“The coolest thing about working from a home office is that you can spend all day in your pajamas,” she smiled sweetly at me over dinner the other night.
I smiled back. It is a comment I hear so often that I wonder what the American obsession is with being able to spend all day in your pajamas. I guess somewhere, in our minds, it equates to luxury and the good life. Ok…fair enough. I love being my own boss, but spending the day in my pajamas wears thin after the first two or three days. Then, you either have to get a grip and get dressed or depression starts to set in!
Another thing has always bothered me about that particular statement. It lacks originality and imagination. If I am going to lounge around…doing whatever it is that makes money that day…. I am sure as hell not going to pick my non-sexy, slept in pajamas to spend the day. On my worst days, I am properly dressed in my business attire of jeans and a strappy tank top. When I say my shirts are on the skimpy side, I mean that I keep an over shirt by the door if the UPS guy stops by. Although 6% of American women claim that they find their UPS guy sexy, the most I can muster for a guy in short brown pants is a polite smile. Bare tummy and low cut shirts are not on the tip roster!
However, Friday afternoon, when left to my own devices and the onset of Spring Fever, I created a whole new form of business casual that would have made Hugh Hefner and the Playboy bunnies proud.
That’s right…I put on my first bikini of this summer season. I gathered my laptop and deck chair with a cool drink to head outside for some REAL woman in charge, “on my terms” work! As I sat outside corresponding with clients over my wireless network, I secretly smiled as I thought of the uproar this would cause in the major boardrooms across the country.
- “Yes, of course we can do a PR piece,”…..I wonder if I need some more sun tan lotion.
- “You want a blog for your website…no problems!”…..Sunglasses flipped down into place with a nod of my head.
- “Podcast presentation for Monday? Right.”….Geez, that sunlight feels great!
- “Website updates on the way!”……Wow, I can still work this bikini from last year!
As The Marine headed across the lawn to my outside office with an admiring look and a grin, he stopped just short of me and waiting for me to end my call. Disconnecting from the conversation, he smiled and bent down for a kiss with “looks like your day was wonderful.”
“Oh, I just spent today lounging around in my PJs,” I laughed and winked back at him as the email chimed again. Strangest thing…I think I did the best work so far this year that day! 😉 ~~Dee