I've always been a busy person - a very busy person.
My schedule is almost always full and when it's not, I subconsciously either look to fill it or struggle to figure out what relaxing actually is. During those rare off times, I usually sleep, to make up for the four to five hours of sleep I average per night.
I'm not trying to toot my own horn; if anything, I'm revealing a problem I need to correct. My wife wouldn't mind seeing me more, that's for sure.
As I write this on a Friday afternoon during a paid, one-day vacation, I can't help but reflect back on how crazy this week has been.
I can't remember the last time I didn't have at least a double-digit number of articles in the Gazette during a given week, and this was certainly no exception.
Thursday, for example, I wrote a news article first thing in the morning for that day's paper (five hours after finishing two sports articles that also ran Thursday), drove to L'Anse, took a two-and-a-half hour bus ride to the Eagle Mine, covered a public tour of the mine, rode the bus back, attended a "Meet the (Michigan Tech hockey) Coaches" event, interviewed Tech football coach Tom Kearly, designed the four-page Gridiron section for Friday's paper, drove to my parents to visit with an aunt and uncle who I hadn't seen in a while who were leaving the U.P. Friday morning, returned home, wrote my Tech football preview article, transcribed key quotes from the two-hour mine tour and wrote a nearly 1,400-word article about the tour before hitting the sack at 5:30 a.m.
No, that's not a typical day, and yes, I got some sleep Friday morning, but here I am frantically trying to finish this column after trying on and picking up a rental tux and before rehearsal for a friend's wedding I'm standing in later this afternoon, as of the time you're probably reading this.
In addition to the wedding this weekend, Tech hockey has a pair of home events this weekend, and I'm gearing up for a week in which I'll write eight articles just about Tech hockey - never mind all the behind-the-scenes interviews that go into that. No complaints, though.
I couldn't be more excited for the hockey season to start!
But I'll also cover three meetings in Baraga County Monday night, cover Michigan Tech's quarterly Board of Control meeting Thursday and get ready to cover both Tech football and hockey at home next weekend.
With both Kelly and Stacey leaving the Gazette within a week of each other, it's been even a little bit more hectic picking up random tasks that typically would have fallen under their job responsibilities.
Now that you've read this far you're probably wondering, who cares?
How does that all impact me?
Well, first of all, when you're inclined to complain about whether something gets covered or not, just remember there are probably a few other things on our plates as reporters. We try our absolute hardest to be at as much as we can, and accurately and thoroughly cover this wonderful area that I've called home my entire life.
We love to hear story suggestions, too. We do get plenty of them and our reporters take pride in getting to know their beats and develop rapport with people in them, but please don't assume everything newsworthy gets dropped into our laps by messenger pigeons, or emails or faxes. The best way to get something covered is to let us know about it well in advance, not come to us after and berate us for not
covering something we may not have even been aware of.
Anyways, this probably reads like I'm stretched a bit thin - I am - so let me end with some encouragement for both myself and some of you other crazy busy people out there.
"Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." Matthew 11:28
What an awesome comfort.
Stephen Anderson can be reached at email@example.com.