Thursday, July 29, 2010

I'm Going to Burn This Place Down!!!

Today has been such an interesting day. While making tortillas I stepped away to let the dog out (mistake #1) and all of a sudden I come back to a smoky kitchen and one burnt tortilla. Soon after, smoke alarm is blaring (ears are now hurting) and I'm running around like a crazy lady trying to open up some windows to let the smoke out. I turned off the burner (this probably should have been my first step) and examine my mess. The top looked great - the bottom, black and crispy! If the dog wouldn't have taken so long to pee, I would have not been in the situation. Gosh, I suck at cooking! I couldn't stop laughing though at my 10 year old puppy as she stared at the smoke alarm tilting her head from side to side wondering why it was being so loud. She cracks me up!

In a few hours I'll be meeting up with a USMC Gal that lives only ten minutes away from me. I am so beyond excited! Not only do I get to chat with an awesome girl, but I also get my favorite drink at Caribou Coffee. Oh yummminess! We're meeting up at five and I keep looking at the clock hoping it would go by faster! It is not following orders. Hmm... :(

Can't wait to see what the rest of the day has to bring :)

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Hello Lounge Area

My brother will be moving in a week and a half to OK. I don't think it's hit me yet. It's just weird to think about to be honest. There is one perk to him leaving though - he has the biggest bedroom and its becoming my lounge area. I'm super excited to redecorate it and make use of some posters I bought - since I have zero room for them in my teeny tiny room.

Speaking of posters.. a few weeks back I had told you all about how much I love photography and then showed you these two pictures:





Well shortly after that posting, I FOUND THEM BOTH for only $11. I was a very happy girl :)

So yes, they both will be included in my new lounge area!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Nighty Text

Mister (1:23 AM) : Ok you get sleep and dream of me baby
Me (1:31 AM) : yes love. i have my back to the wall and pillows infront of me to make it feel like your here. its not doing anywhere close to justice but i do remember what it feels like to be in your arms and im so thankful for that. so even tho im not in them right now its something i know ill feel again soon. thank you for coming back in december. thank you for letting me know how it's going to feel to spend the rest of my life with you and thank you for sticking through everything with me. you are an amazing man and im more than lucky to have you. i love you so much and miss you like crazy!
Mister (1:35 AM) : aw baby you gave me butterflys
Mister (1:36 AM) : i love you too boo bear
Me (1:36 AM) : i did!!! well that just made my day knowing that i gave them to you!
Mister (1:39 AM) : sleep good baby. i love you and miss you so very much. you are my everything.


I love that boy... <3

Classmate, USMC Gal, Q&A Monday

I've been taking the past couple of days to spend time with friends and to reflect on things. My classmates death shook my world a little bit and brought up old hurts from my very close friend who committed suicide almost four years ago [still can't believe it's been that long]. His funeral is tomorrow and I decided not to attend. I'm not sure if that is a decision I'll regret later on or be thankful for. I don't want to stir up more emotions. Maybe its a poor excuse, but I need to take care of myself too. His family and friends are in my prayers though - thank you for all of yours!

In a couple of days I'm going to meet up with USMC Gal. It'll be nice to be able to talk to someone who really understands things. I think I need that right now. I'm really excited to get to know her more and hoping to become better friends with her. I'll keep you updated!

I know I ended up missing Q&A Monday so I'll take time right now to fill it out:

1. What is more difficult for you; looking into someone’s eyes when you are telling someone how you feel, or looking into someone’s eyes when they are telling you how they feel? Looking into someone's eyes when I'm telling them how I feel. It's a nervous thing.

2. Are you old fashioned? Very much so. I like when a guy pulls out chairs and opens doors. It's a respect thing - every woman deserves respect!

3. Are you an early riser? Absolutely not! I hate waking up early. I am definitely a night owl.

4. What's something you cant live without? My family. Even though we fight at times - nothing is more important to me than having them be in my life.

5. What is something you've never done that you want to do before you die? Get married. It's something I am so excited for!
 
