Thursday, March 31, 2011

Forgot to tell you!

DH is the bald headed one.  <3

Exciting news!  I've been crossing my fingers on this one for a while, and I'm excited to see it happening!  

Fort Carson is getting a CAB unit!

Ok, let me translate for all of you who missed that.  Carson is getting a Combat Aviation Brigade!  Helicopters!  Woot!  This is exciting because DH just left a CAB unit out at Bragg and he loved what he was doing out there.  The CAB family is fairly small too, so the likelihood of us seeing some of our beloved friends is high!  I would be over the moon if Noelle's hubby got orders out here (after his next assignment that they already know about).

Speaking of which, 82nd CAB is heading out here soon, and hopefully some of DH's friends will be in town.

The flag in the picture was coordinated by me, prior to leaving California.  It was signed by PGR members, HOG friends, Run For The Wall participants, and in three of those center stars are the signatures of three Medal of Honor winners, including COL Lewis Millet, whom I had the pleasure of meeting on several occasions before he passed.

Milspouse Friday Fill-In #36 + MilSpouse Weekly Roundup #30

Yay for Friday!  Head over to Wifey's to grab the questions and link up!

1.  What romance movie scene reminds you of your s/o or spouse and the LOVE you share?  submitted by Simply Sunshine and Daisy’s  Well, I didn't want to pull a Megan Dub-Yuh (love you girl!) and not have an answer for this question, so I thought for a while about which movie couple reminded me of DH and I.  I've got it though - Overboard, with Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn!  I can't pick a specific scene, but I think the dynamic in general is similar to our relationship/love.  Don't think about the pre-accident Goldie Hawn character though, as it's definitely not me.  He's a little rough around the edges, hard-headed, but loving and caring underneath, and great with kids.  She's opinionated, outspoken, creative, and hard working.  Plus, they're crazy about each other, even though they drive each other crazy in the process.  "Arturo!"

2.  If you were allowed to deploy with your husband to a war zone would you and why? submitted by I & J  Yes, since I'll be military myself soon.  We don't have any children (well, DH's daughter doesn't live with us yet), and I didn't enlist to sit around and look cute in the uniform.  If duty calls, duty calls, although I wonder if I'd be a distraction for him.  He likes to focus his attention on his work.

3.  Have you ever done anything (intentionally, or unintentionally) to embarrass your spouse/significant other in front of his military cohorts?  submitted by Marrying the Navy  Never. I'm not a drinker, so there's no worry of that.  I present myself well in front of others, and I reign in the crazy in appropriate situations.  :)

4.  What is your most irrational fear?  submitted by Eights on the Move  I'm going to copy my girl Megan on this one and say failure.  I feel that I've accomplished a lot, especially when it comes to academics and my career, but I worry about our financial status - will we have enough to retire?  Will we ever own a home anytime soon?  I also let my fertility challenges/issues bother me too much, even now when I'm focusing my energies on the Air Force.  As for short term goals, I worry about failure when it comes to successfully completing BMT, especially the physical fitness tests.  I just hope I'm preparing myself well enough!

5.  If you could only live in one kind of climate for the rest of your life, what would it be and why?  submitted by Many Waters  It's really hard to beat the Mediterranean climate of California, although I'm not racing to move back there.  I've always wanted to live here in Colorado, and I'm glad I'm here.  It's been a pretty mild winter out here, and we haven't gotten enough rain.  It'd be nice to have a rainy day sometime, as opposed to a snowy day.  It's warming up though (aside from the wind), and I'm loving spring time!

Beth @ An Expeditionary Family is hosting the MilSpouse Weekly Roundup!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Things Students Say Thursday #6

Nothing horribly crazy this week, but a few tidbits.

1.  A student approached me today and said, "Three stripes in your sweater look like Neopolitan ice cream."  Um, thanks?  Can we have ice cream now?

2.  The best thing all week didn't happen to me, but happened to Haywee.  She got a email from a student, who happened to not be present that day at school.  What did it say, dare you ask?  Well, it was a testimonial request for!  Yes, can you believe it?!  The dating site!  Really?!  What was this student thinking?!  I told her she needed to write one and say, "So-and-so has a bad attitude in class.  He frequently neglects to turn in his assignments."  [For all of you that are concerned out there, yes, this student is of legal age.]

3.  If you know my love of makeup, you know my heart smiled when I heard one of the kids on my caseload told her table partner that she was wearing three shades of blue on her lids.  So proud!  *wipes tear from eye*  I love both of those two.  The boy is temperamental, but he comes from a challenging background and I know he just needs love (and structure, and all that good stuff).  He is an amazing dancer and pays particular attention to making sure his clothes are color coordinated.  A boy after my own heart!  

