Working from home week #30

The struggle was real this weekend. I had a mental breakdown over the weekend, then all of a sudden the reset of the week got better. What a rollercoaster, I don’t know how my brain handles all of this craziness.

Over the weekend I had a mental breakdown. I’ve written a blog about it, but am not too anxious to share it, but it’s posted anyway. It it my confession of the deficiencies of my brain lol. I laugh otherwise I’d be crying about it. I’ve done enough of that over the weekend. Why? No idea! My brain sucks.

It’s Monday, and today I woke up with a little bit more energy than I have had all of last week or even weeks. I’ve been down and have been having a hard time getting my spirits back up. But today, I am feeling better than last week and get out of bed earlier than my usual time. I make my breakfast. Then clean up the kitchen including washing, drying and putting the morning dishes away. I then get dressed and take all of my medicines for the morning hours. I also make the bed and clean up the bedroom/office. I’ve had a bunch of paperwork that I need to send in to work and it is all over the place. I have scanned everything, sent it in to my HR representative and then placed them all away. After that, I get to my work email and I have plenty of emails to look through. As for my personal emails, I have enough to keep me busy for a couple of days. I have a couple of email addresses and each has it’s own purpose. The one that has my daughter’s school and medical emails, that is all up to date and tidy. The other ones, not so much. As for the one that I get all of my advertisements, such as sales and other random emails, that one is full. I’ll get to it eventually as I mainly delete everything. I don’t have time to shop right now, plus we are trying to save for a few projects on the house. So no buying of anything.
During the day it’s all work and no play. Lots to do. Skipped lunch again today as there is a lot on my plate while working for the man. In the evening we do more and more homework with the little one. It just doesn’t end with the school work.

It’s Tuesday and I feel refreshed. I’ve been feeling a down, but this morning I am focused. I take a nice shower in the morning and get properly dressed for work. Work dress pants and all. Maybe getting nicely dressed for work will take me out of my funk.
After a few hours at work and so far so good, I’m still focused. I’ve had meetings on top of meetings, all of the meetings are over the phone, none are on video. But, getting “dressed” for work has made me a little more confident today. Seems like my funk is going away. Yay!

It’s Wednesday and there are meetings after meetings today. No time for anything else but meetings. There were meetings in the morning hours. Skipped lunch as there was a meeting at noon until three thirty then another one overlapping that started at three. Then another one at three thirty to four. And finally the famous four to five meeting. Hate those, but they are necessary. I finally get some work done between the hours of five and seven.
After this tremendous fun day it gets better. We noticed the pipes in house may be clogged. My husband went to the basement to try and fix it, to no avail. We were there for hours working on this fix. The water spewed out and the entire section of the basement floor got wet. We put a towel on the floor but, it didn’t really pick up anything as it was soaked. We also placed a nice and big bucket underneath the pipes to fill in with the gushing water. That water was all dirty and it stunk. Oh the joys of being a homeowner.
We then tried to put the water hose down the pipe to see it if would clean it out and of course, it didn’t do a darn thing. By eleven, my husband gave up and said he would need to go to home depot in order to get a rent a machine to clean out the pipes.
We placed the lid of the pipe back on and I became the cleanup crew. I took all of the water that collected and took it up the stairs and dumped it out the door. I must have gone up and down the stairs a dozen times in order to get all of the water out of that big bucket. Next I cleaned the water up with a shopvac. Thank goodness we have one of these. This thing cleans up really well. Then I dumped all of the water that was in the vacuum and noticed that it was filled with dirt and dust as well. My dumb ass forgot to see if it had anything in it before starting to vacuum up the water. Now I have more cleaning to do. When everything was all done, I took a baby wipe bath as I was all sweaty from the cleanup work. Can’t wait until I’m able to take a nice shower. By midnight or so I was all done and to bed I went.

It’s Thursday and we still can’t use the facilities nor use any of the faucets. So, it’s like were camping. We gotta go do our business outside. I got myself a bucket and did my business outside and then cleaned it up of course. We also have a bucket in the sink for hand and dish washing. After breakfast, I washed all of the dishes that were in the bucket and put them all away, then threw the water outside. It felt like I was in the mid 1900 without indoor plumbing. I laughed when I had to do this as I remembered my early childhood. When my family and I were living in Portugal in my mother’s parents old house, we too did not have indoor plumbing for a while. We would have to do the same thing. Except we would need to get the water from an outside source. To be honest, I don’t remember where the water came from. I just remember that I had to do my business in a small bucket also known as a peecan or a my mother called it a “peniquo.” Of course I was a small child and did not go outside like the adults. At one point, I remember having a toilet installed in the house as well as running water. Good old times. Not for my mother as I’m sure that was a lot of work with three children in tow. But we did what we had to do those days.
As for the plumbing in our house, we decided to get someone to come on over as opposed to going to the hardware store. We probably would have spent the same amount of money or even more because we’re not plumbers. So, I called a plumber right in the morning and he ensured me that he would come to the house in the evening. He wound up coming to the house by two in the afternoon. He did the inspection in the basement and then got his tools. I then had a meeting for work. Surprise, surprise, right?! Another meeting. I was heading the meeting so I had to be there. Anyway, I got into my meeting and the plumber got to his work. The plumber was finished with his work before I was finished with my meeting. Fantastic!! I was so happy and impressed. Now, we can use the facilities inside the house instead of using our outdoor outhouse. And, best of all, take a shower.
In the evening, I pay bills and getting back to work. Since I had a bunch of meetings today and was not able to get all of my work done. So here I am. Taking a break and doing my blog and then back to the grind of doing my work for the man.
I continued to work and work until I couldn’t do it anymore, until about nine. And then, I did a bad thing. I watched the Presidential debate. What I liked it was that the mediator was able to keep up with the candidates. As a former broadcaster wanna be, I think Kristen Welker did a great job keeping up with the both of them. I’m sure it wasn’t an easy task.

It’s Friday and I am having a hard time getting started. I’ve woken up a few minutes later than I wanted. I had breakfast, buttered bagel and a cup of coffee, but I’m still struggling. Usually after breakfast, I have a kickstart and all gets better as my issue tends to be hunger. However, I’ve eaten and taken all of my medicine and I continue to be down and out. During my morning meeting, I had my headphones on and my eyes closed. Oh brother this can’t be good. I was listening but not necessarily paying attention. That’s ok, at least for this meeting. We always have an email with the meeting minutes prepared afterwards. If I missed anything, I have the email to refer back to. To get out of my slowness, I’ve tried listening to some happy music but that didn’t work. Then I was listening to a podcast and that was turned off right away as I was not in the mood to listen to anyone talk. I then played the Elvis Duran morning show and let that play in the background as I worked. I’m used to their voices and theirs didn’t bother me that much, so I left the on.
It’s the afternoon and I continue to not have any energy. I’ve taken my daily vitamin and still nothing. It’s also a gloomy day outside and maybe that is why I’m on the non energy train. I truly hope that my funk isn’t coming back. I’ve been having rough weeks and don’t need another one.

