I know I disappeared again. Please let me explain – PLEASE!!
Now, you have to be patient because several things happened and I think it is too much to put into one post. I don’t know about you, but a blog post with too many words, is just too much for me to read. I will break it down into a few posts to make it easier. So, starting from my last post on November 23rd…..
The first thing that was going on was Thanksgiving, although this is not much of an excuse for me. I am lucky enough to get out of cooking most years. I try to invite everyone to my house, but no one ever wants to come. Rick’s parents are basically agoraphobic and never leave the house. I mean NEVER, EVER leave the house. My father-in-law leaves to go to the store and drive the nephews to work. But my mother-in-law only leaves to go to the doctor or hospital. She doesn’t even go onto the front porch! So getting them to come over for the holiday’s is a chore. We force them to come for Christmas, so it is reasonable that we can’t get both holidays.
Back to no excuses – so, Thanksgiving was spent watching the parade and part of the dog show, making an dish to bring to my mom’s, visiting my in-laws, and having dinner at my mom’s. We were home pretty early. But this was the start of my laziness.
Right around this time, Rick got a job. This is his first job in 8 or 9 years. We had decided after Morgan was born and I got a good paying job that required a long commute, that he would stay home and be there for the kids, while I worked. The plan was for him to go back to work when Morgan started school, but that was 2008. We all know what was happening then and where we live the unemployment rate spiked up to 16%. So he was ready to work and there were no jobs to be found.
Now that the economy is finally bouncing back, Rick was able to find work. Granted it is not a great job – in fact, it is a pretty bad one – but he is happy to be working. His schedule is night shift, four 10 hour days a week. This works our perfectly for our family, but it means that it is just me and the kids here those four nights. You may think “more time to blog!” But that is just not the case for me; something strange happens to my psyche when Rick is working.
For the last 8 or 9 years, I have been living like a princess. I haven’t had to do any housework; I don’t deal with school stuff or homework too much; I haven’t really cleaned nor have had had to do dishes. And, I didn’t feel like I should have to. Heck, I was working and he wasn’t – the only housework I should be doing is only what I WANT to do. But when he works, I feel obligated to do my part. I can’t help myself and I can’t put it off. I just want to constantly do housework. Weird.
So, I have been spending my nights alone (rather, my nights with the kids), doing laundry, dealing with homework, going to school events, making dinner, and cleaning the house; oh, and don’t forget about Girl Scouts. Just a regular old housewife type stuff, but for me, it is a total change of schedule. On top of all that, I am getting home later every night. Morgan has to be picked up from either my mom’s or his two of those nights – that means visiting when I pick her up and not getting home until 7:00 or 8:30 on Girl Scout nights. That make for a long day when you have to wake up at 4:30 to get to work on time.
All I want to do, when I do finally sit down each night, is sew. I can’t get myself to blog. This is excuse #1.
Now, I know I am waaaaaaaay behind on the Quilt Along blocks. Honestly, I didn’t think anyone was doing it with me. I do have six more blocks completed and will probably get a few more done this weekend. I will get them all posted; and posted as quickly as possible. Starting tonight.