I came in to work a little early today thinking I would have time to catch up on some emails from last week when I was out with my stupid back. (More on that in a second)
However, despite leaving almost twenty minutes early, I made it into work at my regular time. Care to venture a guess as to why?
Last night we got our first bit of snow. Just a dusting, barely ground-cover but I had forgotten what invariably happens every year with the first snow fall, and occasionally the second and third.
Canadians forget how to drive.
I don’t know how we do it. It has to be some kind of special talent that we have. My drive, which takes no more than 22 minutes on a given day, traffic depending of course, took me close to 40 minutes this morning and you know why? Because people have winter driving amnesia. Nevermind that we do this every year without fail for at least three if not four or more months. No. First fall of snow and the driving world falls apart. There were at least three cars stuck on the side of the road and one police car with a car pulled over.
Traffic was so slow it was crawling along the highway that has a speed limit of 110km/hour. I don’t think I ever got over 70 at the most.
I know, it’s important to be safe and I’m all for that, really I am. I have a great driving record, personally. But, come ON, Canada. We do this every year. Is a little dusting really throwing you off that much?
I threw my back out again last week. Yes, again. Same area as last time and another trip to the ER to see what could be done for me. This time they put me on morphine, which, while awesome, knocks me out so much so that I can’t work properly. I hate missing time at work so that was a fun little side effect. This is the same time of year that my back went out briefly last year before the big back issue in February that lasted four months. I am hoping against hope that I do not have a repeat of that this coming year as well.
So, what with the impending winter and the back issue I have and the lifting restrictions Shawn has post-heart attack, we did what any good Canadians in our position would do and bought a snow blower. We have a wide driveway in front of a two car garage and a long driveway that goes down beside the house, so, if this winter is even remotely like last, having the help with snow removal will be the smartest thing we ever did.
Even if it means that we can’t go away for our anniversary.
In other news, I got a new laptop, as mine was about to die. The last thing I want is to lose all my work (again) so sometime very soon I have to set about to the task of transferring all my data and files onto the new machine. I’m a terrible procrastinator.
Much love to all, take care of yourselves and one another.