Sunday, October 31, 2010

God & Country...& Twitter!

I don't think I've talked about it too much on here, but I'm a huge country music fan!  I love going to concerts, I love going out to country bars (that's where I met DH) and getting my two-step/linedance/waltz/east coast swing/west coast swing on!  So, when I heard that Darryl Worley was coming to Fort Carson for a free concert on his God & Country tour, you know I was putting it into the BlackBerry calendar!  I've seen him before, right here in Colorado, when he played at the old Cowboy's bar.  I just happened to be in town on the same weekend as him, which was pretty cool.  He puts on a good show and really supports our troops, so the Springs crowd is always a good audience for him.

I had a schedule conflict this morning that made for a busy day.  I've been wanting to get back into my Patriot Guard missions and there was a "feel-good" event today.  Naughty me, I haven't ridden my bike once since it's been out here in the beginning of September.  I overdressed for the cold (it wasn't that cold), but it was great to be back out on the bike again.  We did a flag line for a group of Young Marine recruits that graduated today.  YM is a great organization and it was so cute to see the little eight and nine year-old kids (both boys and girls) in their woodland cammies and covers.  I would definitely be interested in having my future children participate in the Young Marines.

As soon as that event was over, I booked it to the Meet & Greet Darryl was doing at the PX.  I made it just in time, about ten minutes before he was supposed to be done.  There was one woman behind me and then an AAFES worker who was halting the line.  When I finally got up to meet Darryl, I mentioned that I was one of his "tweeps" and while he was processing that at first, he did say he remember seeing my name around Twitter.

I never understood the appeal of Twitter until I started my account.  It's not as simple as a bunch of Facebook-style status updates, you really do get to interact with friends, family, as well as companies, celebrities, and musicians.  I've been lucky enough to have some recognizable names tweet me and/or follow, which is a killer feeling!  I remember being ridiculously excited when Darryl tweeted me for the first time.

I'd been saying for a while now that I'd make a sign for this concert, with references to Twitter.  I snagged some butcher paper from school, and immediately after the M&G I went home and made this sign.  All of the letters were cut out (freehand) with scissors.  I had to work fast, as I didn't have a lot of time.  I also couldn't fit his entire Twitter name (@darrylworley), but I figured this got the idea across.  I wanted to make a birthday sign (his 46th is on the 31st), but I didn't have enough time.

I was really happy with how my sign turned out and trotted off to the concert, ready to go!  I took a picture of my sign and Darryl even replied to it!  I think I got three or so tweets from him before the concert even started.  Cloud Nine!  When he hit the stage, I made sure to throw that puppy up and I saw him see me and point at it!  After the first song, he invited the crowd to come up to the stage, thankfully! The chairs in the theater were abnormally narrow and uncomfortable.  They weren't designed for concerts and I felt really passive just sitting there and not being able to move around.  When I went up against the stage, I was able to put my sign right up there so he could see it.

The best part of the evening came when Darryl picked up my sign, acknowledged how cool it was, and then proceeded to ask me if I wanted him to sign it, as well as paused so that I could take a picture (for Twitter, naturally).  AWESOME!

If you're not familiar with Darryl's music, do check it out!  This man is a huge supporter of the military and military families.  He frequently goes on USO tours to Iraq and Afghanistan, and he writes songs that speak to the military community and our experiences.  He is currently offering all military families a free download of his new song Unsung Heroes, which recognizes the spouses and families left behind.  It's really well done and he doesn't leave out those male military spouses either!

Thank you Darryl Worley, for a most memorable evening!  The only way it could've been better is if I were able to two-step in that theater with my DH!  <3

Versatile Blogger Award

My first blog award!  I'm touched!  The Versatile Blogger Award was bestowed on me today, thanks to Florida Girl at A Florida Girl and Her Soldier.

1. Thank and link back to who gave you the award.
2. Share 7 things about yourself.
3. Pass it along to blogs you've recently discovered and enjoyed.
4. Leave the recipients a note telling them about the award.

