Working From Home Diary, Day 27
5:15AM-Wake up. Remember that you’re working from home and that the alarm isn’t going to go off for another forty-five minutes. Go back to sleep.
5:20AM-Wake up again. You woke the dog up five minutes ago and now he’s really excited about getting up and starting the day. You had an extra glass of wine last night, or a couple, or more than a couple–you really can’t remember–so you’re really not ready to get up just yet.
5:33AM-Accept that the dog isn’t going to let you go back to sleep. Get up. Take the dog out, feed him.
6:03AM-Shower, shave, brush teeth.
6:25AM-Coffee. Decide you’ll splurge a little and have one of those microwavable sausage biscuits you found in the back of the freezer the other night when you were making beef macaroni lima bean waffle casserole.
6:30AM-Brush teeth again.
6:35AM-Watch the morning news.
6:35AM-Brush teeth again.
6:40AM-Check Facebook, Twitter, email.
6:45AM-Brush teeth again.
6:50AM-Have another cup of coffee.
7:02AM-Turn on work computer, log in. Send “Good morning!” chat message to coworkers.
7:23AM-Remember that push-up challenge you read about. Decide to see how many push-ups you can do.
8:15AM-Get up and walk around to work the cramps out of your legs.
9:03AM-Get up and walk around. Go to the mailbox.
9:10AM-No mail. Have another cup of coffee.
10:21AM-Decide you’ll splurge a little and nibble on some dry granola while you work.
10:53AM-Check the pantry. Add “granola” to the grocery list.
11:12AM-Discover an email from a week ago that you put aside at the time because it was from Kevin and at the time you just couldn’t. Respond professionally without acknowledging the delay.
11:21AM-Brush teeth again.
11:33AM-Go the mailbox.
11:40AM-No mail. Go back to work.
11:59AM-Break for lunch.
12:03PM-Watch an episode of Breaking Bad.
12:48PM-Brush teeth again.
12:51PM-Go to mailbox. Catalogs! Whoo hoo!
1:03PM-Log back in to work computer. Work.
1:59PM-Log in to 2PM daily check in with coworkers via video. Congratulate yourself on being the first one there.
2:10PM-Wonder why no one else is showing up. Experiment with cool virtual backgrounds for the video app.
2:15PM-Wonder why no one else has shown up yet. Get the dog to come and sit in your lap.
2:18PM-Set status to “Away”, take the dog out.
2:25PM-Check on meeting. No one’s shown up yet.
2:26PM-Go to the bathroom.
2:28PM-Return to work computer. Realize you forgot to mute yourself. Wonder how many coworkers heard the flush.
2:31PM-Browse the internet for green screens. One of those would make your virtual background even better.
2:41PM-Send “Hope everyone’s okay” message to coworkers.
3:01PM-Go to mailbox. Remember you got the mail earlier.
3:45PM-Go to mailbox just because.
4:03PM-Get chat message from boss that says, “Hey, just checking something and saw you were logged in??” Check calendar. Realize you’ve completely lost track and that it’s Saturday.
4:45PM-Add “more wine” to the grocery list.