- The best day of the week
- February 14th, 2007
I did make it home okay last night, although it was a stressful ride. My house is literally 30 miles from campus, which I generally don't mind - I like to drive and find it relaxing - but on days when the weather's bad, I DO mind. Quite a bit.
I grew up in places that tended to get snow, but here? We got snowfall once or twice a year. They'll close schools for a half an inch of snow, which my family used to think was ridiculous (coming from Montana). The worst part is, people around here just aren't very good at driving in the snow.
...hence the bazillion accidents I saw on my way to school yesterday (fortunately, those were on the OTHER side of the highway).
Coming home last night, things were actually pretty decent until I crossed the river into my county. I mean, there were some bad patches on the roads, but it wasn't too horrible - mostly slushy, really. When I got into my county, the roads got even better in places, but then those good patches would alternate with really, really, REALLY bad patches.
In fact, things got to their worst within a mile and a half of my exit - where, incidentally, the road widens to six lanes (3 coming off from an extension highway) as it slopes downhill. In that huge downhill spot, it was pure snow-packed and icy roadage, and I'm surprised I was able to stay in my lane. Once I got off the highway, though, it was even worse. I live less than 2 miles off the highway, just off a fairly major road, but that fairly major road had MAYBE half a lane cleared on each side - if even that much. I was driving in the right lane, which wasn't so much of a lane as it was a great spot to slide one's bobsled (if only I had a bobsled...). It was so bad that I didn't even try to turn in to the grocery store parking lot and just came straight back to the house.
On the plus side/down side last night, I discovered that the book I checked out yesterday as a last minute "read this for my review essay! QUICK!" book doesn't exactly meet the requirements. Although J-Stor SAID it was published in 1998, that's just the English translation; the original edition was 1986, and since the scholarship technically isn't that new, I can't really count it (my sources have to have been written after 1995). I'm sure in some world I could make it work, but the fact of the matter is that I really don't have time to read another book - in fact, I should've started drafting this paper yesterday (for my own piece of mind). It'll get done, though; I can turn it in tomorrow night, or even early Friday morning at the absolute latest, although Thursday's preferable.
So today, on my lovely day-off-from school for the week, The Spouse headed to work an hour late (due to traffic) and is expected to call me when he arrives. Really, I want to know whether I can make it the two miles to the store later today. I've successfully completed and sent off an application for a summer institute and played with my conference paper, so now it's really time for that review essay...