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03 June 2013 @ 11:21 pm
Chatter Post: Mon, June 3, 2013  
Hey all!

Hope you're doing well.  Just a FYI - it's been almost a year since this generation of moderator has been in charge.

Pretty soon, elections and such will come up for new moderators, and a possible changing of the guard.

A few reminders:
I haven't been able to just -stop- for quite some time.  And I'm not going to stop for quite a bit still.

On Friday the 24th, Boss told me that I'd be flying to Florida to train my team the following Wednesday. I've never trained anyone for work before. Cue my freaking out and working late to try to get a presentation together.

On Saturday, my mom and grandparents were taking a five-hour round trip to come visit us for the day.  They only do this 3-4 times per year.  Cue a frantic early morning housecleaning and cooking fest with the wife and I.

On Sunday, I planted my seedings, because they were ready and i knew it'd be a couple weeks before I had another whole day I could dedicate to it.  Then I spent the evening preparing my training material.  Monday was supposed to be a day off, but I did more prepping throughout Monday instead.

On Tuesday, I woke up at 3am to catch a 6am train an hour away.  Flew in to Florida at 11am, and was in the office to work by 12:30. Went out until 1am Wednesday with my coworkers.

Wednesday, I woke uip, went in, and spent the day doing pre-training stuff.  Kicked butt with the training, then went out with everyone until 12:30am Thursday.  Worked until noon on Thursday, then did my plane thing until 10:30pm, when I got home.

Woke up on Friiday, worked from home, got out of work an hour early to go to a wedding.  Left the wedding and continued to Rhode Island to my grandmother's house, arriving at about midnight.   Woke up on Saturday, left right away to visit my great grandmother, whose health is failing, and spent three hours there. Went from there to my friend's house, where I helped her put together and run a party for a dozen people. Spent the night.

Left he house on Sunday to drive from RI, through CT, and into New York to pick up kayden_eidyak from the airport.  Drove around looking at various nearby fairs and art festivals as her plane had mechanical difficulties, a fuel shortage, and weather delays.  Ended in a crescendo as I realized that I was at the wrong airport, then drove almost two hours to Hartford, CT to pick her up in the pouring rain.  Got home cranky and unhappy and wanting bed.  Chose not to do the topic post on time -- sorry about that.

Got up, ate breakfast, worked all day, went grocery shopping (I had nothing left because of the trip), and cooked for Kayden and my best friend Derek, who are spending the night.  Did my topic post, doing the chatter now, then bed.  Dear God yes bed.

What on earth am I going to do when I have kids?  I mean -- KIDS.

Of course, some of you DO have kids.  Or are pursuing their master's.  Or have harder jobs than I do.  Or do it all with a terminal illness.  Or are accomplishing something more incredible.  Or are like my wife stargazerkisses, who gets up two hours before me to do the dishes, or who slept for 3 hours last night because she was with me on this charade and still had to do her lesson planning.

The sad thing is that while this is more busy than I usually am, it's not MUCH more busy than I usually am.  Especially lately.  Some of my friends (and family) are probably pretty sure I'm dead.

But when I tell a story like this, there's always someone who has one to top me.

Are you all this busy?  Are you busier?  What do you do to maintain a life and/or personality when you're always "on"?
Current Mood: sleepysleepy
Current Music: Derek talking to my cat
silverflight8silverflight8 on June 4th, 2013 03:28 am (UTC)
It's summer! That means it's practically vacation, considering what the semester is usually like :P I'm really, really enjoying the opportunity to see and hang out with my friends again--we might as well be living on separate planets for all we get to see each other normally; we're all kind of busy with extremely badly-coordinated schedules.

Your life sounds frenetic! Take care of yourself, Jacques. <3
Jacqueslacombe on August 2nd, 2014 04:31 pm (UTC)
It's so frenetic that I'm just now getting to these e-mails! I really need to sit down and rethink the way I organize my time, and the criteria by which I think it'd be smart to take on a new project.
Katniliwen on June 4th, 2013 09:49 am (UTC)
Hope you can get a break soon, Jacques!

As for me: I'm a med student. That in itself pretty much equates a busy life, at least as busy as one can get with full days of classes and full nights of reading and casework. I also happen to be taking on two extracurricular activities this school year (a peer tutoring group and a weekly volunteers clinic).

On top of this I am in charge of a year-long read through at a certain fan forum. I also am working on an incredibly complicated fanfiction (spawned by one innocent question), and I still do other writing.

It probably is understood now that Niliwen has unlearned sleeping.

I maintain my life and personality via writing, fandom, and the support of friends both in and out of med school. I particularly value the company of my friends who are not in my field since they keep me anchored to the best parts of my personality: that part of me that is still optimistic, generous, persevering and compassionate, and entered the medical field to pursue a dream.
Jacqueslacombe on August 2nd, 2014 04:32 pm (UTC)
I'm pretty sure I wouldn't make it as a med student. No, I'm positive I wouldn't. I'm not structured enough, and I don't think I could ever be. I don't have the slightest idea how you've ever been able to WRITE on top of everything else you do.
Katniliwen on August 2nd, 2014 04:52 pm (UTC)
I don't know how I do it either. It's only gotten busier over the years.
Aquarius Galuxyaquarius_galuxy on June 4th, 2013 01:46 pm (UTC)
Wow, that sounds awfully busy, I would sit out on doing so many things in a week!

Mainly my life is pretty stress-free, and I meet up with friends 2-3 times a month.. Nights and weekends are just spent chatting.. The fiance and I are taking the wedding planning pretty easy, and I have been knitting baskets for the wedding favours.
Jacqueslacombe on August 2nd, 2014 04:32 pm (UTC)
:-) Your life has changed a lot since this message! Is it still doing as well?
Lynniepelethetart on June 4th, 2013 04:16 pm (UTC)
For me it's waves of busy punctuated by eddies of calm. Always moving forward but not in such a rush.

I have to remind myself to breathe and eat in those rushing times. Or, I should say, hubby does. Normally this is my busy season, and it is, but I am making sure to make time for Son (since this is his last summer home for 4 years) and taking things a bit slower and instead I am getting much better at delegating.
WritingMomentswritingmoments on June 5th, 2013 01:40 am (UTC)
In my experience, once you have kids, you don't get to have friends. And it's harder to cook good stuff and get all the housework done (for instance, there are more people making messes.)

I don't really have a life or a personality anymore.

However, I think you will all manage once you have kids, depending on how many you have. You have inlaws kind of near by to help with kids (which I don't have.) You are a good team.

You'll be fine. One thing at a time.
Jacqueslacombe on August 2nd, 2014 04:33 pm (UTC)
I've heard that about kids and friends, but I'm determined to find a way to make it work anyways. I think there may be untapped possibility here.