One of the things about working from home full-time is that my engagement with the outside world, and particularly with adults in the outside world, is minimal. This is mostly okay with me, but every once in a while I start getting antsy to engage with co-workers etc. Today I had the chance to do that and it was interesting.
I was working onsite for a temporary web content project at my old university and for the first hour or so I was working in cramped office with one other person and that wasn’t any fun at all, but then we moved to a conference room with everyone else who was working on the same project and that was awesome. We were bouncing ideas off of each other and joking around and doing some good work as well. It’s as close as I’ve experienced to what I imagine a writers room for a TV show would be like. It was nice to be able to wear jeans and tennis shoes instead of the traditional khakis and grown up shoes normally required in an office environment.
Every once in a while I get a strange craving for cubicles and water coolers and rote office work, but that goes away after a while and I can’t say I’d ever want to do that again. But for someone in a creative field who craves structure, the occasional day out into AdultLand is nice. It’s also a nice reminder that things like traffic and parking and gas and weather suck and I’m glad I don’t have to deal with them in my every day commute.
So tell me about your office life. Anyone out there like me and actual enjoy it once in a while?