Many work-at-home bloggers have extolled the virtues (and savings) of working from home. No office wardrobe means huge savings. No daily commute means you fill up at the tank less often. Since I’m just sitting around, I can potentially wear the same scrubby clothes more than one day. Meaning less laundry.
And for those with small children, there’s probably no daycare. That’s huge savings!
Speaking of small children, there’s another big benefit that people forget: less exposure to germs. Especially if you, say, have a husband who is also home all day.
Granted, most work-at-home types have a spouse that does work in an office. And/or children, which are the most adorable germ factories you’ll ever see. Still, every little bit counts. It’s at least one person who isn’t exposed to extra illnesses 40 hours a week.
Other than the occasional cold, Tim and I are rarely sick. The flu we got last year was a freak exception. Neither of us has ever had a flu shot. (Doctors told me it was risky to get one after the Guillain-Barre. That determination has since been overturned, but I’m overly cautious.)
So yeah, we don’t get seriously ill very often. Think of all the money we save on cold meds, sick days, etc! I suspect our hermit-ways have a lot to do with that.
And speaking of illness — and coming back ’round to small children — VACCINATE YOUR DAMN KIDS!
Last year, there was an astounding 644 cases of measles in this country. Measles. The thing that was pronounced all but eradicated at the turn of this century.
This year, there’s a rash (so to speak) of cases that started in Disneyland. Proving once again that no good (and huge bills) come from The Happiest Place on Earth.
There’s a whopping 87 cases — some in Arizona, so thanks for that — reported thus far. Why? Because people are buying into specious or downright false information about the link between vaccinations and things like autism.
The scientific community has repeatedly found no causal link. And if you don’t believe that? How about all of us who were vaccinated and aren’t autistic? Even if there were a convincing corollary link (which I’ve yet hear), there is a difference between correlation and causation.
Instead, you’re just endangering the rest of the population. Don’t believe me? Well, most of the measles cases weren’t vaccinated. But not all. As in, at least a few folks were vaccinated and got it anyway.
So to those who are vaccination skeptics, go do actual research. Not sketchy information quoted by Jenny McCarthy, but actual scientific studies, books (by real, respected scientists) and so on.
I know the argument is that it’s a personal choice, and no one should tell you how to raise your kids. But a) the government already has strictures about how to raise your kids (no abuse, no drug use, etc) that are for the best interests of the child and b) your “personal choice” affects others.
And I for one would prefer to avoid a resurgence of tuberculosis, smallpox etc. I want to lose weight, but consumption ain’t the way to go.