Around 7 o'clock I checked my email, and just for the hey of it, I checked UAA as well. On the front page it said:
UAA Campuses are Closed for Wednesday January 14th Due to Icy road Conditions.
Phooey--- I don't have Michelle's cell phone number. She forgot to give it to me yesterday. Hmmm.
You see, when the main campus closes, then no one goes to classes or work or anything. But I'm not part of the main campus, I work out of the University Campus. Technically it's an additional anchorage campus, just like Eagle River or Fort Rich. But still, did this mean I had to work today or not? I just didn't know.
Since Micah had to go in anyway, I tagged along for the ride. If I had to work today, great, then I would already be there. If I didn't have to work today, fine, I could still catch a ride with Micah on his way back home.
Matt had warned us about the icy roads, so we left 30 minutes early for a 10 minute drive.
We should have given it 45 minutes.
Seriously. We were going five miles an hour for most of Northern lights all the way close to Village Inn. Micah and I were having to be VERY careful not to slide all over the place since we still don't have snow tires (long story there). But we were praying and God protected us. :)
As it is, He pulled up in front of the University center at 8:10. It had taken forty minutes to go about 7 miles, a usually 10 minute drive. Wow. Now THAT'S slick.
And of course, no one was there.
I started to call Micah to tell him that I would not be working today when I saw Olga, the other receptionist, walk in along with a blond lady who I assumed to be Stephanie, the Office Manager that I had yet to meet.
Turns out Olga had also come in to find out if she had to work today as well. Stephanie opened up the office and proceeded to check her email to see if there was any news from the Big Bosses. After a few clicks and a call or two, she announced that the office would be closed for the day so whether or not we worked would be left up to our discretion.
I liked that.
Michelle called right about that same time and after conferring with her, we decided that I would stay until Micah got done with HIS work stuff and then I would go home with him.
That ended up equating to just over two hour's worth of work, from 8:15 to 10:30. Enough to get my feet week, but not so much that I lost the gift of this "snow day."
By 10:30 I had finished assembling 50 Welcome Packets for the big Open House tomorrow night, which included designing a letterhead from scratch. :) It looked pretty and I had fun. Good day, er, morning.
Micah came by to pick me up and I was able to introduce him to Michelle. Then we came home where he got ready for his 1/2 day with the Coast Guard (yeah, both Fort Rich AND Elmendorf AFB closed down- but the Coast Guard? They go INTO the storm! :D) while I stayed home to study, do some much-needed housework, and take a luxurious mid-afternoon nap. Mmmmmmmmmm. Nice.
So to end with the weather conditions. Mother nature can't decide if she wants to be cold or hot (see what happens when you wish for warm weather, Sis Nowling? hehe) which has left us with freezing rain. Freezing rain in turns leaves us with a sheet of ice for roads. On top of that, it CONTINUED to rain which meant slick water on top of that ice. Add to that winds that were reaching 105 mph out in the Turnigan Arm and you have the recipe for the perfect STAY-AT-HOME day.
I'm going to go make me a nice, hot cup of apple cider and read a good book. Okay, so it's not a GOOD book-- it's a school-assigned reading... but it's good that I'm reading it, so does that count?
Hope you're having better weather than we are! Unless you live in Alaska, too, and then you're having about the same.