Unplugging

url1As I write this, my wife and I are less than two days from going on our first week-long vacation since before any of our children were born.  It’s been a while.  My parents have graciously agreed to watch our kids for the week so that we can go on a cruise.  Yes, we are excited.  We are also stressed, because it is a whole different ballgame to up and leave for a week when you’ve got several jobs and three kids to plan for.

Apart from being with my wife and hopefully not getting stranded on a desert island, this vacation is about unplugging.  Unplugging from work, unplugging from the normal routine, and unplugging from the internet.  While the ship does have wifi, it’s stupidly expensive — and besides, sometimes it’s just good to go a week without.  Emails will wait.  Blog posts will wait.  MMOs will wait.

I definitely feel like I need a week where I’m not writing, working, and taking care of kids every waking moment.  It’s going to be incredibly strange not writing the news or knowing what’s going on in the MMO industry for a week.  Knowing how it usually goes when I leave, something will implode and a major event will happen and I’ll come back to a chorus of “WHY ARE YOU NOT TALKING ABOUT THIS?!?”

Sorry about that in advance.  Sometimes it’s horrible to have the world revolve around you.

The most technology I’m bringing with me is my iPad mini, which I’ve stocked with a season of a sitcom that my wife and I are watching, four new books on Kindle, and a few games.  I don’t anticipate needing all of that, it’s just nice to have if there’s some waiting around or late-night downtime.

Anyway, apart from a pre-scheduled post here on Bio Break, you won’t see me again until the 6th.  Be… excellent to each other… and… party on, dudes!

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11 thoughts on “Unplugging

  1. As a father of two I say … do it! Screw us whiny bitches and Relax (capital ‘R’). Just accept that while you’re gone your parents will swap your kids for a set that, while looking identical, are completely different.

    Mike.

  2. Enjoy the R&R Syp, I’m sure you deserve it :-)
    Anything that’s (truly) important will wait until you return, so no point worrying.

  3. Have a great time Syp! It was fun hunting you down in GW2 the other night. See you when you get back!

  4. You do realise that there is a good chance the ship will have wifi. Will you be able to resist the temptation to connect up?

  5. Cruise holidays are awesome, and despite them having wifi usually onboard (as mbp says above) I have found it very easy to forget about normal life for the week. Enjoy!

  6. I work in IT. I am surrounded by technology. I use it at work, at home at school and thanks to cell phones, on the go. My hobbies are technological or revolve around tech. I am a phone call or a text or an e-mail away from anything and anybody. And I don’t mind. It’s the life I’ve chosen.

    At the same time, there’s a week or two every year when I get to unplug, completely, spent without computers, TV, cellphones, iPads, electricity or even wristwatches. To be disconnected from modern bustle and a rigid schedule like that is a wonderful feeling.

    So I totally get where you’re coming from. Have fun, relax!

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