Sunday, May 31, 2009


Is it just me or does being a grown-up really suck??? BOO! >-p on you Grown-Up-Ness! Lately Kevin and I have basically accepted the fact that a vacation when he comes home really is not in the cards for us (when he gets home). =( Sadly this job market isn't helping us out at all! Well this is right in the forefront of my mind tonight because my entire family is going back to Jersey this summer and they were discussing plans tonight at my mother's. Taking Kevin to Jersey is something that I have really wanted to do, and it's something that I sort of have to do when someone other than my Gramma will be around (hence my mother, or aunt). I've been there too many times to count but not enough as an adult to figure out how to get myself from point A to point B. Not to mention merging onto the highway (in Jersey) causes me heart palpitations! It's seriously one of the most frightening things I've ever done in all my life! tee hee

You'll remember a few weeks ago I posted about whether or not to vacation at all and asked for your opinions. So tonight after listening to my family go back and forth on their plans and them telling me how much Gramma wants to meet Kevin and how her and Grandpa really aren't doing that well, ect ect ect. I came home and priced some things out and this is when I came to the conclusion that we could go but it would be seriously irresponsible. Hotel for 2 nights, plus airfare, plus some spending money, chipping in for the rental car and maybe some gas money it really would be hard for us. All of this is why being a grown up completely, without a doubt SUCKS!

Sorry hubs... we'll just vacation at home with a little picnic in the living room. =(

OOO.. yes I just about forgot to mention the timing of all of this. Buying tickets and committing to going (getting granny's hopes up) and what if they don't get home when they are expecting to? What if block leave doesn't start in time for this trip? Grrrrr. Today is a day that I am wishing life was easier- simpler; and that I was six-years-old still- again.

Saturday, May 30, 2009


So my last post I bragged about my fantastically-amazing package I have for Kevin, and a few of you asked what was in there so here's the details:

1 Bag White Cheddar Popcorn (this is a favorite of Kevin's, I however think it smells like dirty feet!)

1 Bag Munchies (from Doritos)

2 Packages of Biscoff cookies (Kevin and I had these on a flight coming or going from Portland and they are yummy, and no chocolate or anything so they won't be melting either HA HA)

3 Word find Books (I figured this is a mindless/relaxing way to pass the time. And it's good for the plane/airport trip home)

1 Box HOSTESS Streusel Cakes

1 Container of Koolaid (which I had to dump into a ziploc bag because the jar wouldn't fit in the box)

2 Boxes of Power Edge mix in packets for water. (Kev like Monsters but I keep telling him they are bad for him so this is a good alternative)

1 Box CRUNCH N MUNCH (another favorite)

1 Box Dunk 'ems (Awesome Oreo flavor)-- I figured if these melted at least they are packaged individually.

1 Variety pack of Teddy Grahams.

And last but not least: 1 travel size bottle of mouth wash -- again thinking ahead for redeployment. Those 2+ days spent in airports/on planes tend to make for one stinky husband! =)

I also just sent a package last week with Pretzels, goldfish (another favorite), tortilla chips and queso, along with a HUGE back of stinky-feet popcorn. I think there were other things but lord help me if I can't remember what they were. Since it is extra hot over there now these are the kinds of things I have to come up with now- I was impressed with myself though so don't knock my package ladies! tee hee

Friday, May 29, 2009

Laaaa De Daaa De Daaa

FIRST: I think I put together the most fantastic care package EVER today! =) Which is extra funny because I sent Kevin two packages just two days ago... but I felt like I owed him some more goodies.

SECOND: I think I've figured out why more seasoned Army wives dislike the FRG. I have been a POC for a few months now... and I have been encouraging my friend Kaitlyn to stick with it, continue going to meetings and participating. Which at this point sounds like the punchline to a bad joke... I can't seem to encourage myself to stick with it. Basically I think it is just this troop. When Kevin was in Alpha troop that FRG rocked. This troop- not so much. It's not for lack of trying on the leader's part either. I really feel for her, she does put a lot of energy into this. Either way I'm thinking my time with the FRG is coming to an end. Why? Well I am not a babysitter and I do not take kindly to being attacked by random females. One of the wives I am responsible for contacting sent me an email stating how she hasn't ever been contacted by the FRG and is extremely frustrated. So kindly reminded her of our first conversation to let her know that she has infact been contacted and informed of meetings ect... I also apologized for any misunderstandings. Well at this point she threw a hissy fit. "OIY" that is all I can really come up with. Why do grown folks have to act like children? I for a fact this specific individual is the mother of four- FOUR KIDS! I'm not sure how she manages this when she can't even keep track of emails she's received.

We'll see what comes next people. Hope all is well.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009


My father-in-law sent this to me in an email and as I read through it I knew instantly that I would have to post it!:

Ben Stein's final column -- For many years Ben Stein has written a biweekly column called 'Monday Night At Morton's.' (Morton's is a famous chain of Steakhouses known to be frequented by movie stars and famous people from around the globe.) Now, Ben is terminating the column to move on to other things in his life. Reading his final column is worth a few minutes of your time.

