Perils of Working From Home II: All Hands to Battle Stations


First of all, let me begin by saying that I love my apartment building. To death. It’s a lovely place, that has somehow managed to balance letting me have enough of an office that I can work from home, be in the city, and still be a (modestly) affordable enough on the very modest salaries of the EpiGrad household.

That being said, there are some drawbacks. Most notably, at this particular moment, the fact that each apartment in the complex is linked up to an alarm system. An alarm system that sounds for all the world like they stole it from a decommissioned World War 2 battleship – given the age of the building, a not entirely unlikely prospect.

And that said alarm system is being tested, as we speak, and started up a solid three hours after I managed to get to sleep. No number of pillows can muffle it. There is no hiding. A U-Boat has been sighted, the hull is breached.

And so I hide at Starbucks, trying to do some work.

2 Responses to “Perils of Working From Home II: All Hands to Battle Stations”

  1. Are you in The City, as in NYC? Sorry if I missed the obvious… I am a newcomer to your blog.

    I often work at Starbucks too, because for my “real” job (I’m working on my MPH at night while working full time as a union organizer for a nurses union) I spend a lot of time at Starbucks waiting for nurses to come by and meet with me. So I come early to work on my course work and if they don’t show up, I can spend hours interrupted only by the sound of Starbucks baristas loudly calling out complicated drinks. It’s a great place to work, really, if you thrive on coffee and background noise.

    Looking forward to reading more of your blog. I started an epi blog myself recently… if you have a moment check it out at Thank you!

    • I’m in *a* city, not The City 🙂

      I’ll check your blog out – always a pleasure to get new reading material. And the background noise at Starbucks is good for resolving the “falling asleep while reading papers” problem. And the barista’s confusion when someone orders a “Skinny Latte with whole milk” (true story) provides a bit of entertainment.

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