Friday, September 12, 2014

Where Oh, Where Have I Been?

Hey guys, I wanted to take a moment to let you all know that I haven’t fallen off the face of the earth. I have been extremely busy lately and have been running back and forth to the doctors, trying to keep up with summer chores and the list goes on. Not to mention, when I do have a few free moments to settle down and work on my blog, I usually get on my laptop. Well, Miss K dropped it (my brand new one) and the hard drive isn’t working. I’m waiting on it to be repaired and well, the desktop is great, but it’s not the ideal machine for sitting on the couch in the family room, if you know what I mean.

I even took a week off of work last month with the hope of redesigning my blog and sharing some great content with guys but, even then, I couldn't manage to get out a single blog post, much less redesign my blog.

Time is also a challenge for my family and blogging schedules. I was working four 10-hours shifts, in conjunction with an hour drive to and from work, putting me home at 6:15pm. Now, add in cooking and dinner with the family, cleaning the kitchen (it’s now 8pm), showers and getting ready for the next day to begin at 5am (now 9pm), squeezing in a load of laundry, hopefully reading Miss K a bedtime story if she doesn’t conk out before I get to her and then if I am lucky… 5 minutes to myself. That rarely happens. Rap it all up by 10pm to get in bed and there was no play time with Miss K, no sitting on the couch watching a movie with the hubby, no time to vacuum floors and no time for hashing out a great blog post that I know you guys would love…

So, what can I do to correct it? Well, my boss has let me go from working four 10-hour shifts to five 8-hour shifts. Hmm, this could be a good thing. It will put me home at 4:15pm instead of 6:15. It also means 2 extra hours a day to spend time with Miss K and Jeremy, plus, hopefully work on my blog. It also means I will have time to spend on keeping the house clean as needed instead of cramming all my house chores in the weekend. So, here’s to 8-hour shifts. I haven’t worked 5 days a week (in corporate America of course) since I first started 911 dispatching back in 2004. I am excited about being with the family more each night and my weekends being free to spend time with the family and also work on my blog in the evenings after Miss K is tucked in and fast asleep.

I have several awesome recipes, product reviews and several giveaways coming up and an adorable bow holder I came up with using a canvas (as in a canvas you would paint on)while sitting inside on a rainy day with Miss K! Oh, and don’t let me forget the recipe for those awesome Cinnamon Pickles that everyone has raved about. Put it this way… I made nearly a dozen pints, and within 3 days, they were all gone! Time to make more!

Thanks for hanging in there with me and I am sorry I have been sparse over the last few weeks. Hopefully, that will all change for the better now! J

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