Life is just chugging along and I’m finding that writing things out just isn’t top on my priority list. I’m communicating but in different ways, mostly Twitter and Facebook and actual voice and people contact. Shocking, isn’t it?
Distraction #1 – Football and nephew Rob. The family is busily sending links back and forth to each other for articles, blog posts, team updates, and even a YouTube video. Rob is working extraordinarily hard to learn the routes, plays, and patterns that the Eagles use, soaking up as much information he can to earn a place on the regular season roster. My mom and I have learned tons about football players on a team we’ve never followed, as well as looking at Wikipedia’s diagrams of scrimmage lines to figure out where people actually ARE so we can follow them on screen.
Distraction #2 – I am facilitating a small group working on the Web 2.0 Challenge 2009. It’s a five-week class organized and presented by the Computing Services Special Interest Section of my national association. Over 100 people signed up to be participants, with additional facilitators like me + instructors + administrators who did all the course management and set up. Trust me, it’s a lot of work.
Each week we have two topics to learn about using screencasts, links and examples. We then discuss what we’ve learned in online chat groups of 7 people, and then there are assignments to be completed. Facilitators then have 2 days to read and grade assignments and participation, and to add notes for feedback. Topics have included social networking sites, Twitter, blogs, RSS feeds, social bookmarking, Flickr and now this week, wikis and LibGuides. My brain is very full.
Distraction #3 – General overload at work with people on vacation just before we run around like crazy people doing last minute ordering for course reserves, and scrambling to meet subscription renewal deadlines for hundreds of titles without hearing from the decision makers because they are on said vacations or getting ready for orientations.
Distraction #4 – My balky left knee that seizes up at the least provocation.
Distraction #5 – Thinking about WLS and wondering what I’ll hear at the group session next week with the surgeons and other surgical candidates. In the meantime I’ve hit another milestone – I’ve now lost 30 lbs and am almost at my 10% goal.
Distraction #6 – My hair is driving me crazy. I’m growing it out because it seemed like a good idea at the time, but right now it just looks kind of unkempt. I need remedial hair help and someone not the hair dresser to tell me how it would work the best.
I really am following your lives via your blogs but mostly through an RSS feed reader (one of the things we had to practice in the Challenge). It’s convenient but distant since I just read words and don’t see your pages as you created them with images and stuff. And there are no ways to leave comments. Hmmmm. I need to rethink the technology 😉