Today was my first day back in the office since October 4. It was a nice couple of weeks starting with the conference in Ontario then a visit to Niagara for the Thanksgiving weekend followed by a few days off while back in Calgary. I ended my vacation by heading to Banff overnight to support a work conference.
Today, I worked from 9-noon. Not a bad morning to ease back into the routine. Tomorrow, being Wednesday, I work from home. After that, I am out of vacation time, other than about 6 hours I think. So, it’ll be a lot of full days. Oh well. We do get Remembrance Day off in Alberta so that is an extra day. The cold weather is sure to hit soon – thus far, we have not had any snow. They are calling for some on Sunday perhaps with highs just above freezing, BUT, the 14 day forecast looks pretty good.
I am glad to be back to work. Having too much time off can be a little boring. I enjoy going in, I also enjoy working from home on Wednesday’s. With my job, working from home is easily done – there is another guy in the office to handle any office support issues, I jump on the “queue” and handle issues from all over the country.
As I have likely noted previously, I am now working 9-5:30, until the end of busy season anyway – that would be the end of April. For the summer, I will switch back to 8-4:30 and next summer, I might participate in the flex program which allows you to take every other Friday off by working extra time each day. A pretty good deal having additional long weekends. The only thing that screws it up is if you take vacation while doing that – your vacation is deducted as hours as opposed to days so you still get the same number of hours off, just not the same number of days off.
Right now, I am sort of considering heading back to Ontario in August for a friends wedding. Guess I will see how that plays out. That would bring me back during possibly hot, humid weather which I do not enjoy. I can likely survive a week of it though. Will have to see how much a flight is and also factor in putting Zeus and Blondie into their “pet resort” at $62 per day for the pair. Lots of time to figure it all out.
We will be having another conference next September or October – not sure where it will be though. I have heard rumours of either Ottawa or Montreal. Ottawa would be great – would give me an opportunity to visit some friends there, but more difficult to visit friends and family back in Niagara and Toronto. I hope to be on that planning committee at work, so perhaps I will have some influence. I am sure we will have it in Niagara again sometime as well so that will be VERY convenient.
For now, I am back in what I now consider home and looking forward to the winter, believe it or not. I have a new 4×4 vehicle which I think will handle the snow and what not well. I will have to, of course, be on the lookout for the other crazy drivers though. Gotta love them.
Tomorrow also marks the arrival of the 2013 World Series. I have watched quite a lot of the playoffs. I don’t watch a lot of ball during the summer. I am umpiring, so I see plenty of ball there and the 162 regular season games in the majors tend to be a little boring.
It is the St. Louis Cardinals versus the Boston Red Sox. Typically, I would go for Boston, being an AL team, but this year, for the first time ever, I am pulling for St. Louis. I hope it will be a good series regardless of who wins.
So, if you have a chance, catch some action and enjoy. If you miss it, baseball will return in 5 short months.