7 Things About Myself
*I have a good amount in common with my award giver, which is why I enjoy reading her blog!  She's around my same age and she got married a month before DH and I did.  She just started her family this year, and I'm hoping to do the same!
*All of the hanging clothes in my closet are organized in color order.  I even have DH doing it because he's used to my system.  Bwah ha ha!
*I have a ridiculous amount of kitchenware, thanks to an old obsession with vintage 50's stuff and an old part-time job at Williams-Sonoma.  It took one mover 6 hours to pack up my entire kitchen.
*I could spend 30+ minutes doing my makeup but have no patience for my hair.  I don't want to bother drying it all.  I suck at styling and don't bother.
*I waitressed for 9 years at a 50's/60's surf diner and worked at Jamba Juice for 4 years.  I can make you a milkshake or a smoothie, no problem.  I could even make you an egg cream, if'n you liked!
*As a child, I was mediocre at a lot of things, rather than being really good at one thing.  I dabbled in it all - Girl Scouts, little league baseball, tap, jazz, water polo, softball, choir, soccer, etc.
*I've always been pretty good at handicrafts.  My mom taught me to sew and my machine was the last gift she ever gave me.  I have a you-know-what ton of vintage 30's/40's/50's patterns that I can't part with, as well as fabric, despite the fact that I haven't sat down to sew in a long time.

My Award Winners
Steph @ Watching Airplanes - Steph is going through the same stuff I am right now, namely a DH who just went from active duty to reserves.  Looking forward to reading about her experience with the transition!

Holly @ Life as a Navy Wife & Everything Else - Holly's another milspouse struggling with fertility issues.  She's also very outspoken, which is a characteristic I can relate to and appreciate!

Meagan @ Adapting to Change - Meagan's another milspouse teacher and I like meeting others like me.  :)

Day 22 - Something You Wish You Hadn’t Done In Your Life.

This may as well have been called "What regrets do you have?" and I'm not a big fan of regrets.  Every decision I've made, both good and bad, have lead me to where I am today.  My life may not be perfect, but I'm happy with where I'm at and where I've ended up.

Every negative experience that I can think of (drank less my first year of college, saved more/spent less when I was younger, appreciated my first home purchase) has helped shape me into the woman/adult I am today.  I have much better bearings and a better understanding of what I want to do and how I want to treat the rest of my life and the opportunities that come along with it.  Wish me luck!

Happy Halloween!

Super HOOAH pumpkin!
I can't take credit for that beyond fabulous pumpkin above, but I can wish you and yours a Happy Halloween!  This is the first Halloween that DH and I have been together since we've been married.  He's here reminding me that we have spent the holiday together, but that was back when we were just dating.  I'm not a huge Halloween person, but I do enjoy passing out candy, carving pumpkins, and watching some Charlie Brown!  I hope you're enjoying the fun festivities of the season!

This one I actually DID do!

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Day 21 - (scenario) Your best friend is in a car accident...

...and you two got into a fight an hour before. What do you do?

I'd do what any good friend would do...rush to the hospital, sobbing all the way, and apologizing profusely and blaming it on myself.  Then sit by her side as much as I could, praying to God that she'd be ok.

Trinnie and I really don't fight, fortunately!  Gotta love those 10+ years of friendship!  They make for quality folks!

Friday, October 29, 2010

MilSpouse Weekly Roundup #8

Another week, another roundup!  Catch up on a sampling of the milspouse blogs out there and their (self-identified) best posts by checking out the list at Army Dogs!  I chose my Pledge of Allegiance post for this week's entry!

MilSpouse Friday Fill-In #19

Head on over to Wife of a Sailor to jump on board the Friday train!  Choo choo!