How Can Someone Who Lives in Insane Luxury Be a Star in Today's World?
As I begin to write this, I 'slug' it, as we writers say, which means I put a heading on top of the document to identify it. This heading is 'eonline FINAL,' and it gives me a shiver to write it. I have been doing this column for so long that I cannot even recall when I started. I loved writing this column so much for so long I came to believe it would never end.
It worked well for a long time, but gradually, my changing as a person and the world's change have overtaken it On a small scale, Morton's, while better than ever, no longer attracts as many stars as it used to. It still brings in the rich people in droves and definitely some stars. I saw Samuel L. Jackson there a few days ago, and we had a nice visit, and right before that, I saw and had a splendid talk with Warren Beatty in an elevator, in which we agreed that Splendor in the Grass was a super movie. But Morton's is not the star galaxy it once was, though it probably will be again.
Beyond that, a bigger change has happened..? I no longer think Hollywood stars are terribly important. They are uniformly pleasant, friendly people, and they treat me better than I deserve to be treated. But a man or woman who makes a huge wage for memorizing lines and reciting them in front of a camera is no longer my idea of a shining star we should all look up to.
How can a man or woman who makes an eight-figure wage and lives in insane luxury really be a star in today's world, if by a 'star' we mean someone bright and powerful and attractive as a role model? Real stars are not riding around in the backs of limousines or in Porsches or getting trained in yoga or Pilates and eating only raw fruit while they have Vietnamese girls do their nails.
They can be interesting, nice people, but they are not heroes to me any longer.. A real star is the soldier of the 4th Infantry Division who poked his head into a hole on a farm near Tikrit, Iraq. He could have been met by a bomb or a hail of AK-47 bullets. Instead, he faced an abject Saddam Hussein and the gratitude of all of the decent people of the world.
A real star is the U.S. soldier who was sent to disarm a bomb next to a road north of Baghdad. He approached it, and the bomb went off and killed him..
A real star, the kind who haunts my memory night and day, is the U.S. soldier in Baghdad who saw a little girl playing with a piece of unexploded ordnance on a street near where he was guarding a station. He pushed her aside and threw himself on it just as it exploded. He left a family desolate in California and a little girl alive in Baghdad.
The stars who deserve media attention are not the ones who have lavish weddings on TV but the ones who patrol the streets of Mosul even after two of their buddies were murdered and their bodies battered and stripped for the sin of trying to protect Iraqis from terrorists.
We put couples with incomes of $100 million a year on the covers of our magazines. The noncoms and officers who barely scrape by on military pay but stand on guard in Afghanistan and Iraq and on ships and in submarines and near the Arctic Circle are anonymous as they live and die.
I am no longer comfortable being a part of the system that has such poor values, and I do not want to perpetuate those values by pretending that who is eating at Morton's is a big subject.
There are plenty of other stars in the American firmament..the policemen and women who go off on patrol in South Central and have no idea if they will return alive; the orderlies and paramedics who bring in people who have been in terrible accidents and prepare them for surgery; the teachers and nurses who throw their whole spirits into caring for autistic children; the kind men and women who work in hospices and in cancer wards.
Think of each and every fireman who was running up the stairs at the World Trade Center as the towers began to collapse. Now you have my idea of a real hero.
I came to realize that life lived to help others is the only one that matters This is my highest and best use as a human. I can put it another way. Years ago, I realized I could never be as great an actor as Olivier or as good a comic as Steve Martin or Martin Mull or Fred Willard--or as good an economist as Samuelson or Friedman or as good a writer as Fitzgerald. Or even remotely close to any of them.
But, I could be a devoted father to my son, husband to my wife and, above all, a good son to the parents who had done so much for me. This came to be my main task in life. I did it moderately well with my son, pretty well with my wife and well indeed with my parents (with my sister's help). I cared for and paid attention to them in their declining years. I stayed with my father as he got sick, went into extremis and then into a coma and then entered immortality with my sister and me reading him the Psalms.
This was the only point at which my life touched the lives of the soldiers in Iraq or the firefighters in New York. I came to realize that life lived to help others is the only one that matters and that it is my duty, in return for the lavish life God has devolved upon me, to help others He has placed in my path. This is my highest and best use as a human
Faith is not believing that God can. It is knowing that God will.
By Ben Stein
We truly take a lot for granted. Forget the Hollywood 'stars' and the sports 'heroes'

"The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to timewith the blood of patriots and tyrants." - Thomas Jefferson

"If there must be trouble, let it be in my day that mychildren may have peace." - Thomas Paine


So you ladies remember a few months back how I was telling you all about my ridiculous obsession with The O.C.? Refer to this post about my Season 4 viewing woes! Well Soap Channel has finally caught up so I'm about half way through the final season. I can see now why this was the final season after Marissa left the show definitely did lose momentum!

Answers; POST 100 Extravaganza!!!

Good Morning Readers!!! I have to say I am very excited to say this is my 100th post! When I started my blog I never imagined that people I didn't know would want to read it, would care, would comment, or would stick around through all the drama! =) I am VERRRRY pleased to report that this is very much the case! People like me!!! That makes me happy. Anywho... While I have already written having people like me isn't my motivation for blogging, but it is a great lil' added bonus! So, how bout them questions and answers???:

From the lovely: Crazy Shenanigans
"What's been the best date you and your husband have ever went on?"
This is a great question... We have had sooo many great times that I just LOVE to peices, but if we're going for the best traditional Movie and Dinner "date" than I'll have to say when the Hub's took me to a very nice, Fancy-pants steakhouse Mackenzie's Chop House. The food was great, the atmosphere was amazing. It was extra wonderful because as I recall we had been arguing for one reason or another so it was a great way to 'make up'! =)
From my blogger buddy in GERMANY: Megan; The Not So Normal Life Of An Army Wife
1)What are your favorite (and least favorite) things about living at Fort Carson? That is one of the two places we are hoping for once we leave Germany.
My FAVORITE thing about Carson is the area. From what I understand a lot of other posts are pretty much set in the middle of nowheresville. You have Fountain and Colorado Springs right outside the gates of the post! Ft. Carson is right in the foothills also. Cheyenne Mountain is close enough to touch. Views are great. Skiing/Snowboarding is accessible for little day or weekend trips!
My LEAST favorite thing about Kevin being stationed at Ft. Carson (is not really related to the post or the area at all) is that I've been here too long and I have too much family here. This might sound selfish but goodness, I am ready for a change. Also I love my family but sometimes I think that we are too close emotionally and physically. Some get feelings hurt over petty things. Change is necessary at this point.
~Just FYI "they" call Ft. Carson "The best hometown in the Army"~
2)Also, what would be your dream job? And why?
My dream job is, Publicist! I figured this out about a year ago. Than it sort of occured to me that this is not really attainable with the lifestyle inwhich we all live. WHY? why is easy... basically the normal-run-of-the-mill Hollywood Obsession. HAHA. That and it really does just interest me. It's something where I wouldn't be doing the same thing day in and day out. Keep it fresh. You know?
3) Has your husband ever tried to convince you to join the Army?
HELL NO! He knows better. ha ha...
FROM the lovely Allison (who created my new header):
1) If you could be on any reality tv show, which would you choose and why?
I do not like the reality "game shows", and the REAL WORLD had gotten so cheesy. So if Icould be on any reality TV show it would be The Hills! I love Lauren aka LC and Brody. I could do without Speidi, Stephanie, ect... But since she's leaving and Kristen Cavalleri (sp) is in; I reserve the right to change my answer at a later date. HA HA
2) If you could have ONE superpower, what would it be?
I wish I had a superpower that would allow for me to make dreams come true. I get working hard for something builds character but sometimes we need a little bit of that instant gratification to stay motivated. OOO.. also another one would be waking up my ideal size. I'm not sure what we would call that superpower? BWahahaha
From the beautifully-friendly Becca; Mrs. GI JOE:
1) Tell us about a time that sticks out in thought where you felt abnormaly full of life, joy and laughter? Other then your wedding :p
The day Kevin got home from NTC we laid around on the living room floor watching movies, playing with Brody, and catching up. We had a picnic on the living room floor! I loved it. It's become sort of a tradition for us now! =)
2) Who was your teenage crush:p
I have two answers: WHEN I was a teenager the one and only Mr. Justin Timberlake. Now that I'm a grown-up (and don't judge me people! lol) I have a "teenage crush" on Mr. Jesse Mccartney. He's adorable. I swoon. tee hee
3)Moments before you took the walk down that isle, what was your thoughts?
"Is he gonna show!???" PANIC. "Maybe he'll stand me up." PANIC.
My hubby will back me up here, he was a lil' bit tardy. He was nervous and forgot to shave. ha ha..
4) If you could be a pro at one thing, what would it be?
Hmm... Baking! I love a beautiful looking cake or cupcake!
5) And lastly, the dreaded.....If you were stranded on an island and could only take one thing with you, what would it be:
Depends on the island. If it was the island like on LOST I'd bring a weapon! lol
Otherwise I think I'd bring my ipod! I need that noise to help pass the days you know? Would make it seem like you're not as alone if you have another human voice!
Ok peoples. I LOVED the questions. Thanks so much for reading and stickin' it out through the ups-and-downs of my blog thus far!
Have a fantastic day. I have to get going but I do have some things to share with you all, a little bit later!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Post 99 and counting....