Thursday 5

Head over to Nicole @ Flip Flops & Combat Boots to get in on the fun!  This week's words are:


1.  It would be delightful if I could improve my run times and overall stamina.  I had a horrible time today, no thanks to the wind and not hydrating properly before hand.  I'm down to 61 days, and I hope I see some improvements soon, or at least I hope the altitude training pays off in large dividends come May.  Side note, our department at school wants to do a 5k in a couple of weeks.  The entry fee is low, and it benefits a local autism center.  I'm determined to run most of it!

2.  Being on the downhill side of the week and having my two IEPs behind me makes me a happy lady!  You know what else makes me happy?  This little gift that a co-worker gave me!  It's funny to see which kids recognize the reference, and which ones don't!  I wear it on my lanyard at school.  Don't even get me started on the "Friday" song, since it's permanently in my head, thanks to Haywee.

3.  Although the outlook for this month was bad, initially, I'm feeling pretty superb right now.  I don't know how it's all going to go down, but I'm looking up right now.  I'm just going to continue to cross my fingers and hope for the best!  I'm not stressing as much, as evidenced by my sloth tonight.  I spent a significant chunk of the evening catching up on my blog reading, and it felt superb!

4.  Enter the superficial - I'm really looking forward to seeing how my body looks post-BMT.  I'm hoping for that gorgeous bod I haven't had in a long time.  As silly as it is, I want to take a pre-BMT and post-BMT shot to compare the difference.  I know I'm already making progress on some of my trouble areas, and building up muscle definition.  I did a total of 106 sit-ups tonight - hey-o!  I need to hurry up and write faster, I have pushups to do still!

5.  As much as DH and I have been butting heads, he always does little things to make me feel loved.  As silly as it seems sometimes, he loves calling me and talking to me the entire drive home, even though he's just going to see me in a few.  He also is a wonderful snuggler, and I typically wake up in the morning to find his arms wrapped around me.  He's been a lot more productive lately, and I love seeing him more upbeat and motivated.  He starts his law enforcement academy this weekend and he's really looking forward to it!         

WHW: Airplanes

 Good thing I like airplanes, since I'm going into the Air Force!  Even cooler is that I'll be doing personnel for a unit of C-130 pilots.  Yes, I was intimidated by all of them when I walked into my building for the first time and saw everyone in a flight suit except for a handful of people.

I don't just love airplanes because of the Air Force.  I love the airport in general.  I love flying, the possibility and opportunity that it represents for me.  You can go anywhere!  Oh, to be rich and have tons of time on my hands!

Getting on that plane at the end of March is going to be exciting.  Unlike all of my other flights, I'll have fewer items with me than I've ever packed, not to mention no iPod or book.  I guess I could always buy a magazine and ditch it later.  I can imagine myself, crazy with anxiety, sitting on that plane with just my thoughts.  I'm going to leave COS and come back an Airman!

Not really AF favorable, but interesting as a teacher!

Things Students Say Thursday #6

This week has been absolutely nutty for me.  I had two IEPs today, we have standardized testing all week long (and in SpEd, it's nothing short of a logistical nightmare), etc.  I've been lagging on my blogging, and even more so on my blog reading!  At least the week is going by quickly and CSAP testing means I don't have to plan for some of my days.

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.  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.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Miscellany Monday

Miscellany Monday @ lowercase letters

1.  My Road ID finally came today!  Yay!  It came on an "on day" for my running too, which was exciting.  I'm a happy camper, and went straight to share this picture on Facebook as well.  These things are just perfect for bikers too, in addition to athletes.  Another PGR friend of mine ordered one, and I'm glad to help others!

2.  This is proving to be another difficult month for us, financially.  FIL is still getting screwed out of his social security check, which means no contribution to our rent.  DH and I are left to scrounge up the rest, to not only cover his part, but to pay the rest of our bills.  Fortunately, DH picked up active duty orders to do some work in the office for the next three weeks!  I'm glad to have him keeping busy, and bringing in some coin to boot.  I'm hoping this will be able to hold us over.

3.  DH TCB'd today, thankfully!  Remember that email we got the other day, stating that DD's dental insurance was declined?  It was a complete error.  She is covered and our application went through, no problem.  As for DH's GI Bill money, when he called to ask about it, he was told that he needed to verify his enrollment at the end of the month (Thursday), every month, and then we'd receive the money in 3 - 5 days.  He can't seem to answer the rest of my questions (like if we'd receive all three installments owed to us so far), but this is better than nothing.

