September 27, 2011

Home Work

I work from home a couple days a week. When there's absolutely no compelling reason for me to be in the office - and to fight the insane amount of traffic in the Greater Monkeytown area to get there - I skip the whole process, throw shorts and a t-shirt on and roll into the basement with a cup of coffee to get a jump on the day. I'm a little more sane that way. Plus, I get to drop upstairs and see the kids when they're around. But I've learned that there are some hardships, challenges, and lessons learned.

- My daughter's operatic renditions of Christmas carols (in September?!) occasionally travel various paths through ductwork and meet in my office interrupting conference calls. Good thing I'm quick with the mute button.

- Using a giant yoga ball as an office chair is both cheaper and healthier. But you can't sit criss-cross-applesauce without some good, solid pre-planning and even then things can go bad in a hurry.

- After you've fallen on your ass during a conference call, don't cop to it unless you're a) in friendly company and b) you're willing to take some crap.

- I sometimes forget to shower. This fact is brought home quickly and effectively when I catch a whiff of myself then sprint upstairs to fix the problem. When I ask my wife about this, she's critical of my absentmindedness. ("Did you know I smelled that bad?" "Yes, the better question is how didn't you?")

- I eat like a toddler when I work from home. When it's 1:30 and I panic because I realize I've had nothing to eat, I'll run upstairs, grab a cheese stick, tiny thing of applesauce, a little package of cookies and a juice box.

- I have no interesting bathroom conversations to overhear so I'm forced to make up my own then eavesdrop on myself. This is strange behavior.

Posted by Chris at September 27, 2011 7:05 AM

I miss hearing about the bathroom conversations!

Posted by: Heather at September 27, 2011 8:45 AM

I have resolved your bathroom problem. Simply bring Owen in with you. I know he'll make it hilarious for you.

Posted by: Maribeth at September 27, 2011 9:48 AM

I have worked from home for 6+ years and let me tell you there is nothing like trying to deal with a double poop (from kid on toilet and toddler in diaper) while on a multi-national conference call!

Posted by: Amy at September 27, 2011 10:03 AM

I work from home 2 days a week and have similar observaions - I eat a lot of bananas with peanutbutter, have had conference calls interuppted with "Mom, I'm home" yelled at the top of my son or daughter's lungs and I do talk to myself a lot (though not in the bathroom). But I love my at home days - pjs until 10:00, lunch whenever, no interruptions.

Posted by: beth anne at September 27, 2011 10:30 AM

Downside: no interesting bathroom conversations. Upside: no clown shoes!

Posted by: bacioni at September 27, 2011 10:50 AM

I miss working from home.
Though... I always showered.

Posted by: sarah at September 27, 2011 9:47 PM

I also love working from home. How's that ball working out for you, though?

Posted by: Hannah at September 28, 2011 8:14 AM