Struggling in Orange

Over the weekend I am on a mission to clean up the bedroom. It hasn’t been deep dusted in a while and it needs it. My husband keeps on sneezing and he thinks it’s the dust. I’m thinking it’s seasonal allergies, but I do the work anyway. I get out all of the supplies and put my back into it. I dust and dust. I clean around the windows, then clean underneath the furniture and the bed. He is absolutely correct, there is a lot of dust underneath there. I found a whole lotta dust bunnies lol. Then I take out the vacuum and clean it all up. I wonder how the house gets so dusty.
After that, it was time for some closet cleaning, I’ve had a pair of shoes that I’ve been wearing around the house. They are a pair of summer boat shoes that are a little too big for me, so they have been my “house” shoes for a while. I’m not a big fan of slippers as they can get too hot on my feet and those shoes were just right, warmth wise. These were the shoes that I would wear when I was “at work.” As soon as the work day was over, I’d take them off and go about my business. But they started giving me blisters. At one point I had a pimple on my toe. Who gets pimples on their toes? It was itchy as all get out. So these need to go. Bye shoes it’s been fun working from home with you, but you gotta go.
I then opened up my wardrobe where I have my pjs stored. I have a couple of pairs of shots from when I played soccer. It’s been a few years since my soccer days. Like 10 or so, maybe 15. I used to use them when I was working in the yard as they are comfortable and they dry quickly. But, the elastic has gone and I still have them stored away. Why? So I get the five pair of these shorts and put out too. I can’t even donate them, they are so un-useable at this point.

The little one photobombing the picture

In the afternoon, I went back to the eye doctor with the family. They had my glasses and contacts ready for me to pick up. I was in the office for a good half hour. They couldn’t find the contacts boxes. The ladies who work there looked and looked and they couldn’t find anything. Meanwhile, there was a man who was fixing my frames so they would fit my face properly. The glasses had to be adjusted a few times before they fit right. In the end the ladies at the office told me they’d have to mail me the contacts as they truly could not find them in the office. I was willing to go back to pick them up, but they were nice enough to say they’d mail them over. Even better, I won’t need to get out of the house. Staying nice and put.
After, I was trying to take a picture of myself with my new glasses to show you all but my little one kept on photobombing me lol. She wants to show off her pokemon toys that she loves so much. My new glasses are now a black frame as opposed to my usual brown colors. Figured, I’d change it up a bit. Plus, I liked this style better than the alternative.
I eventually was able to take a photo without the little one photobombing, but this was while she was being entertained by daddy. Daddy decided that it would be a good idea to watch a spooky movie tonight in celebration of the spooky season. He decided to put on The Poltergeist. I turned to him and said NO, she’s going to have nightmares with this movie. The little girl being taken by the ghosts. It’s going to scare the pants off of her. But he kept it on and she was a good sport. We kept on telling her it is just a movie and nothing is real. The ghosts are all tricks of the movie people. Everything is done on computers and nothing is real. Everything is like the Halloween animatronics that she loves so much. After The Poltergeist, we turned on a funny Halloween movie and that fixed our brains from scary to silly. It was a HappyMadisson movie with Adam Sandler so it was really silly. That is when I was able to get away for a little bit and take a picture to show you all my new glasses without being photobombed.

My new eye wear

Until next time.
Stay safe.
Best,
-Isabel

Working from home #29

The majority of my week was smooth sailing until the tragic news on the weekend.

It’s Monday and it’s a normal kind of Monday. Hate getting up from my comfy bed. But, need to get up to get my work done. Today, I feel like my vision is all sorts of blurry. Can’t see straight.
I get online and there is an issue on the site, where nothing is working, and it automatically gets my anxiety working overtime. I will have to work with a ton of people in order to get this fixed. And, here come the IM’s from multiple people at the same time! I feel like I’m going up on a rollercoaster ride. Take a deep breath, Isabel! The downward fall is coming. At this point, I’m thinking was it me? Did I do something to break the site? Sometimes it happens. But, phew, turns out, nope, it wasn’t me; not today! It has something to do with a dealer code…something, I have no idea, it’s all technical from here. All I know is whatever the developers did, fixed the issue and I can now relax as the site is back up and running. While waiting for my developers to look into the issues, I’m watching an interesting ted talk about getting what you want How Five Simple Words Can Get You What You Want by Janine Driver. It’s very interesting, I think. This speaker also wrote a book and I can’t wait to listen to it. I might learn a thing or two. The book is called “You Can’t Lie to Me.” I’ve download it into my app and will start listening to it soon.
This morning, I have a meeting scheduled with my boss and these also make me so anxietal. I’m always thinking that I am not doing enough and omg my boss is going to ask about something that I haven’t done, what am I going to say!? Turns out, I’m doing ok. My boss didn’t ask anything that I didn’t have an answer for. A fun thing happened while we were in that. As the meeting with the boss was going on, I was called and asked to be in yet another meeting. Well, this is a first for me. Being on two calls at the same time. While one of my coworkers was talking about her week to the boss, I was on another call fixing an issue. Once that call was done, I then got back to the phone call with the boss. Thank goodness, my co-worker was still talking about her weekly plan. I didn’t miss much. It was very bazar for me to be on two calls at the same time. My guess is; this is my life now! This second phone call was a good thing because when it was my turn to talk about what I was working on, I had a resolve to one of the problems we’ve been having. The issue is regarding a product that is to launch on Wednesday. It needs to be taken care of today so we can add content to the site for the day after tomorrow. And, holy moly it was fixed! Just like that, during a two minute phone call. That’s mainly what I talked about with the boss and my colleagues. Then there were a couple of other little things that I am following up. But that launch issue was a big one that needed resolution. Good thing I took that call.
As for the little one, she had a ton of conference calls. She loves them. She’s always so happy during these calls. She gets to see her friends and she loves to sing along to the songs with her classmates and her teacher as well as listening to the books the teachers read to them over conference calls in google classroom. I love that she likes school. I wish they’d have the teachers on for longer than half an hour per day. I thought that the remote kids would be online with the teacher more often. Unfortunately not, so grandma, thank God for grandma, helps her with her lessons.

It’s Tuesday and I am not feeling myself today. There is so much, I don’t wanna, this morning! I don’t wanna get up, don’t wanna do work, don’t wanna get dressed, don’t wanna make the bed. But I eventually get up and do all of the things. Considering my grumpy morning. Work has surprisingly gone smoothly today. At one point one of the sites was not working. But it was quickly resolved. There was also a microsite that wasn’t working properly, but we fixed it and it is now working to its potential. I wonder if the day will continue to go smoothly as I’d like it to. Turns out it did. Nothing to write home about today.

It’s Wednesday and it’s also been a smooth day. There were a little bit of hiccups here and there, but all is smooth so far at work.
As for my little one, she only had one meeting today. It was an actual longer one this time. The teacher actually taught some math during the morning conference call. Until today the meetings were only for a few minutes. Mainly a check in. There must have been parents who complained as much as we have at the way they are teaching the hybrid and remote students.
Work continued to be smooth. The item that was to launch today has been postponed. Currently I am working on product launches for next week. No one has sent me pressing messages or emails and I am as happy as a clam doing my work. It’s mentally draining doing all of this type of work but I’m content doing so.

It’s Thursday and I am tremendously tired. I again don’t want to get out of bed. I absolutely need some time off. I’ve requested some time off next week. A couple of days away from the monotony of work should help me to recharge my batteries.
This afternoon, I ventured out to the wild and went to the pharmacy to pick up my medication. My doctor told me in order to get my memory working, I should take some more milligrams of my concentration medication. I will try what she recommended and see if it works out. Let’s see how it goes. My other adventure is going to my daughter’s school and pick up her school packet for the week. Wow, there is so much stuff in there. I don’t know if my little one will do all of it. Or if grandma has enough patience to practice all of her math, reading and writing with her. Grandma does the majority of the teaching, daddy does the majority of the math. I step in when they are both ready to throw in the towel. There is a lot to do in first grade. Much more that what I remember. For first grade, I was in Portugal. I was there until my fourth year of elementary school. And, from what I remember, we did a lot learning in first grade. I remember doing a lot of writing and math. And like my little one, I really enjoyed math. More than reading and writing, that’s for sure. In first grade, I did not have many friends in the beginning as I had just moved to that location in Tojeira, Sintra near Lisbon, from my mom’s birthplace, Folhadosa, São Romão, near Cuimbra. We were far away from what I used to call home. We had a class of about 20 kids and we were from all walks of life. There were the poor kids that used to have to go work at their parent’s farm before and after school. And the well off kids that worked in their family farm on the weekends and sometimes after school too. My family and I used to work at the family farms as well. I’d go there too as a little kid and play with my friend who was the same age and also in my class. I remember, we’d also help by giving the adults seeds or the little plants for them to plant along the dirt. It was hard work for everyone. But it was a good time. At the end of the day, we’d celebrate by opening a huge watermelon and eating it all together, family style. In the end, families would always give us the leftover fruits and vegetables, whatever they couldn’t sell they’d give away to family and friends. They were always good to us. I miss them and those simpler times very much. Ahh, the good old days as they say.
Check out my first grade class. I’m still friends with a lot of the people in this picture. We mainly keep in touch through facebook. I’m glad we have social media. It keeps us close to those who are far far away.

First Grade Class


This afternoon, I spoke with my mentee and it was all about questions of what she wants to do, where she’d like to intern, what kind of job she’s looking for and many, many more questions. She provided me with her resume and I think it is spectacular. It has all of the information needed, not too much, not too little. Just the right amount. But I have a question. She placed her mailing address on the resume. I’m thinking, as a hiring manager, if I was one, this person lives way too far out to be thinking about interning at my company. With that, do you think my mentee should remove the mailing address from the resume or keep it on there? After all, if the hiring manager is really interested, they can always go to the linkedin profile and research for further information. I have a poll on linkedin about this subject. Take a look and vote if you wish. The poll will be there for about two weeks. I’m really interested on what people, especially hiring managers, have to say about this. My poll has been up for a few days and most people say, Yes, place the mailing address on the resume.

It’s Friday and I have a lot of work to do. I’ll be off for a couple of days next week, which means a lot of work to finish up for this week including the work needed for the days that I will be out. Is it really worth taking a day off? Since I have a lot to do to prep and I will have a lot to do when I come back?! The answer is: Yes, of course it is. I’ll get to sleep a little longer in the morning and maybe even go out for a walk if the weather permits.
Today I am updating my resume so I can help out my mentee. I’d like for her to see what a different resume may look like as opposed to a traditional linear resume. I’ve done some research and foud a resume layout that I really like. Then,I’ve taken my information from linkedin and placed it on my updated layout. If you were hiring, would you take a look at my resume? I’ve taken a cool looking resume from pinterest and made my own version of it on excel. My mentee would like to be in marketing, and I’m thinking that having the latest looking resume would be beneficial. I’ve learned that apparently there is a profile in Adobe that you can follow to make it look like the new one I’ve created. You may need to have to purchase it. I’ve gone the excel way and I think it looks ok. What do you think? Looking at the resume page, would you consider an interview for a marketing position? Is it creative enough? Or does it really matter if it’s creative or not?

I’ve been seeing that a lot of my friends have small businesses. Especially ones that are on my facebook feed and my instagram feed. If you have a small business, advertise it. I’m sure your fb and twitter friends will use your business and help out during this pandemic. Right now I am looking into the Roden + Fields skin care line that one of my friends is a consultant. If you’re interested, click on her link and have your questions ready as she is a fantastic consultant. She got back to me right away with my questions along with a recommendation. Has anyone used these products? If so, what did you think about them?
Another skin care line that I am looking at is arbonne. My cousin is a consultant and she is in love with these products. Their products are 100% vegan and cruelty free. They also have makeup and haircare products. If you’re interested, check out her page.
As for my little one, I’ve barely seen her today. I know she has a bunch of meetings today with her teachers. She has a ton of work to do and grandma is all over it. She is making sure my little angel is a smart one.
At the end of the day, I have a meeting at work and we talked about things that I have no idea about. I’m still learning how the systems work. The meeting has to do with internal users and how they can or cannot see things on our websites. I was learning a lot about how the backend systems work and how much I have to still learn. It’s now 6PM and I am still working on my launch for next week. As I work I am listening to the Elvis Duran replay channel. They keep me entertained and laughing as I am stuck here working hard. This one is not hard work, but it is time consuming. There are hundreds of pieces of content that I need to post on the site and they need to be done one by one. No bulk uploads for this gal.

In the evening we are still doing homework with my little one. Look at that, it looks like the teacher added more work to do at 9PM. Is this for today or for next week? We need to figure out a schedule with her teacher, this is silly. After homework, we get on the floor and play with her pokemon toys. She loves the game and the toys that we get for her to play with. She also loves the show. She watches it on netflix in the mornings before daddy goes to work or on the weekends before breakfast.