1.  What's the nicest thing a stranger has ever done for you?  That's a really good question, actually.  A situation springs to mind from this summer.  My car was having transmission issues, so I stopped at local truck stop/gas station.  I picked up a funnel and a bottle of transmission fluid, but I didn't know what I was doing.  Luckily, a man came out of nowhere and checked my fluids for me, then disappeared as quickly as he'd arrived.

2.  If you are having a hard time going to sleep, what do you do to help yourself?  *giggles*  Well, if I have a hard time falling asleep because I keep hearing noises or I'm freaking myself out, I turn on our "sounds" alarm clock to the crashing ocean waves.  It's a good source of while noise for me, as it reminds me of holidays in Mexico where you can sleep with the French doors wide open.

3.  Name something that makes you wish you were a kid again.  Bills.  Yes, I could definitely do without them.  Oh, to be back in the days where my cares consisted of school and my playtime, nothing else!  I could really go for that right now!

4.  What is something you never believed in until you experienced it?  I'm inclined to say falling in love, as I'd never really experienced it until I met DH.  <3

5.  What can't you say "no" to?  New MAC pigments in warm tones, chartreuse and coral anything, and fondue!

Day 20 - Your Views on Drugs and Alcohol

"How can you be in education if you don't imbibe?"

That's what I got asked two days ago, no lie.  It was said in fun, but it's true.  Teachers are some of the bigger drinkers out there.  I knew of a pub crawl that was conducted by and for teachers after the last day of school, complete with a "class schedule" and "tardies" if you showed up "class" late.

As for me, I did my fair share of drinking when I was younger, definitely when I was in college.  It wasn't until 2006 that I made the conscious decision to stop drinking.  Completely.  When I tell people that I don't drink, they either assume I'm either a recovering alcoholic or that I had something traumatic happen to me, but neither is true.  I chose not to drink for a few reasons.  When DH and I first got together, we were flat broke [gee, I can't relate to that right now].  We would go to the local country bar and run up a $60ish tab, between ourselves and rounds for friends.  That just didn't make sense to me when we had other bills for the same amount.  Drinking gets expensive!  If I'm going to blow $60, I'd rather have it be on makeup, or something tangible.  I also stopped drinking because I wanted to ensure that I was always in control of myself and my situation - what I was saying, what I was doing, and what was being done to me.  DH was working out of state then, although not yet in the military, and I wanted to make sure that I was always safe.  I also never wanted DH to wonder if something shady might be going on if I were drinking and socializing with male friends.  It was easier to eliminate the drinking element that way it would never be questioned.  DH drinks less now that I don't drink at all, and I prefer it that way.  I was incorrect when I calculated it earlier, but I'm up to five years of sobriety!  It's been such a long streak so far, I don't dare want to break it!  I'm on a roll!  I don't miss it either.  If you want to drink, please, be my guest!  Just do so responsibly and make arrangements so that you can be safe.

When it comes to drugs, I'm pretty narrow-minded, so if your attitude is pretty lax about that sort of thing, you probably won't agree with me.  I've never done any sort of drug - never.  It never seemed worthwhile to me.  Frankly, I think if you're out of high school and still doing pot, you're a loser.  I think I could make exceptions for medicinal marijuana, but only in terminal or severe cases.  As for any other illegal drugs, no way.  I don't agree with using/abusing drugs and I am judgmental towards people who choose to do so.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Thursday 5

I had forgotten about this meme until I saw it on Taryn's page.  Five words to use in sentences describing my week, courtesy of Mrs. Gambizzle.  This week's words are:

