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Monday, May 05, 2003
Going on Vacation/Sabbatical

I need a break. I'm going on vacation this coming Sunday. The wife and I are going on a Caribbean cruise while my mom and dad fly down to watch the kiddies for the week. I'm looking forward to a little R&R and my fist ever cruise.

In the meantime, I'm starting a sabbatical from the blog starting today and running through the end of my vacation at a minimum (the 18th of May). I'm drained.

The main problem with trying to keep up with this blog is that I just don't have the time to devote to it and keep the quality at a level that is to my standards. I know none of you wants to hear me bitch about my lack of time, but...tough crap, you're going to. I work and my wife works as a pharmicst. Pharmacists have odd hours. Some days she works only 8 hours, but others she works 12 hours. We have 2 small kids (3 1/2 year old girl and 2 year old boy). When I'm not working, I'm at home being a Dad. This pretty much takes up most of my time right now. I try to squeeze in blogging during my odd free hour or 10 minutes. And I try to squeeze it in along with all my other interests. Reading, sports, movies, spending time with my wife, family, yardwork, blah blah blah....

I'm lucky if I get an hour a week to devote to this blog. I basically write most of my posts in lightning sessions of 10-20 minutes. It is very, VERY hard to come up with funny material in so little time. Often times, I'm posting because I feel I should given the links and readership I've earned in the six months since I've started.

But this was supposed to be about having fun and not trying to please others. I feel almost obligated to post now, and I shouldn't feel that way. I don't want or need any more obligations than I already have, thank you.

So, we'll see how I feel when I return. Maybe I continue with this, maybe I cut back to a post a week. Maybe I change the format to random musings instead of Onion-style satire. It's much harder than it seems to write that kind of humor. Some days it flows and other days I can't think of a damn thing.

Anyway, this is the last post for a little while. I'll update anyone who cares on the future direction of this blog when I get back and can figure out what I want to do with this space. I don't really want to stop blogging, but I don't want to feel like I HAVE to do this either. Hopefully, some answers will lie in the waters around St. Lucia.