homeplaceofthefuture daily log 4887
The homeplaceofthefuture office Christmas Party 2018 was a success!
I wore my best hoodie, didn't talk about politics (real or office) and I had my favorite local pizza and craft beer while working on a 6000 piece lego set of Hogwarts.
Merry Christmas everyone!
homeplaceofthefuture daily log 4885
Oh those office Christmas parties! Big budgets, dress clothes, valet parking, memories that are soon forgotten in the drunken Uber ride home and what about those horrible photos of your colleagues & yourself drunk! I don't miss them at all, but a free (or not free) date night on the town is something Mrs. homeplaceofthefuture would thoroughly enjoy now that I'm 100% hermit.
If you're hip, you know that the homeplaceofthefuture Christmas parties are off the hook! In preparation for the big day, we raked leaves and cleaned out perishable items from the refrigerator today - all in the name of getting ready for the big day.
What constitutes a big day for the homeplaceofthefuture Christmas party?
It's a private event of one where the Christmas music is playing, my favorite sandwich is on the kitchen counter, my Microsoft Outlook is "disabled" and there is day drinking. A private event such as this shouldn't be confused with other private events throughout the year because this private event includes Christmas music and most likely I'll be wearing a shirt.
Sounds glamorous right?
Well the emails are still coming in, clients are still "urgently" asking questions and I'm eating Monday's leftovers while wearing Sunday's clothes still - Merry Christmas!
homeplaceofthefuture daily log 4883
The busy season is finally over and we're all winding down here and looking forward to the annual work from home Christmas Party, but in the back of my mind I'm thinking of a specific client that will email me on Christmas Day asking for an update on a project.
You might think I'm exaggerating, but it happened LAST YEAR!
If anything surpasses the LinkedIn views over the weekend or on Thanksgiving, it's people who email you on Christmas Day!
homeplaceofthefuture daily log 4875
When you say you’re part of the virtual workforce there’s a lot of questions. Who’s your boss? Do you nap? How do they know you’re working? Do you drink on the clock? Let’s ignore those typical questions and go into what I call “bringing it all home” and making them jealous.
Anyone that works in an actual office with actual physical coworkers knows at least these 3 things to be true. The coffee is awful, the toilet paper is a science experiment made with sand and it’s always too cold or too warm in the office. I like my sweaters in January not June!
What’s it like working from home? Or more appropriately, what’s it like in the homeplaceofthefuture?
Working from home is just like being the office except I’m in my uniform, I don’t see people and the coffee and the toilet paper are to my liking along with the thermostat settings.
Let’s start with coffee. After years and I mean years of drinking the free office coffee that came in Flavia packets. The funny thing about the Flavia packets we had in the workplaceofthepast was that the packaging said 70% organic – almost like saying hey we tried, but it’s only 70% organic. At times it was tolerable, but I found that if I didn’t wash my coffee mug for weeks on end that the coffee got better. Fast forward to 2018 and the homeplaceofthefuture has a Ninja Coffee Bar that serves local coffee that tastes like coffee and not an experiment in a kool-aid packet. I’m no snob, I just want the coffee has God created it – black and strong!
Heating and Air – this one is simple. Just turn it on. Your comfort is worth way more than the $20 you’ll save by getting the thermostat at 58 degrees in the winter. Natural Gas prices in my area have been so reasonable in recent years that I just don’t care – turn it up! Air conditioning is a bit of a tougher pill to swallow for me because it never turns off – the good news is that working from home you can do it without any clothes on (you can’t do that in the winter). My kids know that Tuesday is Topless Tuesday and yes, we have boys.
Lastly the toilet paper…..oh the toilet paper! Recently at a client’s office in NYC I was appalled that such a prestigious and well-known company had toilet paper that was straight out of an elementary school! It was like the kids made the toilet paper themselves with sand and cling film and put in on an industrial roll the size of a basketball. Call me old fashioned, but the more plys (or is it plies) the better and NEVER be ashamed to have a stash in your car, suitcase or laptop bag. The homeplaceofthefuture always has the best toilet paper for their employee of the month.
Such detail probably isn’t required to bring it home to your non-homeplaceofthefuture friends, but I see a lot of laughs when that toilet paper discussion takes place.
homeplaceofthefuture daily log 4871
In the old days (workplaceofthepast) birthday parties were always a source of awkwardness served up with a small slice of free cake.
"Hey, today is Judy's birthday -- you want some cake?"
"If anyone asks who the slob is, my name is Robert Wakefield"
Therein lies the free cake conversation. Yes it's free, but everyone is watching you. Does he eat all of it? Does he use a napkin? OMG he didn't even use a fork!!! Wait a second, who is that guy?
Thankfully in today's homeplaceofthefuture birthdays are a little less awkward, but I still find myself looking over my shoulder to make sure that the health conscious gym rat doesn't see me cut a piece larger than everyone else and/or help myself to a second serving washed down with the free office coffee.
So when it's your birthday and you're working from home -- enjoy that second piece of cake without the judging stares of co-workers who brag about going to the gym at 6 AM before coming into work and remember that entire cake is for you!
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