Happy New Year and All That Jazz

Happy New Year, Everyone – Good riddance 2016! I can’t say that I’m all that hopeful that 2017 will be a great year, but January always provides an arbitrary shiny new slate and it’s here.

One of my goals for this year is to organize myself and create a time-management plan that I’ll stick to. The plan is in place, and I think I have a good chance of working within it. Unfortunately, I’m already a bit behind. Yes, I know it’s only the 6th!

My husband and I decided to have some long-overdue house maintenance performed, which aside from stress and some sore muscles from two weeks of moving furniture and loads of stuff hither and yon and yon and hither resulted in a “may you live in interesting times” moment two days ago when my house threatened to explode in a ball of flame, not the type of fireworks I want to see for the New Year.

The fix the electrician thought would hold our outside electrical box until the part he needed to order could come in didn’t see eye to eye with some high winds and driving rain that came through our area. While some folks may find it fun to listen to whoomphing sounds coming from your walls, even with the inside electricity turned off, and to smell burning char with zero idea how to stop it, I am afraid I’m not made of such stern stuff.

A panicked call to our electrician resulted in his arrival and installation of the part that had come in far faster than we all hoped. So my house is still standing and if my office is not yet ready for work in the New Year because I’m missing a desk that the supplier seems to be having great difficulty selling and getting to me, at least I’m not missing the house to wrap around it.

My goal this year is to post at least once a week on my personal blog, preferably more, now that the group blog I participate in – The Million Words – is up and running. If any of my writer friends or scientist friends want to guest post about what they’re working on, drop me a line.

The desk is supposed to arrive today. Wish me luck.