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It’s FRIDAY again! I have a confession to make though… (I started my weekend at noon on Wednesday… SHHH!!!) Ok, so only kind of. I do a lot of my work from home. I don’t have to go to the office to get stuff done and I gotta say… it’s FREAKING AMAZING. I spend a lot of my “working time” out on our back porch with a glass of wine ummm… an iced tea. Yeah, iced tea. I’m really am kidding about that. I don’t drink in the middle of the day or while I’m “on the clock.” I have done some media/marketing plan brainstorming after hours with some wine. But not during the day. Anyway. I’ve been working from home since noon on Wednesday. I’m incredibly productive when I can go at my own pace with familiar surroundings. Like TC, the dogs and this little guy:

Say hello to my little friend. But on with the post!

First up: The Fill-in. Head on over to Wife of a Sailor and link up! Word of warning. I’m in a really strange mood today and I’ve dealt with more than the normal amount of ladies wallowing in self pity about deployments… two month long deployments. So I’m slightly jaded with some of my answers. As always, take what I say with a grain of salt and some tequila.

  1. What is your must have gadget? submitted by Flying High With My Flyboy
    I cannot live without my iPhone. It is my contact book, my email client (for the five, yes 5 email accounts), my link to TC when he’s deployed and my iPod. I’m holding off on getting the 4, but my 3GS has been fantastic to me over the past year and half.
  2. How does your adulthood compare to what you imagined it would be like when you were a little kid? submitted by L to the Third
    Ya know, I don’t remember how I imagined adulthood would be. I really have no recollection of ever thinking of adulthood when I was kid. I know that I did, because every kid does, right? Things have changed so much in my life since I was small, but I know I never thought I’d be living in paradise with a military service member. This was not something I could make up in my head.
  3. What is your favorite chocolate recipe? submitted by Our First Deployment
    You need to put chocolate in things? Isn’t it amazing just plain? I did make these around valentine’s day and they were pretty much heaven in a cookie.
  4. How do you deal with military life when it gets to be to much or to hard? submitted by Combat Boots And Pointe Shoes
    Honestly? This life isn’t THAT hard. It’s life. Sometimes life sucks and doesn’t go exactly the way I want it too, but it’s never been “Oh my gosh, please make this all stop and go away. I CAN’T HANDLE IT” hard. When things start to suck I just remember that this too shall pass, hit the gym, throw back a glass of wine and pet the dogs, uh, normally in that order. Life is what you make it and if you make so that it becomes too much or too hard… you’re DOIN’ IT WRONG! (Just kidding… kind of.) (Disclaimer, right and wrong are viscous terms and different for everyone. What I say is “right” may not be someone else’s definition of “right.” Please don’t flame me for this answer… OR the next one.)
  5. What piece of advice would you give a new Military spouse facing their first deployment? submitted by The Albrecht Squad
    Don’t see you significant other as your “everything.” He/She can be your other half, your soulmate, your one and only, but remember. You are your own person. You control your attitude and emotions. Roll with the punches. Things will change after they’ve been set in stone. Learn to embrace the suck. Laugh at situations… and yourself. Ask for help. A bottle glass of wine is a perfectly acceptable substitute for dinner some days… So is chocolate. Use the time apart to better yourself in some way. Focus on living your life the best way you can. Smile and remember: This too shall pass.

Next up: The Round Up! Head on over to join Beckie @ Turn for the Nurse

And last but not least:

Day twenty-five: would you rather date someone plain with an amazing personality or someone beautiful with a plain personality?
I don’t really have to choose because I have a hot husband with a pretty kick-booty personality. So there. Take that! 😉


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Day twenty-four: seven things that cross your mind a lot

Ok, I’m going to preface this by explaining that I’ve spent a lot of time driving (A. Lot.) in the past few weeks. So… I’ve actually already thought of this. Also: Caution… this post contains expletives, enter at your own risk.

  1. “WHAT THE FUCK IS WRONG WITH YOU?!?” (I think this about numerous people/dogs/corporations/organizations at various times throughout my day.)
  2. I’m OCD when I walk, blink, drive, think, breathe… so I count. Everything. All the time. Steps? Yep, I count them. Telephone poles? Those too. Kayaks, planes, ceiling tiles, bottles of soda at the checkout counter, columns in front of the courthouse, cars parked on the street… it doesn’t really affect my daily life, so I don’t THINK it’s a huge problem, or actual OCD… but it’s pretty darn close.
  3. Finances. I know at all times how much money is in our bank accounts. All of them. I’ve already budgeted out four months of paychecks/bills and I know how much I should be getting in interest on our accounts every month. I like math. I like accounting. I’m also a worrier. Not a good combination sometimes.
  4. Things about work. I used to be in a job that sucked the soul right out of me and I would worry about work all the time. Now, I love my job and while I still worry about things, it’s a different worry; a calm worry, if you will. I love thinking of new ways to make things work because people value my ideas and want to try new things. I was hired for my forward thinking and my knowledge about marketing and advertising. I like thinking about work, but I don’t feel guilty when I turn my brain off from work and actually enjoy my life. (New concept right here.)
  5. “Wow, I live in a pretty amazing place.” Tiny frogs and lizards live on my front porch. I see the ocean every single day. I can take a kayak out on the water almost every day of the week, regardless of the time of year (thank you wetsuit!). I’m a 15 minute drive from white sandy beaches and totally unplugging from reality. I’m pretty damn lucky.
  6. “I miss <insert friend or family member name here>.” I have some pretty kick-ass, amazingly awesome, loyal friends. Both in real life and here in the blog-o-sphere. But I miss my in real life friends. A lot. I’ve made some great friends down here, don’t get me wrong… but I’ve always been geographically close to at least one really good friend that I can text at 1655 and have them meet me at bar/restaurant/house at 1715, with wine and dinner. I’m so spread out from everyone here that I have to plan 3-4 days in advance. Also, my friendships take time to blossom and grow, like flowers planted in really shitty soil. They take nurturing and love, time and a few seasons to really prosper. (P.S. Secret blog message: Balls. Just… Balls.) So yeah, the thought that, “hey, I really miss someone right now,” goes through my head quite a bit.
  7. The dogs. It’s not really a secret that my dogs are like my children. (Yes… I’m “that girl.”) They are amazing little creatures and I love them to death. When I’m away from them, I think of them almost all the time and when I’m with them, I have one touching me at all times. Not kidding.  I have one sitting next to me, or following me around waiting for me to sit down. It’s humorous really. But I do love them more than I like most people.

Well then, a 30 day challenge post on the day it’s supposed to be posted… miracle? Or my day off?

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Day twenty-two: a picture of what you wore today


But? Ugh. Really? Do I have to? I. Don’t. WANNA! Ok, now that that temper tantrum has been sufficiently thrown… (Please disregard my dirty bathroom/mirror and the fact that I’m about 20lbs overweight. Damn medications…

Day twenty three: a letter to someone, anyone

Dear Dogs:
You are cute and cuddly… 95% of the time. But tonight? You’re about to drive me insane. Stop fighting. Stop barking. Stop trying to hump each other! Can’t we just cuddle and drink some wine; chit chat a little; maybe paint my toenails? I’ve had a long couple of weeks and this is my Friday. I wanna relax and you’re just being a pain in the ass. STOP IT!!
Love always…

P.S… We do not, I repeat: DO NOT have to get up in the morning. Please refrain from waking up at 0500. I’ll boot you outside and leave you there until I’m ready to get up. KThx.

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Cause I’m sucking pretty hardcore at this… Here’s a three day review of the posts!


Day nineteen: a list of all the place you’ve lived.
Kansas, Oklahoma and “The South”

Day twenty: concerts you’ve attended
I’ve been to some pretty great concerts. Some of the most memorable where in college… red dirt bands: Jason Boland and the Stragglers, No Justice, Cross Canadian Ragweed, The Great Divide, and Keith Anderson… just to name a few of those. But I’ve also seen some pretty awesome ones since I’ve been out of college as well: Bon Jovi, The Rolling Stones, Dave Matthews. I’m excited to get to some more very soon though!!

Day twenty one: turn on’s and off’s
Turn ons: Long walks on the beach, staring longingly into my eyes, a good set of abs. Ok, in all seriousness… My turn ons since I’m an old married broad are honesty, respect, true love and devotion, and a good set of abs.
Turn offs: Have and always will be: cockiness, liars, cheaters, jerks, and anyone who doesn’t love my dogs. 🙂



