My vacation has flown by and now that the last day of it has come to a close I’m wishing it would last longer. I completed the suitcase project, spent a lot of time with wonderful people, read plenty, went to a great concert, and generally had a refreshing and rewarding break from work.
I enjoyed my trip to New Brunswick over the weekend, spending time with my parents and cousins. I hadn’t seen Frank and Melanie, their kids Kailey, Shane, Victoria and Colton, or my aunt Lucille in a couple years, so I had been looking forward to seeing them all again. It’s a bit strange to know that Kailey will graduate from high school in a couple months and that all the others have grown up so much. It was fun to be climbed over by a couple rugrats during the day and spend an evening drinking margaritas.
I discovered an odd drink while in Fredericton; in a mall there was a stand selling Smoochies, which were a combination of bubble tea and slushies. The drink was good, actually, enough so that I’d get it again, but I do prefer real bubble tea.
I think the best moment of the trip was when my mom asked me, “So, will you be buying Christmas presents for all the women in your life?”
I looked over at her and said, “Jesus, Mom, I’m not that rich!”
I got a funny look for that, and I know she meant my roommates and Gwen, but 99% of my friends happen to be female, so I couldn’t help but respond in that way.
This time away from work has renewed my commitment to find ways to have more time and resources to pursue projects and interests I have outside of conventional work. Central to that is creating a location-independent income source, which would allow me to stretch my nomadic wings some. I’m working on it diligently.