Because of the wind chill, the state is in a cold weather advisory. Which has led to hundreds of school delays this morning.....including our town. So I am now missing about 2 1/4 hrs of work because of the delay (but thank you school for making this decision last night so the phone didn't ring at 5am to tell me).
Now, I fully admit it is COLD. But we live in New England....is this really a surprise??? That is what always gets me when it snows. People act surprised. This isn't Florida....it is Connecticut. Why are you surprised???
If there was no delay, I had already planned on driving the kids to the bus stop so they wouldn't have to wait in the cold. But if this was not an option...my kids have coats, hats, gloves, scarves. Is it terrific to have them out there? No. But if prepared....they would have been ok. And on a normal day, they are only at the bus stop a few minutes.
I could have gone to work on time...but that would have left the kids to get ready on their own, and leave at the appropriate time. Plus, delayed opening usually messes up the bus schedule. The bus never shows up when it is supposed to. One time last year, I drove them to the bus stop, and the bus actually showed up 20 minutes late....which was the last time I drove them to the bus stop for the delay.....and now I just drive them to school.
Since I don't have any paid time off....I am just adding up the time I am missing from work in my head. The office is closed for MLK day... I have to leave early one day later that week for doctor appointments for the kids (I managed to book 2 different doctors so I only had to leave early once). The kids' conferences are in early February, so I may have to leave early for that (dependent on my time slot). I have an annual review for Bossy in February (which was supposed to be in April and got moved up because the Spec Ed teacher is going out on maternity leave). Oh, and Bossy is getting braces, and they don't "do" those appointments in the afternoon.
But back to the cold....the furnace is cranking away. I am sure my car is going to groan when it starts. And I am dreading my morning shower.....hot water is at a premium already....but alot of it will get sucked away from the cold pipes.
I won't miss this stuff!!!!!