A few things- obviously I have a new header! =) WOO hoo... who loves it? I DO!!! anyone else? I think Addie over here digs it too. She should she delt with my nonsense back and forth getting it together. So I will be doing some tweaking on my columns in the next few days so look for more pictures, ect!=) She also just made-over Mrs. GI Joe's bloggy too! Isn't she great? aww...

So I have a whole whopping *1* question so far for my 100th post. That'll be exciting! Wooo. =) Thank's Crazy Shenanigans! This is my last post (obviously) before my 100th... so dig deep peoples what do you really wanna know bout me. Maybe you're curious about my Coach glasses (from the pic in my new header)?? ha ha... maybe not. All the same, if I don't get more questions it's only going to be more of the same! And really, truly, who wants that? :-p

This lil' beauty is the Logitech Harmony 880 Universal Remote! You might remember my post a few months back about how Brody (grrrr) ate the remotes to our surround-sound and Bluray player?! Well, after that me and the hubs desided to invest in a good remote. This currently retails for $225 (give or take, based on the site) we got it off Craigslist for $90!!!! Woooo, talk about a STEAL! Anyway, I LOVE IT! It does everything! it's ridiculous really, it would (if I cared to located the model # and manufacturer) operate the ceiling fan! If you are in the market I highly recommend it! Yes, I am SUPER excited about this... it's the little things in life people. =)

Other than that, just as soon as I am finished blogging away. I have to complete an application for the Broadmoor. They are hiring for a Spa Concierge. This is by no means ideal but I'm hoping for a great discount! =) If you are unfamiliar with the Broadmoor this is a 5 Star Resort/Hotel here in Colorado Springs; The Pres. usually crashes here when he comes through.
Have a great day peoples! =)

Monday, May 25, 2009

Clarification <98 and counting>

Ut-hummm (throat clearing)... So I read all the comments and had a bit of a conversation with my hubby about my last post. Then I went back and re-read it. This is when I realized it was pretty late (for me) when I wrote this and really I did not choose my words the best, while I tried to make up for it and reitterate how much I do want Kevin home I think that is sort of overshadowed by sentences like these: "But as each day passes and Kevin's homecoming gets closer and closer I feel like the walls are closing in on me. Paying the bills on time is something that has always been very important to me. I have great credit and I don't want to ruin that. Paying the bills versus having my husband home... hmmm. See my predicament?" OIY, really Sam? Seriously? That is just unacceptable! Let me ATTEMPT to explain: Walls are closing in based on Kevin's homecoming only because that is my deadline for finding a job. When Kevin gets home (as I said, and as you are already familiar) I will have to then have to make up for the pay he will be losing.. with this job that I'm unable to find. I think that makes my point better. Before it sounded really yucky!

Then as for him and I being on different pages: he's mushy and ready to be home whereas I'm sort if in the "egh, it is what it is" state of mind.

This is my 98th post, and I have been noticing a lot of you ladies taking questions and posting responses lately so I figured I'd give it a whirl! For my 100th post I'm hoping to answer any and all questions you might have for lil' ol' me... you know Fav foods, movies, colors... ha ha ha! Anything that pops into your heads!

Hope you ladies flipped life the Bird today! Because I most definitely did... =)

Sunday, May 24, 2009


Lately I've kind of been all over the place. I was/am pretty discouraged when that Tierra Vista job didn't come through. That's the downside of confidence. You know that you are capable and qualified, the interview went well; I got along great with the interviewer. Put all that together and I think I'm a shoe-in. Not to mention the fact that I found them sent them my resume and then two weeks later they contact me trying to set up an interview! GRRR... Yes, definitely discouraged. Now I'm right back to where I started; forcing myself to remain positive when Kevin will be home in a few short months. While this is a good thing that also means the Separation and Hazard Duty pay (amongst others) stop! This is extremely bad news and weighs very heavy on me. I'm not sure how things are going to play out at this point. But as each day passes and Kevin's homecoming gets closer and closer I feel like the walls are closing in on me. Paying the bills on time is something that has always been very important to me. I have great credit and I don't want to ruin that. Paying the bills versus having my husband home... hmmm. See my predicament? Don't get me wrong there is no choice in the matter. Kevin has been gone for too many months already, so his homecoming is definitely well deserved and much awaited! I didn't mean it to sound like I didn't want him home so that we can continue to pay our bills... just wanted to clear that up.
So in staying positive all that I can really say is that we cannot control what happens to us in our day-to-day life. Most of us our not in a position to write our own tickets. So when things don't go as we would have hoped or we don't get what we want falling to pieces or whining and complaining about it is not a solution, it's not constructive, nor will it ultimately get me what I want (or need in this situation). So please forgive my moment of venting/ whining/ complaining! =) Something better will come along.

