Monday, January 4, 2021

Working from home

 Yesterday afternoon I got a phone call from someone in technology at the district office. He had instructions for me to download an app that re-routes phone calls to the school to my phone. So I'm officially working from home this morning. The school phone has been ringing off the hook since I logged in at 8:30. Since I have access to my work email, and more importantly, our Powerschool program on my home computer, I've been able to get a surprising amount of work done. I can check attendance (and put in excused absences), email teachers with parent questions, give out the number to tech support when the child's laptop is acting up, and for the most part do almost everything else I'd be doing on a normal day at work. It's pretty weird to be working from home, though. 

And this jerk isn't helping matters any:


He started screaming bloody murder when I was on the phone with a parent a little while ago! I had to apologize and explain that I was working from home and owned a parrot. The woman just laughed, but I was furious with Marco. Think about that the next time you think how "cute" and "sweet" he is! Thankfully he seems to have settled down and hasn't made a peep the last few time I took a call. His cage is in our office, which is where our desktop computer is set up, so I have no choice but to work in here with him. Looks like I have a little feathered a-hole as an office mate for the next few weeks at least!



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  1. I've been working from home since last April. I think most people make allowances. Most of the people who call you will probably be delighted by Marco! There again, I can see how annoying he might be from where you sit!

    It's amazing what can be done from home. There's a case for lots of us doing it anyway. For a lot of us, the idea of us all travelling around to do our jobs is based on assumptions that go back to a pre-internet age!

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    1. The parent who heard him shriek thought it was pretty funny! I guess everyone has learned to make allowances, like you said. I had to close my office door when a FedEx truck pulled up out on the street because my dog started barking. Hey, the pets live here too, right? :)

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    2. I think, on the whole, people like these touches of humanity!

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    3. I think so too! After all, we're all in this pandemic together and doing the best we can.

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  2. All of our flooring designers are working from home so when I talk to them on the phone I get to hear quite a lot, so believe me, an angry parrot is nothing.

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    1. I'll bet you do hear all sorts of things! I'd rather hear a parrot scream once than a bunch of crying, rowdy kids interrupting!

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  3. More than annoying, bird screeches! Deafening! I have had birds with temper tantrum tendencies (all of them), the only thing that seemed to calm them was more attention which seems counter intuitive and likely might be, whatever, just "shut the f up!" Working from home sounds like a great idea until we are forced into it, and there is no break , everything melds together.

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    1. Yes, although I'm happy to be home and safe, and glad to be contributing to running the school, it's still weird and not altogether pleasant to have to merge my home and work life....

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  4. Marco looks adorable, but then I can't hear him scream in a photo!

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    1. I won't lie, it can be infuriating! He's lucky he's cute!

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  5. I am glad you are working at home and in a safer place. I know you will miss seeing people, but hopefully, it will only be for a few more months. Meanwhile, I am sure Marco will enjoy your company.

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    1. Marco and George will be happy with this arrangement!

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  6. Im glad your working from home Jen. Im beginning to think Marco is an attention whore! Have you considered giving him some wine to knock him out? LOLOLOLOLOLOL!

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    1. Hmmmm.....you know, that might not be a half bad idea!! LOL! Attention whore describes him PERFECTLY.

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  7. Move his cage? Just an option if he doesn't behave?
    Glad your safe at home - technology is so helpful (sometimes!)

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    1. So far, he's behaved the rest of the day. I think he's starting to like me hanging out in here with him all day. He's been on top of his cage, preening and listening closely when I answer the phone. He's probably going to learn to say, "Good morning, Sneed Middle School" if this working from home lasts too long!

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  8. I've never told stories about our "feathered a-hole." Will tell the stories some day. However, she would go into her screaming fits some days and we were afraid the police were going to be called. However, she didn't scream if we were in the same room or paying attention to her... constantly. See was a yellow-naped Amazon and our vet, who could be very caustic, said the breed had chronic PMS. What's Marco's excuse?

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    1. Amazons are the WORST for hormonal-based temper tantrums! I would never, ever be able to keep an Amazon. Eclectus are one of the "quieter" and calmer species of parrot, especially the males, but of course quiet and calm is all relative.

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  9. Hard to believe but when you say that Marco can be an asshole, I do not doubt your word!
    I bet it is strange to work from home in your job.

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    1. It was VERY strange yesterday. So far this morning the phone hasn't rung once...but there's still 7.5 hours to go!

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  10. I am glad you are working from home and not getting exposed as much. Even though Marco is a handful, you'll get used to it. I am glad to be working from home myself. I actually get more done during the day.

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    1. We're only supposed to be virtual for two weeks, but with the way things are going here I'll be surprised if we get to go back then.

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  11. Oh, Jennifer, and I'm sitting here, laughing...

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  12. Working at home seems great at first but take my word for it that after a while it is more like you are living at work than working at home. And when more than one of you are working at home together along with a student taking zoom classes .... well this is the first time I have felt that I want to retire.

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    1. Working from home doesn't feel all that great. I can see how those lines would easily get blurred. Hopefully as soon as this virus is under control we can go back to school like normal.

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  13. I laughed so hard I choked on my coffee. Years ago we had a rescued Macaw parrot that had been taught every nasty word in the smut book. Visitors would laugh but my wife was so happy when we found a new forever home for her. We are better off with a canary.

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    1. Whew! Macaws are a HANDFUL. I used to take care of three of them when I managed an aviary, and although I love them probably more than any other kind of parrot, I could never keep one in my home. Too loud, too big of a personality, just TOO MUCH BIRD! And haha, yes, they learn dirty words easily and love saying them!

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  14. I have been working from home regularly for 11 years, but never as exclusively as this year. The train trips to and from work - with connections not working out more often than not, and way too many people for my liking - are something I definitely do not miss one bit!
    No pets here anymore since my last cat died in 2013, but my neighbours have been renovating their apartment and hammering on the wall adjacent to my Third Room/study, so much so that I had to turn my microphone off a few times during online conferences, and could hear properly only half of what was being said. The noisiest part of the work seems to have finished, though, and I can now work pretty much undisturbed.

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    1. Oh, man, that stinks about the renovations! I'm glad to hear they're mostly done now and you can work in peace.

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  15. That's funny how Marco took part in your phone call! Reminds me of news bulletins here where someone speaking from home is interrupted by their toddler wandering in to demand something or other.

    Lots of Brits have switched to WFH and some businesses are talking about closing offices permanently because they're now hardly used.

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    1. Working from home has been good for my friend Marla, who used to have a 90 minute commute 4 days per week. These days she only has to go in to the physical office once a week which is a huge time savings for her. She's hoping to continue working from home even after the pandemic is over.

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  16. Parrots can be so adorable, but their squaking can drive you nuts. I remember I simply could not outlast the one we had. You could hear her calling my name down at the end of the block, and she could keep it up for hours.

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    1. They certainly have persistence on their side! Volume, too.

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  17. My DH was working from home back in 2005 (not a common thing then and not generally known in his org.). At that time we had a female Doberman. One day when he was on a conference call with organization people from all over the country, and my DH was talking, the Dobie started barking ferociously. There was a significant pause by one and all until one of DH's colleagues, piped up and calmly stated, "S's office mate is a real bitch." :)

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    1. Haha! I love that! His office mate was indeed a real bitch! :)

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