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The fill in! YAY! I’m going to give a word of warning. I’ve got a pretty intense cold right now, so I’m taking some pretty intense medication to try to knock it out before festivities begin on Saturday. So, I’ll apologize for the nonsense that may or may not be spewing from my mouth and out of my fingers onto my computer right now. HAVE FUN!!

  1. With PCS moves happening every few years, do you take the time to paint and decorate your home? submitted by Life as Mrs. JPT
    At our first house together, I did paint… but we also owned the house. This time around, we’re not painting, but we’re also renting so that is a factor. We also don’t know if we’ll stay in this house or move when our lease is up, so I don’t want to spend a ton of money on painting a house we’ve only got a year in. We keep the same wall hanging/pictures so that makes it feel like “ours” as long as we have our stuff on the walls and in the house.
  2. If you could live in any home on a television series, what would it be? submitted by Standing By Him  
    I think I’d want to live with Liz Lemon from 30 Rock. Two reasons: 1.) I don’t really watch anything else. and 2.) I kind of love working all the time. As long as it’s something I love! It would also be pretty cool to live in NYC (I’d rather it be  Chicago… but whatevs.) I love Tina Fey, something fierce.
  3. What inspired you to start your blog?  submitted by Pink Combat Boots 
    Honestly? I was bored one day and needed an avenue to write. I also wanted to get into freelance writing and I thought writing on a blog to people who would understand where I was coming from would help getting some writing juices flowing.
  4. What is the weirdest thing you’ve ever seen on base? submitted by Adventures in Life 
    An alligator… and a cottonmouth (a snake… a not so nice snake.) Not even kidding.
  5. Which historical figure (politician, writer, artist, scientist, actor, etc…) would you like to have dinner with?  submitted by Army of Two 
    John Stewart. Not a valid historical figure? Too bad 🙂
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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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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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Oh the fill-in! I found myself thinking on Wednesday when all of this stuff was going on that I couldn’t wait for Friday to link up with everyone!! It’s almost like I have a standing lunch date with a bunch of amazing ladies who make me laugh and smile and just feel all around good inside! Thanks again to Wife of a Sailor for hosting and doing such an amazing job keeping us all in touch!
  1. Aside from no deployments, what is one thing you would want to make the MilSpouse life “perfect”? submitted by Oh How Delightful
    I’m not going to lie – we’ve got a pretty good gig going here. Aside from the on/off/on/off etc. deployment schedule… it’s not bad. I’ve got sun, sand and sometimes surf. I’ve got the pigs (the dogs) that keep me company. I think the only thing I’d do is eliminate the drama from some of the spouses. I mean, can’t we all just get along?! Sometimes there is so much drama that I wanna grab some popcorn and dish about it on some online forums, then I remember that it’s real life… eww.
  2. Just how many peppers did Peter Piper pick? submitted by Married into Army
    84… duh.
  3. If you could have any career in the world with nothing holding you back, what would you do? submitted by It’s My Party and I’ll Cry if I Want To
    I’d be a blogger and social media manager for a advertising agency in Chicago. Hands down. Or… I’d devote my life to working with animals in some sort of rescue type organization. Or… I’d spend my life cooking (but make someone else clean up the kitchen.)
  4. Do you have a service oriented tattoo and if so what is it. If you don’t what would you get? submitted by The Squid’s Accomplice
    My two cents: No tattoos of any kind for this girl, especially not a service oriented one. This kind of blows my mind. I get that the Service Member would want to commemorate such a large chunk of their life by permanently inking it on their body, but a spouse? Yes, our lives are ruled by the military, BUT we didn’t sign over our lives to Uncle Sam. We didn’t go through boot camp. Our lives aren’t in danger half of the year. We don’t go on deployments. (Side note: There are some spouses that are also Service Members and to them I say, “Tattoo away my friends. You have/are serving our country well and you deserve to ink whatever you want on your body. And thank you!!”) But to the spouse that doesn’t actively serve? It’s kind of tacky, in my humble opinion…
    IF I were to get a tattoo, it would be of a gerber daisy in honor of a very good friend who was killed by a drunk driver.
  5. Imagine a block of time has opened up in your busy day for you to take a class in anything you like. What subject would you choose?  submitted by To The Nth
    Photography! I love taking pictures and while reading things online has been great to learn more about how to take good pictures… I really need someone to teach me, show me, tell me what I’m doing wrong. Or I’d take a hot yoga class. If I could do that every single day, I’d be a much happier person… but alas, I can’t afford to take it everyday and I don’t have the time 😦 whomp whomp.

And the Roundup hosted this week by Consider The Lilies!! Head on over. Check out some MORE amazing MilSpouses (and significant others!) I keep adding to my reading list and also to my blogroll on the left!

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YAY! The Fill-In is back 🙂 If you want to link up, or if you just want to read some pretty kick booty milspouse (girlfriends and fiancees too) blogs; head on over, link up, join the fun! Thanks to Wife of a Sailor for hosting again!

