A lot of us are working from home offices now. I was thrilled to learn I would be working from home. Overall, it’s easier, less stressful, and I get more work done, but the downside is that a door separates our home from my office. One never truly leaves the office. I can live with that.
When the powers-that-be decided non-patient care workers would permanently work remotely, my husband transformed his man-cave into an office for me and built a desk. My new desk is L-shaped, has an ergonomic desk chair, and faces the window. A wing-back chair with a soft paw print throw blanket sits in the corner. The walls are painted a soothing turquoise color, and I chose complementary brown sheer curtains with a sheer scarf for the window. Eventually, framed pictures of our dogs will adorn the walls, as will other dog-related decor.
We have four Yorkies. Three dog beds sit beneath the desk. At first, Tasia preferred to curl up in the wing-back chair, and the other 3 preferred the dog beds under the desk. By 8 am we are in the office checking emails and preparing for the day’s work. We break in the morning, afternoon, and at lunchtime to take a walk or play in the backyard.
Most of our remote staff were issued laptop computers, I have the sturdy, yet reliable, tower with 2 monitors for better efficiency. There has been talk about getting me a laptop, however, I have not encouraged that conversation because the laptops seem to have more technical difficulties. Besides, I like the bigger monitors and the tower sits below my desk out of sight. The monitors sit on the long arm of the L, and various notebooks and files sit along the shorter arm of the L until Kaiah decided she needed to be on the desk, as well.
What did I do? I did what any rational fur mom would do; moved the notebooks and files to a less accessible spot and put one of the dog beds in their place. Now, instead of curling up in a dog bed on the floor, Kaiah waits next to my chair until I pick her up and put her in the dog bed on my desk. And then Tasia decided she wanted to be in the desktop bed, too.
What is it about the big brown eyes of our fur babies that melts the hearts of the most seasoned fur parents? I picked up Tasia and put her next to Kaiah in the dog bed on my desk. Fortunately, at least for the time being, the other two are content to curl up in the dog beds beneath my desk. If they should decide otherwise, I am going to need a bigger desk…..