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Day seven – Do you read? What are some of your favorite books?

Oh goodness… do I read? Hell yes, I read! I am nose deep into a book most of the time. My current favorite book is Alex and Me by Irene Pepperberg. I just finished it and I could not put it down. I had it done in two days, it was that good. If you were to peruse my bookshelf right now, though you’d see an eclectic assortment of books. I’ll give you some highlights:

Marley & Me by John Grogan
Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
Buddhism Without Beliefs by Stephen Batchelor
AP Stylebook 2010 Edition 🙂
iCon (About Steve Jobs) by Young and Simon
The Honda Myth by Masaaki Sato
Priceless: They Myth of Fair Market Value by William Poundstone
Blink by Malcolm Gladwell (I really like his writing… can you tell?)
Click: The Magic of Instant Connections by Ori Brafman and Rom Brafman

Now, this is only the bookshelf in my office, this is not including the one in the living, or the one in TC’s office, or the one in the guest bedroom, or the one in my master bedroom , or the books that currently reside in the 19, (Yep, you heard that correctly… nineteen)  boxes that are left unpacked because our bookshelves we ordered a few weeks ago aren’t here yet. We ordered two, by the way.

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So, yes, I read. A lot. I have interests in a lot of different subjects and I’m game for just about any book. Any new recommendations?!


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Day six: What band or musician is most important to you?

I’m going to opt out of this one and say that I can’t pick just one band or musician. Different bands/musicians mean different things to me and honestly, I haven’t delved that deeply into my psyche (yet) to fully understand those associations. Maybe I’ll do that on our next road trip. But I will say that music has and always will have a very special place in my life. I was a band geek (no pictures to prove this though, sorry!) and I have always been in love with music. Every form of music… some more so than others. I use music to change my mood, to see me through tough times, and to express myself to those around me (I play piano.)

So… I can’t choose what band or musician is most important to me. Music, as a whole, is an important part of my life and I hope to never change that.

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Day five: Five place you want to visit

1. Hawaii – but mainly to visit my good friend who is stationed there. Tough life, huh?

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2. Vietnam – There is such rich history here, not just the war, but other great sites to see.

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3. Japan – I love the culture and the simplicity of their style. Most of the stuff in our house has a Japanese theme to it.

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4. Italy – But not the populated parts of Italy. The countryside… you know, with the wineries and great local culture? Did I mention the wineries?

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5. Croatia – Ok, so I saw this post from Uncorked and Unwined back in November and I have been longing to go here ever since. Sidenote: There is a month long (I think) Kayak tour through Croatia that I MIGHT be obsessing about right now. I almost have TC talked into it.

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Day two – 10 likes and dislikes


  1. The beach! Sun, sand, surf, and everything else summery that our currently location is overflowing with.
  2. A strong but gentle man.
  3. Good dogs.
  4. The smell of laundry straight from the dryer.
  5. Maine.
  6. Candles.
  7. My car 🙂 He’s amazing.
  8. Organization… of everything.
  9. Color – coded calendars.
  10. New recipes that actually work!


  1. Liars, cheaters and the like.
  2. People who overreact but don’t realize that they are being silly.
  3. Winter.
  4. Reality TV.
  5. Businesses that don’t return phone calls.
  6. Humidity.
  7. Staying out past midnight.
  8. Fox News.
  9. The body shop that STILL has my car.
  10. My iPhone’s battery life.

Is it strange that I can go on and on about the things I like, but I had a difficult time finding things that I dislike? Optimism for the win!!

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Since I know how EVERYONE loves these things… I thought I’d bombard your reader with one as well. One of my 101 in 1001 goals is to do two of these… don’t worry, I won’t do them back to back, I promise! I hope you don’t get too bored with my overly exciting life!!

Day one: Write some basic things about yourself.

