(this is a bit of a feeling-sorry-for-myself post)
Some of you may have noticed my absence recently. Some of this has to do with work obligations and some with the rapid decline of a family member.
As any regular readers will know I secured myself a job in November following two years of unemployment. I’m enjoying it thoroughly. The downside is that it takes me 95 minutes to get to work of a morning and about the same to get home. It is also longer hours than previous jobs. Given my Keratoconus, I come home tired with very sore eyes, making sitting at a computer more or less impossible. Work also wants me to develop a new system for them and this requires learning a new programming language. So I need to do that probably on work time and my own time on weekends. Hence even just normally I would be absent a bit.
Secondly, I am devastated that my mother-in-law, Pam, has asbestos-related lung cancer. Pam was diagnosed around the same time that I got my new job and her decline has been rapid. The last few months have been appalling (as you can imagine). Given that I am one of those lucky people with a really nice mother-in-law, I feel the oncoming loss quite heavily as does the rest of my family. I know that my wife Nicole is really struggling. My daughter Rhiannon (only 13) is being a real pillar of strength for Nicole despite her own grief. I am proud of her. If you are religiously inclined (don’t mind the flavor) then prayers would be appreciated.
Thirdly, as you may also be aware I volunteer as the promotions officer for Education in Dance and Theatre Arts. Now, when I can least manage it, they want me to take all their syllabus videos and make promotional extracts from them. I wish that they had asked me to do that when I had hours and hours of free time during my unemployment. However, duty is duty.
In respect to my tutorials on the Blender hair, I am going to have to put that project aside for a couple of months. But I will get back to it because it is something I really want to do.
In respect to singing… David, I have started practicing “Learning to Fly”. Jeni – “Hallelujah” seems like a great fit and I am also working on it. Singing is easier for me to do on a weeknight when I get home because it doesn’t require me using my eyes.
My writing has also stalled. Same reason – eyes too tired when I get home and little time of a weekend. I am going to have to work out how I can address this.
Anyway, wy whinge-fest is over.
Look after yourselves and I will try to visit your blogs when my eyes are not weary.