It always feels a bit awkward to do these "personal posts," but I don't have the energy, or more importantly, the time to do much more at the moment. I am five months from retirement, so things should be easing up at the office for me - but just the opposite is happening because my key employee gave the company her two-week notice 12 days ago. That has meant a lot of scrambling to get someone in place soon enough to have her do some training and orientation work before she heads out the door. And, that has translated into longer hours for me - mainly on the front end of the day even though I am almost always at my desk by 6:20 a.m. anyway.
Then, yesterday morning about ten I received a phone call from the assisted living facility my father has lived in for the past two years saying that they found him on the floor of his unit. So the last two days have seen me spread pretty thinly, as I try to find time to be at the hospital with him for the battery of tests he is undergoing, at the office during this critical handover week, and to get a little sleep at the end of the day. All of that has left me constantly tired and drowsy, so writing anything of substance or interest is beyond me at the moment.
I just wanted to check in with the regulars so that I didn't give the impression that I am losing interest in Book Chase after 6 1/2 years. As if...and the good news for me is that I am reading lots of pages while waiting for my father to return from tests and while he naps. I am, however, starting to wonder if much is really sinking in, and hoping to be back to a normal schedule very soon.