The Working Mum #3 – Perils of working from home

I can list many advantages to working from home, the chief one being that I need little or no childcare  (just as well considering the costs!).

There are some downsides though. These are few of mine, sound familiar?

The fridge: When I worked in an office the fridge was in the kitchen which was not within the office. The fridge only contained whatever I’d brought in for lunch that particular day. Here the fridge and the cupboards seem to taunt me.  Curiously the fruit bowl is often silent. Fortunately I am now in the habit of bringing the fruit bowl into the living room (where I work). Genius! (I can still here them though…..).

Copywriter bum: I’m not convinced my bum has changed shape from so many hours sat on it but I do seem to suffer more nowadays from what I call copywriters bum. Most people call it coccyx pain, I call it a pain in the arse, regardless it can be painful if it is a problem you suffer with. Working on a strict deadline whilst hopping from bum-cheek to bum-cheek is not the most productive way of working, though seems to amuse anyone else who happens to be in the house at the time.
Please note that kneeling on a pc chair may help with the pressure but is likely to result in injury when the hair tips and you land on your nose. Just so you know.

Chewed pens: This is probably not very widespread but one that occurs daily. I chew pens. I gave up smoking years ago and seem to have picked up the disturbing habit of chewing on any pen, be it a cheap biro or a Parker pen. Not only is this disgusting for anyone who happens to try and steal your pen (no sympathy really) but this can also have severe consequences..
Please note that going on the school run with a blue ink-stained mouth is less fun than you would imagine.

Cute kids: These are my downfall. I work around Taylor (Kieran is at school during the week), starting very early and finishing late, and cherishing the 2.5hr nap he still enjoys. Occasionally I will even plonk him in front of Baby TV for half an hour if I am on deadline (he doesn’t seem to mind). Unfortunately he is cute, VERY cute. He knows exactly how to press my buttons and one flash of that cheeky grin and the pc is abandoned and I am rolling around the floor. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing but I’ve thrown it in because I expect I am not the only mother with a child who has a work-destroying grin.

Social Media: Oh my! Social media is a wonder in this modern technological age, it is also the top of my procrastination list. I just don’t have time to spend on social media I used to and have to be very strict with myself. I have to wonder if I’d ever used one of these nifty online timers just how much of my time was being taking up on Twitter and Facebook. It’s another voice calling you when you really are struggling through the most deadly peice of copy that ever existed but we have to be strong. It’s tough when I like to tweet like I talk (a lot!).

There are many advantages and disadvantages or rather downsides to working from home, these are a couple I can dredge up having had only one coffee today. Can you add any?

With a smile that this you can see why I end up playing instead of working!


Dear So and So: 24/2/2012

Dear Coccyx
What are you playing at?
It has been ages since you last bothered me and now, to be honest,
You are being a pain in the arse!
The spleen and the appendix can be removed (as they serve little purpose) if they are being a pain so be warned,
You are on notice!
Her who needs a rubber ring.

Dear Husband,
About this weekend, you did realise I was going away to Natalie’s right?
I love you!
There is cake in the cupboard.
I love you!
Her who hopes her fellas have a nice quiet and restful weekend together x

Dear Boys
You had SO better behave yourself this weekend!
I’ll miss you heaps but will be unimpressed if I come home and find you both glued to the kitchen wall.
Play nice!
Love Mummy x

Dear Aquafit
I’m sorry I missed you last week and it looks like next week is out too.
Don’t feel unloved and abandoned, I’m not there because of Doctor’s orders but will be back!
I have no doubt you’ll make sure I remember you all week after the next workout
Love her who is feeling the lack of the exercise!

Dear Warner Brothers
You sent me a big box of goodies including fab DVDs for Valentine’s day (I love you too).
We are still ploughing through them.
You just can’t beat curling up in front of a DVD can you?
We’ve had date night for Roy and I, I’ve watched one with my sister Lauren, and I’ve snuck on in whilst Taylor has napped.
Talk about guilty pleasure!
Thanks again x

Dear Weekend!
What took you so long? I’ve been waiting for you all week. I don’t look kindly on tardiness you know!
This is an important weekend. I am seeing my eldest brother AND having a girlie weekend with my best friend Natalie.
It really has been a bit of a wait you know!
Her who is impatient for Friday to be over.

Dear readers
If you’ve got this far I’m impressed,
You have stamina!!
Have a great weekend all x

Dear Naughty Kat
So you thought by not mentioning your birthday I wouldn’t find out?
*Shakes head*
A huge HAPPY BIRTHDAY shout-out to Kat, the brains and beauty behind the Dear So and So posts!
Have a great day chick,
Love me x

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