It’s Saturday morning and the house is quiet. The family went for a morning drive to the store and I decided to stay home this time around. Like many times. During this covid season, I’d rather stay home than to venture out into the wild. I like to touch things, especially clothing, I like to feel the fabrics. Is this silk or a fabric that will just scratch the skin?
This morning I’ve also learned that one of my aunts has passed away from covid. She is one of my father’s many sisters. She and her family lives in Portugal. Unfortunately, I don’t remember her much. I do recall our family visiting all of my father’s sisters and brothers. We’d do family vacations of visiting them. It was nice to visit them, unannounced by the way. We’d just show up. That’s how we did it back then. My father would always want to visit family any way he could. And they would always take us in and be very nice and friendly to all of us. I think that this particular Aunt’s granddaughter was the one that knew verses of the bible by heart at the age of 6 years old. We were all impressed by this. Anyway, rest in peace my beautiful Aunt Maria.
You all stay safe and 6 feet away from each other. Covid is real to me and I’d like to see everyone safe and sound.

Until next time.
Be safe.
Best,
-Isabel

Working from home week #28

Don’t even know why I’m still counting the weeks I’m home.
It looks like I won’t be going into the office for a long time from now. There is still no cure or vaccine or anything for Covid. We’ll be home for a long time from now.

For the weekend, it was all about working for the man. “Working on the weekend like usual.” I have this hidden talent that I can usually find songs that has the lyrics I need. Even thought this song is called “Life is Good” I can’t relate with the rest of the song only the beginning.
But I digress, I have a lot to catch up for the man and I am using the weekend to, well, catch up. I’m glad that my mother in law is with us and is keeping my little one entertained as she does during the week as I work. Daddy is also keeping her busy. There is a lot of school work that we missed during the week that she needs to do, like writing letters in cursive. At this point…I have a question…why cursive? They should learn how to type on a keyboard. In my opinion if the kids get used to typing a certain way or incorrectly, the may get stuck that way. Like how mom used to say, “you keep making that face, it’ll keep staying that way.” lol Personally, I learned how to type in high school, 9th grade I think. I didn’t really need a use a computer back then or to type papers as they were all hand written. Yes, I’m that old. Anyway, I learned how to type the right way, by using both hands on the keyboard. It took an entire semester to teach my hands and fingers to get accustomed to the alphabet. I notice some people still type with their pointer fingers and it takes them a long time to get their typing done. I’ll probably need to teach my little one how to use the keyboard soon.

It’s Monday and my little one has off from school, so it is nice and quiet as she sleeps like an angel. As for me, I’ve already received about 20 emails filled with requests to upload things or fix things. It’s not even 10AM yet and I already have enough work for the entire day. The days just keep getting longer and longer with more and more work. I am in a zone that I don’t know how the backend systems work and no one wants to teach me. I understand they are all busy, but come on, I’m new at this, I can’t learn if I’m not taught. I don’t know half this stuff. Anyway, I just keep going and asking questions and more question and probably being very annoying. But what else can I do? Being annoying and asking questions is the only way for me to learn at this point.
Another issue I’m having is my memory. Apparently, I had a conversation with one of the business people in a meeting on Friday and I can’t recall particular parts of the conversation. The colleague stated, “remember, we had this conversation last week?!” Girl, I can barely remember what I had for breakfast, let alone what we talked about last week. That was about three days ago. I can’t recall that detail. But, I’m in a new role now, so my response was, “yes, we did have that conversation. Sorry about that. It’s been a long day already, hahaha.” I feel like an idiot. I’ve called my doctor and asked for an appointment and made an appointment as I need some help with my memory. Do you have any recommendations for memory loss? Besides, “that’s too bad, Isabel, you’re just getting old” lol.
In the evening I went to pick up my husband from work. His truck broke down and he needed a ride home. I haven’t been out driving in a long time. So it was a new adventure on this Monday evening. As I am driving on the highway, I see a rolling tire on the road. I automatically got PTSD. Ahh a tire…no, not today!! Those of you who know me, know that a flying tire tire came at me a few years back. If you know the story, feel free to skip the rest of this paragraph. If not, keep on reading.
So, a few years back I was driving home from work, 6PM or so, on the Long Island Expressway when a car from the other side of the highway lost its tire. The other driver must have been driving at least 70 miles per hour when the tire came off his car bumped from one side of the highway to the other and landed on the hood of my car. It hit my hood and rolled to my windshield, crack it a bit and then flew off. All I know is that it was a high performance tire, those really thin ones that are all rim and little rubber, and it came from a blue sports car from across the highway. I was in such shock as I saw the tire coming at me that I had no idea what to do. However, there was something very strange that happened in my head, but something told me to take my foot off the gas and just let the car run on its own. If I would have been just a little bit further down the road, the tire would have cracked right through my windshield. If that would have happened, it would have cracked my skull. I have no idea how I got so lucky. I keep thinking that it was my guardian angel that told me to take my foot off the gas. I think my guardian angel is my Godmother. I don’t know why, but that’s who came to mind when all of this happened. Somehow I was able to pull over to the shoulder and I called 911. When the cop arrived, he was afraid to see who was behind the wheel. He told me he didn’t know how I was still alive considering what had just happened. The officer also asked where the tire had gone and I pointed to my left side. I told him that it bounced off my car like a basketball. Bounced on my hood and moved on. The next question was a cute one. He asked where the other car was. So I told him “sir, if you take a drive on the other side of the highway and find the blue BMW with the high performing tires on the side of the road with a missing tire, you’ll find your driver.” The front of my car was completely damaged. It went into a body shop and they fixed everything. At one point the mechanic told me that I needed new tires as the ones that I currently had on the car were starting to show the wiring. You know they are worn out once the wiring is exposed. So my husband, the funny guy, said. “Hey, you needed new tires and one comes at you from the sky. That’s got to be a sign.” Thanks husband…you jerk! LOL Love you boo!

