Saturday, December 22, 2012
I thought a bit about my post yesterday, and I realized that I am grateful and pleased about one particular thing.
I can drive in the snow! I grew up in southern California, and had virtually no reason to drivein the snow, as I am sure everyone understands.
However, I was forced to learn how to drive in the snow/ice back in 1990, when we lived in Texas. Talk about ice storms! I remember one time when my husband drove me back from East Texas State University, and there was BLACK ICE on all the roads. I was terrified, but he managed quite nicely. Although I STILL do not like black ice, I respect it and understand the dangers.
But then, we lived in Michigan for a couple of years, then Connecticut for a couple of years. Those two lovely states get snow every year. I remember the first time I drove in Michigan snow. There was about 1/8th inch of snow on the ground and I slid in my 1986 Dodge Colt about 2 feet when I tried to stop at an intersection. Well, well. That forced me to rethink my skills and attitude. Either I had to learn to drive in snow or not drive at all during the winter.
Of course, I learned how to drive in the snow. I am reasonably cautious, and hold a lot of respect for the snowy conditions. I slid off the road about 15 years ago, while we lived in north-central Ohio. It was one of those slow-motion situations. All was well, though.
Of course, in central Ohio, we still get some snow every year. This morning was no exception. The snow was only about 1/2 inch deep, but it had melted (!) and refrozen overnight. Thus: ICE on my driveway. We not only live on a minor hill, but our driveway is kind of steep. So, I got out the ice melt stuff. Scattered some of it on the driveway. Then, I had breakfast.
Excellent!! I was able to get out of the garage with no sliding, down the driveway with no sliding, and off to town to get some more food supplies.
YES!! I continue to be pleased that I gained another life skill simply because we live in a part of the USA that requires said life skill.
I DID NOT GIVE IN!!
Friday, December 21, 2012
Well, well. After traveling to my workplace daily for nearly five full years, I finally was stuck on the expressway behind a traffic accident. I surely hope it is the last time!
The long and short of it is that the snow storm (HA!) weakened considerably before it hit central Ohio. However, snowflakes continued to fall through the morning drive time.
That would not be a problem, and was not a problem, because most people that travel my way have driven in snow before. However, the temperature started about 32 degrees at 7:00 am and dropped down to 28 degrees. Not a problem, again,
EXCEPT: That one bridge, jut south of the first exit to my town, had some standing water (melt-off) that immediately froze, of course, and there was a slippery, slide kind of accident between at least two vehicles.
So, along with many, many more drivers, I sat on the expressway for just over an hour, awaiting the news of the conditions. Even my office did not know what the problem was. I should think that the prosecutor's office would know most of everything. But, NO.
I sent a text to my husband, presently on assignment out-of-state, and he got on the ODOT website, and reported the information that ODOT had about the accident.
Thank goodness for texting, the internet, and ODOT!!
Thursday, December 20, 2012
I had a great day today. I had a lot of court hearings, nearly everyone appeared, and thus it was a productive day.
I walked nearly 7K steps during the workday. I took the stairs more than usual. I always take the stairs, but today I invented reasons to go up and down the stairs. Cool.
I shopped for Christmas dinner, filled up the gas tanks in two cars, and ate a decent dinner.
All is well with the world!
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
In the past seven days, I took in fewer calories than I spent on 5 days. Whoopee!
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
I looked at my stats, and I have, for the past week's averages, been within range on Calories, Carbohydrates, Fat and Protein!!
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