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.

2 comments:

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.

XOXOX
signed:
another bad ass :-)

jlk said...

I'd say that's a productive day.

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