Solo work thoughts

I have a math problem for you:

If 3 people work in the Human Resources office and 2 of those people are at an all-day conference today, how many people does that leave in the office?

The answer is ... me.

I've been alone the entire day. I haven't spoken a single word in almost 4 hours.

I forget what my voice sounds like.

(For the record, I just said "bubbles" out loud so I could go on record having said at least SOMETHING at work this afternoon.)

There is no one else in the office today, so of course my hair looks amazing. On days that I don't bother to wash or brush hair, everyone plus the Queen of England stops by my desk. But on the days where I actually put in a little effort to look nice, it's just me and the office plants.

I tried this low chignon hair style I found on, where else, Pinterest.

My chignon didn't turn out nearly as well as the original creator's, but that's understandable when you consider that I have about 1/3 of the hair she does ... as well as the fact that I have monkey hands that make it nearly impossible for me to do anything at the back of my head.

Taking pictures of the back of your head is ridiculously hard.

Again, no one was present to witness my cute, easy hairstyle or the adorable, off-the-shoulder dolman-sleeved top I bought from what I suspect is a Chinese sweatshop on ebay for $4.

But it's okay, I think the plants were impressed with my appearance today. So it was totally worth it.

Yes, I am lonely. Why do you ask?

After completing the few menial tasks I had on my "to-do" list this morning, I've had nothing but time to read a book and continue to chastise myself for not putting more effort into my writing career.

I'm a huge proponent of not wasting my life on things that don't fulfill me or assist me in reaching my goals. Are you like me? Do you forever ask yourself, "Where is my life going?" and "Am I doing absolutely everything in my power to get where I want to be?"

That's a sobering conversation to have with yourself, especially when you consider this quote that I found (and became instantly depressed from) last week:

Sometimes I'm way too "Big Picture" for my own good. I only see how my actions today are going to effect my life down the road. (If only I was capable of that kind of forethought as a teenager.)

In lot of ways, it's good to consider how your current choices are going to effect the future, but it's also kind limiting on your ability to live in the present and enjoy moments as they come.

Blogger Courtney is so much more introspective than Real Life Courtney.

And see? I'm only having this conversation with myself because I've been alone for almost 8 hours.

Idle hands are the devil's playground and quiet offices are my mind's krpytonite.

However, the monotony of my solo work day was broken up rather nicely this afternoon when Maria totally surprised me by stopping by with a cup of Starbucks.

Seriously, how nice is that?

Earlier this morning I had pathetically tweeted how desperate I was for coffee, but my hands were tied because I couldn't leave the office. Sweet Maria heard my cries for help and came to my rescue.

I get overwhelmed by kind gestures like this. So overwhelmed, I sat down at my desk after she left and didn't know what to do with myself for a solid five minutes.

Less than an hour before I can pack up and head home for the day and finally, FINALLY speak face-to-face with another human being. Too bad it has to be Clayton. Ha, I kid ... I kid.

How's your work day going? Have you ever been totally alone at work? Did you relish the time to yourself?


  1., okay! We can talk about THIS tomorrow.

  2. Love the chignon! And that is a wonderful quote.


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