Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Four Days of Bliss!

Today I join my fellow bloggers in "serving up a slice" 
to the Tuesday Slice of Life sponsored by Two Writing Teachers.
Day 1:  picked up at the airport by daughter, shopped at the mall for several hours, stopped to purchase pumpkins and apple cider doughnuts, shared a late lunch at the Ithaca Bakery, and enjoyed an evening walk to Ithaca Falls (only ten minutes from their place).

Day 2:  slept in, graded papers* in my PJs , indulged in my chosen vacation read (The End of Your Life Book Club), took a nap, strolled to the Bookery (when daughter arrived home early from work), and enjoyed a beautiful sunset on the drive to our delicious dinner at Hazelnut Kitchen in Trumansburg.
*I'm always nervous to take student papers when I travel.  What if I lose them?  So I chose carefully (PWOW vocabulary & SS key terms), knowing that if they were lost, I'd give everyone an automatic 100 for the lost work.  No losses on this trip!

Day 3:  celebrated with an early morning stop at the Friends of Ithaca Library book sale,

enjoyed whole wheat chocolate chip pancakes and bacon for breakfast, visited with my daughter's landlady who lives in the duplex next door, graded a few more papers,

took a short hike to Taughannock Falls, 

watched Princess Bride (my first time) with daughter and son-in-law (who has watched it so many times that he can quote most of it by heart), graded some more papers, and enjoyed a fabulous chocolate caramel walnut tart baked by daughter for a game night with friends (a friend was in town visiting her two former roommates).  Meeting friends of friends, a great way to connect with folks in a new community!

Day 4:  enjoyed attending church together, skypped with son and daughter-in-law, shared a delicious asparagus frittata (my daughter is a great cook!), packed up (way too soon for my visit to be almost over), drove through the Cornell campus with son-in-law pointing out the interesting buildings, sat in the backseat with daughter who shared phone tips with me for the iOS 7 as we drove to the airport, and reveled in a "squeeze-the-stuffing-out-of-you" hug from daughter that must last me until our next visit sometime in the spring.


  1. What a lovely visit. These are all activities(and food:) I would enjoy,too! My favorite part, "reveled in "a squeeze-the-stuffing-out-of-you" hug from daughter..."and I trust you are feeling that hug still.

  2. "Squeeze-the-stuffing-out-of-you" hugs are the very best kind! Your pictures were lovely and it sounds like you had a nice trip. Aren't they always too short?

  3. What a lovely time! I love your photos and beautiful descriptions. I can feel the relaxation oozing off the page.

  4. That sure sounds like time well-spent. That hug sounds wonderful too. Much like the ones I exchange at the end of family visits.

  5. I could hear your smile throughout this quick trip. What a treasure to be able to steal away a few days and spend them with such good company, and the food sounded de-lish! That hug is the only way to end a visit.

  6. What a fun summary of your visit! I'm so glad you were able to come out. Now to get you out here for a couple of weeks during the summer!

  7. What a jammed-packed, fun-filled four days! So glad you had such a great time.

  8. I loved following along side you through pictures and words on this fun journey. All while grading papers :)

  9. Teachers are so responsible, you, too, Ramona. Such a wonderful weekend, & you still took your work, thinking of your students. It sounds like a terrific time-love the pics, seeing your daughter, and that beautiful scenery & sky-wow! Thanks!