Today I'm going to do something completely different; I'm going into Bethesda to visit the office and my co-workers there.
When I first started working for the company, I commuted in from Frederick each day, a grueling 30 mile commute that could easily take an hour, two hours - three hours one day when there was an accident (no kidding). When hubby worked in Bethesda, too, we were able to hop into the HOV lane halfway to work, else it took much longer. At about that same point, I could pick up the Metro. If I took the Marc train from Frederick to the Metro, it was going to take an hour-and-a-half anyway I sliced it.
There was no good, easy way to get to work. Add to that the fact that I had my neck rebuilt (in early 2006), lost my Mom, and began having complicated migraines (etc.), I had to find another option. I thought about getting a job closer to home, but they don't pay as well nor are they plentiful. The technical writer jobs tend to be clustered with the technology companies -- near D.C.
Because 37% of the company works from home offices, I put together a proposal that presented the facts of my job, the facts of the technology available, and the facts of why I was right for a telecommuting position. It was an impressive report, and they accepted it. I started working from home in late 2006. I haven't looked back (well, maybe once when I was having a tough week, but I corrected).
It's been a little over a year since I've seen my comrades. Our user conference the week before Labor Day '07 was the last time we crossed paths. So today will be interesting. I think. I plan to take along my camera to grab a few snapshots of my buddies. We'll probably all go out to lunch at one of the fabulous restaurants down there, and I may stroll around the shops for a little while before heading back to Frederick.
Tonight hubby will be home from his business trip, and we'll be so glad to see him (the dogs and I, that is)! He has to leave again on Sunday, but I'm hoping to feel well all weekend so that we can do some fun things while he's home. This next trip will last 2 weeks. We have plenty of experience at being apart, but we still don't like it. I'm very much looking forward to having him home.
Peace - D