I have an ultrasound scheduled for this morning at 9:45am. Despite having done these types of things for decades now, I still have some level of anxiety surrounding them: driving here, getting to the right place, checking in, getting through it, getting back to work, finding a parking space, etc. etc. It’s also a break in my workday routine, which I hate. In order to lessen the anxiety, I prepare as best as possible: verify my time and place several times, assess the time it will take to drive here, factoring in time for traffic and getting lost (which I do far more than I should,) and being ready to go when it’s time to leave. I thought I was on target today and pulled into the hospital parking garage … at 8:15am – one and a half hours early. I have no idea why I was thinking I needed to leave at 7:40am to drive 30 minutes for a 9:45am appointment, but here I am, killing time in some waiting room in the hospital for 90 minutes until my appointment, which seemed less stressful than going somewhere and coming back.