This morning was nice… my husband brought me a cup of coffee in bed! A rare treat. We’ve been getting along pretty well as co-workers — especially since we started using the trick I read on-line. We invent an imaginary co-worker to blame things on, as in, “That Felix! He left his coffee cup on the table again!” We’ve decided it should be a different name every time, making us laugh instead of being annoyed.
Here are some of the things I’ve discovered during my two weeks at home:
- Now that there is only the Starbucks drive-through (10 minutes away with a line-up of cars that takes 30 minutes), I have mastered a reasonable facsimile of my “cup of happiness” to get me through the day, caffeinated and content.
Skim milk powder, low-sugar Nestle’s Quik powder, 1 cup of water, 3 shots espresso (1/2 decaf), and a whole lot of ice!
A few of the normal habits help to get us through.
- Given that my commute is only to the next room, my audiobook consumption has decreased to practically zero. It was my entertainment while driving. So, sorry Richard, I won’t be sampling the books recorded in your home studio for a while. Add to that the fact that I need to listen to our Prime Minister’s press conference each morning for work, and my available time for audiobooks is effectively nil. Maybe that will change soon so that I can get back to my listening.
- On the other hand, there is a benefit to not driving — my hip and back are healing, as apparently the pain has been in large part due to a repetitive strain injury. (It’s my right leg or driving leg.) It took me around a week to realize that I didn’t need to have my car keys in the pocket of my jeans anymore.
- Of course, now that most of us don’t have to drive, the price of gas has gone down to around 96 cents per litre! Compare that to one year ago, when it was 172.9 cents!
- Did you know that you can actually see through windows when you clean them? This innovation worked on my home office window, and I might actually try this on a few more windows in my house! Here is the view from my home office — I’ve taken over my younger son’s old bedroom and I plan to make this space mine, permanently.
Now if only I could find a way to get the neighbours behind me to take down that #@%&$! tree, I might just see a beautiful sunset!
I did go into the office for a bit on the weekend. Apparently cherry blossoms bloom even when we are not there to see them! Who knew?? (Although there are, in fact, a lot of people out photographing them. I also saw people playing Pokémon GO in front of some of them…. why??)
- Are you a person who likes to work in your pajamas? Not me. I need my usual routine to start my day — shower, get dressed, put on make-up. Then I feel like I can get on with things. (This isn’t just about working, either. Years ago, my travelling companions were astonished that I sat beside a stream at our campground, putting on make-up in front of a small mirror. Makes me feel like me.)
- One thing I really am enjoying about being home is that no one takes my stuff from the fridge. About a week before I started working at home, someone used the last of my clearly labeled coffee cream, returning it to the fridge empty. In fact, that was the second time that happened. I mean, who does that? Luckily, no one in my household.
- My husband has discovered Disney+. Unfortunately, this has caused him to embrace his inner child and escape into the world of cartoons. Not for me.
But I remembered that we subscribe to Crave TV and I’ve started watching Amy Adams in Sharp Objects. I read the book, but long enough ago that I don’t really remember what happens. I remember I liked it, even though I found it unsettling, and I didn’t like it quite as much as Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn’s other top seller. Sharp Objects seems pretty good so far, after one episode, and certainly more appealing to me than Spider-Man cartoons.
- My dog has discovered that there are even better places to stare at me from, such as the arm of the couch, while I’m sitting at the dinner table.
He also discovered a wonderful patch of sun, today, to warm his old bones.
Have I mentioned before that he is now a cancer survivor? Last summer, he developed a lump on his neck that turned out to be a carcinoma. In doing tests before his surgery, they discovered he had a bladder infection and needed antibiotics. After that, they realized that he has an enlarged heart, and recommended he be put on heart medication. Between the medication and the surgery, he seems years younger, with so much more energy than he had had for a long time. You can see it in the look on his face above, when he was standing up on the couch. Nice to see.
Well, that’s it for now. Tomorrow for work I have a 3-hour Zoom meeting with 20 people, and one of the agenda items involves me sharing my screen for a PowerPoint presentation, which will be a new experience. Wish me luck!