settled for a very early flight (his plans were originally to get home, do a quick re-packing, and leave this am for a business trip) and the others were on a later morning flight.  We had another evening together, I've been up since 3:30am, and I've said goodbye again!  We did it, they're off, and while the day is not what was planned, we will survive! 
Off again!


Off I go!
            Here's the extra bonus, arriving back home, 5:15am, the moon still up but completing its arc.



Have a terrific week everyone!  I promise I'll share more about the conference next week!


38 comments:

  1. I just love the word serendipity....it is a great description. I'm so glad that you had this wonderful visit. xo

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    1. Thanks Nancy-it was a special time, and I'm happy I had more!

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  2. Best laid plans.... sometimes it's the unexpected that is the most memorable :)

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    1. Yes! It will be a while before we forget this 24 hours! Thanks Maria!

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  3. Isn't it interesting the way things work out? You went from a quiet evening to family time! It doesn't get much better than that. I'm glad you had a nice visit with your family.

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    1. Thanks Robin, who would have imagined this scenario! I'm glad they got it all straightened out, too. They needed to be off to their work and school! It was great fun!

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  4. I love the unexpected turn of events. How great to have more time together! The ultra early hours will hit you this afternoon, I hope you can get a quick rest in.

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    1. Yep, then time for a nap. I'm on vacation this week, so glad to have the time! Thanks Elsie!

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  5. We went through this at Christmas in Portland, OR. My sister, her husband & daughter came for 12 days. The night before, as blizzards were raging int he Midwest & East Coast, we checked their flight status. Their flight was canceled. Lots of phone calls later we sort of had a plan. The made it to Chicago, then encountered more chaos. The finally made it home the next day. No luggage of course.

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    1. I keep hearing more stories... Guess we need to learn flexibility always, don't we? It was lovely having another evening, but they are missing their 'day' today, so were a bit panicked at that. Happy your family made it too!

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  6. These are the lovliest of times, so unexpected and thefore treasured all the more than planned time together. Loved the photo essay, too, Linda - the story unfolded beautifully.
    PS. Thanks for the shout out. Slicing in our classroom is going strong!

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    1. Very exciting to hear all about your class, Tara. I know it's extra work for you, but also such a delight to see their writing! Thanks!

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  7. Family time. Those moments are very precious and important!! Glad you were able to fill your heart with happiness and more memories.

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    1. Thanks Mary Helen. It was fun, even with surprises!

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  8. Serendipity. I forgot how much I love that word. Sounds hectic, but worth it!

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    1. Yes, hectic indeed, including some laundry because of that extra day! It was very fun to have the extra time. Thanks Dana!

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  9. Having a flight cancelled or a planned quiet evening interrupted may be annoying, but this time it was a gift of another evening together.

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    1. Yes, it was great for me, but I know they wanted to be home too. Still fun! Thanks Terje!

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  10. I am so happy to read that you were able to spend time with family, including the bonus extra time.

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    1. Thanks Amanda-Serendipity at its best!

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  11. Serendipity - one of my favorite words! It's always fun to squeeze in a bit more time and those rearranged trips make for the best stories!

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    1. So right, Ramona. This will be one to remember! Thank you!

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  12. I love that even in "something bad: you can find so much good. What a wonderful word!

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    1. Yes, Anita, love the 'serendipity'-makes life very interesting.

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  13. What a nice surprise! Hopefully you have recuperated from the change of plans!

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    1. Oh, of course. I took a little nap this am, ready for more! Thanks, Leigh Anne.

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  14. I love that you still thought to take pictures (especially the beautiful moon one!) in the midst of the craziness, Linda! Hope you ultimately enjoyed the special treat of a few more hours with your family! :-)

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    1. Yes, of course! I had a great time. It was fun to take pics of them at the airport-we were chuckling all the way-life just is too funny. And the airport is on the plains so I watched the moon all the way back home, had to take that pic & luckily it was bright enough to catch it & the trees. Thanks Jennifer!

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  15. So glad you got an extra few hours with your crew! And hasn't the moon been spectacular this week!

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    1. Yes, lots of fun, & yes, we all talked about this 'snow' moon all weekend, Carol. I do love the moon!

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  16. Can't wait to be reading you every day for 31 and this weather is making EVERYONE CRAZY! Get me back to a beach.

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    1. I hear you, and everyone else east, including my brother in Missouri, not so far away! We keep waiting for that other shoe to drop, but so far, not much happening. It's warm! Are you ready for SOLC-we'll see what happens this year!

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  17. As Shakespeare said, "All's well that ends well." Glad you had extra time to visit with your family.

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  18. What a joy to have your family for a wee bit longer. Serendipity indeed. And the moon picture is lovely.

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    1. Thanks Jone-returning all my Cybil's books today-thinking of you!

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