Apologies to anyone without snow. Or anyone bored to death of the people banging on as if it’s the end of the world, rather than a few inches of snow. If that’s you, stop here.
Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind snow, to look at and to play in, it’s the travelling and the driving I’m not so keen on. It’s snowed on an off since the weekend here. Last night it snowed some more and today travelling was achievable but slow. I got to work without problem. More snow was predicted. I know this as the city council sent me a high priority email enclosing a weather forecast. I decided to share it with everyone in the building just in case anyone was unsure about the weather.
Actually, I was hoping senior management would read it and sent us home until the weekend. As predicted, it hasn’t stopped since we got home this evening. So this is the dilemma; Work policy is make it in or use Annual Leave. I’ve a toddler his illnesses has eaten into my Annual Leave. I’ve used up my 2 days parental leave, and what I have left between now and the end of March has to meet my needs for a break, getting things done and possible further illness that Noo may have. I have 5 days annual leave left, and yes, I am only taking the statutory holiday at Christmas (woe is me). Helpfully, it was suggested I could take unpaid leave. “Have you seen my bank statement?” I wanted to scream. My partner, Dear Mr Noo walks to work everyday, so they expect him; rain, snow or shine.
Whereas I drive, and do the childminder drop off/pick up. The childminder we use is in the opposite direction from work and home. Accessible, by car or on foot. Ever tried shoving a Mcclaren through snow or persuading a toddler to walk a mile and a half? I did carry him during snow earlier in the year. I was so exhausted by 8.30 am and nowhere near the office and I felt like weeping. If I can get a bus that’s fine, otherwise it’s 3 and a half mile walk. Today I tentatively drove. The forecast for tomorrow is awful and already I am dreading the whole scenario, of struggling through awful conditions just to get to work. I feel stuck between a snowy place and no annual leave. What would you do?