Monday, October 31, 2011

Miscellany Monday

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1.  My neck is killing me today.  I slept on it wrong a few weeks ago, and now it's back with a vengence.  If it keeps it up, I may be heading to the chiropractor or something [I've never been].  This is painful and I have a physical this weekend at UTA.  I don't need to appear broken for the Air Force, thanks.  A massage would be amazing right now, and if I hadn't planned to lecture today, that would've been awesome too. 

2.  The faster this week goes by, the better.  Trinnie and I are going to see The Bellamy Brothers on Friday at the same club where we saw Ronnie Milsap last year.  If you recognize these names, come sit next to me, because you've just earned some cool points!
  3.  The morning after that show, I'll be up bright and early for UTA!  I'm actually pretty eager for drill weekends.  It's nice to get out of my usual element and do something different for a change.  It's going to be a weird UTA though, as we've had some budget concerns so some people are only drilling half the weekend.  I'm fortunate that I've got CDCs to do, so I get to work the entire thing.  Yay me!  Bring on my DFAC food!
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4.  I've been thinking more and more about MTI school, even though it's a long ways off.  Perhaps many folks have this initial urge to be an MTI when they're fresh out of training, but I do believe I could do it.  It's a natural extension for me as a teacher.  I have to have three years of total service in the Air Force before I can put in my packet.  Understandably, this means a PCS to San Antonio and me leaving the teaching profession for at least 4 years.  By the time this finally happens (if it happens), I'll have been teaching for 9, almost 10 years.  If I had that much active duty time under my belt, I could work on my Ph.D. and not pay out of pocket (via the G.I. Bill).  Only time will tell, but we'll see what happens.  In the meantime, I'll knifehand the children.  ;)

5.  I was denied split orders for my seasoning training, which was a bummer for me.  I had hoped to do some on-the-job training [for the AF] over Thanksgiving break, winter break, spring break, and then into summer.  Sadly, they're telling me I can't separate them and do them all in one shot, which means I have to wait until the summer.  As a result, I won't get as many days.  The plus side is that I can actually enjoy all of those vacations, rather than working straight through them.  I could've used that money, but what can you do?  I'm at the mercy of The Powers That Be.  In the meantime, I'll work on powering out my CDCs.     

Friday, October 28, 2011

MilSpouse Friday Fill-In #63

Head over to Wifey's to get in on the action!

1.  The best part of October was the Keith Urban/Jake Owen concert I went to with DD.  One of the best concerts I've ever been to, hands down.

2.  The worst part of October was pretty much the rest of the month.  This year can't end fast enough.

3.  For Halloween, I'll be passing out candy.  I'm not into Halloween, never have been.  I am not one for dressing up - we've all seen the ready-made female costumes.  Pass.  I've worn my vintage western wear to the last two events that I've gone to, and when I was back at Bragg, I went as a cholo.  You can imagine the looks I got for that one.  Straight out of the LBC, friends!

4.  I hope that in November things settle down.  I would like to settle into a groove at home and at work.  I'd like to stress less about money, I'd like to enjoy life more.  I'd like to utilize my Thanksgiving break to be produtive and also get some relaxation time in.  I'm also hoping to sell my bike sooner rather than later, but I know it's going to be tough in wintertime.

5.  Wifey has posted MilSpouse Secret Santa.  I will not be participating.  Sadly, our finances are so strapped that I'm not even able to buy presents for family, let alone bloggy friends.  I'll be glad to get back to a place in my life where I can treat those around me.   

