It’s That Time of Year

The things I do for this country.


Notice my slightly patriotic red, brown and blue outfit. I’m a fashionista, didn’t you know? 

Because my office is about 3405834905 miles from home, I normally board my first train of my commute at 5:54am (and get to the office around 7:40am, in case you want to compare commutes … and I don’t think I’ve talked about my long commute in about four days, so I’m due). And the polls open at 6am. So today, I had to take a later train in order to do my patriotic duty (before work).

Unfortunately, train 1 got delayed en route to downtown, and despite trying to book it across the Loop, I missed train 2 by two measly minutes. The next train to my office wasn’t for another hour and a half.

So I had to take the Blue Line and pray a co-worker would be able to pick me up at the nearest station to our office. About 2.5 hours after leaving home, I finally made it to work.

If you’ve ever been on an expressway that goes under/over/near any Metra tracks, you may have seen Metra’s “We’re on time … are you?” ads. Or some variation of them. I passed by one such ad when I was on the Blue Line.

I’ve been known to say that you can set your watch to Metra trains. And normally, you can.

BUT YOU WEREN’T ON TIME TODAY METRA. And then I missed your train that was on time. (Although their excuse for the delay was a sick passenger on a train ahead of me. Not the first time I’ve heard this reason for delayed trains, so it could be worse, I could have been that sick passenger delaying everyone else, which has always been my fear.)

Anyway, my point being, I have made sacrifices for my country today. Maybe not as many as my husband has made (or as many as I make because I’m his wife), but still. I HOPE YOU APPRECIATE IT, ‘MERICA.

But, on the upside, do you know what’s back?

That would be a Starbucks Gingerbread Latte. I know everyone goes crazy over the Pumpkin Spice Lattes, but I think the gingerbread ones are so much better. Similar to PSL, but not as sweet. I have all the sweetness I need, thankyouverymuch.

In closing, if you didn’t vote today, I’M JUDGING YOU. Did you see my smug sticker? I hear people who live in Chicago-proper aren’t getting stickers. FINALLY. Something the suburbs have that you don’t.

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9 Comments on “It’s That Time of Year”

  1. 1) I don’t think there are enough hearts on that photo.
    2) I have not yet had a Starbucks Gingerbread Latte as they are my favorite. I have had Dunkin Donuts Gingerbread Latte and Coffee. It is not that good. Alas, what Starbucks lost in pumpkin, they have gained in gingerbread.
    3) I really regret not wearing red, white, and blue today. I am wearing red, white, and black (so close, yet so far away)

    That is all.

  2. Ha ha. I was thinking that I will probably get a sticker tonight, way out in the burbs.

    I am annoyed when Metra is late (esp when they are sneaky and don’t say anything) but it really screws you over 🙁

  3. I gave up $tarbuck$ to finance Christmas shopping. Yes, it is that easy to make a Cash Christmas a reality. Kinda sad that I waste so much money each year on coffee. Please help me be strong and not cave to the Gingerbread or Peppermint Mocha (my fav) Lattes!

    1. Is it really a “waste” if you enjoy it? I think it’s good to keep yourself in check, and avoid purchases that you don’t need, and maybe that’s cutting the coffee, or maybe it’s cutting somewhere else. I don’t get free coffee at my office, and for our morning coffee, another co-worker and I split the cost of grounds that we make in a coffee press, and buy our own milk/cream. But then the afternoon rolls around, and sometimes it’s nice to have an excuse to escape the office for a couple minutes to grab a coffee. Either way, we are paying for coffee; obviously the afternoon coffee is more expensive, but sometimes you just need a treat to look forward to, and help you get through the day.

  4. Yessss suburbia > Chicago because we got stickers!! I still have mine while all those Chicagoans just have receipts…lame 🙂

    Confession: I’ve never tried a seasonal Starbucks drink (i.e. PSL, gingerbread latte, etc.). This needs to change ASAP.

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