Saturday, May 21, 2011

Counting on Fingers + MFF #41

Yes, I'm officially counting on fingers as of today!  Ten days until BMT!  As for rapture, I don't know about you folks, but it's just not fitting into my schedule.  Imma be pissed if the world ends today, I'm not an airman yet.  As ridiculous as this whole concept is, the related tweets are pretty hilarious.

The rapture also marks Trinnie's husband's birthday, so I'm heading over there in a couple of hours to enjoy some fajitas, peach pie, and margarita cake!

I'm checking things off my to-do list left and right, and I feel like I'm making good progress.  I'm pretty much done with lesson planning for two out of three classes.  It's actually what I'm supposed to be doing right now, but here I sit.  I've been zoning out since I got home from my race and woke up from my nap.

How cool is the event shirt?!
As for the Run to the Shrine?  Well, let's just say it was a run/walk to the Shrine.  I'm my biggest critic and I'm not a fan of personal failure, so forgive me as I justify walking.  I did about 0.7 miles before I decided to walk (along with tons of other people).  Trinnie isn't lying when she says this run is no joke.  It's uphill the entire way, with no plateaus to catch your breath or regain strength.  I decided rather than kill myself 10 days before BMT, I better just walk it.  Once I hit the turnaround, I did run all the way back down, which helped even out my pace to something somewhat respectable.  I finished in 43:41, with an average pace of 13:31 min/mi.  The starting elevation was 6726 feet and peaked at 7714 feet, for an ascent of 1220 feet.  If nothing else, I burned 488 calories this morning and I ran over half of it!  I hung out at the zoo for a little bit afterward, before I went home for a nap.  I had only gotten six hours of sleep the night before, since I was out with Trinnie and hubby at a show.  All in all, it was a beautiful day and the scenery was to die for.  The route allows you to look out over the entire Springs area, not to mention I ran past an elephant.  How often does that happen?!

I missed the MilSpouse Fill-In Friday yesterday, because I was busy wrapping up an insane week (literally and figuratively) at school, napping, and heading to the Crystola, a local roadhouse/biker bar up in the mountains.  That being said, let's do this!

1.  What is one of the things you always do special when your husband returns from a deployment?  submitted by Keep Calm and Soldier On  Deep clean the house - that never happens otherwise.  Hang all of the banners, decorate, buy a new outfit specifically for the occasion.  It's pretty much all about him - where and what he wants to eat, what he wants to do, etc.  We have no pressure to do anything with family, so I just take everything minute by minute.

2.  What do you do to help your spouse and/or yourself re-adjust after a deployment or long separation?  submitted by Diapers, Dogs and Deployments  Same thing as most everyone else - try not to pressure him, try to cater to his needs initially, etc.  Readjustment was difficult for us this last time, although I can't remember specific issues.  I thought it was harder than the actual deployment.

3.  Are you a crazy coupon clipper (I’m becoming one, so share your secrets with me)?  submitted by Married My Airman  I'm not crazy, but I've cut coupons for years now.  My mom cut coupons when I was a kid, so it's natural for me.  I don't stock up on items I don't/won't use, so I only cut coupons for products I actually buy or that I may be interested in trying.  A lot of these TV shows are unrealistic, in my mind, and they get people thinking that anyone can do it.  The most I've ever saved is 25%, but that's still worth it to me.  I've gotten a number of items at the commissary for less than a dollar, and a few items totally free, thanks to coupons.

4.  What’s your most treasured memory of you and your spouse (not counting your wedding – that’s a given)?  submitted by Scrubs, ACUs and One Crazy Ride  Probably our first vacation to Yosemite.  It was a mere two months after we'd first gotten together, so we were madly in love.  The scenery was beautiful and I would love to go back there with him.

5.  If you could live anywhere overseas, what would you pick and why?  submitted by Little Moments Like This  If I'm consider the two of us, I'd probably say retirement in Mexico.  DH hasn't been able to get back there on my family trip in years, and we both love it down there.  They have really odd property ownership rules for foreigners, but I could see DH and I spending long days on chaise lounges, enjoying the sun and the amazing food.

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