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Let’s just get started with this incredibly long post, shall we?
First up:
  1. What are some  of your ideas for staying connected with family…you know, those people we moved thousands of miles away from? submitted by Live it. Love it (or not). Write About It.
    We skype. A lot. I also call my parents and my brother/his family quite a bit. We don’t skype with TC’s family as much, but we do talk to them. I’m getting ready to send a care package of home baked goodies to TC’s grandfather… so we use that avenue as well.
  2. What’s the most romantic gift you have GIVEN? submitted by Painting My Canvas
    Last year, after TC got back from his crazy deployment, I surprised TC with a July 4th weekend trip to Chicago. Cubs game, Goose Island Brewery tour, Frank Lloyd Wright home and studio tour, the works. I worked all of his leave with his commander prior to his homecoming about three weeks after he got back from the deployment, I basically just drove him to the airport the morning we were to leave. He had a blast and it was a needed trip for us to reunite with each other and get away from the hecticness of my work. It was also a good down time for use before he left again for training and we had to PCS. (Shhh…. I’m planning another trip for this year too!)
  3. Would you encourage your child, if they came to you and wanted to join the military?  submitted by Perfectly Imperfect
    Ya know, I’m not sure.  The correct answer here is yes.. but since we have a LONG time until we actually have to deal with this… I’m just gonna pass.
  4. What is your least favorite bill to pay and why? submitted by A Little of This, A Little of That
    Sewer. Why do I have to pay someone to haul away my … um… waste? That one gets me every time. And water. I grew up on well water and until I moved into my first apartment, we never paid for water. That one gets me too.
  5. What is the proudest moment you’ve had as a military spouse?  submitted by Our Okinawa Life
    When I worked for a non-profit (that will remain nameless) in Kansas, I had the opportunity to work the Patriot Guard Riders. The ORIGINAL ones.  I had to work an event with a bunch of them and after talking with me for a few hours, one finally piped up and said that my husband was in the Air Force and was coming home from a deployment in a few days. They gushed about how they appreciated not only TC’s service, but also mine. I thanked them, finished the event and went along my way. A few days later, after I picked up TC from the base, got him home, showered, fed and in bed… I went back to work (we had a major event a week later… taking off work for days at a time wasn’t an option.) When I arrived back at my office, a giant bouquet of yellow daisies were sitting on my desk. They all chipped in to buy me flowers to thank me for supporting my airman. After the emotion of the reunion and then leaving him again to go back to work, I just collapsed in tears in my office. I was so honored to be thought of and to be recognized for something that I normally just push aside – being a military wife and sacrificing my life with my husband physically being home so he can defend our country. I forget that other people don’t live this life. Others don’t know what it’s like, and to recognized for that was unique and an honor. I still talk to some of those riders. I loved working with them. I actually miss them 🙂

NEXT: This week, the Round up is being hosted by Lydia at withlovelydia. Head on over. Share your fave post of the week. Do it! Sorry, you don’t have to if you don’t want to, but you should! There are some lovely ladies over there. Seriously. Check it out!

And finally: Day eighteen: name the TV show you have become addicted to.

I have three:

30 Rock

The Office

Parks and Recreation

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Day fifteen: a photo of someone you fancy at the moment.

I'm pretty fond of this guy.

Day sixteen: if the world were to end tomorrow, what would you do with your remaining time on earth?

I’d spend it with my little family here and talking to my family that are not here. That’s a really morbid questions considering all that’s going on in Japan… hmm…

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Day fourteen: Provide pictures of five celebrity crushes.

This is a little harder than I thought it’d be… simply for the fact that I don’t have five celebrity crushes. Oh I have some, just not five. I’ll try my best!

1. Matt Damon. OMG I LOVE THIS MAN. He’s sexy, he’s funny, he has a Boston accent. What is not to love about him. Sorry, TC, but if Matt Damon is at the door… I just might let him in. Yum. O.

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2. Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Have you seen Inception. MMM. I would let him enter my dreams any day. Wait, what? I fell in love with him on 3rd Rock from the Sun (remember that gem of  show?)

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3. David Krumholtz. I know. I’m throwing it back to ’94 and the Santa Clause, but I feel in love with him then and my love for him has just grown. Exponentially. He’s been in so many things I love: The Addams Family Values, 10 Things I Hate About You, Freaks and Geeks (!!!), Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle, Superbad, and Numbers. I LOVE him in Numbers. I think it’s the geek in me.

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4. Ellen Page. I know she’s a chick… but I love her. She seems down to earth and witty. She’s also been in some kick ass stuff. Again… Inception? Anyone? AndSoAlso: She’s so freaking pretty!

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5. Leonardo DiCaprio… I guess. I hate to add this one on here simply because of the whole Titanic fiasco that made me hate him. But his new movies are amazing. Inception (I’m obsessed with this movie, can you tell?), The Departed, The Aviator, Catch Me if You Can, etc. I’m slightly skeptical about The Great Gatsby… We’ll see how that one plays out.

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