Bitten by the travel bug early this year: ski trips to Maine in January, Salt Lake City in February, and Austria in March, followed by a work trip to Atlanta in April.

Have honestly enjoyed it enough to start thinking about keeping that streak alive with more trips this summer: Quebec City in May for sure, then some combination of Halifax, Vancouver, Seattle, Portland, and maybe Lisbon this summer? As-yet unbooked. I’m enjoying the idea and flexibility of working remotely from different places while I’m relatively unattached and have the ability to do so. It feels like a nice change of scenery and gives me something to look forward to every month.

I sprained MCLs in both knees due to a skiing incident while I was in SLC, and it was a bit of a physical setback. Only just got back into the gym this week, and trying to work hard while I’m here + walk a lot on my travels.

I’ve also consciously tried to balance time at computer (working) with more off-line activities, which has meant some tradeoffs in how much I’m able to support projects like DynastyProcess and nflverse compared to previous years. I also dropped a few fantasy football leagues due to burnout/fatigue and I don’t think I regret doing so.

I still feel a bit lonely at times, especially in-person/separated from friends. Also struggling with family issues a lot lately. I’m hopeful that travelling helps provide some distraction from that.

Already working up a bit of a destination list for the fall/winter:

  • Lisbon in Sept? Might be cheaper to fly once school gets back in session.
  • London (StatsBomb Conf, hopefully) in Oct
  • Pittsburgh (CMSAC!) in Nov
  • team onsite at some point somewhere
  • Japan in December (?) Niseko or Hakuba, hopefully!

and maybe more places! I think there’s a lot to see in North America that I haven’t managed yet, though, so I might focus on that first 😀