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Happy birthday to me!

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Yes indeed, today is my birthday!  The big 3-0 to be exact!  This time last year, DH was deployed and I was living in North Carolina.  Noelle went above and beyond in the friend department, by making my birthday super special.  We went out dancing that night and planned for a sleepover.  She had flowers for me, handmade signs around the house, my mom’s Magic Cookie Bars, and sugar cookies!  She even shared my love of some 50 Cent for the occasion!  May I entertain you with my favorite mash-up version?

This year the torch is passed to Trinnie, and I have no doubt that she’ll make me feel loved, as she always does.  As long as the weather doesn’t keep us away, we’re heading to my favorite BBQ joint, and Haley’s joining us too!  It’s going to be a pretty low-key night, which is my preferred plan of attack.  I hate how prices are always inflated on my birthday, so I typically steer clear of nice dinners and events.  After dinner, we’re heading back to Trinnie’s for cupcakes and queso, and getting down with some Wii Michael Jackson Experience and Just Dance 2.  Those games make for an intense workout, let me tell you!  Staying up until midnight isn’t really a priority to me, and it was always bittersweet for me, since it marked the end of my birthday.

I’m hoping the weather clears up a bit tomorrow, I’d hate to be homebound all day because of the snow, although I could finally make that snow angel.  🙂

Thursday 5

Head over to Nicole @ Flip Flops and Combat Boots if you want to participate.  This week’s words are:




Totally Stoked [Didn’t we just do “stoked” last week?]


1.  I am happy that I got to run around and play in the snow today, despite the fact that it spoiled my fondue date with Trinnie.  Definitely not happy about that!  I was really looking forward to a nice, reflective evening over cheese and chocolate.

2.  I am delighted that we got so many chores done today.  All of our Christmas decorations are down, packed, and stored, aside from one box which will hold the lights from the front of our house.  I was even able to put my new tablecloth (50’s pink, turquoise, and purple with pansies and daffodils) on our table.  I even found a new recruiter and have an appointment with her [yay for a female!] this Tuesday.  Did I mention that I even went for a run this morning, and spotted a house I liked in our neighborhood?  A girl can dream!

3.  I am grateful for a loving husband who made me breakfast this morning!  He’s such a snuggler and a lover!

4.  I am totally stoked that tomorrow is my birthday and we’re going out for BBQ with friends!  Yum!  I hope that the weather doesn’t spoil it.

5.  I am thankful for a stocked fridge!  It’s nice to be able to make dinner and have stuff at hand.

#reverb10 Day 30 – Gift

This month, gifts and gift-giving can seem inescapable.  What’s the most memorable gift, tangible or emotional, you received this year? – Holly Root

I’ll do one of each.  I just turned to DH to tell him the prompt and said that I was inclined to put his homecoming as the best gift I received this year.  He said, “Don’t lie, it’s this iPad.”  Yes, that would be my iPad…the one that he gave me…the one that he’s playing on right now.  🙂  He loves the iPad – playing Words With Friends with

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#reverb10 Day 29 – Defining Moment

Describe a defining moment or series of events that has affected your life this year. – Kathryn Fitzmaurice

I think I’ve had so many defining moments this year, and I think most of you have read about them before.  Having DH come home from Afghanistan was a defining moment in my life, because it marked our accomplishment as a couple.  We finished our first, year-long deployment as a married couple.  Part of me hesitates to say this, because I know there are others whose spouses didn’t make it home.  I am thankful and blessed that my husband returned to me safely.

The biggest series of events that has affected our life this year was our plan to get out of active duty and move to Colorado.  This set off a chain of events, including me finding a new job out here, moving out here on my own, DH’s arrival and struggle to find employment, and our continued battle with our finances.  It has affected our daily lifestyle, how we manage our money, and hopefully make smart choices to put ourselves in a better place in the future.  I’m just hoping that future comes sooner rather than later.  🙂  I guess it was a nice wake up call after the fun of deployment money.  It put me back in check, and has me looking at the bigger picture.  I’m hoping we’ll have better fortune in 2011.

#reverb10 Day 28 – Achieve

What’s the thing you most want to achieve next year?  How do you imagine you’ll feel when you get it?  Free?  Happy?  Complete?  Blissful?  Write that feeling down.  Then, brainstorm 10 things you can do, or 10 new thoughts you can think, in order to experience that feeling today. – Tara Sophia Mohr

There are so many things that I want to achieve next year.  Being debt free would be a miracle, so I’m not hoping for that just yet.  Having a baby would be amazing, but I’m pretty pessimistic about that right now.  Let’s work on something tangible, at least by my standards at this point – enlisting in the Air Force and completing basic training.

