First World Problems: Work Edition

I mentioned in a previous post that I’ve given up driving to work. I can’t standing sitting in traffic for a minimum of 2 1/2 hours a day (sometimes more), thinking about how much it costs me in gas and tolls. (Over $300/month by my estimation, and that doesn’t include other maintenance costs, like all the oil changes and other wear and tear stuff that needs to be fixed, like our fan belt and … whatever else we recently paid $500 to repair.)

Now I take the train to work. It takes 2 hours each way (that would be 4 hours/day total), so while I’m spending much more time commuting, it’s much cheaper (I can save $1,400/year, plus all the car maintenance savings) and I can spend my time doing other stuff, like sleeping, reading or just zoning out. Plus, it’s an excuse to walk through downtown Chicago twice a day (to get from one train station to the other … although I would much rather live in downtown Chicago). I can also use this as an excuse to shop on my way home or meet my downtown-working/living friends for a drink. (Although usually my thoughts are so focused on catching the earliest train possible, because at a minimum I am gone for 12 hours/day.)


But that is not my first world problem (OK, maybe it is … )

No, the other day, I forgot to bring my “real” shoes with me and was stuck wearing my commuting shoes all day. Which might have been fine, had they not been green and had I not been wearing a pair of a capris that are a different shade of green that is just off enough to bug the crap out of me. Not that I would have intentionally worn green pants with green shoes if they were the exact same shade.

Looking like a 5 year old who dresses herself … first world problem. 

All of my friends who are teachers are boasting on Facebook about how school is out for summer. Yes, I know teaching is hard work, there is a reason I am not nor have I ever considered being a teacher. However. I want to shank everyone posting about summer vacation. Even if it is “forced.” (I have a friend who is a teacher and says this is not a vacation, this is his job telling him not to come in. He doesn’t willingly choose to take three months off. That’s a weak argument if I ever heard one.)

Being jealous of my friends who spend the other nine months of the year dealing with everyone else’s rotten children … first world problem. 


My boss put this “clock” in our conference room.

It's nerd o'clock
It’s nerd o’clock. Actually it’s 10:27:42 AM. I think.

Apparently it’s binary. It took us three days to figure out how to read it (and I work with web developers! people who code for a living.) But I can’t just glance at the clock and tell what time it is. I have to actually stop and think. I guess this is a step up because that room didn’t have a normal clock in it before.

Having to stop and think because you want to end a meeting that is dragging on … first world problem. 

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14 Comments on “First World Problems: Work Edition”

    1. My workout schedule has not changed, but I literally don’t have time for anything else in the evening. Usually it’s get home, run, eat dinner, shower, make breakfast for the next day, lay out clothes, and then it’s bedtime. I work in maybe 20-30 minutes total of internet time. Sucks really bad. (And I totally feel like I’m neglecting my husband.) I’m hopeful that in a few months we can afford to move somewhere that will allow for a shorter commute.

  1. That clock is cool!

    Come on Maggie, share the REAL FWP about the train (no WIFI! No netbook!…. lol, jk).

    I like your green shoes.

    When I got in to the office my commute is about 3.5 hours! Napping and blogging get done then. I am telling you, when you have a nasty cold, sleeping on the train feels really good because you are upright <– random? (I am hyper. Ahh! Vegan cupcake! I shouldn't have! SUGAR!!!)

  2. Wow that clock is intense. I haven’t thought in binary in years and I don’t even remember it really. that commute sounds slightly painful, but at least you can save money. Hopefully you can find a place closer to your work!

  3. Capris are a violation of our dress code down here in the central region, and you are required to wear hosiery or socks. Of course, I only have to drive 5 minutes to change after work. 🙂

    1. OOOHHH look who’s so fancy! 🙂 That’s the great thing about working in a tiny office with only 6 other people, 4 of whom are guys. Unless we are meeting with anyone important or travelling to a hospital, it’s just business casual, except on Fridays (when this pic was taken) which is even more casual. My boss regularly wears platform sandals.

  4. Your boss is a nerd. ha ha ha

    And your commute would seriously make me cry. That is dedication!

    And also, since you’re going through downtown now… maybe you, kim and I should do a fun run along the lakefront down there since Kim and I are both down there now? Just an idea…

  5. Is it wrong that i would intentionally wear those shoes and capris together? I tried to add up the costs of my hellish commute recently, but it was too much math and it made me depressed. I wish i could nap while i drive.

    1. I’ve come to realize there is no “wrong” when it comes to fashion, just everyone’s unique interpretation of what looks good. As long as you own it, wear it. I’m sure my co-workers thought the green + green was intentional.

  6. I just got a headache staring at that clock.

    There would be days where I would love sitting in sort-of silence on a train for two hours. And read! But other days when I would want it to move along a little faster.

    1. I definitely appreciate the forced “me time” when I’m on the train. I can ignore all my emails, FB, etc and just read. Not that I don’t ignore all of that when I’m running, or relaxing.

  7. I looked at that clock for a few minutes. I get how they got “7” but not how they got “3”. Oh well, I guess I won’t need to figure it out unless my boss buys one! Wish I could travel by train…

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