As of last Wednesday, I had gone 31 days with only one day off in the preceding month. I was burned out. Fortunately, this coincided with my friends coming to visit my wife and I from Ohio, so this gave me an excellent opportunity to deman^H^H^H^H^Hrequest time off, and they gave it to me.
For the past 5 days or so, I’ve been off and running around the NY/NJ area, doing all sorts of touristy things with our friends, and just exploring NYC like I haven’t had the chance to before. We spent an entire day at the American Museum of Natural History, and I finally got to go to the Hayden Planetarium to see Cosmic Collisions. It was absolutely worth it, and I’m so glad I picked up a membership on my first visit.
I finally got to go visit Liberty Island and see the statue. It was great, very impressive. After July 4th, they’re going to be opening up the crown, but until then, you can only go to the top of the pedestal. It was still a great view.
Ate lots of great food, had a good time with my friends, and today I’m back at work. We’re switching over to a new backup site this week. Hopefully things will go smoother than they have the week prior to my vacation, but we’ll see, and I’ll write about it.
So did I miss anything good?
Well, I’m back in the States, and working on getting back into the groove. I want to take a second and reiterate my thanks to the many guest bloggers who helped me out and contributed some really great information while I was gone. I really enjoyed learning from each one of the entries, and I can tell from your comments that they were well received. So thank you again, Ian, Bob, Nick, Ryan, Jeff, Phil, and Michael. You guys helped me out a lot, and I really appreciate it.
After Amy and I got back to Columbus, things got even crazier. Due to an (un?)fortunate alignment in the cosmos, we were scheduled to have the moving company come pack up all of our belongings the morning after we got home at 11:30pm from the trip. So I slept about three hours that night, while Amy pulled an all-nighter to get things ready. I don’t know how she did it. We got it done, though, and spent Saturday night with our friends Mike and Heather, since we didn’t have a bed at that point.
Sunday morning we got up and packed the things we needed into the car and left for New Jersey, and we’re there now. Our furniture should be here this morning sometime.
I started in the corporate office yesterday, and it seems like it’s going to be a lot of fun. My “todo” list is sitting around a dozen, and that’s just because I left it at work. I’ve come up with several other tasks since then. Since there’s no shortage of things for me to do, I’d better get started.
Thanks for reading, and I hope to return to normal blog posts tomorrow. By the way, I’ll be uploading photos of the trip to my flickr page, if you’re interested.
Today, sadly, I’ll be returning to Barcelona to catch my flight home, and the real world.
Because my life isn’t ever boring, I’m moving to Union County, New Jersey this weekend. The movers are coming to take our stuff away tomorrow, and Sunday we’ll be driving to NJ to move into our new apartment.
Monday I’ll be starting in the corporate headquarters. I’ve visited several times for a week or so, but this will still be a sizable change from what I’m used to. The wardrobe requirements in particular will be difficult to adjust to. I won’t be able to wear sandals and jean shorts in the summer. The horror!
Anyway, I’ll cover all of that in the future. Thanks to the time warp of scheduling these entries early, it’s now 1am Saturday, January 24th, and in a few short hours, I’ll be on a plane bound for the Mediterranean. Have a good weekend!