Several weeks ago I made an appointment to get some work done on my car, and yesterday I dropped it off at the shop so they could start on it first thing this morning.
Without a car, I had to figure out how to get to work today. Hubby Tony agreed to let me take him to the office and use his car. However, he then forgot our arrangement and made a dentist appointment for 3:30 this afternoon. In order to get there he'd have to start work at 6:30 (which when my alarm goes off on a normal day). His office is only fifteen minutes away, though; I'd just have to get up a little early and work a little faster when I got back home to get everything done before I had to leave again to get to work at 9:30. Sounded like a good plan to me.
However, Mother Nature didn't consult us about our plan when she scheduled an overnight snowfall.
Depending on which weather outlet you listened to we were supposed to get somewhere between one and five inches of snow starting at 6:00 last night. When I went to bed shortly after 9 there was nothing on the ground and I was hopeful the forecast was wrong, but in the middle of the night I got up to use the bathroom and saw everything was covered with fluffy white stuff.
This morning Tony rolled out of bed before I did. By time I made it downstairs after my shower he had the coffee going and the two inches of snow removed from the driveway. He'd turned the radio on in the kitchen and the TV in the family room to catch the forecast and latest road conditions. It sounded like the snow had moved out of the area, leaving a trail of messy streets and fender benders that would snarl traffic for the next few hours.
The more I thought about it the more sense it made to take my work things with me and keep going after I dropped Tony off. His office is only a mile away from the Interstate I use to get to work. It would take longer to get him there (and also longer to get back home). I'd also have to allow extra time to get to my job going back the same direction again in the middle of the morning rush hour.
I put my work clothes, laptop, and lunch in my gym bag, then quickly ate breakfast, poured my coffee in a large commuter cup, and got on the road. It took longer to get Tony where he needed to go, but once I made it to the Interstate it was running fairly smoothly. I pulled into the mall garage with two hours to spare.
My vehicle wasn't the first one there; the mall opens at 6:00 for walkers. It was so early, though, that the mall lights were still on overnight mode which made it very gloomy in the building. I picked a table next to the Starbucks and used their wifi to do the computer things I usually do at home. When I got caught up with all things Internet I locked my things in the Customer Service desk office and walked.
By the time I clocked in for my shift it felt like I'd been at the mall for a very long time....and I still had a five hour shift to go!
Five years ago today: New Thing #357--The Crib