One of the great things about being a remote worker is that your co-workers can't take stuff from your desk. One of the worst things about being a remote worker is that your family is way worse about taking things than your coworkers ever were.

I don't have an office with a door. It's not an option in this house, because the one extra room with a door is next to the laundry room, and sitting in there for too long gives me a headache. That puts my office in a corner of the den. This is fine during the day, because everyone is gone. When everyone is home, though, my office stuff goes walking.

I just reached for my pain meds. The bottle was empty, even though I know I had quite a few in there on Friday. I know who the culprit is: My husband, who will mosey over and grab "just a few" rather than go upstairs and get some from his bathroom.

Earlier, I spent ten minutes looking for a pencil. The culprit on that one: My son. He has boxes of pencils in his room, but, because mine are actually sharpened, he'll grab mine.

I had been missing my paper clips for weeks. My daughter had them. Apparently, she likes linking them together when I'm not around.

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At this point, the only being in this house that hasn't stolen stuff from my desk is the dog, but I haven't gone through his toy box lately, so who knows.

I'm going to have to start booby-trapping my desk, I swear.