On most Fridays I work from home. I feel a lot more productive at home - and more physically comfortable. I put an out of office message on with my cell phone number, and we have a wireless printer/scanner and excellent wi-fi, and I have Dropbox and remote desktop, so I never really feel out of touch. What I appreciate most is being able to alternate work tasks with household tasks, and so I feel like my day is much better paced, and then my "real" weekend is 100% fun instead of all errands. Most folks are out on Friday anyway so if I were at the office it'd be pretty quiet.
So today I picked up a prescription and a library book, dropped off my visa application for Mozambique, organized my closet and shoe cabinet, packed snacks for tonight's Yards Park concert, wrapped a birthday present, did a load of laundry, and watered the plants. Work-wise I was occupied with Pakistan, Bangladesh, Mozambique, a proposal for an innovation fund, and organizing a workshop on gender and assets in October. I also tried to get one of my colleagues to call into Science Friday's segment on "Feeding A Hotter, More Crowded Planet" but alas, we weren't fast enough.
Yesterday I went to see the U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines speak at the Asia Society. He deftly side-stepped questions on the situation in the Spratly Islands, and covered everything from Jollibee's food to immigration to Fil-Am vets to trafficking to extra-judicial killings. He also seemed to know every single popular Filipino singer alive.