As I recall there is an old curse that says something like "may you live in interesting times." Isn't safe, stable, secure really what most of us want out of life. To get through with the minimum of stress and disruption.
So any news in my life? My boss has officially set a retirement date, given notice. I have real mixed feelings about it, I hate to see him go, he is a joy to work with, I also wish him great joys, he is a few years older than I and this will free him up to spend time with his kids and grandkids, to do the things that he wants to do and say - without worrying about complying with policy.
This also opens the possibility of me moving into his position. That would/will add responsibilities, most of them administrative and reporting. I am the logical choice. And yes, I will ask for the promotion. The burden with that is a bunch of extra training, becoming responsible for budgets, personnel supervision but that is fairly easy with a good and experienced department staff.
I am in the midst of a very intense work period. I produce a major conference, that is next week - virtual again this year. And we have a large research project that will fill a lot of hours between now and the end of the year. I am also doing a good job of balance. Not turning my office email on when I am not working, not spending time at work looking at FB, my phone, or my blog.
Oh, and we got word this week that a huge new project has been funded, one that will fill all of my spare working hours for the next 12 months or more. It is a two year project.
So there could be huge changes for me in the first quarter of 2022.