I imagine that when I am accepted for enlistment and successfully complete basic training that I will feel accomplished and proud.  I will be proud of myself for having accomplished such a feat – a feat that pushed me to be in better shape, physically and mentally, than I have in a while.  I will be proud of the fact that I am serving my country, and that I am one of the few that chose to make that commitment.

10 Things for Today:
1.  Get my lazy ass out of bed.  I’ve been trying to do this since 8 am or so, but DH has been insistent that I stay in bed with him.  This is a departure from our norm.  He used to be the one that “couldn’t stay in bed any longer” and he’d get up and leave me there.  Now, when I tried to leave, he tugs on my arm or my PJs.  He says he lost a lot of sleep while he was trucking and is making up it.  He’s also quite the snuggler and loves curling up with.  I should feel blessed, I know, but I’m also one of those people who gauges her days on how productive she is.  I have a list on my iPad that I’m trying to work through.
2.  Go for a run.  I’ve actually already plotted it out on Google Maps – 1.1 miles from my house, making a loop and returning home.  The PFT standard for the Air Force is 1.5 miles, but I need to start with something manageable, especially since I’m dealing with the altitude here in CO.  Mexico was nice because it was flat and straight, but now I’m tackling small hills and being beyond a mile high.
3.  Convince DH to run with me.  They always say it’s better with a partner!  He challenged Trinnie and I to keep up with him last night. 
4.  Call the local AF Reserve recruiter.  See if there’s a good time to stop into that office this week.  I’m hoping to get a female recruiter, but I’ll take what I can get.
5.  Download an ASVAB ebook test prep.  Obviously, I’m not worried too much about the math portion – it’s the mechanical section that has me concerned.
6.  Look into the ASVAB prep on  [See above]
7.  Drink more water.  I don’t keep soda for me around the house, but I do guzzle the sweet tea like nobody’s business.  I need to start hydrating more.
8.  Go to the bank.  This will help me feel accomplished, as I’m making a substantial payment towards one of our credit cards.  Slowly but surely, my friends.
9.  Take down the Christmas decorations.  This would REALLY make me feel accomplished today!
10.  Meal plan and go to the commissary.  Again, making me feel accomplished.  It would also make me proud, as I’m trying to prepare for an evening when I can invite Sara over for dinner!  I remember how much I appreciated Noelle inviting me over for dinner when DH was deployed, and I’m trying to pay it forward, not to mention make a new [in real life] friend.

Love a good day!

I had to do an update to the my earlier post.  I didn’t get out of bed until really late today.  Did I go for a run?  Well, I attempted one!  I got dressed, left DH in bed, and hit the pavement.  It wasn’t far from my house when the altitude and the incline got to me.  I had to stop running and walk for a bit.  It was pretty ambitious for me to think I was going to go out there and rock a good, non-stop mile like I did in Mexico.  I rallied though, and did a half walk, half run for 11:30.  Did I do a whole mile?  Not sure!  I got lost in my own neighborhood and didn’t end up taking the route I had tried to memorize.  Oops!  Better luck tomorrow (or the next day, if I run every other).  The important think is that I got out there and did something active.

I finally left the house around mid-day.  I went to the bank, as planned, and waited a while because our local Chase just plain sucks.  I’m so thankful that it’s not where we do the majority of our banking.  After you’ve experienced the customer service of USAA, you’ll never settle again.  After that I went, and promptly got lost, on post looking for the MP station so I could get the VIN inspection that Colorado requires for you to title a vehicle here.  A call was made to my dear, sweet Dixie, a co-worker with an MP for a husband.  She’s my go-to girl for when I get lost on post.  Picked up DH’s motorcycle decals at the decal office, then went off to get my VIN inspected.  Wow, I had definitely blown by that place on my way through post.  Luckily, I was in and out of there in minutes, thanks to a really helpful soldier.  I made a point of submitting a positive ICE comment card about him.  Pay it forward, folks!

