Sunday, March 10, 2013

The Joy of Planning



I'm not going to tell you all the details about how I plan for instruction. Honestly, I'm one of those teachers who has a general "game plan" but finds my best inspiration hits me at odd moments. I change my plans on the fly, sometimes just moments before instruction begins. Okay, I'll be completely honest. Sometimes I change things WHILE I'm teaching. (Don't you?) I find this doesn't lend itself to having incredibly complex written lesson plans.

No, what I want to talk about today may feel a bit like bragging. I'm not sure I can help it, though, because I am so excited! My planning is about my dream trip to Ireland that I'll be taking this June.

My husband and I wanted to visit Ireland when we got married (cough.... almost 20 years ago...). Back then, though, we really couldn't justify the cost. Instead, we had a cozy little honeymoon at the shore. Now that we have another 20 years under our belt, we decided it was time. Really, visiting Ireland is on MY bucket list. I don't have more than about 3 drops of Irish blood, but there's something about her that has called to me since high school.

Last year we decided that we would visit the Emerald Isle to celebrate our 20th anniversary. (Yes, we got married when we were tweens. That's the only way I can believe I've been married for almost 20 years!). We got all the guidebooks and poured through them. Knowing that this is probably the only time we'll go, though, we found a travel specialist to help us plan the perfect trip.

Filling out her questionnaire was fun. Paging through the books to decide what things were on our "must see" list was exciting. Yet it wasn't until just a few days ago that it all started to come together. Our travel planner sent me an outline of our trip and a few questions.

There's this lovely little bed and breakfast she found that she wanted to put on our list - what did I think?  Lovely doesn't begin to describe it. I wish I could go there right now!

Here are links for two castles, which one would you like to choose? Staying overnight in a castle is something I've dreamt of since I was a teen. The best part? Both castles have "hawk walks" that will allow me to cross another item off of my bucket list. There will be a hawk ON MY HAND! I shiver in anticipation.






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