I have a doctor's appointment this afternoon and rather than drive in and leave really early, we have the option of claiming a "telecommute day" and putting in our eight hours at home on an "adjusted" schedule (I logged in a bit earlier than normal).
Just so you can see I really am working - this is my home office wall:
These are reporting requirements for some work I'm doing. They've been transcribed into Excel (thanks to DH) and now I'm expanding them with technical and application requirements....
The point is that yes, I'm really working.
But as I had the camera out anyway....and there's some decent light coming in (not great light being that it's overcast today) why waste a picture snapping opportunity?
This is Autumn Queen's head. You *should* be able to click on the pic and see the full WIP picture. She's coming along. I've now completely finished the two sections "above the top fold"
Next month's goal will be to finish her neck and shoulders and continue to work down filling in wisper, beads and all.
Finishing AQ's head allowed me to start a "loaner" chart that arrived in the mail on Saturday. I fell in love with this design (DH is a chess player) when it was being worked by a couple of board members, but by then it was already unavailable from EGA (It's a Group Correspondence Course design). I was absolutely thrilled to get an email from a purple someone earlier asking if I'd be interested in borrowing the chart for awhile. You bet!
Fabric is white murano (like I mentioned...overcast day) and I'm using DMC 300. As I plan to have it framed in a cherry frame, the floss color is brown with just a hint of red tone.
This is one-quarter of the grid (upper left) complete in regular crosses (chart suggests Smyrnas....if I was using a 25-ct or lower fabric, yeah, I could see that for coverage. Thankfully I'm not as I really hate Smyrnas). I've got my six little pawn fellows up there (stitched so they are reversible....not that that is a priority but the directions were easy to follow and memorize that way). First blackwork square is started.... it's #32 of 32. Why start at #1 and be predictable? LOL
A few other working-at-home benefits:
A trip to the bathroom doesn't lead to several mini "hallway meetings"
"Business casual" takes on a new dimension - t-shirt, sweatpants and socks. Dogs are curled up under my desk so my toes stay nice and warm.
Lunch is "free" - no trip to the cafeteria today!
One heck of a short commute (bedroom to office. Done.)
Phone doesn't ring as much and only one person (DH) to "drop by" with the odd question or request.
I can have multiple cups of fresh brewed Irish breakfast tea in my favorite mug and DH will even make it for me.
I have an assistant (DH transcribed the charts for me into Excel).
No bus commute means no progress on K's scarf.
Tomorrow, though the calendar will say Tuesday, it'll feel like Monday.
I'm missing today's Sudoku puzzle on my desk calendar.
Temptation to stitch a bit or play a game or two is pretty big.....but I'm holding strong....Stitching On: Chess Anyone?
Reading (home): Memoirs of Cleopatra
Listening to (Nano): Beatles' One