Thursday, October 27, 2011

It's OK Thursday


Breathe in, breathe out.  It's ok:
  • To have a worse attention span than the students.
  • To let your 6th period get away with more than the average class because there's only [max] four of them on any given day.  They're productive, reward them.
  • To stress eat your way through some Halloween candy.  They're not large bags and they're fat-free candies.  Well, the Sour Patch Kids and the Swedish Fish are.
  • To want to call out sick when you don't get enough sleep the night before.  Still came into work - power it out!
  • To worry that I've taken too many days off from my CDCs.  I want to do well, I want to advance quickly.  I need things to smooth out so I can re-focus my attention back on my advancement.
  • To miss my friends from BMT and Tech school.  Many of them are still there, working away at their training.
  • To be eager for UTA (drill weekend).  I enjoy putting my training to practice and I found out that I'm going to be able to work on my CDCs through the weekend, rather than have to work a half-UTA because of budget cuts.  It feels like it's been forever since October's UTA.  Give me my DFAC food and let me talk Personnel-speak!
  • To use coupons for pizza at the grocery store for a quick dinner.  Last night's Palermo (?) pizza was really good and only cost us $3 and change!

What's YOUR song? Thursday #36


Woosah, Erin, woosah. It's that kind of day. Head over to Goodnight Moon to see how everyone else's days are going.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Thank You

In regards to my last post, thank you.  Thank you for your support and love, but I've had to remove the previous post because my DH received a phone call this morning about it.  No need to explain, I already know how it happened.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Love from Megan

Megan at City Girl, Country Heart lovingly bestowed me with this award - thanks Megan!  I know I'm not nearly as active on here anymore, but I appreciate you hanging in there!



The Liebster Blog Award is given to up and coming bloggers who have less than 200 followers. Liebster is a German word meaning dear, sweet, kind, nice, good, beloved, lovely, kindly, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome. 

To keep this award going and pass it along to other new deserving blogs, the recipient must now recognize five other bloggers with less than 200 followers that have really stood out in the crowd.

The rules for the Liebster Award are:
1. Thank the giver and link back to the blogger who gave it to you.
2. Reveal your top five picks and let them know by leaving a comment on their blog.
3. Copy and paste the award on your blog.
4. Have faith that your followers will spread the love too!



My honorees are:


1.  Erinn @ As it were or even if it weren't
2.  Janna Renee @ Come Have a Slice of P.I.E.
3.  Mrs. H @ Married to the Job
4.  Ashley @ Wookie & Co.
5.  Michelle @ ~A'etonu Family Adventures~

Thursday, October 20, 2011

What's YOUR song? Thursday


Head over to Goodnight Moon to link up with your song.  Hopefully yours isn't as depressing as mine, but at least mine is a good power ballad to rock out to in the car.  One of the most telling lines in this song is, "And like a fool who will never see the truth, I keep thinking something's gonna change."

This has been a rough 24 hours, and it's not going to get any easier before it gets better.  I'm doing my best to hang in there, and trying to get stuff done for work.  No one wants to think of themselves as giving up, but there comes a point.  It's hard to feel strong during times like these.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Musing Offline

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Hey friends - anyone still out there?  I know it's tough to hang in there, especially when I haven't even shared my stories from BMT or tech school.  I've been home for a month now, although it seems like it's been a lot longer.

Being home hasn't been easy, as I've been trying to readjust to my civilian life, getting started back at school, re-establishing a routine with DH, etc.  Summer was a great escape for me, but when I came back I had to face everything I left behind.  I had changed, but not much around here has.

I'm put in a position where I've been re-evaluating my life, my choices, and my goals.  It's not always the easiest position to be in, but I'm sure you all have been there.  I may pop in and out of here, but I don't know how often I'll be posting.  It's hard to even find the motivation to read blogs, let alone write them.  I have so much to say, but there's so much I can't say.  In the meantime, any positive thoughts, prayers, etc, are appreciated!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Thursday's A'-comin'!


I'm having one of those days when only Sugarland will do.  Jennifer Nettles is a powerhouse, no doubt about it.  I'm dying to see them live again soon.  My only experience has been at the Stagecoach Festival, back before I could truly appreciate their musical genius.

This is such a wonderful, honest song about the realities of love and life.  It fits right now.  Heavy sigh, seriously folks.  When you're down, you're down.  I'm not out yet, but we're definitely down.  Money is the number one fight amongst married folk for a reason, and while we're not fighting right now, it's a huge stressor that affects every bit of our lives and marriage.

