10 Things About Living Close To Work

My place of work recently moved from about 25 minutes to 2 minutes away from where I live.  After a few months of acclimation, here are some helpful observations on living close to work:

1. You have/gain a lot of extra time.

I gained about an hour on each end of my day – even though my commute was only supposed to take 25 minutes, it usually took close to an hour depending on traffic, weather, if I rode the bus, etc.  I use one extra hour to sleep and the other to exercise.  It’s a beautiful thing.

2. You can go home for lunch / have lunch parties at your house.

‘Nuff said.  Anyone up for a lunch party?

3. You save a lot of money on gas and eating out.

Also not much more to say on that one…I don’t know how I was sustaining myself before.

4. You become the office “emergency plan.”

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard, “Yes, but you live so close, so you’ll be here, right?”  Snow day? No problem.  Elisabeth lives nearby, she can walk in.  Natural disaster? No worries.  Again, she can walk.  Zombie Apocalypse?  She’s probably safe.  We’re all good.

I’ve started to regret telling them where I live.

5. People assume you walk or bike to work.

My response: “You know, you would think that…[trailing off into awkward silence]” (I did bike in once; worst experience EVER.)

6. Your car doesn’t have time to warm up in the winter.

I spend more time letting my car warm up than I do driving in.  I feel like that might not be great for my car.

7. It is really hard to be on time/early when you live so close.

There’s this misconception that because you live so close, you can get there immediately.  However, I’ve been late more now than I ever was before.  (Oops.)  I have to build back some time into my morning routine so I get out of the house on time.

8. If you have a wardrobe malfunction, you can go home and change immediately.

I haven’t had to use this one yet, but it just seems like that would be super helpful…you know, in case of emergency.

9. You know all the good restaurants in the area.

This is surprisingly useful knowledge.

10. You get to spend under 5 minutes commuting!!

Priceless.

Monday Musings

So, work today was a beast.  Or a nightmare.  Or the beast in my worst nightmare.  Whatever.  But in spite of that, I’ve still managed to be blessed.  Rather, I was incredibly blessed in spite of myself.

I got to work early this morning to help jump-start a new process that went live.  The only issue was…well, who am I kidding.  Everything was an issue.  Which I was prepared for, but optimistically hoping that wasn’t going to be the case.

The reason I say I was blessed in spite of myself is because sometimes it seems like I do everything possible to be undeserving of blessings.  I have a bad attitude, I get angry, or I have a conniption.  Or all of the above.  Today was just one of those days – I was just not a nice person.  It’s days like today when I manage to perfect the eye roll and sigh/grunt combo.

But God was gracious, and here’s what happened:

  • I ordered a latte…the guy said, “Do you want a grande or a tall?” I said grande.  He said, “Ok!  I’ll charge you for a tall!”  What?  That’s awesome!! (And yes I did get a grande for a tall.)
  • I got not one but two emails from my super sweet little 8 year old friend…she brightened my day up twice!
  • I ended up not having to pay for parking…there was a sign on the booth that said “You’re free to go!”
  • I accidentally left my fork ring in the kitchen at work – when I called one of my coworkers, she happened to still be there and found it for me!
  • My sister graciously filled in for me when I was supposed to bring snacks to an event tonight.  I ended up not going.
  • etc. etc. etc.

All throughout the day, the phrase that kept coming to mind was “Won’t let you go unless you bless me.”  I didn’t know where that was in the Bible, but recalled a book with that title.  Thumbing through the book, I found that this phrase is from a passage in Genesis, when Jacob wrestled with the Lord.  “When the man saw that he did not prevail against Jacob, he touched his hip socket, and Jacob’s hip was put out of joint as he wrestled with him.  Then he said, ‘Let me go, for the day has broken.’ But Jacob said, ‘I will not let you go unless you bless me.'”  Genesis 32:25-26

This is a striking picture of persistence.  I kind of feel the opposite most of the time…like I said, I was blessed in spite of myself.  Either way, we serve a gracious and kind God, who gives blessings to his chosen people.  And bottom line is, we’re not deserving.  It doesn’t really matter if we’re begging for blessing or trying to thwart it.  God blesses in spite of ourselves.  And everyday I’m thankful for that.

*note: it might matter if we’re begging or thwarting, or maybe the premise of the beg or thwart matters…i don’t really know.  if anyone has any thoughts, let me know : )