Category Archives: Daily Life

Adventures in the daily life of a telecommuter.

Creating a Professional Impression

…even when you work at home!

Okay, let’s face it. There are times when working in an office is just easier. You tend to have everything you need right there at work and if you don’t, there’s way to get what you need (the supply closet, an acquisition form) . . .

Some time ago I was on a mid-morning conference call while the kids were in school… >>Continue reading Creating a Professional Impression

Chief Home Officer

I found the perfect title for me!
Remember the term “domestic engineers?” Familiar with the whole “SAHM” and “WHAM” phenomena? I never really found a title that seemed to fit everything that I do and am… until today.

I was over at YouTube looking for the any new telecommuting-related videos (some of them are a real hoot and lots that WERE good are no longer allowed to… >>Continue reading Chief Home Officer

HELP: I’m Updating My Cell Phone

I need some advice and I’m hoping some of you can help me out… I’ve been looking at BlackBerry phones and other phones with QWERTY Keyboards but between the “Hot Deals,” the “Best Sellers,” and the user and expert reviews, I’ve managed to simply confuse myself and work up a whopper of a headache.

So here’s the skinny. I’ve carried a cell phone for years but it’s never been… >>Continue reading HELP: I'm Updating My Cell Phone

Telecommuters Get Lower Insurance Rates?

I just saw this today and am thinking now I’d better call my insurance agent to be sure I’m noted as a “pleasure” driver on our car insurance policy…

From the Consumer Federation of America (CFA):

“Auto insurance rates are partially based on how much you drive and how you use your car,” said J. Robert Hunter, Director of Insurance for CFA and former Texas Insurance… >>Continue reading Telecommuters Get Lower Insurance Rates?

4-Day Weeks

I actually have 7 day work weeks, but it doesn’t matter how many times I sit down at my desk to work in any given day or week – it doesn’t cost me any gas money to get here. Nor does it require firing up the office cubicle of course.

It’s obvious that with gas prices hovering near four bucks a gallon (at least around here) that more people… >>Continue reading 4-Day Weeks

Coworking Telecommuters

It sounds like an oxymoron, doesn’t it. Telecommuters, by definition, don’t really have coworkers in the traditional sense of the word. I do “work with others” so I do have coworkers, but not physically. Physically, I work alone all day, every day…

I was reading Organized Coworking (about CNN’s work at home

Lilly Ledbetter Update & Dunkin’ Donuts

I’ve taken down the widget with a heavy sigh because the campaign for Lilly Ledbetter over at the point failed to meet it’s goal. If you missed it, you can catch up by reading What’s The Point. While the campaign to help inspire Goodyear to give Lilly Ledbetter a fair shake didn’t work out, I’m still quite happy to have learned of both her story, and… >>Continue reading Lilly Ledbetter Update & Dunkin' Donuts

fake, scam, fraud, rip-off

TECHONdigital’s A Retail Scam

I fell for this one. Just the other day I wrote about being so excited because I was getting a new digital camera for Mother’s day (along with two great memory cards). Turns out I’m not getting a camera at all — at least not from the retail site we ordered it from.

I know we should have checked out this retail site before we made the purchase, but… >>Continue reading TECHONdigital's A Retail Scam

My Mother’s Day Memory

Mother’s Day is approaching and this year I’m looking forward to my gift even more than usual because I already know what it is. I’m getting a new digital camera! I have one, I’ve had one since 1997 or 1998 when we got our first Kodak digital camera from my mother-in-law (who is not tech-savvy but was QVC enabled. She figured since we had a computer we needed this new… >>Continue reading My Mother's Day Memory

What’s The Point?

When someone sent me a shout about Lilly Ledbetter’s story over on Digg today, I learned a few new things I thought I’d share here. If you’re not familiar with Digg, you should be. It’s a lot of fun, totally addictive and can be, occasionally, educational, too. Today, for me, it was educational.

Here’s the story a friend sent me: Digg – Goodyear Screwing Woman. Since she noted “We need 10,000 supporters by Mother’s Day to tell Goodyear consumers won’t stand for their unfair pay treatment of Lilly Ledbetter” I decided to check it out. Not only was I glad to learn about Lilly Ledbetter’s story, I was also impressed with the idea of the website where her story is now a campaign where you and I can do something about it. >>Continue reading What's The Point?

Taking Work With Me In A Flash

I work at home on a desktop computer. I’m no corporate jet-setter. I have kids in elementary school, a myriad of pets, and a husband who travels for a living, so I don’t get out much. But these days, every now and then, I’m out and about or on a mini-vacation and I actually take some work with me (safely and quickly)!

Back in 2005 my husband suggested getting… >>Continue reading Taking Work With Me In A Flash

Getting Older, Multi-Tasking & My Living Will

Let’s face it – after 10 years of working online I’m TEN years older.

I know, it’s not exactly rocket science, but it just dawned on me today that I’m not the same person I was ten years ago. Every day (or night or weekend) when I’m working here at my desk I feel just the same. I still enjoy my job and I even enjoy maintaining this blog… >>Continue reading Getting Older, Multi-Tasking & My Living Will