Ok, besides the whole job fiasco Kevin and I have just been on completely different pages lately! The majority of Kevin's unit should be home 14/15 August (3+ months), of course there are rumors (devil things) going around that they're coming home 14/15 July instead of August. We'll see... Anyway, at this point 9+ months into this deployment I am the kind of person who has settled into the routine. I hate to say it this way, but gotten used to life being this way. Please, don't take this to mean that I wouldn't prefer my husband be home- because that is most definitely preferable! However, I was very well aware that deployments were in my future when I met and decided to marry Kevin. I knew what I was in for (in a matter of speaking) that is if you can ever really be prepared for this... It's different when it's your Brother-in-law than when it's your spouse. Your partner. Your mate. Your best friend. Well, I was prepared for this aspect of my life. Having explained that to everyone... 9+ months into the deployment Kevin is miserably homesick... ready to come home, ready to be done with the heat, inedible food, living in ACU's and coveralls, sleeping on a cot in a tent with too many other soldiers. As I said I'm ready for him to come home also. Unfortunately (maybe, "luckily" for me anyway) I'm just too logical sometimes for my own good. I DO WANT HIM HOME! but that isn't going to happen right now. That isn't going to happen for at least another 3 months (some people will listen and invest in every rumor that comes through- only to be let down. I can't and refuse to go down that road. My advice is to hope for July, in this case but expect August) so what good does it do, what sense does it make to dwell on wanting what you cannot have right now? See the issue here people? Kevin reads my blog everyday so he will obviously not my surprised by any of this... but I know that a few of you followers are on about the same time schedule (deployment wise) as we are so mainly I wanted to blog on this topic to get it off my chest (did any of you know that writing is/can be very therapeutic? hahahaha) and if anyone else is in the same pickle to say that you aren't alone. Or if maybe just by chance I'm the worst Army Wife in the history of the Army... well at least you know I take the cake and you don't. :-p

Those are some things that have been weighing me down lately! Thanks for listening. After getting all of that off my chest, I'm thinking we should all "vow"/make a pact to face tomorrow with a smile! Be happy people. If you are struggling with financial, relationship, deployment or just normal day-to-day woes... choose to be happy and positive in the face of all of that! I like to think of it as flipping life the BIRD!! BWAHAHAHA basically saying "Yup. I got dealt this crappy hand but egh.... I'm still here and tomorrow always hold the possibility for change. Or better yet PROGRESS. A step in the right direction is all that I'm asking for." So here's to flipping my woes the BIRD!

Tootles peeps... Nighty Night.

heads up ladies

Just a quick bloggy from my car via the crackberry: steer clear of Carrie Underwood's "Just A Dream." If you are unfamiliar, please just take my word for it!

Saturday, May 23, 2009


"Happiness is not in our circumstance but in ourselves. It is not something we see, like a rainbow, or feel, like the heat of a fire. Happiness is something we are."

Thursday, May 21, 2009


I am usually not an American Idol fan... I think we can all agree there isn't too terribly many other options on Tuesday nights. So long story-short.. I watched it tonight. There were actually some very good performances... and some others, well NOT so much. All the same. Last year's winner, David Cook sang "Permanent". Well I was just about in tears! This was an amazing song... just great. Here is a link to listen for free (and who doesn't like free!??). I think this song was written for his bother (whom recently passed away after a battle with cancer- I believe but I am not very familiar so forgive me if my details are a little off). All the same it reminded me of Kevin! I remember siking myself up for days before his deployment, before he left. I remember telling myself I wouldn't cry. I had to be strong for him. I couldn't have him thinking I was falling to peices or wouldn't be able to keep it together, because that would make what he needed to do more difficult. Well needless to say there were tears. There were many tears. I think I've mentioned before how I am a person that likes (in a sick twisted kind of way) to run salt in my wounds... No people not in an intentional or literal sense... But in the way where I have to make an extremely emotional and difficult situation even worse in some way or another. For instance when Kevin left I felt that, that was something him and I (our family) had to do on our own. My Brother-in-law who has deployed himself multiple times really wanted to go and be there to see him off. He's never been apart of a day like that without being the one to walk away; he wanted to get a glimpse at the other side. Well, I just felt that it was something I had to do alone. Maybe not the best route and I left the (evil, devil, sadistic) Waller Gym and headed straight for my sisters- tears. More tears. You get the picture. Well this song reminded of me this day and the promise I made to myself that I wouldn't cry then, 2 Sept 2008. And also how difficult it is to reassure your deployed soldier that even with all of the distance between us that you aren't going anywhere. Even though things aren't easy, and when they get worse, or if we're arguing constantly, or when he's done something that warrants you being pissed off... even while dealing with lifes (and Army's) ups and downs that you are with them. You chose them. You aren't going anywhere. That you are "Permanent".

"Is this the moment where i look you in the eye?
Forgive my broken promise that you`ll never see me cry
And everything, it will surely change
even if i tell you i won`t go away today
Will you think that you`re all alone
When no one`s there to hold your hand?
And all you know seems so far away and
everything is temporary rest your head
I`m permanent"

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Some Articles

*** Thanks to newsletter I now know that Colorado Springs is #6 on this list of Top 10 Cities for Defense Jobs (with no mention of Ft. Carson) thanks to two AF Bases and the AFA!! All the same, I thought this was interesting and nice to see...

*** I know that some of my readers are in the process of PCSing or are expecting orders in the near future. I also know that buying/selling or renting your home can be stressful so I wanted to point out the
Housing Assistance Program incase you are unfamiliar!

