Tuesday, February 21, 2012

5 things...

5 Things that are currently tweaking my mellon:

ONE: Heartburn. I realllly did not expect this nonsense first thing in the AM nor at 12 weeks. C'mon kid, cut your incubator a break.

TWO: Pin-up resurgancy. I just don't get it. I was not a fan when bell-bottoms reared their ugly heads about 10 years ago. It's just not cool. Leave trends and fads where they belong.

THREE: Military drawdown. I understand that we are winding down wars, therefore "war fighters" are needed in large numbers any longer. This makes logical sense. However, the idea of being without income as our family adjusts to a new baby is not good for the ol' stress levels!

I also don't like the idea of recruiting soldiers, asking them and their families to endure deployment after deployment then we'll just give them the boot. They won't be elligible for any additional benefits based on the nature of their service and the sacrifices they made. Just out- that's it, buh-bye! It's just sad and it's worrisome. While my husband isn't a "dirtbag" and hasn't had any trouble during his enlistment he is in an over-strength MOS and it's tough times for everyone. See the Army Times article regarding drawdown, who will be affected and how, HERE.

This also reminds me that the Air Force is cutting less personnel than the Army is cutting from their Civilian Corps. See the Stars and Stripes article HERE. I guess this comes back to the Air Force not being a service of "war fighters"... and good for them because they will endure and more personnel will keep their jobs but it does shine light on the differences.*

FOUR: Cravings that I don't understand. I'm craving something... I just can't figure out what it is! Maybe Tex-Mex. Maybe an ice cold Margarita (oh lawd). Maybe Brownie sundae. Maybe lemon (anything) cookies, cake, squares... I have always loved lemon anything (haha). Maybe iced tea. Maybe  cheesecake. See.... it's a big dilemma.

FIVE: The State of Mourning over Whitney Houston. I think that she was an amazing talent--- in her day! But seriously:
"Fending off fierce criticism for planning to lower flags at state buildings the day of Whitney Houston's funeral, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said the late singer is not a role model but has earned the honor as a cultural icon."
Annnndd, then CNN had live coverage of her funeral. I feel like that is an honor reserved for our presidents and such. I'm not saying she was untalented and a miserable human being. I'm just saying she's another celebrity whose suffered an untimely death. Those things don't earn her the honor of flying flags at half mast. I just disagree.

Chalk it up to hormones...?

*I'm not saying the Air Force sucks at life. I'm not saying the Air Force does not have ANY "war fighters" I'm saying that in light of these stories it proves the Air Forces' focus is elsewhere, ie: space and air defense. Secretary of Defense, Leon Panetta even stated these were the focus of the Air Force during the Budget Request Review with the Appropriations Committee. Just to clarify so that I wasn't accused of bashing the AF.

8 comments:

KelleeLyn said...

You are not alone in the worry over the drawdown. My husband, too, is not a dirtbag and has been a good soldier with good reviews, but that Army Times article even states that "good soldiers" will be asked to leave as well. *sigh*

Jen said...

I am in complete agreement about Whitney Houston. She did not deserve the flags flying at half mast. It was a disgrace.

Denise said...

The flags are flown at half staff for military vets, not celebrities! It made me very mad to hear about that!

Heather Fox said...

I am glad I am not the only one who thinks that Whitney Houston's death was blown way outta proportion. Another case of wagging the dog though I suppose.

I am sure everything will work out, though it is pretty intense, and strange all at once.

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Warrior Wife said...

The AF obviously doesn't deal with the war side very often. I heard a complete horror story from a fellow wounded EOD tech on how little the AF was doing for him- his mom wasn't even getting her non-medical attendant pay. It made me very, very glad we're in the Army. One would think all services would want to give their best to the wounded!!!!

Good luck with your pregnancy!!!!

Samantha Cernock said...

I had insane heartburn with both kids. It would wake me up in the middle of the night! Andddd, the Whitney Houston ordeal has irritated me as well.

lilmoomoo said...

So, I finally hopped over and I am now following your bloggy! :)
Things have just been nuts around here, so I hadn't got to it yet..

Now, forgive me, but I'm new to all this "army lingo" what exactly is a "dirtbag" I think I know, just want some clarification! hahaha

ALSO. OMG The whole Whitney Houston, flag at half mast thing made me want to throw up. I agree it's sad we lost such a great singer, but MY GOD.
Literally, it made me sick.

Natalia said...

I understand that we don't need a huge Army with drawdown, and frankly we just can't afford it, but letting go perfectly healthy and trained soldiers is ridiculous! How about cutting back on new recruits? It costs tax payers about $30,000 just to process and train a new soldier! Luckily my MOS is Reserve only and will actually be growing in size due to the changing nature of wars and how we work with foreign countries, but my husband is Infantry and considered a dime a dozen these days. And with a baby on the way too, the future looks a little uncertain...

On a lighter note, I have those I-don't-know-what-I'm-craving cravings too! Usually it means I'm just thirsty though. Luckily no heart burn, yet...