Hong Kong: Several people have asked me how I planned to spend my first carpe diem Monday. I had imagined I would do lots of fun and weekendy-stuff, because I can. So this is how the day went….
I woke up at 11am and had lunch with my good friend Jim Beam; he’s related to Jack Daniel in case you’re confused. After a leisurely lunch I then had a long foot massage, followed by a nap, followed by another nap, followed by MASH reruns at home.
While that kinda sounds like a good day, it wasn’t my day. Here’s how my First Monday really went:
I woke up at 6:30am and helped my son get off to school. Then over coffee and my usual egg white and oatmeal breakfast, I started tackling my To Do list. It’s a rather long list, but my first order of business is to get organized. It’s amazing all the personal crap that accumulates over time, and I had alot of personal stuff from my work office (photos, books, and assorted stuff) which I have to merge into my home office. In the process I found the missing stylus from my first palm pilot and some 3.5″ floppy discs (remember those?) from last millenium’s home computer. I am still trying to sort out several IT issues. What a pain.
I caught up with a good industry friend over a dim sum lunch at the China Club. It was fun to catch up and most of the conversation revolved around kids and work-life balance, a favorite theme of mine, plus the usual corporate nonsense. The China Club is the only restaurant in Hong Kong that I know of that serves fortune cookies. My fortune said: “Your wish is about to come true.” That’s really specific.
Ater lunch I managed one errand before a 3pm meeting, after which I dashed back home to arrive two minutes later than my son. I realized it was the first day ever that I had actually been home when he returned from school. After a snack we did homework together. It was a great feeling to be so real-time hands-on.
After dinner and his 8pm bedtime I have spent the past 3.5 hours catching up on correspondence. It’s been a full-on 17 hour day, and the rest of this week promises to be more of the same. Admittedly a lot less fun than lunch with Jim and Jack.