Snow Day Four and Half

Today marks my four and half snow days for me. Four and a half because we got let out of work at noon on Friday anticipating the snow starting that afternoon. I’m pretty sure today will be my last day and I’ll be heading back to work tomorrow. My street was finally plowed out at some point over night last night. The rest of my commute can be done on streets that are all snow emergency routes so I know they’ll be fine. It’s only the street the library is on that I’m worried about. I guess if I get there and can’t down it then I’ll be turning around and taking a vacation day.

Unlike all the people who I’ve seen complaining about cabin fever and going stir crazy, I would happily stay in my house for a few more days. I do of course benefit from living in the city and having friends in the neighborhood so we did get out on Sunday night and have dinner with a bunch of friends. Other than that I’ve just been enjoying reading and watching TV when I haven’t been digging out my car repeatedly.

I said as much on Twitter yesterday, but I’m also very thankful that I work at the job I do. When we get large snow storms we just shut down and I don’t have to worry about going into work. I still get paid. I don’t have to use vacation time. If for some reason we’re open and I choose not to go in I don’t have to worry about losing my job. I know all of this is a great luxury, so it’s something I’m trying not to take for granted. I know there are a lot of people in this city who are forced to find a way to work or risk losing their jobs. Others who work hourly or run small businesses are losing money if they aren’t working or their businesses can’t open. Even if they are open they’re going to be taking a financial hit from people being unable to get out and patronize them for days to come. I’m very lucky and I know it.

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