After spending more than six hours trying to travel 21 miles (a normally 45 minute commute - tops) my husband walked the last 1/2 mile to retrieve Bear from day care over an hour after their normal closing time. Luckily, a police officer happened by and drove Bear and Andrew back to his car and then helped them navigate their way back down the hill to the hotel where they spent the night. Five and a half miles from home.
I used the reverse phone/address feature on whitepages.com to find the name & number of a previously unknown neighbor down the street to ask her to please knock on my upstairs neighbors door and ask her to call me so I could tell her where the key is, because please, could you just take my dogs out to pee and give them fresh food and water?
I spent three hours "sleeping" in the chair beside my friend's hospital bed before giving up and working on my mandatory computer based safety training until 5:30 this morning when I hitched a ride with security to the employee parking lot and starting digging out my car.
Despite three hours of sleep in (going on) 38 hours, Bear and I spend the eye of the storm shopping today. Gathering all the presents we think we need, hauling them into the house, and running to the convenience store to make sure we have enough wrapping paper, tape and ribbon to wrap them all while the next few feet of snow fall tomorrow night.
I want to sincerely thank everyone for their well-wishes and concern for my safety as well as for that of my family. I survived the night away from Bear, but hope I don't have to repeat it anytime soon!