1.  I haven't been feeling too giggly this week.  I've been exhausted, worrisome, and stretched thin.  I'm trying to think of something that's made my giggle, and I'm coming up blank.
2.  Colorado has brought us cold, snuggly weather this week!  There's a chill in the morning that just makes you want to stay in bed.  I don't know if I'm prepared for this!  I'm going to have to get more winter gear soon - hats, mitten, scarves, etc.
3.  I'm thankful for the fact that my FIL lives with us now, as he's been a big help during this time of financial difficulty.  I'm also thankful for new opportunities.  I've recently taken on an additional tutoring job through school to bring in some extra income.  It couldn't have come at better time.
4.  I'm excited that the weekend is almost here.  It's been a busy week full of meetings and late nights.  I'm ready for some down time.  There's also a Darryl Worley concert on post I'm looking forward to going to!  Not to mention passing out candy - it'll be good to get rid of it since I've been eating a ton of it at home.
5.  I was filled with glee earlier this week when I heard of more opportunities for DH to do training and receive active duty pay.  I only hope our bonus arrives sooner rather than later!

Day 19 - What do you think of religion? Or what do you think of politics?

"What do you think of religion?" is a pretty broad question.  I was raised United Methodist and came from the kind of family who dressed up for church every Sunday.  As a kid, I got excited on those rare Sundays when we didn't go to church, since it meant I could sleep in.  I participated in summer church camps (as a camper and a counselor), church choir, and youth group every so often.  I was even a Youth Director at one point.  I didn't fully embrace my faith until I was in college, when I connected with a group on campus that challenged my beliefs and my spirituality and pushed me further than I'd been before.  Unfortunately, the leader of that group left after my first year, and I took that a little hard.  After that my focus from the group was gone.  My then boyfriend/fiance/husband didn't come from a religious family and I didn't want to push my beliefs on him.  Church slowly faded from my life, and I was ok with that.  I had always felt that if I was doing it out of a feeling of obligation, I should step back and then come back when I was ready and willing.

Fast forward to the beginning of my life with DH back in 2005.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Wordless Wednesday

Day 18 - Your Views on Gay Marriage

I'm all for it! If we truly believe that we live in a free country, then all citizens should equal rights, marriage included.  I was raised United Methodist, but the religious argument doesn't hold any merit with me.  Not all people subscribe to Christian beliefs, so why should we impose them on everyone?  Sure, this country's background/formation had a lot of Christian undertones, but one of our ultimate beliefs was freedom of religion.

I think the argument of the "sanctity of marriage" is a crock of shit.  Let's take a long hard look at how some heterosexual couples have tarnished the institution of marriage.  Really?  Are we worried about what the LGBT community will do?  What could they possibly do that we as heterosexuals haven't done already?  I could even bring in the military-specific issue of contract marriages, but that's fodder for it's own blog post.

In regards to legality, I think same-sex couples deserve the same rights as heterosexual couples, such as the ability to make medical decisions on behalf of their partner, to be on their partner's insurance, etc.

So yes, I'm all for it.  I support equal rights for the LGBT community.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

99 Things (Stolen from Megan Dub-Yuh)

I stole this today from Megan Dub-Yuh.  Seemed like the thing to do while I was eating lunch.  The ones I've done are in bold.  Copy, paste, and update with your responses, if you please!

1. Started your own blog - Whoo hoo!  I'm all over it!  This is blog #3, in actuality.  One is largely defunct, the other is Made-Up In America.
2. Slept under the stars - I've been camping, but I can't remember if I've slept outside.
3. Played in a band - School band!  Tuba, trumpet, and clarinet!
4. Visited Hawaii - Kauai, the big island, and Oahu.  I'd love to do a smaller, more obscure island next time, like Molokai.
5. Watched a meteor shower - I think I have, my parents and Papa were into that.
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disney World
8. Climbed a mountain - Yes, at Yosemite for sure!
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo - Yes, badly!
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm - They're BEAUTIFUL in Colorado!
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch - Yes, numerous handicrafts!
15. Adopted a child - No, but DH wanted one when he went to the orphanage in Korea!
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty - Never been to NYC.
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train - No, but I really want to go on a long train trip!

Do you pledge?

Being a school teacher, the Pledge of Allegiance isn't just something that I left behind in grade school or that I say every now and then at a special event.  It's an every day thing.  It's a stop what you're doing, stand, and say it with conviction kind of thing.

