Again with the subject of time, it seems that tomorrow will mark nine months since the family and I moved into our house. Calling a "new" house might still be technically accurate but, given the damage that's been caused by the boy to the floors, the walls, and a couple of doors, it would be better to not use that particular adjective. This is still a nice place to live, though. Everybody likes it here. The area is relatively quiet most of the time. And, despite working from home every day, the place is big enough that I can still feel like I'm not right beside everyone while focusing on the day job.
That last bit is important, as it was nine months ago that I was able to start working primarily from home and go into the office on an irregular schedule. While this does limit the amount of distance that I can put between the day job and the family, it does provide an extra two hours every day to use for something other than commuting1. The original plan was to dedicate an hour or so every day to walking. Reality had something different in mind.
When the boy is a bit older, I might start going to the office more regularly. Working from home is nice, but so is working in close proximity to adults ... some of the time. Being out of the house gives the family some space as well as providing a clear buffer between work and home. Frustrations and stressors can be forgotten about on the trek home. Podcasts can be enjoyed more completely. Snacks can be had without the need to share. It's a win-win for everyone. Until then, I'll be happy that Nozomi is often curled up under my chair while I'm hammering away at the keyboard, having discussions with colleagues around the globe, and solving problems that would be a lot easier if the corporate compliance officers would just look the other way from time to time2.
Hopefully the house can withstand the next 20 years of abuse the boy will inflict upon it ....
- Given that I use a lot of my own resources and I would ferry them from home to work and back every day, it often struck me as odd that I'd go into the office to use the same equipment I could use from home. Mind you, it wasn't always possible to do this, but some productive meetings with managers made a lot of things possible. ↩
- Everything we do must be GDPR-compliant regardless of what the systems will do given that we have employees from the EU operating on every continent minus Antarctica. ↩