...and get on the bus.
I'm contemplating doing the park and ride thing. It's for my sanity.
I'd give up a 40 mile drive (20 miles each way) and most likely some precious morning hours of sleep. I'd gain 2.5 hours of my day--2.5 valuable hours. Taking the bus will no doubt add about an hour to my commute both ways, but I'm thinking maybe, just maybe, it might be worth it--2.5 hours of driving time versus potentially 3, 4 hours (if you count my lunch hour) of reading time? No contest.
I went to Barnes and Noble on my lunch break today (my most common lunchtime activity, which I'd also trade for the bus ride) and bought 2 more books (the cover on the left is one I'm particularly excited about). Two more books, for a total of 5 new books in the last few weeks that I've had no time to read. I can't keep going like this. I read pretty regularly at lunch, but it's annoying to have to stop and start so often. And trying to squeeze in my book reading is cutting into my Essence magazine time. I haven't cracked the cover of the latest issue with Beyonce on the cover and I've had the mag for a week now. That's unacceptable and grossly out of character for me.
Sure, I'd save money on gas and maybe save money on buying books (I tried using the library-- alas, I'd rather buy than borrow) since I'd browse less frequently during my lunch hour, but this really is about stealing time to read and relax.
The closer I get to age 30 and the possibility of having kids, the more I'm mourning my sweet moments of selfish and solitary [insert activity that only involves just Me here]. A few extra hours of me-time a day...even on a city bus...would be awesome if I can swing it. I'll keep my fingers crossed as I check the bus schedules & routes.