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Well, now I’m nervous.

First off, I hope you all enjoyed Christmas and had a happy New Year.

I was able to get away for a little bit and spent Sunday morning driving across Wisconsin with the hope of being home for the Packers game in the afternoon.

The Buick pulled back into the garage, full of gifts from friends and family, just before kickoff.

We all know what happened then. The referees tried giving the game to the Chicago Bears, but da Bears still stink.

Chicago once again proved to be inferior in sports and the Packers received number one seed in the NFC.

Here’s where the nervousness comes in. And I know what most of you are thinking after reading me for over three years – this guy is always nervous. That is true, but I am anxious now because my beloved Aaron Rodgers now has a week off heading into the playoffs.

Some of you may remember the 2011 season. Rodgers had the most remarkable season for a quarterback ever and helped the team go 15-1. Then they get a playoff bye, Mike McCarthy decides to rest Rodgers for three weeks and the Packers lose to the New York Giants.

Well, let’s just hope that doesn’t happen this year. We’ll find out on Jan. 16 or 17.

2021

I love calendars - they are great and I tend to overdo it with them. Like right now, in my office, I’ve got a desk calendar, two wall calendars and a daily planner.

The idea behind all the calendars is that if I write it down in many different places, I won’t forget about it. Things like meetings, due dates, and other essential things fill these calendars.

I’ve got two calendars at home and are mostly used to remind myself to pay rent and the bills.

Time off

After taking some time off, some people have a tough time getting back into the swing of things. You haven’t been to the office in days, you started enjoying sleeping in and not having to wear pants and tuck your shirt in for a few days, and now you don’t want to go back.

Not me. I take days off and I’m ready as soon as I step back in.

This is because I inherited an excellent work ethic from my grandparents and parents. I only learned this when I saw how lazy other people can be at their jobs.

When we would visit the Schannauers in Gouglersville, Pennsylvania, my grandfather would be up at 5 a.m. put his shoes on and then go to work. He wouldn’t complain about co-workers (probably because he was the boss) or anything like that. He would wake up and go to work because that’s what you do.

That’s my plan for 2021 in a nutshell – get work done.

Because that’s what you do.