In a perfect world, I'd be sitting on a plane just now--thirty-five minutes from touchdown in New Orleans. I've been looking forward to this holiday weekend for a very long time. Heather Graham's Writers For New Orleans Conference. A weekend surrounded by writers, publishing professionals, many of them close friends. I've spent the better part of the past week cramming for a workshop and a performance in a dinner theater show. My bags were packed--ready to go....
Then last night came the news of Tropical Storm Gustav. A projected path has it headed for New Orleans. It could hit by Sunday/Monday and it could be a category 3 hurricane by then. Last night LA declared a state of emergency and announced that they may evacuate New Orleans as early as tomorrow.
Or not. Depends on if Gustav changes directions or peters out. But I was scheduled to fly in this morning and fly back Monday. What if I flew in only to be evacuated the next day along with 30,000 other people?? Although I am an optimism, I also have a healthy imagination...
Heart heavy, I opted on the side of caution (plus also saving my husband much worry). Last night I sent my apologies to Heather and this morning I cancelled my flight. I am so disappointed. I really needed this particular weekend.
That said, my thoughts are with my friends who do indeed travel to to NOLA in spite of the storm as well as everyone who lives in New Orleans and along the coast. Haven't they endured enough for two lifetimes? Beat it, Gustav! Better yet, die a quick death!
Meanwhile, I am determined to overcome my 'blues' and to look on the bright side. Five unexpected days here at home. I can catch up on much needed housework. I can do a full body dive back into my next deadline book. I can update my website. Catch up on my blogs. I can spend some quality time with my husband.
As my friend, Mary reminded me last night, sometimes you have to make lemonade out of lemons. Thus... I am off to squeeze out some sunshine.
What are you doing this holiday weekend?
WRITING: Completed revisions and polishing of EVIE EVER AFTER.
EXERCISE: Zero. Devoted the last five days to revisions and pre-conference stuff.
DIET: After a couple of weeks of being a yo-yo, I am back on track. Lost one (1) more pound! I have now lost 14 pounds total. Yay!
QUOTE OF THE DAY: "When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us." -- Helen Keller