O Why is life so busy? -- 12/05/08

Okay, here we go with entry number one out of a theoretical thirty-one...

Hey, this will make one in a row!

(Yeah, that introduction is pretty close to what I said two years ago except for incrementing by two years and one grandchild.)
A brief introduction....
A brief introduction to anyone who wanders in here from the Holidailies site -- I think of myself as being a middle-aged guy (but somehow I hit 65 on my last birthday) who lives in Rhode Island with my wife Nancy (a middle-school math teacher), daughter Gillian ("Jill" -- 26 yr old baker and parttime college student), son Jeremy (23 yr old restaurant cook and parttime college student), and Tiger (senior citizen cat). Eldest child Adam lives in New York City with his wife Leah and our grandsons Sam and Milo. I'm a former programmer/systems analyst who got into software training and currently works from home doing quality assurance and editing on course material for both classroom courses and Web-based training courses. I've been writing this online journal since 1996.

And my life continues to be busy...

Somehow I had this mental picture of life becoming less hectic as I got older... You know, kids grow up, you no longer are running off to soccer games or providing chauffeur service to movies or checking up on homework... meal preparation and grocery shopping gets easier... the pace of daily life slows down a bit...


I work from home so I don't even have to spend time commuting...

But somehow I'm just loaded down with stuff...

Well, meals still do have to get prepared, even if it is just Nancy and me most nights. And that means trips to the grocery store, etc. (And since I am supposed to restrict my sodium intake, that means I no longer use canned soups or most canned vegetables, etc. Oh well, I've always preferred making my own pasta sauce anyway.) And I do like to workout and run and go for long walks (but I seem to be so busy that it is tough to fit those activities in). And there are different groups that we are involved with (although Friends of the Library does not take up a fraction of the time that doing the monthly newsletter for the Horace Mann Elementary School PTA did).

Where did I ever get the idea that life would slow down? I dunno. Maybe after I retire? Well, I'm hoping that won't come for another four years or so. (But with the way the morons-in-charge have screwed up the economy, who knows?)

In meanwhile, my breakfast break is over and I've got to get back to work. (I've been up since about quarter past five and have already put in an hour and a half of working. I'm taking half a vacation day today, so this will only be a four hour day. I'm getting together for a Christmas lunch today with the people I worked with when we were all in the same office -- today we still have pretty much the same jobs for the same company but we all work from home. This will use up a big chunk of the day. Oh, and I've been taking a course this semester at RISD -- using Flash for animation -- and tonight is the final class and I still have some work to do on some projects that I must have done by tonight.

And tomorrow I'll be up at the same time as today because we are going into New York City for the day (and the total travel time will be hours longer than the time actually spent there).

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