It’s Tuesday and by 10AM I have enough work coming through that can last me for the rest of the week. I don’t know what to do with myself besides take it stride and start taking care of the emails as they come. Do the work from the latest one to the ones that were sent last. Oh wait, there are emergency ones that need to get done before the others. And, there are IM’s that need to get answered before I do anything else. AHHHH! Help me, Rhonda. That’s the song that comes to me as I’m working away and am in need of some help.
So much juggling. All the while, I’ve made an appointment with my doctor. I need to see if there is anything that can be done for my lack of memory. You see when I had my daughter I got very sick and was even in an induced coma. While I was down and out I had a lot of drugs pumped into me, also there may have been a lack of oxygen going to the brain at some point and it may have messed up my memory for good. Those of you who were there for me and my family, I thank you for your support. I know there were a lot of friends and family who visited. If you visited. I thank you. I probably don’t remember it, but I am grateful. My husband has, at one point or another, ran down the list of people who did visit. But for the life of me I can not remember who they are. My memory was really bad after I’ve left the hospital. As time went on, it got better. But now that I need it most for doing my new responsibilities at my job, I really need it. So to the doctor I go.
As for my little one, she has as many meetings today as I do. Luckily my mother in law is on that ball with all of her meetings. I wouldn’t be able to work and be with my little one if I didn’t have the help. I am blessed to have her here with us. Thank you grandma!!
Back to #wfh. I am having a hell of a time working today. I have been asked questions that I have no idea how to answer #flyingbytheseatofmypants today. I’ve been standing up from my chair and passing trying to figure out how to respond to half of these questions that I don’t know how to answer. I’m listening to some music to pump me up and then going back to listening to motivational speakers. And then back to music. Hopefully after all of this listening and pacing, I will figure out what kind of, pardon my french, but, bull shit answer I can give to get myself out of the deep end. Some of the questions I’m getting have something to do with my new job and I have no idea how to go on about them. I don’t think taking a course will help with this either. It’s about dealing with people and having them do things. And trying to get them to do them because they want to do then and not because I’m asking them to do them. It’s a form of an art. And by God, I am not built that way. At least not yet. I will need to train myself on this…somehow. I feel like its table tennis but with words. Anybody want to practice with me? I’m all frazzled today.

all frazzled today

As I am working, after hours or course, I am listening to, at times watching, Lewis Howes interviewing Katie Morton. She talks to Lewis about mental illness and depression. Morton says, there’s a time to wallow and then there is time to take the steps move forward. She says that thigs can take take a month or two to ruminate on really hard things that are very stressful. But then you must move on, even if it includes seeing a doctor. At the end of the interview Lewis, asks what is your “definition of greatness?” Morton states; “even if you fall down, you don’t stay down for long. You get up, dusk yourself off. No judgements. Move forward.” Love that! “Challenge yourself to be better tomorrow.”

It’s Wednesday and my husband needs a ride to work, at 5AM. We both get up early and I am so hungry I could eat everything in sight. I have a few slices of fresh made bread and add some coffee to that and then we are on our way. It’s pouring outside and I can’t see a thing. My windshield wipers are going but I still can’t see anything. Plus my windows are fogging up since its warm out and the AC is broken in the car. We have the windows open and the heat pumping onto the windows to un fog them. It’s a trick I learned with dear or dad, the mechanic. You don’t have AC, turn up the heat to unfog the windows. When I get home it is still early to get to work so I do a little bit of yoga on the living room floor. I can’t believe how unflexible I’ve become. All my muscles were being pushed to the max as I was flexing as far as I could.
As for work, it’s the same story. Lots of it. Worked until 5PM on the dot and then went for dinner. After dinner, we went pokemoning. I figured, I’d get the rest of my job done after we come back. Yeah, right! After we came back I was so tired from the day that I did not have any more energy to get any of my work done. I tried, but just couldn’t do it anymore. I was on social media for a little while to see if I could get some energy back, but no, too tired. So, to bed I went.

It’s Thursday and I got up and did my same routine as always. I keep telling myself that I should go running, but I am so stressed that I keep on sleeping more and more in the mornings. I’m just getting more lazy and stressing out over my job. I’m sure I don’t have to tell you. I think a lot of people are stressing out over their jobs and trying to keeping them. What I know for sure is my company can let me go for almost any reason. This stresses me out a lot. I’m sure a lot of people can do what I do. It’s not too complicated to launch products and post content on sites. It’s quite easy since there is a content management system. Don’t need to know too much html, just need to know how the systems work and you’re good to go. It’s a scary time for everyone. However, one of my friends from work got promoted to director. I am very happy for him. I sent him an email congratulating him on his promotion. Since the company is still promoting, maybe there is a chance the company is doing well, considering the circumstances of covid and most company’s not doing so great.

It’s Friday and I have talked to my doctor about my memory. She told me to keep on taking my concentration medication. We’ll change the dosage and see how that works. I hope this works as I am getting very sad and frustrated about not being able to remember conversations I’ve had with people.
Today, I had my one on one with my boss. I again am very nervous about these meetings. I don’t know why. But I get very nervous when I need to talk to her. She is really very nice and understanding, but I’ve had bad experiences in the past where the boss was nice but then when talking to her boss, she was not so nice about how I’m doing my work. Now I am always writing on my journal to “reflect on the good.” To always think that people have good intentions and not bad. As for me, I always have good intentions. I may not always express it that way, but I always want the best for others. I’d rather see someone succeed than to see them fail. If someone is having a bad day, I always want to cheer them up somehow. I know how it is to have a bad day. Most of my days are not so good and I know how it feels to feel like a piece of garbage. I don’t want others to feel that way.
This afternoon there was a conference meeting with one of the managers from the company. It was part of a series for learning and managing at the company. This manager, is such a pleasure to listen to. Very lively and seems like a great manager to her team. She is all about education and getting everyone on board for everything regarding the company’s campaigns. It was a great hour of my day. Such positive vibes. After that conference I continue my work in a good mood. Even though it is tough work, I had on a happy face. Plus it is #NationalSmileDay so, it is only natural to keep on smiling. At the end of the day however, I was working on a microsite page and the darn thing was not working. I needed to ask for a developers help last minute and I felt really bad for bothering the team on a Friday night. But it has to be done as this microsite needs to be up and running on Monday morning. It was working fine last week when I originally started working on it. It suddenly stopped working for me, of course today that I needed it completed. But the developer was very nice about everything and helped me out with my issue. Turns out it was something that I may have done incorrectly as it was not linking to the correct web address. But how am I supposed to know? I followed the instructions as they were given to me and the system screwed me over by placing it on the wrong path. But now I know where it’s supposed to be going and I’ve added it to my notes so I will no longer need the help of the developers. Apparently, getting their help is very expensive for the company and we should use them at limited times. So by 6PM the site was working fine in the backend. And then I checked the front end and it was broken. Thank goodness the developer was still online, as I sent him a quick instant message with an “ahh the site in production is broken.” He quickly got back to me and said he’d work on it. We looked at the the issues and couldn’t figure them out as everything looked fine. We will need for the site to reindex or refresh or whatever, in order for the site to come back to life. We refreshed and still nothing. We will need to take a look on Monday morning and check to see what the problem is. This problem with microsites that I’m having are never ending. Just another fine day at the office.

Until next week.
Stay safe.

