Friday, July 30, 2010

Friday Fill-In 6

1. What is your spouse's best feature?

His back. I know, weird. But from behind, I get to see his broad shoulders, and the silhouette is so manly (more weirdness...), and his back is completely hairless, so that's a plus!

2. Mild, Medium or Hot sauce?

Depends if I want to taste my food or just taste heat, but most of the time I go hot.

3. What is the worst uniform you had to wear for a job?

When I worked as a livestock nutritionist, having to bundle up in the winter was the worst. Because you never knew what environment you'd be in from one farm to the next, you're constantly taking off layers, putting them back on, etc. One minute I'd be sweating in someone's kitchen, and the next be standing out in a barren field somewhere with 15 below windchill digging into a frozen silage bag. And I always felt like a marshmallow with long johns, winter boots, two coats, two layers of gloves, etc. I hate the cold!

4. You have invisible powers… where is the first place you would go?

Probably someplace I shouldn't be.

5. What’s left on your “to do” list for this summer?

We had plans to head to Savannah and the beach, and to see a baseball game, but the car decided to take a dump in the middle of nowhere a couple weeks ago, costing us $800 in towing, repairs, and car rental, so now the plan is just to sit around and wait to move. After we move, I'll have tons of stuff on that to-do list.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Done and Done!

I'm so excited because we finally have a plan and dates for moving! I'm not quite sure why it took making an appointment made over one week ahead of time just for 10 minutes. The meeting was basically, "Do you own anything big, here's the date we can come, sign here." Wow.... could have done that 3 weeks ago.... In fact, I called the office asking if I could make the appointment online to speed things up, and they said we would still need to come in. Pretty sure we could have done it on the website, but whatev'....

I'm not liking that Craig will be going a couple weeks ahead of me. I hate flying alone (as you might know if you've read my posts a year ago when I flew to New Zealand). And I have to move and clean the apartment by myself (which I also did by myself a year ago). Thanks buddy... but he really needs to get started over there. This three month wait has been absolutely ridiculous. Wait, have I said this already? Are you getting sick of the same thing over and over again? Yeah, me too. But I PROMISE I won't be this bitchy from here on out.... ha, I think I've said that already too!

Friday, July 23, 2010

A Product Plug

I just started following two blogs today, and one of them is having a Scentsy giveaway! Check it out at: The Thoughts of a Household Six

I was unfamiliar with Scentsy up until a couple months ago when I received one as a wedding gift from my cousin. I like them much better than the Bath and Body Works oil burners. Is it just me, or after a few minutes of burning, they get a weird smell to them? Plus I like not having to buy little candles.

I've been getting more and more involved with this whole blogging community thing. This can't be good.... well at least it's keeping me entertained.

Friday Fill-In 5

1.Besides the horizontal mambo, what do you miss most when your spouse is deployed?

Craig hasn't deployed, but we did spend a fair amount of time apart while he was in BCT and AIT, and I was in New Zealand with dodgy internet and a crappy time zone. When he was gone, I missed the silliest things, like every night, he'd ask if I grabbed a glass of water to put on the nightstand. I also missed cooking with him, and his shirt folding abilities (I realize that's the second time I've mentioned this skill- it's starting to border on obsession). Mostly, I missed his "million dollar smile" as I put it, and his laugh.

2. What do you miss least?

Picking up his crap and his books laying throughout the house. Wow that was easier to answer than the first question.

3. You only get three crayons to finish your picture… which three do you choose and why?

Purple, orange, green. The secondary colors, because they match. Sorry no philosophical answer from me.

4. If you could have your own fragrance, what would it be called?

Eau de toilette of farm. A mix of fresh cut hay, clean country air, wood shavings, and a little hint of cow manure. It would be a big seller.

5. If the shoes make the man (or woman), what do your shoes say about you right now?

This girl doesn't like shoes. I never wear shoes if I don't have to. But if someone had to look at my shoe collection, they'd say I'm frugal on the verge of being cheap, and quite practical, oh and that I must have a short husband, because I don't own heels. Oh, and that I must be fun because my CFM boots are quite worn in. Oh if those puppies could talk...

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Life is Funny

Today Craig and I had this great idea that we'd visit and do things you can only do in the south and the US, because we'd only be living here for 2-3 more weeks. Plans:

-Visit an authentic hole-in-the-wall BBQ place.
-Go to Savannah, hit the museum, the beach, and maybe River St., oh and have a nice dinner celebrating our 1 year anniversary
- Go to a Greenjackets game and tailgate

Sounds great right? We were on our way to a barbecue place that is nicknamed "100-mile barbecue." So named because people travel a hundred miles to eat there. I Google Mapped it- 106 miles. You betcha! I was thinking that it was unfortunate I forgot my camera. I finally could get some photos up on this here blog.

