Monday, February 28, 2011

Miscellany Monday

Miscellany Monday @ lowercase letters

1.  Happy Monday, everyone!  I can say it's been somewhat productive for me today.  I've done a bit of paperwork, scheduled a couple meetings, had a fairly successful day so far in class, and it's downhill from here.  I have some tutoring after school, then home to relax with DH and proceed with a couple new workout plans (Hundred Pushups and Two Hundred Sit-ups).  Dinner tonight is chicken tortilla soup that'll be done by the time I get home, thanks to ye olde crockpot. 

2.  Today is DH's first day back at school!  He's going to a local community college, doing a Criminal Justice program while he waits for the law enforcement academy to begin.  He's got quite the uphill battle and learning curve ahead of him, since it's been forever since he was in school.  Did I happen to mention that 3 out of 4 of his classes are online and he doesn't have much patience for computers?  Yeah, you can imagine how cheery the Every Branch household is going to be over the next few weeks.  Good thing Trinnie's husband also attends this school and can help him with the technology piece if needed.  As a teacher, I love first days of school and fresh starts!  Luckily for DH, he has a built-in math tutor at home.  :)

3.  Today (and March) is bringing us some financial ups and downs.  The most exciting news is that we paid off DH's old truck today with our tax return (well, the feds, Colorado, and California)!  I can't tell you how good it felt to see a zero balance online this morning - I'm sure some of you know the feeling.  That truck should've been paid off a long time ago.  We're still awaiting a big return from North Carolina (well, I am), but they're notoriously slow and their status checker doesn't even have it as being processed yet.  NC is also one of the only states that doesn't e-file, so I had to send in my forms by mail.  Really?  It's 2011!  With DH getting ready for school, he hasn't picked up any schools as a reservist and he is still job hunting, so we're really strapped this month.  Come to find out that the money I thought I'd be getting for winter athletic duty isn't going to arrive until next month, when we should've had it at the end of htis month.  Not good, I was counting on that money.

4.  DH is using his GI Bill to go back to school.  Do any of my readers have experience with this?  If so, I'd love to pick your brain!  DH came off of active duty, and he's using chapter 30, whatever that is.  He hasn't received his money yet, but the school is allowing him to start and they're expecting his tuition once it comes in.  It's my understanding that we'll get BAH too, but DH isn't sure and I don't know either.  I'm really hoping that we do, as it'd be a huge help to us financially.  I think we could get away with filling the gaps and putting the rest to our debt, which would be a godsend.  I'm really hoping this is the case - and fast!

5.  We had a rough start to our weekend, but pulled it together in the end.  DH has been stressing about school and his job search, while I've been getting frustrated with the fact that I do 99% of the chores around the house (while I work full-time) and feel like he only wants to watch Netflix movies instead of do anything with me.  It hasn't been fun, needless to say, and I think he feels neglected in favor of blogging.  Oops!  Ultimately, DH and I have a lot of love for each other and it's a work in progress, as is any relationship.  It's a challenge we're still facing, trying to prioritize our relationship and each other in spite of stressful circumstances.  What's your favorite free date?      

Friday, February 25, 2011

All dressed up with nowhere to go!

Oh Colorado, why must you hate me?  I take a big girl step and trot my happy behind down to Colorado Running Company to get properly fitted for running shoes, and what do you do?  You snow on me.  Guess these beauties will have to sit in their box for another day.  It was my "on" day today, naturally.

New Balance 759
My fitting was quite the experience!  Of course, I had to call my dad (who's gearing up for his third LA Marathon) and Noelle (who finished a half marathon back over Thanksgiving), my resident runners, along the way.  I also realized last night that my spring break starts the weekend of the marathon.  I can't tell you how tempting it would be to fly out there for the event, although my dad already has two couples in town visiting.  I wonder if I would only make it that much more challenging (I'd need to be picked up from the airport).  Tickets are only $200 right now, which isn't bad, but I should really be doing a getaway with DH before I leave for basic.

