Thursday, October 21, 2010

My Daily Commute

 According to a United States Census Bureau survey, Americans spend more than 100 hours a year commuting to work. For those of you who commute, wouldn’t it be nice if your office or workplace was just a few steps away from home? Think about it...No traffic to deal with and no need to buy gas for your car. It isn't even necessary to wake up early because you don't have to allow time for commuting--Whatta life, I would love that!! But given what I do, and because I really love the office where I work and where I live, I have chosen to be a commuter.

Come along with me, and I'll show you what my daily commute looks like. 

I try to leave the house around 7:15 in the morning.  It all starts out nice enough. 
But when I get to the main roads (after about 20 minutes), it all changes--It's back to "real life!"  This morning it was foggy and overcast, making it a bit more hectic.   
Off one highway, and onto another...It's bumper to bumper, stop and start for at least half the drive.   
Finally after about an hour, I get to the office.  At our office, the doctor allows us to be late 14 (yes fourteen!) times during the year without an excuse.  If we're late more than that, he will deduct a day of vacation from the next year.  There are days when it can be a sprint to get into the office on time.  I have a co-worker who is typically running in the door at the last minute.  If we're in the parking lot together, because she's younger and faster, she'll run up the stairs and clock us in!  If she's not there, and I've gotten there before her, I watch for her to pull in, and clock her in.  We have had some lates counted against us, but we're doing okay because we're watching out for each other--She's a good co-worker that way! 
This is the view out the window of the operatory I work from. 
At the end of the day, usually about 5:30, it starts all  over again.  At least the sun is out now. 
On my drive to and from work, there are some lovely homes to look at, like this one. Of course I have my phone with me, so I'll chat with friends on the drive home. 
The closer I get to home, the scenery starts to change...
At the bottom of our drive way, I pick up the mail and look up towards the house.  Usually the dogs start to bark because they hear me.  I've left everything behind and I feel like I'm entering a totally different world. 
It's so good to finally be home...

40 comments:

  1. That's a good drive, Kim, you certainly go from one world to another! It's nice that you have someone at the office to cover you and for you to cover. I'd hate to lose that vacation time!
    Aw... what loving faces to come home to!

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  2. Traffic jams. An absolute unknown here in deepest France Profonde.

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  3. Wonderful photos which give us some idea of your daily grind to work and it all sounds quite stressful! But the best pic has GOT to be the last one - perfect.

    x

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  4. Oh bless their little faces !
    That is heavy traffic - but what lovely countryside to be coming home to.

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  5. what a commute! I used to commute to Chicago from Madison and had the same kind of traffic....drove me crazy! now i work about 7 miles from home, much less stress....
    so wonderful at the end of the day to see your beautiful pack...now that's a stress reliever!
    xoxo

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  6. WOW! Beautiful scenery at the beginning of the day and at the end of the day. But that is life when working in the Big City and living in the country.

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  7. Luckily ,recently I've always lived very near to where I've worked,but I do remember those awful journeys stuck in traffic or on the train.You just have to try and switch off and not let it get to you,but it's not easy.It's worth it though ,I imagine,when you arrive home to those 'golden' greetings!

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  8. Oh, you just reminded me how much I don't miss the morning commute. I would always breathe a sigh of relief when I hit the gravel.

    Your welcoming committee is something to look forward to, though. :) Little darlings.

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  9. That last photo says it all!

    It really feels worth it to live someplace that you love, doesn't it? On my drive from the city, there's a point where a sign says "pavement ends" and the road turns to dirt. At that same point, the Continental Divide comes into view... and I feel the city drop away from my memory.

    Thanks for sharing your story!

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  10. Now the welcome noses are about the best part of this story...I'd say! No the scenery is absolutely beautiful of course. Working existence, such a rat race. Having to deal with 'lateness' and all that other stuff. Curious about the phone talking...is it hands free? We in Nova Scotia are not allowed to talk on a phone while driving unless it's hands free...big fines if caught. So naturally my guys pick out the people who are breaking the law all the time. Phone users are slower and erratic and so easy to pin point.
    Sniffs and Licks!

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  11. I have about a 35 to 40 minute commute each way, but it's a whole different world than yours! I think that if I can see ten cars on the road around me, it's a traffic jam! Of course the closer I get to town, the more traffic there is, but never is it bumper to bumper, or stop and go--unless something weird is up. However, if you've found somewhere you love to work, and you love to live in the country-then it's one of the prices we pay. (Although I'd love that walk to the office/no commute!)
    Tammy

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  12. GEE!! Your operatory is huge!! What a beautiful office to work in- glad your co-worker has your back and vice-versa.

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  13. I don't know how you manage to tear yourself away from your beautiful home and beloved animals! We need to find a way for you to make a living from your home!

    Unless, of course, you LIKE the break between worlds...

    ;-)

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  14. Love the last picture! There was a time in my life when I was commuting about an hour each way, and I have to say that despite freeways and traffic, it was often the calmest part of my day - I would lock the doors, turn the music on and know that nobody could ask me to do anything for the next hour!

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  15. The last photo made the ones of traffic slip away to bring a smile! Lovely office spot, once you are there :) We certainly get the congestion around here as well....timing everything by the traffic...a wierd concept.

    Hugs and snaggle-tooth kisses,
    Sierra Rose

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  16. isn't it a joy to be greeted by wet noses and wagging tails......

