Like the song says, things are just heaping on top of each other.
I know I post frequently about having too many things to do, and I equally know that most of the time, it's due to poor time management on my part. Once in a while, yes, it's because there are too many reports, too many deadlines, too many things to read and places to drive kids to and events to attend and trips to take and bathrooms to clean and all the rest of it. But mainly it's just me, procrastinating.
And sometimes, of course, it's me again, but this time taking too much on. Like the report I agreed to co-author last year: lucrative, yes, but also far more work than I really had time for. Or the consulting I did recently, ditto, despite my best efforts to read mounds of paper on the bus to and from work. Somehow, a quick nap halfway through listening to the latest bargain-bin CD purchase always seems to win out over dry articles about the genetics of this, that and the proverbial other thing.
And then there's blogging.
Inspired by my good friend (and by good friend, I mean "bloke who currently lives in Australia, whom I've never met, but I bet we'd get on like a house on fire, if he didn't cause my untimely death as a result of a home-made hovercraft explosion), Black Knight, who at last count has no fewer than four blogs, I've agreed to contribute to a blog over at this place, where I already spend copious amounts of time. Shh. It's not a done deal yet, although I've vaguely promised (and I quote myself, or at least an email I bravely sent) to "manage one post a week reliably". Stop laughing, Rik.
This on top of the editorial piece I've also promised to write for them. I wonder, if I manage to produce all this stuff more or less on time, if they'll send me on another nice trip like the one to Arizona where I took this picture in between working very, very hard on their behalf (oh, and lounging around the pool too, I suppose):
Anyway, if all goes well, I'll soon be joining Alethea and a few other characters over at that place. I've promised something related to modern technologies, the difficulties in using thereof, and the frustration resulting therefrom. Sound familiar?
And, to start things off, having (more or less) wrapped my head around Blogger, I'll need to learn WordPress. I'm sure it will be dead simple, and not provide me with any annoyance or irritation whatsoever.*
*Certain aspects of this statement are almost certainly going to be proven false.
P.S. Speaking of Blogger, technology and irritation, can anyone explain to me why the newly-installed Internet Explorer 7 is now cutting off the top half of my blog's title? Standard kibbitzing about Microsoft will be gleefully ignored, but I'd really like to know. Thanks.
P.P.S. Thanks to a tip from Mosher (see the comments), I bravely adjusted the blog header's "padding", after intrepidly Googling to find out what the heck it is and how it works. Seems to have done the trick, although his comments (like Debi's before) about the teeny tiny text in the sidebar when viewed in Firefox, still need fixing. Any thoughts?