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#SOL22: Notifications


“Your tracked flight is now $… (was $…)” Two days in a row. Prices inching up like the gas pumps. Breaking Point? Is it time to dig in and purchase? There’s a long list of tasks that I should be completing. Other things I would rather do. Some homework. Another blog post where I need to hit publish . . . And yet . . .

Is it procrastination? Is it an optimistic hope that prices will decrease? Is it just a lack of time to sit down and review the details?

If Coco can deliver meals, who can deliver flight bookings? Coco in Santa Monica last week . . .
For more information about Coco, check out this link. New: Coco in Iowa

Food Delivery. Flight, hotel, car reservations. What services are you adding back into your life? How will you measure success?

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#SOLSC22: 8


Habits matter.

Over time, habits become visible patterns.

I was fortunate to have time to develop habits and patterns in NYC due to the curiosity and unquenchable thirst for knowledge of another visitor.

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Where have we been?

  • 9/11 Memorial
  • 9/11 Memorial Museum
  • 9/11 Memorial Museum Guided Tour
  • Wandering and Revisiting Exhibits in the 9/11 Memorial Museum
  • St. Paul’s Chapel
  • Time Square
  • Visiting the Lions at the New York City Public Library (and the gift shop)
  • Rockefeller Square
  • Bank Street Books
  • Broadway Shows
  • Tenement Museum
  • Subway Travel
  • Dinners
  • Meet ups with friends
  • Birthday dinners

So much learning.

The best tip ever was to ask (before making a purchase), “Do you ship purchases?” And if the answer was, “Yes,” then the next step was to inquire about the pricing.

Why did it matter?

When traveling by plane, I’m a “carry on” passenger. I don’t check luggage. Similarly, I also follow the rules about the number of bags that I take on a plane. I don’t carry six bags on the plane. I check the rules and follow them.

I learned about shipping from my friend Allison Jackson. We’ve had many adventures in NYC, but her “shipping tip” has literally saved my back and my brains when traveling! Thank you, Allison!

Photo by Alexas_Fotos on Unsplash

Who fuels your curiosity? How do you plan your adventures? What are your favorite travel tips?

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#SOL19: Celebrating


Celebrate has been one of my favorite #OLW as it lives in so many personal and professional aspects of my life. As #SOL19 closes out and my #OLW is close but not yet present, it’s a perfect time to revisit!

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During the Holidays . . .

Travel by car:  Celebrating 66666 on my odometer.  Love patterns and this one marked my return trip home from holiday travel.

Traveling by plane:  Celebrating the kind gentleman with his “Lady, can I help you with your bag?” as I waited for more passengers to disembark before going back two rows to the overhead compartment for my carry on bag.

Time with family members:  Listening to the stories from daily lives.  What matters today?  Coloring, building with legos, and playing dinosaurs!

During the Year . . . 

  • Birthdays, Weddings, Funerals, and More . . .
  • Collaborating with Friends and Continuing to Learn
  • Reading and Learning
  • Writing and Publishing
  • Presenting with groups at #ILA19 and #NCTE19

What are you celebrating?

How well did your #OLW serve you in 2019?




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#SOL18: March 17


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Once upon a time, we celebrated in a city where they turn the river green, have a parade that is hours long, and a college graduation with tents, champagne, and fancy, fancy parties.  It was St. Patrick’s Day. The city was Chicago.  It seemed as if the entire city was celebrating. (And here’s a link to 2018 St. Patrick’s Day celebration in Chicago.)  Literally, the Chicago River is dyed green!

We were there for a college graduation; my brother was graduating from the University of Chicago. Fast forward a couple of decades, and he’s now back in the Chicago area.  A pizza lover. A Giordano’s pizza lover. And we have made many other trips:  wedding, graduation, and football games.

How many of these Chicago attractions do you know?

Lego Store

Navy Pier

Soldier Field

American Girl Store

Giordano’s Pizza

High Tea at the Drake

Ryan Field

Lincoln Park Zoo

Grant Park

Sears Tower / Willis Tower

Lake Michigan cruise

Museum of Science and Industry

Field Museum of Natural History

Frank Lloyd Wright home

Sri Venkateswara Swami Temple

VanderCook College of Music Graduation

“L” Train

What memories do you collect on your travels? 