When I taught out in California, in a non-military community, it was a struggle to get people to stand and say the pledge.  In a class of ten to fifteen kids, I was lucky to get one kid to say the pledge.  With some it would be a struggle to get them out of their chairs, or to keep them from sitting down early.  As a military wife, I feel like you need to at least stand.  That's one of my non-negotiables.  You may choose not to say it, but you at least need to stand out of respect for all of those who have put our country first and themselves second.  Back in those days, I remember loving my HOG (Harley Owners Group) meetings because we started every meeting with the pledge and everyone recited it.  I love hearing it from a crowd of voices, and with enthusiasm!

Things got a little better in North Carolina, where half of my students were military.  A lot more students (willingly) said the pledge, and if they needed a reminder why, at least a third of the class had a deployed parent.  My current school is approximately 70% military, but I start my day with a prep period, so I don't have any students with me when I pledge, just coworkers.  When they jump on the loudspeaker, I stop what I'm doing and stand.  Most tend to follow my lead, although I think I'm the only one who actually says it on a consistent basis.  That's ok, I'm used to being the only one say it.  I do it for my husband, I do it for our veterans, I do it for those who are currently serving our country, both abroad and at home.

I was down in the office today, where they recite the pledge over our loudspeaker.  I found the same results - a meeting room of four adults, all going about their business.   Another woman next to me who stood, but didn't recite it.  I can understand why the woman near the phone doesn't say it (for the sake of feedback), but everyone else?

Why don't these adults say the pledge?  Why do I feel like the dying breed?  I've heard that a growing number of people aren't saying it out of protest for those who don't have equal rights in our country, but everyone else?  What's their reason?

Am I alone here?  What's everyone else's experience?

Day 17 - A Book You’ve Read That Changed Your Views on Something

After physically glancing at my bookcase and not feeling inspired, Margaret Anderson's Thinking About Women comes to mind and I'm more than satisfied with that response.  This textbook was the required reading of the first Women's Studies course I took at UCLA.  That class completely changed the course of my undergraduate education.  I started off an International Economics major (hah!) and that only lasted until winter of my 2nd year.  I was done after that.  I knew there was no way I could deal with another statistics class.  With my counselor, I looked at my transcript and tried to figure out which classes I both enjoyed and did well in.  That class was Chicano Studies.  While I really liked the class, I didn't want to major in it.  Thinking that Women's Studies would be somewhat similar, I went for it, almost blindly.  I fell in love, to say the least.  I made me think more critically about society, politics, and myself as a woman.  I had realizations and "aha moments" about my life and my experiences.  When I committed to WS, I fulfilled my desire to pursue education for me, and my personal enrichment, rather than education for the sake of a career.  This book is a fantastic introduction to the field of Women's Studies.  This textbook and that class were an integral part of my education and my development as an adult.

Monday, October 25, 2010

It worked!

Either it was my crossed fingers or your good thoughts, but it worked!  There's a glimmer of hope on the horizon!  Not a long-term solution, but a great fix in the meantime!  DH in-processed into his new Reserve unit today, as I had previously mentioned.  None of his paperwork from his old unit arrived, which isn't surprising.  To say we were disappointed by their organization and leadership is an understatement.  My husband has choice words, which he shares freely.  Anyway...

Now that DH has magically been made an NCO (which was bound to happen anyway with this new unit), they talked to him about getting signed up for WLC and BNOC, not to mention a 10 day TDY in Wisconsin.  You ask most other wives if they'd be excited about their husband leaving (again), and you probably wouldn't get an enthusiastic response.  Me?  I'm ecstatic!  Full-time coursework/training = full-time active duty pay!  WHOO HOO!  Sure!  Sign my husband up for whatever you want!  He says there's more training that he could be doing, but it'd take him away (out-of-state) from me.  He drills for the first time in November, which is when most of his new coursework will start.  I'll be glad to see him back in the game again, I know it's been getting boring around the house.  Thank God his dad is here to keep him company.

