Truths about Working From Home

Truths about Working From Home.

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Truths about Working From Home

I work.  Yes, People that work from home actually work and learn to get more accomplished in the quiet empty house than being in an office with distractions. 

 

No, I am not tempted to do housework.  That is a chore for the whole family to enjoy.  Work work is much more fulfilling than housework.  I will admit that I do enjoy the option to throw a load of laundry in a couple times a week, but I can assure you the task of folding and putting it away is for the whole family to enjoy. 

There are times when I might put my dirty dishes in the dishwasher while I am making myself lunch.  The truth is that I do this while waiting for my leftovers from last night to heat up in the microwave. I tend to each leftovers for lunch each day.  Once lunch is made it is back to my desk and eating in front of the computer while working. I do save money on not going out to lunch everyday as I did when I worked in the office.  I almost always went out to lunch.  Now I go out to lunch about once a month and it tends to be a long lunch.  When I worked in the office I also did errands at lunch, but not now. Sit in front of the computer and eat your lunch.

Since I am home, I do get interrupted by my kids who call because they forgot to bring something to school. Thankfully, this is not everyday, but it does happen. It is nice to be able to pop in at school for and spend 45 minutes at the kid’s class parties once every 3 months. I love being able to participate in Family Picnic Day at the kids’ school having lunch with them twice a year.

It freaks me out when the doorbell rings.  My inner curiousity gets the best of me because I want to know who is there, but I don’t want to be interrupted.  On occasion it has been convenient for someone to drop something off at my house during the day, but there really is not chit chat involved as I do get right back to work. At Christmas time, I do enjoy being home for the UPS man and am able to hide my Amazon deliveries before the rest of the family gets home.

I spend so much less money on gas. I can now go two weeks in between fill ups.  I am horrible about submitting my expense report for my phone and internet, but I justify it by the amount of money I save on gas.

 

It is great to get off work at 5 or 5:30 and be home at the same time ready to start dinner. I am able to have dinner prepared and on the table at 6-6:30 every night for the family.  I also get to plan for my meals and have the whole day to remember to take meat out of the freezer for dinner tonight.  When you are in the office, you have to take it out before you leave or stop and getting something on the way home.

As much as I appreciate the quiet house during the day with nobody home, I go stir crazy.  I don’t get out enough.  My life consists of work at home, pick kids up from school, take son to baseball, make dinner and stay home with the family. Errands are done on weekends.  There are many times when I hit a wall and just have had too much home time and need to get dressed up and go out.  (I do get up, shower, and get dressed daily before work).  Thankfully, my husband understands this need to escape the house.  My sister also understands this need and is almost always there for me to go out and have a drink.

Conference calls are a time for me to put the call on speaker and mute myself.  Depending upon my role in the call, some I can enjoy and listen only.  I can get a lot accomplished on these calls like putting on make up, fixing lunch, loading the dishwasher, starting some laundry, then back to work on more emails.  Checking Facebook is sometimes a priority as well.

I am sure I can think of so many more wonderful things about working from home.  Working at home is work and not meant to be abused.  It is a huge benefit that contributes to a great work-life balance.

 

Go Girl Scouts! Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday Girl Scouts! I celebrate the organization that has meant so much to me and help make me who I am today.

I have been a registered Girl Scout for 34 years and I feel like I started in scouting late as I joined in 4th grade as a Junior scout.  I earned the Gold Award as a Senior scout and enjoyed every minute of my 9 years as a girl in scouts. I continued as an adult leading multiple troops (12 years) before I had my own daughter.  After many years as Cookie Mom, I am leading Molly on her Journey so she can work on the Bronze award next year. 

I’d like to reflect on the opportunities scouting has given to me and the many fun trips and campouts I was able to participate in due to scouting.  I loved camping and stayed in scouts as that was not something my family would every do. My mom’s impression of roughing it was staying at a 2 star hotel without a reservation ahead of time.  So I learned to camp, to cook, set up tents, tie knots, lashing, and sing many campfire songs.  To this day I cannot tie a bowline without saying the bunny goes up the whole, around the tree, and back down the hole through the loop.  As a girl growing up in Southern California a half hour from the beach, we got to enjoy staying at the scout house in Newport beach.  Snow camp was also a novelty as my family did not go to the snow because we did not own the clothing for it.

