Working From Home During a Pandemic: a photo montage

The kids’ last day of in school education for the 2019/2020 academic year occurred on Friday March 13. During the month, while we effortlessly (insert guffaw here) transitioned to online education, Brian and his staff continued to enter NYC, the epicenter of the contagion, each day and tirelessly worked to ensure that the company employees were able to work safely and remotely.

On April 14, 2020, Brian’s first day working from home, he got up, showered, and proceeded to put on business attire, down to the shoes. I snapped a pic, joking that he didn’t understand how working from home is supposed to work, and from there, things just kinda kept going.

Below is a photo montage and original captions of Brian, working from home. As the pandemic continues and working from home is his new norm, I will continue to add to this collection when possible. It is definitely a work in progress.

4.14.20 Day 1:
Today was his first day working from home. Taking bets on how long the suit lasts…

Day 2, working from home: no jacket and started out in slides but then changed to work shoes to “break them in.”
Someone needs to break HIM in…

Day 3 of working from home: the suit is back

Day 4: Jacket required, tie optional
(Not sure he knows it’s Friyay)
#fancynancy

Day 5: Sunday Salutations vs Monday Meetings… plus proof that he owns more than just suits and golf clothes
#alldressedupandnoplacetogo

Now this is where it started to get fun…

Day 6 of working from home:
Suits & Sorcery
#notsohiddenmickey

Day 7: I triple dog dared him to keep the hat on for his meeting with the president of the company…he declined. #nofun #whysoserious

Day 8: You’re welcome
#Moana #IslandDreaming

Working From Home Day 9:
The Unbirthday Suit
#AVeryMerryUnbirthdayToYou #DownTheRabbitHole

Working from Home Day 10:
The seclusion may be getting to him as he’s gone a bit batty.
#BatDad

On April 28th, daily jokes, memes, and props entered the mix whenever available, after I repainted and reorganized the office…

Day 11: Yo-ho, yo-ho, a pirates life for me…
#swashbuckler
Daily Joke Answer: A pirate’s favorite letter be an arrrrr, but their true love be the c.

Day 12 of working from home:
I’ve got the magic in me
#HeWhoMustNotBeNamed
Daily Joke Answer: You’ll find Dumbledore’s army in his sleevey.

Day 13, working from home:
#seussical
Daily Joke Answer: Puss in Boots

The sun did not shine
It was too wet to play
So he sat in his suit
On this wet quarantine day

He sat and he stared
At his computer and zoom
He talked and he listened
To Cara & Lou

When will this be over?
When can we go back?
It is his job to work out
The best plan of attack.

Will it take a week, a month,
A year, maybe more?
We have no way of knowing
What else is in store.

Unless it is safe,
Until it is sound:
He keeps his staff safe.
He won’t mess around.

So he sits and he works,
All dressed up at home;
Planning on his computer
And talking on his phone…


Working from home, Day 14
#TopOfTheMorning #DressYourLuck #MayDaymayday
DJA: If it’s a French fry.

There once was a man who was quarantined
Working from home on day fourteen
He dressed every morn
Business attire was worn
For he claimed ‘twas more comfortable than blue jeans


Working from home: Day 15
A long time ago, in a galaxy far far away…
The galactic planets, suffering from a relentless contagion, banded together to stop the spread, protect life, and search for a cure…
Meanwhile, the supremely misinformed leader of the United Federation…
…Nah. Too easy…
May the 4th be with you!
#maythe4thbewithyou #maytheforcebewithyou #workfromhome #covid19 #stayhome #thisistheway
DJA: To get to the dark side

Trabajando desde casa día 16: Olé!
#cincodemayo #tacotuesday #its5oclocksomewhere
DJA: Inchilada

In related news, here’s some history about this popular holiday that does NOT celebrate Mexican Independence, as most people believe. Have a read:https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.history.com/.amp/topics/holidays/cinco-de-mayo


Working from home, day 16:
It’s a jungle in here!
#exotic #coolcat #tigerking #calvinandhobbes
DJA: Nothing. He’s already stuffed!

Working from home, Day 17:
TBT to draft day.
#flyeaglesfly #latetothegame #getyourheadinthegame
DJA: A bald eagle

Working From Home Day 18:
Welcome to District 13
maytheoddsbeeverinyourfavor #hungergames #taskforce
DJA: A yellow jacket

Working from home: day 19
The party continues…
#happybirthday #thedayafter
DJA: Age

Working from home, Day 20:
All aboard the crazy train!
#toottoot #trainwreck #offtherails #offtrack
DJA: Because they’re not a conductor

Working from home, day 21:
Mahna Mahna
#muppets #singalong #quarantinelife
DJA: Swine Language. But her first spoken language was pig Latin.

