Tuesday, June 30, 2009

My hubby said....

Yesterday we were video chatting on AIM, which works a 1000 times better than Yahoo Messenger. Anywho... I was complaining that our internet wasn't working. There is no problem connecting to the router, evidently the router wasn't liking Qwest. So I resorted to stealing Nikki's internet (my AF homie, from across the street that is currently deployed to Baghdad). Once I got a secure connection to Nikki's internet and was speaking with Kevin, complaining about the internet connection he says to me:
"Babe, I am close enough to coming home that I can deal with it when I get home."
I love this! I meant to blog about it when it happened but as I said in my last post I was sort of out of the blog thing for a few days.

So the countdown is on people. I can't start the countdown from when they leave... that just made it feel like it was going by so slow. But now... it's ON!!! T-minus 46 Days and COUNTING!! WOOO :) Well give or take. ha haaa nothing is ever set in stone.

Does it make me uncouth to be blogging and semi-excited about this right now, today of all days, when Levi shipped out??

*sigh* today...

I notice my followers keep increasing. That's flattering, considering I feel as though I've been pretty sluggish with my blogging lately. I just have approximately 100 things going on and when I get five minutes to myself I really just want to sit and do something brain-less, like watch One Tree Hill or General Hospital (it's what I do). Sadly, with the state I have been in lately blogging just has not been the priority it once was. I think we all get that though right...?

All the same.Yesterday I hit the gym, which I was this ~> <~ close to not doing at all so it's a miracle I got off my ass and did it in the first place! =) Of course I felt better afterwards. Also, I complained a few posts ago about being broke, hot, and AC-less. WELLL... (laTEda) we are now proud owners of a Feature Comforts Evaporative Room Cooler! =) This is the cheapest (and I do mean cheapest) way to effectively "cool ones room." True to form I purchase this lil' beauty and our heat wave heads out. So it hasn't actually been that necessary the last two days (since it was purchased). I'm ok with this, thus far, but I am under the assumption that the heat will one day- eventually, return to Colorado Springs. Maybe I don't need it today (thank the Lord for ceiling fans) but I'm sure it will prove necessary; essential once more.

I've been updating everyone on the status of my sister's IVF lately. Well, yesterday they completed the "transfer". The doc implanted two of the BEST of the BEST embryos yesterday. Now my sister is on bed rest-ish for the next 5 days. This is to give the lil' embryos the best chance to "stick"... eeek! hopefully my sister doesn't freak because I said "stick" but I'll be damned if I don't know what the actually terminology is. I'll tell you one thing about this IVF (my sister, not me) is going through, I sure have learned more about my reproductive system than I ever felt necessary. Boy O' Boy!! So we'll find out July 11th (via an old fashioned blood test) if she's pregnant. Then it'll be a few weeks after that to find out how many babies/fetus' there are. YES- that's right I said "how many." IVF, evidently increases the chance of multiples exponentially. It's funny. We've been joking with Levi (my bro-in-law) about the fact that he got his wife 'knocked up' RIGHT before he deploys but didn't have ANY fun doing it! ha ahaaHA Well, that's the other news people, Levi took off this morning on his 4th (yes you read that correctly) FOURTH deployment.

Levi is the kind of guy who doesn't like to make a big show of things. He likes to down play just about everything. His step-mother is in town with her two kids to help Katie (while she's bed resting) for a few days. This is something completely new for him. Usually it's just been my family to see him off. So I think with his lil' sisters being around, Nathan being older (being able to grasp that he isn't there), and the IVF this departure is hitting him pretty hard. It's awful but this appears to only get more and more difficult ladies. It would stand to logic that it would get easier in some way, "been there done that" and all. Well I was wrong. My logic is horribly flawed. It gets worse. Thankfully (the light at the end of the tunnel), he will be home in January/February. Levi PCS'd to Ft. Carson last summer and was owed dwell time from his last tour/unit. So he didn't ship out with everyone else in February. Well this being their 4th, they are pros! They can 'do' 9 months on their heads with one hand behind their backs! Too easy. However, they will be standing up-right with all hands on deck. Too much happening right now and the next few months. Thankfully, this will help time FLY. I have found that setting goals (more or less) in time, that it seems to help the time go by faster. For instance: Mid-August Kevin will be home(wooop whoop). 29 September is Nathan's birthday. That will be here all too soon. October, Halloween. November, Thanksgiving and Dad's birthday. December, (the obvious) Christmas. January, New Years and possible Homecoming. See and JUST LIKE THAT he's home. I love this. This is what has help immensely over the course of my first deployment with Kevin. Something that I tried to get Katie to do throughout their deployments. It has helped me alot.

When I was 18, and graduating High School I was creating a scrapbook of that final year. The first page was "A Letter to Myself", dated 17 May 2003. Here is just a small portion of that:
"Then my sister who always invents new ways to impress me with her unwavering support, bravery, attitude, and independence. I've also gained a brother, who I can't say enough good things about. He's an amazing soldier, with whom I have the utmost respect for. You're in my thoughts and prayers!"
Funny how reflection can force you to truly take stock of your life, who's in it, who's stayed with you, and who you've gained. Also, how much truly stays the same. My sister is still all of those things and more. Just as is my brother. Still a brave and amazing soldier. I'll see you all too soon "Ugly"!

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Reasons # 345987261049...

...that deployments SUCK: For those of you who are living on your own while your man is away, you know that this has happened to you at least once! So I was sitting there doing my business and look over, and what do I find? An empty roll of toilet paper!! GRRR Devil thing! Now I know you're laughing and that's fine BUT just wait till that happens to you. I am only left with one and a half months without my hubby and this is the first time this has happened to me. SO I have obviously been pretty responsible. But this happens to all of us! ha haahaHAAHAA even when our dudes are home, "HEY! Honey can you bring me some TP; the roll is empty!"

We've all said it- so don't judge me!!! =)

Hope you laughed. I did! The really kicker I was on the phone with Kevin at the time! GRRR so really I asked him to bring more some more TP. He laughed. I laughed. He said "Sure, I'll be right there." I didn't wait. lol!