4.  I have two IEPs on Wednesday, and I haven't started writing either of them - ugh!  I don't even have a GenEd teacher who's agreed to attend one of them.  My head is killing me though, and I think I'm going to call it a night soon.  *sigh*  Guess I'm going to be rocking these out tomorrow afternoon/night.

5.  Taking a different turn from my Etsy sales for a bit, I've decided to have a blog sale!  For those who haven't seen one before, a lot of makeup blogs do sales from time to time, to help people weed out their stashes.  Check it out, if you're interested in trying out some new makeup!

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Me: A to Z

Stolen from Megan Dub-Yuh, but it's been goin' around!

A.  Age: 30

B.  Bed size: Queen.  We started on a full size when we first got together.  Big beds are great, but we like being close to one another.

C.  Chore you dislike: Cleaning the bathrooms.

D.  Dogs: None at this time - no pets at all!  I've never owned a dog in my 30 years.

E.  Essential start to your day: Putting in my contacts.

F.  Favorite color: Chartreuse and Coral (tie!)

G.  Gold or silver: Gold looks better on my warm skin, although my rings are white gold/silver in color.

H.  Height: 5'11"

I.  Instruments you play(ed): Clarinet, Tuba, Trumpet

J.  Job title: SpEd Math Teacher

K.  Kids: None, and if we should get lucky, I'm hoping that it waits until after BMT and tech school!

L.  Live: Colorado

M.  Mom’s name: Gin

N.  Nick names: My name is short enough that I really don't have any.  I do have a few at school that are related to my last name, so you'll understand why I won't share them.

O.  Overnight hospital stays: None

P.  Pet peeves: Crumbs on the counter top, bad tippers, bad manners, incorrect grammar and punctuation (especially coming from businesses), spelling the same word wrong all the time, blog formatting that isn't conducive to reading, narrow mindedness, and to quote Megan, "using pen to do math, not showing your work."

Q.  Quote from a movie: "The truth is I gave my heart away a long time ago, my whole heart, and I never really got it back."

R.  Righty or lefty: Righty

S.  Siblings: One brother - he puts the "sis" in USNsis!

T.  Time you wake up: 0530 on the weekdays, whenever I want on the weekend.

U.  Underwear: Come 31 May, nothing but Under Armour briefs!

V.  Vegetables you don't like: Cauliflower, broccoli, most squash varieties.

W.  What makes you run late: Primping, although I'm typically on time.

X.  X-rays you’ve had: Teeth, mainly.

Y.  Yummy food you make: DH would tell you that Mexican is my specialty.

Z.  Zoo animal favorites: Manatees!

28 states down, 22 to go!

Get yours!

This has been going around lately, and since it's on my Life List, I was eager to dive in!  I'm proud of the fact that I've been to over half of our nation's states!  This summer we'll add on another one when I do tech school in Biloxi, MS, and hopefully pick up Louisiana as well if I can get away to New Orleans!

[BTW, layovers do not count in my book!  I have either vacationed or driven through all of these states!  If I counted layovers, Minnesota would be another one down for me, but I don't think that's fair.  An airport's an airport, and tells you little to nothing about the surrounding culture and area.]

Michelle Loves Me!

Thanks go out to Michelle @ The Vintage Apple for bestowing upon me this lovely blog award!

As a recipient, I need to saddle you up with seven random facts about me, which sounds a lot more doable than the 100 that's going around right now, and a lot more interesting for you.  It's still difficult to find stuff that I haven't already told you at this point.

1.  The Annoyed Army Wife did a "homesick" post the other day that really resonated with me.  Like her, I don't have a "home" that a I feel homesick for.  After I moved out of the house I grew up in, my dad moved away to be closer to his work.  If I were to go back to California to visit, I wouldn't be returning to the town where I grew up, or even the same county.  I didn't go to school in the city and county where I lived, since we attended school in my mom's school district, so I don't have that connection.  As sad as this may seem to some, I think it helps as a military spouse, since I'm never really longing to go back to "where I came from."  Sure, I wouldn't mind visiting (and shopping and eating), but it isn't home anymore.  I think that makes my transitions a bit easier, as I jaunt about the country.

