Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Trying to Get Back to Normal

Hey y'all.

I'm back on the blogging scene. A little earlier than I actually expected, but the Dallas area is once again covered in snow and ice. The kids and I are off today, and Chuck is catching up on some lost sleep.

Sadly, it was not a positive event that kept me away from the blogosphere. I won't go into detail for purposes of privacy, but we did lose a close family member, and it's taken quite the toll on everyone.  If my family feels comfortable, I may share more later, but for now, that's all I'll divulge.

The weather is stressing me out for maybe the first time in my life! Dallas was snowed in from Tuesday to Saturday of last week. I missed ALL WEEK of work. I took a personal day on Monday, and then we were off the rest of the week. I took the first two days off this week, and now we're out of school again. By law, career colleges in Texas have to make up every minute of missed time. That means a lot of extra administrative work and oversight on my part to keep my department running correctly. I'm actually looking forward to going back just so we can get this mess straightened out.

In the meantime, my reading has taken a bit of a dip, and understandably so. I've been looking for mindless fun to keep me occupied, so I've become addicted to Bakery Story and Restaurant Story (apps on the iPhone). They're both simulation games, kinda like Farmville or the like. I have to say, my bakery and my restaurant are both kicking ass.


It looks like it'll be an uneventful day around here. Work has officially called off day classes, and they're supposed to make the call about the night sections before 2:00. IF I have to go in, it'll be from 2:00-8:00. We'll see. In the meantime, Rocketboy, Greyson, and I are watching stuff on Apple TV. So far we've indulged in several songs by The Wiggles, and now we're watching snippets from Pee Wee's Playhouse. Greyson is eating a remote control and dancing. Rocketboy is doing the same (minus the remote). Rocketgirl is upstairs working on a project. Puppies are sleeping.

I hope you're all having a good week so far. I've missed you.

27 comments:

  1. So glad you are back, but I'm sorry that you have experienced a loss. Continue to take whatever time you and your family need to heal, grieve, etc. My thoughts and hugs go out to you and your family.

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  2. Andi, I hope life evens out for you soon. The crazy weather out there sure doesn't help. My son just moved to the Dallas area from southern Florida, and had to buy a whole new wardrobe!

    Take care - holding good thoughts for you :)

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  3. I'm sorry to hear about your loss, Andi. We had major snow in Wisconsin last week, but we were really just shut down for a day. I can't imagine being shut down for more than a week! But at least you get to spend time at home, which I'm sure is nice.

    I see War and Peace is in your sidebar as a new book - I just got a copy, too, for a read-along this year.

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  4. Natalie, thanks! I appreciate it. We're all taking it easy, getting back into everything slowly.

    Becca, me too! :) How is your son finding Dallas so far? I love it, but I'm a little biased having lived nearby my entire life. Once I actually moved to the city a couple of years ago, I was delighted to find my niche. It really feels like home.

    Thanks, Kim. We had several days of solid ice, then lots of snow on top. Overall, it didn't get above freezing for nearly 5 days, and as you can imagine, Texans aren't used to driving in it, and Texas department of transportation isn't used to salting and all that. I have to say, they did a pretty good job...especially on major roads, but the neighborhoods were pretty horrible. WE only ventured out into the heavy stuff one day to the grocery store, and that was enough for me.

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  5. Oh, and Kim, are you doing the chapter-a-day for 365 days readalong? I am! So far, off to a dreadful start. lol

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  6. So sorry to hear of your loss. On top of crazy weather conditions, it can take a toll. I do hope you get to return to Atonement soon as it packs a mighty wallop. P.S. The mental image of Greyson trying to eat a remote made me laugh :)

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  7. Greyson is quite the remote chewer. He has one of his own--no batteries, flat buttons. lol

    I'm nearly to section two of Atonement and it's SOOOO GOOD. Will probably read some of it today later in the afternoon. :)

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  8. Bad winter weather in the South is definitely a pain in the rear. Our area was shut down for a week in January.

    Sorry for your loss - I hope life improves for you.

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  9. I'm sorry to hear you had a loss in your family.

    I'm at home with the girl today because of blowing snow. As soon as we dig out, we're blown back in.

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  10. Sorry to ear about your loss. The snow definitely stressed me out last week! They canceled school and my bus wasn't running so I missed a whole day of work (of course they canceled classes on a day when I only have one) and had to try to make up for the lost hours at the tail end of the week.

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  11. At first I was all excited school was cancelled for you, too. Then I realized the amount of work in making up those days, and I sort of recoiled. We have to make them up too, adding on days in the lovely month of June, but somehow I'm okay with that. I guess I needed a few Snow Days to recup from Florida where my father had three new stents put into his heart (!) and I turned an obnoxiously old age. :)

    I am sorry for the loss of your family member. No need to say any more, but I will be praying for your family's comfort and peace.

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  12. I am sorry for the reason you vanished! On another note, it takes about the storm of the century before everything shuts down here. The only time I ever remember things shutting down entirely is because of power outages from bad weather... Not from the weather itself! I worked during White Juan... It was the worst storm in the last number of year!

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  13. So sorry that things have been rough for you all lately.

    It has been crazy weather for most of us this winter, hasn't it? hang in there, spring will be here before you know it.

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  14. Sorry to hear about your loss. Sometimes even reading needs to be set aside for something else. Good luck with all of the weather that you are having..snow days are lots of fun though :)

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  15. I am really sorry about your loss. Your family has had far too much sadness. I was glad to read all the names - Greyson and the Rockets and Chuck - to know they are fine. My heart goes out to you all.

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  16. I'm so sorry for your loss Andi! I hope things are going ok, I was happy to see the kids and Chuck and you are doing well.

    I'm addicted to those iPhone apps too =)

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  17. Sorry for your loss :( Try to stay warm out there, it is so freaking cold today!

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  18. Oh Andi, I'm so sorry for your family's loss. Y'all will be in my thoughts this week and I am sending you internet hugs. I hope you're taking care of yourself (with perhaps some comforting books to be reread?).

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  19. Really sad to hear of your loss Andi. Hope you and your family are hanging in there and supporting each other. ((HUGS))

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  20. Whoops, was signed in on an old account before, my bad!

    Really sad to hear of your loss Andi. Hope you and your family are hanging in there and supporting each other. ((HUGS))

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  21. My condolences. It's good to hear from you again, and let's hope that things go back to normal at work at least. I'll keep a good thought for you.

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  22. I'm so sorry about your loss, Andi.

    I can't believe how long you've been snowed in!! That's wild. My in-laws have been going a little stir crazy in Tulsa. Mom-in-law said they've gotten 24" and just managed to stock up on groceries "between blizzards". Meanwhile, we got our piddly 1/2 - 1". But, we were happy with it. LOL

    Best of luck on all that catch-up work you'll have to do and lots of hugs.

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  23. First, I'm so sorry for your loss. My thoughts go out to you and your family. I'm also sorry to hear the weather has been such a pain :(

    I've been playing both Bakery Story and Restaurant Story for a little while (and City Story, too!) I'd love to have you as a neighboor; add me if you want, I'm Farmkitty over there! :)

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  24. I'm so sorry about your loss. Take care of yourself.

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  25. I'm very sorry to hear about the loss of your family member. I'm sorry I'm so behind in my Reader and therefore so late in expressing my condolences. I hope things are better now and that you are back to work and back to life in the best way you can be.

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  26. I'm so sorry for your loss, Andi :( Sending hugs your way.

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