Thursday, August 29, 2013


It seems like I've been busier these past three weeks than when I worked full time.  I'm only working 24 hours a week, but I'm doing 40 hours worth of work in 24 hours.  I'm coming home exhausted.  I'm not working tomorrow so I have a four-day weekend.

Last week was the worst.  The first week of the semester is crazy, and we had two grandkids's birthdays, Erin and Michael's, son Patrick's birthday and two sisters, Julie and Kay, on Sunday.  We had a baby shower for my nephew and his wife on Friday evening and a fancy aunt luncheon 

I think our addition is about two weeks away from being finished.  I ast took pictures last week but they've done so much more this week.  The cabinets are all installed and today the granite counters were installed.  The bath tub is hooked up and the shower installed; they just need to hook up the toilet. The deck is on the front porch and are working on the railings.  It looks great.  I will take pictures this weekend.  Our refrigerator, dishwasher and one of the stoves are here; the smaller oven and microwave are on back order.  The butcher block top for the island is still being made, so the kitchen will probably be the last thing finished.  We've been without a kitchen for about a month and eating frozen things we can fix in the microwave (which is in our family room along with our old refrigerator).  It will be good to have a working kitchen again.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Back to Work

I'm back from my road trip and back to work.  The dean called me early Thursday and asked if I could come back part time until they hire my replacement.  I could not work for 30 days after I retired (a rule in the public school retirement system), so Thursday was the first of August and we were clear.  I'll be paid hourly and work about 24 hours a week.  I also go my car back on Friday, so I could drive to work.  I didn't think I'd ever want to go back, but after five weeks without a car and with all of these guys here working on our house, it was good to have somewhere to go.

Back to our trip.  We had a great time.  I rented a car and it was comfortable for the girls and me.  It was a foreign car, so RW was not too happy, but I was.  Abbey and Sara got along great, and it was such fun seeing the babies.  Stephanie is full of personality and keeps them on their feet.  Julia is just precious.  She still mostly eats and sleeps.  Here are some photos from the trip: