Monthly Archives: October 2010

Versatile Blogger Award

My first blog award!  I’m touched!  The Versatile Blogger Award was bestowed on me today, thanks to Florida Girl at

1. Thank and link back to who gave you the award.
2. Share 7 things about yourself.
3. Pass it along to blogs you’ve recently discovered and enjoyed.
4. Leave the recipients a note telling them about the award.

7 Things About Myself
*I have a good amount in common with my award giver, which is why I enjoy reading her blog!  She’s around my same age and she got married a month before DH and I did.  She just started her family this year, and I’m hoping to do the same!
*All of the hanging clothes in my closet are organized in color order.  I even have DH doing it because he’s used to my system.  Bwah ha ha!
*I have a ridiculous amount of kitchenware, thanks to an old obsession with vintage 50’s stuff and an old part-time job at Williams-Sonoma.  It took one mover 6 hours to pack up my entire kitchen.
*I could spend 30+ minutes doing my makeup but have no patience for my hair.  I don’t want to bother drying it all.  I suck at styling and don’t bother.
*I waitressed for 9 years at a 50’s/60’s surf diner and worked at Jamba Juice for 4 years.  I can make you a milkshake or a smoothie, no problem.  I could even make you an egg cream, if’n you liked!
*As a child, I was mediocre at a lot of things, rather than being really good at one thing.  I dabbled in it all – Girl Scouts, little league baseball, tap, jazz, water polo, softball, choir, soccer, etc.
*I’ve always been pretty good at handicrafts.  My mom taught me to sew and my machine was the last gift she ever gave me.  I have a you-know-what ton of vintage 30’s/40’s/50’s patterns that I can’t part with, as well as fabric, despite the fact that I haven’t sat down to sew in a long time.

My Award Winners
Steph @ Watching Airplanes – Steph is going through the same stuff I am right now, namely a DH who just went from active duty to reserves.  Looking forward to reading about her experience with the transition!

Holly @ Life as a Navy Wife & Everything Else – Holly’s another milspouse struggling with fertility issues.  She’s also very outspoken, which is a characteristic I can relate to and appreciate!

Meagan @ Adapting to Change – Meagan’s another milspouse teacher and I like meeting others like me.  🙂

Happy Halloween!

Super HOOAH pumpkin!

I can’t take credit for that beyond fabulous pumpkin above, but I can wish you and yours a Happy Halloween!  This is the first Halloween that DH and I have been together since we’ve been married.  He’s here reminding me that we have spent the holiday together, but that was back when we were just dating.  I’m not a huge Halloween person, but I do enjoy passing out candy, carving pumpkins, and watching some Charlie Brown!  I hope you’re enjoying the fun festivities of the season!

This one I actually DID do!

God & Country…& Twitter!

I don’t think I’ve talked about it too much on here, but I’m a huge country music fan!  I love going to concerts, I love going out to country bars (that’s where I met DH) and getting my two-step/linedance/waltz/east coast swing/west coast swing on!  So, when I heard that

I never understood the appeal of Twitter until I started my account.  It’s not as simple as a bunch of Facebook-style status updates, you really do get to interact with friends, family, as well as companies, celebrities, and musicians.  I’ve been lucky enough to have some recognizable names tweet me and/or follow, which is a killer feeling!  I remember being ridiculously excited when Darryl tweeted me for the first time.

I’d been saying for a while now that I’d make a sign for this concert, with references to Twitter.  I snagged some butcher paper from school, and immediately after the M&G I went home and made this sign.  All of the letters were cut out (freehand) with scissors.  I had to work fast, as I didn’t have a lot of time.  I also couldn’t fit his entire Twitter name (

I was really happy with how my sign turned out and trotted off to the concert, ready to go!  I took a picture of my sign and Darryl even replied to it!  I think I got three or so tweets from him before the concert even started.  Cloud Nine!  When he hit the stage, I made sure to throw that puppy up and I saw him see me and point at it!  After the first song, he invited the crowd to come up to the stage, thankfully! The chairs in the theater were abnormally narrow and uncomfortable.  They weren’t designed for concerts and I felt really passive just sitting there and not being able to move around.  When I went up against the stage, I was able to put my sign right up there so he could see it.

