Wasn’t it great how this year — and last year, I should say — Christmas Day and New Year’s Day both fell on Tuesdays? It made for a particularly quiet holiday season, at least at the office. And today, first day back at work, it’s a bit of a treat to remember that it’s just a three-day workweek — heck tomorrow’s Thursday, already.
All of that time off, both from work and, yes, from this blog, was exactly what I craved. I just needed the month of December, between my traveling and the holidays, to take it easy and spend time with Mister President. This morning when I got to the office, I felt more rested and recuperated than I thought I would, though there’s about a million things I’m already behind on for 2008.
Still, I’m feeling pretty positive about this year. Someone asked me in the elevator today if I thought the new year would be a good one, and somewhat unexpectedly, I said, “It’s going to be great!” I don’t know why I said that exactly, but it just sort of jumped out. And then I thought to myself, wow, it’s kind of frightening how much of an optimist I’ve become.
Back at It
Anyway, I now consider myself back from blogging hiatus, so posts should resume their normal, erratic but somewhat frequent pace here — if not starting this week, then certainly next week. Additionally, we’ll be resuming more regular publishing of A Brief Message, too. There are some pretty neat contributors lined up, and I’m going to be writing up a blog post here about our experiences so far publishing that site.
Below: Note country for old men. A new notebook for 2008, left, to replace last year’s beat up model.
Finally, in what’s becoming a minor tradition for me, this morning I started a new notebook. My trick for always having my notes handy is to put all of them, an entire year’s worth, into a single notebook that I keep with me at the office at all times, carry with me to meetings, etc. Everything goes into the one notebook, and then at the start of each year, I start another one. After twelve months of wear and tear, it’s always surprising to me to go to a new, pristine notebook — I use the same ones, these Moleskine Cahier notebooks — but the fresh ones always seem foreign and otherworldly. I like it though; the pages are blank but it’s kind of filled with promise. It’s a good way to start a new year.