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I have the power to choose what is best for me - or, My Double Whammy

Friday, June 11, 2021

This week, I cleared out my office cubicle and left our work building for the last time. I have worked at this location, out in the woods, in the Pine Barrens region on Long Island, for the last 21 years. I will continue to work remotely from home.



A view of some of the wildlife once seen from our former office window. Chatting, strolling turkeys.

I also found out that SparkPeople is ending. There you have it. My double whammy.

I follow ONEKIDSMOM's blog, and she has made a new blog on Google Blog. She's got the hang of it, and has started her blog there. I went to the Blog app in Google, and, Lo and Behold, I had attempted to start a blog there in 2012. The page title:

I have the power to choose what is best for me

I think I will keep it. Don't remember starting it. I started a blog entry called FlyLady Flunkout, about my attempts to follow FlyLady, the domestic home care diva, Marla Cilley. I wrote about trying to find the perfect way to do it, and getting so caught up in doing things right that I didn't start. But isn't she supposed to help us procrastinating overthinkers like me? Funny, I have no memory of writing this.

So once I just jump in and create, I may have a blog there. I did find setup instructions.

I felt kind of crushed realizing that I am going to lose my Spark connection.And I've read many reactions here. But it appears that there are alternatives opening up. Google groups. Facebook. MyFitnessPal, which can be used free. And people are leading the way. My Challenge group is reforming over at MyFitnessPal.

It is very disturbing that SparkAmerica is just that: limited to Americans. I assume there may be some legal or tax-driven reason, but it is sad. I hope that our world wide members find their way to staying with us.

So...I am now a full-time remote worker. My organization decided to sell our huge, award-winning designed building and move to a smaller office. And permit full time remote work to whomever desires it. I had a scheduled visit to the office this week to wrap up my cubicle and bring my belongings home. Also got a Herman Miller ergonomic chair and a wide screen monitor to use at home. Our cat Ava is afraid of the chair, with its knobs and projectile levers, so we're storing the "sea monster" for now.

I was and am ready to leave that office behind. Being 64, most of the people I worked with for years are retired. And there are new faces, too many to absorb. But I have worked there for 21 years. It's the editorial office of a scientific society for physics, where we published peer-reviewed research journals. And the atmosphere has always been collegial and very much had its own culture. They treated staff well. Gone is the Ice Cream Social and the Bagel Breakfasts. Halloween costumes. Here I am as Marge Simpson.



I was very lucky to have found this place to work. And to have participated in this warm, caring community called SparkPeople.

And, again, that is my double whammy. For this week.
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