"Vice President Joe Biden today announced the Defense Department’s plan to expand its housing assistance program with $555 million devoted to servicemembers forced to sell their homes at a loss due to the country’s struggling housing market. "

Check out the link above for more info!

*** Navy Chopper Crash. I'm sure you've all heard or read about this already but I wanted to post about it for 2 reasons: The First being that it's extremely sad and my heart goes out to these sailors' families. The Second is because I was just near this base while in San Diego. Remember I told you I was spending some time with my friend Noel. Her sister ran a 5k across the bridge from SD to Coronado. Not that my just having been there makes me any more special than anyone else but for all I know these sailors could have been running the 5k (this is an annual race sponsored by the Navy). Who knows... all the same I found this very heart wrenching.

Well... sadly it's looking like I didn't get the job with Tierra Vista. =( When I went in last week and met with the property manager she said that I would know one way or the other the beginning of this week and I haven't heard anything! Is it just me or does taking the "hint" really suck?! All the same the search is still on! I need all the support and positivity I can get here ladies!!! Fingers (still) crossed!

Here I am!

HELLO readers! So I am back from my far too brief escape from real life in Cali! I had a great time with my fabulous in-laws. I also caught up with an old friend from high school, Noel. I did, THANKFULLY tan my pasty-white person by the pool, read over 400 pages of "New Moon", pigged out a little bit and overall had a fantastic, successful and very relaxing trip!

Who else is on the Pinkberry bandwagon!??? A friend of mine from Jersey raved about it when she moved to Colorado. Evidently this wonderful semi-healthy snack is "all the rage" in NYC and LA! I remember her complaining that we didn't have it in CO that it would be easier for her to go to LA than (the comfortable) NYC for it! Well for those of you that are unfamiliar this is a frozen yogurt joint (much like Cold Stone, but not ice cream) with 'mix ins'. I had the pomegranate yogurt with Capt'n Crunch! It was fantastic!

So thanks again to my great in-laws and my one and only Noey for the hospitality and good times! =)
Just a random Palm Tree. =)

Friday, May 15, 2009

airports = sad

As I am to get away for a few days and thankful that I have an airport to speed up that process... I still see airports as a sad place. For me this time around it is actually quite a happy thing. But (and maybe this is just my "glass-half-empty" mentality) usually it seems someone is leaving or you/me is going away. This makes me sad... Last time I was in this airport I was kissing Kevin goodbye at the end of R&R. I miss him right now.
Well today, as I said I am excited to be jetsetting my way to sunny California! As I made my way to the gat (at the end of our small terminal) I passed a group of 4 or 5 ladies and a few kiddos with welcome home balloons. they had that all too familiar look on their faces of exhaustion, anxiety, excitement, and love... So they were obviously waiting for their soldiers. I waited for my plane to arrive for a short 20 mins or so and watched each of their men de-plane and find their wife. Hugs. Kisses. Babies. So this makes the airport sad today. I am excited for them but jealous as well. I want my soldier home with me. I had my turn at R&R. Only fair they have theirs.
Time to go folks! I just had to blog about this quickly. My dramamene has kicked in. Sleep is forthcoming. Yawn. Have a great weekend all! See you sson MIL!! =)

Can't. Sleep.

So I can't sleep. It is after midnight here in CO. And for those of you that know me, you know how much of an old lady I truly am.. Which makes midnight wayyyy past my bed time. The late hour also explains why I am posting via my Blackberry (A.K.A. "CRACKberry") I somehow have the energy to blog but not to journey downstairs and get my laptop- hahaha!
Well I am all set for my trip tomorrow to San Diego! =) only thing is I'll have to take a bigger suitcase so that my dog (from Build-a-bear, that Kevin made on R&R) will fit! I have this nagging feeling I wouldn't be able to sleep without it!
Now don't you ladies go posting about wild-craziness within the next 4 days... I'll have to catch up on everything on Monday or Tuesday. So keep life lowkey. I don't like to be behind the times.
I think I'll try this sleeping thing again.... Hmmm. Wish me luck.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Going "blogger" crazy!

So I am going a little bit blog crazy. I'm sure you all have noticed that I keep changing the layout/colors of my blog. Well I can't seem to find anything that I'm happy with!!! Booo =( I want something where I can customize the header with a picture or at least change the font! Lola you have a custom header and very simplistic layout... this is what I'm looking for! Maybe not all/only pictures in the header (but I want the option to play with it, you see?) and also add my own text. Is it just me or is this just friggin impossible to find? Well obviously it isn't impossible because you other ladies have done it. PLEASE HELP!!! I want something simple, fun, pretty, uplifting, and customizable! This is so much to ask for?

Truly and honestly I'm not that high maintenance! bwhahahaaa

I forgot... tell you guys about my hubby's new blog! He has gotten on the bandwagon.... =) Check it out here!

Also, I feel after all the concerned comments I should update people on the whole job hunt situation. I didn't really give the entire story in my last post about what is going on with Tierra Vista. I interviewed last Wednesday with Jennifer (Assistant Property Mgr). She said they were hoping to make a decision the beginning of this week, but she had to talk to the Property Mrg, Molly about it first (of course). So on Monday I email Jennifer and let her know that I have completed the application and wanted to drop it off and hopefully introduce myself to Molly. I also asked if they had made and decisions on the opening yet... She responded ASAP and said that today (monday) was no good because Molly was out of the office and that tomorrow (tuesday) would be better. She conveniently didn't answer the question about if they had made a decision yet. Hmmm? So Tuesday AM I call, Jennifer picks up the phone and I tell her I was hoping to stop in at 2pm with my application. She said that she was just stepping into a meeting with Molly and would find out if she would be free about 2pm and give me a call back. but she never called me back! Booo.... This is when all the doubts/nerves set in. Well, anyway I just popped in this afternoon met Molly and dropped off my application. Nothing too detrimental or promising happened... this unfortunately didn't inspire too much hope. BUT I'm staying positive, all the same. Molly said that Jennifer would be contacting people beginning of next week (Monday) to set up further interviews so I should get a response one way or the other at that point. Egh... forgive my pessimistic nature but I'm thinking the whole "one way or the other" business is not such a good sign!! Well here's to hopin'!!! =)

Hope I filled in some of the blanks for everyone.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Basra Chow

