I don’t know how people do it.

I’ve always been a pretty busy guy. Nothing compared to certain people, but it still hasn’t always been easy. When I got married, I gave up being a full-time student while holding a full-time job, since I realized that the lack of sleep was making me a rather unpleasant personoutright frelling jerk. I needed to be able to devote time to Kiara.

Now I’m a dad. Wow. That takes some time and energy, both of which I’m sure will seem even more precious once I return to work on Monday after three weeks off. I’ve got to get my “spend countless hours just staring at Owen” in. So something’s gotta go, and for now it’s gonna be this blog. No, it’s not like it’s taken a lot of my time, but still.

I’ve been fortunate in that almost all the jobs that I’ve held for the last decade or so were closely aligned with my passions. When I was completely obsessed with the world of specialty coffee, I worked as a barista, then a coffee roaster. Awesome. When I wasn’t working, I was almost certainly in a coffeehouse somewhere, or wishing that I were.

Now, again, I get paid to do exactly the same thing I do in my spare time: work on the web. How cool is that. Of course, it means the line between work and not-work is blurred quite a bit. When asked recently to outline how I spend my time at work, I listed almost no time at all for research and development because I do that almost exclusively off-hours. And I still don’t feel like I can keep up.

I’ve just taken a look at my long-backed-up stack of reading, and I really need to tackle some of that. There’s a whole season of Bablyon 5 on DVD to watch. There are little coding projects that I’d like to get back to. I’ve got to get some sleep for once in my life.

And of course, there’s the kid. The real motivation. So while I spend some time figuriing out a new balance, I think I’ll refrain from writing here. Otherwise my posts are going to sound even more inane than they have lately. Hopefully when I return — could be a few weeks, could be a couple months — I’ll have a fresh focus.

Take it easy.