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Things That Make My Life Easier: Cooking It Slowly 2

Posted on August 12, 2008 by DJ

I hate cooking, and as indicated by my chili fiasco , I’m not too great at it.

However I have improved in the past year and I think I owe it all to my mother for buying me a slow cooker.

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There are so many wonderful things I can make and they aren’t plain and boring like veggie stew or other things that come to mind when you hear “crock pot”.

My current favorites are chicken parmesan and enchiladas.

The best part is that I whip everything together in the morning before I start working, or in the afternoon when I take a break so that my work flow doesn’t get interrupted just because I get a call that says “I’m on my way home.”

I’m still no Rachael Ray but my slow cooker sure does make my life easier.

Working At Home With Kids *Whew* 1

Posted on July 15, 2008 by DJ

I don’t have kids, but I spent last week watching two children while trying to keep my schedule as normal as possible.

I learned two things:

1) Having a schedule for both you and the kids is key. Without it you are setting yourself up to be less than productive.

2) Even with the schedule things will still get off track.

Because I had a school-aged child as well as a newborn I got to see the full scope of things.

Newborns are newborns and you are on their schedule and that’s that.

School-aged children need to be kept busy.

What I decided to do what type up a daily schedule. I made sure I had activities for all times of the day so that I would have a chance to get some work done.

There was arts and crafts time, school work, reading time, tv time, exercise time, and so on. Keeping that schedule would probably get tiring day after day (because I had to come up with the school work and arts and crafts activities); but it’s better than having kids complaining to you every 5 minutes that they are bored.

Like I said, I don’t have kids but that was what worked for me. What has your experience been like?

What Do You Do When You Are Feeling Blue? 1

Posted on January 31, 2008 by DJ

One of the joys of working from home is that when you are sick, you can take time off without feeling guilty….right?

I guess that all depends on what kind of work situation you have going.

When I first started working from home I had a boss that would call and check on me constantly throughout the day. She was all about results, results, results so I felt guilty if I needed time off.

One day I was really sick, but I kept on working, and when she made her first call of the day she told me to stop working and get some rest because my voice was terrible and I was probably turning off clients to working with the firm.

After that I adopted the attitude of “if I don’t feel well, I don’t feel well and that’s that”.

A lot of workplaces try to make you prove that you were really sick, “show me a doctors note” as if adults are children skipping gym class. Every sickness doesn’t require going to the doctor,especially if your insurance plan isn’t up to par. That time could be better used resting so you have a chance of feeling better in the morning.

I don’t have a “boss” anymore but depending on how severe it is, I still work a little bit if I’m under the weather, but I don’t kill myself trying to prove something.

How do you all feel about working while you are sick?

What about those who still work outside of home? Do you go to the office and spread your germs while you are sick, or do you call off?

Photo via Connecticut Working Families

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