The best part of the evening came when Darryl picked up my sign, acknowledged how cool it was, and then proceeded to ask me if I wanted him to sign it, as well as paused so that I could take a picture (for Twitter, naturally).  AWESOME!

If you’re not familiar with Darryl’s music, do check it out!  This man is a huge supporter of the military and military families.  He frequently goes on USO tours to Iraq and Afghanistan, and he writes songs that speak to the military community and our experiences.  He is currently offering all military families a free download of his new song Unsung Heroes, which recognizes the spouses and families left behind.  It’s really well done and he doesn’t leave out those male military spouses either!

Thank you Darryl Worley, for a most memorable evening!  The only way it could’ve been better is if I were able to two-step in that theater with my DH!  <3

Day 22 – Something You Wish You Hadn’t Done In Your Life.

This may as well have been called “What regrets do you have?” and I’m not a big fan of regrets.  Every decision I’ve made, both good and bad, have lead me to where I am today.  My life may not be perfect, but I’m happy with where I’m at and where I’ve ended up.

Every negative experience that I can think of (drank less my first year of college, saved more/spent less when I was younger, appreciated my first home purchase) has helped shape me into the woman/adult I am today.  I have much better bearings and a better understanding of what I want to do and how I want to treat the rest of my life and the opportunities that come along with it.  Wish me luck!

Day 21 – (scenario) Your best friend is in a car accident…

…and you two got into a fight an hour before. What do you do?

I’d do what any good friend would do…rush to the hospital, sobbing all the way, and apologizing profusely and blaming it on myself.  Then sit by her side as much as I could, praying to God that she’d be ok.

Trinnie and I really don’t fight, fortunately!  Gotta love those 10+ years of friendship!  They make for quality folks!

MilSpouse Friday Fill-In #19

Head on over to Wife of a Sailor to jump on board the Friday train!  Choo choo!

1.  What’s the nicest thing a stranger has ever done for you?  That’s a really good question, actually.  A situation springs to mind from this summer.  My car was having transmission issues, so I stopped at local truck stop/gas station.  I picked up a funnel and a bottle of transmission fluid, but I didn’t know what I was doing.  Luckily, a man came out of nowhere and checked my fluids for me, then disappeared as quickly as he’d arrived.

2.  If you are having a hard time going to sleep, what do you do to help yourself?  *giggles*  Well, if I have a hard time falling asleep because I keep hearing noises or I’m freaking myself out, I turn on our “sounds” alarm clock to the crashing ocean waves.  It’s a good source of while noise for me, as it reminds me of holidays in Mexico where you can sleep with the French doors wide open.

3.  Name something that makes you wish you were a kid again.  Bills.  Yes, I could definitely do without them.  Oh, to be back in the days where my cares consisted of school and my playtime, nothing else!  I could really go for that right now!

4.  What is something you never believed in until you experienced it?  I’m inclined to say falling in love, as I’d never really experienced it until I met DH.  <3

5.  What can’t you say “no” to?  New MAC pigments in warm tones, chartreuse and coral anything, and fondue!

Day 20 – Your Views on Drugs and Alcohol

“How can you be in education if you don’t imbibe?”

That’s what I got asked two days ago, no lie.  It was said in fun, but it’s true.  Teachers are some of the bigger drinkers out there.  I knew of a pub crawl that was conducted by and for teachers after the last day of school, complete with a “class schedule” and “tardies” if you showed up “class” late.

As for me, I did my fair share of drinking when I was younger, definitely when I was in college.  It wasn’t until 2006 that I made the conscious decision to stop drinking.  Completely.  When I tell people that I don’t drink, they either assume I’m either a recovering alcoholic or that I had something traumatic happen to me, but neither is true.  I chose not to drink for a few reasons.  When DH and I first got together, we were flat broke [gee, I can’t relate to that right now].  We would go to the local country bar and run up a $60ish tab, between ourselves and rounds for friends.  That just didn’t make sense to me when we had other bills for the same amount.  Drinking gets expensive!  If I’m going to blow $60, I’d rather have it be on makeup, or something tangible.  I also stopped drinking because I wanted to ensure that I was always in control of myself and my situation – what I was saying, what I was doing, and what was being done to me.  DH was working out of state then, although not yet in the military, and I wanted to make sure that I was always safe.  I also never wanted DH to wonder if something shady might be going on if I were drinking and socializing with male friends.  It was easier to eliminate the drinking element that way it would never be questioned.  DH drinks less now that I don’t drink at all, and I prefer it that way.  I was incorrect when I calculated it earlier, but I’m up to five years of sobriety!  It’s been such a long streak so far, I don’t dare want to break it!  I’m on a roll!  I don’t miss it either.  If you want to drink, please, be my guest!  Just do so responsibly and make arrangements so that you can be safe.

