I've been working from home for about two years now (!) and honestly, I
love it. I have a fabulous collection of neighbors, a Dunkin Donuts,
wireless at the local library. The only thing that's ever seemed
challenging is the lack of having other people around to bounce ideas
off of. I'm a social gal in social media, after all!
has evolved in response to the idea that there's more and more of us
out there who
are working from home for myriad reasons. There's big and small cities
where employees are passionate about our jobs, but we can't always be
in an office. I think of co-working as a shared art studio space, or a
recording studio - I don't need all of those tools/spaces all the time,
but it's an amazing resource for when I need it: and a jolt of
This week I went to a co-working event called Jelly (find one near you!), invited by my friend Brian. The Boston event was at a place called Betahouse.
(frat-guy pun totally intended.) However, It's over in Cambridge, and I
have an other-side-of-the-river aversion that's been
costal-elite-ly-cultivated. Once I figured out that there's a
cross-town bus that goes straight to Betahouse, I was in.
surprise! I loved it. Fast wifi, an espresso machine, a quiet space,
plenty of good tunes, cheap lunch nearby - what's to argue? I really
encourage anyone, although it can be hard to pull yourself out of
routine, to try it out. If you work at an office, try it anyway! It's
one of the best ways I've found to jostle productivity/creativity -
just by changing up the regular scene.
Over the weekend, we had some nasty weather. Which makes me want to get all domestic and whatnot and putter around the kitchen. Like Nigella, I prefer puttering when things are "fiddly, not difficult".
I really, really love tomatoes, and my favorite grocery guy at Lionette's Market knows it. He convinced me to buy a 20 pound box of tomatoes to try my hand at home canning. "Just make a decent tomato sauce and follow the directions. It's not hard." And it wasn't!
Buy tomatoes. Haul home. Make sauce. Follow directions for canning. Devour leftovers with lots of bread, forsaking all notion of low-carb eating. Send the rest to friends. (Requests welcome!)
I made two kinds - one an improvisation on this arrabbiata with lots of peppers/cayenne/parsley, and another that was more freeform with loads of roasted garlic. Plus a tomato jam that makes me crazy.
Well, I managed to hose my own old design, but considering it was a hacked-together template from four years ago, it was about time to clean things up around here. I quite like a simpler look and feel, actually, and I'd been wanting to play around with the Widget Gallery and the drag-and-drop features offered in basic templates, and the oh-so-many custom themes are quite lovely. I've changed this one three times already.
Let me know if you see something acting squirrely. Other than me, that is.
Almost-related? I love the Firefox add-on "Auto-Dial", which adds frequently visited pages into a new tab. Bookmarking is sooo 2007.
If you've got a blog - TypePad, Movable Type, or otherwise, you can add a widget like the one you see in my sidebar to alert people about the latest hurricane information/how to get help/how to find family.
The information and widget come straight from FEMA/DHS, which is a huge improvement from the last time we went through all this.
I've done a quick scan of my friends in the Gulf, and everyone seems ok. I'm crossing my fingers still that the next three storms pass us all by with minimal damage. Hanna makes me feel a little nervous, so keep safe out there, yall.