Wednesday, December 17, 2008

I survived!!! Now I will conquer the world...

So, my friend woke me up this morning with one simple message: "Slow and steady wins the race." I had been snoozing (oops) and had no idea what he was talking about. And then I looked outside and saw my world blanketed in glorious white snow. And then I saw the little slope to my driveway and felt a tad apprehensive. He offered to pick me up for work, and for a second I seriously contemplated that. And then I said no. I knew I couldn't put off driving in snow and other crappy weather forever. It's always the first step that's the hardest. So I drove, and I learned winter. Picture: My backyard--winter wonderland!

Here is what I learned:
  • What it feels like to have the tires skid (it happened a couple times and I was going about 5mph).
  • That I have a fancy indicator light on the console that tells me when my tires have lost traction.
  • That my car will beep loudly if I really start to skid.
  • That it's important to sweep snow off the back part of my roof before opening the door (or suffer a huge pile of snow in my trunk).
  • That I need to leave a half hour early when it's snowing (maybe even an hour).
  • That I should never leave my good gloves in the car.
  • That I should put on said gloves before sweeping snow and chipping ice (no matter how cold I think they are because they've been in the car all night, because snow is cold).
  • To sweep snow away from my body.
  • To zip my coat all the way so that I don't sweep snow down my chest again.
  • That slow and steady really does win the race.
  • That I hate not being able to see the road clearly.
  • That it is important to really de-snow, de-ice the windshield wipers.
I felt like a powerful bad ass driving. It's always an awesome feeling when you realize that you can do something, no matter how scary it is. Note to self.


angie said...

Love the list of things you learned.... coming from Iowa, I know how true they are!!

And by the way, my bad ass friend, if there is one thing I know about you... you can do whatever you set your mind to.

another bad ass :-)

jlk said...

I'd say that's a productive day.


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