on sabbatical

Our little fam of three is going off the grid to Lunenburg, NS for some much needed R & R. I was going to write a bunch of posts and schedule them blah blah blah, but then I read Daphne's post about taking a digital sabbatical and decided I would take one too. For over a year I've been consistently writing and posting and think I deserve a break (right?!) so consider this "summer hours" for fridaysoff. I'll be quiet for two weeks (maybe three), but when I come back I hope to feel refreshed and bursting with content.

Speaking of summer hours do you work for a company that believes in them? I've been lucky enough to work for a company who does - we all get to leave early on Fridays throughout the summer. The co-founders (Max and Cameron) at Big Bang Technology take summer hours one step further and ensure their employees never work past 5:00 p.m.  They believe working overtime rewards bad behaviour and unfairly creates two group of employees - the heroes, those that stay late and the losers, those who let you down because they cannot or choose not to comply. They totally have a point and I like it. When everyone is putting in equal hours it becomes glaringly apparent who is getting work done through the day and who isn't. It also fosters happier employees because they still get to have a life. I have a lot of hobbies in addition to having a family and a blog, so when the clock strikes 5:00 I have a more work to do, but just a different kind and I think that makes me a more valuable employee in the end anyway.

So let's all enjoy these dog days of summer folks (there aren't many left - whimper) and maybe you should consider taking a digital sabbatical too or asking your employer for summer hours!

See you in a few weeks!

back in action

I'm sorry I've been so absent but we were away in Nova Scotia sans computer. Now I'm back and fully recharged (sort of) after spending 6 days with my in-laws, nieces and nephew in beautiful Lunenburg, NS.

What is usually a pretty chill getaway was a hectic week filled with the demands of the ever-so charming ankle-biters. I must say I do adore them. The kids were the main attraction and I was happy to entertain since I don't get to see them very often. These are a few of my favourite moments:

  • Hearing their giddy laughter
  • Reading and a cuddle on the couch
  • Making sand castles and playing on the beach
  • Listening to their little voices and answering their questions
  • Seeing them smile
  • Watching  fireworks

Looking forward to more visits!

July 06, 2010 — Alanna Banks