2.  My quest for personal coupon best comes from my mom.  She used to take the Sunday coupon flyers, put stars on the ones she wanted with a red pen, and have her teacher's aides cut them out at school.  My mom used to get away with all kinds of stuff!  Ingenious, really!  As long as I have access to a Sunday paper, I'm cutting out coupons.  It does slow me down a bit at the store, but I save a boatload of coin.  Today I saved 17% of my total bill and my biggest success today was getting a bottle of Gain fabric softener for 20 cents!  If you're hitting the commi, you need to be clipping coupons for those sorts of steals!  Heck, if you're at any store, save yourself some cash!

3.  I think we're slowly settling in, at least, I'm getting that impression from DH lately.  He's been pushing me to hang out with friends, and he went to visit a friend from WLC today.  Either we're settling down, or he's getting tired of having me around all week and therefore nagging him to do something productive.  :)

4.  We're going on our 4th anniversary this summer, our 6th year as a couple, and we've yet to take a honeymoon.  I can't tell you how envious I am of people who can manage to squeeze a honeymoon into their military lifestyles (and paychecks).  All of our efforts to have a proper vacation have been thwarted, either by finances or circumstances.  Even if I look to December, when we may be able to scrounge enough money to go to Mexico for my family's annual trip, he's probably going to be at AIT again for his re-class.  *sigh*  I'm destined to vacation sans-husband forever.  At least I'm fine doing things on my own!

5.  I love being involved with the Patriot Guard, yet I feel like the worst PGR member ever lately.  Life has gotten in the way of my involvement, and my poor bike sits in the garage.  I haven't ridden it in a while, and I need to prioritize that again.  Part of me misses North Carolina for this reason.  I had such a great HOG group out there, and a very close circle of PGR members.  I haven't even been able to renew our HOG memberships this year, because of finances.  I think things were different when DH was gone - I had to get out there and make friends and get involved.  Now that he's here, I haven't been pushing myself to do that as much (not to mention finances hold us back).

6.  Speaking of re-classing, if DH ends up doing Civil Affairs like he's hoping, I'm totally flying out there for a visit!  [Noelle, are you game?!?]  The south really seeps into your bones!  I could stand to hit up Cook Out, hit the Cadillac Ranch for some dancing, and see good friends!

7.  As much cooking as I do around here, I forget how much I love to bake.  I have a huge stash of cookbooks, specialty baking pans, and other gadgets from my days at Williams-Sonoma.  Of course, I really don't need to be eating any yummies right now, but the thought of breaking out the double boiler and melting some rich, expensive chocolate sounds amazing.  Spring was always one of my favorite seasons at W-S because all of the colors that came out matched my kitchen (pink, buttercream yellow).  We always had samples of the Easter candy too, which didn't hurt.  I miss those days.  If I lived closer to the W-S uptown, I'd apply for a part-time job.

I hope that wasn't too boring for you all!  It seems like another "Miscellany" post for me!  :)

Nice Girls

Photo Credit

 After getting home from the gym and the commissary, it was time for a nap, clearly!    I ate my PBJ and hoped my cramps would go away, but alas, no.  In the middle of my nap, I got a blocked call, and it turned out to be my grandma (mom's mom), which isn't atypical of her.

Grandma lives back in California, in the high desert.  She's in her mid-80's, but she's always been an active, go-getter.  My tendency to ramble and my love for antiques comes from her.  I love my grandma because she understands that we're busy and don't often call or visit.  She doesn't hold that against us.  It always makes for a pleasant catch-up call when we do connect with her.

I realized I hadn't told her yet about the Air Force, so I broke out with that news right away.  She was ecstatic, and so excited for me, which didn't come as too much of a surprise.  My grandpa was in the Army, my uncle (her son) was in the Navy, and she's always been very proud of my brother.

Enter her own cute story!  She proceeded to tell me that when she was around the age of 21, she approached her dad about joining the Navy to become a WAVE.  He was in support of it, but when she went to her mother she was told...

nice girls don't do that.

So, my grandma didn't become a WAVE and she followed the "nice girl" path that her mother told her about - marriage and a big family (grandma had five kids).  My grandma wasn't a complete doormat though, and in response she gave the names of five of her mother's friends whose daughters were serving in the WAVES.  Of course, the response was, "well that's different."

Grandma told me she wishes she would've been a WAVE, and is excited that I'm making my life an adventure!  I love having family support and I love the history of service in my family!

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Count Your Blessings: Tricare

Tricare gets a bad rap in the military world.  Whenever you hear milspouses talking about Tricare, it's typically bitching and moaning.  

Friends, let me tell you something.  Tricare sucks...until you don't have it anymore.  Someone cue the Janet Jackson...

