Wednesday, February 6

What the heck happened?

To me that is :) ?

I didn't realize I was gone for so long. Kept telling myself "I'll get to it tomorrow." Yikes, tomorrow was 2 1/2 months later.

So, the last time I left off here, I was working from home for an outsourcing company, very involved with my son's Catholic school and not finding very much time to read.

Not much has changed, except now you can call me The Church Lady!! Monday I started working at my church's rectory doing bookkeeping and database work. I've cut my hours back at the outsourcing company to basically whenever I want to work.

To be honest Christmas time became a huge chore this year. My job at the outsourcing company is for an incoming call center for a credit card company. Calls were non-stop for 5-6 straight hours a day. Then I had the shopping, wrapping and decorating to get done. By the time my day was finished I didn't have the heart to sit down for one more minute at this computer.

Add to all this I do public relations for the school. Which normally isn't overwhelming, but Catholic School's Week was January 27 - February 1, and all the projects I've been working on came to a head. I ended up spending the entire month of January getting brochures finished, the school website up and running, school newsletters to the parishes that send kids to the school, advertising scheduled and PR finished. I think I need a committee, it was too much work for one person. Throw in Advisory and Parent Organization meetings and Tuesday night Cub Scouts (I hate Cub Scouts) and I'm done in.

The hardest thing we've been dealing with... my dad's been in the hospital twice, he's been diagnosed with COPD along with all of his other problems and the specialist now want to do a biopsy of his lungs to check for cancer. It's scheduled for Friday. This is probably the most stressful part of all our lives.

At this point I'm not even sure I've finished a book in the last couple of months. I've got two books started and a HUGE TBR pile. And at the TOP of the TBR pile are Francine Rivers Biblical series, not that I really want them at the top, but I promised my sister I'd read them. And she may give up her Christian beliefs and beat me up if I don't read them soon :) I've been receiving ARCs that desperately need reading and reviewing.

Junior is still as cute as a button :) And doing very well in school academically. His behavior leaves a little to be desired, but we're working on that too.

That's it for now. Back later :)


CindyS said...

Sorry to hear about your father - I hope there is no sign on cancer on Friday.

Is the Church Lady allowed to have a blog called Romance Reading Mom ;) Just kidding!!

Hopefully you will have some time for yourself now that the PR stuff isn't trying to crush you!


Rosie said...

TM, you certainly have been dealing with a lot over the past couple of months. Made me tired just reading it all. You were already so involved with your church and Junior's school I'm thinking that you are pretty happy about working there instead of the outsourcing deal.

You'll be in my thoughts and prayers in the coming days. I hope things turn out well for your Dad.

ames said...

Hey Tara, sorry to hear about your father. You've had a lot on your plate lately - that's never fun.

Hope things get better soon - especially for your dad.

Jenster said...


I'm very sorry about your father and I'll keep him in my prayers. Please keep us updated.

Just reading about what you've been doing has made me exhausted. Hope things calm down long enough for you to at least enjoy a book or two.

sybil said...

Glad to see you! Come back more often you know you miss us ;)

vanessa jaye said...

Wow, Tara, you certainly had a lot of balls in the air over the last couple of months. Glad to have you back, though. Prayers and well-wishes going out to your dad.

Kristie (J) said...

Tara: I'm SO glad to see you back again!! My thoughts and prayers are with you, your family and your father.
And we need some more pictures of adorable Junior

Anonymous said...

well it interesting to see how busy you are , i wonder how can so much be put on one person though. and the kid mm working on the kids mean whats ? i love that show supernanny you know , it cant be that bad! well it will be march very soon . hope things will get better soon.

Tara Marie said...

thanks everyone for your good thoughts and prayers for my Dad!

Cindy, I might be a little more careful about what I review :)

Rosie, I really like what I do for the school and I'm much happier working at the church.

ames, thank you :)

Jen, I am back--LOL who knows how long but I've got great intentions :)

Sybil, Thank you, I'll try to be better.

Jaq, my husband thinks I make myself sound busier than I am, maybe he's right maybe I need to complain more :)

Kristie, I'll work on pictures real soon :)

ReneeW said...

My prayers are with your father. Working mother is the hardest job in the world. Plus all your church activities. Sounds like me about 10-15 years ago when my kids were younger. Read when you can or whatever. We still love to hear from you.

Kate Diamond said...

I'm so glad you're back... and I'm glad I read ahead a post and saw a good test result for your dad.