I arrived at CoRunCo in the last hour before closing, so I tried not to be too difficult.  They had me stand on this machine that measures my correct shoe size and measures the pressure points in my foot!  It comes back like one of those heat-seeking images - certain parts of my foot came up on the computer screen in red, other parts were orange, yellow, etc.  My feet came up normal, with a neutral arch.  The biggest lightbulb moment for me was finding out that I'm supposed to be wearing running shoes in a size larger than my street shoe!  Doh!  That's helpful to know!

My sasquatch feet, as DH likes to call them, resulted in three pairs of shoes being brought out from the stockroom.  Even bigfoot likes to have options!  I had a pair of Nikes, Saucony, and New Balance.  I tried on all three pairs of shoes individually, then went outside for a walk in each.  The feel was fairly similar amongst the Saucony and the Nikes, so we ended up trying one on each foot.  Eliminating the Nikes, I went for a short jog outside in the two remaining pairs.  My saleslady, Jillian, really stressed that I wanted to find a shoe that felt like I had nothing on my foot, as opposed to the thinking that I need a lot of "support," which is a word I gathered she didn't like.  She pointed out that after long, strenuous activity, I would feel the shoe 10x worse, so I wanted a shoe that didn't fee like anything.  Those shoes were the New Balance for me, and despite my uneducated belief that my foot should be cushioned, I took her advice.

Onto the treadmill I went, in my selected shoe!  They have you do a comfortable jog while they video tape your feet from behind.  My slowmo run came up on screen, and she measured the angle that my feet were hitting the surface, to determine if my shoes were a good fit for me.  Luckily, everything came up good!

My 15% military discount later and I was on my way out the door with a new pair of big girl running shoes - my go-fasters!
Too bad the snow had to go and spoil my opportunity of proving if I can really go faster today!  I'm eager to see how my shins are doing, given my pain on Wednesday.  Guess it'll be another upper body night!

MilSpouse Friday Fill-In #31 + MilSpouse Weekly Roundup #25


1.  Aside from no deployments, what is one thing you would want to make the MilSpouse life “perfect”? submitted by Oh How Delightful  Do you really want me to get started on this one?  :)  A better transition program, that is supported and prioritized by all commands.  Something that better prepares my DH for the real world, maybe even coaching him through the whole process so he doesn't get frustrated when he sits down to fill out another long application.  DH wasn't around to watch me apply to a ridiculous amount of schools and all of the work that it entailed.  I think if he were able to see that, he would understand that it's not just him and his bad experience.

2.  Just how many peppers did Peter Piper pick? submitted by Married into Army  If he was picking for me, hopefully he only picked the yellow ones, and not too many because I have a couple in my fridge right now and I don't want them to go bad and get squishy.

3.  If you could have any career in the world with nothing holding you back, what would you do? submitted by It’s My Party and I’ll Cry if I Want To  Isn't that what I already do?  Livin' the dream, baby!  I self-selected this career and I'm in my 7th year in the field of education!  Year five is typically the turnover year for SpEd teachers, and I'm still going strong!  I'm most likely going to use my GI Bill to get my Ph.D., and while I'd like to get it in something SpEd related, the closest program around here only offers Education Administration.  I don't have a desire to be a principal or assistant principal, but I wouldn't mind working in SpEd admin.      

4.  Do you have a service oriented tattoo and if so what is it.  If you don’t what would you get? submitted by The Squid’s Accomplice  I don't have any tattoos, which always made me the exception when I was active in the rockabilly scene (it sounds weird to say that, but you get me).  My parents weren't big fans of tattoos, so I never got one because of that reason.  I really do like them, but I'm very opinionated about them.  I joke with my brother that if he ever comes back with a pirate ship on his chest, it's game on for me since he will have killed it for my dad.  Also, it irks me to see so many students with tattoos these days.  I don't have a problem with people getting them, but I believe you need to wait for certain age milestones before you do.  I just feel like the super cliche tattoos (like stars) these kids get are going to look horrible and they're going to regret them in a few years.  As for me, I have a huge patriotic pinup backpiece in my head.  I'd pull the trigger on it, if I ever got a tattoo.

