Well, I guess I have some explaining to do. All I have to say is: jobs...they just get in the way of doing most anything that you enjoy.
Yes, I'm blaming it all on work. Through the end of May I was still doing on the job training, which meant that every two weeks my schedule would change, sometimes quite dramatically. Like going from 5:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the Philadelphia International Airport to 8:00 to 4:00 PM at a seaport in New Jersey, to 2:00 PM to 10:00 PM back at the airport. Each change in my schedule also brought a change in the days I would have off. We always have two days in a row off, but they might be any two consecutive days of the week (i.e. Monday/Tuesday, Thursday/Friday, Sunday/Monday, etc.). While I enjoy the variety, it does reek havoc with anything going on in your home life.
This schedule was to continue through August but then four of my coworkers took positions elsewhere leaving us very short handed. At that point it was determined that I was trained enough and I was thrown into the regular rotation and another new schedule. The regular rotation changes every four weeks, however, recall that we lost four people. Add to that one person out on long term disability, and two out on paternity leave with new babies. That is a total of seven people from a staff of only 26. I might add that I was hired because they were short staffed to begin with.
So, being so short on people since the first of June means that there has been a plethora of overtime available. Since I was unemployed for two years, I volunteered for every overtime shift available. This has meant that the first of June, I've worked approximately 60 hours a week, leaving very little time to keep up with a blog or even eating meals regularly.
So, where do I begin with updates. First Mary has a new job! She is still teaching in the Catholic School system but instead of driving to King of Prussia (anywhere from 30 minute to a hour and a half comment) she is now teaching in a school about 4 miles from home. The kids are all doing well. Emily is in 11th grade, William is in 8th, and Paddy is in 4th. There has been many various and sundry things going on since March. I'll try and summarize it all in a photo album that you can click through which you can see here.