I never thought that finally getting my company moved into new offices would mean such a huge reduction of my free time...
See, so far I'd been working out of my own home. That has advantages: refridgerator not too far away, nice comfy blankets to wrap up in when it's cold, cats to pet, time to do the laundry in between writing letters and so on.
Now I commute.
That's... taking some time to get used to.
I take the train now. Not the subway, but the regular overland train. After doing comparing the costs of using the car and taking the train, I decided to go for the public transportation version.
So far, I've missed several trains, spent hours waiting on freezing platforms for trains that are late and actually forgot to switch trains once, because I was reading. And I'm not as flexible, time-wise, as I would be if I went by car. On the other hand, I've avoided all sorts of pile-ups on the highway, that happened because of the weather. And even if I'm dead tired from work, I don't have to worry about driving safely - the trains do that for me. So I guess it's been a positive experience so far.
As to why we moved? Well, my partner and I finally wanted an office where we worked *together*, rather than out of our respective homes, separated by a distance of 80 km. So we picked a place that's almost exactly half way between her place and mine. And we both commute. Now we have a two-room office where one room is the actuall office and the other is our store room. Which is already becoming too small, since we received the first of several book deliveries last week. We'll probably have to look into booking some self-storage space in the area soon.
It's certainly a change of pace to get up and go to work every day, after spending years at home. ^^ I don't mind (not really...). Actually, it's really nice to be working together with someone, rather than always on my own. And it gets me out of the house, which is good, too. ^^ I'm convinced that we're a lot more efficient, now that we work out of the same office.
On the home front, I've managed to catch a cold. All that standing around on drafty platforms, I think. I'm not used to that, yet. Currently I'm coughing to rival my chain-smoking mother, but it'll pass. I just can't seem to put on enough clothes to actually stay warm. I think I'm going to invest in some heavy thermal underwear soon. You know, the type they use when they explore the north pole, or something like that. >.<
I think the biggest change is really the lack of time. I haven't quite adjusted the rest of my life around the fact that I'm out of the house most of the day, lately. Since I also still do my tutoring twice a week, my schedule's even more cramped. Or maybe it's the winter. It's still dark by the time I get home, so it feels like there's nothing left of the day. But I'll get it worked out... ^^
So that's it in a nutshell.
As you can see, I've picked up a few new dragon's eggs. I'm especially happy about the valentine's one, so if you would be so kind as to give them some loving attention by clicking on them, I'd be much obliged. ^__^