Rainbow allies

Yesterday’s Supreme Court ruling was momentous and emotional. But the thing that made me break down in tears today is seeing our allies celebrate with us: there are so many of them!

After the announcement, Facebook made an easy way to create a rainbow overlay of your profile picture. Today you can thumb through your news feed and it’s rainbow picture after rainbow picture. Post after post of excitement over the ruling. And that is powerful. What’s more powerful is seeing how many of them aren’t LGBT, but straight-allies. Some I expected, some I didn’t. Both made me cry.

Yesterday happened for many reasons, but straight allies are the biggest reason we won in the end. They’ve been part of this fight from the beginning, helping change hearts and minds alongside us. For many, their visible support resulted in hard converstaions with friends and family who didn’t get it. And they’ve had those conversations. We didn’t get to over 50% approval rating for gay marriage by ourselves.

To every ally: my most sincere, heart-felt thank you. Thank you for being with us along the way and thank you for joining in the celebration.

Now, please pass the tissues.

One week into the Sabbatical

It’s been one week since my sabbatical began, and a lovely week it has been.

Daniel and I hiked up Mt Townsend, went to the Queen Anne farmers market in the middle of the afternoon, watched the Fremont solstice parade, completed some odds and ends around the house, and picnicked at Greenlake. I slept in and woke up without an alarm every day (albeit usually only until 6a, but that’s still 1 to 1.5 hours later than I usually got up), went to the gym and worked out as long as I wanted to, bought a road bike and went for a trail ride, read a couple of books, and researched an impending trip to Europe in September (likely Germany and Prague).

Most importantly: at the end of the week I finally stopped thinking about work.

This past week has mostly been about decompression and finding my way through days without a rigid schedule — I look forward to more of it!

My longest vacation yet

15 years ago today I started work at IBM in Austin. Between then and now my life has revolved around my job. In fact, the longest time I’ve ever had off from work was around 12 days traveling overseas or driving across the country with Daniel. When I changed jobs from IBM to Isilon, I took zero days off in-between. Zero.

All that to say I’m very much looking forward to having some time off of work.

I’m also scared shitless.

One week from today I’ll start my sabbatical and have a year off from working. In many ways I consider this a retirement trial run: can I keep myself active, engaged, and happy without of a job? Do I have an identity outside of work?

I can’t wait to find out.