5.  Imagine a block of time has opened up in your busy day for you to take a class in anything you like.  What subject would you choose? submitted by To The Nth  I've been going back and forth about this, but I think I'd take a cooking class.  It'd be nice to be able to whip up healthy, quick dinners for the family without having to use a cookbook or strain my brain.  I prefer to bake over cook, so I wouldn't mind an extensive class in baking everything that's not good for me.  Yum!


It's supposed to snow this weekend in Colorado (doh!), but that gives me a perfect chance to browse through participants in the MilSpouse Weekly Roundup!  Check 'em out!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Things Students Say Thursday #1 - Testing!


One of my favorite things that students say to me (on a regular basis) is:

"Mrs. C, you're wearing makeup!"

Now, this typically happens when I'm wearing something that's a little more pronounced, like red-tinged lip gloss or one of my chartreuse eyeshadows.  My students are high schoolers, just as an FYI, so we can't even blame it on their age.  My typical response is, "So-and-so, I wear makeup every day!"  I can talk makeup for hours, and I usually spare my students the full explanation of what I'm sporting on a daily basis, for the sake of instructional minutes.  You, blog readers, aren't so lucky!  Bwah ha ha!

My Daily Routine (I do not benefit financially from the links below)

Nope, not wearing any makeup!  

Things Students Say Thursday #1


It was time for another linky meme, and by golly, it was my job to get on it!  I decided we needed a teacher linky out here.  If you're a teacher, or if you know a teacher, you know we have some downright crazy stories about what comes out of the mouths of babes!  Therefore, I bring you:

Things Students Say Thursday

This meme is not only for teachers - if you're an educator (teacher, aide, paraeducator, volunteer) in a Pre-K through 12 setting, feel free to jump in.  I know Thursday's almost over, but I wanted to jump on this now, while it was fresh in my mind.  A wee bit of fun for all of us, and to get us ready for that feel-good Friday!

No rules about this one, just post a funny/interesting/shocking story about something a student has said this week.  I don't need to remind you all about the ethics of teaching - please don't use real names or pictures with faces, and please use people-first language.



CSN Stores - $35 Giveaway!


I can't tell you how eager I am for spring to get here.  Despite the 19°F temperature on the way to work, I was in a thin, striped cotton shirt, a jean jacket, thinner twill pants, and my brown flats.  Throw in some coral blush and lipstick, and I'm just ready for the heat!  Bring it!  Unfortunately, the Colorado weather is calling for snow this weekend.  Snow, really?!

Let's bring on the next season with some spring cleaning and organization, shall we?  Even though Noelle's visit has come and gone, I want to continue straightening up the house, especially the nightmare areas that are our office and bedroom.  Enter CSN with some assistance and a giveaway for my faithful readers!  How about checking out new flat panel tv stands for the TV I shouldn't have put in our bedroom on top of my beautiful Heywood Wakefield Rio dresser?  Maybe one with storage options for all of the clutter that tends to pile up in our bedroom?  There is so much room for improvement in our bedroom and office, I don't even want to scare you with pictures!  CSN has so many options for your home, I know I could pull it all together with their help.

So how can you get in on the action and grab $35 in CSN cash (valid at any of their stores) to put to your own spring cleaning/organizational projects?  Check out the rules below!


Contest Rules
  • This contest will begin today and run through Thursday, March 3rd, 2011, 11:59 PM MST.  I will announce the winner on Friday, March 4th, 2011.
  • You can earn entries the following ways:
    • Follow my blog.  Leave a comment with your email letting me know.  (1 Entry)
    • Tweet the following message: I just entered to win a $35 giveaway to @CSNstores at @USNsis' blog "Every Branch!" http://bit.ly/gwgiGa #giveaway #milspouse  (1 Entry)
    • Blog about it.  Leave a comment with your email and a link to your blog post.  (2 Entries)
  • You may enter once using each of the ways above.

