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Wanna go on a little trip with me?! Yes?! Good!!

Sadly, it’s a short trip, as I am currently sitting in the Memphis airport with NO FREE WIFI! That’s a huge fail in my books, Memphis. And I’m really disappointed. Lack of wifi = me blogging from my phone (lame) = not being able to link to my guest post with Jenn over at Preparing to Surface!!

What’s this? You don’t follow her? Shame. On. You. http://fletcherswife.blogspot.com/

She is insightful and witty and just an all around good read. So, while you’re checking out my guest post, stick around and read some of her past posts. There are also some pretty awesome guest posters there as well.

What are you waiting for? Go! Read! Enjoy the world that is her blog!!

(I’ll be over ———> here, waiting to take off and stewing over the fact that I have no free wifi. Humpf)

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So… I’m going to violate PERSEC for a minute: I’m going back to Kansas for a few days next week. I know, I know… I’m not supposed to say where I’m going, that I’m leaving, blah, blah, blah…

Honestly? Kansas is a pretty big state and if you REALLY wanna know EXACTLY where I am, I’m sure you can find that out just fine without me mentioning it on my blog. BFD.

But anyway… I want to express how deeply excited I am to be going. Off the wall, can’t sleep already, excited. I’m going to see some of the people who helped me through deployments, life and the like. People who confided in me when they didn’t have to. People who are a huge part of my life and who I miss terribly. AND… ONE MY BEST FRIENDS IS GETTING MARRIED!!! AHHH!!! I am so excited to be a part of her big day!

Also… I get to spend about three days with my familia. They are amazing and I am glad I am getting to sneak in a little family time while back in the land of OZ.

Some really neat things I’m looking forward to? (In no particular order)

  • Taking pictures with my camera. Of: The wedding, friends, debauchery that I’m sure will take place. Family!! Those two little girls that I adore so much? They will be SICK of picture taking by the time I leave. AND: Kansas. I really do think that place is beautiful (You can call me crazy and think I’ve lost it… I haven’t. I think lots of places are beautiful that others don’t. It’s called being optimistic and not shitting on everything folks. Try it. It’s fun.)
  • Spending time with my Daddy. I’m a daddy’s girl to the core and since he retired… he has free time to spend with his one and only daughter.
  • My Mama. She’s awesome and she likes wine. I think that’s all that needs to be said.
  • My nieces. They are so cute and growing SO FAST! I can’t wait to make them hug me until they can’t feel their arms anymore.
  • Allergies… In Kansas. Ok… now I have allergies. They weren’t THAT bad in Kansas, but here? OMG they make me want to scratch my eyes out with forks. I love spring, but hate allergies. I’ll be glad to not have to deal with them in their current intensity for a bit.
  • My friends. Confession: I have more civilian friends than I do mil-spouse friends in real life. While they couldn’t ever say “I know exactly what you’re going though.” They were always there with wine and dinner/chocolate/date time. I could escape the military life when it sucked the most and be a civilian again without having them pressure me to talk about TC and his job. (Ever notice how when military wives get together the topic almost ALWAYS goes to military? What is with that?!) It was nice to be “normal” and not worry about the Air Force. Their friendship was invaluable to me and I CANNOT wait to see them again.
  • The wedding!!! Have I mentioned that my BFF is getting married?!?! She is! To an amazing man that’s taking her to live in Hawaii. (Tough life, huh…) But she’s gorgeous inside and out and I could  not be happier for her. Oh… and… my bridesmaid dress? It freaking rocks my socks off:

image from target.com

I know – it’s amazing. Be jealous. I also have a new dress to wear to the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner:

Luxe Jersey Crossover Knit Dress
Image from anntaylorloft.com
To say that I’m excited might actually be an understatement.
One more thing to be excited about? I love to fly and to travel. I don’t know exactly what it is that I love so much, but I get crazy, super psyched about it. It will be a good trip… it just needs to get here already!

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Day 8: Three things you want to say to three different people.

Can they be anonymous? I’m going to make them anonymous. Ok, two of the three are anonymous.

1. Please stop using your unborn child for attention. I get that you’re scared and that you’re going to give birth while your husband is deployed, but if it was SUCH a big deal… why did you actively try to conceive when you KNEW he was leaving for an eight month deployment?! You made your bed, now stop trying to gather sympathy from everyone.

2. Thank you for making me see that life is short and that I need to tell those that I love just how I feel about them. Thank you for reminding me that there are things in life I cannot control and as hard as I fight them, it’s easier to accept and move on as best I can. I will never forget what you have done to myself and to so many others that loved her, but I am slowly learning to forgive. You had demons to overcome. I feel that you are doing just that. While I will never forget the night you took her from us, I hope that you never forget either. I hope that every time you have a drink you remember her. I hope  our loss and her death caused you to become a better man; to make better decisions.  “Acceptance and tolerance and forgiveness, those are life-altering lessons.” – Jessica Lange

3. Dear AF: Thank you for sending us to, quite possibly, the most beautiful location you could send us within CONUS. I feel very, very lucky to be here and I’m glad TC finally has a mission he enjoys. The past five years have been really hard on him and he needed a good assignment to regain his entusiasm in the military and with flying. It also helps that we’re on the beach and I’m have a really great tan building up. So, thanks for not sucking on this one!!

