I went to bed last night knowing that a cold front and precipitation were coming through the area. At some point in the middle of the night the temperature fell below freezing, and it started snowing. The first thing I did when I woke up today was look out the bedroom window. There wasn’t a lot of snow on the ground (I could still see some grass peeking though when I looked out my window), but I knew that it would be enough to make my drive to work a mess.
In our area it doesn’t take much white stuff to send people into a tizzy. I think part of the problem is that we don’t have much chance to practice; we only have to deal with bad weather a couple of times a year. I’ve been dreading this day since I started my job at a mall Customer Service desk across town. For more than a decade I’ve been blessed to have jobs close to my house, and for the past six years, I had jobs in education, which meant snow days when things got really bad.
However, there’d be no time off for me today. After breakfast I didn’t stop to read email or check on any of my friends in cyberspace. Instead, I threw together a lunch, put on my work clothes, and left the house. I’m scheduled to be there at 9:30 to do things before the mall officially opens at 10. Since it’s after rush hour my commute only takes 25 minutes, but I allow 45 in case there’s a problem. Today I gave myself an extra hour. I brought the newspaper, because I figured I was being paranoid and would have time to kill when I arrived much too early.
Getting through the subdivision streets wasn’t a problem, and I really started second guessing my decision. Then I got to the main street. I was on Highway 141 (a state road with several stoplights) for six miles—and 45 minutes. I thought it would get better when I got on the Interstate. I thought wrong; that eight miles of inching along took me almost another hour. At 9:20 I called my boss and told him I’d be late. I got off the Interstate one exit earlier than I normally do, took side streets the rest of the way, and was so glad to see the sign for the mall! I clocked in at 9:40 and had just enough time to use set everything up and use the restroom before all the stores opened.
I get off at 2:00 this afternoon. I really hope the roads are better by then!