Thursday, April 27, 2006

Colds and housework, oh my

Well we got hubby off to his new job and so far so good. He's in the elimation process now. He's passed his drug tests and drive tests, etc. We can't think of any reason he would be eliminated, but it's still hard to say that it's a done deal....yet. I believe we find out on Friday. The company pays to bring you in, pays for a hotel and everything, but if they let you go, you're on your own. You have to find your own way home.

Yesterday his group had 12 people. By the end of the day there were eight. Apparently some didn't pass the physical/drug test and one guy disappeared. Perhaps he knew he wouldn't pass the test so he took off? I don't know, but it baffles me. Why would you go to all that trouble and then just take off? Strange. I think I'm beginning to understand why all the recruiters and teachers have been so impressed with hubby.

And before you start thinking that this blog is all hubby all the time... it is still my blog... (his story will move to his blog soon. Of course he forgot to tell me the name, his user name and password. Kind of makes it hard for me to post there....)

I have a cold. Ick. I had great plans yesterday. We were home by 11am and I had the whole day off. I was going to stamp and scrapbook and stamp some more. I have all sorts of new items just calling my name. I have two parties this weekend and I'm using the new catalog so I need new samples. Did I stamp? No. While I wasn't miserable, the brain was a bit foggy. Instead of stamping I put the bathroom back together.

Hubby installed a brand new shower before he left, but he left me with all the mess. I had to put all the lotions and medicines back in the cupboard. Once I got started on it, my perfectionist self reared her head. I cleaned the cupboard, lined the shelves, tossed a bunch of old stuff, organized everything by topic. It looks beautiful now, but it took all day. I'd work on it for 15 minutes, then rest, then work on it, then rest.... Somewhere in there I finished up all the laundry and did the dishes. The sad thing is the house still looks like a tornado blew through it.

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Packing, Shopping, and moving on....

Hubby has been busy washing all of his clothes, packing, buying new clothes and other essential items and tonight the journey begins.

We're driving him up to Colton tonight and at 6:30 tomorrow morning he boards a shuttle and begins his career as a long haul truck driver. As much as we've talked about it and prepared for it, it still doesn't seem quite real. I'm sure it will sink in the first night I have to sleep alone. I think the longest we've ever been apart is four days.

So far I'm not sad or depressed. I'm excited for him. I'm sure reality will set in soon.

He started a blog and I'll probably type entries for him until he gets settled into his own truck, gets a laptop and figures out the whole internet service stuff. Until then I think the company has some kind of email system we can communicate on and thankfully we have the family plan on our cell phones. We'll post about his journies on his blog and I'll use my blog to talk about whats going on on the home front and the crafting front.

At home hubby is generally subjected to having to oooh and ahhhh at all my creations. "How's this look honey?" "Isn't this cute?" "How do you like this layout?" He thinks he's leaving all that behind. Ha. I'll be posting my creations here, and I still expect to hear "that's the best thing you've made yet." It may be long distance, but you know the drill babe!

I haven't quite figured out how I'm going to sucker him into going to the store for me, bringing me a glass a water and all the other "slave boy" tasks. Dang, I'm spoiled... things are not looking bright for the future of my princess crown.

Monday, April 24, 2006

Life Changes

Ok, well it's time to come out of my tax season hiding and resurrect this blog. My most loyal reader (my husband) is getting ready to hit the road and he has requested more frequent updates so I guess I better get to it.

I think it's funny that he reads this blog. Periodically he'll bug me for updates so finally I asked him, "why do you care? You live it all live and in person." He said that I write about it differently here and I share things that I don't tell him. At first I thought it was weird and I was kind of uncomfortable, but now I think it's cute. I'm glad that after 17 years of marriage he still finds me interesting enough that he'll live the events with me and choose to read about them. (Either that or he's monitoring me...hmmmm......)

So what's new with us? Everything.

Hubby has been on disability from a work injury for over a year and a half. I tease him all the time saying that I want a wife. I want someone to run the house and do all the cleaning and shopping. I usually bring this up when he has somehow missed the mark of what I think he should be spending his time on.... but if I'm going to be honest, we have gotten quite used to having him available at our beck and call. He has spent the last year bringing us things we've forgotten, bringing us lunch and carting Josh all over. I think Josh and I are in for a big wake up call when he's gone.

We knew pretty early on that he would never be able to return to his job so hubby used his time off to get his commercial drivers license and on Wednesday he begins his new career as a long haul driver. This is the part where you should think I am the absolute most understanding and coolest wife ever, because I now get to hold down the home fort while he pursues his dream. Ok, it's not my dream. I can't imagine living in a truck and driving all day every day. Mostly because I can barely drive two hours before I develop narcolepsy....but it's his dream.... so good luck honey we'll keep the home fires burning.

So now I'm suddenly having to think like a single mom. I can't just take off whenever I want and leave the kid at home with Dad.

I have stamp camp in two weeks and guess who's coming along. Josh said "thanks dad. Now I get to spend 3 days with a bunch of women talking and scrapbooking." He was even more delighted when I told him we don't have cell service up there. Please feel free to share any ideas on ways to make this easier on my poor soon to be 16 year old son....

Which brings us to the next scary adventure - driving. Oh I was going to hold out. We had the "you have to be an Eagle scout before you drive plan." Now we've switched it to the "oh crud, I don't have time to drive you everywhere and the laws change in July plan." So we will soon be embarking on the drivers ed, drivers training and buying a second car adventure.

Ok, let's recap...
How in the world did I agree to....
pay the bills
do the laundry
buy the groceries
take care of the kid
try to live through teaching him to drive
everything else....

I think someone spiked my water. I've been brainwashed.

Yea, well thrown in with everything else, I'm still planning to do some stamping, scrapbooking and knitting so stay tuned.

You'll either be amazed at how truly awesome I am or you'll have a good time laughing at all the mistakes I'm going to make. If you'd like to start placing bets now I'll give you a hint. My house is always full of laughter.....