  1. What is your favorite MilSpouse blog (not including Wife of a Sailor who we all love, or your own)? submitted by Our Crazy Life(Wifey note: whaaaat? You can’t say my blog? No fun! LOL, just kidding)
    I can only choose one? Nope.. sorry, I’m choosing three, The Diary of a Mrs., Uncorked and Unwined, and Married Life in Paradise. I have a ton on my google reader, though.
  2. What are your favorite perks about your s/o being deployed (we all know there are perks)? submitted by Ramblings of a Marine Wife
    I love that I get the TV and the bed to myself. Well… kind of, the dogs hog the bed quite a bit, but it’s nice to have a little extra room to stretch out. I also get to eat whatever I want – especially those foods that TC hates.
  3. How long did you date your <significant other> before getting engaged? Married? submitted by Utterly Chaotic
    We dated for about three years and then we were engaged for about two months. No big wedding for us. At the time, I planned events for a living and planning a wedding didn’t sound fun. No other reason for the quick engagement than that. We’ve been married for almost two years.
  4. What do you think your <significant other> would do if s/he wasn’t in the military? submitted by Adventures of M-Squared
    I’m sure he’d be either an aero-engineer for Hawker/Cessna/Learjet, or an economist somewhere… but he wouldn’t have met me. Since we met while he was in the military, I’m pretty sure our paths would not have crossed.
  5. If you could talk to the Secretary of (fill in your appropriate branch) what is one suggestion you would like to bring to their attention in order to improve the lives of military families?  submitted by My Life as His (Air Force) Wife
    Ya know, I could say things that are expected… like: don’t deploy him so much, don’t make us move every three to five years, don’t take him away from his family so much. But guess what, it’s his job and that’s what he does for a living. My one suggestion? Be a little more open to sharing information that’s not classified and keep us in the loop too. Also: offer mandatory marriage briefings to everyone getting married to a SM. That knowledge (and just having someone say, “hey, this is how it’s going to be. Deal with it”) is invaluable.

I found the Roundup again! I lost it for while, but I’m back with it! YAY! Thanks to Hillary at The Whole FamDamily for hosting this week!

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YAY! The Fill-In is back! I’m very, very excited to join back with my fellow MilSpouses and Significant others in this amazing weekly post brought to us by Wife of a Sailor! Go there! Check out the other participants. I promise you won’t be disappointed!!!

  1. What are you looking forward to most in 2011? from Jessica Lynn Write Getting settled here and finding a J.O.B. Also… the beach. Spending lots of time on the beach, on the water and just outdoors in general. Oh and losing all this weight.
  2. What is something random you do on a boring night when your significant other is away?from Lovin Ma Soldie Pampering and spending hours on the phone catching up with friends.
  3. What has been your greatest adventure as a MilSpouse? from Misadventures of An Army Momma
    The PCS was interesting. The random trip to see TC while he was at training in ABQ and our romantic weekend in Santa Fe. And… This little adventure we had the other day with Baxter. Not really that big of an adventure but interesting because TC was out of contact with work and I was stuck dealing with a frightened bleeding puppy on my own and a “helper dog” who had no idea what was going on or why Baxter was getting so much attention. Ugh…
  4. What is the ugliest fashion trend you ever bought into (I’d like to make fun of you, so can you please provide a picture as well)? from More Than An Army Wife
    You might not know this about me… but I’m not much of a fashionista. I wear lots of jeans, tank tops, sweatshirts, etc. I did the leg warmer thing when I was little… like sevens years old little. But thankfully I have no pictures of that. The plus side of this camera thing? I am not in most pictures. 🙂
  5. What was the high point of last month?
    Um… There was a high point of last month? Someone forgot to include me in that memo. Probably the fact that I got a new camera and a new kayak. And it wasn’t freezing. And I got to get out on the water and enjoy the beach a little. Other than those things… December can kiss my little booty. Good riddance.

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YAY! It’s Fill-In time again! I find myself really looking forward to these now. I’m kind of sad that we’re not having another one until 2011, but not worrying about the Fill-In during the massive amount of traveling I am doing in the next two weeks will be a good thing. Thanks again to Wife of a Sailor for hosting!

  1. What is the best gift you have ever received or given? from Jessica Lynn Writes
    The best gift I’ve received I actually gave to myself, on December 10 2004. I adopted a puppy from an old farmer in Oklahoma. She was tiny tiny and perfect. I couldn’t have asked for a better companion. After four moves (one across the country), three shitty boyfriends, one husband and another puppy addition to our family… she’s still my amazing little girl. Allie is my favorite gift because she’s been with me through everything and I we have a special bond that no one can take away from us (Wow… I really AM that crazy dog lady…)
    The best gift I’ve given would be the Chicago trip I surprised TC with after his last deployment. (By the way – working super secret leave with TC’s commander without TC getting wind of it is hard work, folks… Hard. Work.) But we finally got our trip to Chicago that we missed out on a year and half prior due to a freak late March Kansas snowstorm. He had four days of relaxation and not worrying about work, or classes, or life in general and we got to reconnect. It was magical for us both.
  2. Do you celebrate holidays differently when your loved one is deployed/gone or do you keep tradition? from The Albrecht Squad This is an interesting question because we don’t really do a lot to celebrate holidays when he’s home. We’re still working on making new traditions together and since we’ve spent only one Christmas together in our five Christmases of being a couple, that hasn’t really been on top of our priority list. Neither one of us are “holiday” people and we tend to cherish the time we get together as much as we can. So… no we don’t celebrate holidays differently when TC is deployed/gone.
  3. If you celebrate Christmas, do you put an angel, star or something else on the top of your tree?
    We don’t have a tree this year, but when we do we have a toy airplane that sits on top of the tree… like it landed there.
  4. What are your three favorite websites?
    The Pioneer Woman, Smitten Kitchen and Google (mainly my Google Reader)
  5. On your man do you prefer… boxers, briefs or boxer briefs? Or commando? (yeah, I’m starting to get desperate for questions!)
    I love TC in boxer briefs! He has amazing abs, a great butt and killer legs so it makes for a great trilogy when he wears boxer briefs.  Oh. Em. Gee. It’s hot. (He has a killer body all the way around to be exact. Yumm-o)

And the Round Up!

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