Military Humor

We all need to laugh... LAUGH people, it cures what ales you!:

On some bases the Air Force is on one side of the field and civilian aircraft use the other side of the field, with the control tower in the middle. One day the tower received a call from an aircraft asking,"What time is it?"
The tower responded, "Who is calling?"
The aircraft replied, "What difference does it make?"
The tower replied, "It makes a lot of difference... If it is an American Airlines flight, it is 3 o'clock.
If it is an Air Force plane, it is 1500 hours.
If it is a Navy aircraft, it is 6 bells.
If it is an Army aircraft, the big hand is on the 12 and the littlehand is on the 3.
If it is a Marine Corps aircraft, it's Thursday afternoon and 120minutes to "Happy Hour."

During training exercises, the lieutenant who was driving down a muddy back road encountered another car stuck in the mud with a red-facedcolonel at the wheel."Your jeep stuck, sir?" asked the lieutenant as he pulled alongside."Nope," replied the colonel, coming over and handing him the keys,"yours is."
Having just moved into his new office, a pompous new colonel was sitting at his desk when an airman knocked on the door. The colonel quickly picked up the phone, told the airman to enter, then said into the phone,"Yes, General, I'll be seeing him this afternoon and I'll pass along your message. In the meantime, thank you for your good wishes, sir." Feeling as though he had sufficiently impressed the young enlisted man,he asked, "What do you want?" "Nothing important, sir," the airman replied, "I'm just here to hook upyour telephone."

Officer: "Soldier, do you have change for a dollar?"
Soldier: "Sure, buddy."
Officer: "That's no way to address an officer! Now let's try it again!"
Officer: "Soldier. Do you have change for a dollar?"
Soldier: "No, SIR!"
Q: How do you know if there is a fighter pilot at your party?
A: He'll tell you.
Q: What's the difference between God and fighter pilots?
A: God doesn't think he's a fighter pilot..
Q: What's the difference between a fighter pilot and a jet engine?A: A jet engine stops whining when the plane shuts down.
An Air Force Chief Master Sergeant and a General were sitting in the barbershop. They were both just getting finished with their shaves when the barbers reached for some after-shave to slap on their faces.
The General shouted, "Hey, don't put that stuff on me! My wife will think I've been in a whorehouse!"
The Chief turned to his barber and said, "Go ahead and put it on me. Mywife doesn't know what the inside of a whorehouse smells like."
"Well," snarled the tough old Navy Chief to the bewildered Seaman, "I suppose after you get discharged from the Navy, you'll just be waitingfor me to die so you can come and piss on my grave." "Not me, Chief!" the Seaman replied. "Once I get out of the Navy, I'm never going to stand in line again.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Shout out to ME!!!

Ladies... I know that you know my hubby blogs too. Well he wrote a very honest and (I think) sweet post the other day! I'm a lucky girl. Some days are better than others, of course, but overall I feel extremely blessed. Go check my shout out here.
I gotta go again... ha haaaa

Extra sleepy. Marley. The Daily.

Guess what? I'm super tired today. You see, last night I was overwhelmed by my own stupidity. While I was tired, I simply just didn't want to go to bed. Nope... I wasn't doing anything overly exciting just really didn't feel like being asleep yet. I really should have forced myself to just go to sleep anyway because (as previously stated) I was on "kiddo duty" this morning while my sister was at her egg retrieval. I think it went well, as far as these things go. They did successfully "retrieve the eggs". So far the implantation is scheduled for Monday. At least Levi will be here for that (deploying Tuesday).

Anyone ever hear of a lil' flick called "Marley and Me"?? I'm sure you haven't. It was just a small film, not much press, not based on a book... nothing like that. Well there is a bit of a story behind this movie and our very own R&R. I basically dared my husband to surprise me on R&R (my bro-in-law did this to my sister a few times and I thought it was just ridiculously sweet). He is really not the best secret-keeper (my hubby I mean) on the planet and I sincerely did not believe that he could make it work. Well it was just any other day, I had called my sister to see what she was up to for the day... we talked about running a few small errands, maybe seeing a movie then I would hit the gym. So here I was in my gym pants and a hoody looking like a scrub just running errands. She talks me into seeing Marley and Me. Then she says that she was meeting a friend at the bar for a few drinks and that I should come with. So we go and then my mom shows up (this is not abnormal; our family has boundary issues) and then I see Levi pull into the parking lot... and this short guy in ACU's get outo f the passenger seat... "hmm, why is Levi here, and why is he bring some random soldier?" I think to myself. "WAIT" the lil' voice in my head SCREAMS "this is not some random soldier! This is my hubby!!!! woooo hoo" the voice screams. So I haul balls outside and almost tackle him to the floor. Hugs. Kisses. Screaming. Tell me why my husband whom I hadn't seen in x amount of months didn't come running into this bar where he (actually) knew I was but instead he opted to get Nathan out of the car seat... Oh well! That lil' hick-up didn't last long. All is well. My hubby was home. Anyway... tonight I rented Marley and Me and watched it again. I think this is an amazing movie, not about a dog but about life, about love and family. It's such a great story about the trials and tribulations that we are all faced with in life. The curve balls we are thrown that force us to veer from our "plans". It does make me look at Brody and feel thankful that I have him too. I have recently stated that Brody is "two steps from homeless." I wouldn't, I couldn't get rid of him arbitrarily but he can be quite the pain in the you-know-what. Dogs are worth it. If anyone needs a nice, therapeutic, cleansing sobbfest you run out and get this lil' flick and PRONTO!

Other than that I found two portable swamp coolers on craigslist today. Both of which were no longer available. =( This makes me extra sad because here in Colorado Springs we've been experiencing a bit of a heat wave and we do not have central air. Kevin and I suffered through last summer without AC and good lord it was rough. Somehow craigslist never occurred to me last year... dummy! Thankfully, I hadn't really needed or wanted anything more than a fan until this week (and just 3 days randomly before)! But with windows opened, blinds and curtains closed, and fans going the downstairs remains between 78-80 while the upstairs is a crappy, miserable 82+.... ugh.. yucky! I'll be making due with what we have until I come up with an obscene amount of money for AC (or a portable unit) or until I can get lucky enough to find one on craiglist that is actually still available. hmm... we'll see huh?

Quick note before I hit the hay: Sleepless In Seattle is on Oxygen! I adore this movie- absolutely one of my favorites.

