We are a one-car family. Long story short: it's been fine for years, but now that the kids are in different schools and I work full time, we've had to experiment with different transportation options. I started taking the bus 2-3x/week about a month ago. At first, I was horrified that our small town's lacking bus schedule means it takes 38 minutes to travel the 3.3. miles to work. But you know what? I love taking the bus.

I bring a thermos of coffee and queue up a podcast (or a book). The 38 minutes (including a 5 minute transfer) is long enough to sit back and relax but not long enough to get bored.

(Yes, I'm the person who sneakily/awkwardly takes pictures during my bus ride.)