So if you’ve been wondering where I’ve been and why I went over a week not posting… I was on vacation. Sort of. It wasn’t one of those fancy “go on a cruise” or “go to Disney” or “take out a 2nd mortgage so I can take the family to Switzerland” sort of vacations. It was a stay-cation. With two dogs and a cat to look after, traveling vacations are, for the moment, a bit of a tricky proposition.

Still, it was nice to get out of Buffalo for an afternoon on one day and overnight (we stayed at the Quality Inn in Batavia, NY overnight. It has an indoor water park attached. And it’s not that I didn’t do anything in the past week, I just decided I needed to get a break from most of the computer stuff, and it was a reasonably good thing.

Though I still didn’t want to go to work today. Not because of the job, or the company… I’ve just realized how tired I really am. 21 years I’ve been in I.T. If I count college, at least, which I do. It’s been a challenge to keep mentally positive through a bunch of it, and it has taken its toll on my mind and body. It’s hard to say which toll was more severe. I won’t get into details, because they’re rather personal, but some I had to make some serious, recent changes to my life for my own well being. The hardest one, to be perfectly frank, is giving up soft drinks. It’s the hardest, but definitely the best for me since, as things stand, I’ve already managed to drop over 24 lbs.

So let that be a warning to you people – soft drinks can be as dangerous as alcohol and other vices. Be careful about your consumption.

I have a goal weight I’m aiming for, and I’m sure I can get there, but it’ll take time and effort. My wife has been gently encouraging me to do better, and at times (most times) I haven’t listened to her as well as I should. Thankfully she still has faith in me to do right, and even if there are some other challenges to overcome, I consider myself lucky to have her support, as well as the support of my kids.

At any rate, that’s the general news. Perhaps it’ll be the start of a new segment on the site. I’ll have to give that some thought.

Additional news: Eli and I managed to get the third and (for now) final work table assembled last night. I will eventually post a project post up about the entire endeavor. There are still some odds and ends left to do, and it’s inspired me to look at a couple other projects for down the line, but for now, here’s the summary photos from constructing two mobile work tables (on-feed / off-feed / assembly) and the long work bench for my miter saw.

Anyway, that’s about all for now. I’ll probably be back to regular posting, soon. Hopefully with something more detailed about the trains, or baking, or SOMETHING.