Friday, June 26, 2009


So Michael Jackson died today. So did Farrah Fawcett. What a sad, sad day for the entertainment world. On the other hand Pete Wentz really let Perez Hilton have it via Twitter today! Basically he Pete called Perez out for mourning MJ when he makes a living off of bad-mouthing celebrities. You gotta love Twitter and celebrity drama. =)

I've been M.I.A. for a few days. You see the adapter for my laptop took a dirt nap and getting another one was quite the hassle. All is well now, though. I have a new operable adapter. So I'm back people. Much to my dismay my life has been uneventful while my computer has been down. So I don't have much to report, other than the fact that I've been cranky! booo =( We all have our moods so I'm sure it'll turn around soon.

My sister has been going through IVF and tomorrow has her egg-retrieval procedure tomorrow morning. So I'll be on Kiddo (Nathan) duty while she's at the doc with Levi. After the procedure the doc gets all the essential parts together... we wait to see how the embryos grow for 3-5 days. Then the implantation will hopefully happen before Levi deploys. (fingers crossed) !!!! Levi takes off Tuesday for Afghanistan. This is his 4th deployment and 2nd to Afghanistan. So my brother-in-law and sister are ol' pros at this Army life. Deployments are no big thang for them. haha haaa So keep all you happy thoughts coming and offer up your support here.

I want some ice cream, anyone feel like picking it up and bringing it by here? PLEASE and THANK YOU!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

I gotta go!

Today I have about a million things to do... swell!
Clean house; Re-schedule dentist appoint (that I missed yesterday- grrr); Return power cord I bought yesterday (it keeps computer running, but doesn't actually "charge" the battery? huh?); Hit the gym; Laundry; Call Missouri (urg...); Go to the bank;
I think there are about 8 other phone calls I have to make... Then I have dinner with my family tonight. Mom is treating everyone to dinner since Levi, my brother-in-law is deploying (again) this weekend.
Moral of my story, you ask? I GOTTA GO!!!


Today I am confident. I am confident in myself. I am confident in my husband. I am confident in our marriage, our future. I am confident in the Army (keep chuckles to a minimum). I am confident in Kevin's training, in his abilities as well as his experience. I am confident that tomorrow the sun will rise just as it has everyday since he left.
I am 100% positive that the mission my husband will embark on (at sometime) while I sleep tonight will be successful and that I will hear from him just as I do everyday (like clockwork) at 8 AM.

Monday, June 22, 2009

The Low Down, DIRTY, Honest To God TRUTH

Deployments suck. They are horribly hard emotionally on all parties. So far I haven't found anything 'fun' about them. And so far I've learned that these months spent apart bring out both the best and the worst in people. I can vouch for that. I'm not sure if I've thoroughly explained our military history. Well, Kevin has been active-duty for 6+ years, has spent a combined total of 36+ months (2 past deployments and currently on his 3rd) in theater and with only two duty stations. Those of you who have been around long enough know that this, while not the busiest resume isn't a horrible one either. All the same, Kevin and I have only been married going on two years (in September) so for those of you who haven't done the math this would be our first deployment together, married.
Enduring these months in the shoes of a spouse versus any other relationship is something that really I have no words for. I have seen a family and go through multiple deployments before it was my turn up to bat. This provided me with a very unique perspective and gave me a vague idea of what to expect. I have watched while my sister's family suffered through 3 deployments and wait (not quite the right word) for Levi to deploy on his fourth tour in only a week’s time. I remember very vividly in the early months of this war after my brother-in-law deployed for the first time and my sister was still at home, waking up in the middle of the night to her sobbing down the hall. I walked down the hall to her room and said nothing; simply held her hand while she cried. Cried the tears that all of us have. Let our minds wonder to places they shouldn't with visions we shouldn't have. I have told this story a few times. It holds more weight and conveys something more powerful than any cluster of sentences little ol' me could ever put together. At the time I had no clue that I would be destined for the same fate. My heart broke for her at the time. However, this memory made me hard when I chose a soldier to spend my life with. I knew that deployments would be in my future. I knew that I would have to be strong for myself, maintain our life so that when my husband returned he would return to what he left (if not more), strong for my husband so that I could support him while he was gone. Remembering my sister's tears gave me a glimpse of what was to come. My heart ached all the times Levi deployed, redeployed and then all over again. My heart ached for my brother. I've known Levi since I was umm 14, give or take. I grew up with him. His being gone did affect me; it affected everyone (of course). My husband like yours has siblings, a mother, a father and even friends who miss him and pray for his safe return. They are all affected by his deployments in all of their own unique ways.
I had my own experiences with deployment, supporting my sister, her child, my brother-in-law and missing him for my own purposes. But, as you can guess none of this compares to a very early September 2nd morning at the S&A, then the Waller Gym, or those god-forsaken white busses! Sending your spouse to war is something that you really cannot fathom until you've done it. One of my biggest pet-peeves is when people tell me "they understand". Ummm, but unless you are apart of that (less than) 1% of Americans whos spouse serves in the miliarty, and an even smaller group within that, who has kissed their spouse good-bye not knowing if it would be the last time than no, asshole YOU DO NOT UNDERSTAND! It felt like my heart was ripped from my chest, yet there was relief in the parting, then I was numb. I spent two days wallowing in my heartache, crying, wondering, and waiting for him to call from Germany and Kuwait.
But with all things, I had to learn to sleep alone in our bed (this took months), take care of the dog, go to work (in the beginning of the deployment), cook for one, clean the house and maintain my sanity all the while leaning on just me. I got out of bed every morning, breathed in and out all day, went to bed at night... 1 day down. 2..3...4....5, ect, ect. This is the best of myself. All my strength. Going on with life is necessary in this life. You don't leave them behind; you don't forget your vows and turn your backs on your husband, your soldier while they sacrifice themselves. No. But maintaining life, yourself, your children is our duty. It's what we do. So much like our men, we step up. We suck it up and we drive the fuck on! Pardon me.
*NOTE: Relief in the parting comes from the months pre-deployment when my living room is transformed into more of a barracks room with gear strune all about with no recognizable organization. The months that don’t count towards deployment time, yet the Army and my man’s unit gets more of him than I do; NTC, the field, Pinon Canyon. The anticipation of the deployment is almost more difficult than the deployment itself. There’s the fighting that ensues, the purpose of which is to create ‘emotional distance’ in order to prepare one for the physical distance looming. These things happen. They are just as much a part of the deployment stress as the awful white bus.
I am thankful to have had the benefit of watching not only my sister by my best-friend and many other women kiss their husbands good-bye since the invasions of two countries in the Middle East. These experiences gave me guide... I fully expected not to hear from my husband on a frequent basis. I expected the worries. I expected to miss a call from a strange number and curse myself for not being there; for not getting there fast enough; for letting him and myself down. This is what I had expected. This is the guide which I had when I got married and when my husband came down on orders and when I turned my back, walked away from that gym in tears, sobbing miserably, wondering how I would manage to get myself off post. Well, this is not how my first deployment has been. Expectations ruin things.. create problems.
I am thankful that my husband and I have been lucky enough to speak to each other every day, with only few exceptions. Well talking every day turned into talking multiple times a day on the phone or constantly on the computer... This was a huge problem for Kevin and me. I was prepared to be on my own taking care of me and the home life not having to stop and pick up the phone/computer whenever my husband should miss me, get bored or just want to hear my voice. Brace yourselves ladies because this is something that I doubt you'll enjoy hearing and will have a slight problem understanding. I resented the amount of calls I received I had no idea what to do with them. It was overwhelming. I felt more pressure with him calling me so much. This was a hot button issue for Kevin and I. We did thankfully find our groove, so to speak. We found a frequency that works for BOTH of us. This balance is essential for deployment survival. The process of finding this balance was me at my worst.

