Rainy morning

Pitter-patter on the roof.
The sound soothes my mind
and soul,
washing away the anxieties
of the morning.

The rain makes everything new,
everything fresh and clean.

Pitter-patter on the roof.
The sound brings peace.
It’s a rainy morning.
It’s a new day.

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I am participating in the Slice of Life challenge to write and publish a post each day in March.   Thanks to Two Writing Teachers for creating a place for writers to share their work all month long and hosting the March Slice of Life Story Challenge!

Sounds of spring

On this last day of spring break, I sat outside during halftime of the UNC-Kentucky game, soaking in the late afternoon rays of sunshine.  As I sat down, I was assailed by the noises of springtime all around me, subtle at first but soon creating a vibrant symphony of sound.

The growling lawnmower across the street mingled with the birds chirping merrily away on a nearby fence post.  The wind chime softly played its music as it danced in the breeze.  The laughter of kids rang from the cul-de-sac as they rode their bikes around the neighborhood.  The muffled voices from the house next door as the neighbors chatted on their porch.  

These familiar sounds made me smile as I thought about the warm weather and summertime that is just around the corner.  Even though it’s supposed to rain a few days this week, spring is finally here!

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I am participating in the Slice of Life challenge to write and publish a post each day in March.   Thanks to Two Writing Teachers for creating a place for writers to share their work all month long and hosting the March Slice of Life Story Challenge!

Back to reality

The moment when you realize that vacation is over can be a disheartening one.  It’s the moment when the carefree days of travel or relaxation or reading or sleeping or hiking (or all of them on a perfect day) have come to an end and work must begin again.  It’s the moment when I open my lesson plan book and realize that the upcoming week is not all planned.  It’s the moment when my blissful sleep ends when I start mentally tallying all of the items on my to-do list.

That was my day today.  We got back from San Francisco late last night, and I went back into my classroom today. Spring break is over, and it’s back to reality.  The excitement for the upcoming school week will come, but today, I wished that it was still spring break!

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I am participating in the Slice of Life challenge to write and publish a post each day in March.   Thanks to Two Writing Teachers for creating a place for writers to share their work all month long and hosting the March Slice of Life Story Challenge!

Travel delays

6:50 am: Alarm goes off…time to get ready and catch our flight out of San Francisco in the pouring rain.

7:00 am: Text 1, which read, “Your flight has been delayed for 2 hours.  You will now be leaving until 12:31 pm.”

7:02 am: Try to go back to sleep.

7:15 am: Give up on falling back asleep and get up to eat breakfast and hang out until it’s time to leave for the airport.

9:45 am: Get another notification that our flight is delayed 15 additional minutes.

10:15 am: Leave for the airport to drop off the rental car and board our flight.

11:00 am: Find out that our departure time is delayed another 15 minutes.  We’re now leaving at 12:52 pm instead of our original 10:30 am.  Deep breath.  We’ll get there.

1:25 pm: Still waiting on the runway to take off.  Start a show on the screen in front of me to distract me from my impatience.

3:55 pm: Land in Salt Lake City (2 1/2 hours later than expected).  Stop by In ‘N Out for a burger and shake before hitting the road for our 4 hour drive home.  Hit traffic on our way out of Salt Lake. More deep breathing.

10:00 pm: Finally arrive home…just in time to watch overtime of the Florida-Wisconsin March Madness game!

It’s the little things in life that make the problems, the travel delays, seem less significant.  The perfect song that plays on shuffle at the end of a day of traveling.  Laughter.  Basketball games.  Family.  Friends.  Memories.

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Goodbye, San Francisco!

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I am participating in the Slice of Life challenge to write and publish a post each day in March.   Thanks to Two Writing Teachers for creating a place for writers to share their work all month long and hosting the March Slice of Life Story Challenge!

A day for the books

It’s super late, and I don’t have the energy to write a long post tonight, but today was an amazing end to our San Francisco vacation!  Here are some highlights from the day:

  • Waking up by the ocean for a last morning at our lighthouse hostel.
  • Eating a delicious breakfast at a seaside cafe.
  • Driving into town and catching the ferry out to Alcatraz, enjoying the cool sea breeze as we neared Alcatraz Island.
  • Exploring Alcatraz Island, learning all about the history of its tenure as a federal penitentiary (and some of the more dramatic attempted escapes!), and seeing the incredible views from all around the island.
  • Biking over the Golden Gate Bridge (and back) with the wind whipping around us and the massive red bridge looming above us.
  • Trying to find a nice restaurant for our last night but finally deciding to eat at a local burger place, which was a perfect end to our San Francisco adventures.
  • And throughout the day, lots of laughter, photos, and great conversations!

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I am participating in the Slice of Life challenge to write and publish a post each day in March.   Thanks to Two Writing Teachers for creating a place for writers to share their work all month long and hosting the March Slice of Life Story Challenge!

 

Redwood explorations

Today’s adventure?  Hiking in the Big Basin Redwoods State Park!  We walked through the giant trees, some with trunks carved out into cave-like structures, some with towering branches, all majestic in their own accord.

The drive was amazing, full of twisting, winding roads to get to the park; mist rose from the road after the rain and gave the air a mystical quality.  When we got out, we did a short hike to get our bearings and then a longer hike to see a waterfall.

On our way back from the redwoods, we took Highway 1 up the coast and got an oceanside view the entire drive!  There’s nothing quite like zooming down a highway with the sunshine on your face and the ocean waves rippling toward the coast on your left.  We stopped to watch some kite surfers on the way as well…wow!

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There’s nothing quite like going from ocean to forest and back to the ocean again in a day!

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I am participating in the Slice of Life challenge to write and publish a post each day in March.   Thanks to Two Writing Teachers for creating a place for writers to share their work all month long and hosting the March Slice of Life Story Challenge!