Kevin's unit has been at Camp Basra for about a month now. One of the biggest complaints that he's had since arriving there is the KBR chow hall. He has flat out told me that he would prefer not to eat than eat that chow! There has been many flies, and other bugs found in various foods. Well after he told be how awful the food was I got on the KBR website and wrote a letter!:

From: []
Sent: Tuesday, April 21, 2009 11:32 PM
To: FHOUKBR - WebmeisterSubject: KBR.COM FeedbackSubject: Basra Chow

Dear Sir or Ma'am:
My husband a SGT in the US Army is stationed at Camp Basra. Since his arrival to Camp Basra he has complained multiple times about the quality of the food there provided by KBR and their employees. Him and his friends have been served pancakes with flies in them, and the overall quality of the food is poor. My husband has mentioned numerous times that he would rather not eat versus eat the food provided. I would hope that KBR has higher expectations that this for the food that it serves to our military fighting in the Middle East. Also, I implore you to have someone investigate the quality of the ingredients, your employees and to review the QA policies and procedures that I'm sure your company currently has. Please review and feel free to contact me if you should need further information. Thank you.

Why am I telling you all this?? WELLLLL... I'm fancy-pants! I received the following this morning!!:

Dear Mrs Standring,
Thank you for your email below. I am the KBR Project Manager for the new Catering Contract in Basra, Iraq. I am sorry to hear that your husband has had a less than satisfactory dining experience in Basra. Please note that the actual food is supplied by the US Military whilst KBR’s contract, which only commenced in Basra on 1 Apr 09, is to cook and serve the meals. This is a huge operation, feeding up to 9,000 US and UK troops daily, and KBR continues to work extremely closely with the US Military to ensure that the correct standards are continuously met through rigorous QA procedures. Please be assured that food hygiene remains our highest priority. Your husband’s case has been brought to the attention of our Catering Manager in Basra and I can assure you that every effort is being made to ensure that this kind of unfortunate incident will not happen again. Thank you again for bringing this to our attention and please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any other queries.
Kind regards
Matthew Jacobs
Defence Services Project Manager

I didn't think that I would get any response so I am excited to get that much!

So after making my travel plans last night I was running around crazy today!!!! I found myself a bathing suit (goodness I haven't even put one of these on in quite some time! I also had to get a pair of shorts that actually fit, along with some of those travel-size shampoos and deodorants! =) I felt like I was running around like a chicken with my head cut off! I am just now getting the chance to sit down to relax, but somehow I still feel like I have so much more to do, and I don't know where I'll find the time. I still need to clean the house (for my house/dog sitter), laundry, pack, get a new ID card, see my parents, get bills paid- oh man and so much more!!!! I just really needed to sit down and get my bearings I was starting to feel very overwhelmed! But now that I've re-grouped I'm ready to get back to the grind! Oh.. did I mention I am in DESPERATE need of a pedicure... =( oh man. Maybe I'll get one after getting to SD? We'll see if I can get to it... Fingers crossed.

VERY excited

I am heading to San Diego this weekend! I am so very excited... I could really use some fun! My lovely and generous MIL/FIL are there so I am going to stay with them, lounge by the pool, hopefully tan my pasty self for the summer, eat (this is exciting after losing 20+ lbs!), RELAX and maybe read?! I leave good ol' CO on Friday and return on Monday. I am also lucky enough to have some friends from high school out in that area now so I will be catching up with them Saturday night! I miss them, and am looking forward to creating new memories!

I really think this trip is going to be JUST what I need! It will definitely reinspire my "positive" outlook.

PS: I was super excited about my job interview last week with Tierra Vista... now the doubts are starting to set in. Today Jennifer (the Assistant Property Mgr- who I interviewed with) was supposed to call me back so that I could come introduce myself to the Property Mgr and turn in my application (they already have my resume)... but she didn't. Probably just forgot. All the same... nerves are definitely starting to take a toll.

Right now I am super tired but for whatever reason cannot manage to fall asleep! I took my Tylenol PM about 20 minutes ago. I am waiting for that to kick in so I desided I would blog and watch some Golden Girls! Gotta love these ladies. Also.. because I'm bored I'll tell everyone about this hilarious episode of Will and Grace I just saw! It was from one of the later seasons- after Grace and Leo were married. It was Christmas; Will was with Jack and Karen, Grace was meant to see the Nutcracker with Leo but he got paged to the hospital.... well Grace comes over and suckers Will into going with her to the Nutcracker... they get to the theater- in comes Leo... out goes Will... I think you see where this is headed! Well I laughed out loud (LOL) multiple times! It was hilarious! =)

Goodnight everyone... sleepiness has set in (thank goodness!).

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Wedding Bells

First: It occured to me that it would be easier to upload all pictures than add captions and text! I'm a friggin' genius sometimes! bwahahaha

OK so our wedding: We were married in Portland, aboard the Sternwheeler Rose! I feel blessed to have had a unique wedding. I haven't heard of anyone else getting married on a river boat. =) It was great too. The cruise was only 2 1/2 hours... This turned out to be the PERFECT amount of time to board sail down (or was it up? Anywhozle..) river and let the captian idle the boat infront of downtown Portland, have the ceremony, take a ridiculous amount of pictures, eat, mingle, Father/Daughter dance and our first dance... then we were docking and getting the hell out of there! OH! and of course we had cake... yummm!

Something unique I really wanted to incorporate into our wedding was my Brother-in-law, Levi who was unfortunately deployed at the time. So my sister and I fashioned yellow ribbons and everyone in attendance wore one. He was very missed on that day. When we were having cake and giving everyone thanks for being there with us on that special day, I wanted to explain the ribbons' purpose.. .but really I just broke down and balled like a baby. Thankfully Kevin took over for me and completed my explination.

Here's a few pictures:

Love this one: See us down there on the back of the boat?
Well funny story: getting out there was quite a royal pain in the ass. But getting back to the dock almost caused a huge calamity; Kevin turned toward the dock and started walking. I started to follow with my flowers and heels but slipped! GASP! I shout "KEVIN!" he turns you know ever- slowly and looks at me like "what is your problem?" I say "Can I get a little help please!!?" His response was to take my flowers and continue off the boat onto the dock! GRRR... what a wonderful impression he makes as a new Husband... All's well that ends well, I suppose. I didn't fall off into the yucky water and we got an awesome picture out of the ordeal! =)

(kissy kissy)

(kissy kissy)

(my hubs- CHEESIN!)