-Isabel


Working from home week #27

This weekend was work filled. My husband wants to create a shelving system for the basement, so he bought some lumber, sheets of plywood and some screws and we got to work. He is very creative and could be a carpenter by trade if he really wanted to. It took us both Saturday and Sunday to get this project done. But we got it done. We also organized the garage a little bit and played pokemonGo Sunday was community day so as we were working on the shelves we were also raiding on the game. Busy, busy weekend. This is good, for me at least, because I get to do some physical work since I am sitting down all week long in my bedroom/office. As for my husband, this has made him more exhausted. All he wants to do is complete this project and have a seat on the couch. I don’t blame him, he has long hard days. Both physical and mentally draining. Not easy.

It’s Monday and I am still a little dizzy from the weekend’s work. We did so much in such a little amount of time that I am still wondering how we did it all.
This morning, I woke up really hungry and ate a few slices of fresh bread and drank my pumpkin pie spice coffee. Delicious!
I haven’t gone out for a run in a while, not sure why. But my journey on the treadmill came to a complete stop when I started to get a lot of work at my job and not knowing what in the world I was doing. I was and still am feeling a lot of anxiety about my job. I continue to have projects that I am lost on, but I am working really hard on getting all of my ducks in a row and knowing what the hell I’m supposed to do.
As for my little one, she had her morning conference call and then her one on one with one of her teachers. She absolutely loves to be in the one on ones. She also loves to see the other kids and sharing information. My social butterfly! She has a lot more courage than I did when I was little. When I was her age I was so painfully shy that I didn’t even want to speak to the teacher. I would only talk to my cousin Miguel, who I used to play with all the time and didn’t make many friends due to my shyness. All of other kids would want to play with me and I would shy away from all of them. It took me a long time to get out of my shell and make friends in school. Not my little one, she is friends with everyone.

It’s Tuesday and I slept and slept until the last possible minute before work. Tired and a little lazy this morning. Well, that’s too bad because there is a lot of work to do today. There is a product launch and sites that are not working. When sites don’t work it is now my job to get to talk to the developers and get these things to work. And then talk to business and let them know things aren’t working and communicating with them once they do. If after a few hours the sites are still not working working; guess what? I have to communicate that to them both as well. One, to ask what is happening with the fix. The other is to let the team know and say “hey business people, I know you need this, but we are still working on this fix. I’ll let you know more in a couple of hours.” I feel like a ping pong ball. This is exhausting. However, this looks like this is exactly what I’ve signed up for. I better get myself ready to do this over and over again.
Today, I found out that a couple of friends have been let go from the company. I haven’t been told why, all I know is that there has been more people who have left the company. I’ve been checking in with other friends to ensure they are still employed with the company. Through all of this, I’m still glad I continue to have a job. For this reason, I am working until 9PM tonight. I had so much to do today that I didn’t have time to do it all. I did a lot of the ping ponging and didn’t have time to post content and work on the product launch. So, here I am. Working late. As I am working, I am listening to podcasts on youtube. The one that I like is with Ed Mylett and Kyle Cease called Expectations vs Reality. It is very inspiring and funny. Kyle is a former comedian and now he is helping people see their potential. I like it.
As for my little one, she is getting the hang of figuring out the laptop and doing her school work. She still wants mommy to help her out with the schoolwork but she’s starting to work independently more and more. All I have to do is get her to be able to read the instructions and we’re in business lol. Kidding, she’s in first grade, she can’t read all of the instructions yet. She is learning how to write sentences and punctuation. Also, simple math of addition and subtraction.
We had a conference with the teachers tonight. She is doing pretty well. We were told that all of the students will need to do a sort of assessment test soon for the teachers to see what level each student is in and then they will break into groups and do live learning with the level group they are in. I think this is a great idea, instead of everyone doing the same, even if one of the students may be behind. They take the time to reach each student on their level. I hope this works well for the kids. All the while my little one love to wear her birkenstocks with socks. This is now her favorite pair of shoes. She is too funny.

It’s Wednesday and I woke up mentally tired but ready for work. I put on some comfortable clothes and got to work. I then went into the kitchen and had breakfast and noticed the dishwasher was making a funny noise. But I let it be as I thought it was just me. After my daughter woke up, we get to the kitchen again and the same funny sound was coming out of the dishwasher. Grandma right away said there was something not working right. Low and behold the darn thing was giving an E1 error. We tried to figure out how to turn off the machine but it wouldn’t turn off. We had to figure out how to turn if off directly from the electricity panel. No problem I thought, that’s easy, it’s jut the panel. You open it, look for the label that says dishwasher and turn it off. So, I get to the garage and the panel isn’t labeled at all. Ok, no worries, I’ll call grandma and get her to let me know which will turn off the dish washer as I turn them all off one by one. I tried the panel two times and the machine would not turn off. Think Isabel! OK, we have another panel in the basement, maybe its connected there. We stay on our phones and I get to the basement and do the same. Turn off everything one by one and see which one is for the dishwasher. Again, nothing happened. The dishwasher did not turn of. Meanwhile, I bumped my daughter off the internet a couple of times and turned off all of the lights and the fridge but nothing on the dishwasher. My little one was on a conference call for school. We paused on trying to turn off the machine so the little one could be online and I go check my email for a little while. Once my little one was offline from meeting her teacher we get to it again. At this point I am annoyed that I can’t turn off the darn machine. I then said to my mother in law that I was going to try it again. This time I was going to turn off everything. So I did. Everything on the panel was turned off. No lights, no internet, no fridge. Finally, the machine stopped working. Now its time to turning everything back on. I turn on the items that were labeled living room, family room, dining room, kitchen, water, and then I turned off the item labeled AC. We don’t have central AC so I don’t know what the hell that was but this was the one that was connected to the dishwasher. Finally, we were able to figure it out. Now the machine is off and my mother in law goes ahead and starts to hand wash the dishes. At that point, I get online and got to see videos on the error to see what the issue is and how to fix it. A couple of hours have passed. I’ve missed a couple of conference calls and am way behind on my work. Every minute is starting to count over at my job. I had about 50 emails that needed attention including instant messages from multiple people. They are ones that need answering as things need to get done within the end oft the month. My head is spinning. So I work and work and work. For lunch I had a yogurt at my desk and continued to work. In the late afternoon I take a quick break to have a cup of coffee and continue to work. Long day!!

