Tuesday, December 2, 2008

I'm so ashamed

No...I did not get kidnapped in Paris and sent to work washing dishes in some Parisian restaurant. Nor did I get sucked into the bowels of a great fabric store only to be forever lost among the Parisian toile. You know what happened? Life happened! I got home, people got sick (and since we have 5 kids it takes 2-3 weeks for it to run through the family), the holidays came and then......DUNH, DUNH, DUHHHHHH. My hubby got sent to work in Michigan.

So now from Monday morning to late Friday night I am alone with the 5 lovely children that I brought into this world. Thankfully my in-laws live 5 minutes down the road and are mindful of the fact that I need to be away from my children every so often to retain my sanity. Thankfully my hubby's company didn't want him to turn down the MI assignment so they pay for him to fly home every weekend. Thankfully he still has a job in this horrible economy.

However, this all adds up to one thing - I have abandoned my blogging site. I have no energy to take photos. I have no energy to write posts. I am trying to keep my sanity. My mom said to me, "It's just like you're a military wife who has to take care of the kids while the husband is away on assignment." To which I replied, "I always said there was no way I'd be a military wife because I didn't want to take care of the kids by myself while my husband was away." God bless the men and women that do it. I hate it! I miss us just talking in the evening about what happened during the day. It's not the same on the phone. We get on there and can't remember what we wanted to talk about and end up getting off after 5 minutes. Since it's been so long, I felt that awkwardness. It's like when you tell someone you'll call them back and then you forget to and then the longer you wait, the worse you feel about not calling them and then you can't call because your embarrased that it took you so long to call back?! So I made the call and I know that those of you that haven't abandoned the site yet will forgive me.

But we had a good time in Paris. I want to go back! Now that I have returned to my blog, maybe I'll tell you about the trip as I get the chance/energy/inclination. I haven't touched the sewing machine since I've been home - that's how busy I've been. :-( So, I can't afford to send out craftygiveaways for free any more. I was thinking about revising the giveaways. Would you all be interested in givewaways where you pay postage if you win? How about if we do grab bag giveaways? As much fabric as I can stuff into a flat rate box and you pay the postage? I think the flat rate boxes mail for about $8. Let me know what you think.


Quiltersal said...

I wouldn't mind paying postage. So glad you enjoyed your trip...I truly do love Paris!

I spent 30 years as a Navy wife so I certainly understand what you are going thru - 17 deployments in 30 years is a lot. Each deployment varied in length from 6 months to a year. Hang in there, Jen!


Tine said...

I wouldn't mind paying postage either! I think it makes perfect sense :)

I am so glad you had a great trip to Paris, it is such a wonderful city!

It sounds like a very tough time for you and your family. Charles goes away for conferences, and it just makes me want to scream! At the end of the week I am just so tired! And I only have two little ones....
Don't feel bad! Life happens, and you certainly had a very big change in yours!
I hope you adjust to it all...

Kerry said...

Of course thats fair, the receiver is still the winner. Paris looks like a wonderful place, I can only look on in envy!

Trisha said...

Welcome back! Sorry things have been so hard for you lately. I would be struggling the same as you if my husband were gone. Good luck!! Glad you had a good time in Paris. Can't wait to hear more about it!!

Dee said...

Great to hear you are back. I can understand how you would want to be back in Paris. It looks gorgeous. I feel for you with your hubby working away. I've just had mine return home after working away for a time and it does feel awkward for a time. You'll get through it and it won't be long before it's all over. I would not mind paying postage either. Good idea. D. :=)

Toiling Ant said...

I hate hate hate it when I have to be away from Hubs. Rawr.

I think 8 bucks for a box of fabric is a cool idea! Not sure how often I'd personally be able to participate (trying to pinch pennies myself, ya know) but heck, I certainly never get out of the fabric store for only $8. :-P

debbie said...

I am SO glad you didn't get kidnapped in Paris! lol I know what you mean about life happening. It happened here too. I neglected my blogging also. lol
I was a military wife for 6 years, and that was long enough! Hope you have time to catch up soon!

CassH said...

it's good to have you back! :)

nclangs said...

Goodness, I was beginning to think that you did get kidnapped!!! I am sooo glad taht you are fine. Life happens. It surely does around here anyway and I only have 3 kiddos. Looking forward to hearing about your trip. That is one place that I want to go sometime in my life! Would definitely be willing to help pay for shipping. Look forward to hearing about your trip! Take Care!!

Sew Bee It said...

You know, I had actually done google searches on plane crashes on flights to and from Paris:) It's good to see you back, hopefully life quiets down for ya! Oh, and as a military wife, yeah time apart SUCKS.

Kim said...

I'm "late to the party" but I totally agree that winners of giveaways can pay postage.

I won one of your first giveaways and am still waiting to have the time and space to use the gorgeous fabric! We moved to Argentina in mid August, found a house and moved in in October, I got sick and am just finally feeling better (nasty little case of parasites from drinking unbottled water - yuck!).

BUT there's light at the end of my tunnel as we should have the study/sewing room whipped into shape in the next week or two. Yay!

And I finally found my way back to your blog while going back through old posts of my own this afternoon. We got a new computer right before we left and I lost all my bookmarked items :-( So it wasn't until I came across the post where I talked about winning the giveaway and IT HAD THE LINK TO YOUR BLOG so I was so happy!

Paris souns wonderful, having hubby gone so much doesn't. Hopefully this is a short-term thing!

Hope you had a GREAT holiday season!

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Aunt Spicy said...

Ohhh, I do love Paris. Glad you had an amazing time!

Alex said...

I don't think postage would be too bad to pay for winning crafty supplies. Like T.A. said, it's still cheaper than me heading to the craft store hehe.

Jeanne said...

I think it's totally fair to ask the recipient to pay for shipping. My husband rides the rails as a conductor for freight trains and is gone for 2 days and home for 12 hours and then gone again. It's hard. We talk on the phone and I call him 'Telelphone Steve' and he calls me 'Telephone Jeanne'. Every so often he lays off for a day and we go do something fun. He gets 11 personal leave days and 5 weeks vacations, plus he can lay off sick whenever he wants. When I get too tired of being alone, I make him lay off. I don't have to do much cooking though, so I can sew so much more. I only have to do laundry every 3 days. I have to see the good in it.