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Are You Insane…Or Just Trying To Work From Home? – Throwback Day

Are You Insane…Or Just Trying To Work From Home?

by Gina Valley

Are you dazed and confused?

Are you unsure whether you are insane or just trying to work from home?

Is there a difference?

For Throwback Day this week we’re revisiting the subject of working from home.  Or, at least trying to work from home.

Humor Funny Humorous Family Life Love Laugh Laughter Parenting Mom Moms Dad Dads Child Kid Kids Children Son Sons Daughter Daughters Brother Brothers Sister Sisters Grandparent Grandma Grandpa Grandparents Grandfather Grandmother Gina Valley Quiz Work From Home Parent Juice Box Printer Crayon Legos Paper Clips Scissors File Folders Fax Machine Glitter Glue Stuffed Animal Toy Truck Wite Out Finger PaintAs a Work From Home Parent myself (a WFHP, if you will), this subject is always in the forefront of my mind. I often wonder what I am doing.

Don’t you wish you had a definitive way to know your locationistic occupationalish status?  Of course you do.

I’ve pulled out this short quiz to help you decide, because I’m always looking out for you.

I’m a giver like that.

After you answer these questions you’ll know you’re a Work From Home Parent if you don’t have time to count up how many “yes’s” you got.

QUIZ:  Are You A Work From Home Parent?

Have you found yourself in a fog, holding a leaking juice box in one hand and a marketing report in the other, torn between which to deal with first?

Has your printer been flashing “paper jam” when the problem was in fact a “jam sandwich” jam on three separate occasions?

Humor Funny Humorous Family Life Love Laugh Laughter Parenting Mom Moms Dad Dads Child Kid Kids Children Son Sons Daughter Daughters Brother Brothers Sister Sisters Grandparent Grandma Grandpa Grandparents Grandfather Grandmother Gina Valley Quiz Work From Home Parent Juice Box Printer Crayon Legos Paper Clips Scissors File Folders Fax Machine Glitter Glue Stuffed Animal Toy Truck Wite Out Finger Paint

Are the last four phone numbers you wrote down inscribed on the back of paper plates because your folio pad was filled with drawings of dinosaurs by a young up-and-coming artist?

Did you take notes during your last conference call with a purple crayon because you hid the real pens so well after the aforementioned artist used them to re-design the wallpaper in the foyer that even you can’t find one?

Are there more Legos than file folders on your desk?

Are your paper clips easy to find but hard to use because they’re all connected into one giant chain that’s strewn across your doorway like a flexible limbo bar?

Did you have to use plastic safety scissors to cut out the images for the display for your last presentation?

Have you ever offered a large cash bribe to someone under the age of 10 to be silent during a phone call?

Humor Funny Humorous Family Life Love Laugh Laughter Parenting Mom Moms Dad Dads Child Kid Kids Children Son Sons Daughter Daughters Brother Brothers Sister Sisters Grandparent Grandma Grandpa Grandparents Grandfather Grandmother Gina Valley Quiz Work From Home Parent Juice Box Printer Crayon Legos Paper Clips Scissors File Folders Fax Machine Glitter Glue Stuffed Animal Toy Truck Wite Out Finger Paint

Do the majority of your file folders have peanut butter smudges on them somewhere?

Has your fax machine been on the fritz because it was used to try to send a GI Joe to another dimension?

Do you panic and race out to check for disasters when you suddenly realize it’s been quiet and you have been uninterrupted for 10 minutes?

Do you check that everyone is wearing underwear before you Skype with a client?

Have you stopped work even though you are on a deadline to go look at the “giantest worm in the whole world ever?”  Twice?

Do you have 3 different colors of glitter glue in your office supply cabinet?

Is there a stuffed animal or toy truck currently occupying the guest chair in your office?

Humor Funny Humorous Family Life Love Laugh Laughter Parenting Mom Moms Dad Dads Child Kid Kids Children Son Sons Daughter Daughters Brother Brothers Sister Sisters Grandparent Grandma Grandpa Grandparents Grandfather Grandmother Gina Valley Quiz Work From Home Parent Juice Box Printer Crayon Legos Paper Clips Scissors File Folders Fax Machine Glitter Glue Stuffed Animal Toy Truck Wite Out Finger PaintHave you been late heading out to a meeting because your windshield was completely covered with Post It notes with crooked little smiley faces drawn on them?

Did you know when you saw it that you would have to wait until the middle of the night to complete this quiz if you wanted to do it with fewer than six interruptions?

Are you out of Wite-Out because someone used it to paint their red Hot Wheels Trans Am so it would be camouflaged in the snow?  And, by “snow” you meant the big tub of vanilla ice cream you bought yesterday?

Is there finger paint in your top desk drawer?

Have you ever been side-tracked by the need to perform an “egg frying on the sidewalk” experiment or a “frozen bee removal” exercise?

Is there no way you will have time to count up how many “Yes’s” you got on this quiz?

Laugh Out Loud!

-gina

Anyone little “helping” you get a lot done?

I’m looking forward to hearing all about it!   Shoot me a comment with all the details.

No crayon necessary!

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10 Responses
  • I DID laugh out loud. i could especially relate the paperclip chain. I so loved this post. I am a grandma now but the memories still do resonate with me.

    • gina valley
      October 11, 2012

      Always happy to hear you laughed out loud! I”m glad this post resonates with you. I’ll bet your grandkids will be happy to make you a paperclip chain and to jam a sandwich in your printer 🙂

  • Ashley
    October 11, 2012

    Hi Gina,

    That was very funny – I can just see how those would happen. My children are a little old for most of those things now but its always good to check everyone has on their underwear when skyping with a client! 🙂

    • gina valley
      October 11, 2012

      Thank you, Ashley! I’m happy to share some giggles with you.
      I think you’re right about the pre-skype underwear check always being a good idea for everyone!

  • karin@yumandmore
    October 12, 2012

    paperclip chain did it got me too! arggg hate that especially when phone stuck between ear and shoulder and stapler either jammed (geez what’s it w jam today?)
    or empty and all you need is ONE paperclip!

    • gina valley
      October 14, 2012

      It is almost impossible to find one, individual paper clip. I think they like to hang out in a gang. At least that is what my kids tell me!

  • Cari Lorine
    October 13, 2012

    I’m just an immature newlywed, myself, but my two godsons give me plenty to laugh about, and I can relate on a few of these! One of the most recent stories: my nephew/godson is going through potty-training. This week, I was helping my sister out with him because her work schedule was crazy. He (yay!) went in the toilet like a big boy and came out to tell everyone that “Peyton potty”. After going to check and promptly congratulate him, my sister pulled out a diaper for him. Unfortunately for her, he’s also in the make-believe phase of life. As soon as she tried to put the diaper on, Peyton miraculously became a frog and began shouting “Ribbit” while jumping around. After chasing his behind for a few minutes, she stopped, looked up at me and said, “This is my life.” It seems like kids are definitely an adventure!

    • gina valley
      October 14, 2012

      Yes, Cari, kids are definitely an adventure! Lol! Sounds like your sister has her hands full.
      It’s great for your nephews to get to hang out with you. My kids love to pal around with their aunts and uncles.