Hello Old Friends

You know you have been away from your blog for too long when you have to take a moment – a long moment – to remember how to log in!


I would like to the move back to standard time for this opportunity to blog. Neither the cats nor I have adjusted to the change yet. It has only been one day really!

Getting accustomed to your new normal around the house with Tara attending cyber school this year has taken some time as well. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, not having to stress each morning as to getting her out of the house to school and having her stay in school. I no longer HAVE to be up at 5:30 to get myself prepared to get Tara up. Those stressful morning I do not miss. Morning time is mine again, and well, I have been using it to SLEEP, or at least stay in bed a little longer most days. Coffee is still morning requirement though (I am loving Bitstrip!)

bitstripMy work schedule has been a little crazy of late as well. It seems like for whatever the reason is each week, I wind up putting in a few extra hours on a day that was previously scheduled off. We have been REALLY short handed at work so I’ve pretty much been running the my side of the store by myself. We are going through another customer service transformation, going back to the way some things were done a year ago; adding new things in. Retail is a tough business these days, stores have to do everything they can to bring in new business and keep the current customer base happy and coming back, and of course, spending money!


Tara has also started a part time job, something I don’t think she could have pulled off while going to school 7 hours a day. School took so much out of her. She still has sleep issues which I hope eventually work themselves out. It is a good thing she is no longer required to get up at 6:00, some days that is the time she is finally getting the best sleep.

All this is not to say that we still don’t have the occasional mother daughter argument or teen age meltdown. Usually over something that in the end is not really melt down worthy. They are fewer and further between. Most of the stress now comes from Tara and my mother being home alone all day. My mother is über tough on Tara for whatever reason. Some days it seems like she just has to find something to pick on Tara about, because she was not “pro cyber school” for Tara.

Maybe I don’t get the whole story because I am not here. Tara keeps her room my neater, picks up her clothes, at least gets her laundry to the washer and starts it (she doesn’t always execute getting it to the dryer, but I have trouble with that some days myself! She also prepares at least one meal for herself. My mother however seems to have an issue if a bowl or dish is left in the sink? Bottom line, Tara has come a LONG way in the past few months, and I am very proud of her. Gone is the wardrobe of band t-shirts… she is becoming quite the fashionista and thrifter!

We are going to have BABIES in our family again soon. Yes BABIES. My nephew Chad and his wife Tasha are having TWINS, a boy and a girl. The due date is January 9th, but maybe we will have Christmas babies? It is very exciting. It’s been 12 1/2 years since we had a baby in the immediate family!

Well, I best get myself moving this morning. It’s been nice visiting with you again! Hopefully I can start making this part of my routine again!






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  1. IntenseGuy

    Nice to see you (you’re looking good!) – I guess the holiday nuttiness is well underway where you work!

    I hope Tara is doing well in school – how does she like the job? I have got to get “over there” soon!

  2. I can totally relate to what you are going through with your mother – I have the same kind of problems with my own mother in regards as to how to handle my 7-year-old’s social delay and my almost-three-year-old’s developmental delay. Sometimes the things that come out of her mouth are not only disrespectful to me as a parent, but they can be downright cruel. I just think their generation doesn’t have all the facts when it comes to problems children can have and how to deal with them. A while ago I read some of what you wrote about the problems you and your daughter were having, and I’m so glad to hear that things are going better! I’ve considered home-schooling and/or online school on more than one occasion and haven’t ruled it out completely yet for my oldest. We’re going to try a social group and see how that goes (he is a very loving child and doesn’t ever instigate problems, he just has issues dealing with his feelings when another child says something that they know will upset him, and he sometimes reacts with his hands). Keep up the good work, and don’t forget to tell your daughter how proud you are of her progress!

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