at first it itched and chaffed and i had to apply a good amount of discipline to stick with the plan. "it" and "the plan" referring to taking at least one week with extremely minimal work activity. that meant no coding, bare minimum email, etc. i didn't quite make it, as there was some bits of coding but so little that it doesn't really count (mostly going over patches, looking for minor bugfixes as needed..) and i really didn't type that much text at all (ok, so i did an article for theDot .. ). by the end of the week i was feeling amazingly "whole" again. turns out i was really wearing that rut deep in my head and as i took time to move and breath outside in the forest, next to the bonfire or just in the living room .... i felt a lot more relaxed and ok.
to make sure i kept to the straight and narrow, the universe conspired this weekend to kill my email (on saturday a major ISP back home, telus, manage to screw up the network segment my mail server sits on and then send people home on sunday without getting it fixed) and cancel a business meeting i had in seattle (with linuxmce people). which meant i had no choice but sit through the weekend enjoying myself. =)
i'm feeling a lot more "in tune" with myself and things around me right now. i'll probably take the next few days off as well though i'll be easing back into coding over the week. i leave for home on the 25th, so next week will be a full on, go-crazy, code-up-a-storm, work-like-usual week.
sorry for not having any exciting plasma stuff appearing this week, though others (matt, franchi and robert in particular) have kept the wheels moving. it's a bit annoying that this break occurred at this point in the release cycle for 4.0, but i guess there are no really good times and i needed this. maybe now i'll not come completely apart for a few more years. ;)