We were one of the lucky few to have a hotel room downtown on Saturday night. Summerfield Suites on Pike offered reduced rates to Macys employees for the weekend and we snapped one up as soon as the offer was made. They were totally booked within an hour! I brought along all our frozen food and stuffed it in the freezer along with the 17 ice packs that I had in the picnic cooler. I also brought the slow cooker and put a pork roast in it and then we all went out shopping and marveled at how very crowded it was with wind storm refugees.
My blog's title originated in July 2004 as I was preparing to send my then 16 year old daughter to Annecy, France as an exchange student. It was to be a 10 and 1/2 month separation that I was sure I could not endure. BUT, thanks to the internet and blogging I survived her adventures outside of our 'nest'. Once she returned, I thought of changing the title but realized that 10 and 1/2 Months was a fitting description of the cycle of my teaching life too. Now that I am retired the days and months have much less structure but the title remains out of nostalgia for my teaching days.