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Report from the trenches

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Working from home today. This is usually less stress and fun time to have cat hang out at my side. But this morning, the alarm system in our condo cluster began going off in short bursts. I contacted my husband and he found out that the condo management was doing catch-up on testing fire alarm systems. Seems that some folks were unable to arrange to be home on the testing day.

I don't believe we were alerted to this, and it was stressful. Went on every few minutes for a half hour or more. I was looking for the cat, who'd be hanging by her teeth from the chandelier if we had one. I couldn't find her and was worried because she has a heart condition. Finally did find her under the bed.

In the meantime, I was getting slammed with work, plus it's my turn this week to correct errors on the manuscript file processing that we do, mistakes that are returned from the editors. I was getting a slew of careless errors and was spending my time fixing them while my own manuscript processing work was piling up. Meanwhile, my husband called back and wanted me to pick up a prescription for him. I picked up two a day ago for him, and I still have to call in and pick up a refill for the cat. Plus I've been wanting to stop by and visit my sister-in-law and hoped to do this tomorrow. I felt frazzled, and ate too many snacks.

Now my lunch time is almost up, and I have to go back into battle. I've yet to be able to conquer this type of stress eating. It's a major project on the horizon.

Sigh...kind of sounds like an I Love Lucy episode?
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    How terrible to have that to happen! emoticon
    155 days ago
    UGH! I would have loaded the cat into her carrier and left until the alarm nonsense ended. You obviously need peace and quiet to do your manuscript work and no way was that going to happen. May your next work at home day be much more peaceful and fulfilling!
    155 days ago
  • LINDA!
    The alarm would have stressed me out as well. I hate things like that.
    156 days ago
    Oh my gosh, how annoying AND stressful, tell your condo management I said so!!! emoticon
    156 days ago
  • SPICY23
    emoticon Sounds like my work days: putting out fires while the backlog builds up and threatens to bury you. I don't allow snacks to get into the picture, I reach for water instead and then have to interrupt the crises to use the restroom. I'm rooting for you! emoticon

    Peace and Care
    156 days ago

    I totally, totally feel this. I work from home as well and am highly sensitive to the construction, dogs and loud, daily noises that happen all around me all day. Alarm testing would be beyond horrific!

    I hope it's over and you are able to catch up (and feel calmer as well.) Are you going to contact your apartment management? I believe that that kind of thing is not only thoughtless, but possibly not legal as well.

    Now, the stress eating. Well that kind of lifelong process to change such reactions is why we're all here, right?

    Please be as kind and loving to yourself as you can. Forgive and understand that that is an understandable reaction, and such things will happen - but you are making changes and staying on the path for your health and strength and sanity!

    One final thing, please give your sweet cat lots of love and eye-blinks from me. Poor baby. I am sending calming kitty vibes from here.
    156 days ago
    Oh dear---Maybe it would be less stressful to return to the official place of work. Hope it gets better!
    156 days ago
  • SUNNYCALIGIRL has days like that. emoticon
    156 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/15/2019 3:06:45 PM
    Wow, that would be quite shocking to have the alarms going off so much.
    156 days ago
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