Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Hello...Is This Thing On??

Wow...time flies when you're having fun...and it flies even faster when you're completely overwhelmed and have little hope of getting caught up!!

Yes, the blog is still alive...I've just had one of the most intense few months I've had in a long time.  I took on quite a bit more than I could handle, and some things had to "go to the back burner" for a while.  The blog was one of those items.

While I still am busy (we all are), there appears to be a little respite from all that has been going on: the training for the half-marathon (and the corresponding fundraising efforts) is wrapping up; the job search is over for now (I didn't get the tenure-track position, but I learned a lot in the process, and I know that there will be another position opening up in the next few years at the same institution); I am now so close to having the proposal of my dissertation taken care of that I can almost taste it; some of my A.D.D. projects have been finished; my Committee work for Cub Scouts is over for now (I'm still Aaron's den leader and the Tiger Cub partner for Eric, but the really time-consuming portion as Tiger Cub Coordinator is done until next September)...and the popcorn sales/distribution is DONE; my night class is done (I LOVED teaching that class...most were MBA students, but I left for work as soon as Sheri got home and didn't get home until after the boys were in bed); my role as academic advisor has slowed down for a bit (it will pick back up in February/March, but I'll take the break!); ...the list goes on and on!  For the most part, I absolutely love what I do, and, as many friends and family members tell me, I'd probably be bored out of my mind if I weren't overwhelmed.  This was one of those times, though, where, despite my best efforts, I just couldn't keep all the balls in the air at the same time without dropping one or two.

One casualty of all that has been going on is the set of posts for the Disney podcast updates.  As you can probably guess, this, sadly, is something I just can't do any more.  I feel bad, because I had a few readers who really looked forward to seeing those.  There are a few others in the Disney Universe who are doing similar things with regards to keeping people in the loop on what's going on with the podcasts, and they are able to keep it more current than I would be able to.  To those who do the shows (Lou, Ricky, Matt, Mike, Mike, Len, Rikki, Mike (lots of Mikes), Paul, Shawn, Katie, Scott, Tracey, Mortis, Matt, Nate...I could go on for hours listing y'all), keep up the great work!  To the Betamouse crew...happy trails!  While I will definitely miss hearing the shows, it sounds like many of the hosts are moving on to new and better things.  Best of luck!

I'll work on getting some more posts up here in the coming weeks.  I still have 1.5 trip reports to get up here, and there will be another trip coming in over the next couple of weeks (Marathon Weekend).  If nothing else, I can post chapters of my dissertation for you to critique :)  .

Hopefully everyone has a safe and happy Christmas and New Year!