The low down, dirty-rotten, honest-to-god truth of deployments is, they are difficult; they will bring out the best and the worse in you and your spouse. But, when you make it through to the end- which I haven't quite done yet, so I'll rephrase: When you work out the kinks and come through the worst parts of yourself and the months apart you will be left with something solid, strong and amazing.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

The Proposal

Yes Ladies this movie was completely adorable! Very Sandra Bullock; super cutesy, easy to watch and hilarious. Thankfully all of the funny scenes were NOT in the trailers to the movie. PHEW... that usually happens. I laughed quite a bit. =) I highly recommend it.

Lauren is adorably pregnant too, and NOT AT ALL FAT! oiy... :-p her and I had fun, I hope, kind of hard to get to know someone in a movie. We did have a chance to chat during previews and things like that. Honestly, this was probably a great choice for our first "hang out" because there wasn't pressure to conversate... But I felt kind of off today. I'm not sure if I didn't' have enough calories today (having had worked out before the movie) or what but I was seriously dragging afterwards. So we leave the theater and walk to our cars (not too far apart actually) and said "tootles, we should do this again sometime." (no there was no making out or anything feisty teee hee) and I just sort of slumped into my car and left. When I got home I just crashed. Sorta got a headache... sorta just exhausted... just "off". Now I am feeling slightly better after just relaxing for oh- a good 5 hours or so! What a lazy ass I am.

Lauren also got to see how big of a dork/loser I am. Unfortunately one of the previews they showed before the movie was for New Moon. Thankfully I contained myself enough to just lean over and say "I am pretty excited for this one" (or something along those lines). This was the same preview they showed at the MTV awards, so when they show Jacob all bout to transform into his wolf-self, you know the shirtless brown man? I say "Heyllo!" LOL haahaaaHaa Thats cool though. At least I didn't stand up and hoot n' holler! teehee- NOW that would have been embarrassing. I would have had to delete my blog, leave my husband and relocate out of state! ;)

Well enquiring minds want to know about the job search... this last week I applied for two jobs with school district 8. I received an email telling me that I had to come down to the administration office and complete a few assessments. So I did that on Friday. One job I applied for was in the admin office, which required a 60 wpm typing test, the other was a secretary position at one of the districts' elementary schools which required 40 wpm. Ok so I was 2 words shy of the 60 wpm!!! BOOO! So I retried again and somehow like a complete and utter asshole missed an entire line~ which dropped me down to 52 wpm! Grrr. Good news is that the lady in the office, seemed to really like me and told me that I should come back and retest in 6 months but in the mean time she is putting me in for the job at the elementary school. FINGERS CROSSED on that one. Well the other one was for this place called Massage Envy. Just a front desk position. I interviewed this morning with the owner. This was the strangest interview in quite sometime. It was more like this woman was attacking me, she was offensive. Not in a way that hurt my feelings, but just in the opposite of "defense". Any who... we'll wait to see where that goes. In the mean time I'm still looking... still applying! This sucks!

Ok so thats bout it for today!! my hubby checks my blog on his lunch so I wanted to take a minute and say "heeeyyyy babe"! I love you. I miss you. I'll talk to you soon. =) hope you having a good day!

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Well you see what had happened was...

My hubs reminded me that I have some "avid" readers and I should therefore update my blog; it isn't nice to keep people hanging! Well I only have 8 minutes right now to let everyone know that my spirits are up, I've had two call backs on jobs with week and my hubbin' (a word I stole from my sis) is doing ok. (6 minutes) I blogged about things really not going well with a friend of mine- that is ok now, thank goodness. I think truly good friends are hard to find and that when you find them you shouldn't let them go too easily, so thankfully things are better on that front. =)
People, I am having the hardest time try to "half" blog right now. I wanted to drop a quick line to let everyone know that I am still here, still blogging, but not quite as glum as my last post! =) I will have to post again later when I have more time (4 minutes) to commit to it. "Where do I have to be?" you ask. Well, I'll tell ya Lauren and I are going to see The Proposal... I love me some Sandra Bullock her movies are always so fun and uplifting, not to mention easy to watch. Plus I'm (3 minutes) super excited about making a new homie a.k.a. "friend". =) I must find my shoes and get out of here now... tee hee tootles ladies (and hubby).

Thursday, June 18, 2009

And the hits just keep on comin'.......

Stressed has overwhelmed my life again. I fear that before I can fend it off I'll just be nothing more than depressed. The only positive thing I can think to say is at least my husband will be home soon. =)

On top of my looming depression it appears I've yet again been far to trusting with friendships. Sucks that when you can really use someone to lean on, there isn't anyone around. I know I'm not the only person who's felt this way but it really sucks when it happens to you.

Now is where I apologize for being so damn depressing for you all.

