I've been back from my vacation for almost two weeks now, and am surprised at how long I've been away from blogging (not only working on my own blog, but reading other blogs -- I've done neither for almost two weeks). Let's see what I've been up to:
I've been working on my investment strategy, specifically stocks. While I was visiting my family, the stock market went into a rally, and having my father in close proximity (who tirelessly is engaged in the stock market, occasionally to his demise) has encouraged me to improve my stock picks. I use the C.A.N.S.L.I.M. method of investing, and am an ardent fan of William O'Neil. I've been doing incredibly well using the resources of Investors Business Daily. But I've been trying to more exactly define how I pick the stocks that I do, and try to quantify how often my selections go up (or down) using CANSLIM methodology.
I've also been reading more. Not only am I re-reading all of William O'Neil's books, I've been reading Digital Fortress, by Dan Brown (I had lost it for a couple of weeks but found it when I got back from vacation).
I also have been doing some soul searching, specifically about whether or not I will be re-instating myself as one of the official "Team Leaders" on my floor. I've been only a relief TL for the past six months, and it's been nice. I get to choose which projects I wish to work on, and have the freedom to develop my own projects without being burdened by all of the trivial matters that I find so uninteresting that the full-time TLs can not escape. Pretty much, if I don't want to work on something, I really don't have to (professional obligations aside, of course).
I've bought a new printer for my computer. This would probably be a minor blip in the lives of other members of my techno-philic family, but for me, this took Herculean effort to actually make some comparisons, go and look at a few models, strike a bargain between price and functionality, make a selection, face the grim reality of anticipated buyer's remorse, and then successfully part with my money. All while dealing with a crowd of people. So I picked this one. It is SWEET. It can print something like 18 pages per minute (my old Canon printer was measured in minutes per page). I'm still anxious to see how long those little print cartriges will last. It's been an absolute ORGY of printing.
I'm off until Saturday night. I've been off since Tuesday night. I hardly know how to handle all of this time away from work. Our census has been down the past couple of weeks, so I doubt they'll need me to work extra. So I should be back to my usual blogging activities...