Crunchtime Fun

Welcome to the end of the year, when late projects suddenly get rushed to completion so boxes can be checked off and project managers can take credit for “having the initiative to push this project to completion”. It’s also the time of year when the systems admins realize they’re about to lose several days to several weeks of vacation time if they don’t take it, so you can see the conflict of interest there.

Well, I’m in the second category. I’ve scheduled my use-it-or-lose-it vacation days so they’re somewhat spread out, and I’m actually working the week between Christmas and New Years because I’m on call that week. In all honesty, things aren’t that bad this year – yes, there’s a mad rush to get projects out the door, but it’s not disrupting my schedule too much. So, I’m using the relative quiet and downtime to make plans for next year – mostly aimed at not putting myself in the position of having to burn two weeks of vacation time in December so I don’t lose it. This is my idea of crunchtime – and it’s quite a bit more fun than the typical crunchtime mess. 🙂

So, what are my plans so far? Well, I’m taking a page from Ingress, which has a new-to-me feature called “missions”. I’m making a list of places to visit / things to do over the course of the twelve months starting January 1 2015. Are these New Years Resolutions? You might consider some of them to be, but I don’t. They’re waypoints that  hope to get to during my journey through 2015. Let’s take a look at some of the “things to do”:

  • New kitchen countertops
  • Faux stone accent wall (on the wall with the fireplace)
  • New backsplash in kitchen
  • Tile floor in kitchen
  • Finish suspended railroad in living room
  • New flooring through main level
  • Sell townhome, upgrade to detached single family

Now if that isn’t one of the most discriminatory terms I’ve ever come across…  why is it called a “single family” home? Are unmarried childless people not allowed to live there? Given my situation, that term is about as welcome as a burning bag of shit on the front stoop. Call it a “detached home” – don’t associate it with the assumption of a family involving spouses and children.

Ok, gripe mode off. I’ll try to warn you next time I hit a pet peeve, but can’t promise I’ll succeed. Anyway, the whole point to most of these items, as you can probably tell, is to improve the value of the townhome so I can maximize my profit when I sell. This is mostly so I can invest a large chunk of the profits, but a small part will also help fund the (possibly multiple) road trip(s) I want to take throughout the year. Some of the cities already on the list:

  • Tampa FL
  • Miami FL
  • Washington DC
  • Williamsburg VA
  • Charleston SC

What do these cities have in common? Well, aside from the fact that they’ve made this list, I’m not telling. 🙂 Seriously, though, if you know me, you probably have a good idea what the rationale is, even if you don’t know specifics. I was going to make this a list and modify it throughout the year – I might still do that, but right now it’s time for me to go get lunch (more specifically, visist the gym then get lunch), so I’ll leave it at that.

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