School closings and event cancellations are scrolling across the bottom of the TV screen. The wind is picking up and it makes it feel colder. It’s even howling lightly and shaking the windows. Everything is coated white and the rooftops across the streets look they have a thick layer of frosting on them. It’s pretty now that I’m not driving in it anymore, and I can’t tell you how appreciative I am to be home.
About 2:00 this afternoon, my boss asked me if I had anything pressing I was working on. I said no, just catching up and asked if he needed anything. He didn’t – but with the weather getting worse, he gave me the option to leave early. And he’d pay for my time.
Clearly, the apocalypse is nigh.
A few minutes later, one of the managers arrived and said the roads were terrible. I took advantage of the generosity and left at 2:30. I may have to bring in some doughnuts tomorrow to show my appreciation.
Very glad I did leave – the roads were horrible. Very slippery, not plowed, not salted. My normal 20 minute commute took an hour and 10 minutes. It was also the first time I gave the new vehicle a snow test. My other two cars didn’t have ABS, but this one does and mother god, when it went on, it scared the bejeezus out of me. That will take some getting used to. But the new car did good and we got home in one piece.
I had plans for the night, but they’re cancelled. Instead, I’m going to make stir fry, sew my new cosplay costume and watch a movie or two. The roads suck, I’m staying home and I’d recommend you do the same. This is going to get worse before it gets better. So don’t drive in this nonsense if you don’t have to – but if you do, take your time and get home safe.