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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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Follow my blog with bloglovin

Oh. Em. GEE! Two posts in one day! Has the world stopped turning here?

 

No, I just stumbled upon this great little tool for following all of the blogs I read in one place and keeping them organized. While I use my google reader for a lot (A LOT…) of blog reading, I’m not thrilled with its layout or functionality. So… follow me here so I can see how many people follow me on a regular basis and don’t just happen to find my blog through random events. (Note: I’m not sure how to do that on wordpress, or if you can… but I want to follow blogger blogs and have that be an option for them as well. As it stands right now, I only know how to follow wordpress blogs on here. whomp, whomp)

 

So yeah! Follow me 🙂

 

(I seriously need some more sleep.)

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just too old

Oiy! Age really sneaks up on you, did you know that?  It’s a gradual slope that you climb up and not realize just where you stand age – wise. Things have a way of reminding you that you’ve grown in not only age, but also maturity. Sometimes things happen and you wake up one morning and say, “Well, shit. I’m kind of old.”

While I’m not 30 yet, I feel about 67 this morning. While I’m finding people here that live on my planet, they are also helping me break back out of my shell and experience life again. Three months ago if you asked me to go to a beach bar concert to watch an ’80s cover band, I would have laughed in your face. But I did just that last night, I went to smokey beach bar and watched an ’80s cover band with every other drunk person in a 45 mile radius. I came home at 2 a.m. reeking of smoke and spent most of the night being stepped on and shoved, the recipient of beer and other fluids that I’d rather not think about being spilled on me, and acquiring acute hearing loss. The band was good, don’t get me wrong, but I think there should be a better age limit enforced at those types of concerts. Say, if it’s an ’80s cover band, you have to have lived at least two years of your life in the ’80s. I don’t think that’s unreasonable, honestly. There were so many babies (by babies, I mean the 19/20 year olds that littered the dance floor) at this concert that it made my head hurt just to watch them down shot after shot and grind on every human there with a penis/vagina, respectively. So many bad decisions were being made. So many people will be waking up with a hangover and a large amount of regret this morning. So. Many. People.

 

Speaking of hangovers… I had a few drinks. I won’t lie, I had some vodka. My body is used to wine, not liquor (especially not cheap liquor.) Who knew two drinks and a severe lack of water would make me feel like death this morning. How do these people do it every weekend?! How did I do it for so many years!? My body and mind simply cannot handle that kind of crowd more than once every two years or so. Oiy.

On a happy note, though, the band was really good. The group of people I went with were really nice and not crazy and out of control. I had a really good time.

I just don’t want to do it again for a while. A long while. I am simply too old.

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First of all – Merry Christmas! I hope you got to spend some time with your loved ones and significant others. If you didn’t get that special time with them, I hope you were able to reach out to them to let them know they were missed and loved by all. TC and I have shared many Christmases apart (all but one, actually) so I know how hard it is to be without them on such a celebrated day. My thoughts are with you.

Second – I learned a very valuable lesson this week. TC left to go be with his family on Christmas, (a sore subject with us… but I can’t be “that” wife and say, no, you can’t go be with the family you only see twice a year – maybe more on that in a later post) and I was planning on driving back to my parents (about 18 hours) on Thursday with the dogs. I had a sinus infection but the base doc couldn’t see me again until next Wednesday I just let it ride itself out with the meds I already had.

Protip #1: Don’t let these things “ride themselves out.” It will get worse.

By Thursday, my temperature had been over 100 for four days and I decided I needed to go to urgent care to get this taken care of. Turns out, I had bronchitis and it was rapidly turning into pneumonia. One banana bag of rehydrating fluid and a steroid shot later they decided that I might need to be admitted to the hospital. It didn’t come down to that, but I did worry a little about what I would do if I was in an actual emergency without TC here. We’ve made friends but no one yet that I’d feel comfortable with sending to my house to take care of the dogs, or taking me to the ER if needed.

Protip #2: Emergency contacts are no good when those people are thousands of miles away.

Good news though, I’m getting better. I don’t feel like dying and my temp dropped below 100 for the first time since Monday. I’m focusing on things again and I’ve stopped feeling like someone is sitting on my chest. YAY! I might actually be able to get out of the house tomorrow! It’s been tough spending the holiday that I love so much with just my dogs. Don’t get me wrong, they are pretty amazing and I love them dearly… but it’s hard to not be with my family, or TC.

Always remember that no matter where you live, it’s important to know SOMEONE that can help in an emergency. My goal when I’m better is to make sure I have those people (and to know that they are in town during holidays.)

Here’s wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year!

<3, Meg

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