Saturday, November 30, 2013

Traveling with a Tour Group

I study with great interest all the brochures that come our way--from Duke, Harvard, National Geographic, Viking Travel and now Roads Scholars as well.  In fact, so many came that I asked Harvard to stop sending paper copies.

Jim does not care to travel and traveling alone has its dangers and drawbacks.  I feel encouraged by my travels in the last two weeks, much of it on my own.  I made mistakes but they were easily corrected.  I did what I wanted to do and I relaxed when that seemed good.

I watched tour groups in a couple of settings and was grateful not to be a part of them.  The breakfast area in the Holiday Inn Express was packed with travelers as was the lobby.  The elevator was literally full up to the ceiling with luggage.  People were waiting for the single bathroom in the hall before they boarded the bus.  I was glad to be on my own time schedule.

Later at the NY Historical Society Museum Shop I was asked if I was with the tour group.  The woman ahead of me was in a mad hurry to choose and pay lest she keep her bus waiting.  Earlier another group came into the room where I was quietly contemplating the art and listening to my audioguide.  The chatter was so loud that I decided it was time to go.  Again I was glad to be on my own before the invasion.

Yet, maybe I will give it a try.  Susan's parents liked their Road Scholar experiences--at a craft camp and in the Everglades.  I would like to try one of a limited time frame, staying in a single room in one or two hotels without frequent changes, and within a time zone or two.  Maybe Costa Rica!  That looked interesting--one week, two hotels, no single supplement, same time zone, and not terribly expensive.  Could be fun!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Goals for 2014

Laura wrote of checking on goals for 2013 and setting new ones for 2014 on her blog November 19.  I haven't been doing new year's resolutions for a while--and don't really write down goals although I may have some especially for work.  But this year I am thinking about how I am going to keep busy, be productive, and help others.

So here is a start on my list:

1.  Keep a blog about adjusting to this next chapter of my life called "retirement" and share it with others.

2.  Take docent training at the Snite and SBMuseum of Art.

3.  Travel with Jim and extend those trips like I am doing right now.

4.  Relearn geometry with

5.  Learn lots of new organ music--maybe even some challenging stuff.

6.  Watch videos online.

7.  Read longer books--instead of quick reads.

8.  Find a way to help out in adult education--maybe not in the spring but in the fall of 2014.

9.  Spend more time with children and grandchildren--as I am doing this week.

10.  (added November 25)  Learn Greek so I can read the New Testament with greater interest!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Letting Go!

This morning's USAToday says that it is the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address.  I
immediately thought about using that in a lesson for the students.   A few weeks ago I learned that most of them did not know when the Civil War took place and that Abraham Lincoln was president during it.

I couldn't resist.  I texted Tracy, my sub, and suggested using this anniversary as a subject of cell phone searches.

This is what I will miss as much as anything--the planning and the carrying out of those plans.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Thoughts from 2 Northside Piers

I am at Dan's apartment overlooking the East River and the skyscrapers in Manhattan.

We left home on Thursday and I have been on the road for four nights with eleven to go!  Next spring when I travel it will not take as much planning.  I worked hard to get things ready for a sub and to make sure that each student knew what he or she should be working on this week in my absence.  I hope it all plays out according to plan.

I am having a wonderful time.  It was great to be with family in Princeton for a couple of days.  It was great to be here with Dan who was a wonderful host even if he did have more energy and physical stamina than his 67 year old mother.

One needs to do this kind of thing while one still has the ability to do so.  We were on six subway lines total yesterday en route to the Met Museum of Art and back.  No one gave up a seat for a white-haired lady.  In fact, I may have been the oldest person I saw on the subways.  Dan says the older folk take buses and cabs.  Today I plan to get to Manhattan by the East River Ferry and then a crosstown bus.

But for now, I am saving up energy and going with a change of plans for the day that will take less time and effort.  I don't want to get to the Cloisters badly enough to spend 30 minutes at least each way underground to get there.

I am very contented to sit here and read and look out over the river and just be grateful for the ability to enjoy it.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Suggestions from "Friends"

I'm retiring on December 31 and am enjoying the suggestions made just in the last few days for what I could do with my life. Any others?

Jim--take up golf (sorry, Jim)
David Banga--the musical saw (inspired by the last Subkirke band!)
Dan Vanderkam--calculus (geometry on first?)
Ruth Engbers--a visit to Milwaukee (that would be fun!)