I wasn't sure how I would feel about working from home but I've gotta say... I LOVE it. On a normal day, going to work involves waking up super early, showering, taking Sid out, feeding Sid and Mini, drying my hair, having breakfast, getting dressed, taking Sid out again, and driving 15-20 minutes to the office. Today, "going to work" involves rolling out of bed, throwing on sweatpants, taking Sid out, and turning on my computer. Boom. Done
The only slightly weird thing is that, because my work computer mysteriously refuses to connect to our home wireless network, and our ethernet cord is in the master bedroom, I am currently working from my bed.
On the one hand, the idea of working productively in a place that is normally reserved for sleeping is kind of messing with my brain. On the other hand, it's a nice room with lots of natural light...and my bed is super comfy. And I have a kitten napping next to me while I work.
Ben and I walked down the street for a lunch date in the middle of the day, which was such a nice treat...it's really great to be able to spend so much time with him during the day, and I honestly feel like I am just as productive at home as I am in my cube at work.
This whole "work from home" thing sort of begs the question...are offices becoming obsolete? I don't think they are, necessarily - there's definitely something to be said for being able to talk with people in person, or drop by a colleague's desk to ask a question - but I think working from home more often should be encouraged as a regular choice, instead of something we have to have a huge justification for.
At the end of a day in the office, I sometimes feel totally drained just from sitting at a desk with flourescent lights glaring down on me all day. Today, I still feel totally energized at 4:30. Obviously this isn't something I can do every day, and there is value to the social environment of an office, but I might start taking advantage of the work-from-home option on days when there's not much need to be physically present.
The human body just was not meant to be in that environment for 9-10 hours every day, and I think the workforce in general would be much better off if we honored that. There's no reason we can't be happy, balanced and productive. Just my two cents.
our return walk from lunch
Gotta wrap things up here at the "office," and then we're off to choir. Tomorrow, Ben and I are having a baking extravaganza, and in the evening we're heading to Ben's parents house for dinner! I'm really excited that our families are getting together for Thanksgiving...but bummed that we won't really all be together. My grandmother hasn't been feeling well and actually was in a minor car accident a couple of weeks ago, so my mom flew out to be with her in Montana over Thanksgiving. They'll be in my thoughts, and I am thankful that my grandmother is OK and no one was hurt in the accident, but sad they can't be with us tomorrow.
Mom and Grammy, if you're reading this - we miss you!
Eat lots of turkey and pie tomorrow everyone - that's what the day is for :D