Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Thanks For Checking In

Never thought I would be missed here in blogville, but I have received quite a few e-mails over the past couple of weeks asking if I am okay. I have to say, I am very touched and the e-mails are appreciated. I am okay, just still missing my mojo. Actually just flat out no desire to create anything, which is a very strange place for me. Even my sis-in-law and Chuck have been teasing me about my lack of card making. :) Overall I think it is simply stress. Not that stress is simple; it stinks. lol. Losing my job and being the sole income producer kind of escalates stress. Very difficult to find a job in this icky economic climate, but I'm out there hunting.

As a bit of a tension reliever, my friend Deborah (also jobless) and I went to Enchanted Rock last Wednesday to "climb the rock". It is one of my favorite places to go, just to get away for a little bit, find some peace. It is remote, very quiet, beautiful out there. We took bottles of water and a picnic lunch. We laughed and goofed around as we were going up, took some really silly pictures, and at the top we sat down and ate our lunch. Then we laid back on the rock to relax, talked and watched the clouds go know doing that hallucinating thing where you think you see a shape in the clouds. Couple of times we actually saw the same thing. heehee! We eventually climbed around on a couple outcroppings of rocks, then went back down. By that time we were hungry again, so on the way back through Fredricksburg, we stopped and had lunch at a German restaurant. We decided that day was the perfect "prescription" for stress relief...climbing Enchanted Rock with someone who makes you laugh. :)

Another bright note - I have some travels coming up in the next two weeks. I leave tomorrow to go to Vermont to see my daughter and participate in the Relay For Life that is being hosted at the university she is attending. I am SO looking forward to seeing my sweet Shelbie! I have missed her like crazy. I will return Monday from Vermont, then turn around and head to Daytona Beach Friday for the JROTC National Competition. My son, Tyler, is on the varsity male JROTC drill team and Color Guard, and this will be his second year to compete over there. I am so proud of how well he has done. After the competition we have a "free day" at the beach, and all the kids get to run around down on the boardwalk and play on the beach. This will be my fifth trip over there for this competition (my daughter was in JROTC as well and competed at Nationals, and last year both my kids were competing there).

Hopefully these trips will kick start my mojo. Thanks again to those of you who checked in on me, and I hope to be back to papering my blog soon. :)


Chris Scrappin and Stampin in Texas said...

Sorry to hear about your job nancy! I know we have a hiring freeze here at Central Texas College, and we have not had one in a long time. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. Congrats on both your kids accomplishments. This is awesome, and good luck on your Relay for Life...this is a cause close to my heart. I have never been to Enchanted Rock or Fredricksburg, but both of my kids have and love the ROCK!! Take care & safe travels..Hugs, chris

nessy said...

sorry to hear your news ~hope your life gets back on track very soon
vanessa xx

Vicki (basement stamper) said...

Sorry about your news hun!! I hope things turn around soon and wishing you the best!! HUGS!

6 wacky women said...

Glad to hear you are well...sorry about your job though. I'm sure your time away with your kids will give you a lift!!

Take care
Karen x

"Kirby" (KrB) said...

So glad to hear from you and hear that you are well, despite the jobless circumstances. Have fun on your trips and if you're driving, you really should stop and see me in P'Cola. If you can, holler at me. Have a wonderful time. Hugs,

Barb said...

I'm glad you are OK and that you had a fun day with your friend -- those are the best times. And your trip to see Shelbie sounds wonderful, as well as the trip with Tyler. I'll keep you in my thoughts and prayers, my friend, for the job and good health. Take care! Hugs

knitwit said...

All the best in your job search. It's such a tough time to be out of work, but hang in there! It sounds like you've done such a great job with your kids. You inspire me!!

Etha said...

Hi there,

sorry about your mojo, I know exactly how that feels. Did you do some bird ATCs for the flourishes swap that you signed up? The due date was today, let me know if you will still send or not ;)

thanks mucho!


Charlene said...

Hi Nancy,
Take all the time you need to R&R. I don't know HOW all the talented ladies manage to live, papercraft and blog every day. I can't do it. My damaged brain just won't handle it all.

Blessings to you and see you when you return.

magic boxes said...

Hi Nancy

All I can say is 'CREATIVE BLOCK' - lot of us have been suffering with that lately!

Bless you, sorry to hear about your job but keep your spirits up - things WILL get better. Positive always wins in the end.

Thinking of you and sending (((((GOOD))))) vibes.

Elaine x

Curt in Carmel said...

Hey Nancy! I've been away too for the last couple of weeks. I'm so sorry to hear that you lost your job. I know from a personal level what that is like. Keep a positive attitude and hang in there. I turly believe that everything happens for a reason! I thought it was wonderful the day you had with your friend rock climbing. What a magical day that was. Enjoy these things while you can, because a new job will eventually get in the way of those things. I'll keep good thoughts for you my friend. Hang in there and keep fighting! You are going to be just fine, I just know it! You're special! Hugs, Curt

Darlene (SCS:akronstamperdpk) said...

{shew ...} I was wondering but was afraid to ask! I'm so glad you are OK ... well, as okay as can be expected. You've been through a lot this year and you deserve a little "down time". Hopefully your trip & visit with DD will chase away your blues. Thinking of you!!

Chris Scrappin and Stampin in Texas said...

Just to let you knos I have been thinking about you. Hope all is well. We are here!

Curt in Carmel said...

Hey Kiddo! What's happening with you and your life???? I've missed you and have been thinking about you. How about an update for all of us who care about you? Hope you are OK. Hugs, Curt

Curt in Carmel said...

Just stopping in again to see how you are! Hope all is well! Happy 4th! Best, Curt