Is it the wonder and awe of that first visit?

Is it the joy of sharing your love of the city with others?

What else would you add to the list of “must see locations” in Chicago?




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#SOL16: Travel Trivia


Where have we been?

What have we seen?

This morning sitting at the Leonardo DaVinci Airport I was literally counting my blessings.

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This was Mom five years ago on her “0” birthday when she went on a Mediterranean cruise with my younger sister.  The idea of returning to Rome has been a recurring topic.

And last evening we celebrated sisters in our tour group in this picture.

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How many sets of sisters?

And without a picture  . . . How many sets of brothers were on our trip?

What was our location?

How many hills in this city?

How many obelisks?

What US city is at the same latitude as Rome?

How many attended the canonization on Sunday?

How many in the audience at the canonization needed medical treatment due to the heat and the numerous hours in the sun?

How many were within five feet of the Pope on Saturday?

We set off on a journey to Rome, yes a religious trip, but also a trip to the heart of civilization.  This is a city of 300 churches with 200 more in the suburbs.  It’s a city of many diverse nationalities and personalities.  It was a pleasure to be in a group of seven . . .

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Brother

Sister

Brother

Uncle

Aunt

within a community of 52 pilgrims from an Iowa sponsored tour (plus folks from IL, WI, MO, and FL).

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Today’s Slice of Life . . .  Treasuring the “arrivederci”!

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Questions and Answers from above:

How many sets of sisters? 4
And without a picture . . . How many sets of brothers were on our trip? 1
What was our location? Rome, Italy
How many hills in this city? 7
How many obelisks? 11
What US city is at the same latitude as Rome? Chicago
How many attended the canonization on Sunday? 120,000
How many in the audience at the canonization needed medical treatment due to the heat and the numerous hours in the sun? 1,000
How many were within five feet of the Pope on Saturday? ALL 52 of us!!!!

(6 of 9 answers were included in earlier Tweets from Rome! – Just another reason to be on Twitter!)

 

 

#SOL16: ROME!


Where does writing inspiration come from?  Today it came from this quote in my inbox from my sister via the priest leading our trip to Rome at the end of August for the canonization of Mother Teresa. To learn more about Mother Teresa, you can check out this link.

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What does this quote mean to you?

If you are reading closely you do notice the difference between the bold words and the italics. I have a couple weeks YET to learn more about Mother Teresa before joining about two million friends at the Vatican for the celebration!

What should we plan to see besides our tours?  

My research is starting with these top 10 FREE things to do and see in Rome.  I’m not buying a book – a real paper book at this stage.  I’m sure that I will download something about Vatican City and the churches in Rome.  Our guides will be amazing but I also like to have some background information to fully appreciate the historical significance!

And in the meantime,

it’s back to packing

for a trip to Rome

with:

Mom,

Two younger brothers,

One younger sister,

An aunt and uncle (Mom’s brother!)

A trip of a lifetime!

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Thanks, Mom!

As she returns for her second visit, five years later!

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What family travel story do you have? (or will you have)?

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#TCRWP Travel


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3:47 am landing in Des Moines, Iowa on Saturday.

Before that,

we had drinks and snacks served on the nonstop Delta flight.

Before that,

we actually departed LaGuardia.

Before that,

Our captain, with flying hours left, arrived from Canada and was released from his previous plane.

Before that,

we had libations comped courtesy of the captain.

Before that,

we wondered if a captain could be found or if we would be required to deplane.

Before that,

we watched as passengers in the first bus returned because the catering truck left without filling water, ice, and the necessities for flight.

Before that,

we entered a bus to head to our plane scheduled for a non-stop flight to Des Moines.

Before that,

the long awaited announcement that our flight was ready to board.

Before that,

the announcements of restricting the number of flights in NYC airspace.

Before that,

the announcement that the FAA closed the airport due to lightning strikes within 3 miles of the runaways.

Before that,

resettling at a new gate without electrical plug ins.

Before that,

the announcement that our flight would now be leaving from Gate D12.

Before that,

I began writing my blog post for Saturday.

Before that,

As flights resumed, I was finally able to find a seat in a “re-charge” area.

