While it's not always glitz and glamor, I do love that IMPACT affords me the ability towork from home.
But sometimes things go wrong.
For example, last night — withinminutesof sending out an update to a few folks that I was (finally) going to be pushing a big project over the finish line —the power went out in a large part of Annapolis, Maryland, (where I live) due to an electrical fire.
And since my home office is in the basement of my house, I definitely spent the first five minutes sitting quietly in my spooky cave trying to remind myself that I'm an adult who doesn't believe in ghosts.
Then I called the power company. First, the estimate was that power would be restored by 6:15 p.m. Then 7:05 p.m. Then 1:15 a.m. I wasn't ready to give up hope, however, so I drove to a local coffee shop.
Unfortunately, their power was also out.(Clearly, I had angered some sort of internet god. It was the only explanation.)
With a sigh, I went back home and tried to make the best of it bybuilding a fire outsideand milking whatever internet juice I could out of my iPhone's personal hotspot. But given the fact that it was 94 degrees yesterday, the mosquitos were out in full force, and my Macbook only had about 25% worth of battery life, that plan fell apart quickly.
Eventually, I flopped on the couch feeling frustrated and helpless. As if it was a shortcoming on my part that I couldn't mentally will the power back on, so I could finish my work — a completely idiotic and irrational notion, I know.
Of course, the power eventually came back in the wee hours of the morning. And the world didn't end because I had to hit the pause button on a project.
But I learned three valuable lessons last night:
Although romantic notions of reading by candlelight have always consumed me, when given the choice, I'll curl up in a ball on the couch and read Twitter by candlelight instead. Apparently, this is who I am.
I need to be OK with the fact that I can't be in control of everything all the time, especially when it comes to work. Sometimes something will break or not go as planned. And, asVintold me last night over the phone when I called him,"Don't kill yourself trying to make it work tonight. These things happen."
There is a boogeyman in my basement. You can't convince me otherwise.
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Maybe it's because I had no power and, thus, no other form of entertainment. But this comic made me laugh for about five minutes straight last night, and now I am passing those humor savings onto you:
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