An Italian-American living la dolce vita in the Deep South

An Italian-American living la dolce vita in the Deep South

Sunday, January 20, 2008

The best laid plans . . .

I just returned from Atlanta on a trip that a good friend and I had been planning for a couple of months. Our husbands watched the kids, and with Marriott points we were able to reserve a room in downtown Atlanta for free. We planned a fun-filled itinerary:

Saturday morning drive to Atlanta
visit Margaret Mitchell house and take tour
check-in at Downtown Marriott
have dinner at CNN Center
Barry Manilow concert at 8 p.m.
return home Sunday, early afternoon

But Saturday morning as we were driving to Atlanta, it started snowing. Really snowing. In fact, soon we were almost the only ones on the interstate, and as we approached Atlanta the weather was getting worse. We decided to check-in first, leave our car, and then take a taxi to continue with our itinerary. Here's what happened:

Margaret Mitchell house . . . closed due to weather.
Barry Manilow concert . . . postponed due to weather.

Well, okay then. We had a free weekend with neither husband nor children, we were in Atlanta, and we would have fun . . . even if it meant going to Plan B or even Plan C.

So, instead of the Margaret Mitchell house, we went to the High Museum where we wandered through three floors of breathtaking art. Instead of Barry Manilow, we got tickets to The Shakespeare Tavern and saw one of the best Shakespeare performances I have ever seen. And walking around downtown, we huddled under our umbrellas laughing hysterically at the craziness of it all. No, we did absolutely nothing on our itinerary, but absolutely everything worked out anyway.

And the best thing? Since the concert was not cancelled, but rather postponed, we will have to return to Atlanta again in a few weeks. Oh, darn!


Lisa said...

I love this, Bia! All's well that ends well. &:o)) I hadn't heard it was snowing in Georgia! That, in itself, was a certain kind of serendipity!

Wendy said...

What a wonderful turn of events. Ah, "the best laid plans of mice and men, ofttimes go awry." The art museum and the Shakespeare play sound like fantastic substitutes and you still get to head back for a Manilow concert. Lucky you. I enjoy reading your blog from time to time (since I, too, have three sons - ages 11, 3 and 1). I hope to use the idea in your last post about the $3 given to each individual and the spontaneous gift exchange (what a generous-natured son to have come up with that idea and volunteered his own funds!). Perhaps when my little ones are a bit older.

GrandmaK said...

We visited the High Museum just 4 weeks ago when we visited Jimmy for Christmas. As a matter of fact, when Jimmy (who would rather be at a Braves game than a museum) knows we are coming for a visit, he makes arrangements to go. We have really enjoyed the Louvre Exhibit. I think it's grand you had such a wonderful time in spite of, for you all, such inclement weather. Have a wonderful day!! Cathy

Karen said...

What a fun, fun weekend! I'm glad that you were able to shift plans so easily and still have a great time. AND get to go back again for Barry Manilow.

But an FYI - umbrellas aren't used in snow.

onthegomom said...

What a fun and relaxing weekend! Even if it wasn't exactly as planned you still got 'alone' time, which is always WELL WORTH IT! Plus, you get to go back :-)

:o) mg said...

Aha! I was wondering why your husband had the boys but you were no where to be seen at Mass on Saturday night. The thought that you might be on a girl's weekend did cross my mind, and I hoped it was that rather than some terrible tummy bug or something.
Hope all goes well for your return trip!

Bia said...

lisa- you would probably laugh at how paralyzed things get around here with just a couple inches of snow!

wendy- it's so nice to meet you. hooray for three boys!

cathy- what a coincidence that you were at the high museum just a few weeks ago! it was actually good we went because i saw the first part of the louvre exhibit last june, so it was nice to see this second part. in any case, i love wandering around museums! if you get a chance, try the dinner and play at The Shakespeare Tavern . . . it was absolutely fabulous.

karen- i know, iknow . . . snow and umbrellas. but, the snow was a very wet snow, and since we were walking everywhere, it worked out okay. honestly, though, on the rare occasions that it does snow down here, i'm scrambling: where are my boots? i know i have some gloves somewhere! i really need to get more prepared. Hope you had a great birthday!

onthegomom- alone time rocks!

mg- no tummy bug . . . thank goodness! so far we'vew managed to avoid it.

Maria said...

I'm glad you still had a fun time considering. You're so lucky to get away. I'd love a weekend!

Kellan said...

I wish I had been there with you - what a great time!! I'll meet you at the concert in 2 weeks! See you then (or sooner, I hope) - Kellan

SuburbanCorrespondent said...

a snowstorm in Atlanta - what were the odds? Sounds like it was fun anyway!