Leave a comment below and answer a question from above!

Monday, July 26, 2010

More Sad News + Update

I just feel like this week has been nothing but hard news. I found out last night that one of my graduating classmates took his own life. I went to school with him my whole life and to know that he's gone is just hard and odd to think about. Although him and I weren't very close, it's impossible to not feel sadness. After high school he joined the Marines and was based in New Orleans. My prayers and thoughts are with his family and friends during this hard time...

As far as the Marine who has been captured - I talked to his fiance yesterday. I gave her the URL to my post about her Marine and she is so very appreciative of all of your prayers and thoughts - please keep them coming! I will continue to pass along any words of encouragement and prayers to her (she is definitely in need of both!).

I want to say thank you as well for reaching out to her by leaving a comment. It means a lot to me to see that we're all here for each other. So thank you again, everyone!

Sunday, July 25, 2010


I've never participated in this before, so I'm excited to be linking up for the first time. I hope I meet more bloggers this way and get to know others better! If your new to blog - please leave a comment so I can follow you back :)

The questions...

1. Thong or Granny Panties? Thongs and boy shorts

2. If you see a guy with his fly down, do you tell him? If I know him then I would tell him, but otherwise if I don't know him, I usually don't because I feel too embarassed for them. haha.

3. Spanx or no Spanx? No spanx.

4. Do you sleep in your sheets? Nope. I hate sheets - I move around so much that they end up off my bed somehow anyways. I do sleep with two comforters though hehe.
5. What is your favorite Disney character? Don't really have one. I never really was into Disney movies - even when I was younger.

6. Dream vacation spot?  Somewhere near an ocean.

7. What is your dream job? If I could make a living by blogging than I would be a very happy girl.

8. Who is your hero and why? God is my hero. He saved me from myself and has never left my side. During my hard times, He's carried me through them and helped me become a stronger person. I love Him with all of my heart.

Wanna join in on the fun?
Link up: MannLand5

Saturday, July 24, 2010

A Girl Needs Your Prayers - Missing In Action - Please Read!

I just learned the news that a fellow USMC Gal's Marine has just been reported MIA. Apparently he's been captured. PLEASE keep him in your prayers as well as her! I can't even imagine this news, but I do know the power of prayer and that in God all things are possible. My heart really hurts for her and I'm praying they can find her Marine and bring him back home safe and sound.

Please note: I will be directing her to this post so if you would like to leave any words of encouragement - please do!

"Restrepo" - A Look Into War

"Restrepo" is a movie that just came out. Already, it has won the 2010 Sundance Documentary Award, has recieved four stars, and after hearing a critics report of movie - its suppose to be eye opening and the best war/military movie out there.

"Restrepo" is based on one platoon that is deployed in Afghanistan's Korengal Valley (which is considered one of the most dangerous posting places). There are no interviews, no scripts. This movie is raw video of what the platoon faced during their year long deployment.

I want to see this movie, but I'm terrified to. I know I will see things that my Marine may go through and face, but personally, I'm not sure I want to see those things. I think I need to though. I think it would help me relate. I'm glad that in the past year people have taken the opportunity to come out with documentaries and movies like, "The Hurt Locker", "Brothers at War", and now "Restrepo". People need to know what troops are experiencing. They need their eyes opened, because I think too many people have no idea.

It amazes me when I talk to people who find out I'm with a Marine what little they know. I don't expect people to know what acronyms mean or even the order of command, but I think it is important that people educate themselves about the war. I get questions all the time of people asking why we're over there and why we haven't nuked the place yet. I'm not in charge of the war first of all, but to nuke a place because only 10% of the people over there are "bad guys" is not a good enough reason in my book. It just drives me nuts.

I want to ask you though... are you planning on seeing this movie?

Watch the trailer below::



If you have seen the movie already - did you like it and would you recommend it to others?

Friday, July 23, 2010

Be Aware of What You Drink!!!