Before that,

I considered myself lucky to have a seat in the terminal packed with folks like me ~ eager to travel ~ but grounded when the FAA closed the airport runways due to a tornado warning.

Before that,

I was recording reading notes and sobbing while reading.

Before that,

I sat and devoured . . .  What a great pairing!  Thanks, Justin, Susie and Sally for recommending such great choices!

 

 

Before that,

I was at the #TCRWP Closing for the 2016 June Reading Institute!  Surrounded by friends and so many folks who LOVE reading!

Before that,

I was at the #TCRWP 2016 June Writing Institute!

 

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Eventful travels home from #TCRWP June Reading Institute?  

Still in NYC? 

Safe travels for all learners!   And especially for those soon heading to ILA16 in Boston!

 

#SOL16: March Challenge Day 18 – Part 2


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Seriously, did you read that whiney drivel from yesterday? ( Here ) Some folks really just should keep their mouths closed and their fingers off the keyboard because all they do is show, literally, how lacking in brains and imagination they are.  It was so mortifying to be a part of that conversation and I was just the tool!

So to recap quickly, I have a new owner.  I was quite happy tucked away, twice removed from the world inside my tightly packed box with the banded wrapper around it.  I was NOT going anywhere.  And then this unbelievably OLD lady came into the store “because her phone didn’t work”.  (Don’t be offended that I called her old – it’s all relative; but do remember that I have only been on the shelf here for one short week. One. Week.   I am the new kid on the block – one of them anyway!)

Over the last two days, I have been dropped, poked, prodded, and plugged into electrical outlets and some gismo in the car. And I have no idea of the number of miles I have traveled and the places I have seen.

But I digress . . . back to the beginning.

I was on the shelf at the Verizon store minding my own business when the clerk came back muttering . . . “she really isn’t going to like white.”

I was relieved.  Safe!  Or at least for the moment.  My happiness lasted for less than a minute because she was back, grabbing me as she put Louise back in her place on the shelf.  Drat . . .white is not the “in” color!

So then I was prodded wide awake – no more yawning, plugged in to charge up, coded so I could be connected to the World Wide Web (www – in case you had forgotten) and, in general, treated so informally that I wanted to ask, “What am I, chopped liver?” but I didn’t want to take any words from anyone else’s mouth!

Chatter, chatter, chatter but what I really heard was blah, blah, blah!

Maybe I was headed for an adventure. To ride in a Mercedes Benz or a convertible. Or to a new home by the lake. No sticky fingers from kids PLEASE.  I do have my dignity to hold on to! (But have you seen this old lady?  I don’t know, but she sounds kinda bossy like she is used to telling others what to do all day!)

So, this app transferred a bunch of apps and pictures so I’m now quite a cluttery mess and then she (my new owner) said, “I don’t think I have all my pictures.  And what about Twitter?  And where is my Voxer icon?  She’s got it rough. Pictures? Twitter? Voxer?   She thinks she has worries! 

Right before we went out the door, I heard her say that she would bring all her questions back when the new screen protector came in.  PUL-E-E-A-A-S-S-E-E!  Maybe I could convince her that I was just TOO much phone for her!  AHA!  What fun for me!

So I spent the last two days as a trickster.  Sometimes I worked on command.  And sometimes I didn’t work on command.  I quickly learned how to avoid being yelled at.  There were a couple of choice words that I really did NOT like to hear.  So today we’re back  in the store.

Listen in on this conversation:

Owner – “I’m just not quite sure that this is the phone for me.”

Me – YAY!

Clerk – “It’s just an upgrade of your old phone.  In another week, you will be such an expert that you won’t even remember this conversation.”

Me – No, she’ll forget because she’s old and forgetful.  She only has one or two passwords memorized.

Owner – “It doesn’t seem to work all the time . . .”

 Clerk – “Let me double check the settings.  Re-opening apps and checking to make sure they work is a bit tedious.”

Me – Tedious?  BORING!  Case closed – whiney drivel!

Which version was more realistic?

Which version was more fun?

Is it possible that there is a third or even a fourth version?

 

PS.  Check out how handsome I am!  I could have been one of these old dinosaurs!

Which ones have you used?

