Between the snow, and traveling, and teaching, and mothering, and all the other things going on in my Domestic Church, blogging has taken a far back seat. Just thought I would catch folks up.
First of all, I finally updated Pope Benedict's prayer intentions on the right side bar. I am embarrassed it took me so long to get February's up.
Last week I traveled to Texas. I attended the third session in the Converging Roads Catholic bioethics program. As always, it was a joy to be in San Antonio. It was made more joyful by the fact that the weather was 61-degrees with clear blue skies. My family at home was digging out of one of the worst blizzards ever to hit the DC area. After the conference I traveled back to Houston and visited my parents. My daughter and my oldest son and his bride joined us for Mass and breakfast on Sunday. I was supposed to fly out on Sunday, but the snowstorm at home nixed that. The airline rescheduled me for Monday, but my husband said there was nearly two feet of snow in our street and no snow plow expected for days. I moved the flight to Tuesday. Of course, round two of Snowmageddon was predicted for Tuesday. The airline moved my flight to Wednesday. Monday afternoon my husband called and asked how soon I could get on a flight. The neighborhood folks (including my husband and two sons) armed with snow shovels had cleared a one-car-wide path that enabled egress from the neighborhood. God bless them! There was a flight leaving Houston in three hours. My parents and I were on our way to the airport in less than an hour. Of course we had to drive through a driving rain accented by thunder, lightning, and hail to get there. But I made it. By midnight I was back in DC and meeting my husband at the airport. I am so fortunate to have been able to take advantage of that window between storms. On Tuesday, the airline suspended all flights into and out of DC until at least Thursday. By Tuesday night, the path that the neighbors had so diligently carved was just a memory as fresh snow filled the void. But we are all together and warm so life is good.
The class I teach at the community college has been canceled all week. We will resume on Monday. (though they have snow in the forecast for Monday!) Human Anatomy and Physiology is a tough class in the best of times because of the sheer volume of information that must be memorized. Now that we are on a compressed schedule, it will truly be a challenge to cover the material in the time remaining. I have posted all kinds of study aids for the students to get a handle on the topics. If they took advantage of this down time to study, they should be fine. Otherwise, they can expect a wild ride.
It looks like the public schools will be in session until the end of June. This is going to be a very short summer.
As a side note, I told my family back in October or November that I thought we were going to have a hard winter. The squirrels in the area were positively rotund. They sat on their haunches and they looked like they had major beer bellies. Next fall, if I see such fat squirrels, I think I will head south. Or maybe just invest in a snow blower.
In any case, I hope everyone is staying warm, healthy, and happy. Hopefully, life is settling down enough for me to get back into a regular writing routine.