While I’m in New York for two weeks I’m working out of my dad’s office. It’s nice because I have some space to write and I can get out of the house every day and feel like I’m keeping good normal hours (and, like, what else would I be doing?). It’s a lot of dad-daughter time which comes with its pluses and minuses, of which I’ve compiled into a nice list below.
- Free lunch. This is great except for my dad judging my lunch choices. Not in a bad way, more of a “ew you are putting chips inside your sandwich again?” way.
- I had a phone call yesterday that my dad apparently thought involved me being much too loud (I am in the office adjacent to his, with the door closed, mind you) and prompted him to poke his head in and make chastising hand motions three times during said phone call.
- Then my dad is loud in every meeting and/or phone call and it’s not like I can go chastise him, now, can I?
- He reprimanded me for putting my foot on top of the desk I am using. My clean, bare, foot. Maybe this is a generational thing, or a foot thing, or a weird etiquette thing, but I’m not used to getting in trouble for resting my feet on a desk.
- I can wear shorts to the office and all these other poor suckers are in business casual. Thank God he gave me the all-clear on that one.
- Yesterday I had a momentary freak-out when my Final Draft wouldn’t open but fortunately I could recruit my computer genius father to fix it all for me, while I used his computer.
- Free coffee from a Keurig. Heck yes.
- Water cooler. This is HUGE, you guys. Because if you were to ask me the number one thing I missed in LA right now, behind my bed it would probably be the water cooler in our apartment, because I am one of those freaks that drinks an insane amount of water throughout the day and prefer it to be very cold and filtered.
- I feel a lot more pressure to be productive with my father next door checking in on me. I can’t just watch something on Hulu whenever I feel like it. I guess this is a good thing.
- Did I mention the free lunch?
Okay, fine, so it’s mostly good stuff, but I look forward to seeing how many more times I am reprimanded for various behavior.