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In my door today I found a package from my new company. It it was a fleecey thing, it seems to be a blanket with an embroidered logo! Being the ungrateful recipient, I first thought "Well darn I'd have preferred a fleece shirt." Then I realized: that's kinda neat to receive something, whatever it is.

It is in a roll with a strap around it. I guess this means I'm supposed to carry it somewhere? I'm not sure where I'd carry it. I do get cold easily: should I just carry it around with me, so I can toss it over my shoulders if I get chilly? I suppose I could leave it in my car, in case I need a spontaneous picnic, or get stuck somewhere cold. Hmm.

Anyway, from my experiences thus far, I'm working on developing myself some rules for working from home, to keep myself from degenerating completely into hermitness. There need to be more eventually, but this is a start.
  • Get dressed every day, including clean underthings and shoes. Sweats/loungewear is okay, but not whatever I slept in.
  • Eat three meals a day. (item to consider: what constitutes a meal?)
  • Go outside every day. (item to consider: does standing on the porch count?)
  • Given that I have to start at 8am now, try to avoid getting a snack at 5pm and continuing working, then wondering at 9pm if I should eat a real dinner or not - at least not regularly.
  • Some form of exercise daily. (item to consider: walk around the block for breaks? we don't really take breaks)

Unrelatedly, just saving a quote that somebody else posted and I like:
"A ship is safe in a harbor. But a harbor is not what a ship is for." -- William Shedd

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kevinnickerson From: kevinnickerson Date: February 8th, 2008 06:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
Go outside every day. (item to consider: does standing on the porch count?)

No. It doesn't.
encorecrazay From: encorecrazay Date: February 8th, 2008 06:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
When do you go to Belgium?
renniekins From: renniekins Date: February 9th, 2008 09:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
Feb 23. I'm excited!
From: writerwench Date: February 8th, 2008 07:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
'Go Outside every day' - yes, indeed, VERY important to get your daily quota of direct daylight! A walk around the block would be IMHO a decent break.
I should do that, too - I tend to dart out into the garden, maybe put the kitchen scraps in the compost, then back to my desk... NOT enough. My 'block' is a large one, includes a park and a big school, would take 20 minutes to walk around. Without a dog as an excuse, I feel a bit daft just walking!
djinnthespazz From: djinnthespazz Date: February 8th, 2008 09:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
20 minutes is just about right to get enough sun for a daily dose of Vitamin D.
mbumby From: mbumby Date: February 8th, 2008 07:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ooooh, a fleecy blanket thing and a strap case too! I think I've seen something like that before. Has been handy either to sit on or to wrap around me when I'm attending a concert in a gym, or just chilly, or whatever. Leaving it in the car might be a good play -- so you *always* have it, especially when you're not thinking you might need it, which is when the fates tend to gang up on you...
djinnthespazz From: djinnthespazz Date: February 8th, 2008 09:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
Take it on the plane as a pillow? And then have a nice toss for reading on top of the hotel bed?
druidsquirrel From: druidsquirrel Date: February 8th, 2008 07:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ha, that's funny: that's exactly the same gift my company gave all its employees this Christmas. Must be the popular corporate gift this season. (Not that I'm complaining -- I like mine a lot.)
jeffreyab From: jeffreyab Date: February 8th, 2008 08:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
You might try to schedule weekly activities that WILL get you out of the house and in the interactive company of others.

A meal would be food eaten at the dining room table, sitting down.

Walk around the block or down to the corner store would be good, so would shoveling snow.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: February 9th, 2008 09:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
A meal would be food eaten at the dining room table, sitting down.

Really? In that case I haven't eaten a meal in my house in months. When I eat, it's usually at my computer, on the couch reading, or watching television.
jeffreyab From: jeffreyab Date: February 9th, 2008 09:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
Me too, although its been more like years, but I don't work from home.

It would give meals a sense of occasion and aid the digestion.
specialagentm From: specialagentm Date: February 8th, 2008 08:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'd be very interested in hearing more of how you're collaborating with remote people. We're facing similar challenges as we accumulate more remote folks. We're starting a Scrum sprint, and ideas on how to Scrum remotely are quite scarce (although I haven't finished the "official" Scrum book yet, maybe that clues you in).
renniekins From: renniekins Date: February 9th, 2008 09:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
Our main tools are a wiki, skype, and VNC. Happy to talk to you more about it if you'd like! (:
specialagentm From: specialagentm Date: February 10th, 2008 03:42 am (UTC) (Link)
We're quite well wiki'ed, and that has helped a lot. We're not skyping, but we use IM extensively (and I think we could do video chat with that if we wanted).

So, do you do pairing with VNC? We've done collaboration and demos with Remote Desktop, but never quite tried something like pairing. I'll keep that in mind, though.

I'll see if I can get budget to take you out to dinner and interrogate you. Otherwise, I'll still have to take you out to dinner, but foot the bill myself :-)
renniekins From: renniekins Date: February 10th, 2008 04:55 am (UTC) (Link)
Sounds like fun, either way!
rmeidaking From: rmeidaking Date: February 8th, 2008 11:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
Fleecy blanket thing: They've been on a lot of trans-Atlantic flights. These are invaluable on long flights. In their roll, they can double as a throw pillow.

Quote about ships: I had that on a poster in my room in high school, although I remember it as: "A ship in a harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are for."
antisorbate From: antisorbate Date: February 9th, 2008 03:01 am (UTC) (Link)

Sayings, ships and memories.

The diner in the drugstore of my little home town had this painted on a wall when I was growing up. I always thought it was neat.:

If a mariner's wise, he looks to the skies to see what he is about.
And he never expects any ships to come in, if he hasn't sent any out.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: February 9th, 2008 09:44 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Sayings, ships and memories.

Yeah, I like that too.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: February 9th, 2008 09:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ahh, interesting idea! I'm going to Europe in 2 weeks, maybe I'll take it with me and give it a try.
marsgov From: marsgov Date: February 10th, 2008 12:38 am (UTC) (Link)
* A meal is sufficient food to carry you from one meal to the next without sugary snacks in-between.

* Take a _break_ every afternoon by walking for no less than 15 minutes.

* Exercise every single day, which is different than walking. I swim three days a week (6:15 AM) and I run/bike/ski/etc. three days a week (10 AM, to catch the sun).

* If you're going to work in dishabile, at least get a webcam...
jebra From: jebra Date: February 11th, 2008 12:04 am (UTC) (Link)
More evening walks?
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