Thanks to the Wayback machine I was able to recover my end of 2002 essay which I deleted when I started my blog over in the Spring of 2003. Here it is for posterity's sake.
Saturday, November 23, 2002 :::
That's it, I'm declaring 2002 over.
Yeah, I realize that I'm about six weeks early but I'm through. Let's juat say that nothing went as planned for me in 2002. Let's review, shall we?
- I got divorced, or as one person put it, I was traded in for an older model.
- My resulting return to the dating world. (Watch out for store-bought carrot cake.)
- I traveled like a mad man. For example, in one 48 hour period this summer I was in four time zones, on five airplanes and six airports.
- My grandmother died. (The cause of the previously mentioned 48-hour travel-a-thon.)
- While out of town for six of seven straight weeks, the orgainzation I work for was significantly rearranged. I left town with boss A and came back to boss B. Boss A was forced out of the orgainization as a result
- I started teaching grad school again. (Ech, I actually had to grade things.)
- Food poisioning, a wrist just this short of being fractured and a screwed up ankle.
I don't mean to sound like I'm complaining here. Actually, some of the above-listed items actually turned out to be positives in the end. They just weren't planned. And for those of you who know me better than the others, I'm a planner.
All of this effected everything else in my life. I started to redesign my L.E. Modesitt, Jr. Web site and that's still only half done. I'm about 18 months late on the Dean Koontz book but luckily that's not the latest book in the publisher's catalog. (He'd rather have it done right than on time.) I have the library software book due at the end of the year. (Yeah, that'll happen.) I usually read about 130 books a year and with six weeks to go I'm only about 30 behind. I did get that article for Colorado Libraries written. (Hey, I actually did accomplish something this year!) I also recall filling out a survey at one point and that just got me quoted in a Library Journal article. (Does that count?)
2003? Well, I'm on track to sign another book contract (XHTML & CSS) in the next few weeks. I've managed to get myself on the board of the Friends of the Aurora Public Library as the promotions person. (Yet another Web site, here I come.) I've recently had a blood test for diabeetes and have yet to receive the results. I've got a Sigmoidoscopy scheduled for January. (O.k. maybe that's more than you wanted to know.)
Am I overwhelmed? Maybe. (As they say, denial ain't just a river in Egypt.) Do I need a rest? Hell yes! (Even I'll admit to that one.)
So, I'm leaving town tomorrow and won't be coming back 'till the end of the year. A few key people know where I'm going and that's the way I want to keep it.
Will I check my e-mail? Most likely. Will I respond to my e-mail? Unlikely. Will I post to my Blog? Maybe. Will I get any work done on any of those unfinished projects. No.
If any of this is a problem for you. Send a complaint. I'll get back to you in six weeks. We'll see how it goes from there.
::: posted by Michael Sauers at 1:02 PM