Thanks for entering and spreading the word!  Let's get inspired to get organized!  :)

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Thursday 5


Head over to Nicole @ Flip Flops and Combat Boots.  She's fresh off a vacation to Disneyworld and ready to get back into Thursday 5!  This weeks words are:

outstanding
refreshed
adored
cheerful
cool

1.  Last week we were denied a home loan because of our outstanding debts.  Our debt to income level is just too high right now, since DH isn't working.  I had hoped it'd be a good wake-up call for DH, but sometimes I'm not so sure.  He has been better about thinking proactively about his job search, although he's also getting ready for school to start soon.  I would rather not see him settle for a full-time position with a huge commute, like he's been looking at lately, and have him get something part-time and focus on his school work.  I just don't know how he'll do with full-time employment and school.

2.  I envy Nicole and her feeling of being refreshed after her vacation.  I could only dream of vacationing with DH right now.  Spring break will be here at the end of March, and I have no idea if we're going to have the money to do anything fun, nor do I have any idea if DH will even be able to get away.  Living Social Escapes had a trip to a B&B in Taos, NM today that is calling my name.  I've wanted to go to Taos for a while now, and this place sounds luxe!

3.  I adored having Noelle here for a visit!  It was so good to see her and spend a lot of quality girl time together.  We didn't even get to do all of the fun Denver stuff, as we stuck close to home, so I'm already eager to have her back to do other fun things!

4.  A four-day work week can make anyone cheerful!  Not having any IEPs scheduled this week also makes me a happy camper.  I need to be a forward thinker though, and make sure I'm on top of all of the meetings that I'll have coming up in March/April.  I threw my math kids something different today in class, and I think it was helpful to not only mix up our routine, but to give me a better idea on who's really grasping the concept.

5.  It would be really cool if our tax returns and and DH's money for his GI Bill would come through sometime soon.  I've been putting off bill-paying this week, although I'm trying to psych myself up for it tonight.  It would also be really cool if my shins would stop hurting so I could get back to beating my running times and increasing the amount of time that I'm actually running.  I don't have time for shin splints!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

WHW: Pansies

 It seemed appropriate to do a pansy post after the 10th anniversary of my mom's death.  My mom was a Tri-Delt in college and she loved it.  She continued to mentor college girls when she was well out of college herself.  Their official flower was the pansy and she used to collect pansy items.  Needless to say, after I lost her I ended up collecting pansy stuff myself.  Pansies were a common theme in antique embroidery, so I have quite a few pieces of linen, as well as some hankies, salt and pepper shakers, and whatnot.  Along with hydrangeas, they're my favorite flower.




Wordless Wednesday - Olympic Training Center



MVP MilSpouse Award


Woot!  Nothing like a little love on my first day back to school after my three day weekend!  Thanks to Elizabeth @ City Lights & Camo Nights for this award!  I'm supposed to pass it along to five other bloggers, who can pay it forward!  My honorees are:

Natalia @ Army of Two

Monday, February 21, 2011

Guest Submission

It's a little dated at this point, but one of my submissions to STFU Fertiles (a fabulous blog if you're conception challenged) posted today!  Check it out if you're in my shoes, or if you just want to raise your personal awareness.  So many people unknowingly/unconsciously make hurtful comments to those of us who have issues with fertility.  I deal with this damn near every day at work.  You can only imagine how many times I get asked/told:
  • "Mrs. C, do you have any kids?"
  • "Mrs. C, do you want to have kids?"
  • "Mrs. C, why don't you have any kids?"
  • "Mrs. C, you should have kids."
Little buddies, I can't afford to have kids right now, as I've conceived and I'm about to birth the Air Force.  I'm due 31 May.  If I got knocked up right now, I'm looking at a discharge and a lot of disappointment in myself for failing to reach my goal.

On another note, I'm sure kids these days think it's easy to get pregnant, a belief that 16 and Pregnant reinforces.  I know I thought it was easy at that age, and doubled up on protection because of it.  Part of me doesn't want to be honest with them because I don't want them thinking you can have sex and not get pregnant (not that my experience is any of their business).  Live in fear, my children, and stay away!  If you must, I'll point you to the local clinic where you can pick up some protection. And for the love of Pete, please make smart decisions!