It’s Thursday and I have been working non stop since Monday. I only know it’s Thursday because I’ve looked at the calendar a few times today. And I’m still forgetting what day it is. Also, today was the product launch for one of our Cinema products. If you’re interested, we launched the Cinema EOS C70. We launched this item at 8AM. Apparently, the Cinema people are early birds and we need to launch early. Kidding. I have no idea why we launch early. I’m sure there’s a reason, probably so they launch at the same time globally.
I’m still wearing my comfy jammies as I was planning on taking a shower during my lunch hour. What do you know, my little one needed some help with her school items so I skipped the shower at noon; I will take my shower later.
My little one has had a bunch of conference calls today. Her schedule is as packed as mine. She has a lot of work that she needs to get done this year and there’s a lot to do like reading and math and writing. Mine little precious baby has the attention span of a butterfly. Having her sit on her little seat and do her work is not easy. Now I know how teachers feel…well a little bit. I only have one. They have a bunch. Can’t be easy.
This afternoon, as I am working or course, I am listening to an interview with an author who is a former colleague of mine, Stephanie Hayman. She wrote the book “Surviving Your First Decade in Corporate America.” She was interviewed through the Alumni Career Services in Stony Brook University. If you’re interested in listening to the interview, click this blue link and hear what what she had to say. Stephanie has a lot of great insights on what it is like to start off working in a corporate environment. I could relate to everything she stated. From the punch in the gut you get from the long commutes to the raise that you think you may get right away since you’re doing such a great job. Take a listen and you will most likely agree and maybe even learn a few things.

It’s Friday and TGIF! I am tired, mentally drained. I have my one on one with my boss today and am very nervous about it. I don’t feel like I am doing so great in my new job as I am constantly feeling very lost on my new job duties. Hopefully, she will have some good words for me. Luckily, the one on one didn’t go too badly, I mentioned my issues and they were taken with care. It was the rest of the day that was a mess. At one of the conference calls a couple of the developers were kinda yelling at each other. I just kept quiet, I did not want to get involved in that one.

My reaction as the team is confronting each other

So much work to do, so many things done wrong. Recently, I feel like I have no idea what I’m doing. I feel like I keep on messing it up. And this afternoon I had a few meetings that kinda told me as much. I was working with the business people and whatever it is that I did was not up to their satisfaction and I messed it up and this is one of the reasons why one of the tests we worked on failed. Then there was another meeting where I really screwed the pooch and created tickets for the developers that I should have figured out on my own. I was told to no, no, no, you can’t do that anymore. I felt like an idiot the entire hour and a half of this meeting. I tried to keep it light, but I was fuming on the inside. Not a fun meeting at all.
All the while I am thinking what determines success? Falling down and getting back up? Increaing your hunger? Learning what success is by listening to Lewis Howes interviewing a ton of people including Tony Robbins, Tom Bilyeu and Marisa Peer. I love Marisa Peer, she is the one who taught me to tell myself, “I am enough” every single day and I write that every day on my journal. The 22 SIGNS You’re Going To BE SUCCESSFUL is the videos that I am watching. I am trying to make myself feel better after this disaster of a day. This video is giving me insight and making me feel better about myself. You can do this Isabel!
Meanwhile, I got my self to the liquor cabinet and got myself some firefly vodka and added some soda and did my best to forget about my troubles. The alcohol didn’t really help too much, I am still super upset about my day.
At the end of the day we went out an played pokemonGo for a little while and that distracted me enough to forget my day.
All the while I am doing a great thing…growing out my hair to donate it. It’s getting very long and I will most likely keep it growing until covid is over. I am not planning on going to the hair dresser any time soon. I’m planning on donating to Wigs for Kids. I’ve donated in the past and it made my heart happy. So I am doing it again. I’ve been taking great care of my hair, lots of conditioning and coconut oil treatments. I’m hoping it makes a kid happy.

Until next week.
Stay safe.

-Isabel

Working from home week #26

Last week was a very busy week. It was my little ones first week of school and had a lot of products launching. Busy, Busy! Working from home does have its perks. I get to see my little one all day long.

This past weekend was filled with crap. Literally!
Our cesspools malfunctioned and we had to take care of the three pools that we have. My husband had to rent out a compressor and dredge the pools. It smelled so bad that we felt sick a bunch of times. After a while, we both got used to it and we both were working on taking care of busiess. My husband had a large pipe and was dredging away and I was holding the compressor hose so it wouldn’t push him inside the pool. The pipe and hose got so hot at one point that we had to pause ad let everything cool down. At one point, my little one decided it was a good idea to join us. She has on her little rain boots and a mask. “Daddy, it smells!” she says. Too cute.
Once we took care of dredging, we went to Home Depot and got a liquid to place inside the cesspools so it would eat the bad bacteria away. It also took out the awful smell. After that we all showered and then went to play pokemonGo. We found out there is a pokemon gym near our house, so now we can do raids right on our couch.
On Sunday we took care of the BBQ. My husband replaced some of the parts and I helped him clean it out. My hands were filled with black grease, but it now looks all clean and ready for hamburgers. We’re a good team.
After all that cleaning I was inspired to clean up the small bushes that are in the backyard. There are a bunch of little trees and bushes growing in the backyard that need to be replaced by grass so my little one can run around in. I got out the shovel and got to work. It took a few hours to do half of the yard. I didn’t finish everything I wanted to, but I will get to it next weekend. Luckily, I did not find any critters in the yard. My mother-in-law has found snakes and little field mice in the garden. I did however, find a lot of wholes from the little critters. We have field mice or voles and garden snakes in the back thank goodness I didn’t see any.
Once done for the day, I got to do some self care. I put on a clay clarifying face mask and a coconut oil hair treatment with tea tree oil. I was tempted to also take a salts bath, but then remembered, the cesspool. We can’t use too much water this week due to all of the treatments. So a quick shower it is.

It’s Monday morning and I can’t sleep for the life of me. I wake up at 3 in the morning thinking about work and what I need to get done. First, I have to create a microsite then, I have to launch products after that, I have a project that is taking way much longer than I anticipated. This project is to add functionality to one of my websites and it is taking way too long to get the paperwork going. Lots and lots to do. Also, I want to finish listening to the book Everything is Figureoutable by Marie Forleo. So I get up at 4AM and join the family as we are all hanging out with my husband before he leaves for work. We all have some fresh home made bread and coffee. The little one is up too and she is looking at her pokemon book. She loves this book. It is a type of dictionary with all of the pokemon out there. Today she is a little under the weather and doesn’t drink her milk. However, she does steal a slice of my buttered bread. As I am helping my husband with his boots, she takes my slice of bread from the counter and eats it all up lol. My hungry little love.
I then cut myself another slice and she wants it too. All of us tell her that one slice is enough as she is going back to bed and we don’t want her to feel sick in bed. My husband leaves for work, grandma and the little one get back to bed and I get to work. I start off my listening to my book and going through my morning routine…making the bed, getting dressed and looking through emails. And then I get to work. I work, work and work all day until about 8 in the evening and that is when I hit a wall. I started to get cold and needed a jacked. Oh no, that is when I called it a day. There is no way I am getting sick because of working so darn much. I got on my pjs and got myself underneath the covers and fell asleep. I didn’t even say goodnight to my family. I just dozed off. I usually have to be in bed and look through my phone for a while before I am able to fall asleep. But not tonight. I need a day off! But who has time for that? I was talking to a dear friend of mine and she has also been working a lot of extra hours. We both agreed that we are making less than minimum wage at this point in time. Do we need new jobs or it is because of covid that we are working extra hard?