(My sister and I; pre-wedding)

Okay, so thats my wedding story, engagement, wedding, and honeymoon! =)

Sorry for the Delay

Hi readers... I know I know, I said that I was going to post yesterday about my wedding! BAD ME, BAD! Please forgive me. =)

So I guess I should start at the beginning? The proposal? Hmmm, I'm not really sure what that is? ha ha Just kidding. Basically we had talked about the possibility of marriage, then one day agreed to it, set a date, bought rings and made all the plans. The next logical sequence of events would be Wedding then Honeymoon, right? Well, That's not really how we chose to do things. Kevin is originally from Portland, OR and we desided we would have the wedding there. Prior to the actually wedding day we went to down to my FIL's beach house in Salishan, OR. Hands down the most beautiful, relaxing and romantic place I have ever been (see below):

(The house; from the bay)

(Crabbers in the bay)

(Just beautiful view from the neighborhood where the house is located!)

(Sunset... obviously)

(Champagne on the beach)

(Kissy Kissy)

While we were in Salishan we did a lot of relaxing, hot-tubbing, hit up the Outlet Mall nearby, tooled around the town, and one of the cooler things we did together was blew glass! This was such a neat experience. They let you choose colors, and participate in all steps of the process not sure hot to break it down at this time though. You can make "bubbles" or paper weights. We made a hanging bubble for my FIL (for sponsoring our wedding), and a bubble for ourselves.

Isn't it purty?

Is it just me or is posting pictures very difficult? So I am going to start another post about the actually wedding! Stay tuned... ha ha! =)

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Tomorrow's Post

So I think it's kind of humorous that I am going to post about what I am going to post about tomorrow. Well I just wanted to put it out there... I had an email from a new reader asking about my wedding! Tomorrow's post will be about our special day! =) Unfortunately I'm extra sleepy at 1127 pm so I must get some beauty rest for Mother's Day. It should be very interesting- considering the fantastic mood my Mother has been in the last 2 days...if you sensed saracsm you are 100% right.. oiy!! Goodnight loyal, lovely, readers! =)

And for you Mother's out there, HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!!!!! Funny tomorrow is mother's day considering procreation has been a very popular subject of conversation between me and the hubs! hmmm?

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Happy Military Spouse Appreciation Day

Thanks and continued strength, courage and support of your service member to all my fellow military spouses out there! =) It's not always an easy job but I think marriage under the best of circumstances can be difficult... but add a dash of fear, a 12 or 15 month deployment or two (or 3 or 4... oiy!), PCSing, TDY's, Field Rotations, a few sleepless nights and I think it takes a very VERY special woman to stand beside her husband; all without falling to pieces under the pressures this job. Kudos to you all today!

A special shout-out to all my Army Wives out there:

Be Proud This is for the young women that are waking up at 6a.m.
every morning, laying out clothes and packing
three lunches for those small precious children that
they have been left alone to care for.
This is for the pregnant Army wife wondering if her
husband will make it home in time to watch their
miracle happen.
This is for the childless Army wife, living in a town
or on a post alone where she is a complete stranger to
her surroundings.
This is for the women that feel like a third leg when
they go out with their friends and their husbands.
This is for the Army wife that canceled all her plans
to wait by the phone, and even though the phone broke
up and cut off every time you spoke to him, you waited
This is a pledge to the women that cry themselves to
sleep in an empty bed.
This is to recognize the woman that felt like she was
dying inside when he said he had to go, but smiled for
him anyway.
This is for those of you that are faithfully in that
long line at the post office once a month, handling 2
large boxes and 2 small children like a pro.
This is for that woman that decided to remodel the
house to pass time, and then realized that she had no
idea what she was doing and sighed and wished she had
a little help.
This is for all the lonely nights, all the one-person dinners,
and all of the wondering thoughts because you
haven't heard from him in days.
This is for the sad Army wives, the angry Army wives,
and the strong Army wives.
A toast to you for falling apart, and putting
yourselves back together. Because a pay check isn't
enough, a body pillow in your bed is no consolation,
and a web cam can never compare.
This is for all of you no matter how easy or hard this
was for you.
Our soldiers are brave, they are heroes,
but so are we. So the next time someone tells you that
they would never marry an Army guy, don't bother
explaining to them that you can't control who you
fall in love with. Just think of this and nod your
head, know that you are the stronger woman. Hold your
heads up high, hang that flag in your front yard,
stick 100 magnets on your car, and then give yourself
a pat on the back.
Be proud to be the woman that you are, be proud to be
an Army wife.

Friday, May 8, 2009

JetBlue... You Tease!

Ok people, a friend of mine told me I should come visit her this month and she said that I can't use money as an excuse because JetBlue has $1 fares for military. Well HERE is what the deal actually is. Long story short- it's only for domestic, non-stop flights FROM Dulles and Richmond (VA.). Oiy...! I was super jazzed about this but then I go and get the specifics and I wanted to cry! Good lord I guess I could use a vacation huh? Oh well... I'll be here holdin' things down in CO! =) Trying to stay positive and waiting on my hubs.

So if any of you are near either one of these airports and know any active-duty (did I forget to meantion that lil specification?) military personnel please let them know! But book soon!!!!

Thursday, May 7, 2009


This afternoon I am really bored. What do you guys do when your bored?

Oh man, Oprah looks awful these days. Is it just me?? This is not the best picture but if anyone saw her interview today with Elizabeth Edwards, this is what I am refering to.

To Vacation or to not.....

Kevin and I have been talking about what we/he should do with his block leave. Since my job search has been less than successful (up until this point) we don't have a ton of money. When Kevin left and I was working we should have had a small fortune (that's an exageration...) saved and were going to vacation to Vegas and NYC. Well that is out of the question at this point. If all goes well and *fingers crossed* I get this job with Tierra Vista we will be able to get out of town for a long weekend, at least. Hopefully. Well we have been discussing our options. We are thinking about going to Fresno for 2 days than heading to San Fransisco for a few more. Yes this is more than a "long weekend"... looking like approximately a week. I have never been to SF before so I think it would be a great place. But there are actually so many other places that I would like to go. What about Vegas? Chicago? Seattle? San Diego (not JUST because my MIL and FIL are there... but because it's great, relaxing to me)? LA? Orlando? D.C.?

