Monday, 10 March 2008

Several months ago I described a number of things I wanted to do during my work sabbatical, which will be coming to an end sometime soon. I've spent that time in a variety of activities, including doing some contract consulting work. But a significant portion of the time has been spent just remembering to enjoy life a little, and getting some much-needed rest. For anyone who knows they need some R&R and happens to have an opportunity to take advantage of, I recommend it highly.

So, what's my report card look like for the past several months?

I made a list back in September of things I wanted or needed to do, and here's a little detail about how each of those has worked out:

Stuff I need (or want) to get done

  • Get some real rest (succeeded)
  • Finish the bonus room floor and trim at home (thanks to a great friend, the trim and floor are done)
  • Finish the shed at home (umm, no progress here yet - still on the list)
  • Add a deck to the side of the house (did some designs, but have not pulled the trigger)
  • Travel somewhere in a 18-wheeler with my friend Broc (I did that, and it was fun - to California and back)
  • Dust off the cameras and get back into the photography swing (have done some of this but not quite as much as I thought)
  • Sell my street motorcycle (2004 CBR600RR - still for sale as of this post - email me  if interested!)
  • Finish reading this darned Koontz novel that I started 9 months ago, heh (done - it was "Intensity" and it was a fun read)
  • Read another book or two - one for enjoyment, one for furthering myself (done - read quite a few, actually)

Things I need (or want) to learn

  • Learn a programming language, at least at a starter level - I an thinking C# - any ideas? (Ummm, no real progress here)
  • I need to study up for a couple certification exams that the whole we-got-bought-busyness process pushed off my schedule, and then reschedule the exams (I've done the studying part...)

Things/places I need (or want) to do/go

  • Visit family in Colorado (done!)
  • Visit family in California (done!)
  • Visit New Mexico (where I used to live) (still pending)
  • Visit a few friends and colleagues in Seattle (done!)

I've also done a whole slew of other things since September. I've traveled to Spain and London, went to see the Patriots beat the Chargers during a weekend trip to Boston, went skiing a bunch of times, recorded a bunch of podcast shows, and a lot more. All in all, it's been a good experience.

Now it's almost time to get back at it, work-wise. I'm in the process of weighing options and deciding what's next. I'm actively involved in a couple ventures that are challenging me and those might be what I decide to do full-time, but have not made decisions yet. Time will tell.

At any rate, I can say with hindsight that I am glad I allocated some meaningful time for myself. I was quite fortunate to be able to do that. Here's to shifting gears!



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Monday, 17 March 2008 12:21:02 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
I think you are lucky to have had an opportunity to do something like this, and im glad to see you did it. We all have a list of things we want to get around to doing, and life just tends to stand in the way.

Everything I know about you points to you be a really bright guy, so keep at it and im sure your life will take you anywhere you want to go. I still think you should join me at my new job, but thats a complex topic :).

Best of luck.
Monday, 24 March 2008 16:22:33 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
Wow, in my opnnion you did extremely well based on your list. It's extremely tempting to just waste time when you have that much on your hands, so kudos.

Oh yeah, your post also reminds me that I need a sabbatical. Badly :)
Saturday, 12 April 2008 08:06:19 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
Sounds like you've made very good use of a fairly unique opportunity. Regarding learning a programming language, one could debate for hours, but I'll just cut to the case and suggest two books:
http://www.amazon.com/Applications-Code-Markup-Presentation-Foundation/dp/0735619573
http://www.amazon.com/How-Design-Programs-Introduction-Programming/dp/0262062186/

John
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