At lunchtime, I like to get out of the office. Sometimes it’s difficult to do because I’m often busy and it seems more productive to stay at my desk, but I figure productivity goes up when you’re not sick of work. Forcing myself to take an hour to clear my head is a good way to prevent that overworked feeling. I just wish my boss would take hers as well – it makes me look bad when she works through lunch and I go out. 🙂Over the past few years, I’ve set up a routine of taking a break to read on my lunch hour – and all summer long, that’s what I did. This year, I found a great spot – on the grounds of the national Arts Centre (NAC), on a quiet patio overlooking the Rideau Canal, and well away from the noise of the traffic and the distracting bustle of tourists. It was sweet. From this vantage point, I’ve been able to watch the progress being made on the new Ottawa Congress Centre as they’ve applied the glass to the front of the building. And I even had a few noon-hour naps out there for good measure.
But now I face the need to find a new spot to sit and read. It’s getting too cold to hang out outside. In previous years, I’ve simply used a quiet stairwell in the basement of my office building, but it’s so dreary there. I want to find a new spot. But I also know that, once the snow flies, I’m not going to don my coat, scarf, gloves, and boots just to find a comfortable seat. For the past week or two, I’ve taken to wandering over to the NAC, but sitting indoors in their foyer. Plenty of space and pretty quiet during the day. But I know those days are numbered and I’ll be back in the dungeon soon.
I hate winter.