same script, different cast

I only cry when I think about the fans. I can’t even think about her family. I can’t go there. Whitney and Michael Jackson were my gateways into music. My dad brought me those albums (yes vinyl). “The Greatest Love of All” is my most listened to and favorite Whitney song. But I also love “How Will I Know”, “I Get So Emotional”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody”, “Didn’t We Almost Have It All” “Run To You” & “Why Does It Hurt So Bad” It’s weird but I never considered myself a fan…just an occasional admirer. Probably because I stopped listening to her after the Waiting to Exhale soundtrack came out. But like many others, I did grow up with her music.

But I followed her. I knew her fans. It’s the whole Mariah v. Whitney thing. I was young and I always kept tabs on them. They loved her so much. 😦 I’m going to cry again so I better stop.

So surprisingly I started working at home on Friday!!!!!! I had no idea this was going to happen. I had to carry everything (except the printer) to my car all by myself. Who knew a flat screen monitor could be so heavy? I really thought it would break. I wasn’t parked close to the building because I never park close. I was so miffed because someone was supposed to be helping me. (A stranger). But I knew that I was going to work at home so how mad could I be? I was just disappointed at how disorganized the whole thing was. It was like “Go home!”

I don’t have any big revelations about working at home. I’ve only done it for one full day. Obviously the best part is not being in the office. I have to figure out what I am going to do on my lunch break. I danced on Friday. 🙂 That will not be a daily thing. I have to shower, maybe run errands etc. And eating might be something to do.

Wait I did learn one thing: The mute button on the TV remote is my friend. I like background noise but sometimes it is too much. There is such a thing as too much news. Who knew? I can’t stand the way the news is so repetitive. I’m about to take a poltics break. Sorry for going off on a tangent.

One thing I did want to share is that since my mom told all her coworkers/manager about me working at home, her manager is now considering letting her do it! So I would suggest others float the idea to their managers IF it is possible. My mom and I kind of work in similar industries so that may have something to do with it.

Here is a pic of my home office. This is too messy to be considered an “after” pic but I did throw a bunch of stuff away since taking this photo:

home office

I like working at home but I don’t want to get carried away. I’m cautious. I’ll be more introspective about this later…maybe.

Another thing I want to share – my new obsession is Chris Hayes. 🙂 He hosts a show on MSNBC called “Up With Chris Hayes” It is on Sat and Sun at 8AM (time change). I’m officially an “Upper” and watch the show live on both days. Anyhow I wanted to share this clip:

Oops WordPress won’t let me embed the video. So here is a link to the segment on how more Americans are living alone.

I really want to read the book Going Solo: The Extraordinary Rise and Surprising Appeal of Living Alone. I’m so fascinated by the subject. It isn’t just me!! So there. 😉 I never thought of it as a money issue. After all, I’m far from affluent and I’ve lived alone (barely) for years. Interesting.

Look at Miss Ohio

I don’t know what to say. So I’ll just start with some pictures of my “home office”. I hope this is a before. Warning: It is very messy. Remember, I plan on these being before pics. 😉

This is the chair I brought today. It was already assembled. Thank Buddha.

new chair

There was a more comfortable and ergonomic chair for $60 more but I didn’t want to pay $60 more so that is what I ended up with. It is comfy and will do.

My very dusty and cluttered desk:

dusty desk

Of course I will dust it off. Whether I get all the other crap off is another question. My desk space is not much more than my cubicle space. It might be less. But that’s what happens when you live in someone’s house. In MY house I had a whole room for an office until I got a cat….

Here is the phone I plan on ordering tonight. It seems a bit silly to spend so much on a phone when I will probably only use it twice a week. But I sort of need a speaker phone for the few phone calls I will have so…..

The main thing I needed/wanted was a speaker phone with a mute button. Plus I want the option of adding a headset. I can’t use my cell for this stuff because I don’t have unlimited minutes. Luckily my mom has a land line. My house does not.

/end picture time

I can’t wait to post after pics. I hope there will be after pics. heh.

Work. Sigh. I had a year end meeting with my manager. And uh, wow. Um. Here is where I don’t know what to say. I did end up training someone in something today. I thought it would happen tomorrow so I didn’t have time to panic. But afterwords I was full of worry. Was I talking too loud? Did I talk too fast?
I always talk too fast. I’ve done that my whole life. I was hoping that I could get stuff that I could easily answer. After all I’ve been doing this for 3+ years. But TWO things popped up. TWO. Thanks Buddha. 😦

But I think she got *something* from it and that matters. See, this is why I shy away from doing this kind of stuff because I’m the most knowledgeable person in the office. So why should I train someone when there is a better person out there to do it????

More to come from what happened at this meeting. I still don’t have a date for when I’m going home. I will get very nervous if I don’t have a date or something by Friday.