I really need to learn how to turn down work. Or maybe just budget my time a bit better. Right now I find myself buried beneath a mountain of tasks, all of them vying for my time: First, of course, there's my actual job—the one that pays the bills! (And about which I really can't complain. Good people, interesting work, decent boss. So it deserves my full attention during the work week. And there are those bills, after all.) Then there's the writing course I teach at Southeast Community College. And, since I'm preparing to teach an online course next quarter, I'm also taking a course on how to teach an online course. (Yes, the course I'm taking to learn how to teach an online course is itself an online course. Of course!)
This past weekend I delivered an address to the annual APCUG conference in Las Vegas. It was a remote presentation using Zoom, a tool I had never used but which I highly recommend. Very slick, very powerful, very intuitive. The address went well, and it was fun reconnecting with some of the folks that I used to visit back when I was the editor of Smart Computing. The prep work to put together the presentation took several hours, but it was worth it: it was fun and useful, it was a good learning experience for me, and it was a good opportunity to plug the new book. (I may be able to provide a link to the presentation, assuming that the APCUG tech guy—John Kennedy, who was both incredibly helpful and extremely patient—recorded it.)
Yeah, the good stuff! Now we're talkin'. Maybe we'll
even get a cat!
|Nature's perfect food.|
Anyway, I'm hoping things calm down a bit. I miss hanging out on the porch with Lesley and Annie. Maybe we could even go to a movie or something. (Me and Lesley. Not Annie. Annie would spend the entire movie scouring the theater for spare bits of popcorn and licking up Thin Mints and God only knows what else.)