Thursday, September 04, 2008

The good, the bad and the lazy

I've been working from home quite a bit lately (although, to be fair, I should differentiate between working from home and "working" from home, if you know what I mean). I've actually gotten quite a bit done and found I really enjoy the home office from time to time. But, as always, there are some downsides to it. Such as...

*Stopping at my coworkers' cubicles to chat on my way to the bathroom is not a possibility. I've tried chatting up the dogs, Molly and Casey, but they rarely laugh at my jokes (such a blow to the ego, let me tell you!)

*So many distractions, which I'm sure I would have if I were working at the Capitol ("Oh hello, Governor. Please, have a seat while I finish this Sudoku puzzle.") But still, the book I'm reading is staring at me from across the room, the laundry needs to be folded and the dogs are begging to be taken for a walk when I'm at home.

*Again with the lack of coworkers. I have many, many funny thoughts that run through my head throughout the day and it's just not the same when I have to stop what I'm doing and call my pretend boss, Ted***, to tell him. I'm trying to convince him it wouldn't be at all weird for him to work out of my home with me.
***That's right, I haven't even told you about my pretend boss yet. I know, I know. It's weird that I have the Pretend Husband and the Pretend In-Laws and now the Pretend Boss. I'm not crazy and these people are very real. Ted is the pretend boss because for the first two weeks I had the job, I thought he was my boss-- he sure asked me a lot of questions about what my plans were for the day! Turns out he's just a curious coworker and doesn't actually have any power over me... and wasn't the one who made the decision to lay me off, so I still like him.

And the upside of the work-from-home situation? Well, every-other-day posting on this blog by yours truly is certainly is a plus (perhaps I should let you be the judge of that...) And I am very productive with my work, getting it done much faster since I don't have the aforementioned coworkers to distract me. Oh, and I'm getting very, very good at Sudoku (you think I should include that on my resume?) I will end this here so I can go complete the Jdlfgfjsd Report for work (which, don't tell Ted, but that's code for "watch People's Court")

8 comments:

Ted Lorson said...

The pretend boss here...

So I suppose you would not be offended if I call you a pretend reporter?

In all seriousness, I've enjoyed the weeks we have worked together. It was such a bummer when you figured out that you didn't have to listen to me!

sj said...

holy crap! the pretend boss is real?!


and ted, i'm pretty sure that we've called ourselves pretend reporters. at least, i know we've covered pretend press conferences at dairy queen.

Ted Lorson said...

I've been pretending to be a reporter for years :-)

SouthernBelle said...

Oh, and working from home you also can't have Office Boyfriends...

; )

hautepocket said...

If I was able to work from home I'm not sure I would ever end up leaving the house. :)

Molly said...

I don't want to work period. From home, from the office. I want to live a rich life full of shopping, martinis and lunch!

SouthernBelle said...

Molly - you reminded me of a conversation I had a while back:
I was talking with some girls I worked with about what we would do for a job if we weren't doing what we do. I joked that I would like to be a kept woman, and one of the other girls sighed and said "You know, it's harder than it looks."
*everyone else's jaw hits floor*

sj said...

HAHAHAH!

i joke all the time about being a kept woman. but really, if you add in all the time you'd need to manicure yourself, keep yourself in great physical shape, etc, etc. it may actually be tough work.

but then. i'm willing to spend 2 hours a day doing pilates if i have two hours in the day to spend at the mall.