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Process:  As I finished writing yesterday’s post,  this author began to wonder if the story could be told from another point of view.  She had revisited the two versions of the deer story that was quite popular last March here and here and wondered what could lend itself to that same CCR. A. R. 6 Point of View standard.  What do you think?  The post was drafted in 15 minutes.  The picture from yesterday was recycled with another quick search for a talk bubble.  Preview, categories, tagged, and ready to publish but oh, wait, a quick check for pictures of old, old, old phones!


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#SOL15: Traveling!


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“My bags are packed, I’m ready to go . . .

I’m standing here outside my door . . .”

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On Friday I will be off on another GRAND adventure!

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My home for the next two weeks!

Writing Institute:  June 22- 26, 2015

Advanced AM Section – Develop Toolkits to Support Narrative Writing (K-2) Celena Larkey

Advanced PM Section – Using the Best New Children’s Literature as Mentor Texts: Support Sky High Writing (3-8) Shana Frazin

Reading Institute:  June 29 – July 3, 2015

Advanced AM Section – State of the Art Curriculum to Support First Grade Readers (1) Elizabeth Dunford Franco

Advanced PM Section – Embracing Complexity: Teaching Kids to Tackle and Love More Complex Nonfiction (3-6) Katie Clements

The week days will be packed with learning and collaborating with new and old friends.  The week nights and weekends will be filled with visiting with friends (including “Slicers”), continued learning, bookstores, museums and shows – “The Book of Mormon” and the Tony award-winning “Best Revival” – “The King and I”. That’s just a brief preview of my June!

Where will you go and what will you be learning this summer?

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Looking forward to “seeing” fellow slicers:  Tara, Julieanne and Catherine soon!

Five Minute Friday: World


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World

Growing up on a farm in rural Washington County, life was easy!  My world was small!  My cousins, double firsts, as our moms were sisters and our dads were brothers, were our next door neighbors.  We lived, played and worked together.  Problems were often solved to our mutual satisfaction and solutions were found in our Sunday afternoon bike rides especially after the paving of “Patterson’s Freeway” so we could ride for miles and miles on paved roads and quite literally, entertain ourselves and be trusted to disappear for hours and yet return on time.

Then for many – changes – the changes that come after graduation.  College, jobs, college, jobs, additions to the family.  Still living the life; life was easy.

I remember my first encounter with Vietnamese students in the Ottumwa Heights dorm.  I often wondered what they were cooking.  Even when I respectfully inquired, I was never quite sure of the answer.  The nuns believed in them and provided a home and supports to meet their needs. I also wondered what they thought of us.  My first encounter with a different culture (Seriously, I thought cultures were more like farmers and city slickers!).

Life continued to be easy.  More jobs, college, and changes in the family. High school music had always been a source of travel and open doors to new experiences.  College continued to broaden those experiences.  For me, NMSU Marching Band.  For my sister, the flag corps in the Hawkeye Marching Band and bowl trip after bowl trip. . . including the grandaddy of all bowls — the Rose Bowl.

Time passed and work, jobs, college continued (there were six of us siblings after all) and SOME of us dearly LOVE learning!  Travel to my sister’s hotels in various parts of the US. Vicarious travel via her postcards to foreign countries and life was still easy.  Growing and learning.  Seeing new sights.  Visiting new places yet firmly grounded in the MIDWEST!

Family – ever expanding.  We laughed the year we had borscht for Christmas dinner – courtesy of the same traveling sister with a major/minor? in Russian.  And then before we knew it, we added to the homogeneity of our family . . . a HIndu brother-in-law (so yes, a vegetarian to this agrarian pork-producing family) and a Korean sister-in-law.  The world was now a part of our family.  Midwestern family meets the world.  What a shift!  We have literally moved beyond fruit and veggie pizza which we dearly love to decent-tasting vegetarian meals that can serve the next gen – those two nephews who are 6’3″ and 6’7′ who have never eaten meat. . .   Still pondering how that happened!  Our easy family life in Iowa, is better, more tolerant, more accepting, and even views the world differently because our family has expanded outside the farm, the county, and even Iowa.

What challenges will we continue to see in our family?

What challenges will we continue to see in the world?

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