Lake Winnipesaukee

MARCH 25, 2021 // Road Trip

Like many others, I've been stuck working in my basement for the past year. Fortunately, I have generous friends, and one of them offered me the use of their summer house for a few weeks. Some people go south for Spring Break. Me, I went north to the frozen shores of Lake Winnipesaukee.

While many people lost their livelihoods due to the pandemic, I'm one of the very fortunate people who can do their jobs full time in a remote capacity. For the past year, I've been doing just that, working from the comfort of my basement. Previous to the pandemic setting in, I would work from home two days a week, so I was used to working remotely. I figured, once everyone realized this pandemic wasn't going anywhere soon, that I would easily fall into the routine of working from home full time.

And I did. I fell into a routine. A very set-in-stone routine. Logged into work by 7:30am. Breakfast and coffee at 10am. Lunch at 2. Quit for the day at 4. Come up, say hello to the wife, decide if we're going walking, and what we're going to do about dinner. Then, usually, head back downstairs to watch TV, or play guitar.

And man... did the routine become monotonous.

I have a tiny basement window that looks out at the neighbor's deck. My walls, while a nice soothing gray color, are a monotonous soothing gray color. The routine, the sameness, day after day... it tends to make one a bit squirrelly. When I had been working remotely full-time previously, the wife would always be able to tell when I was going a bit bonkers and would drag me out to our favorite pub for some libations and socialization.

Said pub has shut its doors for good now. And, well, we all know about social distancing.

But thanks to the generosity of a good friend, I've been spending the past three weeks working from his house on the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee, up in New Hampshire. I'm still in the basement working, but I have amazing views, and lovely light. And while it is a "working vacation", I did manage to get out and explore a bit.

Lake winnipesaukee