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Absence Makes the Heart Grow Colder…

Published December 23, 2011 - 3 Comments

Or something like that, right?

It was pointed out to me recently that I have been neglecting my blog a little bit.  Unlike most times when I’m simply in a bad place and don’t feel like writing, this isn’t that.  I’ve discovered that most of my blogging time is being chewed up by something much less fun… work!

I used to do a fair amount of blogging and blog maintenance when I was at work.  Don’t worry, I wasn’t neglecting my day job, but it was relatively easy to find a few minutes within a 12 hour shift to write a blog post, or play around with a new plugin or something.  Well, that was before I got a new boss, who has a much more “hands on” management style… We’ve been spoiled by having a boss in another city for 3 years… now we have a boss who sits 20 feet away, and might as well put his desk beside us for all the time that he spends in with us.  It’s not a slam against him… it’s just different from what we’ve been accustomed to.

I used to get a fair amount of my stuff done during my night shifts when things were quiet… even THAT seems to be impossible now.  Things aren’t so quiet anymore, and it’s not unusual for this new boss to stick around until 10… 11… even 11:30 pm.  Remember that “hands on” comment?  Ya…  And there comes a certain time through the night where I no long feel creative enough to write anything.  There are always exceptions, but generally I turn into a vegetable sometime after 2 or 3am…   And the last few shifts I’ve actually taken the nights off because I’m finding it harder to get through them.  (I have some banked time that I need to use before the end of the year)

Now you ask… why don’t I just write my blog posts on my days off like virtually every other blogger in the world with a day job?  Good question!  And to that I have no good answer.  I thought about it last night… I’ve been spending a lot of time lately on Twitter, Messaging, and Hanging With Friends… it’s not hard at all to lose a few hours to those activities… I have far too many games on the go, and will be looking at getting that under control.  (No, if I’m playing in a game with you, it does not mean that I don’t want to play anymore… it means that I probably shouldn’t have 3 games going with the same person at the same time… and be accepting every single random opponent who offers to play me.)  I need to find more of a balance between my online and offline world again, as I find that it is tilting heavily in favour of the online… and that’s not always good.

Today I went down to the mailbox for the first time this week and discovered that I had 3 Christmas cards waiting for me there!  That put a smile on my face.  I bought cards in November… I bought stamps in early December… as of this writing, I have handed out a single Christmas card, and that was because I saw that person face to face and decided to save myself a stamp!  So needless to say… my Christmas cards are going out really late this year, if they even go out at all.

Time to go downstairs and put Mario in the oven.  Mum had Christmas dinner last weekend, and cooked Luigi.  The kids loved the name and said that we had to name ours Mario.  So Mario it is!

To all my faithful readers,

Merry Christmas!  I sincerely hope that each and every one of you are able to take a moment out of your busy schedule to enjoy something good in your life…