Field Notes Volume 2

Field Notes Volume 2

Hello, gang! Today I will have completed my first full week of work and it feels good! I absolutely loved my sabbatical, but I was ready to contribute my energies and my experience somewhere. That somewhere is Cisco. I'm going to be managing the influencer program. Since I am passionate about influencer marketing, I could not ask for a better opportunity!

Working remotely (highly supported at Cisco) means no commute which means greater work/life balance. Mr. Misdaventures and I are getting up early, walking our miles, taking showers, eating breakfast and drinking a couple cups of coffee and then I walk into my “office” and get to work. At night, Mr. Misadventures hands me a glass of wine at the end of my day (I'm not driving!) and dinner is served, leaving my whole evening for some blogging and some light entertainment like a movie or streaming TV.

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All in all, it's been an excellent work week!

Over the weekend we checked out the second of two dimsum places in the Phoenix area. We have gone to one in Tempe a couple of times because there is an Asian market, but it is an hour's drive. The one we tried Sunday is in Phoenix proper and about 30 minutes away. Both are popular, lots of people dining, the food is decent but it ain't no San Francisco! Still, it makes me feel at home to be regularly eating dimsum again. I missed that the year we were on the road.


As I wrote last week, we are renting a house while we wait on the purchase of our new place. It's a furnished place which is awesome given the fact all our household goods are in storage. We didn't want to have to move twice. We managed to make it through the week without anything breaking (last week the garbage disposal and A/C broke).

But that doesn't mean we were drama free.

Oddly, our coffee started brewing in the middle of the night. I prepared everything the night before so we could have a quick cup of coffee before our walk. Tuesday morning I went into the kitchen and the coffee was made and cold. I thought maybe the electricity tripped or something. Tuesday night I prepared the coffee again and the same thing happened Wednesday morning! It took me a bit of time to figure out the issue. Turns out when I plugged in our coffee grinder and ground our beans, it trips the electricity in the kitchen! So now each night after I grind our beans, I have to reset the coffee maker…

Coffee pot

Also, our landlord forgot to start up our garbage service so we are overflowing! That's getting resolved, but it's a bit of a pain. Fun fact: a Phoenix thing (maybe it is an Arizona thing..) our garbage can is in the ground! It feels like it is a lot cleaner that way. I've never seen it before and it's kind of cool. Do you have your garbage cans in the ground where you live?

Underground Garbage

Another Phoenix thing. Ever had to wait for the water in your shower to get hot? Here you have to wait for cold water and you often don't get it!

In the last week, I've been the subject of two interviews. Thanks to Paste Magazine who invited me to participate in their Escape Artist series and  Cooperatize who featured me as their August Influencer.

Next Tuesday is Julia Child's birthday, such a cultural icon! I love the Julie & Julia movie, I once wrote a post on 5 Things/Life lessons I learned watching Julie & Julia and I think they still all hold true, especially butter which I can have on my low carb diet!

That's been my week, how about you?

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  1. Glad you love your new job and work environment. Weird with the tripping of electricity and waking up to cold coffee. Keep going on those morning walks.

  2. Working from home is amazing. So glad you are enjoying it. I love my work-at-home life. The only problem I have it shutting it all off at the end of the work day. I’m also a huge fan of Julia Child!

  3. Good luck with your step into your new role, it sounds like something I would love to do myself as I can only work from home.

  4. It sounds like you have a lot going on but it sounds great! I’m glad to hear you had a good first week of work!

  5. This sounded like a really refreshing week of work. It’s cool that you’re able to have a routine like this! I’m glad you figured out the coffee issue!

  6. Mimi Green says:

    This sounds like the dream job for sure. I’ve never heard or seen trash cans like this. I love the concept though.

  7. When I first read this I literally thought you were unintentionally making cold brew coffee! It’s so nice to be able to work from home. I struggle with the concept. I would love it, but at the same time, I think I would miss being around more people from the office.

  8. Pam Wattenbarger says:

    Oh wow, that would have tripped me out about the coffee. How surprising! Glad you have it figured out now though.

  9. congrats on the awesome at home job… I am still in the beginning stages of my own at home business so money is tight and working a lot, but I hope to be as happy as you soon and successful! I wish you nothing but success and happiness!

  10. Alicia Boisvert says:

    Truly about the coffee and it sounds like you have it under control. ☺️

  11. Isn’t that “commute” the best?! Since my kids graduated from high school, I’ve hardly put any miles on my car!!! It’s awesome!
    No, no cans in the ground here, that seems very strange, but cool! Congrats on your new job, Andi!! Enjoy!

  12. It sounds like the break you took did wonders. I love getting a renewed attitude for my work.

  13. Sandy N Vyjay says:

    Congrats! Getting to work in a field that you like and are passionate about is a great opportunity. All the best, I am sure you are going to rock.

  14. Kristin | The Grape Soda Club says:

    Sounds like a wonderful set-up and great for work-life balance! I would love to work from home, but I don’t partition work time and play time too well and I end up getting distracted. My husband is much better at it than I am! I’ve never seen garbage cans in the ground! I’m fascinated! How does it work? Do they come around and pull the bags out then? Is it totally weird that I’m so curious about this?

  15. Good luck with your new job, it sounds like a great opportunity. I like that many companies are encouraging people to work from home.

  16. Working at home is the best for Moms. You can take care of kids and do house chores while you are working. I love working at home.

  17. I would have suspected a ghost if the coffee maker starts by itself! Really. It would freak me out. Thankfully, it was something else. I love the way the garbage can is set up. It does look cleaner and neater. Well, thanks for sharing glimpses of your week that passed. Wishing you all the best this coming week.

  18. Linda Manns Linneman says:

    I am so happy things are going so well with your job. It sounds interesting. I am glad you figured out your coffee maker. You will now be able to have a hot cup of coffee before your walk. I wish you the best. God Bless

  19. Honestly, the garbage cans in the ground looks great, it doesn’t look scattered and there are less chances of the garbage tipping over. Sorry about your coffee maker, maybe it’s the voltage? Good to know that things are great at work though!

  20. It would be nice working home you are the boss and you make your own time. I hope soon I will be able to achieve that goal. I’m glad you are having a blast! Now I am craving for asian food 🙂

  21. I’ve never seen garbage cans in the ground like that before. Wild!
    So where do you guys keep the RV now that you’re renting (/going to buy) a house?
    Congrats on your new job and the new routine! That sounds lovely.
    P.S. Saw you in the Cooperatize email. You go, girl!

  22. Wow, congrats on the new job. Working from home really free you from braving the daily traffic and travel time. The dim sum looks very inviting!

  23. julie stine says:

    I’m so happy that you have found a place to call home and a job that you like. Enjoy your new lifestyle; it sounds like it gives you lots of freedom.