Note: Just saw a commercial for Seasons 1 and 2 of LOST on Bluray- that would totally kickass. Huh, maybe it'll fall from the sky... with this job I've been waiting for. Then again, maybe not. Night- time to put this day out of it's misery.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009


This Just In:
Moments ago I completed "Breaking Dawn" the final book of the Twilight series! Phew.... Honestly, and yes I will be completely viewed as the largest dork on the planet (but I'm good with that) I am sort of sad to be finished with it. I have been completely and utterly enthralled in these novels since my journey to San Diego last month. On the other hand I am ridiculously proud of myself for committing to and finishing these books in just a month (I left for SD 15 May). I have never been much of a reader. It always bored me. I never got the 'pictures' in my head as I read about a picnic or warring vampires. So to me they were literally only words on a page- no visuals makes reading a very boring chore! Well I think it has something to do with the actors from Twilight that I actually did create these mental illustrations of what I was reading. Well, now I'm finished with these books... ugh- what does a girl do between the hours of 9-midnight???

Ok, it's official I'm a loser! But I'm cool with that... it's time you make peace with it too! :-p

Tuesday, June 16, 2009


The Sgm said that there is nothing special about Kevin's situation and the policy is clear on Grandparents- so my hubby isn't going to be coming home right now. The good news is that he'll be home for good in just about 2 months. Not too far away!

Still waiting for a job to fall from the sky... =(

Something fun to share though: I'm not sure if any of you have heard, but Mr. Justin Timberlake has gotten into the booze-making business! Unlike Diddy's Vodka, Citroc, JT went with a high-end Tequila called "901". This is a homage to his home in Tennessee. The point you ask? Well my husband was going on and on about this so I googled it, went to the website and found out that it wasn't available in Colorado yet (only the big markets: LA, Vegas, NYC ect). So I went to the comments page and requested more information on when it would be available or if they would be willing to send a "Welcome Home" bottle for my hubs. Truly and honestly I expected absolutely nothing from my email... Today I received this response:

You tell me when and where to send it and we'll do everything possible to get him a bottle. In addition, tell him we are eternally grateful to you, your family and of course him for his service.
Kevin Ruder
President 901 Tequila

I thought that was really sweet. I responded and told him that I was sincerely surprised to receive any response and was thankful for his kind words. Also, that if he could tell me when it would be available in Colorado I would be happy to get it myself when it becomes available. So we'll see...... =)

Happy Tuesday people- I must go vacuum and pay bills. Woopty doo!

Vortex of Nonsense

I haven't updated in a few days.... I have been trapped in this whirlpool with apparent way of getting out of it! Tell me why some Sgt. at the battalion in theater would receive the Red Cross message that I sent to Kevin (requesting his presence at his Granny's funeral) and do absolutely nothing with it for 2 days!! Grrr... So after Sgt "NoName" decided he'd had enough fun with my Red Cross message he passed it along to Kevin's Col. The Col said "nut-ugh, no way Jose. Granny isn't immediate family. No emergency leave for Samantha's hubby today!" Well, who know what he actually said; I doubt it had anything to do with me, ha ha. But all the same the answer was no. Evidently there was still more to be done. Today was when we really got sucked into the vortex of nonsense: At the end of everyday Kevin goes to "notes". After notes today the Commander pulled him aside to ask him about Granny. The Commander says that the Col is considering letting him come home for the funeral. Whaaa, huh, Come again?!!? I digress... The Commander goes back to the Col, the Col says he wants Kevin's immediate supervisor (Sgt. M) to talk to the first Sgt, then the first Sgt to talk to the SGM, THEN the Col wants the SGM's opinion before he grants Kevin emergency leave. Or not. I'm sorry, but why?? Why does the Col give two shits what the SGM thinks, when he's the one who is ultimately going to make the decision? Why waste all of these other peoples' time, when (again) the Col is ultimately the one who is going to make the decision? Why must the Col smash our hopes (of return and closure), than give them back and them jerk us around? Maybe it's fun for him...? Either way to make a long story- short we're still friggin waiting for the final answer! More than likely will be tomorrow AM I will know one way or the other. Either way I did pick up some of Kevin's favorite foods at the commissary, have new rank and combat stripes sewn on his Class A's and their being dry cleaned as we speak/type... you know just in case. =)

Job update: Last week I had two interviews. I didn't blog about them because I was hoping (this time around) that if I didn't say anything about them I would get a different outcome than I have received thus far. Not so much luck. I interviewed for a position in the Spa at the Broadmoor but the HR lady called me today and told me the Spa decided they didn't need anymore employees so are no longer hiring. So 1 down, 1 to go. This is a better gig too. A company called PSI won the contract to handle the child support cases in El Paso County for the next 3 years. They called, I completed 4 assessments, than interviewed the next day. I think it went well but as always it's a waiting game! Grr... No other bites since. =( Fingers still crossed. Time will tell. Still applying. Still waiting for word from my hubby.

Waiting- story of my life.
OH, and Happy Be-Birthday 234 US Army. I was really going to post about this on Saturday, well I was just way too busy!!!

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Welcome Back.... and BOOO!

So welcome back to some of my favorite bloggers. Some of you ladies have been gone having a great time with your soldier or just preparing for them to visit and you know being productive members of society (aka working) but you've been so busy with things that you haven't been blogging as much. Feeling neglected... don't worry, I'll be ok! =) I would neglect you too, in your shoes! hahaaaa Either way I'm excited that you found the time to check in with us in the blog world!

So yesterday I blogged about Kevin's grandmother passing away. Well I initiated the Red Cross message in the AM. I received a call about 245 from someone with the Red Cross telling me they were unable to contact the hospital to verify all the details... Because the person who initiated the message, internally, did not put in all the information that I provided to her. Grrrr. Then I received a call about 4 PM and they told me that the message was successfully delivered to Kevin's Command. I spoke with Kevin shortly after that and let him know the message had been delivered and told him to call me ASAP when he got word on whether or not he would be able to return on Emergency Leave. He called normal time this morning and said that no one in his chain of command had the message!!!!! GAH! So we chatted for a bit, he is not nearly as hopeful as he was yesterday that he'll be able to return... boo! =( Well I (of course) followed up with the Red Cross and they said that the message was delivered to someone that I've never heard of. This is the person for Kevin's unit whom is authorized to receive the message- not necessarily in theater so he needs time to get it down range yaddiyadayada.... I am not a very patient person. I just want to know if like Lola I have to go get my man a toothbrush and some other of his favorite things that are no longer household staples!!

Yes I was bitching but I do appreciate that we even have the Red Cross and they're service and support of our military and communities in times of need!

