Monthly Archives: April 2011

30 Days and a 10K!

First things first,

I leave for BMT in 30 days!

Aiyee!  Tomorrow is also the 1st of May, which means it’s all downhill from here!  Crazy to think that just a few months ago I was taking my enlistment oath and taking up running for the first time.

Secondly, I was buzzing around Facebook yesterday when I saw a posting from

Short shirt = faux belly.  Not cute!  [
Must invest in new running attire!  [
That’s all for now, friends!  My knees are definitely feeling the run today, which is atypical for me, but this was my longest run to date.  I may need to take it easy on Monday.  I came home after the race and took a long nap, which was must-deserved!

Miscellany Monday

Miscellany Monday @ lowercase letters

1.  Today was supposed to be an exciting day for me.  I planned to call up my recruiter and formally request to have my orders soon, since I need them a month in advance for work.  Yeah, that was a big FAIL – got voicemail on both numbers.  I have a feeling they’re on a four-day weekend.  Some rumors are also going around our Facebook group that people aren’t outprocessing until the 31st, and shipping on June 1st, so I’m eager to know if that’s true for me as well.

2.  Thanks to having insurance again, I went in for a lady doctor appointment after school!  I know so many people hate these appointments, but I don’t mind them.  My first pap was at age 17.  I was alone, since my mom felt that taking me in for birth control was condoning my [sexually active] behavior.  I don’t look down on her for this stance, although I don’t think it was the best idea she’s ever had.  It did force me to be responsible though, since I went out and educated myself and made sure I was protected.  After that experience, paps at regular doctor’s offices are no big deal. 

I was in and out in thirty minutes today, and that includes a lengthy discussion about my next steps for conception!  The nurse practitioner that I spoke with let me know that my experience back at Fort Bragg with the reproductive endocrinologist was atypical – they should’ve had us do a sperm analysis first, then an HSG for me, and then Clomid.  The only thing I did at Bragg was Clomid, so you can imagine how smart and effective this was for us.  We need to see if there’s anything wrong with DH first, then see if I have any blockages, and then if we’re both ok, we’ll proceed.  I cam home with a “doggy bag” for DH with a specimen cup – you can imagine how excited he was!  He did seem willing, although he tried to tell me I was going to have to return the specimen to them.  🙂  We won’t proceed with anything of this nature until I return from tech school, and even then, I would like to make sure we’re both gainfully employed full-time.

3.  Day two of DH’s favorite foods is going well!  I did flounder tonight, breaded in cornmeal and lemon pepper.  It was a hit and he was a happy camper.  My slow cooker chicken tortilla soup for tomorrow is already prepared and ready to go in the fridge.  I love a good slow cooker meal, and it’s a perfect night for it, since I have a softball game tomorrow.  The game is going to be a tough one!  It’s against the middle school on post, and their staff is undefeated as well.  Someone’s going to have a tarnished record after tomorrow night.  Hopefully we can deliver!

4.  It was a helluva Monday, let me tell you!  Definitely not a fun Monday, like last week.  Little drama here, little student running the door into my bum wrist there, etc.  The weekends just don’t come fast enough these days.  I keep trying to convince Haywee that the Springs Cupcake Truck needs to deliver gluten-free nummies to our school, but they don’t deliver down to our area – boo!  Haywee gave up dessert for Lent, so it’s definitely time to make up for what she’s missed!  On a positive note, she pointed out that we only have four Mondays left in this school year!

5.  Ok, it’s time for me to step away from the computer.  I have a boatload of pushups and situps to do before everyone in my May Shippers group gets on oovoo for the night!  

Faith, Family, and Festivities

Today’s been a day of reflection for me.  Easter posts surround me, both in my blog reader and on my Facebook feed.  I’m at a point in my life where it holds more nostalgia than anything else for me.  There’s been a few things running through my mind:

1.  DH is an atheist who proclaims that he “hates” holidays.  He doesn’t have much of an explanation as to why he hates holidays, but I can only assume it’s because he had a horrible childhood growing up.  When I say horrible, I mean wouldn’t-wish-it-on-my-worst-enemy horrible.  Couple that with the loss of his son just before he turned three, and I can understand why child-geared holidays become meaningless.

