It was great to go home, but it is time for work…
I mentioned this on my business-oriented blog, but I was off the grid for a few weeks. Finished up the academic quarter and then headed back to Texas for a greatly needed and maybe well-deserved three weeks home. I, more or less, disconnected myself from the grid. Very few Facebook posts, a bare minimum e-mails (all work or family related), a small number of phone calls. Otherwise it was time with the kids and my bride, a couple of short morning outings for photography, and a hard tackle on the Hunnadew list. Okay, maybe not a hard tackle, but with still only one good hand I did the best I could with what I had to work with.
I returned to the Miami Valley last night, dumped the images from my cards to my hard drives, and got back into “the routine.” I am sitting here knocking this out before I get back onto the keyboard and start doing some additional damage to my thesis.
The next four to six weeks will be reasonably quiet here. I will discuss the two visits to San Angelo State Park’s Bird Blind, probably this weekend. I got a new carbon fiber tripod for Christmas (thank you, Beautiful), replacing my reliable but awfully heavy Manfrotto 3021 Pro and I will blog about that as well. I posted two images up on Flickr from the visit and those are on the right.
It was mighty nice to be home. I missed my kids–so glad that school is almost over for me (and them) and that once I get to my new job we all will be a family again. It was also really great to see some of my photographer friends and colleagues while I was home: Bob Zeller (and his bride, Ann), Bruce, and Chris. I have learned much from all three of them in the last few years and I was happy that either schedules or luck aligned to make those meetings happen.
But, it is back to school where I can slave over a thesis for a few weeks before I give it to my committee for their sharp eyes, red pens, and scathing criticism.
I hope that your holidays were good ones and that the new year is starting well for you and yours.