How I Spent My Winter Vacation

Here are some of the things I’ve done over the past week and a half or so:

There was a bit more, but I think this sums it up. It was nice to work on work related things that needed to get done on my own schedule. Definitely learned a lot. As always, family time was awesome all around. Aside from all of the commercialism, I really do like the family aspects of the holidays.

Camping Season Over – Relaxation Unit Close Up.

While camping season technically goes until next weekend, due to Homecoming activities with the kids and the like we had to close up the relaxation unit this last weekend. This has been our first year “camping” and I’ve gotten some interesting learnings from it:

  • Social networking is a lot more fun when the community congregates in person on a regular basis. We met a lot of really nice people this summer and have made friends that we would not have made otherwise.
  • I never realized how much of my weekends were spent working until I stopped doing it to go to the camper. This was probably the first summer in my career that I did not have a computer with me during the weekend. I have to say it was nice, even though it was a grim reminder of how much I used to get done on the weekends due to lack of time during the week. Scheduled time with Jonna and the kids was definitely something I don’t want to miss out on anymore though.
  • I’m lucky in that I have inlaws that I really like hanging around with. Half the fun of the summer was being able to spend quality time with them.
  • I’m more prone to do stuff around the house if the scale is smaller. Totally didn’t mind mowing the lawn at the camper this year.
  • I suck at building fires. If I was the Tom Hanks in Castaway I would have died the first week.
  • No band sucks that bad if you have enough beer around.
  • The Beer Hammer is probably the best invention since the wheel.

Audio Books Completed.

First day of vacation is today. Last night completed the three audio books that were sitting on my iPod. “How to Win Friends & Influence People” (Dale Carnegie), “God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything” (Christopher Hitchens), and “Ishmael: An Adventure of the Mind and Spirit” (Daniel Quinn). All great books.

During time off I’m going to try and finish up the rest (or at least a good part) of my remaining list of half read books, including “The Machine That Changed the World: The Story of Lean Production– Toyota’s Secret Weapon in the Global Car Wars That Is Now Revolutionizing World Industry” (James P. Womack, Daniel T. Jones, Daniel Roos).

I really have to start a book and finish it and not order another one until its complete. Its called FLOW Ron.

I also have “The Art of Project Management (Theory in Practice (O’Reilly))” (Scott Berkun) that just got here the other day. It will have to sit in line until I finish up the loose ends.