After leaving post, I hit the DMV.  When was the last time you had a positive DMV experience?  Colorado makes it SO easy, let me tell you!  I didn’t wait at all, the place was virtually empty, and my vehicle was registered for a fraction of the cost that we’d pay in California.  To put it in perspective, we can register four vehicles here for the price of one and a half back home, no lie!  I was anticipating a lot more, so needless to say, we’re going to bang out all of our vehicles this week.  I’m excited about that, as silly as it seems, because it helps us establish our residency here in Colorado.  Everything was so quick and easy that I was able to go home, get the other car, and repeat the entire process.  Rock on!  Tomorrow DH and I will do the motorcycles, since we can go together and get them both done at once.

Oh, and did I mention that I got out of a speeding ticket on the way to the DMV the second time?  Yeah, I was so in the groove with my music and my good day that I didn’t notice the sheriff behind me.  Oops! He pulled me over, asked if I needed a ticket today, and my reply was “I don’t think so.”  He then told me that the correct response was, “No, I don’t.”  He had seen me at the MP station on post and made a comment about it, and my California license plate – score!  I’m so thankful for that, and it’s a nice reminder that I need to leave my California driving back in California.

I may have been rocking out to this song all day, and it’s fitting with the sort of day that I’ve had.  🙂  DH had to run up to Denver for work reasons, so I had him stop by the Best Buy, since they’re the only store near us (which is ridiculous) that has Apple TV in stock.  I had been gearing up to buy this with some Christmas gift cards, but was unsuccessful at our local store.  He brought it home, managed to find a spare HDMI cable, and now he has successfully commandeered it to watch Centurion on our bedroom tv.  If you’re an Apple family, you totally need Apple TV.  This thing is just awesome, with the ability to stream Netflix, YouTube, and anything you have in your iTunes library.  Just watching the CD artwork flip by in your music library is phenomenal on an HDTV.  I’ve lost DH, as you can imagine.  He’s completely sucked in.  You can rent movies and television shows from iTunes as well.

As Ice Cube would say, I didn’t have to use my AK today, and FIL and I were undercharged on our Subway dinner (and the cashier let it go).  Yes, got to say it was a good day.

#reverb10 Day 27 – Ordinary Joy

Our most profound joy is often experienced during ordinary moments.  What was one of your most joyful ordinary moments this year? – Brené Brown

Any military wife will tell you that those sorts of ordinary joys come from having a husband return from deployment.  It’s those little things that bring joy that civilians will never understand – being able to go grocery shopping with your spouse, doing his laundry, making coffee for him in the morning, snuggling up with something other than a body pillow at night, making dinner for someone else, etc.  As much as I bitch and moan about DH and how much work he creates around the house for me, we’re better together.

#reverb10 Day 26 – Soul Food

What did you eat this year that you will never forget?  What went into your mouth & touched your soul? – Elise Marie Collins

BBQ – copius amounts of BBQ, pulled pork in particular.  I’ve eaten it in as many states as possible.  Trinnie turned me on to Rudy’s, which is a Texas-based company.  The “Sissy Sauce” is absolutely to die for.  Is it any surprise that I’m ending this year with more BBQ for my birthday?  It shouldn’t.  Wash it all down with a Sweet Tea and you leave me with happy memories of my year spent in the south at Fort Bragg.  Sweet tea is something I didn’t leave behind when I came out here to CO.  I regularly guzzle down jugs of sweet tea, straight out of my fridge.  We keep it on hand at all times, and luckily the commissary stocks my fave! 

Ok, enough about food.  I could keep going.  If you keep me going, I may change my mind and say Whoopie Pies and Lobster Rolls from Maine, because I still dream of those treats!

#reverb10 Day 25 – Photo – A Present To Yourself

Sift through all the photos of you from the past year. Choose one that best captures you; either who you are, or who you strive to be. Find the shot of you that is worth a thousand words. Share the image, who shot it, where, and what it best reveals about you. – Tracey Clark

This picture is me in a nutshell.  Fun, lively, and always up for a good time – no alcohol needed!  DH took this shot of me at a HOG Open House event, which had carnival games for families.  It was a really well-organized event, and I was thankful that DH was still in the honeymoon phase of redeployment that he was not only willing to come along, but he also worked the cotton candy booth with me!  When the kids had cleared out, I hit the inflatable slide – head first.  I hope this picture shows that I’m a fun-loving individual who takes on life head first.  I also hope it shows you that I don’t take myself too seriously – you can’t in my profession!

Feliz Navidad everyone, I hope it’s been good holiday for you all! I have 6 days left in my twenties!