Can a bag change your life? Seems silly, but at the moment, I feel like this Madewell tote has. (by the way, this post isn’t sponsored, nor was the bag comped. Sometimes I feel like you need to clarify these things these days). ANYWAY. Some things about working in an office have changed since the last time I worked in one, which was a 6 week gig when I was 7 months pregnant with C. For one, everyone carries their laptop to the office every day where I’ve been working and I found myself lugging mine around without an appropriately sized bag to carry my computer in. I was using various cheap canvas totes everyday when I started looking for a sturdier bag. Aside from the fact that is was big enough to hold a laptop, I wasn’t totally convinced that this leather tote would be the answer when I bought it. It was a bit of a splurge, but I’ve been carrying it around everyday, and after a month, I’ve decided that I LOVE this bag; it’s the best purchase I’ve made in a long time. It doesn’t make carrying around a laptop any less heavy, but it’s been pretty damn perfect so far for everything.
The other thing that’s changed about office life is that people just group chat with each other about everything all day long, even though the team sits in close proximity to one another. We have meetings when we need to brainstorm/ review/ discuss, otherwise all communication is basically in chat. One of the reasons is so that everything is archived and on record, but still! Texting the person next to you to see if they’re ready to go grab lunch? So weird, and yet 2 months later, so natural. What.
During meetings, the whiteboard is used for note taking, and then we all take photos of it on our phones to save the notes and share with one another. Technology is funny. It’s interesting to observe how it’s changed our behavior.
Speaking of lunch…I was never an out to lunch every day kind of person when I used to be an office worker bee. I’d either bring food from home or buy salad making ingredients for the week with my coworker and we’d make our own salads. It’s been kind of fun eating lunch out a few times a week since it’s something I never do, but now that’s it’s been 2 months of lunches, it’s getting expensive and some of the novelty has worn off. I’m also not used to eating such a huge meal in the middle of the day. I work with all guys (that’s a tech startup for you) and the ordered lunches are big and there are unlimited snacks in the kitchen and with all the sitting and snacking and eating all the day long…well, you get the picture. Makes me want to jog around the block a few times.
But the coffee! Ironically I was not a coffee drinker at all when I lived in the NW. It was working in an office 14 years ago that made me the coffee drinker I am now. Learning how to make an espresso or a cappuccino on a $13,000 La Marzocco machine (I googled the price. I had to) is all kinds of win. Getting the foam just right is challenging, but I’m working on it.
One thing that hasn’t changed? The AC. Offices are as cold as ever. No matter what outfit I’m wearing to the office, I’ve got a wool granny cardigan on. Makes that moment you first walk out of the building and into the heat of a summer day pure bliss.