About 50 miles in, the car died.

We were able to rent a car, and for some reason I get the feeling we were ripped off. We still don't know what the repair costs will be. Because it took us so long, we went out to dinner, and it ended up costing much more than the BBQ place ($8 all you can eat buffet- flippin' sweet!)

Well, that's going to eat our budget majority. No Savannah, and we'll see about the Greenjackets game. However, some good came out of this. We met some great people that were willing to help us, and they didn't expect anything in return. I was starting to think everyone from the south was rude and unwelcoming, but from the people that stopped to help us, to the police officer, to the tow truck driver, to the lady that showed us great places to eat in Aiken- it really instilled my faith that people are inherently good. I was starting to worry.

I believe attitude is everything, and even though today could have been pretty crappy, we made the best of it, and it was quite an adventure!

Friday, July 16, 2010

Friday Fill-In 4

What food reminds you of your spouse?
Rice. I grew up in a household that really didn't like rice, so it was weird when I first met him and he had gotten a rice cooker from his parents for Christmas. If there's nothing in the house to make, he'll just have rice for dinner. Also sushi. On our first date, I had it for the first time and he was such a pro with teaching me how to eat it, use chopsticks, etc. Definitely a turn-on.

Who would you rather sit next to in a cross-country plane ride: an irritating non-stop talker, or a quiet stare-er?
A quiet stare-er. Pretty sure I'm also one as well, and we can just sit and stare at each other for the entire flight.

What are your best tips on how to save money?
I could go on and on about this topic. I keep an excel spreadsheet with a budget that I keep track of obsessively. Knowing where your money is going is probably the best tip I can give ya.

What is your favorite summer memory?
Going to Upper Michigan with my family. My grandparents lived in a very remote town on Lake Superior. My grandma was the postmaster there. We loved having bonfires on the beach and learning about nautical history. The sand dunes were really neat, it made me feel like we were in the desert. Ya know that song "All Summer Long" by Kid Rock? The line "it was summer time in northern Michigan," I had the same summers! Well, except for the sex, drugs, and rock n' roll. But who knows, while I was making s'mores with grandpa, he could have been partying it up a campsite away...

Do you believe in ghosts?
Eh, not really. Those stories freak me out, but I'm not going to go search for them.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

You Have GOT to be Kidding Me

A continuation of yesterday's post:

Apparently my lovely husband forgot to mention yesterday to the transportation office that we're still on the look out for my no-fee passport. He went to the meeting today, and they won't schedule a darn thing (not even the movers) until I have my no-fee. He went to the lady's office who has it, and she wasn't in. This lady is NEVER in. Where does she go?

Why does it take us four days to have a simple appointment. This process shouldn't be so darn hard. We're losing money because I'm not sure when to put in our 30 day notice for our apartment. I should just hand it in and be like, ok, Army, get your butt in gear or else I'm homeless.

Or not. I'll just complain here about it. Aren't you so lucky!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Getting This Show on the Road

Seems like we can't get anywhere. Craig had the transportation meeting set up for Monday morning. He had to cancel because he had to pull a 24 hour duty the day before, and got off at 8am on Monday. He didn't want to be there any longer than he had to! Totally understandable.

He rescheduled for this morning. Last night I thought it would be a great idea to make more copies of his orders. I left them by the printer, and he forgot to grab them this morning. He went to the meeting this morning, but couldn't do anything because he didn't have his orders with him. He also scanned them and had an electronic copy on his laptop he had with him, but forgot he had done that. Ok, first time waiting for something was totally our fault and not the Army's.

So the meeting is tomorrow! However, we can't get plane tickets because I don't have that pesky no-fee passport.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Friday Fill-In 3

1. What is your favorite household chore?
Typically, it'd be mowing lawn, gardening, anything outside if we actually had a lawn (apartment living is REALLY dragging on me). But now I'd have to say cleaning the bathroom. I hate jobs that involve dust, enjoy jobs that include getting wet. Or maybe it has something to do with sniffing the fumes.

2. What is your favorite childhood memory?
Playing pretend town with my sister. We used our long driveway as a highway, and the trees in our yard were houses, and each had a crazy family living in them. The shed became the auto body shop, and there was an ice cream shop, a waste treatment plant (yeah, we were weird kids), and a baseball diamond. We even made "custom" jackets for the baseball team by writing on old jean jackets with pens.

