It's finally Friday and I am begrudgingly enjoying a cancer stick on my condemned back deck on the northwest side of Chicago.
It is muggy and the sun is hot with no traces of this week's lightning storms.
I cannot wait for this workday to be over - despite nearly two months at my new telecommuting job, I have yet to achieve that much talked about 'work-life balance'.
I imagine all the human interactions I will have at tonight's annual Printer's Ball at Columbia College, but my fantasies about moments in the non-digital life are rudely interrupted by a squirrel. It nibbles on a piece of garbage, making eye contact with me from a nearby tree branch.
I watch the city wildlife in my courtyard a lot these days - finding them to be better co-workers than either my sleepy cat or my actual co-workers scattered across the country - although, to be perfectly honest, the squirrels that inhabit my deck are very poor company. They're more trouble than they're worth.
They've gnawed homes out of the wooden beams (the reason behind the shredded yellow tape), dragged trash around, and worst of all, constantly threaten to uproot my plants.
They also leave poop right in front of my door step. Like a little present.
I finish my cig, and go back inside to watch YouTube videos of DIY squirrel traps.
About the author: Fruzsina Eördögh currently writes about YouTube and Internet culture for the Daily Dot.