Well, it’s June, friends.
At some point I stopped doing daily work-from-home blogs because, well, one, everything seemed mundane, so I was running out of things to talk about and two, it seemed – hey these are the same things. *Laughs* Two is supposed to be “working from home stopped seeming weird.” Which is pretty much the same as one.
I am desperately in need of a haircut, I have been learning how to cut my husband’s hair, and I find myself wanting a pedicure, even though I’ve only gotten a fancy someone-else-does-it pedicure twice in my life. (It’s because it’s sandal season, and also because someone like washing and massaging your feet feels amazing, guys, try it. Girls and folks of every gender, too.)
And that’s about it. Some days I desperately want my office back (yesterday), some days I can’t imagine going back. At least once every other day I think about the plusses or the minuses, so I suppose it’s not entirely mundane to me.
(Some nights I stay up cashing in my bad luck
Some nights I call it a draw
Some nights I wish that my lips could build a castle…)
You know: Pros of working from home – short commute, take naps when I need them, take a half day of work when I’m feeling sick without having to fuss with driving or with breathing on other people. Cons of working from home – constant distractions, no privacy, can’t really cope with bad things without an audience, no privacy, constant distractions, did I mention no privacy?
Also, I used to write on my commute to work and sometimes from as well.
(Pro of working from home – I can sit on the porch and work. Now that is nice, I mean, when it’s not raining. Another pro is working-from-couch, which it occurs to me that I could do from work, if the lounge wasn’t taken.)
Con of working from home, on the other hand, well, sometimes I just want to talk to other people. I find myself chatting up folks in the grocery store.
How are you handling all that? I know our neighbor (the one whose husband is named after our cat) said she’s back at work now but she’s one of the few, even at her job – what about you folks? I live in NYS; the university where I work has a branch in NYC – it’s unlikely I’m going to be back in the office before September at this rate. At least, I’ve picked out a porch umbrella and I’m thinking about some things like, what’s the summerweight version of my nice flannel pajama pants? Also like “how do I get T to figure out how to cut my hair short again?” after that only-a-scorcher-in-comparison-but-still-unpleasantly-warm few days we had last week.
Is this a good thing, working from home? Is it maddening? Did you buy a new office chair? One former friend tells me that his work offered a home-office-putting-together stipend, which sounds amazing. Where’s everyone at?
And if you’re back at work-in-person (or never left), what’s that like?