Tuesday, April 28, 2009

let me introduce myself

Yes, I’m the owner of this blog and take full credit for its lack of postings of late. I know I haven’t posted for a while as my sister reminds me on a regular basis, but I’ve been really busy at home and work life and this has taken a sad back seat but it has not been forgotten. I’ve not even had time to keep up with the blogs I normally read and this has got to stop. Right Now!!

I’m not sure I even have any readers left but on the sheer luck that someone accidentally lands on this blog and reads it other than my sister Tammie then let me be the first to say – Welcome.

So what’s kept me busy you ask? I’ll just make you a list because I’m good at doing that, here it goes:

Women’s ministry – I co-lead the women’s ministry at church which entails meetings, etc. that need to be attended and emails to be answered.

Women’s retreat - I was on the planning team which means regular meetings and a lot of emails not to mention I was in charge of taking care of the craft at the retreat. The craft was decorating with pretty paper a composition book so they could use it as a journal. The journals turned out great and the retreat was awesome.

Bible Study – Every Tuesday night I have the pleasure of having 6 wonderful people over at my house to do a more in-depth study of the bible. These people are like my family and I love being with them. Having it at my house means I know my house will be cleaned or at a minimum the clutter picked up at least once a week.

X GAMES @ work – with less than a 4-week notice I put together a competition with my group of 160+ at work where they split up in 8 teams, each team had a captain, team color, etc. We had 8 games for these teams to compete against each other and also arranged the catering. We had our X GAMES last Friday and it turned out great. Everyone had a wonderful time and can’t wait for the next one…. Next year thank you very much!

Vacation – did I mention I was going on vacation to Europe for 4 weeks along with my parents and am planning the whole trip myself? Oh, yes indeedy I’m planning everything from plane, train, and automobile reservations, B&B & hotel accommodations, tours, where we’re going, etc. It’s a good thing I like doing this. I will go into more detail in a later post but let me just say the first 3 weeks are planned and a done deal but the last week in Italy I still need to figure out where I want to go, sans the parents.

House – there seems to be a lot of things inside and outside that needs to be taken care of. I used to tackle these things on my own by now after many years of do-it-yourself I really have no interest in it. That’s where my lovely son comes in and helps… when I see him which frankly isn’t often enough. I have the front yard landscaping that needs to be redone thanks to the vermin I wrote about in previous posts but I really don’t want to do this until after I return from vacation. I also like to make sure my house is clean before leaving on a trip so it’s clean when I return, that means washing windows, exterior of the wood cabinets, baseboards, etc. I’ve also given myself a goal to have most of the boxes emptied and out of my garage before I leave. Thankfully I do have someone staying at my house while I’ll be away so I don’t have to worry about what to do with my cat Oreo.

So if that isn’t enough to keep me busy what do I do to myself but add one more HUGE commitment to add to the list and stress me out…

Italian Class – I signed up for a Beginning Italian class so in hopes that I may learn some more tidbits before heading off to Italy. The only problem is that this isn’t my first Italian class so I’m well aware how difficult it is learn all those irregular verbs, tenses, masculine, feminine. There’s a lot of studying that needs to be put to this. Well I started off great but couldn’t keep up with the homework with everything else I was doing so I finally let go of the stress and told my instructor Davide that I won’t be able to keep up so ‘don’t’ call on me in class but I will contribute where I can and that I will still attend. This removed a lot of stress I was putting on myself and I am learning though not at the pace of the others in class. Fortunately it’s a small class. I definitely will be able to read a lot better than the last time I was in Italia.

So dear readers that is what I’ve been up to. Nothing exciting or earth shattering, just my life. I hope to keep my posts shorter so maybe I’ll post more often and don’t think Ive forgotten that I haven’t finished posting about my home remodel, I do promise that is coming.

I have purchased technology so that I hope to blog while I’m on vacation or if nothing else journal so I can post at a later date. Thanks for hanging in there with me.


PS ~ Gail of ‘Gail – Fort Rock Glimpses’ received her package of Arizona products she won in my blogiverisary/100th post contest. Stop by her site and see all the yummy goodies I sent her.

Editors Note: Site Counter just hit 1,000 visits, so someone's stopping by my blog whether it's on accident or purpose. Yahoo!!


Gail - Fort Rock Glimpses said...

Welcome back! I don't know how many times I have gone to your site looking for a glimmer of life. Now I understand. You were doing IMPORTANT things. Cool on the bible study. That is where it is at! I think you HAVE to go to Venice!!!!! It is so beautiful. But...you must go to the islands of Murano and Burano also, which are close to Venice. That's where the glass blowing and lace making takes place. Check it out. Firenze (Florence) is wonderful too with all that art. Anyway, glad to see you are back!

Anonymous said...

I read your blogs too. You have been away for some time but I know all the things that keep you busy. It is wonderful that you took charge of our trip to Europe; I had very little to do and I do feel ashamed that I haven't done more. I'm sure you'll get back at me one way or another or I'll be sure to make it up to you. Didn't know you were taking Italian lessons; maybe you were going to surprise us!!! Like I have said you can organize tours, tripsl, etc. after you retire Love Mom

Tammie said...

Yeah, Sis...something to read! It's about time!! I knew you would eventually come back and that you hadn't truly abandoned all your loyal followers. Seriously though...I love reading your postings, but I totally understand why it's hard for you to find the time to keep up. It's because you don't have ANY time seeing as you have way too much going on in your life and you always seem to be adding something new to the ever growing list of things that you do. Glad you're back. Love, Tam