Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Where Does the Time go.....

I ask myself that question constantly. For a number of reasons. At the end of each day I try to figure out where all my time went. I feel like I'm constantly just about everything! Of course, I'm pretty sure it's mostly my fault. I've stretched myself so thin, you can barely see me sometimes!! I'm taking 18 hours of class this semester. Yes, I know. What was I thinking?? Well....I was thinking that as much as I love being a college student, I REALLY need to finish this degree and get myself back out into the world of the steady paycheck again. Money is TIGHT right now. Seriously tight, and I struggle with it on a daily basis. Mike's year is coming up quickly at FedEx, and we are hoping for full-time for him soon. We are also even looking at relocation. Memphis and San Diego are both huge FedEx depots, and there are always jobs coming open. But the girls are so against it, it's hard to even bring the topic up when they are around. I understand their frustrations....I really do. They have friends and school here, in the only home they've ever known. But economically speaking, Illinois is ranked at the bottom for jobs and at the top in families that are considered poverty level. A new start for all of us would be welcomed by Mike & I, but it would have to come with a serious paycheck for us to really consider it.

Back to is so fleeting these days. I'm working more hours than I have in a long time on top of my class schedule. And yet, I am making less than I did last year. But I keep put on that uniform and trying to make it work. Then there is the chauffeur aspect of my life. Each kid is completely immersed in activities, and I need a spreadsheet to keep up!! Ana made the travel softball team, and is in soccer. Practices and games seem to happen almost every day. If I had one child that would be great. But then there is Bella. She has taken to Jr. High like a fish to water. She shook off her disappointment of not making the school's softball team, and starting joining. She joined the speech team (which isn't really speech if you ask me. It was called Literary when I was in school). Being in band, she is now in concert band, mixed choir, and Show choir. Ah....she also tried out and MADE the school basketball team!! I am super proud of her, but she has practice for something everyday. Sometimes before school at 7. Sometimes after school....and can be there as late as 7. Pile on the homework, and she is as busy as I am.

Chad just got his learner's permit, and is ALWAYS bugging me to go driving. He decided he was going to focus more on school this year and didn't go out for football. However, he is joining the wrestling team again this year, and they are already starting workouts. Oh...and the girls! That boy has more would-be girlfriends than anyone I know!! They are constantly calling or texting or coming over. Sheesh. He just goes with the flow....he's going to Homecoming with his best friend, Carly. I just don't think he actually wanted to choose a date!

Time....I should be cleaning my house right now. Or doing laundry. Or grocery shopping. My house is close to being designated a hazard. And yet, here I sit. Another thing to put off. I have a paper due on The Crucible tomorrow. As well as my first set of Reading Cards for Child's Lit, a Humanities test on the Modern Assault.....and a group research project on the ancient Greek Playwright, Aeschylus. And that is just what I have due for tomorrow!!

Time.....I wish I had more to read for fun, though I have 40 books I have to read for Child's Lit!! Of course, some of those are actually picture books, so it's not quite as bad as it sounds at first. For the Newbery selections I just reread The Graveyard Book (always a favorite of mine), The Higher Power of Lucky, Evolution of Calpurnia Tate (EXCELLENT!), Holes, and I'm trying to finish Tale of Desperieux today. I'm going to be soliciting ideas for my next set of books. So get your thinking caps on!! I would love to be more involved with blogging, join me some challenges. RIP is going on, but I just don't have the time. I will try to pop in on all of you though and see how YOU are doing.
Time......sometimes I look in the mirror, and wonder "When did I get so old?" There are days I just feel my age in my bones. It seems like just yesterday I was in college the first time....or picking Chad up out of his crib. Where has it all gone?? How does it slip by so fast?? I guess if I had the answer to that, I would be a very rich woman. Doesn't keep me from asking though.  This past weekend, Mike and I celebrated our 17th wedding anniversary!    It has been a long 17 years, and we've had some good times as well as bad.....but I don't think I would trade them in for anything!

Time....I have to be at work in about an hour. So, I guess that means this post should end soon. Hopefully, there is some money to be earned today. And if not, then I just come home and start my paper. You know...that paper I should be writing instead of posting here!! I just felt the need this morning to try to re-connect with my friends. You know who you are. The people that are always there even when I seem to be completely ignoring you. Just know that I am not ignoring you....and you are all always close to my heart!!


Andi said...

You have a ton on your plate, but hang in there, lady. It'll all slooowww down one of these days.

Kailana said...

Glad to hear from you Stephanie! I actually remember my dream from last night and weirdly enough you came to visit me in it... I don't remember the details any more, but I thought it was funny that I logged onto Google Reader and there was a new post from you.

I hope things calm down for you one of these days. Just remember you are missed!

Bonnie Jacobs said...

I would be happy to read things like your paper on The Crucible that's due tomorrow -- just cut-and-paste it here for our edification. The same goes for The Graveyard Book, The Higher Power of Lucky, Evolution of Calpurnia Tate, Holes, Tale of Desperieux, and any other books you have to write about. This is a BOOK blog, after all, right?

I think The Higher Power of Lucky is a wonderful book, for example. Here's what I wrote about it on my blog (the first comment was from Dewey):

I also like its cover:

For your next set of books, look at the list of Newberys I included with "Lucky" here:

And I just realized (looking down your blog) that I never congratulated you on your 3.8 GPA for last semester. You posted that info in mid-August, and I had moved at the end July and was still (am still!) unpacking boxes -- and Donna was in the hospital again, getting a pacemaker implanted.

Marg said...

I am glad that you made time to post. I often think of you and hope that is well!

You are juggling a lot but it won't feel like too long before things slow down!

Bookfool said...

I'm glad you show up to post, now and then, even if it isn't often. Much as you are missed, this just isn't the season for you to be a blogger and that's fine. It's awesome what you're doing.

Michelle said...

Hang in there, Stephanie!! It will all be over eventually, and you will look back on all this and miss every bit of it. In the meantime, take care of yourself, take those few moments of freedom for yourself so that you do get a bit of a breather every once in a while. We will still be here for you when you get more time to come back to us full-time!

Vasilly said...

*Hugs* 18 hours a week of class plus work, kids, and a husband!?! You're doing an amazing job! Everyone here understands. There's just not enough time to go around. Hang in there.

samantha.1020 said...

I'm pretty sure that you just made me tired by reading everything that you have to keep up with :) Seriously though, it is ALWAYS nice to hear from you even if it is just once in awhile. And I can feel your pain with running kids around although I only have one involved with activities yet. I haven't quite figured out what I will do when the other two are old enough to want to participate as well. We are out numbered :) I hope that school is going well for you! Keep in touch and know that we will always be here to listen if you need to vent :)

Susan said...

Hurray, you posted! I find myself thinking of you and wondering how you are doing. I'm so glad to hear things are going so well for the kids. I know how you feel about feeling stretched thin, we've had different issues this year, and there are some days when I think if I've gotten through the day and still can read a little at night, it's a very good day indeed. Take care Stephanie - and I can tell you, for moving - if you have to go to make your life better, go. The kids will make new friends - they always do. Thanks for letting us know how you are!

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God bless you with massive discernment... you'll need it. And I'll see you in the Great Beyond someday soon. B@peace.

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