People like to talk about the economy these days. It’s sort of important I suppose considering how bleak things were a few months ago. I do feel like things have rebounded a bit, yet I’m not basing this on any scientific financial data. Hell, our house just appraised for $125,000 less than it did two years ago. Does it make me happy? Nope.
I mention the economy because it’s been talked about ad nauseam. I think there’s something to this though. As someone who was slated to be laid off at the end of January this year, I’ve survived layoffs. However, my new role at the same company is very challenging. There’s lots of work to be done by fewer people. Those people, myself included, have much less time available for nefarious internet wanderings. I used to get home, chill out in front of the TV and read blogs for a couple hours. That’s hardly the case anymore.
I don’t take work home with me very often because my days in the office are chock full of work. The last thing I want to do at home is sit on the computer doing stuff for The Man. I’d rather tend to the family, the yard, or some other household tasks like folding laundry or killing wasps. It’s a bit disheartening because I’ve lost contact with some great blogs and not by design. The wonderful thing about blogging is it’s usually pretty easy to pick up where you left off.
To combat the challenge that is work we’ve planned our second annual “mancation”. I know it’s a cheesy name, but we’re sticking with it. Last year’s event was a complete surprise my wife slyly coordinated with my friends. We spent two nights in Eastern Washington doing little more than riding mountain bikes, drinking coffee/beer, and shooting the shit. It was my first true weekend away from my daughter. Since then I’ve been away from her a couple other times when I traveled to Toronoto for work last year.
So bring on the vacation. Oh, just in case your memory is shorter than the year is long, my wife went on a little surf adventure to Mexico earlier this year. I’m hardly leaving the state, but for four days I will be certain to leave work behind. That’s what mancation is all about.