Wednesday, February 9, 2011

A Trip to (Hopefully) Warmer Climes

Barrel Cactus, originally uploaded by Roberta Warshaw.
In 3 days I leave for Tucson and I cannot wait. I can’t tell you how much I am in need of a break. A break from my job. A break from my family and most of all a break from the weather. I just can’t take all the cold and snow we have been having. I do so long to live someplace warm again. In the 70’s and 80’s I lived in the Florida Keys and only now am I realizing just how nice it was to have warm weather 98% of the time.

I am quite stressed right now about one thing in particular which I think that I can share with you. My company has decided to go to an open floor plan. I have to tell you that I am pretty devastated about it. I just don’t think I will be able to do it. Sitting in a huge space with no partitions at all between co-workers? Do they really think this is going to improve productivity. I have never had a real office. I gave up on getting that a long time ago. Well, once when they decided to double us all up and put two to an office. That was horrid and I ended up getting my own cubicle in the end. So I have always had at least a cubicle. It is true of course, that in a cubicle one really has no privacy. But it seems as though you do and perception is everything, is it not?

So I will go on vacation and see how I feel when I get back. If I could retire right now I would. But I am still helping some family members financially and cannot do it at this time.

So I will look forward to hiking Sabino Canyon, walking in Tohono Chul Park, visiting the Tucson Botanical Gardens and perhaps seeing some new sights and sounds. No gem show this year but that is OK. I am not in the mood for crowds or spending money on more beads.

But first I must get rid of this damn cold!


Anonymous said...

I so happy for you that you are getting away. I've never been to Tucson but it sounds wonderful. I work in a dull grey cubicle and I understand what you mean about there really being no privacy however there is the perception of it. I can't imagine being in a big open space. Perhaps surrounding your workspace with things of beauty that are special to you. Do you work independently or do you have to interact with others. Perhaps you could put on headphones and listen to nice music while you work. Hopefully, eventually you'll be able to tune everything out. Sounds like you've reached your limit at the moment of what you can tolerate and possibly after a good rest you'll feel a bit better about it all.
I'm right there with you about retiring. I'm about the same age as you and there are so many other things I'd rather be doing with my life than working. Ah well, it is what it is.
Have a fabulous wonderful time sounds like you so deserve it, I wish I was going.
Best wishes, Judy

Roberta Warshaw said...

Tuscon is a really beautiful place. The desert is amazing. And yes, the limit has been reached.

Lynn said...

Go enjoy Tucson and don't even think about the office. They certainly don't deserve to intrude on your vacation.

Anonymous said...

Have a wonderful time in my fair state, I love Arizona! And, work, yeah, I just do it because I have to and try not to consider it my "real" life...but I am always grateful I have a job in this economy...Have fun!!!!

julochka said...

i've worked in offices with an open plan and it all depends on how it's done. i've had it work and had it not work. what can be worst is the noise. there is a lot of talk about workspace out there at the moment (i've come across several articles) - the good thing is that much of the chatter about it, there's also a lot of talk about flexible working - so providing spaces as well for innovation and play and learning and "alcoves" where you can do calls or have a mini meeting so it doesn't disturb everyone else. and with flexibility often comes working from home as well. but i can't believe you don't have laptops and CS5 if you're in graphics design! :-)

have a great trip!

Bobbie Casey said...

I hope I am not too late to send this greeting to you.
Gosh, I know how you must feel, I think. Arizona is good for the soul especially in February. That is the perfect tonic for you and your worried mind. Have a wonderful experience. See you later!