I hate feeling like we not living right now, we're not enjoying life because of it.  There's so much I want to do, and so much of it requires funds we don't have.  We've been living in the area I've always wanted to live in, but we can't take advantage of everything that it has to offer.  It's like being back home again, after my mom died - empty - without my Aunt Trisha around.  She's one of those people, like my mom, that I can't help but think things would be better if she were around.  I'm off on a tangent, I know, but the stress, the sadness, just takes me back to places of grief.  It's not the same around here.

For once, I want to reach out a hand and have someone grab me and pull me up - in life, in love, etc.  Running away for the summer was only a temporary blessing.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Miscellany Monday

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Everyone still hanging in there?  It's been a while since I've done one of these.  I know, I know, I owe you stories from BMT and tech school, but there's so much to say and not enough time and motivation to tell you about it.  It'll come in due time, I promise. 

This was my first weekend in the "Operational Air Force," my first UTA ("Unit Training Assembly").  In layman's terms, it was drill weekend for me as a Reservist.  Just a quick catch up for non-mil folks or those not familiar with how the Reserve works.  I do my normal weekday job and one weekend a month I do my Air Force thing, with an additional two week commitment during the year.  There are more opportunities for me to do training, but I'll explain those later.  Of course, deployments are always a possibility.  Miscellany Monday about my AF experience!

1.  Saturday I showed up around 0630 or so, for a 0700 meeting.  In the AF, you always have to be 15 minutes early.  I met up with my friend W, who's my girl!  She and I left for BMT together, were in the same flight together, and now we're back in the same wing.  We may not necessarily see each other at UTA much, but it's good to know that she's there.  We had a good group of folks in-processing with us, including quite a few prior-service folks.  There was a Sailor, a Marine, and a Soldier in our group, as well as a few active duty folks.  We take all kinds!

2.  Taking a "First Day of School" style picture?  You better believe I did!  Looking bright and cheery, even at 0545 in the morning!  Just as I'd heard from everyone, the dress and appearance standards tend to go out the window when you hit the real Air Force.  I made an effort to look squared away, but I saw enough faux pas to give my MTI a heart attack.  Females truly are the worst when it comes to dress and appearance too.  [Yes, I used the word "females" - it's a BMT thing.]  In our Commander's Call our First Sergeant addressed "the new" AFI 36-2903 [the manual on Dress and Appearance standards].  Um, really?  Not new folks, it's been in place since mid-August.  Then again, you're talking to me and I was not only reading it for fun during Personnel school, I have the AFI on my iPad for quick reference.  Yes, I'm that big of a nerd.

3.  I was more than excited to be eating at the DFAC again.  Three free meals a day, with just a swipe of my CAC [military ID] card?  Game on!  I ate tech school style on Saturday too - my tray was loaded down.  So much for portion control!

4.  I finally got access to my Career Development Courses (CDCs) online.  That's one of the next big steps in my training, and a big hurdle on the way to my next promotion.  My supervisor is very proactive and encouraging when it comes to our career development and promotions.  I think it's going to be a great environment for upward mobility.  My unit is largely high ranking individuals, both enlisted and officer, due to the fact that I work with a bunch of pilots.  Many of them are commercial airline pilots as well, which is pretty awesome.  When do I get to go for a ride?!

5.  I went to training on Sunday for a few hours with the rest of the personnelists in our wing.  It was as though tech school threw up in my ears.  I heard every acronym in the books, and they don't pause to explain them.  Back in my office there were high expectations for me as well.  Regardless of the fact that I'm fresh out of tech school, there will be no handholding by my supervisor.  I'm in a 7 level slot [AF skill levels for jobs are 1 (brand new to the AF), 3 (graduated from tech), 5 (after you finish CDCs), 7 (after more training), and 9 (you're the superintendent)] and I got the impression that they most definitely expect me to perform at that level.

Ok, enough blogging for now, I'm supposed to be working on my CDCs - reading more about personnel, answering questions, etc.  I have a lofty goal right now of being done with these in a couple of months, not a full year.