Two Weeks In Homer, Alaska

Amy and I have been up at our house in Homer, Alaska for the last two weeks.  We try to spent every July up here – something we’ve tried to do every year for the past decade (we missed in 2007 and 2009.)  I’ve had a lot of people say things similar to “I hope you are having a great vacation” which I corrected for the first few days (we aren’t on vacation – just living in Homer for the month) but I got tired of this so I stopped correcting folks after a few days.

Our lives are generally insane.  Anyone that knows us knows that we both travel a ton, work like maniacs, and generally cover a lot of ground. We don’t have kids, so we get a lot of time together in between things, but there are rarely any uninterrupted stretches of just “living together.”  We address this four times a year by going off the grid for a week of vacation (no phone, no email) but these are special events rather than just the normal tempo of life.

Our month in Homer gives us a chance to spend a real month together each year.  As I type this, we are both sitting at our dining room table (our “office”) typing on our laptops listening to the Augustana channel on Pandora.  It’s a beautiful sunny day – I’m going to head out for a run after I post this and then I expect we’ll both settle into an afternoon of writing.  The days are long so we don’t worry too much about pacing as the sun doesn’t go down until 11pm or so and we usually just sleep until we wake up.  We spend most of the 24 hours a day physically near each other – often less than two feet away – for an entire month.  This is just priceless for me.

The past two weeks have been a little too busy for my taste.  I don’t have any of the normal friction of work (travel, meetings, getting from point A to point B) so I expected things to calm down a little and give me some room to finish the final draft of the TechStars book now that David Cohen and I are in the “march to publish with a real publisher” process with a goal of having the book in the stores and on Amazon by October.  I’ve had little bits of time between things but no real space to just concentrate because of all the other stuff going on in my work world.

When I look forward, the next two weeks are a lot less scheduled so I’m optimistic I can finally get in a rhythm.  Amy says it takes two weeks to knock off all the stuff from life when she tries to settle down to write.  She’s correct.

The one thing I get to do when I’m up here that I wish I could incorporate into my non-Homer time is to sleep more.  I wear a Zeo when I sleep and during the week I usually score in the 50’s and 60’s each night.  I’m always a little tired and sleep whenever I’m on a plane and often do long stretches of catch up sleep on the weekends where I score 120+ and sleep 12 to 14 hours.  I know this isn’t healthy long term, but I haven’t figured out a solution.  The last two weeks I’ve been averaging 10 hours of sleep a night and scoring between 90 and 110.  I’m not using an alarm – I just wake up when I want.  After two weeks of this, I feel well rested and physically much better.

We have two more weeks up here and I feel myself shifting into a mellow gear where I can concentrate on longer arc things rather than just reacting to all the day to day stuff in my work world.  We don’t have any visitors so I get to spend another 336 hours in a row (minus a few) with my best friend.  Life is good.

  • http://startuptrek.net Steve Bell

    Congratulations that you can spend time that way, Brad & Amy.

    I have a minor sleep disorder that I struggle with a bit; so can totally relate to what you are saying about the quality of life, and sleep. I don't have insomnia, thank God – that is pure hell, from what I have read.

    Anyway, I hope you thoroughly enjoy your "time off the grid" in Alaska!

  • Dael

    Thanks Brad. I love these kind of true, simple, posts.
    You might find Mark todays post relevant: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forest-bathing/#more-13638
    and the bottom line there: “far from a social or cultural indulgence, living with and within the wild feeds the body as well as the soul”

  • Jay Swartz

    Sounds like you could benefit from reading Timothy Ferriss' 'The 4-Hour Workweek' and adopting some of the tenets described there.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/bfeld bfeld

      I've read Tim's book and know Tim. Ironically, Tim is one of the hardest working guys I've ever met!

  • http://ekos06.student.ipb.ac.id Kojeje

    Woww.. Sound its so interesting and fun :)

  • http://twitter.com/ariherzog @ariherzog

    Ooh, I love Homer. I visited the spit in 2000. Has it changed much? Is Alice's champagne restaurant still there?