Friday, February 08, 2013
So for the entire week, I've listened to all these predictions of record breaking monster snow storms. I've listened to people call me up at work, hemming and hawing about whether or not they should reschedule Friday and Saturday appointments. I've listened to my coworker declaring that if you live in New England you should pretty much figure you should have to drive in snow (easy for her to say, she lives one town away with a mother-in-law that lives within walking distance of work) I did my normal Thursday night grocery shopping at the Market Basket before heading home, which was anything but normal as it looked like people were preparing for Armageddon. It's been a while since I've seen the store quite as wiped out as it was last night.
I carefully considered weather reports as they were updated, not an easy thing when you cross 3 distinct weather pattern areas on a simple commute to work. As of last night, with predictions of snow not starting til a bit later in the day, I figured I would go to work as normal and just skip out once the snow started coming down in earnest. I wasn't so much afraid of the trip in, I was worried more about the travel conditions on the way home and whether or not I could actually make it. I can't afford to be stranded somewhere in the middle. Not to mention that the only heat is from a wood stove that needs to be fed, and there's a house full of animals, including a dog that can't cross his legs forever (though Jude does have an amazing holding capacity, god bless him).
So when I woke up and took the dog out at 4am and there was already an inch of snow on the ground, I rethunk the whole going to work thing. And truthfully, I'm feeling a tad guilty about it. But after spending almost 5 hours commuting one day last week for an 8 hour shift (and barely making it home the last mile up my hill) in a lesser storm.
So today I'm home. I'm going to bake some cookies, make a huge pot of soup, spread some candles around the house and dig out my emergency stash of candles, lighters, camp stove etc in case of the power outages they're predicting. And then, I'm going to knit and watch the snow come down.
And maybe, if we still have power later in the day, I'll check back in with you all