@TheGreatNico we have done pet threads before maybe we just set up a permanent pet thread and people randomly upload pics for the petless. We all have those “this annoying/cute asshole” moments every day. Just you know. Have some self control/don’t tell everyone about it so we aren’t “that guy”
But an ongoing thread full of pets to cheer people up doesn’t sound bad.
@ircon96 I meant more why “pajama bottoms” was a choice instead of “pajamas”. Not that I have either I have “house clothes”. But I’ve worked from home for 12 years at a real job and in meetings every day and we have never needed to turn on our webcams. Ever. So the whole weird pandemic we must be in zoom calls and see each other I don’t get. Its a weird kind of pretend to me.
Not that the other didn’t happen. Living alone. Sometimes. But it’s too cold to have your ass out
@unksol Yeah, it’s definitely the Zoom calls that make most people feel like they have to stay presentable from the waist up these days. I’m sure the control freaks at these companies that never allowed WFH before had something to do with the current Zoom trend. That, and/or they see all the TV shows, celebrities, etc, using it & figure it must be the thing to do…?
Anyway, amen to “too cold” since it’s currently 1 degree with a wind chill of -21 in these parts. I’m about to zip myself in a mummy-style sleeping bag & calling it a winter. See you in (late) spring, peace out!
Best part of working from home is sleeping late. Work starts at 9:00AM and I used to get up around 7:00AM to shower, have breakfast, get dressed and endure the long commute. Now I get up at 8:50AM to login and hope I don’t have issues with the VPN causing me to be late.
Definitely a combination. Wearing shorts instead of dress trousers and shoes. My own toilet. The convenience of having all my stuff in the kitchen when I stand up. Not having the distraction and annoyance of other people and the noises they make.
I’m an IT guy in a lab that is working on current issues. In 2020 I had all my planned leave revoked because we needed to move 60% of our staff offsite. My wife and kid lived away from me for 6 months because I didn’t want to bring home something funky from the lab. It pissed me off so much hearing people bitch about being stuck at home with their families. All I wanted to do was see mine. I get 7 weeks of leave every year and I ended up eating about 5… because science. In 2021 I only ate 3 because I spent two months in the ICU. Not covid related. But I learned how to walk again in October and have been in the office ever since. I am required to test twice a week and I’m not sure I really appreciate the levity in this poll. I’ve not been infected by COVID-19 but this virus has had a severe impact on my life and my family. Meh.
@capnjb I don’t think I got it as badly as you did, but I can commiserate a bit.
I’m an engineer working in embedded systems, and have to spend the vast majority of my time in the lab. The pandemic and school shut-downs didn’t mean any of my work deadlines changed. Fortunately, my wife is an analyst and could work remotely.
With the schools shut down and a kindergartner and third-grader, I had to devote my attention to helping with their school all day. Then my wife would finish her day and take the kids and I would immediately head in to work from around 1630 to 0030-0200.
Then get up at 0530 the next morning and do it again.
I got to spend a lot of time with my kids, but barely saw my wife and developed a lot of anger and bitterness-- not toward my wife, but toward lots of other people. I am now a pretty hateful person, and I wasn’t two years ago.
@capnjb@Limewater well. That clearly sucks. The poll is about work from home so it’s by default biased towards people who didn’t get totally screwed by the pandemic. Obviously kids complicate it even if you got to work from home.
I’d love to have a wife and kids and leave. But I will readily admit I’m lucky and the pandemic did not change my life much. Obviously it’s impacted everyone differently and some people don’t work well from home. Some are thrilled by it.
I sympathize/you guys obviously got a raw deal and a shitty couple years. People are just trying to look at the bright spots of the situation they are in. Hopefully it’s over soon and anything positive sticks and all the shitty parts go.
@capnjb@Limewater I am pretty sure bitching is allowed regardless. There are things to bitch about no matter what. Not saying you shouldn’t. Or it doesn’t suck. Everyone needs to vent. And have their pain acknowledged.
Just you know. Getting bitter is probably not great for your health.
I’m semi-retired (I have a microbusiness that was home-based to begin with, but the plague nearly killed it), so I was WFH to a significant extent before. That actually doesn’t work all that well for me; the pitfalls of “be your own boss” often include “completely lose control over your personal life because The Business Eats You”. But my S.O. used to have a long commute, and his driver’s license is restricted; no freeways, max speed 45mph. So the commute was brutal, on the one day per week that he had to be in the office. (The other four were WFH already.) What we discovered was that with the commute out of the picture, it became actually necessary to build him an office here, so now he “commutes” to the end of the stockroom, where there’s a desk and a watercooler and a backdrop screen, and it looks like he’s At Work during the many Teams meetings during the day. And without the cats pestering him, he gets more done.