So here we are, more than a month since my last post. I’ve been a bit busy with a few things – the holidays, a quick trip to visit family in Arkansas a few weeks ago, and the training season is rapidly creeping up as well. So here are a few updates as to my activities this winter.
I inadvertently set myself up for a busy winter and spring without realizing it until it was upon me. I enrolled in two online courses in Aviation Safety at Treasure Valley, thinking that would speed up the process of getting the five courses required for the certificate I’m after, through the Forest Service of course. So while not difficult, the courses do take a certain amount time, a fair amount of writing, and of course some dry reading. That’s one thing. I also got into one week-long class on accident investigations and facilitated learning analysis, which means more reading in addition to what I already had on my plate. Add in a few more training sessions, assorted meetings, and my February and March are looking pretty well booked. Add to that the added workload of taking over stewardship of the Wildland Fire Leadership Development Program’s Professional Reading Program, and I’ve got plenty on my plate at the moment. That’s not a bad thing by any means, but it has cut into the time available for blogging just a wee bit. I hope to continue to keep adding blog entries every few weeks, but time will tell if I can make it work with any consistency.
Aside from being busy with the normal holiday stuff, I can’t say that there has been that much going on. The personal journey of self-discovery and improvement continues, with ups and downs as is expected. The new job has me working year-round, for now at least, and with that comes the blessing of a steady paycheck in the winter, and the curse of actually having to plan my activities around how much annual leave I have built up… but I like it. It’s been mainly planning work, getting ahead on all the odds and ends that come with being part of a new program. Lots of time spent in the cubicle, typing away, but fire season is already on the horizon, and I’m sure I’ll be back on the road and in the field before I know it. Hopefully by then I’ll have a few moments to spend on the blog as my other writing obligations wrap up.
In any event, life keeps on keeping on. Until next time…