Tuesday, August 31, 2004

Vacation '04 — Part 1

I didn't get any comments on my previous post so I had to make my own decisions about what to do. I would have anyway, but I was expecting at least a couple of ... shall we say "interesting" ideas.

I should say that I was sick over the weekend and in no condition to drive long distance so I didn't leave until today. And now I am in Nova Scotia and will be here for the week, probably leaving to head back on Sunday.

I want to tell you about a customer service experience I had lately, as well as a couple of things about the trip up. However, I also want to sleep. After I give you some information about the drive, I think you will understand why I am going to leave the rest for a later time.

I had my GPS with me tracking the trip and thought some of the information might be interesting. Keep in mind that the GPS stats cover the entire trip, I did not turn it off or stop the tracking while I pumped gas or stopped to eat.

Total Time: 11 hours, 30 minutes, 54 seconds
Trip Odometer: 1081 kilometers
Average Speed: 93.9 km/h
I am going to leave the conversions to the reader.

As you can tell, I didn't stay still for long. I stopped, pumped gas, used the loo, bought snacks, started driving again.

I have been here for a while now, but need to settle in after the drive, stretch, and wind down before trying to sleep. Otherwise I would not have slept well. But now that I have done this, partly by writing, I am going to lie down and sleep.

I'll write about the other things I mentioned later on. Most likely before I head back.


Monday, August 23, 2004

Vacation '04 — Now Pre-boarding

As I said in my last entry, I have a vacation scheduled. I am taking next week off. Once you factor in weekends and the Labour Day holiday this will give me a full 10 days off work. Actually, the reason I am taking the vacation is so that the days won't be quite as full.

I have been very tired and rundown lately and part of it is due to my getting burnt out at work. It is not that it has gotten any more stressful at work, but for some reason it has been weighing heavier on my lately.

So I am taking the time off, but I don't know what I am going to do yet, or where I am going to do it for that matter. I do know that I will probably head home for at least part of it. Home being Nova Scotia. This will allow me to see my family, friends, and my old haunts.

Other than that, the only plan I have so far is to try to get rested, and to relax.

Any suggestions? Leave comments or email using the links below.

Tuesday, August 17, 2004

Don't look behind the curtain!

Well, I worked on my journal somewhat this weekend. Made several changes behind the scenes, including the comment system in use. The new system is through HaloScan and includes Trackback as well as Comments.

I switched for several reasons that I am not going to go into right now. However, I will say that I did not do it in order to get trackback, but since I was changing and they offered it, I figured "Why not put it in too?"

I have not had a chance to see if I can get the old comments imported into the new system. If I can import them, I will.

I just realized that it is 1:15am and I have to get up and go to work in the morning. I guess I should go to bed. Hopefully I will be able to get to sleep quickly.

I need time off work. Good thing I got a vacation scheduled. I'll give you more information about that soon.

Tuesday, August 10, 2004

Still Standing

I was in Blue Hills for a while on Sunday and found that the standing stones I erected over 3 months ago are still there. Actually, I am not sure if they are still standing or if someone else has rebuilt them in the same location in the meantime.

Either way, it is cool to return to a quiet, peaceful place and find standing stones like that. Even if it is an area where you have erected those same stones in the past.

I also did some hiking and geocaching while I was there. Considering how rundown I have been for the past week or so it was good to get out. Bushwhacking and climbing over rocks was just a bonus.

At one point I happened upon a clearing, one whose center was the smooth surface of a buried boulder. On this spot there was a collection of stones which looked to me as if they had been standing at one point but had since fallen. So I stood them.

I will be posting these pictures, as well as a few others at Buzznet. Look for them there.

I mentioned that I have been very rundown for the past week or so. It has been a combination of my insomnia, a touch of some bug, and my bloodsugar being unstable. Of course getting sick and not sleeping will play havoc with anyone's bloodsugar.

This all lead up to me spending most of Saturday in bed fading in and out of restless sleep. Which did seem to help, but it sucked. At least I was feeling good enough after that to get out on Sunday, which I have already told you about above.

Well, that's going to be it for now. I am off to bed, and hopefully to sleep.

Pleasant Dreams.