First, I completed a very important professional milestone today – I delivered my first software demo to a prospect. Its a big deal in my world. It wasn’t perfect.. but I did it. The prospect understood and was engaged the entire time… Most important thing (to me), is that I got over the “delivery to a customer” hump. My internal champions – my mentor, my manager, and my managers manager are happy with the performance… There are certainly areas for improvement…always are. Bt once again, I’ve successfully and supportively jumped a hurdle. Yes, I’m patting myself on the back.
Secondly, I just spent 3 hours on the phone. I KNOW!!! I never do this – I hate the phone. I only use it to establish meeting places and times… I much prefer to meet in person. But tonight, I had the time, I received the phone calls, I took them and actually spent quality time with people I like/love. Not in person mind you, but over the phone. I loved every minute of it. Its been years, yes YEARS, since I’ve had a long conversation on the phone. I get it now….. . maybe.. until you call me and I don’t pick up. 😉
Thirdly, let me explain to you what its like to “work from home”. I realize this sounds so glamorous to the folks that have to get up on a daily basis and go thru a routine – wake up, shower, drop kids off, drive to work, work, return home, make dinner, go to bed… rinse and repeat. Working from home has its own set of challenges. Granted, I’m not complaining, I just want to articulate what my life has been like for the last 48 hours so you understand that “working from home” can lead to a very reclusive lifestyle:
- Saturday: woke up in pajamas. Worked all day in pajamas. Showered at 4pm, cocktail and dinner with friends at 5pm, home by 9pm, in bed by 10pm in same pajamas.
- Sunday: woke up in same said pajamas, changed to running clothes for a 12 noon run, worked the rest of the day in my workout gear, rinsed off at 6pm, put said pajamas back on, went to bed at 10pm.
- Monday: woke up in same pajamas, started working. Changed to same forementioned workout clothes for a 4pm run, rinced off at 6pm and returned to same Saturday pajamas, worked until 11pm.
- Tuesday: woke up in same pajamas. Worked until 1pm (until the demo was complete). Took a nap at 1pm… back to work until 5pm, when I finally SHOWERED and put on real clothing. Went to grocery store, purchased food, ate dinner in real clothing. Writing post in real clothing.
My point is, that I spent a good 48 hours at home, in THE SAME clothing, no makeup, no physical contact with the outside world other than my dear friend. This is TOO normal for me. Honestly, I dont know why I felt like “getting out” this evening, I just did…. and it was to a grocery store and KMart (which I will write about when I’m willing to really let go…).. I easily could have gone until Wednesday, or even the weekend before seeing another soul, before getting out of the house in T-Shirt and Jeans… Last year, I literally went weeks without seeing anyone but friends… this is why my friends encouraged me to sign up for online dating (I know…. we all have words for these “friends” of mine).
O.k.. the picture I posted with this post is totally random. Its what came up in a search for images on “Nothing and Everything”…