Time for the holiday celebration dance for 2 weeks of vacation!
As a former technology director, the idea of 2 weeks off comes with the hesitation to believe it is really time off. The winter holiday time for technology departments is usually when most of the work is done without interruption. You can take the network offline to do upgrades that cannot be done other times in the year (including summer because people work in summer!).
If you are reading this and you are not a technology staff member, please take a moment to call, go by, or send a card to thank your technology department for their work. They will work while there is a 2-week "vacation" and they will work long hours and over the holiday weekends because this is the best time for them to get uninterrupted upgrades complete. Technology departments and Maintenance departments do not get vacation like other staff get vacation.
Beyond time off, the end of year is the time to reflect on the past and consider the blessings through your accomplishments. I am thankful for the job I have and the people with whom I work. This place has been great to allow me to extend my ideas beyond just technical skills. My participation in non-technology meetings is more than just being the guy who makes the Powerpoint for the board presentation (though I am still pretty good at this!). Plus I have the freedom to investigate new ways of doing old things and help evolve toward innovative and creative ways to help teachers and students learn.
In other words, I am allowed to be creative and to share openly my creative ideas. I have freedom to be the creative artist I may not have been allowed to be in other places and this is my holiday blessing for which I can do that Carlton dance for the holidays.
I hope you have a happy and safe holiday season with your family and/or friends.