Friday, February 29, 2008

My New Commute

To those of you who know me, you know I don’t like change. But when my parents finally sold my childhood home out from underneath me, it was time to find a dwelling of my own. I spent months searching through postings at craigslist top find a place that would suit me. And I finally found one. I moved in a few weeks ago, and while I still have a ton of unpacking to do, my main concern was the new commute.

Granted, I am about the same distance away from my job that I have always been, but in a completely different direction. And this presented a problem: What’s the new best way to get to and from work?

The options seemed endless. Highway? Tollway? Surface road? Cut through a neighborhood? How to get across the tracks? What are the lights like? Are the commuters here crazier than at my other house? Where is the nearest Starbucks?

So I tried a few routes and settled on what seemed like the most efficient. I was getting to work in record time. Cruising along, enjoying the new scenery.

That is, until the other day. It snowed (as it is prone to do in the Chicagoland area in February) and my car was stuck in my parking space. Why? Because the parking lot wasn’t shoveled? No. Because we got more snow that I have ever seen before? No. Because the idiot who parks next to me hasn’t moved the car in three weeks and all his snow has turned my spot into a snowy, ice filled parking space of death?

Ding Ding Ding WE HAVE A WINNER!

I guess I didn’t take into account when I thought about my new, improved commute that I would have to dig my car out of an avalanche courtesy of my new neighbors.

If it weren’t for my sweet couch being delivered on Saturday I’d go move back in with my mom. At least her driveway is easy to get out of.

The Office Scribe

Yes, I am back - did you miss me?

Hi everyone,

Sorry I haven't updated this in a while. On February 5, my father died due to complications from a massive heart attack. He was an awesome man who did nothing but encourage me. And while I miss his like crazy, I know he would yell at me if I abandoned this blog and my other writings.

So make sure you stay tuned. I have a whole list of exciting topics that I want to address in the coming days.


The Office Scribe

Monday, February 4, 2008

What to do with all those Legos in your attic...

Another amazing website at which you can waste hours.

I know I am on a bit of a relgious kick lately, but come on. I did go to a catholic school!

Friday, February 1, 2008

So The Weatherman Got Something Right

For those of you who don’t reside in the greater Chicagoland area, I would like to enlighten you to the fact that we are getting some snow. And by some snow I mean it has been falling for about 27 hours now and there was eight inches piled on top of my car this morning. All the news stations were proclaiming how horrible the commutes were going to be. How if you could, you should stay home. To call their special 1-800 numbers to find out what schools are closed. And for all this I want to say:

Thank you.

If it weren’t for the fear inducing rhetoric of the news people my commute wouldn’t have been so easy this morning. On a normal, dry pavement, balmy blue skied May day it generally takes me 45 minutes to get to work on time if I start at 8:30.

On this roads not really plowed, cold, grey 8-12 inches of snow January day, it took me 49 minutes.

The roads were nearly empty. I never really stopped at a light. It was wonderful. I called my mom to say I had made it to work safely and she was like “What, already? How fast were you driving?” (You’ve got to love moms. They can always find something wrong with what you’ve done.)

So to all those people who stayed off the roads today, I thank you. And while you do get to chill at home today I will be at work, making sure I can use my vacations days when I want to and not when the weather gods say so.

The Office Scribe