The perils of working from home in the winter

I haven’t left the house since we got back from the Halloween party on Saturday night, other than a quick visit to Terry’s mum (who lives just around the corner) on Monday.

I have no idea how this happened. I mean, I’m going on a beach holiday next month for cryin’ out loud – the plan was to at least go to the gym every day, to prepare myself for the “eating my own body-weight” fest that will be December (holiday AND Christmas – whoops!), but somehow it got to Monday morning, the alarm went off … and I rolled over, looked at it, gave a small, piteous moan, then went back to sleep.

Then I woke up a while later, realised I had seventy gazillion blog posts to write by the end of the day, and ended up still sitting at the computer at 11pm, rubbing my eyes and wishing I had a normal job – you know, one where you don’t have to complete an entire month’s worth of work in advance, just to take a two week break. (Complicated, but that’s how it works, trust me.)

The next day? I did the same thing again. D’oh.

And so it’s gone on, to the point where I opened the blinds in the office this morning, looked out and was actually quite surprised to remember that hey, there is a WORLD out there, people! With, you know, STUFF in it. Yeah. Who knew?

Actually, the Grand Opening of the Blinds this morning was quite the event in itself. You see, up until now we’ve had mostly brilliantly sunny, but bitingly cold weather here.  You’d think all this sunshine would make me happy, because I am all about the sunshine, right? Wrong. It does not make me happy. (“Fickle” is my middle name. Always remember that.) Not at this time of year, anyway, because that damn sun is so low in the sky that you walk around permanently blinded by it. And the way our house is positioned, we basically have to have the blinds shut ALL THE DAMN TIME from about October to May, because otherwise we can’t see our computer screens at all. (No, moving the screens doesn’t seem to help. Tried that.)

So, basically, what I’m trying to say here is that I’ve been sitting in a darkened room since Sunday, and actually? I’m starting to feel a little bit hysterical. So when I woke up this morning and realised it was a dull, foggy day, I actually gave a little cheer, because hey, there may be no sun, but at least I can has daylight! For the few short hours that we actually get daylight at this time of year, that is.

Did I mention I’m going on holiday soon? And that it cannot come quick enough?

Aaaand, that’s enough whining from me for one day, I think. How are you?

9 Comments

  • Am says:

    I get the sun problem too. I had to move my computer out of my office because it gets so damn cold (oh yes we're feeling the credit crunch over here too) but from a North facing room to a south facing room I seem to be warm, but cant see my screen, so keep the shutters closed. No matter what you do you can't win… I say give up, stay in bed and wait for summer (if only!)

    • Amber says:

      Oh, I'm exactly the same: our bedroom is so tiny it only fits the beds (and although working in bed sounds great it gets so uncomfortable!) so the only other option would be the living room, which is open plan and impossible to heat, therefore permanently freezing, and always fairly dark anyway, due to having a stupidly shaped window. So I can't win. Staying in bed sounds like a plan – I would literally hibernate through the winter if I possibly could!

  • Steph says:

    Seconded, stay in bed – that's what I plan to do. It is offically too cold to live. I went out to see a fireworks display last night, and came back unable to feel my feet. Brr!

    • Amber says:

      Yes, staying in bed definitely sounds good to me right about now. I had to give up on fireworks displays years ago – pretty sure the cold would kill me!

  • Tracey says:

    Other than suffering from post-holiday depression, I'm just fine thanks. Although I would like to point out that American AND Canadians do not know how to make good coffee. Or tea. That is all.

    • Amber says:

      I’m convinced the post-holiday depression is one of the worst kinds there is (baring something REALLY dreadful happening, anyway….)

      As for American coffee, it took me a while to get used to it. I don’t know what it is that’s different about it, it just IS. I like it now, though :)

  • Erin says:

    Poor pale-sunned lass! I’m sending you sunshine as we speak! (You can have it, too. It’s bloody hot today. Blech!)

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