Last week, I was talking with a mom and somehow, we started talking about the carpool lane. She hates it...I love it. In fact, I love it so much that I get there early just so I can sit there longer. If the line starts at 1:00, I want to be there by 12:45. Yes, I know it's hot, but I don't want the kids to have to wait long...I don't want them thinking I forgot about them just because I got stuck at the back of the line.
I don't love it for the heat, but there are lots of other great things about carpool.
1--Uninterrupted downtime. Sometimes I will make a phone call or clip coupons, but usually I use the time to do a little reading. Reading doesn't require that my computer be plugged in and since I'm parked for about 15 minutes, I don't have to worry about the person behind me honking to tell me to move up.
2--My eyebrows have never looked better. The truth of the matter is, I have never been good at tweezing my eyebrows. Sure, I love them to look all nice and clean...but I can never seem to find the right light/mirror combination. Waxing was my method of choice, but I'm trying to eliminate "extras" in my budget so I needed to go back to tweezing. A few months ago, I realized that both the rear view and the visor mirrors are great for this little chore.
3--Organized car. When I was in college and in the corporate world, it was pretty easy to keep my car clean. Sometimes I would have a few things sitting in my passenger seat, AKA command central, but pretty much, it was clean. I was the only one riding in there. Well now that I do the nanny thing, I can have anywhere from 1-3 children in my back seat at a time. We spend at least 30-40 minutes each day in the car together, so like any other "good nanny," I have books, small toys and games to keep them entertained. The carpool line is a great time to pull the things out, reorganize them in their bins and throw away any trash that has accumulated since the last clean out.
So...if you haven't liked the carpool line in the past, give it another chance. Grab a book, your coupons, some tweezers and a trash bag and get to loving the line!