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The Last Hoorah – Almost!

January 2014

Yesterday was to be the last day of the longest vacation of my adult life, going back 28 years to when I was just 15 – two weeks and a few days (I haven’t had more than a week off at a time for more than a decade). Humorously enough, we didn’t even go anywhere… Just stayed home and had a blast as a family.

I’ve been “off” since before Christmas – now I use the term “off” loosely…it just means I haven’t gone into the office. I’ve still gotten a lot of work done. Such is the life.

I’ve taken the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day off for almost a decade now, but I’ve never been able to stay still long enough to be off this long. This was a special occasion though. I’ve been struggling with motivation lately and I needed badly a bit of reinvigoration, to refocus…

I was ready to go back on Thursday but I made myself stay home so I would really want it… I’m there. I’m ready, recharged – ready to take on my industry!

Then THIS:


24 hours earlier my wife’s van was completely cleaned off, I took the kids out to lunch in it.

I shoveled the driveway twice and my wife did it once yesterday. School was cancelled before 7 yesterday evening. I took the Christmas tree to the fire pit and the snow topped out just under my kneecap. It’s deep baby, I’m a six footer and at 9:00 it was still coming down… This is the worst snow storm we’ve had in more than a decade so I’m home for one more day so they can get the roads cleared.

Thank God for one last, last Hoorah!

UPDATE:  Flint, just fifteen miles from my home, recorded 16.2 inches – the third highest single day amount in history.  Yup, we got hammered.


  1. Paige says:

    No snow but freakin’ cold in Georgia!

  2. Kecia says:

    I haven’t had a full day of work since December 12 (due to being sick and then on winter break). Aside from summer breaks, I never have that long of a break during the school year, so I too am ready to get back to work, but I don’t think there is a school in the state of Iowa that has school today. Not due to snow, but due to the -40 to -60 degree windchill temperatures. It is VERY cold here!! With that said, I’m off to the gym to swim and strength train. I might as well get a good workout in while I have another day of vacation. 🙂

  3. We had at least a foot of snow dumped on St. Louis yesterday! No school here either…

  4. biking2work says:

    No snow here in Eastern UK and temp in double figures (°C) but we’re gradually submerging due to rain & storms. Would rather have that than snow though-my body I nearly ready to ride again and lets just say that my boys are READY to go back to school…

  5. tischcaylor says:

    Our kids’ school canceled 1;30 p.m. yesterday. We’re all going stir crazy here, but not wanting to go outside and attempt any more shoveling right now with the temp at 13-below, last I saw….

  6. tischcaylor says:

    Good grief — no sooner did I finish typing that than my husband said they just called off school for tomorrow already!

    • bgddyjim says:

      Holy smokes! One way or another I’m going to the office tomorrow – payroll day. It’ll be interesting to see if they cancel it here too… Enjoy the days off!

  7. -7 right now – windchill -32. . .working from home!

  8. Daniel Weise says:

    Enjoy it while you can. Imagine how you would wish for it come the heat of August! I do miss the snow but there is a limit to how much of a good thing is too much!

    Hope the snow forts worked out well. I know in that cold of temps the construction doesn’t go so well. 🙂

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