I’m writing this from Orlando where I went for an extremely quick speaking trip. I was in and out in one day. It makes for a long day, though not incredibly long. I left the house at 6:30 a.m. Wednesday with a return time of 11 p.m. I potentially could have done it even quicker, but some of that padding was to ensure I was not late for my one-hour talk. So I had time to walk around the Disney Boardwalk near the Dolphin hotel. It was not Florida’s finest weather — a bit drizzly, and maybe 65. But it was so nice to walk around outside and put my feet on the (fake lake) sand in January.
When I was booking the flight to Orlando, I realized that there were flights out of PHL and Trenton for less than $100. Maybe I’ll jet down some cold day! For, I don’t know, research?
Speaking of which, I have a few articles I’m working on for places that I’m looking for help with. One — inversely related to being in Florida in January — is about your snow day survival plan. The sudden cancellation (or 2-hour delay) of school can throw a real wrench into a working parent’s plans. So what’s your survival strategy? I admit that I don’t have a good one. Obviously, I can work from home anyway, but not well with kids underfoot.
And second, I’m writing about the schedules of parents who work and homeschool. I have heard from a surprising number of homeschooling parents that they found 168 Hours useful, possibly because fitting the pieces of work (even flexible work) and full time schooling together may require the creative use of all 168 hours! If you’d be willing to share how you make these two things fit together, I’d love to hear your story. As always, you can email me at lvanderkam at yahoo dot com, or post in the comments here.