Where in the World is Miss Page?

12 Jun

Heeeeey folks!!  I took a small unexpected break from blogging to start my summer semester off strong.  This semester was supposed to be one that I just skated through, but I have quickly learned that four classes in various IT subjects is no hoe.

  I spend roughly four hours a day studying for each class, after doing eight hours of work and chasing down a three year old and to be honest I am tired.  Tired is good though.  There was a time when I had nothing to do whatsoever, so the change in pace is welcomed.

The whole commuting from VA to DC every morning has finally gotten the best of me.  Slugging has given me a chance to learn the city and meet some new people, but again I am tired.  The cost to ride the Omniride is about what I pay for gas the two time a week I have to fill up, and it feels so good to have someone else do the driving.  To survive the commuter bus/Metro experience, I have learned that there are a few staples that you must have.

A Good Bag

By bag I do not mean a Michael Kors.  The right bag is needed because you will need to be well prepared for all of the things that you may need for your trip on the way to the office.

Extra Pair of Shoes

This item may be more for the ladies, but the first day I rode the commuter bus, I quickly realized that trying to walk downtown in my “cute” flats was not going to work.  What I needed was support for my feet since I was doing a lot of walking.  The bag that you pick has to be big enough to carry at least one pair of shoes so you can change them if needed.  Note: It won’t hurt if the bag is big enough for rain boots too.

Umbrella

I am sure this is just common sense, but then again it is not, because guess who left her umbrella during the flash flood this week?  It was pretty nice outside after raining all day until I got to the Regan building and without warning, the sky just opened up.  I looked SO silly walking toward the bus stop with the rain just pouring down my face.  Shout out to the kind lady that let me stand under her umbrella until the bus came.  Going forth, my mini umbrella stays in my bag at all times.

Metro Card Holder

Unless you like fishing through your bag to find your SmartTrip card while in a line of tired commuters and a frustrated driver, get a lanyard to hold the Metro card.

Sense of Humor

Commuting by bus has been an exercise in learning to let go.  My first time I tried this method of commuting, I never felt relaxed because I was wound tight about what time the bus was coming or if it was a few minutes late.  My attitude now is, “the bus will come.”  Worrying and stressing doesn’t make the bus come any faster nor does it clear the traffic downtown.

 

There is so much more that I need to blog about, but I will just break those up into other blogs when I get the chance, which is hopefully ASAP!

 

 

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