While I’m not in sweatpants, I am dreading a future in the office again. And again.

I WFH from March until July and then was working hybrid Mon/Fri at home with the rest of the week in the office. My office is in a separate building from the main one, but I’d still have to walk down to the main one for specific daily meetings. Two weeks ago we got hit with a wave of COVID-19 in the office and on the shop floor, so I decided I’d not go back to the main building. And since there’s no point in my driving in to my office when I can remote in for the meetings I’d rather stay at home. So I’m home for the rest of the year. I did go get a test and it came back negative. When I was in the main office I was vigilant in wearing my mask while surrounded by people who only wore theirs half the time… and ended up positive. Watching people wear masks until they speak and then lower them grated on my nerves. I yelled at my boss in the middle of meetings to wear his mask properly.

I hated doing the hybrid routine so I’m glad to be full time WFH again. Z and I are lucky in that our home life is very easy going and we only have to worry about our cats being a bit unruly at times. I think Yuki likes having us home so she gets more pets and play time. Her routine now is to start screaming for her playtime from 10-11 am and 3 pm. She’ll roam the house, going to each of our “office” areas to see who will give her attention. All of the memes I’ve seen of cats wanting their owners to go back to the office… doesn’t quite match up with our overly social cats.

I’ve not written here in so long I don’t really know what to say anymore. What did I talk about before? Apparently I wrote a lot about clothes and while I do still like reading blogs about what people wear/buy I don’t feel as motivated to share much of what I’ve bought this year. I was supposed to start a ban in March, but totally forgot about that in the summer when I bought a lot of dresses. I have dresses now! That’s news (for me). Some of them I think were duds and I may get rid of, but most of them I like and will look forward to wearing again when it’s not 33F outside (like right now). I am wearing a fuzzy warm skirt I just got from Uniqlo and woolen tights. Oh, I wear skirts now too (more news!). I suppose when a vaccine gets out in distribution and I’m dragged kicking and screaming back to the office regularly I may share more of what I wear. I try to make sure I get dressed properly when I WFH. I at least put on day clothes right when I get up (most days). It takes me until around 10 or 11 am before I actually do something about my bedhead.

I’ve been cutting my own hair and while it’s choppy and crooked and ridiculous I at least still have my short hair to some degree. When it gets too long I start to feel off so I lock myself in the bathroom and chop at it until it becomes somewhat likable again. Right now I have a hilariously awful chopped bit in the back, but I know no one is judging so who cares…

I also stopped wearing makeup – even after I was working hybrid. I realized I didn’t need it and it only added to the time it takes me to get ready in the mornings. Since I am Professionally Lazy when it comes to getting up and going to work this time-saver was a nice revelation for me. I wash my face, put on my basic acid toner and some sunscreen. Done.

In other generalities: I’ve been journaling a lot more, which has been greatly helpful for me emotionally. I’m addicted to collecting washi tapes and stickers now. It’s hard to be all emo when writing while I’ve got dancing bears and kitten stickers on the page. I also started running again. While I’m not as consistent as I’d like to be, I’m still trying. I was doing really well until the weather turned too cold. I even improved my pacing by a full minute – after a month of work. I force myself to do sprints on the treadmill because long runs on it are nerve-wrecking for me. I play Animal Crossing New Horizons – a lot. I’ve got over 1K hours on the game and have changed the design of my island many times. I’m up to design 10.2 now. I think I’m addicted to creating new island design ideas and trying to figure out how the terraforming in my head pans out. I also don’t know what to do with a lot of the space on my island. My current design has a huge lake to take up part of it and a big weedy meadow.

I’ve no idea if this post will show up ok or not. WP has changed since I last wrote and I’ve no idea how to use it now. It took me five minutes just to figure out how to access my library so I could add a photo.

I hope everyone is doing well.

3 thoughts on “Meep”

  1. Glad you are back and doing well! I’m impressed by your ACNH hours. I put in maybe 80 hours total and then got distracted with playing Cities Skylines. My older sister put in about 400 hours on ACNH so far and seems to have endless resources.


  2. Haha I definitely feel that meme. I’m personally eager, desperate even, to be back in the office and able to do in-person meetings and depositions again once I’m vaccinated (and I’ll expect to continue masking indoors around other people for quite some time after, but it’s no big deal), but part of me will still miss being able to wear lounge clothes at home all the time. I’ve also been journaling a lot to get through these times. I have a lot of colorful inks, but no washi tapes yet. I haven’t been playing much Animal Crossing anymore, though, mostly because I have no imagination or creativity for terraforming and island design!

    And argh it’s been very frustrating to learn through this pandemic that so many people one would have thought would be reasonable and responsible are just… not. I haven’t seen anyone drop their masks to talk here in NYC, but at my office there are still some… questionable masking practices. In particular, I don’t really understand people who drop their mask while working at their desk with their office door open. (I don’t think any of know for sure if our office HVAC system is robust enough to prevent that air from your office from circulating into the rest of our space and vice versa…) No known cases tied to our office yet, but I think that’s mostly luck and because nobody else from any of the other companies in our entire giant office building is regularly back at the office yet.


    1. We had a purge this week! Apparently HR sent 20 people home to go get tested because too many people were being iffy about who they may have been around that are confirmed infected. So now our production has taken a nose-dive at the worst time. Ugh!

      I do find it difficult to get motivated for some of my ACNH stuff. I look at a lot of pictures to get ideas, but when I try to copy something, I ultimately get annoyed with it and then do something else. I’m not the most creative at terraforming. I definitely try to be more practical with my designs, but then that can look boring….


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