It has been four months since my wonderful, inspiring, and beautiful trip to Scotland. The summer flew by with a fun family trip to the Rocky Mountains and lots of adventures with my Little from Big Brothers Big Sisters. September literally rocketed past due to my involvement in teaching a new grade, in a new (elementary) division with all new learning styles and curricula.
I have been busy coaching volleyball, preparing for a much-needed bathroom renovation, and developing some professional development activities for my staff due to a new role that I embraced at work. I met "Kids in the Hall" star Kevin McDonald during a hilarious night of improv at a local theater. I even took my niece and nephews to the West Edmonton Mall Water Park and was bullied into going down a water slide that was literally vertical and sent you hurtling through the air via a disappearing trapdoor.
|Meeting Kevin McDonald of "Kids in the Hall"|
|The crazy slides at the West Edmonton Mall Water Park|
Busy, but seemingly not busy enough. The itch has begun...
The second week of November is a week off from school, due to a day in lieu for two long evenings of Parent-Teacher Interviews (or Portfolio Conferences as they are known in my school division), Remembrance Day, and some other thing that I cannot remember at the moment. Regardless, it all adds up to a week away from work, and oh! The possibilities for adventure are endless. Except...
Except I promised my hubby no more trips in 2012 (I've gotten to go to St. Louis, Portland, Las Vegas, Scotland, and British Columbia already).
Except I promised my hubby AND my bank account to quit impulse shopping and spending money on unplanned, big ticket items (like the grey pull-out couch I want for the basement guest room).
Except I promised everyone that I would have a complete bathroom renovation done by Christmas season so we could possibly host a family dinner.
|My dream bathroom off Pinterest|
As I mulled this over in my mind, most likely with a very unattractive pouting expression on my face, fate decided to step in. Or at least, pop her head in the door. I morosely Googled "Teaching Conferences November 2012" to see what I could find... and what do you know? There is an AMAZING English Teacher's conference in Las Vegas during that particular week in November. Not only would I get to scratch that travel itch that has begun to squirm under my tan-faded skin, but I would have the opportunity to meet authors such as Nicholas Sparks, Jon Sczieska, and Scott Westerfield. I would get free novels to add to my classroom library. And even better, since I was shortlisted for an Excellence in Teaching Award in Alberta last year, I have some PD money that I was awarded to help pay for this adventure. My husband and my 70s bathroom decor couldn't even complain!
So, the choice lays before me. I haven't booked anything yet, but by Friday I hope to have made my decision. Will I be taking a day-trip to the Grand Canyon? Will I rappel off the side of the Stratosphere? Will I become the next romantic muse for Nicholas Sparks? Check in this weekend to find out!