A belated Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all.
I’m once more spending time home with my family over the holidays, taking my longest and only second vacation of the year. It looks like I’ll be carrying forward vacation time, yet again. All the while, work is still going on furiously in the background, although the clatter of emails dropping into my inbox has certainly quieted in the past week. It’s been nice to put work on the backburner and spend 10+ days of peaceful, relaxing time.
Once again, there was no snow this Christmas, which still bums me out (it doesn’t quite feel like Christmas without snow), but rewatching Home Alone 1 and 2 partially made up for the weather’s lack of Christmas spirit. I’ve spent some time over the past few days doing things I said I’d do for too long, but never got to (planning a new desk arrangement for the apartment, writing some new blog posts and technology ideas down). Over the next few days, I’ll be driving around, seeing friends, which I’m looking forward to very much.
I’m getting recharged for work. The new year is going to bring some pretty exciting stuff for Microsoft, and I’m very happy and proud to be a part of it. I think momentum is building all over the company (I’m even playing with the Xbox, definitely see its value). There are very few places that have the breadth, and at the same time, cohesiveness of products and services that I see coming. It’sÂ exhilaratingÂ to be in a market with the (in my opinion) most fearsome competition Microsoft has ever seen.