Not space. Time. I can not believe how fast time travels around me while I seem to stand still. I can’t believe how long it has been since I posted on here. I can’t believe that Thanksgiving is over and Christmas is less than 30 days away and even worse, 2014 is only a little over a month away. Where does it go? What am I doing while everyone else is accomplishing things? I mean, I have accomplished some things during this time. My house is relatively clean, my garage is REALLY clean (for my garage, which is probably averagely or below averagely clean for other people), I have about half of my pile of grading done, I’ve finished one syllabus for Spring 2014 already (that, folks, is crazy talk for me), and I have most of the prep for our huge event that happens the Saturday after tomorrow all done. So, not bad overall, but I still feel like time just gets away from me.
I do have a few things to discuss today though – first, I am excited to get December started this year. When I left for Thanksgiving with the in-laws I put the Elf on the Shelf out on our table with the book, ready for our arrival on December 1. This is the first year we’ve been at a church, so we’ll be doing the Advent activities there on the 5th and I will be trying to set up an advent calendar for my daughter (I did that last year with chocolates, but she hates chocolates and I ended up eating all of them, so this year it will be something not candy related). I have made a momentous decision to stop doing part of the competitive activities I have been doing since starting and that means that I will have more time off in January and will not be traveling as often in the Spring semester. I am both sad and disappointed and somewhat relieved.
I am also excited to start 2014 as of now. We’ll see how long that holds out.
I have had a good Thanksgiving, although little annoyances always get to me. But, so far, they have not spiraled out of control. And we’re going to my mom’s tomorrow and then home on Sunday, so there isn’t long for the annoyances to build up now. I am thinking that I should have a theme for this blog in 2014. I was thinking about Leadership. I was also thinking about Diversity as a possibility. Those are two areas I am interested in and it would not just be that, but I would dedicate a couple of days a week to it at least. So, we’ll see.
For now, I am happy to get this post up. I will be doing the Five Minute Friday post later today and maybe posting some pics from our trip to the local Pioneer Village tonight. Currently, my daughter is playing with Mega Blox, painter’s tape and some little cranes. She is hyper, but she’s been pretty well-behaved considering she has been stuck in the house for the last 36 hours with no other children. I’m hoping she makes it through today, enjoys tonight and we can do something fun tomorrow and then we’ll be on the road. I just worry about her annoying others as the only kid in the group.
Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving!