Thursday, December 13, 2007

Snow day!

I'm out here in Salina, KS for two days. The plan was that I'd do a day of writing workshops with fifth graders today and then have performances at other schools tomorrow. It wasn't until I'd arrived last night that I learned that school would be cancelled today.

There was a massive ice storm here. Lots of houses (and the middle school) are still without electricity. Limbs are down all over town. I went out for a walk this morning and took some pictures. It was brilliantly sunny and the trees sparkled. I used my old-fashioned camera (remember, the kind that uses something called "film"?) so I won't have the pics for a while. I dug around on youtube and found some footage, not of the sunny scenes but of earlier devastation. I'm not sure if this is Salina, but it might be:

So today was a day off. I've been getting over a cold and didn't mind having more time to feel better. I had full confidence that I'd be in the schools tomorrow.

It was a pleasant day, a motel-based solitary retreat, with a short meeting in the afternoon. I stopped at Big Lots on the way back to the motel and was surprised to hear the cashier say that school was cancelled tomorrow as well. I thought about going home, but by chance I'm in a room with a jacuzzi. I'll hang out here and make my way home tomorrow before the next snowstorm blows in.

Time to fill the tub.


Mary said...

I love your "making lemonade" attitude. Enjoy the snow day!

PriscillaHowe said...

That was exactly the rest I needed! I need to remember that however much I love the WOW weekends, driving 20 hours round trip isn't so relaxing. Next time I go, for the Going Deep Festival in April, I'm going to break up the trip by performing in the Cape Girardeau Storytelling Festival the week before and making my way slowly to Indiana.

larkspur31 said...

Well, I think it's great that you wound up in a room with a jacuzzi! Did you watch TV as you lounged in the tub, or read a trashy magazine or good book?

PriscillaHowe said...

I had planned to watch TV, but the tub was too loud and I didn't want to have the television blasting. Then I turned the tub jets off and just soaked.

Maybe I should write a post about how I mostly only watch TV when I'm on the road. Or did I already do that?