I took a week off, actually 10 days in a row off. The motivation is complicated. My office is changing the policy on accumulating vacation time, reducing the number of hours I can accumulate, and changing from a carry over cap to an accrual cap. Meaning I not only needed to use up hours to get below the lowered limited before the end of the accounting year, I need to take enough time off to stay below the limit, or I don't earn additional hours until I have used hours to get below the limit. I need to schedule a couple of days off in September and October or I will stop accruing time.
What did I do? I bought another camera. There are still a few things I would like to have. You can never have too many. I have been diving deeper into the menus and settings on the cameras. They really are computers that capture images, and can do amazing things. I am continuing to play with the large format photo printer. I am thinking about covering a wall in my office with 11 by 17 inch photo prints from the 15 months away from the office.
I have finished a year of morning walks in the Dyke Marsh National Wildlife Refuge. I started fourth of July weekend of 2020. It has become a habit, something I feel incomplete if I don't do it. My pre-covid office clothes fit, it has to be the 45 minutes to an hour of walking almost every day that explains why the clothes still fit. I have a ton of photos, and about 20 pages of text written for a personal book about a year of mornings in the marsh. Now that I have completed the year, I may mix it up with walks at Huntley Meadows, and long walks in the District when I am coming and going from the office. The longer I have lived here, the less I see of the city that I love. I can change that.
I have been cooking, I love to cook, and being off gives me time. I just need to find inspiration. I have been sleeping, long nights, and afternoon naps. I have been watching the Tour de France. The live coverage is on early morning here. When I am in the office, if I am lucky I catch parts of the replay later in the day. Being off, has allowed me to watch live. Something to look forward in retirement is three weeks each summer of watching the live coverage of the Tour. Someday, I am going to France to watch the peloton thunder by.
I have finished travel plans for Nevada in October. I am speaking at a conference in Reno, then we are staying at the south end of Lake Tahoe for a few days - just across the state line in California.
We did a little shopping, took a run to the electronics recycling place to get rid of a couple of old printers.
I have been reading, I will likely have finished book number 31 for 2021 by the time this posts on Saturday. I had finally figured out how to fit reading into my daily routine, and bringing back my subway commute adds at least an hour of reading time to each day I go to the office. My plan is to return to the office three days a week starting next week.
Well that is kind of the most of it. What have you been up to?