DH also says that once his paperwork gets submitted from his Reserve unit, we'll finally be that much closer to getting our bonus.  If it arrives in time for the holidays, I'll be greatly appreciative.  :)

Thanks for all of your prayers and positivity!  I'm keeping optimistic that I'll have more good news for you folks sooner rather than later!

Day 16 - Someone or Something You Definitely Could Live Without

Attitudes spring to mind, right off the bat.  I can live without bad attitudes.  I deal with them every day, from start to finish.  Moody teenagers are the worst.  Cut that crap and let's do something productive here.  If your body is here, you may as well get something done.  If you aren't going to work, if you're just going to sit there and brood, you may as well have stayed home and done us all a favor.  I'm trying to help you, but I need you to meet me halfway.  I really just want to say to some of these kids, "You're not the first and you certainly won't be the last."  There's always someone worse off than you.  Set your ego, your pride, and your "image" aside and let's make something useful of yourself and prepare for your future.  Some of these kids are so caught up in God knows what, they're pissing away their opportunities later on, when it comes to college.  Do well now and have multiple options to choose from, rather than a couple.

I try to live my life by the philosophy that you CHOOSE your attitude.  I really wish some of my students would embrace it as well.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Crossing My Fingers

I'm crossing my fingers and hoping that tomorrow is the start of a brighter week for our family.  Tomorrow, DH finally checks into his new reserve unit.  I'm hoping that we'll get a copy of his drill schedule, since that's a new thing for us to get used to.  I'm hoping that it means that the ball will finally begin rolling on our bonus for joining the reserves.  It's not the answer to all of our problems, but it will definitely give us more breathing room.  I'm hoping that we'll get our allotments set up for child support and that we'll be able to get back on board Tricare Reserve.  To all of you that complain about Tricare, it's even worse when you're not on it.  I want to see all of this as the start of something better for our family.  I'm keeping my fingers crossed and my eyes looking upward.

In other news, my commissary run today wasn't as fabulous as last week's.  My coupon savings was $11.29 with 13 coupons for an overall savings of 8%.  Can anyone tell me about the commissary surcharge?  How is that calculated?

We - well, the menfolk - carved pumpkins tonight at Trinnie's.  I don't think I've carved one with DH since 2006, so it was fun to put him in charge of the task again.  He did a great job, and I think you'll be seeing that one for Wordless Wednesday.  ;)

Here's hoping the week starts off well, and I don't get swallowed alive with meetings!

Day 15 - Something or Someone You Couldn’t Live Without...

...because you’ve tried living without it.

I've gotta send this one out to DH, just because there's a cute story to go with it.  I've been pretty forthcoming on here about the fact that we had a rocky start to our relationship.  There's been more than a couple times where we've talked about splitting up, both before and after we were married.  

The closest we've ever come to splitting up was back before he enlisted in the Army.  I decided that I'd had enough and it was time for us to take a big step back in our relationship and have that courtship we never really had in the beginning.  He'd move out and we'd start over, if that.  We even went as far as to make arrangements for him to move in with a friend, checked out the apartment (together), and coughed up his portion of the deposit/first month's rent (via money order, no less).

We got home and started to pack his things up.  At some point, I had a breakdown, sobbing, and decided that I didn't want him to leave.  That was it!  That was our biggest "break."  Even now, he tells me that he can't stay mad at me.  We have our tiffs and arguments, but we're definitely better together.  <3

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Day 14 - A Hero That Has Let You Down (letter)

Dear X,

I remember meeting you when I was just a child.  You were getting ready to marry a relative of mine.  I was enamored with you, although I can't remember why.  Maybe it was because you seemed so beautiful, so young and in love.  I wanted to grow up and be like you - energetic, great smile, and big sparkling eyes.  I wrote you an embarrassingly sappy letter at the time, telling you how cool I thought you were, and even quoting Bette Midler lyrics.  I feel so ignorant now, but I was young then and I didn't know who you'd become.

