Friday, March 28, 2008

Military Motherhood Award

Only a few days left to nominate someone for the Military Motherhood Award. The deadline is March 31. So head over to CinCHouse with your nominee. They are looking for "inspirational stories of military wives and women in uniform who are successfully parenting children through the challenges of military life. These can be your children, stepchildren, foster children or others in unique circumstances. "

The winner gets "$5,000 and a free trip to the awards ceremony in Washington, D.C."

Just because I think it's funny...

I don't have a problem with anyone disagreeing with elected officials or with our foreign policies. As Americans, we ALL have the right to free speech (even those obnoxious Marines). But episodes like the one in Berkeley might be one of the reasons that I find myself less liberal than I used to be.

What's your accent?

Instead of calling it "Midland," I think I'm going to have to call my accent: "Mil-brat." Because I'm not from any of the places named. I was born in Tennessee, grew up in the Army, eventually landing in Oklahoma. Oh, and I pick up accents pretty easily so I have to watch it or it sounds like I'm making fun of people when I'm really not.

What American accent do you have?
Your Result: The Midland

"You have a Midland accent" is just another way of saying "you don't have an accent." You probably are from the Midland (Pennsylvania, southern Ohio, southern Indiana, southern Illinois, and Missouri) but then for all we know you could be from Florida or Charleston or one of those big southern cities like Atlanta or Dallas. You have a good voice for TV and radio.

The West
North Central
The Inland North
The South
The Northeast
What American accent do you have?
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Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Car, planes, and ERs

I'm back!!! Well, for now, anyway.

We've had a crazy 4 weeks. First, Stretch and I went away for a week to attend a seminar together. Okay, not exactly together. We spent most of our time in separate classes and only had lunch together twice all week. But we were told by the organizers to enjoy that week as a "honeymoon time." So we waved as we passed each other in the hall and remarked, "Glad we're getting to enjoy all this togetherness!" On the plus side, thought, I met some great people and received a lot of really good information that I hope will be helpful at the next duty station.

We raced home from that week to attend Big Sis' last basketball game of the season. She was the first to score a basket in that game and went on to score several more times. This was huge because it was the first time all season that she'd made baskets during a game. She's actually very good at making baskets but is not terribly aggressive about getting the ball during a game.

Stretch went back to finish the last week of the seminar. He took a rental car that didn't look big enough for him. Somehow he managed to fold himself into it. I stayed behind with the kids to get ready for our next trip. There was so much to do and so little time. So... a few things just didn't get done (like getting the house clean). Then the girls and I drove to my sisters' house Friday night (where Stretch met us) so that we could return the rental car and fly out Saturday. Stretch had another course to attend and we were tagging along because my parents live in the same area.

L'il Sis spent the entire 2 weeks we were away sick. I took her to the ER twice! She felt better just in time to fly back home. The first week, she was congested and had a fever. I took her to the ER when she'd had the fever for days and it kept coming back and then she started blowing blood out of her nose. The second week and second ER trip was because she spent a night vomiting and having diarrhea. She'd dropped at least 2 lbs. They gave her 2 bags of IV fluids, one had anti-nausea medication in it. Then, they sent us home with suppositories for the nausea. Have I mentioned that L'il Sis is 3-1/2? We tried but the suppositories... they just didn't happen.

Between illnesses, there was a brief respite during which I was able to see 2 of my best friends. We spent one afternoon going to lunch, shopping and getting pedicures. We were also able to get the kids together to play once.

It never seems to fail... whenever I've flown with the kids to see grandparents, there is always illness and an ER visit. At last count, there were a minimum of 4 ear infections (they never seem to get them any other time), one case of chicken pox, and now L'il Sis' mystery viral illness.

It's no wonder I'm cranky.


This was an actual conversation between a husband and wife:

Wife: I'm really tired of you acting like you're retarded in the kitchen!
Husband: Have you considered that it might not be an act?

I love my husband dearly and he really has many fine qualities, including his intelligence. But I think the honeymoon is over.

Friday, March 07, 2008

Ah, much better!

A few weeks ago, we bought a second vehicle. While waiting for our license plate to come in the mail, I've been using a temporary base pass. It's just not the same. It felt like the car was naked without those DoD stickers. Yesterday, the plate finally arrived and I practically ran to the base vehicle registration office. After getting the stickers, I ran the car through the car wash and went back home to put the stickers on. Yes! not naked anymore!

Sunday, March 02, 2008

Operation Purple

Did you know that there are FREE summer camps especially for kids with a deployed parent? Wow! What a great concept. It's called Operation Purple and is brought to us by those fine folks at the National Military Family Association. Check it out!