Sunday, November 2, 2008.
This date probably means a lot of things to a lot of people currently reading this blog. For some of you, you are enjoying the extra rest from the additional hour of sleep you gained with the end of day light savings. For another group of you, you are still recovering from your Halloween activities on Friday. For others of you, you are de-stressing after a Saturday of standardized testing. For another group of you, you are feeling a sense of accomplishment and relief with the passing of yesterday's Early Decision Deadline (... and now you are counting the days until December 15). And maybe even some of you are looking forward to the coming week and specifically participating in the democratic process on Tuesday.
For me this day means something very different. It signifies my first day of complete rest in nearly six weeks. Today is the first day since I last posted (September 20) that there is absolutely nothing on my work or personal to do list. My calendar is completely empty today and I am not sure how to react. I sit here at home not feeling completely comfortable, because I feel like I need to be doing something like visiting a high school, speaking at an Open House, or trying to determine how much money I have lost with the economic downturn. When you have something scheduled every day for 43 straight days, and many of those days are filled with multiple tasks / appointments / responsibilities, you will understand the uneasiness I feel right now.
So with this unusual free day I have slept late, watched a movie (Iron Man on BlueRay DVD), downloaded some pictures of my niece, took Soze (my dog) on a long walk, watched some football (go N.Y. Giants), continued reading a great book (Nelson DeMille's The Gate House), and now I am digesting my dinner (grilled chicken breast with peppers and salsa) while waiting for my Sunday night shows to come on -- The Simpsons, Dexter, Entourage, and Little Britain USA. With this lazy Sunday I did feel like I needed to accomplish at least one thing, and returning to blogging has been a top priority for me.
I know ... I know ... I know. You can't call yourself a true blogger and then take more than a month off from writing. My apologies. But as you will come to learn in my coming posts, I did have a valid reason for not posting since September 20th ... the busiest six weeks of my life since the end of my senior year in college (1997) when I tried to cram a 100+ senior honors thesis paper in 40 days. All will be revealed as I have challenged myself to make this November one of the most active posting months in the history of the Hopkins Insider blog. So stay tuned for a series of upcoming blog entries detailing my frequent travels throughout September and October, as well as a number of blog entries featuring "new stuff" at Johns Hopkins and through the Hopkins Interactive site.
With my absence I hope I haven't lost most of my readership, and I hope my return to frequent blogging will lead to more Hopkins Insider fans. As you eagerly anticipate my next entry, let me encourage you to take a sneak preview at some of the new Hopkins Interactive features I will discuss next week:
- Hopkins Interactive meets Tweeter: https://twitter.com/HopkinsInsider
- The Hopkins Interactive Video Blog debuts our new Hopkins Now! video show: http://hopkins.typepad.com/video/2008/11/jhtv-presents-hopkins-now-episode-1.html
- A number of new shared blogs for the 2008-09 academic cycle:
2012: Hopkins Arts & Sciences Freshman Blog: http://hopkins.typepad.com/2012ksas/
2012: Hopkins Engineering Freshman Blog: http://hopkins.typepad.com/2012wse/
Senior Blog: Class of 2009: http://hopkins.typepad.com/2009/
Roxi and Jessica: Caught in Between: http://hopkins.typepad.com/shared/
... and much more to come. Check back soon.