Tuesday, January 31, 2006

taking the edge off

I am a fan of the afternoon siesta. Living in Greece for a year was all I needed to imprint the idea permanenty on my brain, so this idea, in my opinion, is long overdue. A challenge to you office workers: bring up this idea at your next staff meeting, as a requested addition to your standard benefits package.

But I am not a fan of the wristwatch, preferring to be one of those tedious people who's always asking others for the time and arriving everywhere five minutes late. This is definitely the watch for me, though I don't suggest you try and bring this one up at the aforementioned staff meeting.

Must go now. I'm about half an hour late for my afternoon nap.

12 Comments:

Blogger Brian the Mennonite said...

I wonder what would happen if they used this at the winter games. And the winner is...Oh hell...they all win. They were all pretty damn close to a couple of minutes.

31/1/06 2:09 PM  
Blogger andrea said...

That's right, Brian. And if all the competitors win, then we all win, too. Let's go have a beer.

31/1/06 2:27 PM  
Blogger Teri said...

I swear to (fill in the blank here), taking power naps was the secret to my grandmother's longevity. She lived to 97 years! It is such a luxury and modern life just isn't compatible. I have a day bed in my home office -- but the cats mostly use it.

31/1/06 3:38 PM  
Blogger kan said...

Naps are the best. I could use one of these in my car too.

31/1/06 6:52 PM  
Blogger Twisselman said...

I agree with Brian and your response... some forms of competition are just too damned tiresome. But I suffer from insomnia every two to three months, and, from what all the sleep experts recommend to weirdos of my ilk, daytime naps are to be avoided. On the other hand, the idea of taking life at a more leisurely and less stressful pace (i.e.: siestas) is probably a more holistic approach to the problem.

31/1/06 8:25 PM  
Blogger kyknoord said...

In my office, we already have designated siesta times, although we call them 'staff meetings'.

1/2/06 2:04 AM  
Blogger Teri said...

STAFF MEETINGS -- snore...

1/2/06 5:32 AM  
Blogger andrea said...

Teri: My husband's grandmother is still going strong at 95 -- and she naps, too!

Joli: You need a camper van.

Twisselman: The idea of having the kind of schedule to be able to sleep whwnever you need it is very tempting, isn't it?

Kyknoord: I remember those staff meetings, but I was too busy fuming about it wasting my time to get any proper sleep.

1/2/06 6:45 AM  
Blogger ChittyChittyBangBang! said...

"the siesta is in vogue". Ha... you've gotta love the maketing speak.
I'm all for siestas, as long as it does not cut into my lunch break.
Btw: ¿Jane Fonder? :)

1/2/06 10:35 PM  
Blogger andrea said...

Chitty: When I saw 'Jane Fonder' I figured it was written by someone English who isn't a big reader!

2/2/06 6:57 AM  
Blogger Lily and Lucy White said...

Andrea, great show photos and great posting of the process of your artwork – I was always curious. I have already admitted that I am landscape challenged, so I just come and drool. Again and again…
Love the siesta benefit plan – I am always on a lookout to improve my idle time of my company of one. Lily.

2/2/06 9:04 AM  
Blogger Caroline said...

When I worked in cubicle land I tried to get permission to put a hammock up... instead I was given some comfy chairs... this had a disastrous effect on my productivity because other people came and sat on them and chatted... and although you can chuck out most people the worst offender was my boss....

I'll stick with my portable sundial...

2/2/06 9:11 AM  

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