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Working at Home

My son's before and after school care program is hosted at a public school, and every year they shut down for one or two days right before school starts. Apparently I was supposed to plan to be unemployed those days. Silly me. Fortunately, I have a job that I can do from home.

Today is one of those shutdown days. School starts tomorrow, so Alex and I are at home. I am spending the bulk of the day on conference calls and email, so Alex is keeping himself busy with other projects. It is very good that he can do this. Currently, he is cleaning off some shelves in the basement to figure out which old toys need to go to Goodwill.

The cats are somewhat discombobulated when we don't go to work. They have a full, daytime schedule and that does not include us. Dimitrious hung out with us for a while. He spent some time napping next to me as I took conference call after conference call, waking up only to gnaw on my hand a bit before dozing off again. That's his way of saying, "Keep it down! I'm napping here!" Eventually he left to go walk his morning patrol route outside and to see what the neighbors were doing. Flipper came by once, but when I wouldn't let her sleep on the keyboard of the laptop then she couldn't be bothered and left. Gracie is outside sleeping in a lawn chair in the sun and could really care less if we are here or not. George is off on extended patrol and might not be back for days. A Stellar Jay landed on the deck railing outside the window where Alex was working and squawked that he, Alex, better hand over some peanuts. We have not put peanuts out in a long time, but we still had a few and put them out before the Jays ruffed us up.

At one point I finished a call and Alex was just astounded by how long I had been on the phone. I told him, truthfully, that tomorrow morning at 7AM I have a two hour call to discuss the call that I just had. Alex thought that was very funny, laughed at me a lot, and is generally feeling better about having to start school tomorrow. After that call, starting school does sound pretty good.

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