You've made a series of mistakes, or what I've seen as mistakes, in your life that have tarnished my opinion of you.  Maybe you weren't ready to be young, married, and a mother.  You sure didn't act appropriately for those roles.  Who am I to judge though?  I'm no saint myself.  But I just can't look at you the same anymore, not through the eyes of a child.  You can't change what you've done, but I hope you choose to start taking the high road.



Friday, October 22, 2010

MilSpouse Weekly Roundup #7

Looking for more milspouse blogs to read?  Oh, who am I fooling?  You probably found me through one of these link-ups anyway, which means you're already reading milspouse blogs.  I'm not high up there on the totem pole for people to find me first.  :)    I threw my hat in the ring for this week, referring readers to my post on Hilary Duff as my highlighted post of the week.  I'm browsing new blogs now, and so should you!  Happy reading this weekend!

Day 13 - A Band or Artist that has Gotten You Through...

...some tough ass days [write a letter].

Dear Lady Antebellum and Sugarland,

I can't choose between you two, so don't make me.  You two have a lot of commercial hits, but the biggest gems on your albums are those really powerful, emotional ballads that tug at my heartstrings and give me permission to cry with you when I need it.  "Things People Say" and "Keep You" - wow!

MilSpouse Friday Fill-In #18

More Friday fun from Wifey at Wife of a Sailor!

1.  Are you a night owl or an early bird?  I'm leaning towards early bird, realistically.  I like to get ready for bed at 10 pm, and I hate it when my shows come on really late.  Thank God for the DVR!  I like to sleep in on the weekends, but I tend to be up before 8 anyway because I wake up at 5:15/5:30 on the weekdays.

2.  What makes you jealous?  I don't get jealous of other people's material possessions.  DH has the ability to make me jealous though, since he's flirty by nature, but you know how it is...I'm a little protective of him.  :)

3.  Have you started Christmas/holiday shopping yet?  When will you finish?  (There's only 63 days left!)  Nope.  We have no extra cash for fun things right now, let alone gifts.  I have no plans to start shopping, so there's no pressure to finish.  If we do scrape together anything, we'll spend it on DH's daughter, especially since it's her birthday this month as well.

4.  What would you have a personal chef make you tonight?  Something to soothe my IBS-ridden stomach!  :(  A warm, apple crisp is a definite runner up!  Why not some homemade sourdough bread while we're at it?!  Yum!

5.  Where was your first kiss?  Church camp, baby!  We were on the picnic benches!  I was 15 - definitely a late bloomer by DH's standards, LOL.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Thursday 5

This is a new one for me!  Mrs. Gambizzle over at Life as a Sailor's Girl does a Thursday 5.  She gives you five words and you have to use them in sentences to describe your week or your feelings at that moment.  This week's words are:

1.  This week has been so busy, exhausting, and emotionally draining that I am happy it's almost over!  
2.  I am giddy that my dad has expressed an interest in coming out to visit for my 30th birthday.
3.  Making dinner every night this week has given me a lot of joy - being able to curb our spending on eating out and feeding my family.
4.  Glee is a show my coworker BFF Haley's favorite show, but alas, I don't watch it because it's on Tuesdays and that's NCIS night and Teen Mom night!
5.  I am thankful that there are opportunities coming up for me to pick up some extra cash at work - through tutoring, duty at athletic events, etc.