Miscellany Monday

Miscellany Monday @ lowercase letters

1.  This three day weekend is coming to a close, and I'm definitely ready for a weekend to recover from my weekend!  Noelle, my milspouse BFF, came to visit me this weekend, so we were constantly out and about, seeing the sites.  I took her to Rudy's BBQ, the USAFA Cadet Chapel, Garden of the Gods, Cowboy's, the Olympic Training Center, Cripple Creek, my school, and the local outlet mall.  Busy weekend!  It was so great to see her, and we even did my morning runs together!  I can only hope that one day they find their way back to Carson - c'mon CAB unit!


2.  With all of the contests I've been entering lately, I finally won something!  Adrienne @ Right Here, Right Now had a great giveaway of a complete design suite from Mismikado Creations.  I'm really thankful, since I know my little ol' site here could use a proper design/layout and button.  I'm envision trees and military branch logos, but I don't want to stifle her creativity either.  Thank you Adrienne and Mismikado!  

3.  DH starts school a week from today!  He's decided to use his GI Bill to work on a degree in Criminal Justice while he waits for the law enforcement academy to begin later this summer.  He's been really proactive lately, and I'm thankful for that.  This is a new journey for him, as he hasn't been in school in over a decade.  All of those little things that we learned over time (like buying books online), he doesn't know about.  I'm a little concerned about how he'll budget his time for studying and homework, since he tends to have a short attention span, but we'll see!  With him taking math, he's got a built-in tutor at home.  :)

4.  I love short work weeks and I have a lot less stress going into this week, since I don't have as many IEPs as I did last week.  It's nice to be able to breathe, and to better prepare for the onslaught of IEPs that are coming my way in March/April.  It'll be nice to get more quality time in this week, either at the gym or with DH at home.  I've been neglecting the poor guy for a little while now!

5.  Murphy tried to go and ruin a perfectly good weekend on Saturday.  Just as Noelle and I were driving into Garden of the Gods, my car started making some horrible noises.  I was getting more anxious, stressed out, and worried.  I could just see this happening to us now, just as we're about to get our tax returns, which we've earmarked for other things.  I told DH that if a repair costed more than $1000, I was done.  I'm tired of dumping money into my car (it got a new transmission over the summer too) and we're at 204k miles, so it's not like I haven't gotten a lot of use out of it.  We have DH's old truck in our driveway, so I have a vehicle if anything happens to mine.  Luckily, DH did some research and fixed it himself, and we only had to pay $200 for the necessary part.  Disaster averted!  We definitely can't afford a new car right now, and I am not in any rush to get a new one. 

I hope everyone else's weeks are starting off well!  Wishing I could sleep in again tomorrow!

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Living Without


Today marks the tenth anniversary of losing my mom to ovarian cancer.  She's been gone for a third of my life at this point.  I had her for a brief, but sweet, twenty years of my life.  She never got to see my graduate from college, she never saw me get married (twice), she never met DH, she never saw me complete my teaching credential and take charge of my own classroom, she never saw me get my master's degree, she never saw pictures of my enlistment, and she will never know my children.

My mom was first diagnosed when she discovered a tumor in her uterus (the size of a grapefruit).  She tried pushing down on her bloated lower abdomen, and it wouldn't move the way it would if it were just fat.  She was given a 20% chance of living past five years, which is something we weren't told as children (I was in high school at the time).  She underwent a complete hysterectomy, chemo, radiation, and was deemed in the clear for a while.  After some concerning behaviors, we found that it had spread through her spinal fluid up into her brain.  She had a port installed in her head, so they could give her shots directly into her brain to fight the cancer up there.  Forgive me for my lack of proper medical terminology.  

