I am at the office

And I’ve been here since roughly 3:30pm on Sunday afternoon.

It’s been a very productive day, I must say, which is why I’m motivated to post a scatterthought right now. And I know, conventional wisdom suggests that it sucks being in the office on Sunday, but, well…

Yeah, conventional wisdom is right.

So what are you gonna do about it? Not be ready for a presentation on Monday morning? I don’t think so. That’s just not an option.

To be clear, I wasn’t procrastinating…that’s not what brought on today’s work-fest. No, I’ve been exceptionally busy this past week.

I came into the office on New Year’s Day to chug through the backlog of filing and administrative crap, but only managed a small dent despite putting in a full day. At the same time, I had to get rolling on some work for the City of Waterloo, which I did on Monday night. Got a draft document out late that evening, and have already sent out an updated version based on the feedback I received at a meeting on Wednesday. And as usual, I had a mountain of work keeping me busy at the office.

In the midst of this, I completed a car article and held singing auditions for this year’s FASS production on the evenings of Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. Saturday was spent in a seven-hour casting session (which was actually very efficient), watching football, napping, and attending a FASS party.

Sunday began with a read-through of the FASS script, which went very well as far as I can tell. I think this is going to be a very good show, and I’m looking forward to being a part of it. I bailed out at the break, though, to get some food and go to the office. Spent my afternoon and evening crunching data and creating materials for tomorrow, and I think I’m as ready as I can be. I’m not worried, since it’s an internal meeting, but I don’t like to get caught unprepared.

The schedule will continue to be packed. I’ll be in FASS rehearsals three nights a week, running the singing rehearsals on the weekend, and have a band rehearsal here or there. I’ll help my editor write his review of the Detroit Auto Show (which he’s attending this weekend), and gotta keep the momentum going on my City project.

And you know what? I feel good about all this.

2006 was a tough year. On one hand, it was very successful from a professional and creative standpoint. I excelled at the office and was involved in some fun theatre productions. I took on some volunteer work that I expect to be very meaningful to my career. I bought a house and a new saxophone. And I staged an outdoor Battle of the Bards that went very well despite threats of rain.

What’s to complain about, right?

Balance, I suppose. I got depressed late in the fall when the workload–much of which I had brought upon myself. I couldn’t find time to relax…I almost always felt like I should be doing something. Anything.

And you could suggest–as many of my friends do–that my personal life suffered. I’ve been single for almost two years now, with a few dates here or there but nothing serious. And I didn’t have enough time to spend with the people I care about. I don’t lack for social activity, but I lack for meaningful social activity.

Which you’re all aware of, since I’ve written about it at various times over the year.

But that was 2006. And this is 2007. In roughly ten months, I’ll be 30 years old. I can already say that I have a lot to show for it, with lots of friends and a job that keeps me comfortable. But I have to decide what’s going to be important–sooner, rather than later.

I have to chart a course.

And then I have to commit to it.

Because when 2008 rolls around, I’m not going to be the same person who’s typing this scatterthought.

I’ll be that person and a whole lot more.

Russ