Blue Cat Changes His Plan



If you’re wondering where Blue Cat’s picture is today, you need to know that Blue Cat loves snow, but doesn’t like driving in it. So today he’s hiding in his creator’s purse – because today Blue Cat learned that a plan is not a recipe, but a guide.

That will take a bit of explaining. Blue Cat is in Provo, Utah picking up some of his friends from college (BYU to be exact), and like always he made a plan on how the trip would go. He was going to drive out on Friday, do some sightseeing on Saturday, and then drive back to Colorado on Sunday. A nice, relaxing trip – but then the snow came.

Unknown to Blue Cat, there’s a front going through the West, and it’s going to dump a lot of snow on the mountain passes on Saturday night and Sunday (or not – you can never tell in Colorado). And so driving home on Sunday will be very difficult. But Blue Cat has a plan, he says! Blue Cat can’t go against the plan!

Well – plans are just that – plans. It’s easier to always follow the plan, but things change and usually in ways that the plan can’t handle. So while having a plan is a good thing, you also need to know when to improvise as things change.

Blue Cat also knows that making a plan helps you to improvise. For example, even though he has to leave a day early, Blue Cat already has a good route picked out and knows where all the good places to eat are. And he knows he’ll be home in time for snacks.

So try to plan your projects like Blue Cat, but don’t worry if the plan has to be sidelined when things change. And have a great week!

UPDATE: Blue Cat learned another important lesson on this trip – that you can’t second-guess a decision made in the past. You see, he made the decision to drive home early based on the information he had at the time – that the weather would be really bad over the passes on Sunday. He missed all of the snow, but it turns out the storm wasn’t nearly as bad as predicted. So he could have stayed in Provo another day without too much trouble. But does this mean he made a bad decision? No, because the decision he made was based on his knowledge at the time and so it was a good decision. So – no worries for Blue Cat. And he’s safely home in Colorado!

(C) William P Doyle, Jr 2014 All Rights Reserved


Blue Cat and Recovering From Disaster


According to some, the world ends (or at least experiences a major disaster) today. Blue Cat doesn’t think that’s going to happen, but he did experience a minor disaster and saw how improvising and being creative can help you when things don’t go the way you’ve planned.

Blue Cat’s creator is going to a party today and promised to bake a cake. She used a new recipe, but didn’t remember to adjust the recipe for high altitude baking. (Blue Cat lives in Colorado Springs at an altitude of over 6000 feet above sea level.) You may not know it, but you need to add more flour and liquid to recipes when you’re baking at altitudes higher than 3500 feet, or else your cake may not rise the way you’d like it to.

The cake ended up severely depressed (which, for a cake – a usually festive piece of food – is catastrophic). Instead of a fluffy center, there was a giant dip. And layering the cake didn’t help…


The cake was depressed, but Blue Cat’s creator wasn’t…

Blue Cat’s creator didn’t panic – instead, she used the result to make an even cooler cake than she had planned. The depression became a crater, and she used materials from around the kitchen (including some cookie crumbs from another baking mishap) to create a semi-realistic meteor impact site (complete with high-temperature glass shards and a barely-surviving house). She took what could have been a baking nightmare and turned it into the perfect cake for a party on the last day of the Mayan calendar.

So the next time your plan doesn’t go as you had hoped, Blue Cat suggests you don’t give up. He says to use the situation to your advantage and see how it presents an opportunity to be successful in a different way.

Blue Cat also hopes there are some leftovers…

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