Friday, June 12, 2009

When it Rains it Pours

If any of you read my hubby's blog or my sister-in-law's for that matter you know that their Gramma has been doing so well. I also posted about this a while ago. Sadly, Kevin's Gramma passed away early this morning. My FIL called early this AM to let me know... I waited for Kevin to call an I broke the news to him- that was definitely not fun (to say the least). Then I had the pleasure of contacting the Red Cross.. actually they were easy enough to deal with. Unfortunately the hospital where Gramma is, was not as helpful. I did after multiple attempts get all the information that I needed. So there is a chance I'll get to see my honey very soon! I am excited and happy about that although I wish it was under better circumstances.

I am heartbroken that I cannot actually/physically be there for Kevin right now. Also, I can't help but feel guilty for having never met Kevin's Gramma. Don't we always think "we should have tried harder; done more." Well instead of wallowing in the regret, and heartache I feel I have been pretty busy today. Contacting the hospital, the Red Cross, talking with Kevin, trying to figure out what I need in order to get his Class A's squared away (rank, stripes, oiy) and keeping in touch with my laws. Yeah I've been keeping fairly busy. I'm also extra sleepy from being awake an hour earlier. I really think I'm an old lady. My body does not operate properly if I sleep too much or not enough it's really pretty crappy. I thought us twenty-sometimes were supposed to be able to adapt easily? Not this broad!!

I hope everyone is doing well today. Never put off to tomorrow what should be done today! Those of you who can, take time out to hold your loved ones close and appreciate your time with them. and if you're at all like me I think we should "woosah" and choose kindness an patience over allowing our frustrations to lead us to quick-angry responses... basically lets all hug our family and friends today and let them know how much they mean to us and let the small things go! =)

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Driving is a cluster-"f-bomb"

Dear Jeep (up in the front there):

Why must you insist on holding up traffic? It is rush hour; move the hell out of the way!!! Please. The 6 six cars behind you are highly disgruntled! Grrr...

Love Always,

So, I busted out my blackberry the day before yesterday when I was caught on the ass-end of this nonsense! Why seriously wouldn't this person just move into the right hand lane versus holding every one else up??! If any of you ever happen to glance into your rearview mirror and find something similar to this, or a line of cars behind you, PLEASE FOR THE LOVE OF GOD MOVE THE HELL OVER!!!! =)

Circle jerk (X2)

Today was a great day on the job front! I had an interview with the Broadmoor (that hotel I mentioned with the spa) this morning, which went well I should hear from someone within 2-3 days if they are interested in me for the position. =) THEENNNN... I applied for a job about 3 months ago with this company PSI, and they called me today! =) PSI has a contract with CO for 3 years to handle their Child Support claims/enforcement ect. So I completed 4 assessments and passed (thank the lord) and I have an interview with them tomorrow AM. This one pays more than the Broadmoor and would be office setting so a little more in the 'right' direction.

So all of this smack dab in the middle of our PCS-or-don't-PCS dilemma!! Oiy, so maybe I jumped the gun on the whole "bracing for financial ruin" path. I feel at this point I would be wise to remind myself not to count my chickens before they hatch... I still don't have a job and I am not positive that either one of these are going to come through. At this point I kind of want to leave all this decision making up to fate! Kevin is now SUPER jazzed about going to Germany and would really like to make that happen. While I do agree it would be a fantastic and amazing experience I do not think I am capable at this point of making the decision to leave my family! =( I've discussed this Kevin and he sees what I'm saying that it would be hard to give him the go-ahead. Basically right now we are waiting for Kevin's stabilization waiver to be processed so that he can contact Branch again and see where our options are. Hopefully I'll know by Saturday!!! =) I just hate things being up in the air like this. It's very unsettling for me! When I know what's going on than you'll all know! Just a waiting game now.

Besides that I am just hangin' out with Nathan! Love this kid. =)

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Good Ol' Circle-Jerk

Well, I updated the masses on our plans yesterday; PCSing was a no-go, as told by Branch. So we were on to plans B and C; selling the house- moving on post and renting the house- moving in with sister....

As I'm sure you can tell by the title of my blog today, we are once again succumbing to the very old deep-rooted tradition (in the Army) of being jerked around!! Branch tells Kevin he has no options, we're staying at Carson. Being that I'm a fairly linear thinker I move on to Plans B and C. A bit too soon by Army standards, evidently. Branch may have told Kevin to bug off, but "SSG St. I-can't-remember-his-name" over in retention told Kevin he has to sign a waiver to... ummm, well, "wave" his stabilization before they show/have any PCS options for us. Oiy! So we are waiting to sign this waiver and then back to step one and Plan A- waiting to see what our options are. If they are even somewhat appealing in anyway. If they suck, if for instance our options are only Hood, Stewart and Irwin, we'll stay put- thank you very much. But if we have more appealing options such as Lewis, Germany or Benning (a stretch with this one, I'm not a huge fan of sweat and disgustingly huge bugs, roaches... ewwww) than we'll have some decisions to make. The next few days should be very interesting. Now we've also been sucked back into the Army favorite past-time "Hurry up and wait"... ahh it's nice to be back.

Anyway, so today I have an application to drop off, I'm going to the gym (ugh it's been a few days and I only went once last week I haven't gained any weight but goodness I feel like I giant tub-o-goo bleh...) and the NAF office on post.. woopty doooo!

"Don't ask, Don't tell"

I know this is often times a heated and deeply personal topic for some people. Back in the 90's the Clinton Administration instituted the Don't ask, Don't tell policy for our nations Armed Forces. Personally I don't support bigotry against any lifestyle, ethnicity, genre of music, airline or breed of dog. No other lifestyle has the ability to hurt or maim me in some way. The things other people do or don't do with a mate or being loyal to another airline than the one I am loyal to truly and honestly has no direct effect on my life. Personally, I have too many other things that do directly effect my life to worry about things that do not.

