Friday, April 16, 2010

Who would have thought a volcano would erupt?

I'm stuck in Frankfurt...alone. I planned it all so well. I was attending a conference this week in Luxembourg, planned to be away for four nights from my three kids. My parents are helping, nanny is helping etc. I was supposed to get back on Friday and my husband was to leave for a meeting in Houston - essentially passing the baton....I don't travel much so needless to say I spent a lot of time making detailed plans for the kids - sleepover at grandparents home, rides to activities etc....after all that planning and a deep wish for my travel not to become a burden on anyone, I am now stuck for what looks like three more nights!! I guess you can plan all you want but who would have thought a volcano would erupt?

I was supposed to fly out of Luxembourg this morning but when I realized my flight was not going to leave, I took a train to Frankfurt and re-booked for a flight out tomorrow morning. As soon as I got here, I was told that the Frankfurt airport is also closed and that I would likely not be able to get out before Monday....Monday!!!

The worst part is that I have spent the last 24hours in panic-mode unable to relax. I finally went for dinner in my hotel and took a Real Simple Magazine, trying to relax...I'm so used to multi-tasking it was a really hard day to just be in the moment. I kept thinking I should open my netbook and finish checking email, or work on some of my work projects or send emails from the conference contacts.

Finally, it occured to me that I needed to do what I do best. Make a To-Do list for my weekend away. And finally I started to realize that this weekend is an opportunity to indulge in some 'me' time. I made a list of all that I would do if someone gave me a weekend off...

Now I'll do what I always do and spend the next two days checking things off that list! What's on my list? Well - it definitely includes shopping, pampering and some blogging as well :)

8 comments:

  1. Sounds like you need to relax with a nice glass of wine and enjoy Frankfurt. Might as well make the most of the situation. Everyone will be fine without you..they don't really have a choice.

    Glad you figured it out before the weekend was up.. good luck!

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  2. Oh. This so easily could have been me. I was in France last week - for my first extended absence from my daughter - and flew home Wednesday night.

    I keep thinking about how stressed out I would've been if I were stuck... and how lucky I am to be home.

    I am SO SORRY that you are stuck. But you might as well make the best of it ;).

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  3. My husband's stranded in Frankfurt too! Was supposed to come home tonight, now looks like early next week.

    I told him the same - it's not every day your plans are interrupted by a volcano. Do whatever you can to make the most of it. You'll never forget this weekend!

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  4. Good for you! Make that list and ENJOY yourself.

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  5. Enjoy your weekend. I've never been to Germany, or even Europe. You are going to remember this weekend a lot more than your kids - might as well make the most of it.

    It's going to be rainy, here in the South. Good movie weekend. The pollen is worse than it has been in a hundred years, according to many (they've been around that long, I wonder?). We're all sniffling our way through the week, hoping the rain will give us some relief from our red, itchy eyes (well, those of us who have been outside - I've been in the lab basement). Hope you have nice weather, and if not, enjoy a book at the hotel!

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  6. Wow, it is hard to be away! Not "Real Simple" by any means. Glad you can try to find time for yourself given these circumstances. Whenever I travel for work I always leave home at the latest possible time and return as soon as I can, staying for just as long as I need to for whatever conference/meeting I'm at, cutting it really close. But some built in or forced (in your case) extra time for yourself is something new to explore... Hang in there!

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  7. My husband is stuck in Paris. Both of you are eager to be home. I pray it is soon for both of you!

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  8. Thank you all for your comments - just checking now. I actually ended up going to Paris (have a family member there) and yesterday made my way to Barcelona by train to catch my flight booked for tomorrow - it has been an unforgettable week - a treat, ridden with anxiety and many messages for my spirit...one of which is to slow down and enjoy the journey of life :) Thanks for all your good wishes and hopefully the next time I write will be from home!

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