I remember weeping when I realized she would never be the same again.  She would never be able to do the things that she enjoyed - teach, go shopping at the Nordstrom anniversary sale, sew, etc.  Students and coworkers would stop by to see her, and she'd always assert that she was coming back to work, but she wasn't.  Despite her years of battling cancer, her life came to an end rather quickly, in what I call the snowball period.  It took two months for her to go downhill - quickly.  At that point we had really switched roles.  She had become more child-like, and I was having to help out and parent her.  That was hard, and it was hard not to get frustrated, as she wasn't able to swallow her food or do other seemingly simple things.  Eventually she stayed in bed most of the time, and she never got back out.

My mom was a well-loved science teacher at my high school.  She began working at that school when it first opened, and everyone passed through her doors.  She taught 8th grade science, which included sex education and her own lesson of etiquette.  As my mom said, if you're ever going to have sex, you're probably going to have to go on a nice date first!  :)  I keep her memory going on Facebook, where I have a tribute page for her.

I've always tried to do something special and uplifting to mark this day.  I used to be able to take the day off during work, go antiquing, go out to lunch, etc.  Last year I made a makeup purchase, and I think this may be that kind of year too.  Chantecaille Turtles, come to mama!  I try to remember that my mom would want me to be happy, and make this a day of celebration and not of sorrow.

In memory of my mom, I set out for a day of fun with Noelle!  We're going to be taking in the beauty of the local area, after I get out of the house and hit the pavement for my run!

I love you mom, and I miss you immensely - today, and every day.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Milspouse Friday Fill-In #30 + MilSpouse Weekly Roundup #24


Time to take a break from cleaning so I can fill out the MFF for the week!  Check out Wifey's if you want to participate!

1.  What is your favorite MilSpouse blog (not including Wife of a Sailor who we all love, or your own)? submitted by Our Crazy Life  Tough competition!  I follow a ton of milspouse blogs, but I'm going to say my top two (it's a tie!) are Natalia's Army of Two and the eponymous Just Another Snarky Navy Wife.  I appreciate blogs that I can relate to - kindred spirits, of sorts.  Natalia is another 30something wife, no kids, who's highly educated and going into the military herself.  Snarky Navy Wife is just hilarious and drops the f-bombs like I tend to do in real life, although I'm working on it.  She poses critical arguments about current events and real military life, that many don't have the ovaries or the desire to touch.  I can respect that and relate to it, with my background in Women's Studies.

2.  What are your favorite perks about your s/o being deployed (we all know there are perks)? submitted by Ramblings of a Marine Wife  Not having to worry about cooking dinner for everyone, being able to maintain the cleanliness of the household without DH messing it up, monopolizing the TV and the bed, coming and going as I please, hanging out with my friends and going out dancing, the extra money and being able to splurge and not worry so much about finances, minimal arguments between DH and I (since he's really lovey dovey when he's away), and being able to focus on whatever I'm doing, rather than thinking about getting home as soon as possible.  Whew!  I really do thrive during a deployment, I won't lie to you.

3.  How long did you date your <significant other> before getting engaged?  Married?  submitted by Utterly Chaotic  We never really dated, I'll say that.  We had a whirlwind romance and moved in together three and a half months after we started seeing each other/fell in love.  It was a full two years before we were married, although some "friends," and I say that very loosely, would have you think it was a much shorter time.  Yes, there's a story there, but it's best left for trusted individuals.

4.  What do you think your <significant other> would do if s/he wasn’t in the military? submitted by Adventures of M-Squared  My DH is in the reserves and hasn't found permanent employment in the five months that he's been out here.  This is a battle we fight every day, as I've written about on here.  There are some days where I wish he'd do anything - legal, of course.  Luckily, he has recently upped his motivation and officially enrolled in our local community college today!  He's going back to school to get a degree in Criminal Justice while he waits to start the law enforcement academy there.  He's got a lot of experience and skills in the HVAC area, but he doesn't want to go back to that.  He's also a skilled carpenter, and has done construction before.  I just want him to be satisfied with what he does and get the same feeling of fulfillment that I do.