It’s Tuesday and I woke up ready for work. Worked from 7AM until about 6:30PM. I’m tired. Overworked and underpaid!

It’s Wednesday and it took all my might to get out of bed and shower. I have had so much work that I’m all sorts of tired. Burning from both ends, if you will. This morning we launched a new Printer/Camera product. It is the IVY CLIQ 2 and IVY CLIQ PLUS 2. I was working on the final touches this morning for the launch, such as updated price lists and logos that were provided last minute. I then had my morning conference calls. By mid morning my daughter and I had her school conference call. The teacher introduced herself by showing her picture of her family and other items that she likes. My little one showed her things that she likes too. Like her unicorn, her pokemon toy, squirtle, and paint brush. She then needed to be supervised for all of her school work. All of her work was under the “to do” tab online. But as of today it is no longer on that tab. The information is all over the place and she needs to be helped with this at all times #frustrating. Grandma is helping but we both need to be there to help the little one out as it is becoming very confusing. And then, one of the videos she was watching jumped from the teacher talking about number to some random youtube video. My little one called me over, I had to stop what I was doing for work, and we watched for the jumping of tracks in youtube. Of course, when I was there, we did not encounter any issues. But I had to watch the entire video on counting. All the while, all I am thinking is…I gotta get back to work. By the late afternoon we are both tired from trying to figure it all out. Hopefully the next few weeks will be better. Schooling from home is not as easy as we thought it was going to be.
As for work, my sites are down this afternoon. So I am working on other projects that I have. And, I have a lot of projects. One person wants to clear out automated emails. Another wants to add functionality to one of the sites. Others want to add microsites. Others want to launch new products. I am swamped. Some days I am just overwhelmed and in the verge of tears. But not today, no Sir! Today the sites are down and I get to get myself organized for everything else that I need to do.

It’s Thursday and I am again swamped with work. I have a product launching to morrow and lots to do. As for my little one, she had her conference call today with her teacher. I had a conference call at the same time and couldn’t be there to witness this call. From my understanding they introduced each other and sang the pledge of allegiance then talked about their day. Then my little one did her math and writing homework. Then watched some very long videos. This is our life now. Watching videos. Most videos are on youtube. So my little smarty pants starts looking for other videos to watch. Something more along her wheelhouse like, my little pony or something to do with the littlest pet shop. We have to keep an eye on her so she’ll do her school work and not go into what we call “bad youtube.” I feel for the kids that are learning from home. They have so many distractions. We’ve had to take all of the toys out of the room so she can concentrate on her school work. Home has become something else for my little one. It’s no longer a place to play and relax, but a place to work. Not sure if this is a good thing or a bad thing. It’s definitely different, that’s for sure.

It’s Friday and I have no motivation to get my work done. I get up and go through my morning routine. Breakfast, dressed, make the bed, moisturize. Then I am listening to Lisa Nichols 50 Rules for Success. This is giving me a little bit of energy to get going this morning.
As for work, I’ve launched a new accessory on the site. It is the Camera Backpack EDC-1. This, thankfully was an easy one for today. But I still had to do everything that I need for a product launch. I had to upload all of the content and get my developers to push the content live and send email blasts to the dealers to let them know they are able to purchase this product for their consumers. After that launch, early in the morning, I have more and more items to post. I have a ton of conference calls and I need to take my lunch at 3PM as I have to go to the blood work place. We found out that the majority of the blood work locations have closed. The ones that are open are by appointment only and the next available appointment is in mid October. What is happening? Does not one have to do bloodwork anymore? Anyway, the bloodwork appointment takes longer than expected, over an hour, and I have a meeting at 4! Yikes! I get home at 4:05 and the meeting hadn’t started yet as the boss requested for them to wait a little bit for her. Thank goodness! I did not miss a thing. The meeting was as boring as it could be. We were going over one of the websites that has to do with sales and bids. We need to know how it works and where the information comes from so if we need to troubleshoot, we know exactly who to contact and what to do. But man is the site dry.
After work we go pokemoning as a family. Today there aren’t many raids to play, so we go to the town nearby and stock up on pokeballs and berries. It’s not much, but we get to do this as a family during covid.

Until next week.
Stay Safe!
Best,

Isabel

Working from home week #25

Wow what a week. My little one starts school this week and we are all ready for the new school year. We’ve got all of our notebooks and other supplies and are looking forward to schooling from home. The school gave us the option of a hybrid school year or the option of staying home full time; remote schooling. We chose the option of remote schooling, for now. Covid doesn’t look like it is going anywhere and we are going the cautious route and everyone is staying home.


Tuesday is my little one’s first day and we are all dressed and ready for the first day. We’ve got our laptop out, our notebook and our pencil ready to go. My princess has her breakfast and logs into the classroom. There are other kids online ready to learn. Unfortunately, the teacher never got on. So the kids just talked to each other online for a little while and then we logged off. There was however, work to be done. Like watching a video about the first day of school and then the kids got to do a drawing about what they liked about the first day of school. My little one liked meeting all of the other students that were online. Another activity was to fill out a page with their name and all of their favorite things. Such as their favorite book, mine was “The Pigeon Has To Go To School.” It also asked what the kids want to do when they grown up. Mine wants to be a nurse. We jotted that down and then she changed her mind. She wants to be a doctor instead. I too wanted to be a doctor when I was her age. Then it all changed. I went into communication and now I am in IT. But that is a long story that you can read on this one Your Story is your Superpower.


As for work, I am swamped with posting items to the sites and doing product launches. If you’re interested this is what we launched: imageRUNNER ADVANCE DX C477iFZ and imageCLASS items. Of course the sites that I work on are behind user and password protection. So you’d need to be a partner of ours to see what I have been up to. But you get the gist. There is a lot of work to do. Next week we have some more items launching. I will share those when the time comes.
This year I will be a mentor to a student from Stony Brook University. I am very much looking forward to helping out this student. I understand this is a great program that my company does and I am very exited about this. I will talk more about this when the time comes.

Until then. Stay safe.
-Isabel