It has been weeks since I blogged, months since I last podcast. There are two reasons for this: I have no internet connection at work which is where I’m spending most of my time lately and when I’m not at work, I’m making sure that I spend at least a minimal amount of time with my wife and dog before working from home.

I don’t want to get into it, but let just say that things are a little tough at the new job. The classroom is fantastic and I’m loving spending my days with students again, but there are several other issues that are troublesome above and beyond the hours. And that’s all I’m going to say about that.

There are 30 desktop computers sitting in a storage room right now and eventually we’re supposed to get laptops. The school currently has internet in only one office. I set up a wireless router that I had lying around, but it doesn’t reach my classroom. So consequently, I’m disconnected from the world. I really do feel truly disconnected. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve thought, “This child needs help writing numbers, I’ll just print out a practice page for them.” Or “I’d like to do a quick graph, I’ll just print out some clip art to use.” Unfortunately I don’t have a computer, printer or internet. It’s amazing just how much of a difference having access to the internet can make.

My point in mentioning this isn’t to complain, I know that things are in the works and that they take time. But it really emphasizes just how important that internet connection is. I know I blogged about that in my last entry, but every day that goes by without it really drives that point home just a little bit more.

So where do things stand? Well, they’re on hold. I have about two hours per night that I can spend with my wife. I don’t feel it’s fair to spend that time on the computer instead of with her. As important as podcasting and blogging is to me, my personal life is even more important. Once the school is ‘wired up’, I’m going to try to do some blogging and/or podcasting before school starts early in the morning. Unfortunately for now, things are just on pause.

Don’t worry, I may be on an unwanted hiatus, but I’m not gone. I’ll be back and active before you know it!

Steve