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Monday, June 19, 2006

When Life Gets In The Way Of Blogging...

When I started this blog in mid-2005, I found myself in the fortunate situation of facing a temporary lull in my normally hectic work schedule.   This allowed me to do the necessary legwork to get the site up and running, to put together detailed and sometimes lengthy pieces, and to post regularly and frequently.   As the summer turned into fall, my work obligations started to heat up and my personal time began to dwindle.   Still, I managed to keep posting.

And then came the new year.   Now, I've been working as an attorney since 1993, and none of those thirteen years could fairly be characterized as a walk in the park.   But I have never experienced anything like the intensity of the storm that hit in January and that continued, unabated, until this past week.   Three of my cases all exploded at once, drowning me in an ocean of work and all but eliminating my free time.   Indeed, the circumstances were so dire, that I found myself on pace to log more hours at work this year than at any other time in my professional career, and by a longshot at that.

The culmination of this insanity was set to be happening right now, with a major hearing in one case scheduled for Thursday of last week and a full-blown trial in another case slated for the entirety of this week.   But last Tuesday, without warning, we suddenly received word that Thursday's hearing was being vacated by the court and reset for early July.   And before we had even fully processed this unexpected development, we received word from our other client that the case set for trial had settled -- after four long years of hard-fought litigation, and a three-week trial that was held last year.   And so it was that the overbearing demands of two roaring cases that had been crashing down upon me one day had completely vanished a mere 24 hours later, leaving me with an opportunity, at long last, to take a breath.

That said, I'm not yet out of the woods.   I still have two cases that remain relatively active, so it will remain difficult for me to post lengthy pieces that take days upon days to compose.   But rather than prolonging my self-imposed exile from the blog any further, I'm going to start putting up shorter posts that will at least enable me to convey some of the outstanding food and restaurant experiences that I've had over the past several months.   And once things settle down at work, I will return to longer pieces -- including some restaurant reviews that are now long overdue.


Blogger Sam said...

NS - I am so glad to hear from you again. I worried that you had been wiped off the face of the earth for ever.

Good to have you back, if only for a little bit...

June 19, 2006 11:14 AM  
Blogger K & S said...

welcome back! look forward to seeing what you post about next :)


June 19, 2006 7:05 PM  
Anonymous Catherine said...

yay! Sam told me today at lunch that you're back, so after months of checking your blog religiously in hopes you might reappear, I am finally rewarded.

June 20, 2006 4:04 PM  
Blogger NS said...

Sam, Kat & Catherine: Thank you all for the kind words and for the concern. It really means a lot to me to be welcomed back so warmly by my favorite bloggers, and I look forward to finally returning to the fold!

June 20, 2006 4:47 PM  
Anonymous Fatemeh said...

So glad you have returned to the blogosphere!

Stay sane out there, and we'll be happy to hear from you when you have the bandwidth.

June 21, 2006 8:52 PM  
Blogger NS said...

Fatemeh: Thank you very much for the kind words!

June 21, 2006 9:14 PM  
Anonymous Brett said...

Hey, NS, good to see you back! I wondered what happened to you. Life does sometimes manage to get in the way of blogging, doesn't it? Looking forward to reading your Dining Notes.

June 23, 2006 7:30 PM  
Anonymous Tana said...

I have missed you, but you know that. I was afraid the Peace Cereal had killed you.

: D

I'm glad you are well and that your work is going so well. I look forward to every word you write.

Be well.

(I'm having to prune down my Bloglines subscriptions, but I will never unsubscribe from your site.)

June 24, 2006 10:15 PM  
Blogger NS said...

Brett: It's great to hear from you, and thank you for the nice words!

Tana: This has to be one of the nicest comments that I've ever received here, so thank you very much for your kind words! Thanks also for your concern, support, and friendship -- all of which mean more to me than you know.

June 25, 2006 1:16 PM  

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