Sometimes, It’s Hard to Have a Vacation

My daughter and I are sitting on the cool pavement outside the locked doors of the Woodburn Public Library in Woodburn, Oregon.  I’ve been making a daily pilgrimage here each day for the public wireless connection to do email and check on the status of multiple projects.

I’d admit one thing– this is probably the worst summer I’ve ever had for taking any type of break.  We’ve cancelled two weeks of sailing (one in the UK, one in the US), and I cut my two week break in the US from almost two weeks to just five days.

It’s simply that there are too many projects going on at work.  Veracross is doing well by following through on our needs and some data alignment issues, but it’s hard to relax until we know the mission critical ones are in the bag.  At this moment, some of the big pieces are in place, and some others are nearly there, but I won’t be really resting until all the operations critical pieces are in place.

So, I sit on a dirty sidewalk checking on many things, and my daughter reads her book.  Yesterday, my son joined and read a book from the library.  My father would bring me here two or three times a month when I was my children’s age, so I feel pretty natural doing this.

However, I also look forward to getting back to London this week and doing all possible to tie up loose ends.

On the plus side, we got out my seven inch Dobsonian telescope last night and had some fun.  I just downloaded some astronomy software to both my Thinkpad and iPhone, and we’ll be back out again tonight.  Given the full moon, I really need to get up at 3:30 a.m. to get some dark skies.

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