  • I grew up in an itty bitty town in Kansas.
  • Thunderstorms make me incredibly happy.
  • My two favorite beers currently are SeaDog Blueberry Wheat Ale (brewed in my favorite state) and Leinenkugel Sunset Wheat. Yum-O.
  • I’m a pretty awful friend in that I don’t call/text/write/send smoke signals/etc for days at a time… but I’m always thinking about my friends!! I just don’t want to bother them. I know they have their own lives.
  • One goal for the next three years is to get a photography business up and running not just to make money, but to do OpLove. (You have to be “professional” to be an OpLove Photographer.) I don’t really care about making money, I just want to help out fellow MilSpouses to capture those special moments. I also want to be a pet photographer.
  • My husband is a ninja. No really. I can’t tell you what he does because A.) I’m not 100% sure myself and B.) If I told you… I’d have to kill you. I’m not kidding about that.
  • I’ve seriously considered a maid to come in and clean up the kitchen after I cook, simply because I hate doing dishes and cleaning the kitchen. However, I’m OCD about my kitchen and the way things are cleaned so I think it would just add more stress to my life.
  • I firmly believe there is NOTHING a good glass of wine and some good company can’t fix.
  • Chicago is my favorite city and if TC ever does a deployment of a year or longer, the pigs and I will be there in an instant. To live and work in the windy city? It’s my dream and a small obsession.
  • I love sushi.
  • I love climbing into clean sheets that still smell like laundry detergent and fabric softener.
  • Fall is my favorite season, seconded only by spring.

So there you go, some facts about me. Some are not so basic, but I’m a complicated person… maybe not.

See you tomorrow for day two!

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That’s right, I’m down another two pounds. Please don’t be alarmed by the screaming and bursts of incredible joy. I also started a few new programs and picked up some older ones I’ve let slide.

The new programs include the two hundred sit-ups challenge and the hundred push ups challenge. My initial test was a little shocking. I’m no where near where I thought I was, fitness-wise and I have a long way to go to make it to the goals I’ve set for myself. *Sigh* I’m making effort though, and that’s what really counts.

I’ve also started in with the Couch to 5k program again. I’ve done it in the past and had pretty decent results with it so I’m trying it again. It’s great because I don’t have a ton of time to devote to my running right now and I have to have something to motivate me to get out a run. I downloaded an app on my phone that prompts me to switch from walking to running and tells me my speed, distance, etc.  Since it’s worked in the past, I’m putting a little bit of faith into it now. I really just need something to get my lazy butt out there.

I’ve debated about joining a gym. I had one at our old station due to the fact that the weather was a little… unpredictable and quite frankly, getting out to run in 12º weather wasn’t really my cup-o-tea, so I went to the gym, pounded out a few miles on the treadmill and called it a day. Since it’s so warm here during the “winter,” I don’t think I can justify a gym membership (also my current lack of employment and positive cash flow…) So, running it is! The puppy enjoys the running as well, he gets so excited to see the harness come out and when I put on my running shoes. He also sleeps really well when we’re done, so that’s positive as well.

I’m off to start my day and break through my to-do list (it’s really long and includes a phone call AND trip to talk to TriCare.) Wish me luck!

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With the dawning of a new year, thousands of people also start new projects. While I’m not the resolutions type of person, as mentioned in the earlier post, I am a project person. (Please see my 101 in 1001.) Since TC got me my nice new camera, who has been named Simon*, I’ve decided to embark on a new journey to improve my photography and to also document our lives here through photos. I’m sure most of you know what the Project 365 is, and even though it’s taken a few different forms, the basic premise of it is this: Take one picture and post it every day. I’ve done this when I was younger by writing something everyday. It was fun. It was hard. It was the best thing I’ve done to improve my writing. Maybe I need to add stories to my pictures too. Improve my writing and my photography at once! That might be a little too much improvement for one year. We’ll see.

So here are my first three pictures of this project and of this year. I hope you enjoy!






*I name objects. Please don’t hate. For example, my car is named Jackson.

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