When it comes to drugs, I’m pretty narrow-minded, so if your attitude is pretty lax about that sort of thing, you probably won’t agree with me.  I’ve never done any sort of drug – never.  It never seemed worthwhile to me.  Frankly, I think if you’re out of high school and still doing pot, you’re a loser.  I think I could make exceptions for medicinal marijuana, but only in terminal or severe cases.  As for any other illegal drugs, no way.  I don’t agree with using/abusing drugs and I am judgmental towards people who choose to do so.

Thursday 5

I had forgotten about this meme until I saw it on Taryn’s page.  Five words to use in sentences describing my week, courtesy of Mrs. Gambizzle.  This week’s words are:


1.  I haven’t been feeling too giggly this week.  I’ve been exhausted, worrisome, and stretched thin.  I’m trying to think of something that’s made my giggle, and I’m coming up blank.
2.  Colorado has brought us cold, snuggly weather this week!  There’s a chill in the morning that just makes you want to stay in bed.  I don’t know if I’m prepared for this!  I’m going to have to get more winter gear soon – hats, mitten, scarves, etc.
3.  I’m thankful for the fact that my FIL lives with us now, as he’s been a big help during this time of financial difficulty.  I’m also thankful for new opportunities.  I’ve recently taken on an additional tutoring job through school to bring in some extra income.  It couldn’t have come at better time.
4.  I’m excited that the weekend is almost here.  It’s been a busy week full of meetings and late nights.  I’m ready for some down time.  There’s also a Darryl Worley concert on post I’m looking forward to going to!  Not to mention passing out candy – it’ll be good to get rid of it since I’ve been eating a ton of it at home.
5.  I was filled with glee earlier this week when I heard of more opportunities for DH to do training and receive active duty pay.  I only hope our bonus arrives sooner rather than later!

Day 19 – What do you think of religion? Or what do you think of politics?

“What do you think of religion?” is a pretty broad question.  I was raised United Methodist and came from the kind of family who dressed up for church every Sunday.  As a kid, I got excited on those rare Sundays when we didn’t go to church, since it meant I could sleep in.  I participated in summer church camps (as a camper and a counselor), church choir, and youth group every so often.  I was even a Youth Director at one point.  I didn’t fully embrace my faith until I was in college, when I connected with a group on campus that challenged my beliefs and my spirituality and pushed me further than I’d been before.  Unfortunately, the leader of that group left after my first year, and I took that a little hard.  After that my focus from the group was gone.  My then boyfriend/fiance/husband didn’t come from a religious family and I didn’t want to push my beliefs on him.  Church slowly faded from my life, and I was ok with that.  I had always felt that if I was doing it out of a feeling of obligation, I should step back and then come back when I was ready and willing.

Fast forward to the beginning of my life with DH back in 2005.
DH was raised as Catholic, but identifies as an Atheist.  While that may be off-putting to some, it has been such a learning experience to me.  I’ve grown so much more tolerant and sensitive of the beliefs of others, and I credit that to him.  I find myself thinking about how uncomfortable people who aren’t Christian must feel when in situations when assumptions are made about the beliefs of the crowd.  For example, at one of my jobs the leadership distributed religious Christmas cards at holiday time, complete with a CD of traditional, religious carols.  I was a little flabbergasted, to say the least.

As for what I think of politics, I am a big believer in the motto, “If you aren’t part of the solution, you’re part of the problem.”  I don’t believe you should whine about what’s happening in our country, our society, if you make the choice not to participate in the process for change.  I’m not as active as I’d like to be (or I used to be), but I try to make educated decisions about my voting choices.  I do consult with the recommendations of groups that I belong to or subscribe to the same beliefs, such as educational associations, my political party, and organizations that promote  equality for women and members of the LGBT community.  Ultimately, I try to do my best when I make my decisions.  I’m not prepared for the upcoming election day, but I’ve saved information so I can read up on the candidates.