NPR declares that the house dress (i.e., caftan, muu-muu) is back. As someone who alternates these days between yoga pants and inexpensive skirts for the sake of comfort, I couldn’t be happier.

The home office goes full-time

My company decided not to renew its lease on the suburban site where I’ve worked for the past 5 years. So, I am officially now working from home full-time.

The decision not to renew the least didn’t surprise any of us; more people based at that office had been working from home, anyway, and our footprint there had been shrinking. Those of us who remained had assumed we’d just be relocated to a smaller space.

One or two folks are requesting to be relocated to the Chicago office, but that office was largely full before the pandemic. But we’re told that space might open up should many workers based there decide to keep working from home. (The company shut down all its offices in mid-March and is now saying offices won’t reopen till early next year.)

Frankly, I’m fine with this. I miss the camaraderie of the office, and I miss my colleagues, though we connect daily via phone, email, and regular GoToMeeting gatherings. But with the COVID-19 situation, I’d rather hunker down. And I’m enjoying reworking my home office now that this is going to be my full-time workspace. I’m moving my crafting and stationery supplies (including my typewriter) up to the bedroom desk area, which I need to clear out. There’s lots of boxes of stuff there that need to go to Goodwill. And I don’t craft much these days, so a lot of those supplies may go, too.

Anyway, C said I need to think about ways to upgrade the home office. Moving out the craft/stationery stuff to the bedroom desk area will help make room for another bookcase, and I need another bulletin board. I’m keeping all my Catholic books in the home office, as I still spend a lot of time there to read, pray, and use my personal laptop for streaming video (religious and otherwise) and writing.

So, the home office is becoming much more of an office. But it will likely remain my favorite room in the house.

Our Sunday. (Photo by Frannie)

Glad I don’t work from home for the Springfield district.

Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp turned out to be a gateway drug. Now I’m sucked into New Leaf.

Reason No. 562 why we appear to have adopted the right kitten.

Deactivated my Twitter account. I’ve already set an alert on my phone 29 days from now to decide if I want to go back and reactivate it. I’ll probably reactivate it, but I decided a break was in order.

When you mute and unfollow like crazy to avoid the constant outrage, only to have AOC and Trump – both of whom I can’t stand – still pop up in your timeline, it’s time to back away.

Ever scroll through somebody’s social media feeds and immediately remember why you muted them? Me, too.

Made a convenience store stop during the virtual #PokemonGOFest2020. This is probably as close to a summer road trip as we’re getting this year. 😐

It’s that time of year again. And yes, I still play Pokemon GO. Feel free to friend me on the game for the virtual Pokemon GO Fest going on.

It was about 3:30 p.m. when I realized the 12-year-old was still in her pajamas. Please don’t call the authorities on me.

TIL: Dogs and kittens like Arby’s.

Top of the list of pet peeves about working from home: dog farts in the home office.

Matcha green tea lattes are my new late-night work fuel.

Honestly trying to work here.

Here’s today’s reminder that cats like boxes.

The Spousal Unit, on anti-maskers and the far right: “Darwinism isn’t fast enough for me.”

Happy feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel. I received my first brown scapular a year ago at my local parish, and upgraded to this plain wool one from a maker on Etsy. (Forgive the worn, pilled look; it’s actually nicer-looking in person – albeit still worn and only slightly pilled.)

I’ve not persevered in the devotion much in recent months, aside from wearing it. This is probably a good day to start anew.

And now, it’s time once again for Gratuitous Kitten Photos. (Not shown: the kitten landing on my face when I decided to lie down for a minute in the home office this afternoon.)

Kittens sleep a lot. I envy kittens.

“My argument is that it doesn’t really matter whether Tom Nook is good or evil. What matters is that ‘Animal Crossing’ has created this very productive space for people to have conversations about wealth and labor.”

Finally trying the dicyclomine prescribed by the gastroenterologist who handled my (sparkling shiny perfect) colonoscopy. Hoping this eases the morning cramping.

They appear to be getting used to each other.

The new home office intern still hasn’t learned to fetch my tea or fix the printer yet.