My whole family got to stay home Wednesday.

Jason was already scheduled to be off work due to his rotating shift, but even those who were scheduled for work apparently got a few extra hours to dig out.

We knew Tuesday night the boys would have at least a two-hour delay Wednesday. Logan was happy. That meant he didn’t have to get up early for driver’s ed.

It was no surprise to wake up Wednesday morning to notifications of no school. The boys were happy to have the day off.

Well, sort of. By the time I went downstairs to put some coffee on, Logan and Jason were out in the driveway, clearing the snow from it and the cars. Even with a snowblower, the work took them close to an hour.

Our dog usually enjoys his time outside, sniffing around and running from one spot to another. When I let him out Wednesday morning, he was a dart out and back in.

Jason finished up with the snowblowing right as it was time for me to leave for work. As I asked for hugs from the boys, Colin looked at me and said, “You have to go to work? I thought you might stay home with us.”

Well, that’s the thing about working in news. We don’t get snow days. We might not be out in the storm doing live coverage like Jim Cantore, but we do need to continue to keep the public informed. New doesn’t stop for weather, holidays or summer vacation.

But that doesn’t mean we don’t take precautions in bad situations. My husband insisted on driving me to work in our 4-wheel drive vehicle, yet we still got stuck. That’s the first time it’s happened in that car — and we’ve had it about three years now.

One of our reporters had to wait a bit for some snow to get cleared, but he still made it in.

The thing that surprised me most, though, was learning that the police had called our carriers off the roads as they were out delivering Wednesday’s paper. We’re hopeful those who got their paper late understand. Safety is always a priority.

Ottumwa has seen more than 30 inches of snow so far this winter, with more in the forecast. I think that’s more than I’ve seen in any one season in my 13 years here. Our upstairs deck is overloaded with snow. Jason is concerned it’s too heavy for the deck to support and cautioned us all from going out there. The driveway may be cleaned out, but there might be some shoveling left to do there to relieve the load.

Who said a snow day is a day off work? I’d rather be here, writing at my computer, than outside shoveling 7 inches of snow.

Tracy Goldizen is the Courier's features and magazine editor, leading production of the award-winning "Ottumwa Life" and the Courier's other magazine offerings. She began work with the Courier on the copy desk.

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