I’m back in school now after a 4 month long holiday so I thought this would be the best time to reflect on what I’ve been up to and achieved. Looking back, I feel this has been one of my more productive holidays; of course as at the end of the holiday I don’t think I’ve achieved as much as I should have in that amount of time but for the first time that doesn’t bother me as much as it usually would.
So what has my holiday been about; what have I been up to? Well, for starters, I’ve been exercising almost every weekday for the last 4 months. The goal of this is twofold: first I wanted to generally get fitter, and second I wanted a six pack.

I wanted to get fit because I remember having sex and thinking to myself at some point, “I’m so exhausted and out of breath, I can’t keep this up much longer, I need this to end now!!” Yeah you have a real problem when you hasten sex because you just can’t keep up. Also I think it’s cool to tell someone that you run every day, it adds a dimension to your person that just wasn’t there before. Just so you know I’m doing just over 3km a day
As for the six pack, that was part vanity and part the fact I didn’t like looking down at my tummy any more, it had began to rounden out and I didn’t like looking at my naked body anymore. So I did something about it and right now it’s flat and the definition is much better. At some point during the holiday it was very sharp but I was unable to maintain my abdominal regime when I travelled to Nairobi.
I’m very proud that I was able to do this while on holiday, it’s something that I always say I’ll do but never get round to it whether it’s at home or in school. I’m hoping to maintain that momentum while I’m school. My aunt asked me to run the Stanchart Marathon with her so I want to begin training for that ASAP. She’s very fit and I don’t want to embarrass myself in front of her.
Despite not actively seeking work I was able to work on a couple of projects that brought in a bit of money. I’m especially proud of the one where I was approached. That particular project funded my excursion to Nakuru for a week after which I was completely broke again :-D.I remember when I got paid and making plans for how to spend it but money has a funny way of disappearing before you actually do anything you planned with it.
I also worked on a project that I’m more than a little passionate about. I can’t quite describe it because it’s not complete yet but when it’s done, I hope to share it with all of you. When I first started work on it I seriously thought I’d be done with it in a couple of weeks max but here we are 4 months later and we’re not even quarter of the way done. Of course the fact I decided to move it to a more modern platform, Visual Studio 08, from VB6 like 3 weeks back didn’t help, had to first learn the IDE and code again but I’m moving faster because I’ve done most the stuff once before so there’s far less experimentation.
The thing with coding without a definite deadline is that you can go many days without so much as looking at your code. More than that on the days which you do look at it you sometimes do great amounts of work and others a pitiful amount. I’m in no rush but subconsciously I know I should be done by now.
I got to see a lot of my old friends and relatives while on holiday. That was fun. I didn’t see as many as I usually would when on holiday but that was due to lack of time and finally because I’ve gotten tired of chasing people down. I just let them now I’m in town and wait to see if they care enough to invite me. One of the great highlights of this is when one of my friends said, “I’ve always been more loyal to you.” When someone says something like that to you get all warm and fuzzy inside. I hope to inspire my future employees to feel the same way some day.

I think that’s all of note that I’ve been up to this “summer” holiday (it was the cold season here). I hope to maintain this calm I feel throughout this semester and on to the rest of my life, it’s a very Zen place to be. I think it’s the exercise. I’m happy and calm, great combination. Peace!!!

Written by Sidney Ochieng

Child at heart and mind. Feminist. Story teller. Fledgling data scientist. Your future boss

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