December 31, 2010 Comments Off on Reflections

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So, it’s the end of another year, and I haven’t posted in a while,so there are at least two reasons to have this post today.  This year has seen a lot of changes, not only in personal life, but professionally as well.

First, biggest and most important is kid #3, a.k.a. Noelle Joy.  Unexpected arrival, but a delight to everyone who meets her.  She’s just learning to walk this week, so there’s going to be a whole new level of crazy around our place as we re-adjust to the having everything breakable above three feet off the floor.

Grace and Caleb are both in school full days now – Grace every second day, so Mandi has time to spend with Noelle and on her classes.  She’s one class away from her M.Div. from Carey, and will convocate (is that even a word?) in the spring.  We’ve been looking forward to what that means to us as a family, but nothing is clear yet.

In my job, things have been changing somewhat also – in addition to a whole host of new courses, and a new way of looking at evaluation that requires that I revisit all of my courses, no matter how many times I’ve taught them, I’ve got some new responsibilities with regards to developing school websites for a variety of purposes.  As they’re all internal sites, I can’t show them to you, but I’ve been working hard on a site for teachers and another for coaches.  The limitations put on the development by lack of access to my normal toolbox (WordPress specifically, and PHP/MySQL in general) has been an interesting challenge to overcome, and I’m pretty happy with the result so far (but I’d switch to WP in a heartbeat if they let me).

In addition to the school stuff, I’ve also been working hard on other web projects this year (redevelopment of Keith Kitchen’s site during the summer, the church’s site this fall, and the Quest camp’s site right now).  I’ve also put together a couple of video projects, and have a couple more in the pipeline, as well as finishing NaNoWriMo again this November.  The purchase of a Kobo ereader in the middle of the year meant I did a lot more reading this year, something I was glad to get back to.

All of these have taken away from my personal writing, to the detriment of this blog, as you can see by the posting stats for the year (less than half of last year’s posts, which had been about ½ of the previous year’s).  I’ve mentioned a couple of times that I originally created this blog to have a place to keep links and stories I was interested in, and it kind of grew from there.  That function is now fulfilled through Diigo, so I’m trying to find a way to bring the two together better (possibly through Posterous) so that there will at least be some posts on here in the future…

So, that’s what’s going on around these parts.  Happy New Year to all and I wish everyone the best in 2011… because 2012 is going to be the end of the world. Smile

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