This Sunday came reeeeeeeealllllllly early this morning. I’m on the East Coast, so I’m three hours ahead already and then the time change came and we lost yet another hour. So, I had to get up at what would have been 2:45 a.m. my time at home before travel and said time change. It was not fun. But, I’ve survived. Logistically, today is a nightmare too. I have one student who wanted to stay through the end of competitive rounds (understandably) and with the change in schedule due to the cancellation of the tournament on Thursday, it would have put us missing our flight out today. So, the other students wanted/needed to go back (one of them has been sick since we left and almost lost her voice, another is done competing at that time and the other is only missing one round – so, makes sense), so today I need to drive them back to the Columbus Airport to catch the scheduled flight, pick up a new rental car because the rental car place could not change my reservation over the phone and I don’t have access to a travel agent on the weekend so I just had to book another reservation reflecting the change, and drive back here to Athens for the banquet this evening. Then, tomorrow, me and the student who is staying will drive to Dayton (new airport) to catch a flight that will get us in to Sacramento four hours earlier than any flight out of Columbus tomorrow. The drive to Dayton is about twice as long as the drive to Columbus, but it is so worth it to get back earlier tomorrow. So, I have a lot of driving ahead of me today and tomorrow (all that above plus the hour and a half back to our hometown from Sacramento).
But, the experience has been totally worth it! The students had a great time and the place is beautiful. I would have liked to have been able to do some more sightseeing, but the weather on arrival put an end to those thoughts. But, playing in the snow and slip sliding around on ice for the first couple of days gave the students a new experience. So, overall, I give it a B+!
Other than that, I have been able to get some grading done (although I still have much, much more to do), I am having to miss classes for the third time in three classes again tomorrow (sick last Monday, traveling on Wednesday) and I have a boatload of paperwork to do for reconciling this trip. But, that is typical after a national tournament trip. The weird thing is that I have Spring Break next week, so I will literally be back for one class (for M/W classes) and then be off for another week. My T/Th classes only got cancelled on Thursday of last week and I’ll be there for those on Tuesday, so those are in better shape. But, I have coverage for my evening classes tomorrow and cancelling my one morning class tomorrow should not be too big of an issue as we can easily catch up over the next few class periods. So, all in all, not awful considering the length of this trip and being sick a week ago.
I have a feeling this week is going to be a bit rough though. But, we shall see!
So, where are your thoughts straying to this Sunday?