Thursday, January 29, 2015

How Often to Wash Towels?

So, you'll notice (or not) that I haven't blogged for a week. Sometimes I run out of mo-jo and the world simply fails to produce blog fodder. I could post selfies and pretend I have a fabulous/fun/crazy/hippy/delete-where-appropriate life, but well, I have a 6th grader, - with homework, so that probably wouldn't fly.

And then it came. Wrapped up in a sparkly BuzzFeed bow. This - click and read. 

Seriously,  - I'm now questioning my domestic habits. Some people wash their towels after every use? What the what? Are you a coal miner? Just how dirty are you when you go in and how un-clean are you when you come out?

So - how often do I wash my towels? To tell you the truth I have no idea. Not that I have a laundress - it's usually because I have more than one-towel-per-person going at the same time. I know. No idea why. I share a bathroom with the Ball & Chain  - and yes, I need a medal. We also have a heated towel rack so the towels are usually picked up and placed there immediately after use. I had assumed this would cut down on the mold issues. If anyone could enlighten me that would be a blessing.

With the teenage son's bathroom, well - he now does his own laundry and to be honest. if he catches anything from the towels that never seem to make it to the rail, that's his problem. If I pass his room and there's a smell I will go in and do whatever I have to do, including picking towels off the floor and putting them in his laundry basket, but let's just say "What the eye doesn't see...".

What about you? Please friends, don't all tell me that you launder your towels after every use. Next you'll be telling me you change your toothbrush every 6 months. (Just kidding.)

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Working from Home - the reality.

To some, "working from home" sounds idyllic or perhaps just plain cushy. No more commuting to work, no more dressing in clothes you wouldn't normally be seen dead in, no more chained to your desk till lunch time, no more irritating colleagues and most importantly, no more distractions.

Well, most of us work-at-homers can probably tell you, it ain't like that. Here's a little touch of reality-

Hint - it's not like this. 

Deliveries - your spouse forgets to tell you (till the night before) that a very important FedEx/parcel is coming next day. The window of delivery? 8am-1pm, or 1pm till 6pm. Oh great, 'cause of course you have no kids to get to school, no errands (read "food buying") to run, no Post Office visit to make. Nothing like that. Though you'd love not to have to leave the house, the reality is you sometimes have to. (Hint - a one-time missed delivery usually does the trick. Spouses, if they can, arrange to have stuff sent to work thereafter.)

Workmen - ditto hanging around for workmen to show up. And if they have to come more than once, they seem to know you're in a lot and they start showing up at whatever-the-heck o'clock.

Being asked to do stuff - word gets round very quickly that you're at home, which often also translates to watching other people's children, for a little while, in an emergency, a one-time only thing. Thank you so much. Similarly, when the school is looking for volunteers (of which I do a lot), working from home, for some reason, also seems to mean "doesn't have much to do".

Technical problems - when you work in an office, there's usually someone around to fix the technical stuff (unless that's your actual job). At home - it's up to you and nothing gets done till the problem is fixed. And sometimes it can take hours out of your day.

Me, this morning -

  • go to retrieve a file, which is stored on our home server. (Don't ask me why we have a home server.) 
  • Laptop isn't "talking" to the server, so can't access the file. 
  • Switch server off, wait five minutes, clean up kitchen, switch server back on. 
  • Still nothing. 
  • Power down laptop, switch off server. Feed dog. Switch both back on. 
  • Can see server on "devices" but can't connect. 
  • Restart laptop. Eat apple while letting it "warm up". 
  • Still can't get to document. 
  • Hit upon fabulous idea of finding the last e-mail I attached it to, download document to my desktop. 
  • Voila. (Now all I need to remember is that I'm now making changes on my desktop version.) 

And don't get me started on all the distractions..... 

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