While we were on Active Duty, we enjoyed the benefit of having Tricare Prime (and Tricare Prime Remote while he was in Korea).  I never paid a co-pay, I didn't think twice about making a doctor's appointment if it was necessary, I had regular women's and dental exams, etc.  DH and I are pretty healthy people, so I don't tend to need medical care that often, but when I did, Tricare was there.  The only thing I had to supplement was my vision insurance, so that I could get the contacts and glasses that I've been wearing since age 12.  Luckily, vision plans through my work have always been fairly inexpensive (+/- $15 a month).

As a reservist, you lose out on those Tricare benefits.  Sure, we could be covered if DH was medically discharged and had a high percentage rate, but he wasn't (which I'm thankful for).  There is a transition program (TAMP) to help cover you after you end your military service, but no one gives clear information about it.  We were told we couldn't get it, then DH was told that we had it, etc, etc.  So, the entire time when I thought I wasn't covered, I really could've gone to the doctor.

Tricare does offer insurance to reservists, but Prime is no longer an option - it's Tricare Standard or nothing at all!  Standard is the military equivalent of a PPO, as you know, and I really prefer Prime (which is like an HMO).  I don't require a lot of specialized care, so I would much rather go to a general practitioner for free, then to pay co-pays.  So, not only do you not have a choice anymore, but you also have to pay monthly premiums.  Lest I sound like a complete whiny, crybaby, poopy pants, I know that the $197.76 monthly family premium is a lot less than what many civilians pay.  However, when you're essentially a one income family supporting three adults, the cost becomes a concern.  There's not many options either - we can insure DH alone, or insure all of us as a family.  There's no option for a dual military family to get a reduced rate for two service members and a dependent(s).

United Concordia (Tricare's dental provider) has a lot more options for coverage.  You can insure the service member, only one family member, all of the family members, or the service member and all family members.  This works out a lot better for us, since we can opt to insure just DD (dear daughter) right now.  The cost is more expensive for us again - AD families can insure their entire family for the amount that it'll cost us to just insure DD.

Now, I'm not saying that it's not a fair system, or that we should be entitled to the same benefits as active duty families, because I don't believe that to be so.  The assumption being made here is that a reservist has another job that may be covering their insurance and/or bringing in significantly more money than military pay, which isn't true for us, sadly.  I also know we're fortunate to have the option of insurance, as many families do not.

As a dual military family, I'll soon be considered on active duty status when I'm at BMT, which is going to be a great boost to our family income.  I know we're not the first ever dual military family, so you'd think that Tricare and DEERS would have this system figured out already.  Wrong!  When I asked about how our premiums and coverage would work when I began active duty, they said I had to manually switch DD over to my social security number in DEERS in order for her to be covered, as well as switch her to Tricare Prime.  Apparently children can only be covered under one social security number.  Don't ask me why the system can't recognize two military family members and automatically charge at the lower rate of whomever is active at that time.  It's ridiculous, really, since I'm sure I'm not the first person with this issue.  I wasn't originally planning to put DD as a dependent of mine, but I guess I am now.  It makes no sense for us to pay reserve premiums while I'm on active duty.  The whole thing sounds like another logistical nightmare for me to handle prior to my departure.

My own rambling and whining aside, the moral of this story is...

if you're active duty, love thy Tricare'll miss it when it's gone and you're no longer entitled to that benefit - and yes - it IS a benefit.

PS.  I almost forgot!  When we were purchasing said plans yesterday, we received an email from United Concordia, saying our policy was declined and our money refunded, because DD doesn't live in our household.  They told us we needed to update our DEERS.  Uh, now I know we're not the first non-custodial parents on the block!  C'mon, really?  So now DH has to attempt to handle all of this nonsense on Monday.

Sayonara, spring break!

I can't say that this happens regularly, but this Saturday feels like a Sunday.  I'm already dreading the impending return to the grind.  Luckily, it has been a fairly productive day for me.  Sespi and I had a good talk about that earlier...

I'm one of those people who judges my days based on my productivity.  A good day for me balances down time (sleeping in, taking a nap, watching a favorite show, playing on my comp) and getting a lot done.  I was eager for spring break because it meant that I'd have time at home to get something done around the house.  After a full week at work, I don't tend to make a lot of progress on the weekend, which has been been upsetting lately.  I had co-workers that were heading off to exotic vacations, and as much as I lust for one of those, I hate returning from a vacation and plunging headfirst into work.

So, let me do a feel-good list of all of the things that I've accomplished over the break!