Day 12 - Something You Never Get Compliments On

My voluptuous breasts...because I don't have any!  :)  

Ok, in all seriousness, I don't get complimented (often enough) on my household management.  That's not something anyone but DH would notice, really, and maybe my family.  I really shouldn't complain too much, since I'm not battling any rugrats either, but it's still a huge amount of work for one person.  I do all of the financial and handle most all of the day to day tasks around our house - I always have.  It's been a good learning/growing experience for me, and I definitely credit it with me truly becoming an adult.  I shoulder a lot of responsibility and a lot of stress because of it, much more than DH, in my mind.  I worry a lot more about what needs to be done around here, what bills need to be paid, how we can make things stretch, etc.  It's probably a good thing that I do it, because I am a control freak, but I'll be glad when I can sit back and relax soon - when things have settled a bit financially and when I'm on vacation!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Wordless Wednesday

[Nevermind the bad editing...]

Day 11 - Something People Seem to Compliment You the Most On

At this point, what's springing to mind is my efficiency/productivity at work.  I've been told by previous administrators that I am meticulous with my paperwork.  I was recently complimented on being the first person in my department to submit my notes on IEPs that I'd reviewed.  In special ed, half of what we do is paperwork and legality, the other half is actual teaching.  For those not familiar with the field, we meet (at least) annually on every child on our caseload to construct a legal document detailing their strengths, needs, educational services, accommodations, etc.  The format and the wording of this document has to be done just so, as to maintain legal compliance.  It's a big deal, and a big part of what we do.  I'm pleased with myself, being so successful at my IEPs.  I just wish they would be done already...  :)

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Day 10 - Someone You Need to Let Go, or Wish You Didn’t Know

Wow, pretty harsh day here at #10!  I try to be mindful of who's just using me, who's only bringing negativity to my life, and who's just too much drama.  I have a lot of casual friends, but very few that I can really trust and tell everything too.  I don't wish that I didn't know anyone - I think meeting people I abhor has served as reminder of what I don't want to be.  A few of those characteristics include:
  • Overly critical or punitive, and constantly using negative reinforcements.
  • Narrow-minded and intolerant of others' views.  Imposing views on others.
  • General incompetence and ignorance with no desire to better oneself.
  • Lacking in integrity.
Some of the people I wouldn't mind moving forward from possess these traits, but alas, our paths are intertwined for the time being.

There's not really anyone weighing on my life right now that I need to let go.  I think I've been doing more forgiving lately than anything else.  As for family, I've been blessed with a great one, so they're not even on my radar for this post.  :)

Monday, October 18, 2010

Day 9 - Someone You Didn’t Want To Let Go, But Just Drifted

Story of my life, right here.  I've had a lot of people, friends especially, drift in and out of my life.  I've been married before DH, not something I mention too often online, and in my first wedding I chose not to have attendants for that reason.  I didn't want to have people photographed in my wedding party that I wouldn't have in my life years later.  I remember asking my mom (or dad, I'm not sure) about one of their attendants and they couldn't even remember their name.  I didn't want that to happen.

I have countless BFFs with whom I've drifted apart.  For some, it was a natural split, and with others we reached a breaking point.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Civilians Say the Darndest Things!

This was too funny not to share with you all...

I get over to Trinnie's house and she'd saved the latest copy of US Weekly (October 18th) for me because it has an article on Teen Mom.

I'm flipping through the pages and I come across this gem of a quote from Hilary Duff, about her husband leaving for hockey training:

"He left too soon.  Now he's gone, and I'm alone, like,
'Why am I alone right now?  I'm a newlywed!'"

Have you picked yourself up off the floor yet from laughing?

Homegirl got married in early August, which by my standards gave her two months with her hubby before he left.  Raise your hand if you spent less time with your DH before he bailed.  o/

I know there's been some criticism out there from other milspouses about being too harsh on civilians - missing someone is missing someone.  Hey, I'll be the first to admit that I'm guilty, but I'm coming from a "count your blessings" perspective.

As for Hilary, she can do what the rest of us do - take her scads of money and do some retail therapy.  I don't think that'll be an issue for her.  ;)  I won't even mention the fact that she'll have the option to board a private plane to make conjugal visits to her DH...wouldn't that be nice, milspouses?