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Between a rock and a hard place

4 Jun

“I’m sorry, we don’t seem to have a record of that reservation,” the friendly hostess told me over the phone.

I’d suspected as much. It was Sunday – two days before I was going to Outdoor School for four days with my sixth graders – and I had expected an “It’s getting close” email reminder from Sniff Dog Hotel. They always come in the morning, two days before Lucy is going to stay. But now it was afternoon.

I had called under the guise of making an August reservation for a summer trip and casually asked about the reservation for today, June 4th. Maybe a naughty word crossed my lips when she told me there was no reservation.

I wanted to tell her what had happened. How the camp we’d originally been scheduled to attend had burned down. How I’d cancelled Lucy’s reservation for that date. How a union retreat in March had also been rescheduled and I had cancelled and rescheduled Lucy’s stay. In all the cancelling and rescheduling, I missed making this reservation.

Of course they had room for a last minute reservation…in the View Suite! Of course I booked it – I was between a rock and a hard place.

Here is a view of one of the rooms Lucy will occupy. That’s not her in either of the rooms, but you can see that her accommodations will probably be a little more luxurious than mine. It’s fancy, but I know they will take care of my baby while I am gone.


On my way to Chicago #alaac17

23 Jun


It’s been a whirlwind of a week. I said goodbye to my students, checked out with my principal, and flew out the school parking lot so I could get home in a timely manner. I needed to feed Lucy before dropping her off at Sniff Dog Hotel.


When I got home I packed my bag. I like to do it after Lucy is settled at Sniff, because seeing the suitcase makes her nervous.

I was up earlier than I needed to be this morning and plan on getting to the airport earlier than necessary. It is just my nature. It is a four-hour flight to Chicago and I have a good book to read.


And that is how I spent my first day of summer vacation. Tomorrow I’ll start posting about the conference itself.



On my way to ALA #alamw17

20 Jan


Today is mostly a travel day.

Lucy was dropped off at Sniff Dog Hotel last night.



She was sad & trembly, which made me sad, but I know she will be well cared for and have a good time. We arrived as people were picking up their dogs from daycare. I hope Lucy greets me as excitedly as the dogs we saw greeted their people.

When I got home from dropping her off, I  had dinner and packed my bag.

I was up very early this morning to make my 5:45 flight. I’ve never been to Atlanta. I was supposed to go to an NCTM conference there over 10 years ago, but a recurrence of a MRSA infection kept me grounded. My doctor said no flying, so I didn’t get to go.

I won’t get to see much of the city, but I have a reception Friday night at World of Coca Cola (thank you Penguin Random House). I hope to have some good meals, hear about some great books and meet some authors.

I packed  Bone and Bread by Saleema Nawaz for the flights to Atlanta.


Stay tuned for my further adventures in Atlanta.

I’m on my way #alamw16

8 Jan


Today is mostly a travel day.

Lucy was dropped off at Sniff Dog Hotel last night.


She was sad & trembly, which made me sad, but I know she will be well cared for and have a good time. We arrived as people were picking up their dogs from daycare. I hope Lucy greets me as excitedly as the dogs we saw greeted their people.

When I got home from dropping her off I packed my bag, had dinner and did some more rereading. I  will also be rereading on the plane.

I arrive in Boston around 4 in the afternoon, which will give me time to check into the hotel and the conference before I go off to the first of two receptions Friday night. This is a stretch for me, the introvert, and we shall see if I make it to  and survive both.

The Morris Committee meets Saturday afternoon, at which time we will debate the merits of our five finalists and decide which one rises to the top.


I think, at some point, we make a conference call to the winner. I hope I’m right about that. If I am, I will definitely tell you how it went.

My next post will be from Boston!

I’m on my way to ALA!

25 Jun


I’m on my way. The girls have been dropped off at Sniff Dog Hotel, where they will be well cared for.


I have  a couple of books in my carry-on, but I plan on reading Unspeakable by Caroline Pignat.


Last summer, when I was visiting Ottawa with my sister & her family, we went to the Canadian Museum of History. They had a special exhibit about the Empress of Ireland , which sank in the St. Lawrence River on  May 29, 1914.  Of the 1,477 people on board, 1,012 died. It was an incredibly moving exhibit and I am getting teary-eyed just thinking about it.

Well, Unspeakable  is a YA novel set on the Empress of Ireland during her last voyage.

From the publisher: Working as a stewardess aboard the Empress of Ireland allows Ellie Ryan to forget about why she has been banished from the family home, why her great aunt ultimately had to find her this job. On her second voyage, Ellie finds herself drawn to the solitary fire stoker who stands by the ship’s rail late at night, often writing in a journal.

Jim. Ellie finds it hard to think of him now, after that awful night. She tries to tell herself that he survived, but it’s hard to believe when so many didn’t.

So when Wyatt Steele, journalist for The New York Times shows up at her door in Liverpool, England, and asks for her story, Ellie refuses. But when he shows her Jim’s journal, she jumps at the chance to be able to read it herself, to find some clue of the man she had fallen in love with, perhaps a clue to what happened to him. There’s only one catch: she will have to tell her story to Steele and he’ll “pay” her by giving her the journal. One page at a time.

Guided by Steele, Ellie slowly opens up. But more lies at the heart of her story than even Ellie knows, and as she spends more time with Steele and Jim’s journal, she discovers what was once unspeakable — for both her and Jim.

Leader of the pack

29 Jul


Tomorrow, I go on vacation. Today I am in a flurry of packing. First I will pack for the girls. They are staying in separate locations this trip. Lucy will stay at Sniff Dog Hotel, where she will have rooftop strolls. Fiona was going to stay there, then we had a little health scare. She will stay at the vet’s office instead. It wont be quite as exciting. She sleeps most of the time anyway, but I think she will get a lot of attention.

I will pack their bags first. They each get their blankie and enough food for the week I will be gone. Lucy’s bag will contain the training treats I use when she sees another dog and a nylabone. She likes a good chew from time to time. Fiona’s will include her ear drops and an am/pm pill container for her old lady meds. I will also send along baby wipes because she’s prone to UTIs and keeping her downstairs clean seems to help.

Later today, I will pack my bag. I will take my larger suitcase and will pay the $25.00 to check it. I could probably fit it all in a smaller case I could carry into the cabin, but I am rather short and I hate getting things into and out of the overhead bins. The really important things will go in my carry-on, just in case the suitcase doesn’t arrive. This includes my asthma meds, camera, knitting and reading material.

What essentials can you not live without, and are so important you’d  put them in your carry on?

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