Working from Home When You Have Pets

You bite the bullet and decide working from home is the next step in your career. Maybe your company’s head office is remote, or you’re working on the next great Canadian novel, or you’ve launched your own company making dongles for doohickeys. Whatever the circumstances, you are happy to announce, “I commute downstairs wearing yoga pants,” or the even more obnoxious, “My barista is da bomb.”

Anyway…

The great part is now your fur babies won’t be abandoned eight to ten hours every day.

You’ll play at lunch…

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And cuddle in the afternoons…

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And in between, there will be hours and hours of productivity while Jake the dog and Boots the cat look on adoringly…

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IT. WILL. BE. PERFECT.

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But first the cat needs to go out…

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And come right back in…

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And the dog found a new toy…

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So you send him out to chase squirrels…

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While you pound out a few minutes of work…

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Or not, because now the cat’s being an asshole…

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And the dog is flapping his gums…

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Meanwhile, war is brewing…

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And you try pleading for peace…

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But cats have their own agenda…

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And dogs are too busy doing dog things…

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And you want to smash all the things because you only managed 58 new words…

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Until this happens…

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So you call it a day because you have your priorities straight…

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After all, tomorrow is another day…

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Disclaimer: My barista is da bomb and I own more yoga pants than skirts and my pets trained me long ago.

 

Training For A Triathlon (this is no joke)

I have persuasive friends whose skills rival the most powerful Jedis. This is how I came to agree to join a triathlon team late last night when I should have been doing normal things like sleeping and ignoring emails. Instead I said, “Hell, YES!” to something my body doesn’t know how to do.

My body is good at this:

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But I run and go to bootcamp, so my Jedi friend assures me I’ll learn. And we have a certified, kick-ass tri coach who’s ready to make us work and who’ll see to it we don’t die. That’s the plan anyway. We’re a three-member team — Sharon, Jen, and I — competing in the Olympic distance of the Toronto Triathlon Festival, and we’re running, swimming, and cycling, respectively.

I am cycling.

I. Am. Cycling. My brother is likely rolling on the floor giving himself cramps laughing because I’ve often mocked the crazy cyclist tribe, of which he’s a member. And now I’m one of them and this is making me ramble more than usual and dear sweet gods above what the hell am I doing?

What am I doing?

What I’m doing is strapping on cycling shoes on June 21, 2015 — Does one strap them on, anyway? — and donning spandex — God help me! — and cycling 40 kilometres. Apparently I’m incapable of turning down a challenge. Just say no, kids.

Speaking of kids…my two (along with my nieces) think this is a GREAT idea, so of course I have to do it now. Once your kids know you’re committed to a challenge it’s impossible to plead a stubbed toe. Or something.

Anyway…I’ll be using this space as a sort of Captain’s Log, but with more swearing and sweating and general freaking out. It’ll balance nicely with the photos of peaceful landscapes and travel daydreams to faraway places.

Training Log, Day One:

This is gonna hurt.

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P.S. If you’re active on social media, you can follow our saga at #TeamTTF.

Photo Escape: Mont-Chiran

Where should we escape to today? I’m in the mood for clean air and open spaces — it happens a lot — so let’s take off for the mountains and the observatory of Mont-Chiran in the Alpes de Haute Provence.

Come along …. you’re dawdling.

Mind the traffic; sheep are notorious road hogs. And stop to pick flowers on the drive, it’s a good way to get your mountain legs — same as sea legs only less wet.

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Don’t forget to double-check signposts along the way. They almost certainly (fingers crossed) haven’t been turned around by the wind.

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You didn’t think you could drive the entire way, did you?

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We’ve finally arrived! Let’s ask the resident astronomer to show us the telescope. During the day the sun puts on a solar flare light show, but it’s at night that the skies really show off.

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Looking at stars is exhausting, so it’s a good thing the gîte tucked to the side of the observatory serves refreshments and keeps restorative games on hand. You can unroll your sleeping bag and spend the night if you’re too tired to wander back down the mountain.

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Bathroom break! X (or cloud) marks the spot.

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It was worth the drive, wasn’t it?

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Where should we go next week?

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