Best vacation EVER
I'm on a week's vacation. This is the best vacation I've **ever** had!!! (!!!!!) (!!!!!!!)
It started out unpromising, in that last Friday was supposed to be my last day at work: I just had two tasks to wrap up -- tasks that I really couldn't delegate. However, Friday morning I was given two new tasks, that needed to be completed "sometime next week" -- while I was on vacation.
So, instead of spending Friday wrapping up my two existing tasks, I ended up spending all day working on my new tasks.
Since I didn't have any specific plans (e.g. a family road trip) for my holidays, I ended up deciding to come in on Monday, as well. I ended up finishing all but one of my now-four tasks -- and the person to whom I owed the fourth task said that it could wait until I got back from holidays.
So! Vacation started Tuesday. It is now Friday evening. Each day I've spent at least a half a day in the shop, working on my "swamp guitar" (it's like a cigar box guitar; more info when I finish it).
When it gets too dark to do woodworking in my workshop (no electricity), I go outside and clean up small sections of the back yard: clearing things out of the way and mowing the long grass that remains.
Today I managed to spend the whole day in the shop. I reached a "gluing point" -- when I glue a section of a project I'm basically stuck until the next day -- so I turned my attention to two other projects: a tool caddy (photos when I'm finished), and the Bretz Steps (free-standing steps, three steps high, for the back years -- for exercising).
Today, as well as the other days, I also spent a little time clearing off parts of my cluttered workbench, as well as lapping (flattening a surface) and sharpening some chisels and handplane blades (i.e. making second-hand chisels and handplanes better).
Picked up a 300 grit Japanese waterstone a few days ago, to make lapping my blades easier. This is the coarsest, fasting-cutting sharpening surface that the speciality woodworking store sells -- as far as I know. It seems to work: I'm wearing down -- and therefore evening out -- the backs of my blades noticeably faster than with my previous gear.
And! I'm only halfway through my vacation. So hopefully I will actually finish my swamp guitar -- rather than have yet another partially-finished woodworking project.
Stay tuned. :)