Posted by: chlost | January 24, 2012

Who’s Dwight?

My computer is still out. I am going to give it another try after I finish this post.

Luckily, I have found a guy in my office who is willing to help me and knowledgeable about computer repairs. He has helped me once again to figure out what is happening;. I will try his newest suggestions to get the dang thing to work.

Even if it does work, I am in the market for a new computer. I hate spending the money on something that will be obsolete in 3 months. I hate fighting with the stupid things.

Anyone have any suggestions, let me know. I am considering a laptop now that I don’t have to maintain confidential office files. I am also tempted by an Ipad. Let me know if you have one, and what you think.

This past weekend, Husband and I took my mom out for a movie. She suggested she wanted to see the Sandra Bullock/Tom Hanks movie. I didn’t know much more about it. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close is an excellent movie. Bring your tissues, though…it brings out a lot of emotions. I was very impressed with the young kid. His name is Tom Horn, I believe. He plays an obsessive/compulsive kid on a mission. He has it down. He talked fast, had much of the facial expressions, body language and pain that I have seen in those kids. He did an amazing job. I see that Max von Sydow got an Oscar nomination for his role. He plays the grandfather…..and never says a word. His role is all in the facial expressions. He did a good job, but I think the kid did a better job, actually.

I am now a few weeks into my new/old job. Again, this is my same job, I am just doing it full-time instead of part-time. I have lost a lot of flexibility. It is a bit difficult at times to go back to the office when I am done with my work, rather than just heading to my home office. I can’t just take the time needed to get my mom to her medical appointments. I can’t just take off to go in to babysit my grandchildren. That part is hard.

The part that I do enjoy is that I am around people during the day. I was very isolated when working from home. I had no staff, no colleagues, and only one dog in my office. The new office is dog friendly. People bring their dogs to work on a regular basis. The dogs just hang out, trot around, look for treats, greet incoming clients, and sleep a lot. It is nice except that now I have dog hair on my clothes. My dog will not be able to be at the office….he barks and jumps up on people. He is very protective of me. So he has to stay at home….but he doesn’t shed!

It is interesting to be a (past) middle-age person and the new kid in the office. They all know me. They are almost all young enough to be my kids. But I am learning how to use that office fax, get messages off the phone, get emails on the office system (that system stinks, in my humble opinion), and figure out the office politics. There is more to working in an office than I remembered. I owned my own office since 1992. That was a long time ago.

Can I learn the new office tricks?

So far, so good.

But I’m tired at the end of the day, believe me.



  1. Holy hell, no kidding. The difference in performance and external energy between working from home and working in an office??? Ugh. Your tone here comes across as upbeat, though; you’re real about what you’re missing, yet there’s a new energy coming through here. Maybe having to figure out a cruddy phone system is somehow good for the soul?

    • Not feeling so much energy right now.My soul is feeling a bit sucked dry. But I am getting to know the people there, and that’s good.

  2. Too bad your dog isn’t office material. I love that offices now are letting people bring their pets. Great for all around.
    I can’t recommend a lap top enough. I love mine.

    • Yes, he’d love to go to work with me. I’ll be looking for a laptop this weekend.

  3. Sounds like you’re busy and have challenges and that’s a good thing!

    On computers — I have a Dell and don’t want another one.

    I glad you posted and seem to be feeling better!!!

    • Yes, it’s busy here. The days are going by quickly. I have a dell pc and that is what has been causing all of the problems. No dell laptop.

      • I’ll never buy another Dell either!!!!

  4. We have an office dog that is our official greeter. She is a borderline collie (mix). It takes longer to do it as we age a bit, but you will get your stamina back.

    • The dogs love to greet the clients. Most of the clients are pleasantly surprised. It seems to disarm folks a bit. They have a smile as they enter.

  5. I have not been to a movie in a long time. There are several good ones now so I’ll have to go. I like the French actor Jean Dujardin and heard he was good in “The Artist” so I’ll have to go and see that. Computer problems are stressful. On my desktop computer the Internet crashes constantly and I don’t know why.
    It sounds like you are quite busy. I enjoyed reading about your granddaughters and the book you made for them – you are a nice grandma.

    • Yes, I want to see “The Artist”, too. There are a few movies I would like to see. I have not been much of a movie person, but now that my mom is nearby, it is something that she enjoys.

  6. You are one of the first of my blogging compatriots to return to full-time work and I’m paying close attention. It’s always a juggle, isn’t it? Time, money, time, money, time, money. And, of course you’ll adapt beautifully. Our minds are still fairly nimble and yours is razor sharp.

    Thanks for the movie recommendation; I’m a total buff.

    • Yes, when there is enough time, there is no money, and vice versa. Here, I have been working full time, but not in an office. It was just me, and I could be very flexible.Now I am on a clock. I’ll get used to it, no doubt.I am there for the high five years. My retirement benefit will double if I stick it out for five years. Made sense, I guess. Let me know what you think of the movie. I like to compare notes.

  7. […] has now been nearly 4 months since my job change. I have been working full-time at a position that I had previously worked as a part-time independent […]

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