Today the Supreme Court upheld the "Don't ask, Don't tell" policy. Read on people. As far as open homosexuals serving in the military... my only concern is mission success. Whether I agree or like bigotry it's out there. I'm not here to persuade people nor was I put on the planet to judge others. What I care about is how (if the Don't ask, Don't tell policy was lifted) the bigots and those who lead alternative lifestyles would co-exist; how they would successfully complete missions. I lead a heterosexual lifestyle (obviously) and I am not bigoted against homosexuals. But if the hetero's and the homo's can't peacefully exist (within the confines of the Military, their Unit, Platoons, Troops, ect) than someone has to go. I care about the safety of my soldier. If a bigot won't fight beside the homosexual, or the homosexual won't fight beside the bigot that equates to a recipe for disaster! That is something that I am not comfortable with. Because the don't ask don't tell policy is currently successful (by mission standards) I would aim to say to leave it in place. Which is unsatisfactory for the homosexual who fights just as hard as anyone else and would like to attend a Ball with their boyfriend/girlfriend, and discuss their home lives openly as other soldiers do. So my partisan answer is until these lifestyles can exist harmoniously and OPENLY and also be successful in their missions without endangering other soldiers than one group has to go. Either one really, it matters not to me. I don't want close mindedness (from anyone) having the ability to cause injury to people around them- you know in war, dangerous by nature obviously; in-feuding wouldn't help anything!

So that's my take peoples... as always we don't have to see eye-to-eye to be courteous to each other, be friends, or to express ourselves. =)

Monday, June 8, 2009

Winding Down

Lately I haven't been blogging as much as I once was. But from what I have told you all I have been under an extreme amount of stress with our looming disaster! I am still not positive where we go from here.. things are still up in the air but Kevin and I are finally on the same page! That was the main thing that was causing me so much stress; was feeling like I had to work through all of this on my own; that it was up to me to figure out and deal with. To an extent if I get a job that would fix our problems, so that is more or less on me. However, as I stated I haven't been successful locking down a job the past 9 months so at this point there is no reason for me to believe that it'll happen in the next 2 months. I am still looking and still applying, of course but I feel that we are at a point now where we have to limit the amount of damage that will be done to our finances... come up with a plan, a way to live on just Kevin's income.

Kevin spoke with Branch this morning and the idea of PCSing to get help with selling our house is off the table! =( Him and I both got excited about the idea of getting out of Colorado Springs/Ft. Carson. We both wanted to get some distance between us and our old lives and start/create our own life together, the two of us, ect! At the same time my sister is in the process of getting pregnant again and I am very close with my nephew, Nathan and I think it would be very difficult not to be around when she has another. So being 'stuck' here will have it's perks.

But what do we do? Ideally I want to sell the house. It's the biggest burden on us financially. But we just can't sell it at a loss. There is a SMALL teeny-tiny chance we could get what we owe on it. I'm ok with breaking even, if it will simplify my life and relieve stress than I am just fine with that! I am going to talk with Jennifer this week- she's the families resident realtor! ha ha She lives next door to my mother, found my aunt a rental, and found my sisters home. But if this option doesn't pan out and I haven't found a job we're hoping to rent the house by 1 Oct and we'll move into my sister's spare room for at least 9 months (while she prego, fingers crossed) get ahead on some bills and allow me some more time to find a job.

Obviously nothing is fixed or the way we wish it was at this point but at least we're working on it together. =) And thankful at this point we do have a few options- some things to fall back on. Which is progress from 3 or 4 days ago.

Other than all of this nonsense and stress. My weekend was kind of interesting~
Sunday: Cleaned up the house. It was beautiful out; blue skies and only a few clouds in the sky and I had no cash on me so I figured lets take my book ("Breaking Dawn"... yes I'm already on the last book of the Twilight Series... I just burn through these) to a park and just read for a while. So I leave the house a wee-bit peeved and frustrated because I didn't know where to find a park (between my house and my sister's, where I was planning to go after an hour or two). I only know where to find other parks that are no where close to where I needed to be or on the way to my sisters! I was slightly urked by this- it's Colorado for goodness sake and I've lived here since forever! So anyway I finally do find a park by my sister's house after driving around for like 20 minutes I get out to read and it's ridiculously windy! So my entire idea was just out the window! Boo... these are the types of things that really do just ruin my day and manage to actually piss me off (because of all of the other stress I'm dealing with in my life). So I threw my hands up and came back home to read for a little while. I got home, pigged out than watched a few movies. Then my sister called so I went down to her house Sunday night and hung out- this was VERY necessary and a lot of fun.

Saturday: Kevin and I fought in the morning (but are all better now). So I was extremely unmotivated! But my mother called so I went to CostCo with her and my sister for BBQ supplies. So I did get out of the house and had a good time with the family!

Weekend in review is officially over now.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Are you for real Google?

This is the image on Google.com today. Today, the 6th of June 2009... On the 65th Anniversary of D-Day. GOOGLE is not honoring the scrifices made by our military on this infamous day... nope, instead they are celebrating the 25th anniversary of Tetris. Classy. While I'll continue to use google as my default search engine and did once-upon-a-time enjoy hours on end of Tetris... this is very disappointing!

6 June 1944: D-Day- The largest single-day amphibious invasion of all time, with 160,000 troops landing on a 50-mile stretch of the Normandy coast divided into five sectors: Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno and Sword.

I find this a bit more deserving of recognition than Tetris.

Here we go, Here we go now...!!

