It's been over a year of sheltering in place. The one-year anniversary came and went last week without fanfare. A few days ago I was standing in my closet, looking at my neatly pressed work clothes with an odd sense of disconnect. It feels weird to think I used to put these on every morning and rush out the door to catch the 7:30 train.
I'm preemptively waxing nostalgic about my work-from-home lifestyle because it's presumably coming to an end soon. Lots of perks to this life: Waking up at 9:30 and heading to the kitchen to make my morning mocha. Having a flexible time schedule. Taking afternoon naps. (Sometimes I get woken up by the boss calling to talk about this or that project; but I'll take mostly uninterrupted naps over no naps at all.) In the evenings I often take a walk on the balcony and hear the outbound train, and I think, Imagine being out all this time and only now getting to come home. Rough life.
I still miss things from outside. I want to walk among skyscrapers; I want to stand in direct sunlight; I want to weave through crowds and order lunch in a crowded fast food joint. I want a caramel mocha frappuccino. But for the most part I'm content here. This morning I was woken up at 7:30 by the sound of workmen installing new patio doors on all the balconies. Annoying, but it's also a weird kind of luxury, since normally I would've had to wake up even earlier to leave the house.
So that's my gratitude journal for the day. Here's my ingratitude journal: Why is apartment management having new patio doors installed during a pandemic?? Just one asymptomatic or presymptomatic workman and we could end up with half the building hospitalized. Also the workers left debris all over the balcony.
During the beginning of the pandemic I was couch surfing at someone's apartment and that happened. It was sooooo early in the morning for construction, I believe they began at 7. Super annoying! I know a lot of people who are going to miss working from home. I genuinely think it should still be an option because it's already been done without a problem for this long...
@iyazo Yeah, I think the best option would be some kind of hybrid arrangement where I go in, say, two days a week. That would be plenty of time for touching base on projects and going to meetings and such. Sadly I don't think my boss would go for it.
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