This Chair is Making My Butt Hurt and Other Reflections on My First Month of Working from Home

When Jason and I started announcing the news to everyone that we would be moving to the Raleigh area for his job, I think one of the questions that most frequently ensued was, “What’s Joey going to do?” And by “most frequently ensued,” I mean it was pretty solidly the first question everyone spouted. I’m not sure why, but I wasn’t expecting that reaction and I was thankful that I had an answer for them other than just, “I’m not sure, we’ll see” (which, the psychology of that is a whole other can of worms for another post at another time, I think).

One large factor that we considered when first deciding on Raleigh was would we be able to make it down there on one income? Yes, it is cheaper to live in North Carolina, but would it be cheap enough that we’d be stable even if I didn’t have a job for a while? We thought about this for some time and ultimately decided it was feasible, but even with it being feasible, we were going to look into some avenues where I could still bring home a paycheck. The obvious first option was to see if my current job would let me continue to work for them remotely in North Carolina.

I sat down with the managing partner about a month before what would be my last day to let him know about the move and I had a whole pitch in my head to sell him on my working remotely. Before I could even get going on my pitch, though, he brought up the possibility himself and the rest is history. 

I would say I have never really worked from home. I mean, yes, I can remember one snow day, one day where I had a networking event smack dab in the middle of the day and it didn’t make sense to go into the office, and there were some weekends where I emailed myself things and worked on them on my laptop at home. But I have never been a telecommuter or someone whose official work home base is, well, their home. 

Now, I have officially been working from home for one month and I thought it was time for a post about how it’s been going. 

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It’s Not Goodbye, It’s Just I’ll See You Later

I think no blog about uprooting your life and moving from one area of the country to another would be complete without a post commemorating the goodbyes, even though I strongly believe that these send offs were not “goodbye”s, but just “I’ll see you later”s. (I think the fact that I myself took no photos at any of these get-togethers proves that sentiment – no pictures needed, I’ll see you soon! The one above is from the family get together, taken by a very nice employee at the restaurant at the request of Jason’s family.)

We were so blessed to have so many people from different areas of our life come together to wish us good luck. Unfortunately, we could not see everybody we wanted to before we left, which is something I feel bad about, but we will do our best see you guys on our next visit to NY! Below is a list of the great send offs that we did get to have and for which we are so thankful. 

The Key to Success

This was a tough week at work, ladies and gentlemen. And whether it is good or bad, one thing that helps me feel better after a really rough day is baking. It doesn’t happen often, but Jason knows that if I come home and bake something on a regular week night, it has been a truly trying and miserable day. Last Thursday was just such a day and after a series of events that worked me up into a tizzy, I determined that it was going to be a baking night. But what to bake? I mulled a few options over in my head, but then it came to me: “I know! I can make a shlissel challah!”

Uh, a what???
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