Thursday, June 12, 2008

Travel Plans

I'm getting excited. Starting Sunday, I will be traveling for 4 of the next 5 weeks. First, I'll be going to Tucson, Arizona for a 4-day fund-raising and development conference. I don't know how much "fun" that will be, but it should be interesting and useful to me. Our vice principal will be going, too.

Our meetings are 8-5, with the evenings available to us for rest and/or socializing. I suspect I'll spend most of that time in my room working as I will be taking the month of July completely off from work for the first time in 14 years!!! I am so looking forward to that, you cannot imagine.

I will have a week back at school before I begin my next trip. On the 27th, I'll be going with my sister and her family down to New York City to meet up with the orchestra and choir we will be traveling with for the next three weeks. We have a concert in Carnegie Hall Sunday afternoon and then will be taking an overnight flight to Athens where we will begin a concert tour that will take the group to many of the places where the Apostle Paul visited on his missionary journeys.

The orchestra we are traveling with, the New England Youth Ensemble, is the orchestra I traveled with for three years back in the early 90s, which my sisters played with for many years in the 70s and 80s, of which my brother-in- law is an inaugural member, and in which my nieces and their cousins have been members for a few years now. The orchestra is celebrating more than 37 years of performing all over the world, and I am so excited to be traveling with it again.

I will not be playing this time, although my sister, brother-in-law, and niece will. I am just going along for the (inexpensive) ride. And what a great ride it will be! I'm not going on the entire tour. It actually lasts until the end of July, but I just didn't see how I could be gone from home all that time, so will be leaving them after Istanbul. I'll miss Romania, Bulgaria, Austria. Part of me is sad about that, but I'm just thrilled to be doing what I'm doing, so won't cry over the missed cities. My niece and a good friend will do the whole thing, so I'll revel in their pictures and stories when they come home.

Photos: More flowers in the gardens at school (except the daisies which are from my mother's garden); what is keeping me up late every other night recently. Go Celtics!


Andrew said...

Hello. A bit random I know, but on another blog discussing Ian McKellan's "Acting Shakespeare", you mentioned that you had a VHS copy of the show that you still watched. Do you know it is so impossible to find these days?! As an acting student in London, England, I would love to see it! Thanks, Andrew

Lindah said...

Ohh, I would love to be a friendly little mouse travelling in your pocket to Athens and surrounds!

Sounds like a wonderful trip. Enjoy! Stay well and refreshed. Take lots of pics.

Looking forward to a report! :-)

sunny said...

Have a great trip. Look forward to reading all about it and seeing the photos.

Shawn Brace said...

Man, this has been the European summer for so many people I know. I'm so jealous!!!

By the way, I don't know if my mother got back to you on your question, but, yes, she did take her laptop with her. I am not sure what she did with it during the day, etc., but perhaps I can ask her when she gets back and let you know (you're not leaving until the 27th, right?)