Fortunately, Unfortunately

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Today’s post was inspired by the classic (and highly adaptable) book Fortunately, by Remy Charlip. I’ve considered buying the book for my classroom for several years. And as it turns out I should have–I just found out that my classroom budget went from several hundred dollars to zero-zip-nada-rien thanks to the huge educational budget cuts.

my husband got a phone call from his sister (who lives 3000 miles away).

it was to inform us that their uncle had just passed away.

the service was scheduled for a day I was off of work.

the service was scheduled 200 miles away from our home.

we have friends that live in the area, with whom we could stay.

their kids (friends to our kids) were in our neck of the woods on vacation.

we drove the 200 miles quickly and without incident.

I left my pajamas, hairbrush, shampoo, exercise clothes, and medications at home.

I remembered to bring one of my P90x DVDs with me.

I brought the wrong one and felt sick half way through it.

the kids did well at the memorial service and family gathering afterward.

the traffic on the drove home was atrocious.

And unfortunately
if we didn’t get to the pharmacy by 7:00pm, Professor X would be without his medications until after the long weekend.

our car does a great job of going 80 mph.

we got to the pharmacy at 7:03pm.

Professor X had called 10 minutes ahead of that to beg the pharmacist to stay open a few extra minutes.

And fortunately
she did!

I got back home to find three messages saying my classroom had been broken into last night.

But fortunately
the intruder had taken nothing and left only broken glass, blood, and a child-size foot print. 🙁
Sarcastic message of the day: I’m so glad the members of our community are so supportive of the educational funding crisis at this time by testing our security systems, reminding our custodial staff how to clean up glass, putting our hazardous body fluid containers into early use, and making sure our police department is handling situations in a timely fashion.

What a whirlwind of 2 days!

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  1. Yikes, no kidding!! Glad to hear everything went well, despite all the “unfortunatelies!!”

    Good to see you a little more regularly again ~ I’ve missed you!

  2. I’m so sorry for all you went through–it’s good to see you maintained a sense of humor about the whole thing.

  3. that sounds like a trying and wearying couple of days, but with some wonderful highlights thrown in!

  4. wow….what a time you all had…now if I counted right…you had more fortunatelys than unfortunatelys…so that’s a good thing.

  5. Whoa! You had your hands full.

    Sorry to hear about the loss of your uncle but glad to hear the pharmacist went the extra step to help you out.

    As for the the intruder– Grrrrrr.


  6. Goodness gracious … a whirlwind indeed!
    I just don’t understand the motives of people who do such things as break into classrooms!

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