Saturday, January 28, 2006

A Teaser

I'm back!

Ok, not really. I'm actually still in the midst of my "three-projects at once, traveling all the time, kids on vacation, Cristina teaching again, me stressed-out and slightly overwhelmed" phase. I've been bouncing back and forth between Rio and Salvador, mostly putting out fires. Actually, I feel like I've been mostly sweeping up ashes.

I can see the light at the end of the tunnel though. My project has to end, because my deadline is ... er ... well, it was yesterday. But I still have to go back to Salvador, Bahia next week. And I have to finish my final reports (two of them) and present my final recommendations. Also, the kids go back to school next week. So things should start getting back to normal. "All's well that ends" ... as I always say.

I've completely abandoned the blog, because, along with any other "leisure activities", I can't afford distractions. And I am extremely vulnerable to distractions. Like, if I read someone else's blog, and someone posts a link that sounds interesting, I'm going to click on that link ... which leads me to another idea ... then, Hey! let me google more information on that subject!

Then something gives me a new idea for a post for my blog; or I see something I'd like to read about. I can't even think about reading fiction, because it will suck away my attention from my real obligations ....

So there it is. I admit to not being a very disciplined person. So I also admit that I am not blogging again yet: this post is just to announce that I'm still alive, and also see if anyone is still out there. And if anyone actually cares if I come back ;-)

This can be considered a teaser; my first post of 2006, and a few pictures from the last month. Christmas, and -- the "highlight" of January: I was working in Salvador for the two weeks after Christmas, so I flew Cristina and the kids up to spend a week in the hotel (including New Years Eve), where they enjoyed the pool, sightseeing, and hanging out on the beach.

I'll get around to posting more and explaining more when I get around to it. Maybe next week. Maybe not. So here goes:

A picture from late november ... we had just put up the Christmas tree.

A view of the completed patio, with barbecue area and bathroom.

My office / guest house / rec-room ... ready for occupation!

Christmas Eve in Rio ... poolside, late afternoon. Really!

Christmas Morning: Riiiiissse Daaarrth Kevin!

The beach in Salvador. Where I was working. I really was! (Come on! It was Saturday, New Years Eve!)

Lunch on New Years day ...

Hey, little buddy! Are you gonna eat all that?

Walking around Pelourinho, Salvador's historic downtown district.

That's some good ice cream!

Night falls by the Elevador Lacerda, which overlooks the Mercado Modelo and the marina.

That's all for now.


At January 29, 2006 3:38 AM, Anonymous said...


I'm out here, reading your blog. It's just past midnight, Saturday, well Sunday morning. I'm working, but needed a break so thanks for the distraction! Everyone here in our place in Boston is sleeping. The snow in our yard doesn't look quiet as inviting as the sunset and seaside in Brazil! So, take stock of the good things! There's always going to be more work to do! Don't let it consume you....

Karen (Mark's sister)

At January 29, 2006 2:22 PM, Jim said...

Hi Karen!

That's good advice ... but sometimes it's hard to look at things from that perspective. Cristina just packed up the kids and left for a few days at the beach in Saquarema. Meanwhile,
I'll be hanging out here trying to catch up on all of the work I still have to do. :-(

Thanks for dropping by... it's nice to hear from you! I hope the family is well... say "Hi" to Giles and "Oi" to the boys! (I hope they are keeping up on their portuguese!).

At January 30, 2006 12:01 AM, Anonymous said...

Wellcome bach Jim. It's good to hear from you and your nice family.

At January 30, 2006 8:39 PM, Anonymous said...

Jim, you might try to consider the possibility that since you seem to have a problem with self discipline and distractions; your problem could be an attention deficit problem. You could be surprised how great it is to be able to concentrate on something, not allowing distractions, until you have completed whatever you started. This is just a suggestion from someone who has spent too many years to count, with those problems, and has found an answer.

The guest house looks extremely inviting. I am planning my trip for January of 2007. Unless all of you really intend to come here to stay. Everything is just the way you left it year before last. Waiting for your return!!!


At January 30, 2006 9:11 PM, Jim said...

What are you saying, Mom!? You want to put me on Riddlin?

I think you're about 30 years too late ... are you going to call my guidance counseler?

At January 31, 2006 2:20 AM, Mark said...

Of course we're still out here. I check it every other day or so, and was glad to see you've posted something. Real life should always, always, always take precedence over your blog life. Or presidents. Whatever. The house is looking great.

At January 31, 2006 3:17 PM, Anonymous said...

Well atleast it's good to see you doing something productive young man! Afterall, we all know how unproductive the computer era has really made us...

Seriously though, glad to see that you and the family are doing well.

You really should listen to your mom reminds me of that everytime we talk.



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