Away for a while now, taking advantage of the cottage, the lake, and the beer. I hope others are able to take time away from their number boxes too!
It was a needed break from work. I’ve been running with a rather short fuse lately, and that’s not fun for anyone. I had some stress when leaving a fairly large work package, but I ended up delegating it through 4 different teams. When I came back, things were in a good place. Oh, there’s always levels of the dumb, but it’s at acceptable levels.
What’s real nice about the cottage is that there’s no real technology. I had my phone for news articles (avoiding social media) but the amazingly solid weather had me out of doors nearly all the time. Didn’t answer any calls from work, just full decompress.
I am quite fortunate to have both a cottage and one that’s about an hour’s drive from home. The kids aren’t technology bound (‘cept perhaps a tad too much Netflix), and get to explore all parts of the outdoors. Tangent time!
We had quite a few guests over the break, and a few of them are not the outdoors type. It is really interesting to see how they (and their children) cope with the openness of the outdoors. There are trees to climb, forts to build, rocks to throw, branches to burn, popsicles to eat, fish to catch, and importantly – bruises to acquire. Compared to a more urban style, where you simply consume rather than create, it can give the appearance of boredom when in fact it’s a world of growth. I’m quite glad that my kids get to experience both of those worlds, and have an appreciation for both. I’m even more glad that other kids get to be exposed to it.
I will say that after 2 weeks of sun, boat & beer, playing hockey again the other night was a tad painful. It is a worthwhile exchange, and shouldn’t take too long to get rid of the water weight.
Being away from tech for nearly a month means I have a bit of catch up to do. A few bits on Steam to clear out. Stranger Things 3 to get through. Some books sitting needing some reading. And some continued slowed breathing.
Stay zen folks.