Friday, October 27, 2006

Speaking of Time....

They say the best laid plans of mice and men....(or of one working woman without her husband for a week)

I thought I would have lots of time to knit and clean and just enjoy being by myself. Boy was I off the mark on that one. For 1. I ended up working extra hours since we are getting into the "holiday flow" mode at the store. Then for 2. I did my regular night shifts along with working extra hours at the store hence there was not alot of time that I was not either sleeping or working... bummer. I will have to plan better when he goes away next time (which will be for 3.5wks in Feb/Mar) except for a couple little short trips between now and Christmas. But again resurfaces that "holiday flow" issue and therefore I will be working.

I did manage to finish one of my intended Christmas gifts and find two others that were already completed. Now I have just a few more to go. Good thing I work that night shift and need something to keep me awake all night. Knitting certainly takes care of that for me (most of the time). Although I must admit I have had a couple instances where I found myself waking up with needles poised in mid air and then in a panic as to whether or not I had dropped any stitches.

I find myself already looking forward to January, since about that time things will slow down at the store and hopefully our court issues with the 'wench' will have settled out and we will be well on the road to a better place financially. If the justice (I use this term loosely) system continues to muck with our lives...well then I guess I will continue to work as much as I am able.

It is time for me to run along, as I am waiting for Rick to return with the 2 younger boys. I have not seen them since the middle of September...I do miss seeing them. When you only get them every other weekend and then you miss one weekend, it really makes is seem like quite along time. I am looking forward to spending a family day tomorrow. Yes, I am off from work. Really had to put my foot down, but it is important.

Happy Knitting or stitching to All and To All a good Weekend!!

Monday, October 23, 2006

He's Off to OH...

Yes, today I took Rick to the airport so he could be off to Dayton, OH for a work related convention. Then it was on to the store for me. Yes, Virginia the holidays have set in. Today I recieved the first half of our Christmas Hardgoods shipment - a mere 71(scheduled) but 84(actual) boxes to be unboxed and put on the stockroom shelf by me and me alone. Apparently there was no one to call in to come and help me. Needless to say after my 8hrs at the store, I am about 1/3 done with this chore. After all the majority of the boxes did not show until after 1pm.

I then decided after getting home and feeding the girls and playing with them a bit, I really should put aside my 'Me' knitting and get my needles in gear for the Christmas gifts I have planned. It is the end of Oct and I know the holidays will truly be here in no time. Good thing these gifts go fairly quickly.

So, having chatted with a good friend, and my DH it is now time for me to call it a night, as tomorrow will come early and I have another 8hr day at the store to be followed by a 9hr night duty at my private duty case.

Life is never dull, nor is it very restful when I am home. No wonder I 'Dream of Germany' so often. I generally feel quite relaxed while I am there, even when I am busy. I wonder why that is...could be some sort of time warp thing. I hope it will continue that way when I do finally get to live there for a bit.

More later, when I get the chance...
Life is what you make, make it GREAT!!!

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

10 Songs will be tough...

OK, so I figured out that Rachael tagged me about 10 songs I am listening to...hmmm that is tough for me, as I tend not to be home long enough to thinking about putting the radio or CD's on. I am quite content with no songs. BUT I will take this into serious consideration and contemplate listening to some music more often. I can warn you though, that chances will be country or classical.

I am awake now from being back at my night shift job for the first time in 3wks...OH MAN did last night ever hurt. While working night shift really helps in the jet lag issues going east (as in to Germany), but that first night back is always painfully LONG!!!! I slept well today and now need to do a bit of work before DH comes home. Since once he arrives it will be dinner and finances (which are not pretty) and then hopefully a short little nap and off to work again tonight. Maybe tonight I will actually do more than just pull the knitting needles and project out of my bag. Maybe tonight I will actually - Knit (ooooo ahhhhhh).

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Let's Try this AGAIN

Again I will try to keep up at least with some regularity on my blogging.

I am now back from Amsterdam and Germany. Had an absolutely fantastic time in Amsterdam. Rachael and I just made our way around on our 'I Am Amsterdam' cards. I must admit I have now officially used more public transportation over the course of the last 3wks than I have in my entire lifetime. I guess that means I am either very spoiled or very sheltered. Possibly even a bit of both. Time with Rachael was fun and we did some yarn shopping, and then some knitting. I finished the baby socks for my 6month old neice, and I started a lace shawl (twice!!). I then tore out the entire 35 rows of said lace shawl and restarted it one more time during the flight home. So far so good this time.

Also spent 5 days with my neice who is a college exchange student in Koeln. Picked her up on Sunday and went to Southern Bavaria (Ricks's favorite area). We stayed at a Gasthaus that we had all stayed at 3yrs ago. Not much changed, but some things did. We went up the Zug Spitz and experienced being in 4 different countries at the same time. The weather was beautiful and at the highest point in Germany I was comfy in just a shirt, sweatshirt, and a wrap around shawl. We also spent a day in Munich, wandering the streets and revisiting some really lovely churches and the Marien Platz (in time for the show).

But alas, it is back to reality and the grind-stone. Day 1 at home saw 3-4loads of laundry and sorting of vacation stuff and unpacking. Day 2 at home saw me back at work, as they begged and pleaded for me to come in, so I said yes. After all being on vacation does translate into NOT being paid.

We are moving into the throws of late Fall and early Holiday apparel at the store and so it is the start of a very busy season. So I will do my best to keep up here when I can.

I am off to do some more of the 'needs to be done' stuff and then off to work.
Hi Ho Hi Ho it's off to work I go.....

Have a great Day