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This year has started off with my company shutting down for a winter break – the first in my time there. This has afforded me a great opportunity to do some things that would normally be difficult or out of the question had I been working.

Build a snow fort

Those of you below the snow line don’t have any idea how fun this is, but trust me, hollowing out a huge pile of snow and then adding certain necessities such as an escape route and windows is nothing less than thrilling. Having only the weekend really dampens the enthusiasm however, so having the time to really throw into this project was fun for me and my son.

Catch up

My job had taken me to various places over the past few years, often without my family. I think I have been able to balance the books in this area quite nicely with the longest weekend I have had in my working life. It was really nice to be with my beautiful wife for an extended time to catch up, breathe and just be together.

Add a skill

I have started the Gallardo Lamborghini project, hoping to bring my SolidWorks surfacing skill up to the level of my Rhino skill level. I have to say that after hearing all the horror stories about SW surfacing, I was pleasantly surprised. I will acknowledge that there have been numerous improvements made over the past few years, based on the blogs I’ve read, but even so, I’m disappointed that I didn’t try to tackle this sooner! I hope to get the surfacing certification done by spring.

Get involved

We have been able to participate more heartily in church activities over the holiday season, including a Christmas dinner that served several hundred needy people in the community. God has blessed us with several things most countries would consider luxuries; it was amazing to be able to ‘pay it forward’.

This year has already seen much in the way of change, the current economy could take some lessons here. We have gotten so used to abundance we suddenly can’t handle a little scarcity. To 2011: may we find ourselves content with our circumstance.

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