Monthly Archives: May 2011

Oh USO, how I love thee!

The USO is the only way to go for a military member traveling via air.  Ebony and I arrived here in Dallas earlier than expected, which worked out well, since we took the tram to damn near every terminal in the airport, thanks to misinformation.  Luckily, we finally arrived at the USO.  It’s about the same size as Charlotte – smaller, but accommodating, and two floors!  We enjoyed a nice piece of pizza, Fritos, water, and a box of Samoas!  I forgot that they gave you a whole box, so I passed on the Thin Mints and Tagalongs that I also wanted. 

I read magazines all the way here, even though I’m sure I should’ve been sleeping.  We have a short flight to San Antonio, where the TIs meet us and pretend to be nice while we’re in the airport.  Once we’re on the hour-long bus ride, the politeness stops.

Ok, gotta run!  Not sure when I’ll be able to update again! 

Just when you thought I was gone!

Battle buddy Ebony and I!
We reported this morning at 0700.  After getting to bed at 0015, the 0500 wake-up call was painful.  Totally my fault, I was running around at the last minute making sure everything was finalized for today.  We did paperwork for three hours, with lots of (surprise, surprise) waiting around.  We filled out our direct deposit papers, made sure everything was good with SGLI (life insurance), separation pay, housing allowance, etc.  We moved over to another building to do height/weight again and I came in at 167.2 pounds!  That’s the lowest I’ve been in a long time, even with all of the eating this week!

We came home for a bit, ran some errands, and we leave late this afternoon.  Gotta run, I’ll update when I can!

The Numbers

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12,400 calories burned while running at working out at the gym (since I got my Garmin).
2090 sit-ups (not including exhaustion tests or the sit-ups I did when I was working at the higher rate).
1696 pushups (not including at least three exhaustion tests).
120 days in the Delayed Entry Program (from enlistment until ship date).
71.25 miles ran.

All leading up to this day.  I’m 9.5 hours away from in-processing at Peterson AFB, from finding out my flight times, and from crossing into the blue!  That being said, I need to hurry up and get to bed!  I’ll try to update tomorrow!

Music on Memorial Day

GAC posted this Top 20 list earlier today, of songs and videos honoring our troops.  Sespi and I pointed out a number of quality songs that slipped their minds, including Tim McGraw’s “If You’re Reading This,” which is flabbergasting.  Two of my favorite military-inspired songs that they missed are Craig Morgan’s “Paradise” and Kory Brunson Band’s “We Know You’re Out There.”  Enjoy, and remember our fallen heroes as you meditate on the lyrics.

Hundred Pushups

I hesitate to post and brag about this accomplishment, because I didn’t do them without pausing, and I wasn’t even pausing in the appropriate/approved “downward dog” position.  I was about to go off to BMT without ever taking the final challenge for this program, and that didn’t seem right.  I’m pretty goal-oriented when it comes to the big things (and not, for example, like reading books) – if I start something, I want to finish it.

During this challenge, I was start to peter out, start to walk away, and the get back to it.  I haven’t been doing much this week, in terms of working out.  I ran Monday and Wednesday, did my usual off-day on Friday, and didn’t do anything over the weekend.  In all fairness, I don’t want to injure myself this late in the game, and I also wanted to spend my last few hours with family.  I’ll be working out soon enough, that’s for sure!

If you’re looking for a workout challenge, definitely try this program.  I accomplished far more than I thought I’d be able to.  As a result, when I read about the top female PT score consisting of 48 pushups, I think to myself, “Eh, that’s not that bad, I could do that!”

Off to enjoy my cranberry and orange scones on this last breakfast at home!

What I’ll be thinking, come Tuesday…

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Yes, it was a short summer, Mrs. C.  I have two days “off” before I leave for BMT (Sunday and Monday), and even then, I know I’ll be finalizing things around the house.

DH’s daughter is graduating high school soon, and if everything goes in our favor (and her desire), she’ll be coming to live with us.  She already has a furnished room at our place, so I’ve been working on making it “move-in ready” this week.  We’ve cleaned her room, cleared out the closet (and managed to put all of that junk in the guest bedroom closet), and I cleaned out her bathroom last night (in 25 minutes!).  Kind of crazy to think that I’m going to come home from BMT and have a daughter living under my roof, but I’m excited about having her.

