Working hard, iPad style

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This summer I became part of the work-at-home population. I find that I don't mind it so much, but I really do miss the social I-see-people-at-work part. The solitude is nice, we all know this about me, but after about three days in a row of working at home, I get super restless and, so help me, I have to get out of the house.

I have always been comfortable and productive while working at a kitchen table. It's been this way for as long as I can remember. And I'm good with it. But my iMac is not good with it. You see, it's not so portable.

On a side note, if I could go back to my 25 year old self I say, “Self? I know you think you're doing the right thing by not getting a laptop, I get it. But do yourself a favor and get one anyway. I promise you'll love it. And your 28 year-old-self with love you for it. Mmkay? Thanks.”

Since I didn't want two hard drives, etc., I picked up and iPad and keyboard as soon as I realized that's what I had been wanting/looking for/waiting for since I got my iMac. (see previous paragraph.)

I take this baby with me everywhere. It fits in my purse, which is not one of those Mary Poppins-esc carpet bags. (Though I did have one of those for a while and it totally rocked my socks.) I do web-surfing, note taking, article writing, calendar keeping, email checking, blog posting, fantasy baseball maintaining, news reading and time wasting work on this thing. I keep a hefty stash of AAA batteries on hand for when the keyboard dies so I don't have to type on the glass, heaven forbid.

So while I work really well at the kitchen table, I've been able to discover that I also work pretty well in coffee shops, diners, at the park, in the library, on the couch while watching a baseball game and in bed with Ellie snuggled next to me.

Because, seriously, does it get much better than this? I think not.

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ms. corn dog

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Last week I received notice from my apartment management that my neighbor has been bothered by my dog's barking during the day.  The lease agreement states that if my pet bothers my neighbors I have 10 days to permanently remove the pet from the property.  And I had 72 hours to respond to management.

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I have found myself fortunate enough to have quality friends who are willing and able to step in to help me find an alternative living arrangement for Ellie.  She stayed with the normal dog sitter while I was in Boston and for the next few days.  This weekend I will be taking Ellie to her new home.  She will stay there at least until January when my lease is up and I will be looking for new housing that will accommodate the both of us.  

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I'm incredibly sad that this apartment has not turned out to be a long term place for me and Ellie.  Since it is not something I am able to fix right now, it is what it is and I have to deal with it.  

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I have to say, coming home is just not as fun as it used to be.  

 

she likes going for walks

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The weather is starting to turn a bit nice.  Except for the next couple few days.  Storms coming and going as is typical for spring.  So when the weather is nice enough, and when the wind doesn't have a bite, we go for a walk.  Not a super long one, but for 15 minutes or so.  She really likes it.  Which makes me feel a bit guilty for not continuing to walk her in the middle of winter in a blizzard when it's 20 degrees out. 

Oh wait.  No I don't. 

Especially since she's caught on and enjoys a rip roaring game of fetch.  She makes a mad dash around the apartment a few times, then runs up and down the hall bringing back the squeeky giraffe before she wanders close to me and collapses on the floor next to me.  

With her short little legs, floppy ears, and wiggling tail she makes me laugh everytime.

She one of the best things to have ever happened to me.

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Cheers,

M