Thing the first: So a package arrived today. From Amazon. It weighs about the same as a brick.
We all know what's in that package:
I'm not allowed to open it.
See, the book was SUPPOSED to come out on October 1st. My birthday. FORTUITOUS TIMING!
And then the stupid book went ahead and came out early, and now I am under strict orders not to touch it until my actual birthday because hey, birthday present. Celebrations, and what not.
So yes, right now, I am staring malevolently at the stupid Amazon package that sits taunting me on the other side of the room. Three more weeks...
Thing the second: I have not been posting as much recently - duh. I am currently not two full weeks into the school year, and I have been pulling nearly 60 hour weeks thus far. I've mentioned my career occasionally here, and I'd like to now take the opportunity to say that I take teaching and my career very seriously. I am tremendously passionate about it, even more so than film, and I've been hoping for further opportunities to stretch myself. Well, this year really seems to be THAT year. I'm the new Science Department Leader this year, which is a tremendous vote of faith in my abilities considering this is my sixth year teaching. I'm mentoring a new teacher, which I'm very excited about because she has such amazing potential and she's doing a great job thus far. I'm presenting at the state science teachers' conference in early November, which will be the first time I've formally presented a workshop at a conference. I'm applying again to present at a national conference slated for next summer, and the very nit-picky application is due in mid-October. Additionally, I have to massively overhaul my Advanced Chemistry course for a variety of reasons this year (best reason: 60+ students signed up for it, more than double from last year), and that's taking a tremendous amount of time.
I am not complaining about a single thing in the above paragraph. I've worked my ass off in the past to get into the position to be able to do all those things, and now I feel like that work is starting to bear fruit, and that's really exciting. But something has to take a backseat. And for the moment, that's movie watching and movie writing.
I'm certainly not dropping my hobby or anything. I just might have to scale way back on my blog, only post once a week or so.
Which is fine. Because dammit, it's my blog.
But I miss all of you, you few regular readers of mine. I miss being able to read all your awesome entries in the depth I'd like, and leave comments to let you know your work is not falling on deaf ears.
So yes. Know that my absence from the blogosphere means I'm going nuts at school, but good lord, I effing love what I do. Yes, it stresses me out, but I would never for a second rather be doing anything else in the world.