Well, I must say I am heartily grateful to the management of Box O'Docs for allowing us coders to go back to working only 45 hours/week. I love having my Saturdays back! So I have been going in very early each day, in order to be able to leave before the worst of the traffic. This works really well, most of the time -- early enough to beat most of the traffic both ways! But Mother Nature interfered with the plan on Friday. I left the house about a half hour earlier than usual, because the forecast was for sleet followed by snow. I was keeping the speed way down, doing about 20 mph until I got out onto Bell Rd, which was in a bit better shape. Then the sleet started mixing with these huge flakes of snow, which got heavier & heavier, so I slowed down again. But not slow enough! There's a stoplight at the bottom of a hill, and I really tried to stop the car (my new car! my gorgeous new car!), without causing it to skid, but ... I slid right through the red light! Thank goodness the cross traffic ( all of two cars at that hour) stayed put! But that was it, once my heart slowed down some I decided I'd get off the street at the next light. The roads were totally slushy, the snow was coming down thicker, and I was da**ed if I was going to risk my precious car or myself just for a nine-hour workday. I pulled into a shopping plaza at Nippers Corner, called off work, then ever so slowly pulled back out, turned towards home at the light, and crept home at about 10 mph (which went down to 5 when I was approaching lights), white-knuckled all the way. This has cost me a vacation day, well worth it!
My left eye had been bothering me for a couple of days, so Thursday I left work to see the eye doctor. I have a history of eye problems, and just needed to get this nipped in the bud. Well, I had somehow scratched my eye! The doctor did something I'd never heard of before, but which makes sense. She put a minimally corrective soft contact lens on that eye, saying it would be protective the way a bandage is on a cut. I got prescription drops too. Since I'd been out of the office for a couple of hours, I did go back and stayed quite late. The weather forecast was looming all week. When I got home Thursday evening, I had to run right back out & down to the dealership to get another drive-out tag for the car. While the Plaidman & I were in the area, we stopped at a cafeteria for supper. I got stuffed full of good stuff: pasta salad, broccoli, Lima beans, chopped steak (children's portion), and peach cobbler! Just about put myself into "food coma", what with the long day and starting to feel a little under the weather. Nothing I could put my finger on, just not quite right. Well, in the middle of the night between Friday and Saturday, I woke up coughing & coughing. Felt rung out all day Saturday, but never ran a fever, and today I feel better. Still coughing, just not as much. I'll see how I feel about going to work tomorrow. For now, the knitting calls!