2.  Easter is getting a little ridiculous, in the same vein of Christmas.  I read a Facebook status update where the family’s kids were going to wake up to bikes, a guitar stand, a guitar tuner, and pounds of candy.  WTFBBQ?!  Extravagant gifts now?  How do people afford to maintain this sort of thing?  I’ll bet their tooth fairy hands out twenties.  We used to get a basket of candy, and maybe a small non-candy item of sorts.  Nothing crazy though – maybe a t-shirt.  I was even a little surprised by all of the booty that Trinnie’s son and nephew were going to be receiving (and candy for a 4 and 6 year-old), although it was nowhere near the gifts mentioned above.

3.  It should be a little telling that I was most concerned yesterday about whether or not Easter would affect the hours of operation at the physical fitness center.  I had a great workout today.  I skipped my run on Friday and promised myself that I’d run both days this weekend.  I did two of my old routes without stopping and did both at a sub-ten pace.  I did that exhaustion test for my sit-ups and pushups and performed adequately.  I had a good, hard workout at the gym today and felt satisfied with my upper body work.  The shoulder press is still my most dreaded machine.

4.  Great part about the holiday is that both the gym and the commissary were empty!  No waiting for anything, and I was wandering around by myself most of the time!  The commissary was stocked too, which was refreshing, and I finally located the pizza sauce – score one for Erin!  I had some great coupons this week and picked up some nice deals in the process, including a huge Nivea Touch of Happiness body wash for free – they paid ME a penny!  Walgreens had Sinful Colors nail polish for 99 cents, and that always makes for a happy day.  I also got to use a great coupon on those new Purex Crystals – we’ll see how they work.

5.  Back to DH.  As my husband and an atheist, I am influenced, inspired, and sensitive of him and his beliefs.  I think he’s more of a humanist than anything else, as he adheres strongly to his Marine Corps value of integrity – “Doing what’s right all the time, even when no one is around.”  While I still believe in God, my faith and religion plays a much smaller role in my life than it used to.  I find myself feeling more connected to my atheist bloggy friends than those who have strong Christian beliefs and values.

6.  It was also a day of disenchantment with family – not immediate, but extended.  Thank you Facebook for pointing out the fact that a cousin of mine was in town, didn’t call, and then went out to dinner with the rest of my family.  I felt like reminding her, “I’m family too.”  I know phones work both ways, but I live a few blocks away and don’t hear anything from these folks.  It reminds me of the fact that I grew up three blocks from my mom’s brother and we never saw him.  I drove by today and it looked like they were all at the house too.  It saddens me, because I know that if my aunt were still alive, she wouldn’t have forgotten about me.  I’ve had more offers from friends (Haywee, Trinnie) than I have my family this week.  Haywee bent over backward at work this week, to invite people to dinner tonight who might otherwise be on their own.  Trinnie reminded me that blood doesn’t necessarily make family.  I’ve had more “family dinners” at her house than at my own family’s.

7.  Onto the festivities – let birthday extravaganza week begin!  I’m joking of course.  Like I mentioned, DH hates holidays, and couldn’t care less about his own birthday.  I try to make the day special and reflect his wishes as best as I can, which is difficult.  He didn’t want a cake, but I talked him into letting me make him oatmeal raisin cookies (his favorite).  I also planned for his favorite meals every day this week.  He loves my Mexican food, so I’m dishing that up at least two nights this week.  Trinnie offered to take us out on Friday (DH’s actual birthday), and it’ll be nice to have a good double date (plus Vinny) with them.  DH also got a really nice massage last night, which is a special treat around this house, since I’m usually too tired by the end of the day.

So, that was my day.  A little up, a little down.  Thirty-six days until I leave for BMT.  The excitement in palpable in my May Shippers Facebook group.  The May 3rd crowd leaves in a week, and you can imagine how they’re feeling right now!

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday or weekend!

Things Students Say Thursday #9

1.  We were doing a station activity in our co-taught math class today, and afterward the students were stapling their papers together.  One of my favorite students (I’m going to be really bummed out when he PCSes) was standing a foot away from me, getting his work together, when he says,


“I’m the first mother f#&king person done!”


It completely slipped out of his mouth and he was mortified afterward, but it was too funny of an outburst to make me mad at him.

2.  Randomly, during that same class period, another student interrupted the activity to ask me,

“Mrs. C, what’s a panini?”

I informed him that it was a sandwich.  It was amusing in its randomness.

3.  Monday started off amazingly, which was quite the surprise!  I received this note from one of my favorite students, who thought of me over the weekend.  Yes, this thing is totally frame-worthy!

Hope you are all having a great week!

Things Students Say Thursday #9

Last week must have been a busy week for all of us, since I was the only one who participated.  No matter, on we go!

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, substitute) 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.