This story is quite disturbing, but I had to post it because it's also kind of funny. It totally reminds me of all the guys that I know who chew tobacco (a lot of whom are in the military).

My mom works for a bus company. When one of the drivers was finished with his route he found a sealed 5 hour energy drink bottle and thought he'd ask if anyone wanted it. So he walked into the office and asked one of the girls at the front desk if she would like to have the energy drink. She apparently had always wanted to try it so she opened it up and took a sip from the bottle. She made a funny face and asked if it was suppose to burn your throat. A guy next to her said no and told her to give the bottle to him. He smelt it and then took a sip for himself. He made the same kind of face and then peeked into the bottle. Low and behold, someone had opened the bottle and used it for their tobacco chew spit!!!! The seal apparently just didn't break. lol.

Can you say gross????

Lesson they learned that day - never eat or drink something that you found laying around!

Hope your all having a great day :)

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Some Lucky Lady Got a Raise... :)

Yup, that's right! The highlight of my day today was getting a raise at work! I needed it badly. I was shaking as I told my manager why I thought I deserved one - made me feel like I was the most vain person in the world. I guess that's just what you have to do though if you want something. Yay me!

Mister and I are planning on having a date night this weekend. I'm so excited! We haven't had one since before I left on vacation so we need it. He has to pick the movie [I'm horrible with picking: my excuse, "Babe, I don't know what movies you have!"] and I'm going to just show up on Skype with Taco Bell, popcorn, and candy. I think I have quite the task ahead of me :) I'll manage soooomehow hehe.

This past week my mom and I have been going out on a bike ride everyday. I feel like I'm five years old every time I get on a bicycle. It's weird. Besides, while out today, someone honked at us. Awkward! I just need to get over myself and not worry about what other people think. In my neighborhood, a couple of people on bicycles is not something you see everyday, which when you think about it is quite sad.

I'm really happy we're doing it though. It's a great workout and it makes me go to bed earlier since I'm wiped out from it. I'm hoping to find a widget that keeps track of miles you bike. If you know of one - let me know!!

I'm off to Sleepy Land. Work kicked my butt today. Good night Bloggy Land.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

"Men are like trees, walking." - MUST READ POST!

As some of you may remember, I am currently reading a book by Beth Moore called, So Long Insecurity. I can’t begin to tell you how thankful I am that I was introduced to it. I have learned so much and I feel like my eyes have been open to a lot of things that have created insecurities that I didn’t even know existed and have long been dug deep inside of me.

The latest thing I’ve learned is that: “I see men like trees, walking.”

Don’t feel bad if you don’t get that – I don’t expect you to at the moment. Let me explain…

I’ve been hurt a lot by different guys in my life. Every time I met someone I thought was different I was let down. There’s something that this book has made me realize that I’ve been missing for a long time. Guys are human too. They have insecurities, troubles, and have faced hard things that have made them how they are today. They need Jesus just as much as me and you. I’ve placed guys in this devil-like category for so long – thinking there must not be one guy out there that wouldn’t hurt me [besides Mister of course. He’s a keeper!].

Think about it, have you ever really took into consideration that maybe a guy that has hurt you in the past has been through things in his life that has made him hurt which therefore has made him insecure about things? Read the following response to what insecurities MEN feel and think if you can relate:

“I’m insecure about my weight. I shy away from doing things that other people do, like water sports.”

“I don’t think guys are much different than girls these days. My insecurities are that my wife won’t always love me – or find me attractive – that she’ll leave me someday. (Though there is zero evidence that would be the case. We have a great relationship. It’s an internal struggle for me.) I wish I was a better lover.”

