Back to “normal” life…

It has been ages since I last posted anything, I realize. Life at this point should return to something resembling “normal” for a couple of months, based primarily on the recent end to the spring soccer season. We have a break of about two months between the end of that season and the start of the next, so I will try to be a little more regular in adding stuff here. Lots to write about: soccer (of course), a couple of big shifts in my small slice of the Linux world, a couple of interesting (at least to me!) developments in ColdFusion.

I took Friday off this past week — even though it was already a short week, with Monday having been the Memorial Day holiday — to try to get caught up on several things around home that have been wanting for attention. This felt like the first real “day off” for a long, long time, and in addition, it finally feels like summer (mentally, that is). The combination of not going to work, having Ian out of school, and warm weather made for such a relaxing and energizing combination… we made quite a dent in that to-do list. Friday ended with our first Friday evening pick-up match (I finally get to play again!), and despite it being obvious that I really haven’t played much the past 4 months, it was wonderful to get to play again. Our weekly kick-about is one of my favorite parts of summer: a summer evening, surrounded by friends, kicking a soccer ball about, on the best pitch in town.

I’ve had a little time to read lately, and have been re-reading Phillip Pullman’s “His Dark Materials” trilogy and “The Stand” by Stephen King, and have started working on Douglas Hofstadter’s “I Am A Strange Loop”. I also read Robert Ludlum’s “The Apocalypse Watch” (crap; skip it), Len Deighton’s “Berlin Game” (fluff, but the writing is so much better than Ludlum; I liked it, but Deb couldn’t get into it), and Joe McGinniss’s “The Miracle of Castel di Sango” (great story, average writing; required reading for anyone associated with soccer; I was furious at the end of the book, but I suppose its the only ending that really works).

Work has not been all that great lately. Very little technical work, mostly project management stuff, and lots of turmoil and uncertainty within the org and the team based on personnel changes at all levels.

More to come…