I worked from home the other day to keep an eye on my daughter, who had just had surgery. Sounds like paradise right? Wrong. I know some of you are like, “big deal, I’ve been working from home for 18 months now”. Well, I typically work in the office and haven’t actually worked a full day from home since before Covid. So, for me, this was kind of a new thing. Anyways, after I got my dual monitors set up, things were going pretty well. But then my dog started barking every time somebody walked by our house. Apparently, with his presumed role as head of house security, he feels the need to bark at anything that moves. I kept having to jump up and close the office door every time he started barking at the front window, which always nicely coincided with the online meetings I was having.
Work From Home Distractions
After a bit, I noticed it was super cold in the house, so I turned on the heater. “Hey, when was the last time I changed the filter?” I decided to go into the garage to check the filter, and yes, it needed to be replaced. So I spent some time purchasing new filters online. Then my daughter upstairs called down a request for Macaroni and cheese. But we were out of butter. So I ran over to Albertsons to get some butter. And of course, I had to do some additional shopping because we were out of milk and a few other things. But when did these milk prices get so expensive? I was almost home when my wife called and asked if I could run to the pharmacy and get some medicine for my daughter.
But the best part of the day was when I picked up my son from Kindergarten and got him started on some snacks before jumping on a Zoom call. In the middle of the zoom call, my son stormed the room and started pulling on my arm, “Dad, dad, dad, dad, dad, dad, dad, come see the paper airplane I just made. Dad, dad, dad, dad, dad, dad, dad, dad.” So I wrapped up the call early so I could go see the airplane, which was amazing by the way. I raise my hat to all of those out there who are still working from home. It’s hard stuff and is certainly no peaceful paradise for those with kids or dogs. Looking forward to getting back in the office as soon as possible.
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