July 31st, 2009
|01:15 pm - Many updates on life, work, and Summerland|
Well, I was going to write about this awesome opportunity I received today to review articles for an honest-to-gods scientific journal, but then I saw the "Confidential Please" notice at the top of it and guess I oughtn't actually discuss it.
Anyway, I've been enjoying some good fortune recently, which is a nice change. Not that I ever had particularly "bad" fortune, but right now I'm feeling good about things, and I have been for a while. I'm even getting close to catching up on old mail that's been sitting in my in-box for a while (I'm up to July 1 or so, so barely a month behind: this is progress!).
I had an excellent performance review here at work, and my boss used words like "leadership," "initiative," and "reliable" when referring to my work. . . none of those words with a synonym of "lacking" modifying them. One of my projects is also referred to as "resulting in a major paradigm shift." I have found myself wondering if it'll make any difference when raises come out (if they do).
I have struggled to figure out an ADF social networking thing, and found that the damn thing is potentially out of my ability to figure out: I still don't know how to update MySpace, though I'm getting better with FaceBook. . . and Twitter is just. . . well, it's Twitter. I think I'm using it wrong, since I haven't Twittered while in the bathroom yet, or even to tell people I was going to go to the bathroom or reported on the results thereof. I'm pretty sure that's what Twitter was designed for. Trying to maintain the ADFDruidry Twit-stream (is that what they're called?) on top of my own has proven highly amusing at times.
I don't mind being socially inept in the real world, and I care even less that I'm socially inept in cyberspace: Web 2.0 seems to be primarily driven by the notion that I am the center of everyone else's universe. It's a silly notion, and it's led me to the conclusion that Web 2.0 is pretty darn silly, too.
I've been spending whatever free time I have (virtually none, admittedly) trying refine an article about the place of clergy within ADF. This riveting and exciting piece is unlikely to interest anyone outside of my own head, but it's in progress (and appears to be coming along nicely, actually). I'm looking forward to finishing this up, actually, though so far it raises more questions than answers.
Related to this, there's talk about ADF Orders going on. For the most part, I'm still hard-pressed on the utility of them: additional structure and such. Still, I'm working with them with a new interest after a discussion with seamus_mcnasty.
The other day, I got to use a healing prayer I once wrote for a friend undergoing surgery, and was a bit surprised to see it taken up by some others. I'd originally written it for someone else, but that's why we write prayers in advance and hang onto them: so that when the need arises, we have words for when there are no words.
And the Summerland presenter schedule is now up! Yeah! I hope to see many folk out at the festival, August 20-23! Oh, and I'll be presenting at the Dublin Irish Festival on Sunday (noon, Irish Traditions stage), the largest Irish Festival in the country (and entrance fees are waived if you arrive on Sunday before 11 AM)!
Current Location: Southeast of Disorder
Current Mood: happy
Current Music: "Love and Luck", -JB
I think so, too. And I think it's getting enough response and readership to be a Good Thing™ for ADF. It was an excellent idea.