A good antidote (despite the white-knuckle drive there) was a pedicure accompanied by chitchat, People magazine and good coffee.
It may be winter out, but my toes say summer!
I had just enough time afterward to white-knuckle it home again, shovel, boil some pasta (isn't bow-tie pretty?) and get to work. I'm sure glad I made that sauce last night! It turned out quite tasty.