You know, as I left my house on Monday morning, I couldn't help but smile. Chicago had just been gifted over 19 inches of snow and the streets were a winter wonderland. Cars were buried under mounds of the white stuff and a few poor car-owners were hacking away with shovels and sand trying to dig out. Not this girl though! Nope, I am carless and was feeling carefree in my new-for-Chicago warm (and stylish) Sorel boots thinking how lucky I was to be a pedestrian with quality public transportation at my fingertips! I could hear the L rumbling down the tracks a few streets away and it just made me... happy... that I could go almost anywhere I'd like to in spite of the record snowfall!
Now, the euphoria didn't last long. I think the CTA had a record number of riders because the folks who usually biked or drove to work couldn't. In fact, the train was so crowded I had to wait for three to pass by before I was finally able to find a spot to squeeze in to. The studying I'd hoped to do on my long commute definitely wasn't happening. I was safe though, and able to get to work, so I wasn't complaining too much.
On to the business of this week's goal card. Our blizzard actually began on Sunday - which is my day for church and Starbucks with the fam (in that order). It's become a little tradition for us to pull the card together and this week, Wyatt shuffled and selected. You probably won't believe it, but it's true I swear, I was hoping this card would be pulled this week! (And so I'm glad Wyatt picked otherwise deck-stacking may be suspected!) As I trudged the half mile to Mass in the cold and swirling snow, I was thinking about the bus drivers and L operators... the postal workers and trash collectors... everyone who continues to make my life easy and 'normal' no matter what the weather may bring. I thought this would be the perfect week to thank them for their services - and my wish came true!
On Wednesday I delivered some Dunkin Donuts gift cards to the people who get me to and from work (yay for the new job!) and school safely every week. I also left one for my mailwoman. I see her pulling her three-wheeled cart all over creation to deliver our mail and it looks like hard, cold work. The amount wasn't much, but I hope it was enough to let them know I appreciate what they do!