24 December 2010

Something happened on the way to Christmas...

Well, hello.

So... let's not pretend like I haven't posted here in 2 1/2 months. I haven't, and I feel bad about that. But frankly, for the first time since I started this blog, I became so busy that the months of October and November were a total BLUR. We are talking tranny hot mess up in here. The situation was this: towards the end of September, I scheduled my 2nd architectural exam, Site Planning & Design. I already passed Programming, Planning and Practice in August, and I wanted to get another one done before the end of the year. So I scheduled it for the week before Thanksgiving because, you know, everybody checks out mentally in the week of Thanksgiving and starts getting ready for the rest of the holidays.

After that, things got a little crazy.

I knew I had two presentations to give at the beginning of November, two distinct presentations for two distinct audiences, and I fully planned on working those into my normal working hours. Well then I got pulled into a very important, very time-sensitive project at work... and then another project blew up... and then another project got handed to me with a due date of the week after Thanksgiving. Before I knew it, I was working 10-12 hour days and coming home to either work on one of my presentations or to try to study. I did in fact get everything done, but even after giving my big presentations, I had to stretch out my studying until the week before the exam, and then I still had a big project to finish at work. It wasn't pretty, but I took the exam and then poured my effort into that one outstanding final project. Then, on November 22, our client threw us a bone... would we like to work on revisions and resubmit on December 8, with a final submission of December 15?

Heck yes!

And so it was that on Thanksgiving, for the first time in a full two months, I got to relax.

Yes, I am aware that Thanksgiving happened last month and I haven't posted in the month since then. But frankly I got knocked on my tail and after the mess of those two months, I needed to decompress and get ready for the holidays.

And I did, and here I am. And it's DECEMBER. It's 2010. We are just a week away from 2011! What is THAT all about, anyway?!?

They say that time flies when you are having fun... lately I've been thinking that I need to take up a hobby that I hate, because I am having entirely too much fun (knock on wood). Time is FLYING by and I don't know what to make of it. All I know is that I've loved seeing all my friends from Cincinnati while I've been here but I'm also missing Portland and my friends there, and all over, really.

I remember the times when I used to travel all over and see everyone. I can't travel as much as I used to and I have way too many places to visit. I wish I could, though. If you are reading this and you know me, you know that you are welcome to visit me in Portland anytime. And I hope you do!

I have to go to bed now. More philosophizing before the new year comes, I think.

PS. I passed my second exam, BTW. Four more next year! :-O