Even though we got banged again with another winter storm, yesterday turned out to be a pretty good day. It was one of those days where everything clicked and things ran smoothly. At least for me. And that usually doesn’t happen.
We’re averaging one snow storm a week this past month. Storms severe enough to close the schools and make me throw the covers back over my head and take a sick day. Commuting in this mess is nearly impossible- buses get stuck and the LIRR just can’t handle anything over a few pretty snowflakes. When I see the forecast includes snow, my dread level rises.
I found out a few weeks ago that more than half my team at work can remotely log in to their desktops at work and work from home. One guy on my team lives and commutes from the Poconos. He’s always snowed in and always working from home. Holy snowflakes, where can I get in on this? I approached (threatened) my team leader about getting approval to do the same and two weeks later I’m sitting in my craft room in my jammies and slippers logging on and doing work during the latest ice storm. School was closed for Zombiegirl and I’m answering emails. I was able to log on for once without a glitch or a call to the Help Desk.
Technology is a wondrous thing.
I didn’t have to deal with the four hour commute, the constant distractions and the overpriced lunches. No overcrowded third-world bus. No annoying co-workers on their personal, long-winded phone calls. Zombiegirl went to a friend’s house and I was able to get tons of work done.
Of course, routines have to be run to get calculations from our database. These routines take anywhere from a few minutes to an hour. And since my sewing machine is located right next to my laptop…
I finished so much sewing! I was a multi-tasking whirlwind- emailing, plotting to my plotter in New York, sewing seams on little skirts, making phone calls, running updates, knotting tutus, cleaning up My Documents of eight years of drawings and pdf’s, ironing burp cloths, yadda, yadda and yadda. I also had an additional four hours that usually gets eaten up by my commute. I actually started work early and ended later than usual.
I finished the sewing project I was working on and got more done workwise than if I had trudged to work. And I didn’t even put on big girl clothes!
The day flew by. At 2:30 I excused myself to take lunch, walking all the way into the kitchen for a sandwich. At 2:36 I was back at my desk reconfiguring one of our branch floors and making a little baby headband. I only lost connectivity once- my wireless connection isn’t very good in the back bedroom I call my office. Other than that little glitch, the workday was a huge success.
Not so much for MR. He’s really having a hard time lately. Besides his wrist, and looking for a job, he thinks he may get a red-light ticket for making a right on red on his way to a meeting yesterday. He was in the right, but saw the flash. He stormed and stomped all afternoon while I was basting and formatting. Poor baby. We met, dated and married each other while working at the same company. I don’t think we’d be able to do that now…
So now I eagerly await the next big snowstorm. I have a house to clean.