The snow has stopped, for the moment at least, though they had said it would snow all day until about 6pm. It wasn't snowing at 4:15 this morning, either. Guess how I know that.
I'd forgotten how hard it can be to sleep in a hotel room. The bed is too soft and slopes towards the edges, and I tried to find the balance between sleeping in the middle and stretching the C-PAP tubing enough to pull the machine off the bedside table. I did okay, actually. No C-PAP was harmed in the making of my night.
The microwave almost was, though. It's not working because the door won't catch, apparently. That's the message on the front when I try to start it: "door". But the light inside works exceptionally well. Once I got up and turned it a little sideways in its cubicle, everything was hunky-dory.
At 2:42, my phone rang. J-Man woke up and found my message. Yes, the phone was by his bed, but he slept through 3 calls. (!) He was fine, no fever, and the power was still on. I reminded him to plug in his cell phone when he actually got up, and then we both went back to sleep.
At 4:15 I woke up again. One of the lab gals said that someone had volunteered to shuttle people from the hotel to the hospital starting about 6am, but she has to be at work at 5, and she wasn't sure if she could make it. I'd told her to call me and I'd throw some clothes on and drive her up there in my 4-wheel drive, because I could go back to bed and sleep all day if need be.
I got up and checked my top to see if it was dry. In my haste I forgot to pack daytime clothes for today, and about 8pm I realized I had packed extra socks and underthings, and I could really wear the jeans again for a few hours, but I had no shirt to wear. Did you know shampoo is multi-functional?
When I realized she wasn't going to call, I fell back to sleep. At 6:15, some alarm went off. And off. I think someone tried to go out an emergency exit, because, although there was running, there was a lot of laughing and no smoke. Part of me thought about staying awake until 6:30, when the continental breakfast was served, but the sleepy part reminded me I had a package of bagels, and some cream cheese and boiled eggs in the fridge, and the much-appreciated coffee pot in the room. Once everyone left for work, it got quiet again and I had the best sleep between 6:45 and 9:23.
After calling Jack and reminding him (again) to plug in his cell phone, I poured my coffee and pulled out the cream cheese and boiled eggs. I noticed the eggs were cracked, but hey, it was a bumpy ride and I made lots of trips from the car to the room. They weren't just cracked, they were burst. As in frozen-burst. As was a can of diet Coke. The cream cheese is frozen, too. I think maybe I turned the refrigerator thermostat a tad too low.
But the coffee was nice and hot. I stirred in my sweetener and let it sit a moment while I placed the cream cheese container on top of the coffee pot to warm. The eggs are in their plastic baggy, floating in a sink of warm water. The coke is sitting on a washcloth on the bathroom counter, steadily fizzing and leaking. And my biodegradable plasticware has started biodegrading.
I don't think I get out enough.