I have the privilege of working from home one day a week, and being a former gamer with a former gamer’s large monitor makes it easy. But I couldn’t do it at all without my home office staff.
This is my security guard. He makes certain that I’m aware of anybody who tries to enter the premises. He often patrols the back yard and loudly informs me that all is not well. Or well. He’s just kind of loud.
This is my IT tech. He’s most often found under my desk as I work, making sure the wires are fine. He’ll even unplug one once in a while to make sure I’m on my toes.
And this is the Harry, the intern. He’s here to observe how often I get snacks from the kitchen.
Two years ago today the skies grew dark over Hannibal, Missouri as this crazy knob entered the world.
In two years he went from this:
Lin-Manuel Miranda said this about his dog Tobillo…
7 years ago we spent Thanksgiving in the Dominican Republic & this half-starved, stray puppy jumped up on @VAMNit’s beach chair & nibbled her ankle. Our hearts cracked open; Tobillo had arrived, with all her fearlessness, tenacity & joy. We made room; she curled right up. pic.twitter.com/lWxNZbhTwQ
To paraphrase: Murphy had arrived, with all his fearlessness, tenacity & joy. We made room; he curled right up.
Murphy does everything at 100%. He is HAPPY or he is SAD or he is ANGRY. He likes cold coffee, Sunday morning sausage, evening snuggles, and morning runs. (He runs, we try to get him to walk.) He hates the dark, my guitar, and when people dare walk by our house. He bites my pant legs when I practice yoga. He covers our faces with kisses when we come home. He still thinks the dog in the mirror is his mortal enemy.
And consider this Murphy’s contribution to the 10-year challenge, except this is a 10-minute challenge.
Murphy brings an inordinate amount of joy to our home every day and he is worth every single sock he’s destroyed x 1000.
Delaying: Yoga. I’ll give it to you straight, Yoga with Adriene is killing me with this year’s 30 Day program. It seems harder and longer (TWSS) than previous years. I skipped Day 2 so I’m a day behind. My strategy is “give it one more day.” Hoping to “one more day” myself ’til the end.
Not sweating: Because I’m back on my beloved “Work from Home Monday” schedule. It’s nice on a Sunday night knowing I can sweatpant my way through the first day of the work week. I’m excited because someone at TNP sent me a database of urban vs rural vs suburban zip codes and I’m going to see where our constituents are! I might even create a chart! (Shaddup. I find this exciting.)
I’m also going to build two awesome Crystal Reports. Yeah, you’re jealous! I’ll be at TNP seven years at the end of this month and each year I learn to do more and more.
Watching: WM play Red Dead Redemption 2. It’s violent but the story is so compelling. Like the first game (which comes later in the timeline, life is confusing) the end was tragic. WM finished it while I was at work. He said he was glad I didn’t see it because it was sad. Because I hate myself, I looked up the end on Youtube and cried.
I’m also watching this guy:
We have a fish tank in our department at TNP. Petsmart told us all of our fish were female; however, in October we found this little guy hiding among the plants. He (?) isn’t big enough to be in the tank with the other fish because the filter will suck him up. I brought him home over the holiday break because we thought he was too small to use an automatic feeder with. WM has named him Harry – the fish who lived.
Between you and me, Reader, he might not be brought back to the office. I’m pretty attached to him and he seems to be enjoying the sunny spot in our kitchen. WM has always talked about getting an aquarium …