5.  If you could talk to the Secretary of (fill in your appropriate branch) what is one suggestion you would like to bring to their attention in order to improve the lives of military families?  submitted by My Life as His (Air Force) Wife  I would highlight the continued need for a better transition program for soldiers leaving active duty.  The experience of the individual is completely dependent on the sending unit.  DH's command rarely let him get away to take care of his business, didn't provide him with the correct information about the processes and protocol, and it's part of the reason we've been suffering.  The Air Force is rumored to have a better program, and while they accept other service members, it's difficult to get into.  I would also bring to their attention the awkwardness between those transitioning from AD to Reserve status, the lack of knowledge about transition services for Tricare, and other problems we've faced.



Catch up on your milspouse blog reading or find new ones at The Whole FamDamily!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

WHW: Math

I'm a math teacher, and I'm proud of it!  As I watch Haywee grade papers and read novels, I'm thankful that math is a pretty straight-forward field.  It's very black or white - answers are either right or wrong.  Sure, students can be partially right in their steps, but the answer boils down pretty simply.  Kids these days don't hear it enough, or that's what everyone has you think.  Children are coddled, losers are given participation trophies, etc.  I hope to lower the stigma of being wrong in my class - it just means we need to try again and work harder - as well as praise when people when they do come to the right answer on their own.  Math as a subject doesn't change much, although best practices in how to teach it do.  I'll be the first to admit I'm not perfect and there's always room for improvement in my content knowledge and teaching strategies, but I do love what I do!  I have to give a shout-out to MeganDubYuh, who is also a milspouse math teacher.  Woot! 




Teachers (myself aside) are some of the biggest boozers out there.


Extra credit if you know what movie this is from.

Wordless Wednesday - "HomeLOANless: The Inevitable Wake-Up Call"

The Sad House Print - noraaoyagi

Monday, February 14, 2011

Miscellany Monday and V-Day!

Miscellany Monday @ lowercase letters

1.  At 2015 hours, my DH was passed out in bed, as I attempted to work on an IEP, but really just caught up on my blogs.  Yes, that's how Valentine's rolls out in our home.  DH will proclaim that he hates holidays, although he usually tries to work up some smidgen of enthusiasm for me.  When his alarm went off at 0430, I handed him his card.  It said, "Even though you're the biggest pain the ass, I love you.  Happy Valentine's Day."  The inside read, "Now can we have sex?"  That's us, it's so totally us.  In an effort to make some sort of gesture, he told me, "This weekend we're going out, just you and me."   "Uh, no we're not honey, Noelle's here."  Oh well, he tried, my darling boy!  We made a nice steak dinner with the fanciest steaks the commissary had to offer.  He gladly scarfed down two of them and then hit the bed to watch movies on Netflix.  I joined him with my laptop and IEP paperwork, and then he passed out.  I'm downstairs with 90210 on the DVR now, about to eat those Betty Crocker Warm Delights desserts he likes so much.  His will just have to wait until tomorrow...

2.  School was absolutely insane today - I went nonstop, with barely any time to eat.  Our FFA flower/candy grams got delivered, despite snafus with a lollipop shortage and wilting tulip leaves.  I treated my students to Nerds (how appropriate, right?!) that I'd personally addressed.  My student aides got V-Day Pez dispensers and ring pops.  I also had my meeting with the local professor and her practicum student.  With as busy as I was, I talked a mile a minute and I'm sure that poor boy was overwhelmed by everything I had to say.  I'm looking forward to having him as an observer and having him do some lessons, and especially how it'll challenge me to question my own practices and how I'm improving as an educator.

3.  I got my vertical military ID today!  You know, my new, military service member ID!  Exciting day for me!  I was surprised, they didn't ask me to surrender my dependent ID, but I supposed it makes sense  - if I don't make it through BMT, I'll need to go back to ol' pinky.  I would love to post a picture for you (I blurred out all of the important stuff), but Taryn kindly pointed out to me that it's against code.  Boo!  The picture is horrible, let me tell you.  I think the girl who took my picture was eager to go home, as she left after me.  My hair was peeking out, my collar was showing ever-so-slightly, my 50L jacket (yes, they had XL and XS only!) is off-centered, and I'm not smiling.  Not even in the slightest.  I am definitely going to Mona Lisa that smile next time, since not smiling really doesn't flatter me at all.  My rank is equivalent to an E-1 on there, which I'm assuming is because I haven't made it through BMT yet. Needless to say, I can't wait to get a new ID, which is amusing since I was so eager for this one.

