Hi everyone. Sorry to have been gone for a while. Life got… overwhelming.
I’m not a person who adjusts to change well. I don’t have a problem with change, per se, but it takes me longer than most people to settle into new routines. And the past few months has seen much of my life upended and shaken around.
My job has become much more intense. I’m taking on new duties, and the job itself is becoming more complicated, so I spent most of August and September dealing with that.
In October, my beloved cat Gryphon passed away in my arms. She was 19 years old. I now find myself without an animal companion for the first time in almost three decades. I’m not ready to adopt a new feline companion yet, as Gryphon’s loss hurts too much still.
Last week I went on my first business trip, down to Southern California. It was fun and I learned a lot, but I almost never travel alone, so that was extremely stressful for me.
During all of this, I was realizing that I’ve been reviewing for almost 14 years now with almost no breaks. I took a couple of weeks in 2007 when I got married, and then I took a couple of weeks in 2012 after having surgery, but that’s about it. I realized I was getting burned out and needed to step back. I’m probably going to be making some changes to how I review and what I review, but I will still be blogging. I just need a bit of time to sort things through.
In the meantime, I appear to be writing again, albeit in a limited fashion, which is good. My thanks to all of you for sticking around while I got my head on straight.