Today, as I sit at that bastion of work-at-home parents, the kitchen counter, it occurs to me that there are probably a lot of others out there considering the wisdom of slaving away at the old homestead. (Also, I am desperately trying to think of something, anything, that I can do besides actually working. Yes, I have already tried melting peanut butter and eating it on top of mint chip frozen yogurt. And yes, it was TOTALLY NOT DISGUSTING THANKS FOR THINKING THAT.)
So! My top five pro-and-con list for those of you considering the jump from office to home:
Pro: You no longer have to deal with a commute.
Con: No more catching up on the latest songs on the radio. No more time to listen to those little news updates in the car. From now on, you will be the Awkward Guest at dinner parties who imparts months-late current events: “Can you believe that Brad and Angelina now have three kids?!? Geez!”
Pro: You save tons of money by not having to buy office-appropriate clothes.
Con: You become too comfortable in sweatpants. It no longer occurs to you that there are other clothes besides sweatpants. You sigh, harassed, when your husband or child suggests you change into a “nice pair of jeans.” It’s like this country is INCAPABLE of getting past its obsession with non-elastic waistbands.
Pro: You see more of your children.
Con: You see more of your children.
Pro: You get to spend a lot of time in places like OfficeMax and Staples, picking up necessary provisions like the cutest packages of colored paperclips.
Con: Turns out no one uses paperclips anymore. Or, say, paper.
Pro: In the quiet of your own home, you are freed from those annoying co-workers who always interrupt you just as you’re sinking your teeth into the important part of a project.
Con: You suddenly have no co-workers. Where are your co-workers? Why isn’t there anyone interested in talking to you? WHY IS IT SO DAMN QUIET ALSO WHY DOES NO ONE LIKE ME