It has been a looooong time since I've written a journal or have really been active in the community. My last journal was pre-RTX so here comes rapid fire updates on life:
1. This past RTX (my 5th, 4th as a guardian) was the best run RTX ever. I think that is in large part to the hard work of RT and Guardian leadership (@Barbara, @Bethany, @SailorTweek, @sirNARVY, @kriss, @LoZelda). While I'm sure it was absolutely crazy and stressful for them, their hard work ensured that none of the craziness trickled down to the rest of the guardian team. Speaking of which, the entire PA team rocked it this year. Our success was entirely thanks to everyone knocking it out of the park. Outside of the guardians, it was terrific to meet so many people from the community. Despite having 5 RTXs under my belt, I still meet more and more of the community, some of which I've known online forever but finally met in person. Last, and certainly not least, @matt and @annahullum are the most wonderful people on the planet.
2. RT Tennessee successfully hosted screenings of RWBY Vol 2 in Nashville and Knoxville. It's great to see how many community members there are in Tennessee and our strong turnout for events! It's come a long way since the group first formed many a year ago.
3. One of the chief reasons for my disappearance on the site has been work related. A few months ago, my company downsized a bit and my team of 15 became a team of 5. You don't need to be a math wiz to know that means more work for the remaining 5. To compound the issue, my company was acquired in July. While my position is safe, this means even more work to help integrate into the new company and the new culture.
4. Last, the other reason that my free time has completely evaporated is certainly exciting:
BABY SIDNEY IS ON THEIR WAY. COMING THIS FEBRUARY!!
My wife and I are certainly excited to share this news. It was difficult not to tell all my friends at RTX, but we wanted to exit the first trimester healthily before publicly sharing the good news. All of our excitement quickly gave way to reality of increasing family size: making room for the baby. We've been working hard to store/donate/toss stuff from our house we don't need/use any more. In addition, thinking about new furniture and paint colors for the nursery as well as going to doctors appointments with the Mrs has already sucked free time away.
While I may not be posting as often as I normally do, I am keeping up with my threads and friends. Don't worry, I'm still watching you .... Muahahahah! I'll also continue to manage the Tennessee events as well. Fret not, it will take more than work and babies to keep me away from our amazing community!
TL;DR: RTX was awesome. Work is crazy busy and it's sucking away most of the time I used to dedicate to the community. Also, we're having a BABY! I'm not going anywhere, just won't be as active in the near future.