  • Got my POAs (Power of Attorney for my non-mil folk out there) for DH and Trinnie (she's my back-up).
  • Created a 46+ slide PowerPoint presentation for DH, with step-by-step instructions on how to pay all of our bills.  Yes, he really does need this.
  • Created a calendar for DH of all of the approximate bill due dates.
  • Revamped the blog.
  • Washed my car.
  • Vacuumed my car and threw out trash and needless items (like those electronic chargers for items I don't own anymore).
  • Re-organized my dresser drawers and hanging clothes.  Put all folded clothes in there proper place, e.g., not on the bedroom floor around my vanity.
  • Eliminated clothing items that don't fit, putting them in a box for my school's clothing drive.  Took box of clothes to school for donation.
  • Cleaned the master bathroom.
  • Tidied up DH's daughter's future room.  I use it for the packaging of sold Etsy items.
  • Found a lesson planning calendar for next year.  Wrote down all of the calendar days, determining how many days I actually have to plan for.  Began writing down plans for first day of school.
  • Finalized packing for BMT, including my important documents folder.  Made photocopies of important documents to keep at home.
  • Picked up prescriptions for glasses and contacts, since this website told me to bring them to BMT with me.
  • Worked out consistently, alternating run days and pushup/sit-up days.  On Monday I start Week 3 of the hundred pushups and two hundred sit-ups programs.
  • Finally purchased Tricare Reserve Select insurance for DH's daughter (actually, the family plan) and United Concordia dental plan for reservists.  [MUCH more on this later!]

Overall, it was a pretty good week for me.  I wish I had more time, as I didn't get as much done for school as I would've liked.  Lesson planning for next year is a daunting task for me, since I don't lesson plan to begin with, let alone for a long time period that's so far out.  I also have two IEPs coming up on Wednesday, on top of CSAP testing (Colorado's state testing) this week.  It should be hectic, to say the least.
I hope everyone's been having a great week and an even better weekend!  Fortunately, we were blessed with great weather this week, aside from some gusty winds!

Friday, March 25, 2011

Milspouse Friday Fill-In #35 + MilSpouse Weekly Roundup #29

This is the first Friday that I haven't looked forward to, because it means the end of my spring break.  That being said, head over to Wifey's to get in on this action!

1.  What is your must have gadget?  submitted by Flying High With My Flyboy  I have too many to choose from!  I love my iPad (1st gen), my Mac Book Pro, my BlackBerry, Apple TV, etc.  Aside from the BB, we're slowly becoming an Apple-dominated household.  I am never without my BlackBerry though, so I guess it makes it my #1 gadget.

2.  How does your adulthood compare to what you imagined it would be like when you were a little kid?  submitted by L to the Third  I don't think I ever thought too much about what my life would be like as an adult.  I did see myself as being a teacher, so that's right on the mark.  I probably saw myself as a homeowner with a family by this point, and I haven't hit either of those milestones.  The rest of it is all new to me - second husband, living in Colorado, joining the military, etc.

3.  What is your favorite chocolate recipe?  submitted by Our First Deployment  I'm leaning towards Magic Cookie Bars!  Just enough chocolate to make it super yummy without being too sweet!  Yum!  It's been a while since I've baked with chocolate, but I own a double boiler for that reason alone!

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4.  How do you deal with military life when it gets to be too much or too hard?  submitted by Combat Boots And Pointe Shoes  You just do, bottom line.  I don't think I've ever hit a "too much" or "too hard" point.  It is what it is.  I have my own life to manage, and I think when DH is doing the military thing, it's easy by our standards.  It's worse to have him not involved with the military life, trust me.  I could go on about that for DAYS!

5.  What piece of advice would you give a new Military spouse facing their first deployment?  submitted by The Albrecht Squad  Don't move home - don't get in that habit.  Stay there, stay strong, and build some independence.  Develop your own, new support system and circle of friends.  Establish goals for the deployment, whether they be educational, vocational, physical/fitness, or personal.  Focus on yourself, and your own personal development.  Volunteer with a favorite charity or with your FRG.  Give the FRG a chance!  What you get out of it is what you put into it.  Remember that your spouse is probably excited about this deployment - don't rob them of those feelings.  It's like a teacher who never gets into their own classroom - that's what soldiers/sailors/marines/airmen/coasties do.  This is what they've been preparing for, this is the whole purpose of their job.  Support them and use this as your time to grow as well.

Head on over Beckie @ Turn for the Nurse to join in on this week's roundup as well!