I have two weeks to make a decision.
The place where I work has arranged to run a express bus from Canton where I live, to Ann Arbor where I work. It is in the trial stage right now and is free for two weeks. The bus stop is 5 miles from my house, versus 16 miles one way to drive to work. Drops me off right at the main hospital entrance, versus having to wait for a parking spot, park and then walk up a hill to the entrance. The bus is very comfortable and not at all crowded. I can read my book or sleep or just stare out of the window, and I don't have the stress of driving to and from work every day. It will cost me $62.50 per month, which if I figure I use $25 worth of gas a week is a lot cheaper than driving myself.
I have a couple of concerns: One being that I won't have a car there if I need to leave early. Along with the bus permit I get two free cab rides to my car in case of emergency but still it makes me a little uneasy.
The other one is my schedule. The bus drops off at 7:47, which is perfect because I start at 8:00. But the pick up in the evening is at 5:20, and I usually get off between 4:30 and 4:45. Sometimes I even have the chance to get off earlier than that. So that means I have to hang around until 5:20 to get the bus. I know it doesn't sound all that bad, but I have to work on changing my mindset because when the afternoon hits, all I want is to just get home!
So the pros definitely outweigh the cons and I have to do some serious attitude adjusting in the next week or so!
In other news; my co-worker has a target return date of October 7th. Six more weeks of winter! I will be taking some much-needed time off when she comes back.
We sort of solved the dilemma with our old-lady kittie! We let her go outside once for a short time, bring her back in the house. And when she starts crying at the door again, we pick her up, give her lots of love and petting, and then put her in her bed in the living room. She'll stay there and usually fall asleep! I think once she hits that bed she forgets she wants to go outside! Gives us a little peace!
"What? I just want quality of life!"