Stir Crazy After All These Weeks

Is anyone else getting the itch to go back to work? Feeling stir crazy after all these weeks?

I know, it seems crazy right?

Working from home is a great convenience. But it feels like a limbo between retirement and work.

I’m still working and still getting paid. I know, I’m one of the lucky ones.

So many people are writing about how they are cleaning their house top to bottom or taking up Fender on their offer of free guitar lessons.

I’m freaking working here!

My days are just as long just sans the commute. By the end of the day I’m tired just like before.

There seems to be an expectation that we all have time to renew, rejuvenate or reinvent ourselves. I guess that’s what you do when you retire?

I’ve got work to do and people who rely on me to get it done.

I don’t have time for guitar lessons!

The Office

twitter lists,social mediaI don’t miss the morning foot race to get out the door before traffic gets crazy. But I miss the routine and my colleagues.

I work with a great team and we manage to have some fun throughout the day. It’s not all work all day.

When I get into the office around 7:30 I have my routine. By the time everyone else shows up, I’ve cleared my email and had a coffee or two. I’m ready to roll.

Bring on the day!

Working From Home

July 2020 Run Down, COVID HairWorking from home has it’s advantages, no doubt. I can roll out of bed 30 minutes before my work day officially begins, there’s no commute to tress me out and piss me off. And I can shower whenever I want.

In the office I have two large hi-res screens and all of my stuff is there. I have a great work space where I can stretch out. Sometimes having a print out of an email or a report is better than having it on screen. I only have two screens after all.

At home I have taken over the dinning room. I have my work laptop and an old Compaq 20″ LCD display. I still have two screens but both are smaller than what I use in the office.

I’m also sitting in a strait back dining room chair. It’s solid cherry which gets a little tough on the ass after five or six hours. No cushion, no recline and it doesn’t rock. I’m a rocker, what can I say?

I’ve discovered that my office eating and hydration habitsĀ  seem to be triggered by what goes on in the office.

Make a call, have a drink. If it was beer I’d be hammered by 10AM.

Every day is to today

While working from home has many advantages there are also disadvantages.

The days begin shortly after I wake up weather that’s 5AM or 8AM.

Sometimes I forget to eat lunch and sometimes I make a second pot of coffee.

I can check email on my phone and do so seven days a week. So essentially, I’m working seven days a week.

But I also get to deal with contractors coming to the house and getting my daughter to work and off the trains.

So while the days are 10 to 12 hours, I do get to do other things during the day.

But since I work everyday and get other stuff done every day, the weekend blends right into the week.

I guess this is kind of what it’s like to be retired. Every day is today. What do you want to do?

One of the lucky ones

I realize that I am one of the lucky ones. I have a job and I’m able to work from home.

There are plenty of people who have to go to a workplace every day. They get our food to us, teach our kids, staff our healthcare facilities etc.

You can’t put a bio lab in the basement either. Just not a good idea.

I’m lucky enough to be pulling down a check and have the luxury of feeling cooped up.

I’ve been running more consistently over the past few months. That has helped my state of mind and even provided some limited socializing

I am one of the lucky ones who get to feel stir crazy after all these weeks.

How are you dealing with the new reality?

Run well my Friends,

Andy

Author: OmniRunner

9X Boston Marathon finisher, 17X marathons total. Sharing my love for running and the fun adventures and lessons that come with it. Helping non-profits increase fundraising and new runners celebrate their First 5K.

6 thoughts on “Stir Crazy After All These Weeks”

  1. Funny you mentioned a bio lab in the basement. I’m a biologist and although I’m technically back to work physically, it’s only part-time because of all of the limitations. We’re only allowed to have 1-2 people in each lab, depending on the size, and we have to arrange in advance the use of shared space and shared equipment. It’a a royal pain in the ass, as you can imagine, and it greatly limits productivity. However, I’m one of the lucky ones to still be getting paid and the bosses are extremely understanding. I know it could be much worse so I’m thankful for what I have.

    1. My wife was a lab rat for over 20 years. Finished her lab career in Cambridge, MA.
      People freaked when the facility went in 40+ years ago. When she worked there they couldn’t wear lab coats when walking between buildings.
      Can you imagine your basement full of mice and steaming beakers? And that tell tale vent on your roof. Just kidding.
      Not that it could happen, but I have visions of Dr. Frankenstein’s lab! LOL

  2. You inspired me to run yesterday! Thanks for the post. I’m doing the same except I don’t have any work. I tried for awhile to look for a job, but it was too depressing. I decided to hire a coach because my gut is telling me I can’t do what I’ve been doing anymore. I may have to go back to it, but I think I’ll take some time to see if I can try something new. Enjoy your running!

    1. I’m sorry to hear that you are still out of work.
      I’ve been there and it isn’t any fun.
      A coach sounds like a good idea. They will see strengths you never knew you had.
      I’m glad I inspired you to run. That makes all this writing worth it!

      Take care,

      Andy

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