Well, almost 3 years since my last post, not counting the post about Felix. Wow. The last I told you, I had just landed a new temp job that had a lot of hope of turning full-time. Well, it did that and more. I am now a 3 year employee of a major insurance company helping people recover from car accidents that they are injured in. I love every minute of it. It is the job I was meant to do. So, when the company decided to close the building that is 45 minutes from my house and move my job to a building that is 1 1/2 hours from my job, I accepted the offer and the commute it brought. I now commute 75 miles to work and 75 miles from work 5 days a week. Which means I have very little time for anything else in my life.
For example, this week we got our first major snowstorms of the season - which extended the commute to 2 hours each way. Then, Tuesday night, I decided to bypass all the slow traffic on the freeway and take an alternate route home - except I got lost and added an hour to the commute just getting back to where I started. Then, when I got to the next major town and decided to stop for dinner, I came out of the restaurant to find I had a flat tire. At 8:30 PM in the middle of a major snowstorm with slide-offs all around me....yeah, that was a wait for the tow truck to show up to change the tire for me. I got home at 10:30 PM Tuesday night, just to have to buy 2 more tires to replace the flat before I could go back to work on Wednesday. And that was when our dog got sick and needed a visit with the vet - which means I was in late Friday after that appointment. So, in order to make up all this lost time, I was working until 7 every night this week, plus the now 2 hour commute got me home by 9 if I was lucky. Nothing, and I mean nothing got accomplished at home this week.
Needless to say, I haven't really had the time to keep up on the blog. We're hoping to move this spring closer to my job, as we have decided that my job is the one to focus our family toward as it has the most promise of being the bread-winning job in the household. Once we move, my husband is planning to change jobs as he is terribly unhappy in the one he's had for the last 10 years. I don't begrudge him that as he's had to hold that job to get us through my unemployment years. He deserves to find a job that fulfills him like mine does.
We also lost my mom in September of 2012. I still miss her every day. She was my best friend and my biggest supporter of my handwork. I've finally gotten past the stage where I pick up the phone to call her before remembering she's not there. But the holidays are hard. Very hard. And so very different now.
So, all this to say I'm still here. Still working on my many UFOs. Just not really posting about them right now. I'm keeping the blog around and hoping that once we move things will get a bit more home-sided than work-sided. But, we'll see. In the meantime, if anyone is looking for me, just comment and I'll get back to you. Thanks for understanding.
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