I haven’t blogged all weekend, and while I considered waiting until Monday to do Miscellany Monday, I just can’t wait! The weekend started off on a downer note, but ended strong!
Month of Memories
We’re in the month-long stretch of difficult memories for DH and I. Just last Friday was the 7th anniversary of his son’s death. DH had a little boy, his pride and joy, who died a month before the age of three of congenital heart defects. He would’ve been 10 this year. Coincidentally, he was born on the same day (not the same year) as Trinnie’s son. We also found out on Friday that Trinnie is expecting baby #2, and we’re ecstatic for her and her husband. DH’s son was also born (same year) a week after my mom died. My mom died at the age of 51, of ovarian cancer, when I was 20 and in my second year of college. It makes for a difficult month between the two of us, although we both handle our grief differently.
Saturday started off as a FAIL whale kind of a morning for me, complete with tears. Most of you know that I struggle with my own fertility challenges, and we all know that when it rains, it pours. The neighbor is pregnant as well. Trinnie’s an amazing best friend though, and she was really concerned about how I’d take it. I know she’s always sensitive to my feelings. Most of my energy is poured into the Air Force right now, as that was my “If I’m Not Pregnant By 30” goal, but having a family is still something I want for my future. What makes me even more sad is that I’m going to miss everything – it’s my first taste of really being a service member – missing out on important life events and moments. I know I would’ve been there in the hospital, by Trinnie’s side, but I’ll be at BMT instead. I know she understands, and she of all people can recognize and respect the sacrifices I’m choosing to make by serving my country, but it still sucks. I’m going to try to throw her an early baby shower, before I leave at the end of May. I was also feeling unproductive Saturday morning and I was unhappy with how my date night turned out on Friday. I had it built up in my head, probably to some unrealistic level, and DH was just exhausted from another week of training. We took my overdressed self to Golden Corral, then back home to watch RED, which was a good movie. I have to say, Bruce Willis looked pretty sexy in it, but you can tell by my husband that I have a thing for shaved heads. 🙂 It really helped to text back and forth with Noelle on Saturday, my little partner in crime, and I can’t wait for her visit in a few weeks.
Oh yes, it’s tax time again! Last year was the first year that I had them done by someone else, since a PCS, working in multiple states, etc, makes for a challenge. This year isn’t much better, but I have a nasty feeling that I’m not going to be able to have them done for free on post, since we’re not active duty. Joy! On a related note, the girl at the commissary today hadn’t seen a pink ID card and she got excited and asked about it. I told her not to get too worked up, it just means less privileges. Give me tan any day! I started doing my taxes through H&R Block (free if you link through Military One Source) and the projected amount (so far) for our federal return is enough to make me positively giddy! I still have to receive/input my W-2 from North Carolina, and that worked to my advantage last year, so I’m hoping I’ll get lucky again. For our first few years together, DH and I really got screwed at tax time, so it’s nice to see good things come our way. This year is going to be no less of a challenge. We’ve got combat pay, me working in NC, me working in CO, DH being a CA resident until mid-year, and both of us becoming Colorado residents. Although I’m sure I’ll want to funnel most of it to bills, the thought of a Nashville getaway over spring break is really tempting. I really want to do a getaway with him before I leave in May. We deserve that time together.
It’s the little things
I got a lot of piddly little tasks done over the weekend. The stuff that adds up, you know what I’m talking about. I cleaned our bathroom. I hand washed two sweaters. I found (and picked up) a dresser for DH off Craigslist for $40. His stuff has been piled up in our bedroom and it was driving me (and him) crazy. I changed all of the Scentsy warmers in my house. I need to keep at these little things, as I want the place to look well-organized for Noelle’s arrival. It always takes a visit to get my ass in gear.
Personal Best Day!
This was totally personal best day! I hit the pavement for a run this morning, with a new app on my iTouch – Run Keeper. It’s designed to be used with the iPhone, as the GPS determines where you’re going, how far you’ve gone, etc. With my iTouch, it mainly kept time for me, and I was happy with that. You can set it to play a playlist on your iPod, which I did, and it interrupts the songs to tell you the time, how far you’ve gone, and your pace. I had a personal best time today! 10 minutes and 50 seconds, with noticeably less walking. I’m getting better and my shins are really feeling it. I also had a personal best at the commissary today! I saved 17% of my total bill, with $25.84 in coupon sales! There was a really great Olay coupon in the paper today – buy one body wash, get a free face lotion. The lotion is a staple of mine, so I went for it. The coupon ended up ringing up as $9.44 off!!
The BIG day!
Tomorrow is the big day! After school, I’m heading on base to swear in to the Air Force Reserve! I know we’re going to do some paperwork as well, but I’m not sure if I’ll see my contract tomorrow. DH, FIL, and Haley are coming to cheer me on and document the event. Expect a complete report and pictures tomorrow evening!
Oh yeah, and one more thing…
I got an email from a professor at a local university. The director of SpEd at my district had recommended me to her. She teaches a math practicum course and was looking for teachers to place her students with. They will come in for 6 – 8 weeks and work with a small group of students, teaching 12 lessons total. I jumped at the chance to have another adult in my room and to help work with my kids that need more one-on-one attention. I’m really excited, as it’s a good sign that I’m moving up to the mentorship level, as student teachers aren’t far off. I just hope I can model good teaching behaviors and best practices, so that I earn the respect of these university students.