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Lunch on the run

The justification of living life during business hours

by The Tattooed Mommie  |  4454 views  |  7 comments  |        Rate this now! 

I haven’t found that answer yet. However, I have figured this much out: It feels really good to make my car payment online while at work, and I justify it by the fact that I must use my car every day to travel to and from work. Which in any other business would be considered a business expenditure, which would mean paying said bill online during business hours would be totally acceptable.

Look, being slightly delusional may be a pathological disorder, but it lowers my stress and at least I’m not road-raging around town trying to run the rest of the corporate world over while heading to the post office to ship my E-bay box (by the way I made a killer of a profit on that Ralph Lauren purse I just sold.)

7 comments so far...

  • I love this article!! You are sbsolutely right! I have (3) children, husband, & Fibromyalgia. I struggle daily with things that need to be done. I feel as if there are not enough hours in the day. When I finally colapse somewhere around midnight all I have to look forward to is getting up before sunrise to do it all over again!

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by jludysgirl on 6th October 2010

  • Hi Tattooed Mama! You seem to be everywhere!

    I get MORE done in one hour at lunch than most people do in a whole day! Not because I want to, but because I HAVE to. I never gave it much thought before your article, but if I didn't pay my bills online, from my desk at work, I'd be in BIG trouble b/c they'd never get paid!

    Keep the articles coming!

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Robyn on 18th January 2008

  • I have a similar problem. When I make appointments for myself or for my kids, I ask for times outside of school hours. It's not that they can't miss school for an hour, it's that I teach, and there is no flexibility in teaching. The bell rings, I'm there.

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Daisy on 26th October 2007

  • So insightful--your timing was perfect! This week I had to deal with the septic tank getting pumped, a tree that fell over due to high winds, and new flooring getting installed.
    That on top of the full time job with the high-strung boss, thenanny, the 2 dogs, and the twins!!

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by spacegeek on 26th October 2007

  • I loved this, although like JLauren, I'm not much for the "lunch break" either. I tend to try to wiggle my work hours around and leave early or come in late if I have errands that have to get done during the business day. But being able to do so much online now is a godsend - as is the fact that my employer mostly turns a blind eye to it (as long as it's not abused!). But seriously, it seems like in order for everyone to get everything done that we need to do, it almost seems like the whole world needs to move toward non-standard schedules to accommodate it. Like THAT will happen... :-)

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Florinda Pendley Vasquez on 1st October 2007

  • It never even occurred to me not to do that type of thing at work. I always have - it's five minutes here and there, no more distracting than going to the bathroom. If they want me to answer email, answer my cell, finish that brief, etc., on my own time, you better believe I'm doing some personal stuff on "their" time. Errands are a little different, I've never been able to run errands during "lunch", which has usually involved a microwaved thingy at my desk while I go over something. Frankly, I saw your title and said, lunch break? What's that? : )

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by jlauren on 1st October 2007

  • ha! you make me laugh :) i agree, its impossible to live and work and not have the two overlap! i love that all my bills are paid through my bank online - HUGE! but i have actually had this conversation with my boss, and he agrreed, as much as our work runs over into our lives (working from home at night, etc.) then it is perfectly fine to do a few private things while at work - it all works out in the end! but of course, that depends on where you work and your boss - mine just happens to be outstanding!!

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Kate on 28th September 2007