I still need to finalize all of the financial issues and pack my three days of clothes.  Oh, and memorize the AF song and the Airman’s Creed.  Nope, haven’t been doing any of that!

I am an American Airman.
I am a Warrior.
I have answered my nation’s call.

I am an American Airman.
My mission is to fly, fight, and win.
I am faithful to a proud heritage,
a tradition of honor,
and a legacy of valor.

I am an American Airman,
Guardian of freedom and justice,
My nation’s sword and shield,
Its sentry and avenger.
I defend my country with my life.

I am an American Airman:
Wingman, Leader, Warrior.
I will never leave an Airman behind.
I will never falter,

and I will not fail.

Feeling, Fears, and Failure

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I get asked pretty frequently about how I’m feeling, with regards to my impending ship date.  Are you nervous?  Are you getting excited?  Are you ready to get yelled at?  My response is typically, “I’m anxious and I’m eager.”  I’m not nervous and I’m not particularly worried.  Being an older enlistee, I’ve got so many things that I need to wrap up on this end.  I’ve got a house to prepare, a husband to prepare, etc.  I can imagine if I were younger, I’d have more time on my hands to worry about what I’m about to experience.  Let me interject and make a list…

Being an Older Enlistee

  • While I’m not fresh out of high school and full of youth, I’m in better shape now than I have been since the beginning of college.  I’ve never been a runner and I am now!  🙂
  • Being 30, I’ve been through the “finding myself” and growing up phases.  I know who I am and I’m confident in myself as a person.  I won’t second guess myself when I’m being yelled at by TIs trying to break me down.
  • I am established in my career and I’m truly doing the Air Force out of the desire to serve my country.  I’m not one of those who’s looking at the military as “my only option,” which is a ridiculous attitude anyway since enlistment is a rigorous process.
  • Through my advanced education and experience, I’ve gained leadership skills and abilities.  Leading groups of challenging, unmotivated individuals won’t be anything new to me.
  • Being older also means I need to arrange for more than just a room at my parent’s house, a cell phone bill, and an hourly position.  Walking away from my life means more than just a goodbye.  I’ve had to prepare my husband and my co-workers, that way my absense doesn’t negatively affect my home life or my classroom more than necessary.
  • As a military spouse first, I’ve already been away from my family and my husband for extended periods of time.  I’m so far removed from the experience of homesick, younger trainees.
  • I’m used to working hard, academically and on the job.

“Are you scared?” is another question that gets asked of my fellow trainees fairly often, or I hear them admit to being scared.  I’m not scared of anything they might say to me, do to me, or have me do.  My biggest fear/concern is failure (which isn’t surprising).  I’ve seen too many people, even folks that seemed competent/physically fit, have issues come up which forced them to be discharged and sent home.  If this happened to me, I’d be devastated.  Devastated.  No amount of “It wasn’t meant to be” or “At least you tried” would be able to console me.  I’ve worked too hard for too long to come up short now.  Everyone has their reasons for being discharged, and maybe it was “for the best” for some of these folks, but I know that I won’t take it well.  You’re highly unlikely to see me post that news right away, if it should happen.  The last thing I’d want to do is tell people about it, because I’d be so ashamed of myself, whether it was out of my control or not.  I’m not trying to put anyone down, because anyone who’s taken the enlistment oath in my mind has made a selfless decision that many are unwilling to make.

Wish me luck!  I hope all of the positives I have going in my favor will carry me through!     

FINAL Things Students Say Thursday #14



Last TSST of this school year!  What sort of nonsense has been going on in your classroom as you wrap things up?

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!

Two hundred sit-ups? Done!

Guess who’s a beast?!  Well, I can’t give myself too much credit, because I did pause in the upright, authorized “resting position,” versus doing them without pausing, but I did do two hundred!  I really recommend this program to anyone who’s looking to either improve their sit-ups, or work on their abs/core strength.  I’ve seen results in my waistline and definition in my abs.  I feel confident going into BMT with this training under my belt, and I hope it pays off at PFT time!