I got up as usual having not slept brilliantly - as usual - and headed off to walk to the station like every Tuesday.
As I got within probably a quarter mile of the station I saw someone walking towards me who I vaguely recognized as someone who catches the same train as me. I didn't think it was a good sign, that he was walking away from the station, and I was right. My train had been canceled. All the trains for several hours had been canceled. I catch the train at one of those small stations that are more like bus stops, there are only 2 platforms and one track running in each direction. And on that track a vehicle used for track maintenance overnight had broken down so the track was blocked. The information board in the station said they might not be running any trains till 11. This was at 6:30am.
I thought about going home but that would have meant having to take holiday because I'm not set up for remote access, and I don't have a lot of holiday left now. So I decided to catch a bus to Caerphilly, which has a bigger station with multiple tracks and more trains in hope that there would be some running from there. I didn't know where the buses stopped do I popped into the house of my mother and father in law to ask them, and my lovely mother in law volunteered to drive me to Caerphilly instead. That put me more or less back on track, unlike a lot of people I was actually only about 20 minutes late arriving at the office, which was much better than I expected.
But it was a stressful start to the day and I hadn't been feeling full of beans before that, so by mid morning I was absolutely dead on my feet. Seriously, struggling to keep my eyes open, yawning constantly, foggy brained, the whole lot. And that lasted all day and in to the evening which is why you're hearing about it now not yesterday.
I did sleep better last night but really didn't appreciate my alarm going off at 5 this morning. I need several good nights in a row and I don't seem able to get them :-(
At least the trains were running more or less on time this morning...