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Best-laid plans zapped by storm

I don’t normally bring work home, but Friday I decided that I needed to work through the weekend.

It takes a lot for me to get the motivation to work during the weekends in the summer because I normally spend my time at the pool. But I had a lot of tight deadlines, so I decided that I was going to do the responsible thing and work, which would also ensure this week wouldn’t be filled with early mornings and late nights.

My plan was to go running Saturday morning and spend the rest of the day working. I woke up at 5:30 Saturday morning to no power. I figured I would head out and the power would be on by the time I finished my ten-mile run.

I was wrong. I opened the front door and it looked like a hurricane came through my neighborhood. I had no idea that we had a major storm the night before. Based on my assessment of the neighborhoods and the news reports on the radio, I realized that I wasn’t going to have electricity by the time I finished my run.

I was concerned. I had too many fast-approaching deadlines. I had no choice but to be productive. But how was I going to work if I didn’t have power? Going to the office wasn’t an option because the air turns off for the weekend and there was no way I would sit in a hot office when it was 100 degrees outside.

After my run, I returned home to a hot house and a dark — but cool — basement. I sent text messages to my family to see if they had power but they were all in the same boat. My motivation to be productive started to dwindle. I started thinking about how to stay cool instead of working.

Then I sent a text message to my friend to see if she had power. She did, to my surprise, and she just so happened to be in her pool. Perfect! My plan was to go to her house, work for a couple of hours and then join her by the pool. I packed my belongings and went on my way.

However, when I arrived, I was more interested in being in the pool and relaxing then working. Needless to say, no work was done Saturday.

Unfortunately, I had to pay the price for my choice to relax instead of work. My week has been filled with early mornings and late nights, including working on the Fourth of July. But I don’t regret my decision to have some rest and relaxation. Considering I didn’t have power for three days and I’ve been swamped at work, I needed the time off.