What a difference a year makes

26 May

Last year, on the last Tuesday of May, I wrote about my 2019 Summer plans. This year, I have no plans to make plans. In fact, I have a list of the cancellation of things I’d planned or hoped to do:

  • the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago
  • the Black Sheep Gathering, a fiber festival in Albany, OR
  • the Oregon Basset Hound Games, which I help organize.

I have already heard that one September event I usually attend, the Oregon Flock & Fiber Festival, has been cancelled. I fear that this list might grow.

Things are starting to open up, but I am leery of venturing out. So, I decided to compile a list of things I could do to have a terrific summer staycation 2020.

  • choose a location then read books and watch movies about that place
  • knit a blanket or large sweater when it is hot outside, but cool inside with AC
  • learn something new – a craft, a simple musical instrument

With only three weeks (11 days!) of school left, I am resolved to focus on the positive. I am thinking of other things I can add to the list to make summer staycation 2020 as fun to anticipate as last year’s trip to Montreal.

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11 Responses to “What a difference a year makes”

  1. Kathleen Parker May 26, 2020 at 7:20 am #

    I hope you are holding up ok, Adrienne! We rode bikes through Laurelhurst yesterday, our first time in 70 days or so. The rain kept social distancing rules easy to follow 🙂

    Sincerely, Kathleen Parker 💕

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    • Adrienne May 26, 2020 at 7:46 am #

      I am really rather happy at home. I haven’t been to Laurelhurst in a very long time. Lucy doesn’t like other dogs and Laurelhurst always has lots.

  2. dianeandlynne May 26, 2020 at 8:07 am #

    I love the idea of reading about a place, researching it, watching shows and documentaries about it. Sounds like a plan to me. It’s hard not to venture out, but I’m with you. It will take a while before I feel comfortable.

  3. Ramona May 26, 2020 at 8:16 am #

    Love your plans. You’re inspiring me to make some plans of my own.

  4. jumpofffindwings May 26, 2020 at 8:27 am #

    I, too, love the stay-at-home-and-travel idea. We went to a pretty great off-leash dog park out in St. Johns on one of our trips into Portland. (I think it was called Lucky Memorial.) I just posted this professional development idea on the OCTE website (right sidebar). I know you’re also interested in climate change, so I thought I’d pass it on. We’re also having a OCTE “for fun” book group this summer reading Tommy Orange’s There There. Anyway, the new normal, right? Stay healthy, the most important thing!

    • Adrienne May 26, 2020 at 8:44 am #

      Thanks. i will take a look at it. Got to keep my mind active.

  5. arjeha May 26, 2020 at 1:10 pm #

    I like how you are focusing on the positive. There are so many yearly events that are out On hold for the time being that it is important to find enjoyable alternatives.

    • Adrienne May 26, 2020 at 1:11 pm #

      So far, everyone is just rolling their 2020 plans over to 2021.

  6. Susan Apps-Bodilly May 26, 2020 at 1:45 pm #

    I also like your virtual travel idea! That sounds fun. Thanks!

  7. Writing to Learn, Learning to Write May 27, 2020 at 4:06 am #

    This is just about the time in the school year when my family sits down to make the summer list. Of course we usually have a vacation already well planned, and we are making a list of all sorts of other things we want to do and places we want to go. This year feels so different. What to do? I wasn’t sure I had anything to make a list of, but maybe I should do what you’ve started here. A staycation list. You have inspired me to get started.

  8. Lisa Corbett May 27, 2020 at 6:46 pm #

    I’m having a hard time thinking about summer! So many things are uncertain. Like you, I’m going to try to focus on some new adventures – no trip to the city, but maybe some camping! No trips to see Nana, but maybe some new skill to work on. I look forward to seeing your completed sweater (or blanket.)

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