4.  The weather was beautiful today!  The snow is almost all gone and it was 50°F when I got home.  Off for a run I went, despite the soreness I still felt from Saturday.  I'm going to keep pushing through the pain, knowing that I'm making progress and I'll only look/perform better if I keep at it more regularly.  I didn't do too bad either, and I'm slowly working towards not walking at all.  Part of me wants to slow down my pace to see if I can run the entire thing.  The hills are killer, and I'm hoping to see some good results because of them.

5.  I'm running out of miscellaneous things to post about.  I'm running out of days to clean, I have basketball duty tomorrow night, and you know that IEP I mentioned earlier?  Yeah, still haven't touched it.  Oh well, that's what first period prep is for!  Night friends!   

Friday, February 11, 2011

MilSpouse Weekly Roundup #23



No MilSpouse Fill-In Friday today, sadly, but Wifey's a busy lady with her duties in the Navy.  I've been blessed to find a number of female service members in my blogosphere, many of whom are also milspouses themselves.

Jump on in and join the MilSpouse Weekly Roundup today!  It must be our new hostess, Jessica, but there are a ton of people linked this week!  She seems to have a very popular blog, and a rad family picture to go with it.

I haven't done a summary of my week in a while, but here I go!

1.  Ran around like a crazy person at work.  Multiple IEPs, parent teacher conferences, tons of HFM situations [look it up on Urban Dictionary].  Now that the week is over, it doesn't even feel like a Friday, since we had a half day with no kids today.

2.  Finished our taxes and got excited about big bucks!  It'll be nice to check a few things off the list when the cash comes in.  I'm hoping DH and I can do a little local getaway and take some time to ourselves before I leave for BMT.

3.  Making plans to get a new Tungsten wedding band for BMT, so I don't lose or ruin my wedding band.  I'm not a super big jewelry person and I absolutely love my wedding ring, but I'm excited about the thought of a new (cheap) band.  I'm also a little sentimental about it, since we got our wedding rings before DH left for BCT and then got married at the conclusion of his BCT.  It's as though everything is coming full circle again.  If it were a monumental anniversary (and not the 4th), I'd consider renewing our vows when we are down there.

4.  DH has drill this weekend, so I'm going to kick it into high gear with the cleaning and the organization.  Noelle will be here in less than a week and this place needs to look a lot better than how it does in its current state!  Project time!  I really want to get the office straightened up, since it's the first room you see when you're walking up the stairs.  

5.  I've been making plans with a co-worker to start going to one of the gyms on post.  I'm hoping to get my morning run in tomorrow, then hit the gym around mid-day.  I should be nice and sore for the Valentine's Day semi-formal dance that I'm chaperoning with Haywee.  Picked up some tights for my dress, since I'm not prepared for winter dress-wearing here in Colorado.  Sure hope my dress still fits, I better try it on tonight.

6.  I don't want to say anything too soon, but we seem to have found ourselves in the realm of home buying again, with a serious prospect that has stumbled into our path!  DH has already been talking to the loan advisors through the VA and our account is being sent to the Colorado folks.  Did I mention it's a 1915 farmhouse on 5 acres?  Guess we'll finally get a flock of mutton for Trinnie's little boy to bust!  :) I'll keep you all posted, depending how serious this gets.  I've been teased before with an old home when I was with xDH, and it fell through in the long run.  If it's meant to be, it'll happen.  DH is already shopping for supplies for our fixer projects on Craigslist, but I try to stay a bit more grounded.

7.  Almost forgot!  I should be getting my new military ID this week, since it's been two weeks since I enlisted and I should be in DEERS already.  Woot!

Everyone have a great weekend! I'm off to paint my nails for this shin-dig tomorrow!