Thursday, January 31, 2019

Polar Vortex visits Chicago

Yesterday was the coldest day perhaps on record for Chicago and many parts of the midwest.  Public Schools and our daycare were closed as they are today.  It is understandable in one sense.  Many people have rough commutes that would expose them to unnecessary dangers of the cold.

My unpopular opinion is that many people are acting as if this is radioactive fallout instead of cold air.  That's not to say that you can be outside for prolonged lengths of time without consequences, severe frostbite comes to mind.  But you can survive going from your home to a car and to a heated building if you have the ability to do so.  If you have to wait for a bus or train in the elements, that is another thing entirely.  Still, as long as you bundle up and the wait isn't too outrageous, you will survive.

Meanwhile, I was able to take yesterday off but am working today.  I didn't want to take two days of PTO even though I have the hours, I'd rather use them for something else when the weather gets better.

I WFH 100% so most days I'm in workout clothes to start the day. I drop the kids off at daycare and then get back home just in time to start the day.
On a good day, I go for a lunchtime run and then check in and see what is on the agenda for the afternoon. My team is EST so sometimes that run is at 11 CST, sometimes at 12. If I put it off past 1pm, I just don't want to do it.
I get back and usually, there is a call or issue I have to address. Therefore I don't get to shower until 3 or 4. So I'm basically in "street clothes" from 4 until bedtime which, with two rambunctious preschoolers, never comes soon enough.

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