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Two weeks ago, New Year’s week, I took off. My son is home from college and my daughter, her husband and their three kids were here from North Carolina for the week. My son started his car restoration project, which I am a part of, planning to work on it most of the month of January until he goes back to school. I also watched lots of football and started watching last year’s episodes of “Fargo” with Melanie.

Being away from work for 12 days in all, Christmas included, without taking a trip gave me a real escape from thinking about work 24/7. Today is my first day back at work and it is hard to get back into the swing of things. There is a lot to do, but the day-to-day continuum has been broken and I have to reorganize.

Instead of reorganizing first, I just jumped into getting a couple of things done, including writing this, and I have an uncomfortable feeling that I am forgetting a lot of things.

What was going on that needed attention way back in the week before Christmas?

One thing was working on nominees for the Annual Meeting this spring. Another was our strategic planning work to plan for the agency’s future and the retirement of several senior employees, including me. We are also planning the full development of the Day Center at the NOAH Shelter and we have a new facility director starting at Angel House today.

Plus, we will have a new governor soon take office and a new director of the state housing agency, DHCD. And I have to get back to fundraising which involves meeting with lots of people to talk about ways they can support our efforts. And last, on this list anyway, is looking to see how we did financially during the first six months of our fiscal year.

Having now, with your help, thought through this I’d better start planning my work for this year. And today is the day to do it, the first work day for me in January 2015.

Next month, I will let you know what the highlights of this year are going to be.