After two days of being forced to work from home due to the electrical fire in our building, I’ve decided that I don’t know if I could have a job where I work from home everyday. I used to think it sounded like an ideal situation, but now I’m not so sure. For the record, Kevin thinks I’m nuts.
Sure, there are some worthwhile benefits to working from home:
- It doesn’t matter how you look. You don’t need to fuss over your hair, make up or outfit choices. Pants are optional.
- You have full access to your kitchen to make warm snacks and lunches.
- There is zero commuting time.
- I get to spend all day with the puppy.
However, by the time Kevin got home from work yesterday, I was pretty stir crazy. I just missed having that daily social interaction. I was still plugged in to everyone via email and conference calls, but I really missed the face-to-face conversations and just being surrounded by people. By 5 p.m. yesterday, I felt the same way I do when I’m sick and forced to stay in. I was in need of some human interaction.
Now I see why a lot of people who work from home will take their work to Starbucks or Panera. Sometimes it’s just nice to be near others even if you’re not directly interacting with them.
It’s nice to be able to work from home every once in awhile, but I’ll enjoy returning to the office on Monday.
Since I was obviously aching for fresh air by the time Kevin got home, we decided to go out to eat for dinner. We grabbed a quick dinner at Pei Wei. Even though it’s right near our house, I hadn’t been to Pei Wei in quite some time, and I was pleasantly surprised by their new soda machine.
I’ve heard of these popping up in various places, but I had yet to play with one myself. I don’t usually order soda when I go out, but I couldn’t resist (I’m pretty sure that’s one of the marketing benefits of this machine). It’s a touch screen with a variety of Coke products to choose from. Once you choose your drink, you can choose a number of different flavors of that drink. I’m sure there’s hundreds of combinations. I rolled with a vanilla root beer. The only thing that weirded me out about the machine is the touch screen aspect. I don’t think I’d want to use this machine in a restaurant where I ate with my hands. I know it’s irrational, but for some reason, thinking about that grossed me out.
To eat, I ordered Mongolian tofu and vegetables with brown rice. They have a Diner’s Select menu where you get a main dish and a side, so I chose a veggie spring roll as my side. I love the Mongolian sauce. It’s very sweet.
It doesn’t even feel like it should be the weekend since I’ve been home for the past two days, but it’s nice to not be working. Have a great Saturday!
Do you get antsy when you are stuck at home for awhile?