Snow Day

I will be totally honest here.  I used to think that people called into work saying that they wouldn’t be able to drive in that day because of the weather were liars.

Like not even tiny liars, but major liars.

We live on the Tundra.  We get snow.  Get over yourself and move on.

So it was very surprising to me today when Marcus trudged back into the house not 20 minutes after attempting to leave this morning to inform me that he was totally unable to escape our neighborhood in his Honda Accord.

And that furthermore, we were going to have to push his car (not disabled, just paralyzed by snow) back up our driveway and into the garage.

All of this at 6:00 AM.

So 20 minutes later, we had made mostly no progress.  Except Marcus was soaked to the bone and I was contemplating how much longer I would be able to last without succumbing to a caffeine headache.

Thank god for Brian, who came walking out of the swirling snow.

I was ready to label this mysterious wanderer as a robber-murderer type.  Because who does that at 6:20 in the morning during a blizzard?

Apparently he is our unemployed neighbor from a block over who was just wandering the neighborhood in case people were stranded.

I didn’t know Samaritans like that existed anymore.

So with our one shovel, Marcus, Brian and I got the car back into the garage.

The scene outside once the sun rose.

Marcus ended up going in around 11:00 AM with my (superior) CRV, because his office is only about five minutes away.

I, on the other hand called into work remotely.  Which was a first for the nearly three years I’ve been there.  It was not such a bad deal.

Can we talk about the fact that I’ve been at my current company for nearly three years?  Because that didn’t even occur to me until I typed it just now.  I’ve been too busy spending the past month marveling over the fact that it has officially been six months since I switched my work hours.

I can’t imagine my life any other way.

But back to the matter at hand.  Working remotely.

I set-up my workspace at the kitchen table and then The Spirit of Productivity took hold and I felt the need to change things around a bit.

The giant Snowman mug seemed only fitting, considering the copious amounts of tea I had committed myself to guzzling.

We all know how that goes.

I led a webinar and dialed in remotely to a lengthy department meeting.  Thank God for modern technology.

That’s not to say that today was all work and no play.  I went for a run over lunch.

It was a wonderful way to spend the day, but there’s something to be said for having to put on Real Clothes instead of a track jacket and shorts.  And the obvious, having an excuse to leave the house at least once every 24 hours.

When is the last time you had a snow day?

How often do you work from home?

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11 responses to “Snow Day

  1. TODAY I had a Snow Day! Loved it. When I used to work in St. Paul and commuted from Plymouth – I stayed home a few times b/c of bad roads (my car sucks royally). I don’t work from home often – wish I could more – but my Dad/my work is just a mile away. We were plowed in today though so I stayed home until noon! Glad you traveled safely today!

  2. Unfortunately, there are never snow days in Florida. Feel free to send some my way!

  3. You guys were hit WAY harder by the snow than the eruv. No snow day today, last one was in law school because Pittsburgh shuts down with any significant snow day. If I had a company lap top I would work from home at least once a week, but I don’t so I can’t. A girl can dream.

  4. I had a snow day, but only because our daycare providers holed up at home. It’s always nice to have a father-daughter day, but I’d have preferred if it had been tomorrow, when I didn’t have an important meeting scheduled.

  5. Holy smokes! We’ve had next to nothing this year, and I can’t say I feel bad about it. I’m glad you stayed home and safe. He he, you know I work at home everyday – sometimes I wish I had an offsite office 😉

  6. I didn’t get any snow days this year, and I’m very upset about it. I just wanted one. One day. Oh well, maybe next year.

  7. I wish I had a snow day yesterday. I debated it…but then thought I better attempt the drive in. (for some unknown reason, we aren’t able to work from home at this job) My biggest obstacle is bursting through the plow wake that is left at the end of our street with my Honda Civic. I just gun it and hope no one is coming. The kids waiting for the bus seemed amused by it.

    What always gets me about snow days, is being married to a teacher who gets actual snow days. Yesterday was one of those days. I did come home to fresh baked cookies, dinner ready on the stove, and laundry folded, so it wasn’t a totally bad deal.

  8. Last year, I got a couple of snow days. This year, I haven’t gotten any. I’m not sure if it’s the bigger university or better weather, but snow days are always nice.
    I have so much trouble getting anything done from home. I just want to get cozy and surf the web, which is why I leave the house to get work done.

  9. Oh Wow! I would love to work from home! But I could easily see myself succumbing to never getting dressed or leaving the house for days on end so perhaps it’s best that my job requires that I go in 🙂

    Love the big red mug!

  10. My five year anniversary at work is in three weeks. I am sure no one will notice but me. Crazy. I am impressed that you went blizzard running. That or I should check you into mental hospital 🙂 not sure which

  11. My last snow day was a year ago. This winter has been weird and mild so far. In fact, we are currently under a tornado warning…weird much?

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