It's back to work for me tomorrow. In future, I should only take vacation time during the winter when I'm planning to go somewhere (preferably somewhere warm). I wasn't able to enjoy the outdoors this week -- I'm not a winter person -- so I mainly hibernated, listened to music, read a lot. I finished Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, which niterobin recommended. It was a good read. A lot of the ideas don't seem like anything new, but the author has a different take on them and presents them well, and the book is interesting on a number of levels (travelogue, mystery, family drama, philosophical work). I have also been reading Home Work: Handbuilt Shelter, a book that scottks mentioned a while back. It has hundreds of photos and diagrams and is fascinating to browse through. I'm always intrigued by people who do things successfully in an unconventional manner, whether it be in their career or the design and construction of their shelter. That also ties back to the Zen book and his notions of quality, gumption, etc. Next I'll be reading some Jack Vance. His new book Lurulu should be arriving from Amazon shortly, and I want to re-read Ports of Call first. The two books are really a single novel published in two volumes. Vance is one of my favourite authors.
My Dad sounds well. He is going back for his tests during the week. Apparently he checked out of the hospital early because there were some delays. The blood transfusions did him a lot of good, and he has much more energy, has been going for daily walks, etc.