Work-From-Home Office Setup: What’s On My New Desk

As a software professional, it wasn’t uncommon for me to take a “work-from-home” day every so often — one company I worked for would even have “drills” where we would be sent a text message early in the morning instructing us not to come to the office that day, as a test to see if productivity would drop when employees worked from home unexpectedly. When COVID-19 came along, though, everything changed, and it seemed like the whole country was suddenly working from home, including me! Originally, our company work-from-home order was supposed to be a temporary measure, but after eight months, it turned into a permanent closure of my office (and several of the company’s other corporate offices) — so I found myself needing to create a permanent work-from-home office setup.

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December 2020 Reading List – What I Read This Month

I read… wait for it… one book in December.

Honestly, this is a book that I might recommend to someone considering if they should see a therapist; it humanizes therapists and normalizes talk therapy. It actually took me a minute to realize that the book isn’t fiction… maybe I’m just not the most observant person in the world, but I didn’t immediately realize that “Lori” the “character” was “Lori Gottlieb, the author”. The dilemmas presented in the book are universal, too — loss, grief, addiction, betrayal, depression, change — and the stories are very, very human… because they’re not stories at all, but real cases of Gottlieb’s, with her patient’s identities obscured.

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The Bank of Resilience is Now Closed

The truth is, we only have so much resilience. We can only survive under stress for so long. And the personal and nationwide effects of COVID-19 hasn’t been the only thing stressful in 2020: American politics, anyone? Trump was impeached this year. This year! I’m convinced it happened in 2019, that’s how long 2020 has been. I don’t even want to talk about the stress surrounding the election itself….

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A Thanksgiving Host Gift Guide

Although Thanksgiving is not traditionally a gift-giving holiday, it’s always polite to bring a small gift to for the host (or hostess) if you’ve been invited to someone’s home for dinner. Since hosts put a lot of work into holiday dinners — Thanksgiving especially, since the meal tends to be the highlight of the holiday — they deserve a special “thank you” from guests. But what should you bring?

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