Working from home

February 11, 2015 (by Jimmy) – I have long stated that if you want to hear God laugh, tell him what you plan to do.  Angela and I bought the RV, so we could live at the client site in the RV with me travelling to and from the client on a daily basis for work.  So my first client while we are in the RV is in Colorado. It is a relatively short contract, so moving to Colorado in February is not an option.  Plus, the client wants the project to be completed remotely.  Where I expected that I would be going in to the client site every day, I am working from the RV.  Where we expected to move, we are staying in Alabama.  In short, I step outside, and as the breeze blows through the trees, I hear “hee, hee, haw, haw, haw”.

So I’m working in the RV.  Now this is more of an issue for Angela than it is for me.  Let me explain.  I am doing a project called a build.  I’m building formats, reports, and making the system function for the client. All this can be done by me only, without assistance from the client.  Whether I’m on client site or working remotely from the RV, nothing changes in the way I work.  I log in and go to work.

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Me working

But for Angela, she has to keep from distracting me, and in this small living quarters, that can be difficult.  Walking the dog and going to the grocery or doing laundry can only go so far.  She reads a lot and goes to Bingo and Poker that the park puts on.  She has many activities that she likes to do to keep me on the job.  Angela does a great job of keeping me focused, and at the end of the day, we get to be with one another.

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Angela reading

When I flew every week to the client site, I was away from home 54% of the time (I tracked it for a year and know exactly).  So, even though Angela and I have to avoid each other during the day, we do get to be together before and after work each day.  That was another thing we had planned when we moved into the RV.  “Hee, Hee, Haw, Haw, Haw,” sometimes God approves.

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