So people, evidently pissiness/pity-parties is going around in the Army Wife bloggersphere this week! Mrs. Lola and JLC are also having piss-poor weeks! Booo! I'm for one sick and tired of the nonsense!! Yes, referring back to a post from a few days ago- being a grown up sucks. But so the "eff" what? I'm a grown up. Can't change that shit now! Suck it up (me)!!! Playing the victim does me no good at this point. And what truly and honestly has victimized me? Life? Grown-up-ness? The shitty economy? Unemployment at 9.3%??? SO WHAT??? Gotta deal with it now right? So here is what we are thinking: Home-ownership is completely overrated! It's made my OCD intensify by 86.2344%... But with the housing industry being what it is we'd be hard pressed to get what we owe on it- never mind profit!! But (ha) the government will assist military with PCS orders sell their homes. Granted I don't have all the details yet but a tentative plan is to move and sell this burden. Move where? Fantastic question... Kevin and I have this goal of going to Germany/Europe (ps: just a lil' fun info on me... whenever I read or spell "Europe" in my head I sound it out like this "your-ope-EE". It is very honestly the simple things in life people! I'll take my laughs where ever I can get them!). FOCUS SAM FOCUS! So, Kevin asks me about going to Germany, and he would put his WO packet in from there. I would be all for that... BUT I'm not. ha ha Basically after he submits the packet (and gets accepted into the program) that means year-long school in Alabama. This is where my problem arises. I get that being a lone is apart of being a MilSpouse, but PLANNING to do it with an ocean separating me from everything that is familiar on a continent I haven't seen in over 21 years is just not my idea of a good time! So I tell Kevin I'm down to PCS- stateside then put in the WO packet and have him venture down to AL for schooling. He's in the process of contacting Branch now to find out what his options are for his MOS (63M) and/or any special assignments (recruiter ect). I'll update everyone when I get more information!
At this point I think PCSing is really the only option that we have to save our credit, lifestyle, ect... I have been so positive and stuck with the job search for 9 months! Kevin's homecoming is just around the corner. Honestly, at this point I'm all out of positivity... If it hasn't worked the past 9 months what makes me think that anything will change in the next 2? Don't get me wrong I am still out there applying everyday and when my homies say "so-and-so is hiring" I'm up there quick-fast and in a hurry! I am doing what I can. But ignoring what is clearly coming for Kevin and I- our future is just irresponsible!! "Failure to plan; is planning to fail." This is one of the many sayings my dad drilled into me brain from a young age. It is awfully ironic in this specific situation... because essentially I am failing. I'm in over my head... Lord help me, I'm attempting to dodge it everyday. Unfortunately, now I have to be pro-active and avoid as much damage as I can; let the pieces fall where they may. Time will tell...
Other than that my sister has started a blog! You'll notice she blogs like she texts but gotta love it! =) Her hubby is about to leave, the end of the month for A-stan on his 4th deployment! This couple has been through more than any other that I know. The only break they caught my BIL's entire enlistment was orders to Carson. I have blogged about the Newmans quite a bit so you may be vaguely familiar with them. But all of you with kids out there please stop by her blog. My nephew is pushing 3 (9/29) and is all too aware of things going on around him- so advice is welcomed from those of you who may have been through a deployment with a toddler. Also, they are currently going through IVF... support is necessary. Go check her out! =) There is also a link for her blog and my Hubby's blog to the left! Show some love...!

(The Newmans: R&R 2007.. I think)

I must get my ass showered and out the door to enjoy this beautiful day. Blue skies haven't been something very common around here... Tootles ladies!

Lil' Bit of This... Lil' Bit of That...

I haven't been the bloggiest blogger this week... basically I haven't had much of anything positive to say this week. Usually when I get like that/this I tend to keep my nonsense to myself. Why spread it around?

Also blogger has been a pain in my ass the last 2/3 days also. I have been attempting to blog (a few things here and there) and leave comments on some of your recent posts but it keeps timing out. This is the only site that is happening with. It's quite frustrating! So I have been keeping up with your blogs- as much as blogger would allow.

Other than that the OC on Soapnet finally caught up to where my bootleg copies of the seasons left off and has subsequently started over! Still a fan. =) Even though it's completely obvious why the show ended after Marissa caught the axe. Far less enjoyable with the Seth/Ryan/Summer/ Taylor combo.

Job update: still unemployed. Interview on Wednesday was a complete waste of time... they were looking for someone with other qualifications-- he actually apologized for wasting my time. He was a nice guy though. Far less optimistic now too... =(

Jeeee sorry I'm full of helpful positive energy. I'm debating on whether or not to venture out to Safeway for some necessities.... Prolly not?? hmmm.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Happy National Running Day

Don't ask where I figured this one out people... basically it was pretty damn random! Just one of those headlines on Yahoo! or AOL or something. Anyway I know a lot of you are runners here in the blog-world so I figured I'd show my support real quick-like. If you don't know what this is about (which I didn't either) here's a lil insight:

"National Running Day is a collaborative effort among the major organizations within the running industry aimed at incorporating the sport of running as a healthy, easy, and accessible form of exercise.

From New York to San Diego, the day will celebrate the benefits of running as part of a healthy and active lifestyle aimed at combating some of today’s most pressing health issues."
For all my runner-followers out there. HAPPY TRAILS! =)

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Bye-Bye Pity Party...

Yesterday was a pretty miserable day! I woke up just feeling like absolute crappola about not having a job, not being able to take a vacation with Kevin returns, and most importantly being extra nervous about paying our bills after all the extra cash stops, when Kevin gets home. Well unfortunately my hubs was not able to say the right thing (because truly and honestly there was no fixing my mood and whatever he said would probably have made it worse) which only added to my pity party. Then my foul mood spilled onto Kevin and basically ruined his day. Already being in a piss-poor mood I wasn't really wanting to deal with Kevin throwing himself a pity party at the same time as mine. There is only room for one at a time people!!! Maybe he didn't get that memo. tee hee Well, I'm sure he now knows. Basically yesterday was just crap. I still applied for countless jobs though. Than this morning I was woken up by a call from "something Maintenance" offering me an interview for tomorrow am! =) Woo hoo. Unfortunately I have been applying for so many jobs with so many different companies I have absolutely no idea what this interview is for; what position I mean. Time will tell. Positive thoughts please... and fingers crossed!!!

Am I the only one who's crapping my pants about the situation in North Korea?? This guy is a complete nut-job but he scares the ever-livin' out of me. Anyone else? If you have been under a rock or simply avoid the news... here is a quick recap of the nonsense taking place.

Also... I found this hilarious! Please someone tell me when Dick Cheney is going to go away??? Really you had your shot- the Bush administration had the lowest approval rating in the history of approval ratings when they left office. Take a hint: Shut your mouth. You're either annoying or digging an even bigger/deeper hole for last administration. Quick question: Does anyone out there know (without a doubt) why we've invaded two countries in the middle east? At this point I'm beyond confused.. WMD- no. Saddam is a very mean man and gassed the Kurds- he was executed just a lil' while ago...(still confused). 9-11 (thanks to Dick Cheney's delayed confession) and the 9-11 Commission we now know that was wrong? Yes, I am blogging about this in my always sarcastic tone because hell, how long does this have to continue? I am however, onboard with the whole we broke it so we can't just jump out of the country(s) in haste. Have to build up some sort of infrastructure. I often find Repub's response to this question (after ump-teen years) is that it no longer matters why we went but we're committed now. I disagree. I'd like to know... So if anyone can shine some light on this subject I'd greatly appreciate your knowledge.

On the other hand: just because I don't get the purpose for the wars (at this point, nor have I ever really understood it) this does not mean I do not support my hubs and his colleagues! From a military standpoint the political reasons (excuses) for prompting war/invasions are more or less irrelevant. You do what you're told. You go where you're told, when you're told. Even more heroic, in my eyes.

Thanks for reading. =) Hope we learned something new today. I'm hoping to.