Next week is my last week, and then I have 2 weeks Christmas holidays.
I work in operations and my performance is measure by uptime and reliability.
Nothing gets changed on a Friday, or the week before holidays.
Tidying up loose ends, training, documentation, ...
I finish up next Tuesday. First time in years I have had leave to take and time to take it...
Four days work, and four days work time, and a recently deployed application throwing up occasional "bugs" (unit test, volume test, pilot test by IT, UAT test, test by Santa and all his elves, and still the users will find a way to break stuff that we didn't).
All of my customers are in K-12 education support. Christmas break for them starts after this Friday and goes through January 3rd, so a little more than 2 weeks. I've got a few days scheduled to travel to see kids/grandkids but other than that, I will be wfh...just without as many interruptions!
"Go forth into the source" - Neal Morse
"Hope is contagious"
I came back to work after a long absence and I already told my boss that I am not going to stress myself like I did before.
So taking it easy while getting a current overview, talking to the people to catch up (both project / professionally and socially), having a lot of emails to get through, a lot of windows updates to do...
I guess I will be able to start being really productive (as much as I can having lazy customers) in the new year.
I'll be working the second week of holidays and I can ensure you that I will enjoy the peace.
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It's that no-one is around on the run up to Year-End. And I've had a bombshell dropped on my desk with a hard deadline of end of January with two other projects working to the same timelines. And no staff.
I'm going to need a lot of and :wine:
About eighteen years ago, a close friend of mine wanted to flee from all this Christmas stress, and rather go away to visit all the friends they had made in Thailand, with no kind of celebration of neither newborns or capitalism ... He suggested this to his family (wife and two small girls), who rejoiced: They would love an end-of-year vacation with their friends. They have been there so many times that they had learned to speak some Thai, and use to live with the local population.
Gradually, my friend realized that his wife was planning to carry along a whole lot of Christmas stash and activities, to show their friends what Norwegian Christmas celebration is like - exactly what my friend wanted to flee from. So they started arguing, resulting in the Thailand plans being dropped.
I visited him the following summer, in 2005. He showed me photos from their last visit, in 2003, with the beach right next to where they used to live where his two little girls of 6 and 8 playing in the sand. If they had gone to Thailand for Christmas 2004, the girls might very well have running around on the same beach in the morning, 26th of December.
All their Thai friends survived, but their houses were washed away, including the one where my friend used to live with his family.
I do celebrate sunturn (aka solstice), lifting our glasses at the exact minute that the sun stops it walk towards darkness but turns around towards the next summer.
One of our traditional elements of sunturn celebration is watching the "Rare Exports Inc.", the greatest Christmas Horror Comedy movie ever made. Santa will never be the same after you have watched it.
They - that is a Finnish company, WoodpeckerFilms, making short commercial movies for a lot of customers - made a short that was sent to all their customers as a Christmas gift. I believe that was in year 2003. It leaked out to the internet, and made a huge hit.
The short made such a success that the company decided to make a full length feature film, released 2010. The final highlight is closely related to that of the short, but the story leading up to it is certainly quite different.
I do enjoy the short, but the real Christmas story comes in the full length feature film.
If you buy it on CD/DVD, there are a couple of supplementary shorts. Fair enough, but the two of significance are the 2003 short and the 2010 full length feature movie.
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