This year, my winter shopping transportation looks more like this...
You can even see the "cold" in the light of these photos!
I love my Audrey II every bit as much as I did the day I got her! Sometimes, it really does take going without something to see how much I appreciate it.
At this time last year, the only carpool available to me left at 6:30 am. I was getting up at 4:30 to workout because I knew I'd be too tired to get it in after work. I could've taken a later bus, but that would've meant a 10 minute bike ride on this end and a 20 minute walk on the other end, with asthma, in all sorts of nasty winter weather. So, I sacrificed sleep to save myself from pneumonia. I was a miserable, sleep deprived shell of myself.
But this year, I leave for and from work on my schedule! A meeting across town isn't a logistical puzzle. It doesn't matter that Danish class is several kilometers away and ends 45 minutes before the next bus, and 15 minutes after the last one.
I don't have to worry about the physics of riding a bike on ice with 15 kilos of cat litter on the back! I can go shopping at the "good" stores, I can go to the spa, I can go treasure hunting at the "far away" secondhand shops, and it doesn't matter if it's raining or snowing, or bitter cold! I can wear cute shoes and pretty coats, I can even have a hairstyle ;-)
What a difference a year makes!