 

The trips got better as I progressed in scouts and had more input into our outings.  The summer going into 8th grade consisted of a week long camping trip to Sacramento where we toured the capital, went to Sutter’s Fort & Mill, and the highlight was white water rafting down the American River with my troop.  In high school, my troop went to Mammoth and tried cross country skiing while also staying at my leader’s cabin.  A campout I will never forget is the Girl Scout 75th Anniversary celebration and campout at Glen Helen Regional Park in 1987.  There were 10,000 girl scouts camping together for 5 days.  Aside from no showers and we stunk, we had so much fun seeing all the scouts from all over Southern California celebrating together.  Burl Ives, Lamb Chop, and Donny Osmond all performed for us in various times throughout the long weekend. We played games, learned new things, did crafts, sang, and of course exchanged swaps.

 

During all of these fun times, I made friends and became a leader.  I explored skills that I didn’t know I had and became great at leading all the songs for a fun campfire. Girl Scouts is competitve too!  Many of the campouts in junior high and high school were competitive where you had to know your knots, cooking, lashing, nautical code flags, semifore, rowing, canoeing, first aide, etc.

 

Girl Scouts has made many positive changes since I was a girl.  There are songs that we no longer sing because they are not PC.  The badges and projects now are focused on exploring opportunities of who you can become and making a difference in addition to learning life long skills.

Thank you to all my leaders who have made a difference to me:  Sharon Bear Estrada, Kay Daugherty, Mrs. B, and Jackie Freeman.  I can only hope that my daughter who loves Girl Scouts now will continue to love it and go on to earn her Gold Award.  We are all passionate about such a wonderful organization.  As we say, our blood will always be green. 

 

Baseball Camraderie Goes beyond the Team

This is my favorite time of year…… Baseball Season!  I am not talking about MLB (although I do follow the Angels), but Little League Baseball. It is fun for the whole family and my family becomes extended.  I become obsessed with my son’s team and my feelings are shared with the other families on the team, or so I assume.  I know my son loves playing baseball, but I am pretty sure I love it just as much as him.

Fortunately or Unfortunately, my husband is just as obsessed as me.  We love to watch our son at every practice.  Okay, so mainly my husband loves to help out at as many practices as he can and I love to hang out with the moms and watch our sons improve. Although baseball is a team sport, we get to see our child in the spotlight every time he is up to bat and becomes that individual contributer.  It is exciting to see him play smart baseball, get a hit, strike out a batter, make a great catch, etc.  It is great to see that each of us pays attention to all the boy’s performances and are able to cheer each on when the spotlight is on them.  During the 4 month season we get to see each child grow and get better.  Winning is highly enjoyable, but seeing the boys have fun and play a great game is what it is about. 

I love by baseball family. This consists of the 12 boys’ parents, siblings, and other family members that come to cheer them on.  Sitting in the bleachers last night was the epitome of my baseball family. We got to get to know each other better while supporting each other’s son.  I am fortunate to be part of a wonderful team where the parents are close.  Last night one of the moms brought ingredients and made a spicy cranberry salsa to share with the parents on the bleachers.  Homemade salsa and chips while watching the game rocks!  You never know what fun can happen in the bleachers.  We ended the night with some time hanging out at the snack shack then a few families going out to dinner and discussing baseball for another couple hours.  Although my daughter may resent at times always beting at the ballpark for my son’s games, she knows that she always has other girl siblings to hang out with and play on the playground.  I also budget the snack shack pretzel for her as well plus it gives her more to do during the game.  The girls are always happy to have friends to play with.

Our season consists of baseball talk prior to the game, during the game, and during dinner eating out after the game. Last year we had so many impromtu pizza parties after our games, that I have made adjustments to include this as a budgeted item each week in my checkbook. You recreate these celebrations. 

As a baseball family, we look out for each other’s kids and get to know the grandparents as well.  It is not just the parents on my team that are part of the family.  After so many years of playing you get to know the families on the other teams in your division and truly root for the success of your friend’s sons even if they are playing you.  Baseball is more than a community sport, it is a family.

Go AAA Red Sox!

 

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