    Gill in Canada

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  17. I'll never complain about the 'piddly' traffic around here again. What a contrast you see, Kim. And what a respite you have after getting back home at the end of a long day! So lucky you are. Great shots.
    Jim

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  18. I have lived in five US states and four countries with the opportunity to live in both deepest country life as well as big city life with both long commute and short commute. The Manor is centrally located in the middle of Portland and I have a 10 minute commute to my office. I don't think I could deal with a commute like yours anymore.

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  19. For thirty years I drove ten minutes to work in very light traffic. I guess I didn't realize how lucky I was. Of course, I didn't have the beautiful countryside to look at.

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  20. Oh I love the last photo - all trying to push their noses through the door to greet you first!! Bless them. I am lucky as I only have a 15 min drive to work and don't have to leave until 8.30am as I am going in the opposite direction of the traffic :-) Sue x

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  21. living in the county, just outside the small town i work in means my commute is all of about 7 minutes. No traffic on these back roads. Hubby commutes 90 miles roundtrip each day he has to work, and he works a 2-3-2- rotation or something equally confusing.
    Every time I have to drive to Atlanta my hair stands up. i can't handle the drivers out there in the big city, and the stop and go traffic. But I know what you mean about pulling in and knowing you are home, lots of wagging tails awaiting your return...our dogs know the sounds of our cars and someimtes I watch them and know Hubby is a few moments away from rounding the curve-they already know it's him.

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  22. Oh dear, I know all about commuting! I spent years and years doing it for University and then work and finally a bit over two years ago I had had enough and moved right near my work place on the outskirts of 'Downtown' Montreal. Now I can walk to and from work in under a half hour or, since I have a bus stop right beside my apartment building I can be at work in under 15 minutes door to door. I really love my apartment and the area where I'm living too, so I'm so much happier than before. I had been wanting to move into town for quite a while though, so it would be just my cup of tea, wouldn't it?

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  23. Thanks for sharing your commute - it is interesting to see how things are in other places in the world. You are surrounded by some lovely scenery and I especially love those faces at the door when you get home.

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  24. Mom commutes down 66 to Alexandria about 3 times a week. She is always saying how happy it makes her when the scenery starts changing as she gets closer to home... just like you described!

    Those little faces in the door are precious!

    Wags,
    Zona

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  25. I work only five minutes away from my home... This is a great post. I learned a lot about you Kim :) And I LOVE the faces watching for you to come home... oh, so adorable.

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  26. Thank you for the nice glimpse of your life :) We really like the greeting waiting for you at home...

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  27. Hi Kim :)
    This is such a nice post. Fun to learn about this part of your life. It must be so nice to return to the quiet of your lovely home. Who could not be happy to be home with a welcome like that. There is something about coming home after a busy day to friends who love you with all of their hearts.
    xoxo
    Mimi

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  28. I can certainly relate to your day Kim... It's a long drive into the city from the country and its hard to leave,,, isn't it?

    Your highway looks like part of my highway that I travel on. I guess all roads get to looking alike at times... but the best part of all for you is going home and hearing the welcoming voices! The best part for me is seeing the trees thicken and the forest appear before my eyes.
    I cannot imagine living close to work. The driving time, is my "thinking time"
    love
    tweedles

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  29. you poor thing, having to leave your farm! i hate leaving our farm and thankfully have no commutes. i used to sell real estate and despised having to give hours to people who could care less and just used us so they could see homes they weren't going to buy! what a waste so i have decided to change careers and began a biz designing websites. hope all your doggies are fine this morning!

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  30. If I had to do that five days a week my family would be visiting me in the crazy house! Ugh... don't know how you do it!

    I love the last pic - little noses pushing through the door. They look so happy!

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  31. I just recently moved to a position where the commute will only be 60 miles round trip per day, but originally I was doing 180 per day. It was worth it - a job that I can make a career out of!

    Sam

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  32. Hi there, Wow what a commute you have-it is a good thing you love your job. For me I always like being within 30 min of home and now that we have snow to deal with I would need to be much closer-like here in town. Loved seeing your sights though and what a welcome!!!! Hugs and happy weekend.
    Noreen

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  33. Kim, this sounds like my life entirely. I live in Maryland but work in D.C. and everyday the commute into the city is just a journey into Hell! My boss is very understanding, too, about the traffic coming from where I do so I don't get a lot of grief about it, but I constantly wonder what it would be like to have only a 20-30 min commute as some people do. And like you, I come home to happy little faces in the front window waiting for Mommy. It's really a great feeling.

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  34. I almost hate to tell you I work virtual office. Lady is very spoiled having her Dad around all day. There have been times in my life where I had to commute. You make the best of it and appreciate the little things like hearing the dogs bark and the unbridled joy of them welcoming you home like a conquering hero. Very sweet Golden faces peaking at you in the picture.

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  35. Kim,
    The boss isn't too bad if you can be late 14 times before being docked. But to lose a vacation day on the 15 time is something I wouldn't want to do.
    Nice view from the chair which would be very relaxing if you were the type to get nervous.
    I love the picture of the dogs just waiting for you to get home.
    PRECIOUS!!

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  36. I'm very familiar with the greeting you get when you open your front door. Isn't it wonderful??

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  37. What a haul! No wonder you're so glad to get back home, and see all of those sweet faces waiting for you.

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  38. Hey there Kim...
    I loved sharing your 'commute' with you! Those welcoming faces at the end were the best! :)
    I'm curious to know...what sort of doctor do you work for?
    Lotsaluv
    MAXMOM IN SA

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