Teleworking: Day 145

Today is one hundred and forty-five days of working from home! Seven months!

When I first started working-from-home, I was camped out on our dining room table. Or maybe I should call it like it was and say I cramped out on our dining room table. Because that’s what it was. A pretty much uncomfortable work area for me to be comfortable while working from home. I cramped out on our dining room table for about 97 days. Ninety-seven days!

And then I got smart.

Actually, it took someone else telling me I wouldn’t be returning to the office for the remainder of 2020. That’s when I got smart. No way was I going to stay cramped at my dining room table for the rest of 2020.

Told hubby I needed a new work space. I needed to be able to sit/stand when the mood hit and still be able to get done what I’m paid to get done.

So, I bought a new Vari desk. An electric, one-push of a button to make it go up or down kind of desk. The big one, 60×30. From those marvelous people at Vari.

Cleaned out and fixed up what was our family room. Had it painted. New flooring put in. Bookshelves installed.

Then my Vari desk arrived – squee!

Got it put together (it takes two people to assemble it; that sucker is heavy). Had it facing the window so I could see out the window, then decided I better face the wall because I didn’t want the new monitor I was going to buy to get bumped and fall off the desk.

See the pic? I am so totally loving working from home now – new space, new desk, new larger monitor.

I am ergonomically in a much better place than I was 145 days ago.

I could get use to this.

But, I still miss my seeing my work colleagues in person, at the office. <sigh>

P.S. to any Vari folks that may see this: That Vari standing mat I bought didn’t come with those cut-outs you see along the mat’s edges in the pic. Those cut-outs are compliments of my golden retriever, Bo. He thought I bought him a new toy he could chew on. (The first Vari mat I bought for my desk at the office does not have any chew cut-outs.)

Teleworking: Day 21

In mid-March when I realized I would have to work from home, I started thinking about my home office. I thought for sure the best thing for me would be to set up in the family room. So I told hubby:

  • Don’t bug me while I’m at work.
  • Keep the dog away from me.
  • While I’m on a phone call, turn down the TV and music.
  • You can’t bug me while I’m working!

Yeah, like that happened. I mean, I didn’t set up in the family room. I took over the dining room table. (Do I care if hubby might think it’s strange I’d rather work from the dining room table? Heck no!)

From my desk (I mean table), I can see out the front room window. I didn’t have the luxury of a window view from my desk at the office. From my table, I can see the sun through the front room windows. I can see all the neighborhood stay-at-homers walking, riding bikes, jogging, walking their dog, skateboarding. I can watch old-man Dan who lives across the street maneuver his wheelchair down the cul-de-sac because he likes to chat with the blonde chick who hangs outside with her kids.

From my table, I can turn around and look out through the sliding glass doors. I can see my dog Bo sunning himself on the deck, sitting on the chaise lounge. If I keep the sliding door open, I can hear when a hummingbird is headed toward its feeder. I can hear the birds flying back and forth to the six bird feeders in my backyard. I can hear the guy two yards away building his huge deck.

If I wasn’t working from my dining room table, I’d have to take frequent breaks to stay in touch. With my hubby. With my dog. With the sun. With the hummers.

Day 21 of teleworking and I miss seeing people!

People at work. Like Omar. And Denise. And Kristin. And Alejandro. And Suanne. And Ethan. And Roger – he of the “Andy Griffith theme-song whistle ring-tone.” And Karen. And Chad. And Anner. And Julie (she with the awesome laugh). And Steve. And Tuan, who always joked, asking if coffee and all the tap water he could drink was on me, and I’d tell him, yes, please put it on my tab, happy to buy it for you. And Joey. And Elizabeth. And everyone to the left of my desk – those on Leadership Row. And everyone to the right of my desk, down the hall and around the corner and then down that hall and around that corner.

Everyone! I’m missing all of the people in the office! I need that interaction!

I’m getting tired of teleworking.

But … I’m definitely not missing the commute!

 

Covid-19: Am I bored?

Covid-19: Am I bored?

I’m in the second weekend of teleworking due to coronavirus. And I find myself asking, “Am I bored?” My response?

Yes, I am bored.

The Governor has us pretty much staying home. But that doesn’t mean my hubby and I will not go outside to walk the dog. Throw the ball with the dog. Throw the frisbee for the dog. We drive to a local park-like area with the dog, and on the way back, I tell hubby to drive down that street or go the long way home, just so I can feel like I’m getting out of the house for a little while longer.

I am bored!

So what do I do on Saturday and Sunday when it seems like I now have all the time in the  world, and I can’t go with my granddaughter Ruby to the mall, or to a show, or even have her come visit me (everyone is staying at their own home)?

  • I put a batch of rough stones from Madagascar in the tumbler – clear quartz, rose quartz, milky quartz, and crocodile jasper. Can’t wait to see how they smooth out. But it takes at least seven days of tumbling (the first phase of the process) so I can’t do anything with that until next weekend. (Look at those beauties in the pic though, the first batch I ever tumbled/polished. They came with the tumbler: red jasper, rose quartz, sodalite, crazy lace agates.)
  • Knowing that at some point I’ll have some awesome-looking gemstones from the rock tumbler, I start YouTubing on how to wire-wrap the stones into pendants. And I realize that, ugh! it’s going to take a lot of practice to get the wire-wrapping down. I practiced on a stone from a previous tumbled batch – yep, it’s going to take me a lot of practice to get the hang of that.
  • I finished another RedVector course on advanced Microsoft Word. Total of 2.5 hours of online learning for that particular session. (Good thing I have earbuds. Hubby likes to blast Breakfast with the Beatles on Sunday mornings.) Loved the refresher course on creating macros, but wished it would have gone into a bit more detail. I learned something new though: create a macro that will go out and do a search on something from the browser of your choice. Then all you have to do is assign that macro to a word or words, for example “rock tumbling,” and it will open up the browser with search results on those words. Love that, and now I want to go practice creating that macro. At some point, I’ll have to share what I learned with you.

I’ve also signed up for other RedVector courses: Project management essentials; mastering Excel; and smart leadership and smart management courses. If stay-at-home continues for a few more weeks . . . yeah, I’ll still be bored, but hanging in there with current hobbies, online learning, trading texts or FaceTiming with Ruby, and getting outside with Bo, our Golden Retriever. Oy.

Staying home. Saving lives.