Friday, January 05, 2007

Should I Go?

Homes on the Range: Conservation in Working Prairie Landscapes
is the theme of the 8th Prairie Conservation and Endangered Species Conference and Workshop. This event is held only every third year, and the location roams around the prairies, so this is the first time since 1989 that it has been held in Regina. The theme sounds great - I've been suggesting something along those lines for our Native Plant Society of Saskatchewan workshop for years - and it's only two hours' drive away, but hang it all, now that it's here, I just don't want to go. I get sort of drawn in looking at the program, but at the same time part of me starts gagging on all the big stuffy words. Oh, I understand them all right, but I can feel that stale conference air already, and smell the exhaust in the parking lot, and I just can't shake the feeling that I've got enough in my head already, and better things to do.

Or not do.


Rurality said...

I always feel the same way about conferences... but afterwards I'm usually glad I went. :)

arcolaura said...

Yes, I have the same experience, although lately I've mostly just been glad to see the old friends. And who knows - if I hadn't gone, I might have been glad about staying home!

Jim said...


Please excuse my flakiness as a blogfriend lately.

I really wanted to comment on this post, and your'Toughness'post also, but they both required an amount of thoughtfulness that I haven't had time to muster lately.

My 7 year old computer finally got so sluggish clunky that I had to buy a new one, and I haven't got everything set up properly yet to even post photos at our blog.

We've also had quite a bit of company and several obligations that I've barely kept up with, and now my daughter (not Jamie, but my 39 year-old first child, from a previous relationship, just gave birth to a son).
I'm telling you all this because you (and your thoughts & ideas), are really important to me and I haven't been holding up my end of our blog friendship, but I don't want you to think that I'm not interested. I'm just swamped right now Laura.

I hope you understand because you're a very bright star in my blog world and I'd hate to lose you as a friend.


arcolaura said...

Jim! Thank you so much. I have been struggling a bit myself with balancing blogging and life. And realizing that they are not separate - blog friends like you are a treasured part of my life now. But my computer time is necessarily less these days, and the challenge seems to be to focus my time in the blog world where it matters most.

So glad to hear from you. And congratulations, Grandpa! Make the most of this precious time. I'll look forward to the pictures!