When you travel in winter months, and especially if you live in the Northeast, you watch the weather forecast like a hawk. Multiply that with extra stress when the travel plans are for holiday travel. I refuse to mess with it for Thanksgiving, which is just one day plus football, crammed into a narrow window of time. Christmas is also just one day but then there’s Christmas Eve and extra days for visiting, parties, caroling, shopping, decorating, etc., so that makes this my holiday of choice for travel, though I admit that I’m not always upset when it doesn’t happen.
Today I’m sitting warm and cozy in my house with the kitty, watching the snow fall and blow outside. The weather guys are all excited about the first big storm of the season and you never know when they start babbling if things are real or exaggerated out of enthusiasm for a Weather Event. Since I’m a winter weather driving wimpette, I opted to take a personal day and stay off the roads entirely after running errands first thing this morning – and they could have been deferred had the snow started earlier.
After the storm today/tonight finishes up, we have a little break on Saturday and then another storm roars through on Sunday. This is the one that has me worried. Oh, I’m not traveling anywhere on Sunday and can stay warm and dry except for maybe some shoveling out behind my car (which lives in a carport). But Monday I’m off to Texas for a week with the family and I don’t trust the weather to make this work without delays and snags. Take heavy holiday traveling, add in weather delays and cancellations, mix with fewer planes, and you have crowded, uncomfortable flights and grouchy people.
I can’t help but remember news stories a few years ago about horrible winter storms snarling flights over Christmas, leaving people to spend days in airports trying to get to destinations. I don’t anticipate that but it’s hard to block out the possibility. At what point does it make more sense to say, yanno what? Just send me home instead.
The kitty knows that something is up and has been wanting to sit on me more often today. Usually she wants to just sit nearby but not today. I’m wondering if she’s planning to sneak into my suitcase. Which reminds me that I need to do laundry tomorrow to be sure everything I’m taking is clean, dry and ready to pack — which means that I need to know what I plan to take in the first place. Guess I’d best get cracking.