Posted: January 10, 2014
A number of people have asked me over the past two weeks what I did while on vacation. After little thought, I realized that I really did not do anything other than try to stay warm.
I did make two trips to see family in the Madison area and two trips to the Twin Cities to see a play and a sporting event. But unlike past years, I did not travel to a warmer climate.
While visiting my father in Middleton on Christmas Day, I realized the importance of being with family over the holiday season. It was then that my Dad, John, noted that he has received a couple of credits to his bank account that he did not recognize. After he checked further, he realized that a few individuals were buying his novel that he published in 2000.
"The Non-Product Consolidation Operation" can be purchased in ebook form from Amazon.com. For a hard copy or paperback, go to:xlibris.com bookstore. It's a hilarious read and is based on my father's background in international business with Abbott Laboratories. The best part about the book is that some of the characters are named after our neighbors while growing up in Northern Illinois.
I also spent time with my brother and sister-in-law and their children in Cross Plains,WI. It is always a good reminder when I visit other families who have teenagers that it just isn't my household that can be loud and chaotic at times. My brother, Dave, and sister-in-law, Heidi, have welcomed a foreign exchange student from Egypt to their home for the school year.
I enjoyed explaining the nuances of professional football to Kareem, except for the play between the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers when the Packers' wide receiver Boykin ran into the end zone for a touchdown when the whistle had not blown to stop the play. (I'm guessing that there are plenty of diehard football fans that probably would have had a difficult time explaining that play to anyone, let alone a foreigner).
Overall, though, it was an enjoyable two weeks off. Although it would have been nice to spend time away in a warmer climate, the thought of being with family is probably the best vacation a person could ask for.