In reviewing my archives from the last few years, it seems that I fall into a February lull every year. It’s not like I’m depressed, or bored, or anything like that – it’s just that February is my busiest month of the year at work (excluding the Siemens competition, which is actually an ongoing thing), so I don’t find myself really thinking about my blog. That, or something will pop into my head, like this little nugget:

Random Thought: Political bumper stickers should have self-decaying glue.

This hit me one morning a week or so ago, when I was stuck behind a car on Province Line Road with an “Impeach Florio” sticker on the back bumper. (For background, check out this article.) I started thinking about how old that sticker was, and how if political bumper stickers had self-decaying glue, people wouldn’t get stuck with potentially embarassing messages like “Perot/Stockdale ’92” or “W ’04” forever emblazoned on their vehicles.

Invariably, tho, I’d get involved with three or four different tasks between my arrival at work and the point at which my computer has finished booting up, and the thought leaves my head. The important stuff sticks around, like remembering what client visits are coming up, or running specific rosters for specific scholarship programs, but the silly stuff, like the bumper sticker thing, or linking to a site like PodBrix (Mac fans – check out the “Keynote” minifig) escapes me.

That’s not to say things are BAD at work by any means – I feel like I’m doing well in my new position, but it’s just our busy time of year. I’m trying to keep my head in the right place while I work through a particularly difficult committee season at work while I count the days to SXSW Interactive in Austin. SXSW isn’t really a vacation for me, since work is actually paying me to go to the conference (and, as it turns out, I won’t have to use vacation days), but with that said, I want to make as much of the social scene as I can. (I’m also looking forward to seeing the DFW Bloggers again – I’m just hoping they’re patient with me, since this is my first SouthBy – I’ll try not to be too much of a tagalong, I promise!)

While I’m on the subject of SouthBy, I’d like to apologize in advance to whoever ends up in the room next to mine at the Hampton Inn – that sound you hear first thing in the morning isn’t a dramatic reenactment of the invasion of Normandy – that’s just my alarm clock. If I’m going to wake up for morning panels, you’d better believe that alarm’s gonna be loud.

It’s snowing in Princeton right now. Actually, it’s been snowing for the better part of the day. Work closed early today (second time in a week), so I’ve been trying to make myself useful by doing laundry. The weather information is conflicting and confusing at best – some reports have said the snow will taper off by midnight, and some are saying we’re going to get another half-foot before dawn. Frankly, I could go either way – I wouldn’t mind a snow day from work, but on the other hand, this is a busy week for me at work, and I’m trying to get as much off my desk before SouthBy as possible. Regardless, I’m enjoying sitting in my living room watching the snow fall. Kinda reminds me of being up at Syracuse.