Quiet, Clean Space

I have a dream that one day I will have a clean house, nicely furnished, with some personal space, some peace and the time to enjoy such amenities. Since I was young I haven’t liked clutter or my personal belongings scattered around my living area. I’m not a clean freak, but maybe I am a tidy freak. I have found that, at times, kids can mean chaos and chaos, for me, equals stress, which equals impatience. This is something that I am trying to work on as I find myself increasingly in environments I can’t always control (namely when my strong willed kids are around). When my personal space is scattered, my mind is scattered. One way I have learned to deal with this is my use of lists at work and home. When there is a lot going on (like everyday), I make a list. When I complete an item on the list, I cross it off. It makes me feel productive and keeps my mind organized. I hope to one day be able to come home, relax in my personal space, maybe with some music on and unwind. But, perhaps, when that day comes, I may yearn for the days of the hustle and bustle of my young daughters.

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Ball Watch

I have found one of the watches I want. If and when I ever get it is a different matter, but as of today this is what I would choose. It’s not the best known brand (which I like) and it is not the most expensive watch out there, but it is definitely a quality watch, so much so that WristWatch Annual 2011 has placed the Ball Watch I want on its cover, the Ball Engineer Master II World Time. Some think the tritium gas lume function of the Ball Watches is a bit toy-like, but I like it. It is unique and practical. The key now is convincing my wife to let me buy this watch one day.

Cruising

It has been a while since I last posted. But I have had a good time in the mean time. A week was spent in California with in-laws and a week on a cruise ship along the Pacific coast of Mexico with my dad and siblings.  

This was the first cruise for my wife and me and we will likely be doing it again someday, maybe even without children. We took the Carnival Splendor and I was impressed with the food and the ship. The entertainment was better than I expected and the cabins were more than sufficient. It was a memorable vacation with family and one that will be talked about at gatherings for years to come. I really don’t have anything bad to say about the cruising experience and hope to do it again in the near future.

The ports-of-call in Mexico, however, were another matter. Having grown up on the west coast, I heard the names of Puerto Vallarta and Mazatlan since I can remember. Both sites were underwhelming and humongous tourist traps that don’t offer the vacation-like atmosphere that I would have expected. I was in each place for merely a matter of hours and realize that my conclusions may be incomplete, but they are my impressions nonetheless. Cabo San Lucas was the nicest of the three cities the ship docked at, and unfortunately, the shortest stop of the trip. For me, being on the ship was the best part of the trip – there was food when I wanted it, entertainment, good weather, and of course, my family. Overall, it was a chance to take a break from the hectic pace of life and relax on board for a week. 

After returning from vacation, I went straight to Baltimore for a conference, where I have had the chance to take a break from my vacation. But as I sit on the Amtrak Northeast Regional train back to New York, it is now back to real life. This is generally the busiest time of year for many companies and this year will be no exception. It’s time to get back to work.