Happy New Year. I hope you all enjoyed your holidays.
I’ll get back to blogging next week, which is also when I’ll return to the programming gig. We returned from our annual trek up north a few days ago, but I gave myself the extra week off so I can focus on creating the 2013 family DVD. Putting one of those together is a major undertaking, but worth the effort. I’ve talked to other parents who’ve shot plenty of video of their kids, but never done anything with the footage. I can’t imagine having 10 years of unedited video sitting around on digital tapes or drives. That’s almost pointless.
So I made the decision after the girls were born to never let a year go by without reviewing all the video footage and photos and editing them into episodes that capture something about their childhood: first day of school, summer fun, Christmas with the relatives, life on the farm, etc. Quite a few of the episodes end up as music videos, like this example from years ago:
Hard to believe that’s the same girl who now gets herself invited to speech and math competitions.
The girls love going back in time and watching their childhood unfold. So do I. If the house were on fire and I could only grab an armful of valuables on the way out, it would be the family DVD collection — or more likely the hard drives where I’ve stored the footage, Premiere projects, and master DVD images.
Anyway, that’s where most of my time is going this week.
I’ll also return to the gym next week, where I expect to see hordes of grim-faced people hitting the treadmills in yet another failed attempt to start a new year by losing weight. By around April, most of the newbies will give up and the gym population will return to normal. That seems to be the annual pattern.
I’m pretty sure I gained a few pounds over the holidays myself (yes, I indulge in holiday treats), but unlike, say, 10 years ago, there’s no sense of failure or panic. I’m not starting the year with a mistaken notion that I need to starve and torture myself to undo the damage. It’s a simple matter of returning to my normal diet and workout routine. Give that a few weeks, and I’ll be back where I was in November.
Enjoy the football games if you’re a football fan, make your resolutions reasonable if you make resolutions at all, and I’ll see you next week.