The Sabbatical's Over

For the last two months, I've had the incredibly good fortune to take that time off while getting paid. Magenic gives each of their employees a 3-month paid sabbatical after 10 years of service. I decided to take 6 weeks off and cash out the rest, and I added a vacation week before and after the sabbatical time. This was truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I can't think of any other company that provides such a benefit to their employees. And it's been wonderful to spend so much time with my family. Here's a quick summary of the highlights:

  • The family got to spend a week in San Diego, where we went to Legoland, the San Diego Zoo, and Sea World.
  • Liz and I went out to the east coast where we spent 2 days in Vermont, and 2 days in Connecticut (fortunately before Irene ravaged the coastline). I got to take a tour of a local winery in Connecticut and for me, that was the highlight of the trip.
  • I took a 4-day trip to Wisconsin to speak at a local .NET user group, golf with some friends, and I ended up playing some music on a Saturday night.
  • I played a fair amount of Halo: Reach.
  • I tried to keep writing more of my "Metaprogramming in .NET" book. That didn't go as well, but near the end I got back on track and finished up another chapter.
  • I started playing my guitar more. I'm hoping to start another musical adventure with a friend of mine later in October so I needed to get rid of the rust.
  • I didn't do a lot with programming, and I'm kind of glad I stayed away from it. Sure, I worked on my book, but I didn't dive into any new languages or anything else programming-related. Kind of happy I didn't!

I didn't get everything done that I wanted to do, but I also got to do a lot of things that I did want to do. Overall I thorougly enjoyed the time off, and I'm happy I work for a company that provides such an amazing benefit.

Truth be told, though, I'm glad I'm going back to work. The time-off was fun, but I think 8 weeks was enough. I want to get back and start working with technology again, and I'm going to be quite busy right away. In a couple of days I'm heading to HDC11 where I'm doing a talk on Pex. The week after I'm going to BUILD and ... well, we'll see what happens with that conference and its focus on Windows 8 (I'm excited and a bit cautious at the same time). Oct. 8th and 9th is Twin Cities Code Camp 11, and it's shaping up to be another amazing event. I've also submitted talks for Iowa Code Camp and Chippewa Valley Code Camp - hopefully I'll end up at those Code Camps as well. I'm also flying to Redmond in Oct. to speak at VSLive, where I'm doing two talks.

The batteries have been recharged - it's time to get back to work :).

* Posted at 09.04.2011 11:06:01 AM CST | Link *

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