So tell me folks where are you going? Or where would you recommend visiting?

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

The Interview

I just got home from my interview with Tierra Vista. It went really well and the girl, Jennifer hinted that she liked me. We chatted briefly about my resume, than discussed her life (marry guy, divorce guy, re-marry same guy, and now getting divorced again! OIY!), where we went to high school , TriCare, the company and then voila the interview was over. I think that it went well and that she really did like me but we'll see. It's hard to get too confident or comfortable with this job market you know? Well ladies keep your fingers crossed just a few more days- time will tell!!!

Other than that I don't have much that I CAN report. Things have been going on in my world but it's not my business to broadcast. So unfortunately I can't blog away about my woes. I hope everything works out and we can all go back to being happy and living in a world filled with love and marshmallows! =)

PS: FRG fundraiser isn't going that well! =( I need $200 by the 16th! urg... Who has spare cash!!!? :-p

Be good, Be easy, Be safe, Stay positive out there ladies! =)

Monday, May 4, 2009


So I've been blogging about my weight loss and I am SOOOOO very happy to report that I am down 20 LBS!!! I am very proud of myself. It's taken a while but I figured a pound - 3 a week less is better than maintaining or gaining weight that I am not comfortable with and that isn't healthy for my person!! So, I stuck with it even though I didn't get that huge like 10 LBS loss every week. I think that we are secretly hope to wake up the perfect weight/size one day out of the blue. Well I'm here to tell you it doesn't work that way. =) I'm sticking with it and have another goal to loss 20 more lbs. People freak out when I tell them that but honestly I am not going to be like 110 or anything- I will still be healthy!

I gotta run meeting Miss. Kaitlyn at the gym!


Ut oh.... Here it comes!

PEOPLE! Here is yet another video on BitchAssNess! Keeping in mind the current outbreak of the Swine Flu this made me laugh and giggle! If you are needing a pick-me-up today please check this out!

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Something awful... It rocked my world!

Ok ladies, I'm not sure if any of you have been faced with something like this before but I hope for your sakes- not. So today I was driving down Academy Blvd (a major road here in Colorado Springs) and there is this cemetery on the right that I pass probably a dozen times a week. Every now and again I'll see a funeral taking place, people gathered around tombstones or chairs set up beneath a tent. But today as I was driving by I glance over casually; my eyes immediately drawn to flag-draped casket in the distance. I saw the tent with chairs filled with family and friends... I don't know why it really went the way it did but a thousand thoughts passed through my mind and I started crying immediately. I was completely overwhelmed but couldn't force myself to look away. I don't know why but when I glanced over casually (as I usually do when I drive by) I became fixated and as emotional as the sight was to see... I couldn't stop. Granted this entire experience lasted all of 2 minutes tops, while I was stopped at the light. All of a sudden I was being honked at; which startled me but got me moving past what I was staring at. Either way it motivated me to get going. I cried like a fool all the way home.

I'm not really sure what else to say about this but really I just needed to get it off my chest!

Saturday, May 2, 2009


I think today is a special day... yes it pretty much was a special day! Yeah, as you all know it was my birthday. I started off going to breakfast with my Pops- biscuits and gravy!!! Yumm! Then I headed to the salon to get my hair did! I wish I could post a picture of that but now it's flat and not looking so good- I will post a picture ASAP. Well, I do love the way it turned out and I think I finally found a stylist that I like and will stick with. My hair and then my Blackberry are my birthday presents from the hubs. So romantic right?? Well it's what I wanted! wooo woo! THANKS babe!

Here's a few pictures of some if the sweetness which was bestowed upon me on this glorious day:My BFF Amanda sent me this great arrangement from Baton Rouge, LA.!

Nathan accidently popped one of my balloons! So this sad flat one laying on my dining table actually should be flying with the others! That's ok though. My sister and Kaitlyn stopped by this morning wth balloons, cheesecake, cards and goodness!! =) I love me some balloons! A birthday isn't a birthday without balloons and blow of candles, right? Well I guess 1 out of 2 isn't so bad right? I got the balloons but I never actually got to make a wish and blow out my birthday candles. =( Yes, this makes me sad but it's not for lack of trying. After my day I met my mother and Wayne for dinner at Zio's. It was great (as usual- but way to much food)! They told the waiter it was my birthday and he brought this very dense chocolate/truffle cake- alamode. The cake was a little too dark and truffle-y for my taste but the ice cream saved it. BUT no candle!
After dinner I had plans with my friend Amy. We decided on going to a movie she checked the times and said either 730 or 855. Well 730 came and went and I hadn't heard from her (I texted and called). Then 8 o'clock came and went so I figured I'd been stood up, ON MY BIRTHDAY!! I was crushed! That only lasted about 15 minutes, when she text messaged me and said she was planning on the 855 show. At first I did think, "huh... you left me hanging." But life happens and I would prefer to get my ass off the couch and go to this movie than have "Stood up" forever plastered in my mind for how this birthday ended! So we met and saw "Ghosts of Girlfriend something" I don't remember the title but you guys know which one I'm talking about! It was exactly what you thought it would be, but all the same it was enjoyable and lighthearted!
I even got to talk to Kevin! Thankfully- he was supposed to be rolling out for another mission... thankfully the mission was delayed for one reason or another so I actually got to speak with my hubby!! We didn't think it was going to work out. But I know that he loves me even if he doesn't or isn't given the opportunity to say it and I know he's thinking of me even when he can't be here! I love him and I'm blessed to have him in my life!
Babe: I know that you wanted to be here, but it is what it is right? Missed birthdays and things are just apart of the gig! I Love you all the same. I don't blame or resent you for it! Thank you so much for a fantast and ABSOLUTELY PERFECT day! Your presence was the only thing missing from my day. I love you so much. Talk to you soon!
So ladies that is all from me for today. It was a great birthday (minus candles and all)! =)