It’s time for another hiatus.
Life is just overwhelming right now. I’ve been really busy with the usual work responsibilities. My schedule got disrupted a couple weeks ago, with two days of school canceled because of smoke blowing down from the recent fire in Butte County. (Just so you know, I’m about 100 miles from any areas that were actively burning, so I was never in imminent danger. But the fire was so big and the wind so strong that smoke spread all over Jefferson and northern and central California.) Although those two days gave me plenty of time to relax and prepare for my trip to visit my family for Thanksgiving, it also gave me more work to do this last week to adjust for having missed those two days. I also have a lot to do around the house. Laundry and dishes pile up so quickly, and I have a few home repairs I need to address as soon as possible. Life definitely isn’t all work; I’ve been making time for fun too. It’s December, which means lots of fun holiday events with friends, in addition to the usual game night group and my Dungeons & Dragons game. The UC Davis football team is also in the playoffs at their level (NCAA Division I-FCS) for the first time since the school’s athletic program moved up to that level in 2004. We won, and going to that game was totally worth it, but it also took up half of my day. (There are eight teams still alive in the FCS playoffs, and there won’t be any more home games for UC Davis, so I won’t have any more games to go to this year.)
I need to take time for myself sometimes. I need to be patient with myself that I can’t get everything done. And I need to realize that sometimes it’s okay to spend money to get something repaired, rather than trying to do half of the things myself, and not doing a good job of it, and letting the other half of the things go until they cause worse problems down the road. That’s especially true now that money isn’t as tight since I’m not barely scraping by on a private school salary anymore.
So in the interest of not trying to do too much, I’m going to take a few weeks off from this blog. Whatever holidays you might be celebrating during this time of year, I hope they go well, and I’ll see all of you in 2019.