Working from home, day 22:
Bringing it way back today
TBT #OswaldTheLuckyRabbit #DisneyOriginal #MickeyMouseClubHouse #Hopper
DJA: To find Pluto

23 days…it took 23 days for him to NOT shower & put on business attire. He claims it’s bc all of his conferences today were phone only and that he has to cut the grass later. Whatever the reason, my work here is done…
#workfromhome #whereswaldo #wheresbrian #isthatasmileisee
DJA: So he won’t be spotted

Working from home Day 24:
In planning the company’s “return to office” strategy, Brian was attempting to think outside the box…it’s not going well…or is it?
#thefarside #thinkoutsidethebox
#deconstruction #reconstruction #adapt
DJA: A map

Working from home, Day 25:
Not the mask he thought he was getting, but I think it’s purrfect.
meow #hissyfit #covidcatastrophe #thundercatsho!
DJA: None. The other 9 were copycats

Day 26 of working from home:
Trying to keep things light for his Board Meeting.
#rainbowbright #sunshineandlollipops
DJA: In prism

Day 27, working from home:
Brian is beginning to doubt his house…or at least his housemates
#resort #sortinghat #muggledup
DJA: Because they’re both cauldron

Working from home day 28:
On this Memorial Day weekend we would like to extend our deepest gratitude to those who have served, continue to serve, and to remember those who gave their lives protecting our freedom.
#memorialday #landofthefreebecauseofthebrave #remember #stayhome #staysafe #stayhealthy
DJA: Liberty

Working from home day 29:
Brian, trying to keep his coworkers safe, is fervently researching other companies return to work strategies, unconvinced that this is the right thing to do at this time as much of the scientific data shows a high possibility of a second wave that will be even more deadly than the first: “Coronavirus. Very dangerous. You go first.”
#namethatmovie
DJA: Because their career was in ruins

Working from home, Day 30
This pretty much sums up how his day is going as you can tell by his face:
“Wrong sir, wrong! Under section 37B of the contract signed by him. It states quite clearly that all offers shall become null and void if…et cetera et cetera…It’s all there black and white clear as crystal! You stole fizzylifting drinks! You bumped into the ceiling which now has to be washed and sterilized so you get nothing! You lose! Good day sir!
#candyisdandybutliquorisquicker #somuchtimeandsolittletodo #snozberries
DJA: Recess pieces

Working from home day 31:
After yesterday’s stress, Brian is taking a bit of advice from Elsa today, while embracing his inner (and outer) Anna.
#letitgo #frozen #bewarethefrozenheart
DJA: Because she’ll just let it go

Working from home, day 32:
From princess to villain…
#allinadayswork #maleficent #hornsforhairdontcare
DJA: Malefiftycent

Working from home, day 33:
When the coach lets you know that the season can finally start!!!
#softballdad #softballlife #playball
DJA: They touch base

Working from home, day 34
Brian, fervently following the news, is trying to keep his company abreast of any and all potential problems…
#PartonMe #bighairdontcare #DollyPartonMemeChallenge
DJA: She was tired of working 9 to 5

Working from home, day 35:
Some days the return to work protocols all makes sense, and some days it’s all gibberish.
#lostintranslation #thatsnothowanyofthisworks
DJA: Because they always get lost in translation

Working from home, day 36:
Drama queen 🎭
#phantomoftheopera #pastthepointofnoreturn #masquerade
DJA: Pasta Point of No Return

In related news, this popped up in my fb memories today and was totally “operapropo” for today’s theme. Originally posted 6.5.13 when the kids were 4, 3, & 18 months old. I still remember it as though it was yesterday:

So I pull up to a red light and there’s a gentleman in the truck to my left. He smiles at me, a skeevy kind of crooked grin and just then, Lady J rolls down her window revealing the chaos in the back seat:

K-Mad in the middle with both legs in the air trying to reach her siblings and laughing her maniacal laugh. Maxman pushing her leg away and shouting, “No Kendy! Pwease stop!” And Lady J happily singing, “He’s here! The phantom of the opera!”

The man looks horrified and turns to face forward, both hands gripped tightly on the wheel, and speeds off as the light turns green…


Days 37-41, while Brian continued to work from home, the kids and I took a brief hiatus for the week.
#DownTheShore #HappyPlace #ToesInSand #BookInHand

Working from home day 42
Happy Holiday Week!
#christmasinjune #jinglethis
DJA: Because he likes to hoe, hoe, hoe!

Working from home, Day 43
Light it up, up, up…
#getlit
DJA: Hanukkah lasts for eight nights. Dragons ate knights.

Working from home day 44
Irish you good luck getting through the rest of this year
#luckoftheirish #shannanigans
DJA: Paddy O’furniture

Working from home day 45
He looks more like Lord Farquaad than Queen Esther, but I can only work with what I’ve got.
#purim
DJA: Polly-Esther

Today, the last day of “holiday week”, in lieu of a funny picture of Brian, I ask that you learn about and celebrate Juneteenth, the day that the slaves of Texas learned of their freedom, two and a half years AFTER the
Emancipation Proclamation.
Today we celebrate that every person in these United States are free. Tomorrow, we continue the path towards equality.
Please visit www.juneteenth.com for more information.
❤️🧡💛💚💙💜💗🖤🤎🤍

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