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!