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  • Posted on September 8, 2013 at 11:15 PM

I'll be taking a break this week, so I can find my stride with the new combination of family, school, and work.  See you next week!

I’m Back (I think…)

  • Posted on March 11, 2013 at 10:00 AM

So, I’ve been away for a while. Start with overwhelming exhaustion. Combine back-to-back illnesses. Add in some on-going, complicating family factors. The result is too little time or energy to blog, or to do almost anything else that wasn’t absolutely necessary. In short, it sucks.

Now, it’s time to get back to work. Hopefully…

Be warned, however, that I have 127,595 pending messages that are mostly (possibly entirely) spam. I’m not going to screen them for comments. Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause should any real comments be deleted by this process.


  • Posted on December 13, 2012 at 11:36 AM

I'm going to take a blogging break until after the holidays, at which time I will announce a new blogging schedule.  Enjoy time with your family, your friends, and yourself!

Backing onto Track

  • Posted on October 5, 2012 at 8:01 AM

It’s taken me longer than I’d like, but I’m getting back on track. With all these things happening, it’s been difficult to find balance. And I’m still not sure that I have found the balance that I need. Sleep is far too easily sacrificed, which clearly doesn’t do me much good. I’m more prone to illness and less able to concentrate. And yet, to get things done… So, balance is a work in progress. I’ve got a lot of those.

I’ll publish something more substantial next week—promise!

Unscheduled Downtime

  • Posted on September 28, 2012 at 7:34 PM

I had plans for this week. I was going to enjoy my new office. I was going to work hard and get caught up. But things didn’t quite happen that way.

With my laptop’s performance deteriorating at an alarming rate, I knew failure was imminent. I had to replace it, and so, once I had the funds, I did. Finding a suitable laptop was relatively easy, but the software I needed wasn’t in stock. I would have to wait up to three business days for it to be delivered to my home.

When I left my away-from-home office to pick up the new laptop, I left my old laptop there and brought my new laptop home. I put my children to bed, started configuring my new laptop with my favorites and other personal preferences. Then, when I was sure the kids were asleep, I left the house to go back to my away-from-home office.

Less than two blocks from my house, my van ceased functioning properly. It turns out that the front passenger-side wheel bear came loose and tore through various components. Ouch! I ended up walking home. My mom picked me up during her lunch hour so I could use my old laptop. Even though I had all my documents, I couldn’t manipulate them on the new laptop without the software. To work, I needed my old computer.

I spent the rest of the day in my away-from-home office, which is in my mother’s basement, and then went home, carrying both the new and the old laptop with me. Unfortunately, when I arrived, our Internet was down.

What’s that they say about everything that can go wrong?

Anyway, everything is finally back in order. I will spend the weekend catching up and hoping that next week will be THE week I truly get back on track. Wish me luck! I think I’m going to need it. :(


  • Posted on September 12, 2012 at 7:17 AM

Embracing Chaos will return to its regularly scheduled programming once I'm caught up on my work, after I've recovered from this lingering fatigue.  My apologies!

A Lapse in Posting

  • Posted on June 4, 2012 at 8:40 PM

So, last week was a wash and this week is already starting out late.  What can I say?  The end of the school year is a busy time, especially with moving my mom, wrapping up a graduate course, and a full workload.  Add to that meetings, decisions, and preparations for two transitions, one decided just today, and trying to help Willy cope with the loss of the seventh grade, which he’s taking rather hard.  Oh, and there’s my kids and family, too.  You know, the regular needs that continue despite all, clamoring to be filled or satisfied.

So, a lot of stuff hasn’t been done in a timely manner.  Like shopping.  I still have some of that to do, just to keep the household running.  Sometimes it seems to take quite a bit to keep this household running!  I hope, however, that the rest of this week will be full of my regular posts.

The Change Is Happening

  • Posted on May 23, 2012 at 8:00 AM

My mom bought a house!  Yay, Mom!

Summer is coming—and with it a period of low productivity I cannot afford.

My mom’s house has a basement room that could easily be used as my office-away-from-home.

I have too much to do to settle for lower productivity.

I’m not allergic to my mom’s basement the way I’m allergic to my own.

No Allergens = More Energy + More Clarity + More All-Around Goodness = More Productivity

My mom’s house would be quiet for much of the day, minus her kitten, because she would be at work.  And I could lock the kitten upstairs (depending on where the kitten’s litter box might be).

And finally, if I work away from home I just might be able to shut work off when it’s time to be with my family.

So, it looks like I’ll be getting a new office.  (Though, I’m keeping my old one, too.  That way I’ll have two places I can work, depending on what I need.)

I guess we’ll find out if we’re ready to adjust.


  • Posted on April 4, 2012 at 8:00 AM

I'm taking a one-week hiatus to catch up with life.

Recovering from the Flu

  • Posted on September 27, 2011 at 3:09 PM

First, my mom got it. That put a crimp in our schedules. Then, I got it. For a day I was oblivious to what our schedules were, and I’ve spent the next few days recovering—from the flu and what it did to my schedule. But then, Mark got it and so did Brandon.

Who will get it next? It was surprising for Mark to get sick before the children—or at all, his immune system is usually robust. What was even more surprising was to see Alex jumping around, happy and excited, ready for his day of school this morning. He’s usually the first to get sick, partly because his immune system (used to be) fairly weak and partly because he’s the one most likely (I can attest to this) to get in the face of the sick person in the house. Unfortunately, he’s also the one with a dental appointment on Thursday, so I’m really hoping he doesn’t get it.

So, last week was crazy and then we got sick. Fun, fun. Hopefully the rest of this week is smooth sailing, but I wouldn’t place any bets on it.