Another great memory I have is all the times my sister and I would get in trouble around the farm, like the time we went into the corn crib and used the cobs as a slide. This caused the corn to shift, and blocked the door. We yelled for my dad for what seemed like hours. It was probably only 10 minutes, but as a little kid, it felt like an eternity. I could tell more individual stories, but I'll leave that for the book. I'm currently in contract negotiations for my life story (kidding...).

3. What is your most embarrassing moment?
I met someone on a band trip, started talking, and accidentally referred to someone we both knew as "a f**ker" (I guess I was trying to be cool? I meant to say I didn't care for the particular person, but it just popped out.) Then it turns out this guy was super religious, and he kinda stopped talking to me after that.

Also, when you spend your first few years out of college doing outside sales and cold calling, you have plenty of embarrassing moments, and a few of them come to mind every once in awhile, and I try my hardest to forget them.

4. What uniform of your spouse’s is your favorite?
Since he's low on the Army totem pole, I've never seen him in his class A's. Plus it looks a little empty yet. I saw him once in his class B's when he did dress & ceremony. They were ok- the shirt remind me of my dad- he wears my uncle's old military shirts to the barn. I don't like the beret. I call ACUs his jungle PJs (ok is it just me, or after awhile, do they start to turn like a drab color pink?!). So now I've narrowed it down... um, the patrol cap? Or the spandex boxers he wears sometimes. :-) But I guess that's not really a "uniform" Maybe someday he'll have the dress blues.

5. What canceled TV show do you miss the most?
Sex in the City, but if it was still on, it wouldn't be as good. It left off at a good spot. The second movie was a sign that enough is enough.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Good News

These people are really excited. Someone lied to them and told them Germany won today. Juuuust kidding, they're excited because....

Craig got orders today! (The Germans are such welcoming people, haha)

Yay! We'll be arriving in about a month. Let the moving begin...

Saturday, July 3, 2010

MilSpouse Friday Fill-In

I know, I know, it's not Friday, but I'm just starting to jump on the bandwagon here. I gotta get up to speed, so I'll do all the questions from the past couple weeks. Thanks to Wife of a Sailor for the idea!

Week 1

1. How did you and your spouse/significant other meet?

We were both members of the University of Wisconsin marching band. We were put in the same rank, and he'd walk me to band everyday. Turns out he really thought I was cute and wanted to date me, I just though he was being nice. He was kinda annoying at first following me around, but by the time he asked me out, we were inseparable.

2. What is the best thing about being a MilSpouse?

Getting out of your comfort zone and living places you wouldn't have otherwise.

3. What is the hardest thing about being a MilSpouse?

Not knowing when things are going to happen, but placing a pretty good bet on it being much later than the date you expect, and that someone will screw up some sort of paperwork.

4. What is your favorite dish?

Oh that's so hard! I know Craig will say his favorite dish is green chili rice. Me? I love any food that tastes fresh and is made from scratch. Anything with garlic in it.

5. If you could change one thing in this world, what would it be?

That's such a loaded question. I just wish there wasn't so many people out there that have given up on life. You see so many people that are depressed, don't have a passion for anything, and just going through the motions.

Week 2

1. Tell us about your dream job… one that you could do regardless of pay.

To run a small dairy farm where I can host tours and try my hand at direct marketing of the product. I'd like to try sheep or goats because their size would make them easy to handle, and you can make a decent profit with a smaller operation. I'm leaning towards sheep because I think there's a lot of market potential, and I prefer the taste over goat cheese. Also, I'd really like to have a place where I can teach my children the value of hard work, and the strength of a family working together. Now I just have to talk my husband into the idea!

I've also had an idea for teaching the public about where their food comes from, the real costs of food, and what we sacrifice by having the cheapest food in the world. Nutrition is a hard field to be in, but I just feel so many people are misguided by marketing.

2. What is your most prized material possession (kids and pets don’t count!)?

My laptop and my car. They're my keys to the outside world!

3. What has been your favorite duty station and why?

Craig went to BCT at Ft. Jackson, and we're still at Ft. Gordon, where he just finished AIT. We're going to Germany, so I'm pretty sure that will trump any place we've been already.

4. What is your least favorite household chore?

Folding shirts. I do a crappy job of it. Craig is so much better at folding than me. I'm weird though, I'd rather clean the bathroom and wash the car before folding shirts.

5. If you could give one piece of advice to a teenager today (not specifically a MilTeen), what would it be?

Don't get caught up in friend drama. It's not worth your time. Put down your damn phone and live life- most of that drama will go away.