“I still struggle with thoughts that if I am the “perfect husband,” then she will love me more. Even though I know the truth, Satan uses doubt to make me believe the lack of physical intimacy in our marriage is because I am unattractive, unlovable, and undesirable.”
What about these guys…

When I feel insecure… “I can act out and rebel and try my hardest to do everything opposite of what society expects, or I can isolate myself from… family and friends. I’m extremely uncomfortable with change in my environment; I usually put off a standoffish, don’t-talk-to-me, don’t-mess-with-me vibe, I will go off by myself.”
“When I feel insecure, I clam up and turn inward, and depending on the situation, I might be snippy or depressed. Sometimes I pretend like there’s no problem at all so she won’t see what I’m feeling and thinking.”
Can you relate to one of the above?

I can’t go on blaming men for the way I've hurt. I have been terrified of them for so long, because of the constant hurt I’ve had from a few guys in my life. When I think of their life though… I feel sad for them. They have issues and problems and INSECURITIES just like I do. They are humans, they are not all the same. They are not, "men like trees, walking." Does that make sense and am I the only one who has just learned this and realized it?

I hope you will all take time to go to your local library, bookstore, or even amazon.com to get "So Long Insecurities" by Beth Moore. I challenge you to do so. What do you honestly have to lose?

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Taking a Break... + Awards

I had no idea that when I logged into my account that I would have over 1000 emails to attend to. Yix! To say that all I've done today is read them would be quite sad, but that's exactly what I've been doing so I guess I lead quite a sad life. I did take a little break and went biking with my mom.  That was nice, except the hills around my house kicked my butt. I will be super sore tomorrow.

I was super excited while looking through my emails that I had a few from fellow bloggers!  It was just as nice as getting a comment or another follower. So yay for bloggy friend emails! I hope everyone knows that if you ever need anything, just click Contact by my header and send me an email - I'd be more than happy to help!

Mister has been really talkative lately... I like it!  For example, usually he would never send me a text before pt. He said he never had time because he's always running late so he'd just send me a good morning message once he got back. Well yesterday he sent me a good morning text before pt and this morning not only did he send me a text before, but he also called me after pt and we talked on the phone and Skyped! I hope this is kept up, because I am loving it! :)

In other news... I got two new awards from two very lovely ladies!

The first is from Kelsey @ Far From the Safe Harbor.


The rules of this award say I have to name 3 things I love about myself and award it to 5 blogger's I love!

1. I like that I'm a caring person and that by using a blog I could potentially help someone. If I've helped one person in someway then this blog has been more than worth it.
2. I'm proud of being a military gf. I support Mister 100% and think what he is doing is more than amazing.
3. I'm happy about how hard I worked at school last year and excited to work just as hard, if not harder at my school work. I think it's important and I want to be able to live a good life.

2. Tanya @ Sunday Baker

I love all of your blogs. They are awesome - keep up the great posts :)

My next award is from Katelyn @ Life is a Beautiful Mess.


This is the second time I've recieved this award so I won't be doing the rules again - hope thats okay! I haven't met many new bloggers lately. I'll be sure to do a post on new blogs in the next week or so since I have a list of ones that I want to check out. Hope that makes up for it :)

Thanks again ladies!

Monday, July 19, 2010

Q & A Monday!

1. What are some weird nicknames you have?
The Nicker, Pickles

2. Do you like your handwriting?
I have my moments when I do and others where I really hate it. I wish I could do cursive much better. My signature looks like a five year olds haha.

3. Do you still have your tonsils?
Yes I do! Not my wisdom teeth though.

4. Do you untie your shoes when you take them off?
I usually don't have to worry about this since I mostly wear flipflops in the summer and boots during the winter.

5. What favorite food puts you in a great mood?
Chili! It's such a great comfort food. The best way to eat it is wrapped up in a blanket while wearing sweat pants.

6. What's the one thing you want to change about yourself?
My insecurities. I hate them all - big and small. I never realized how many things stem from insecurites and am currently working on destroying them all.

7. What are you favorite flowers and have you ever recieved them?
Lilies! I love them so much. They are so soft, simple, and beautiful. I will be walking down the aisle with them one day. I have not recieved them, but Mister knows they're my favorite so maybe one day he'll surprise me... lets hope!!

8. Do you want children one day?
Yes I do. I use to never think I did, but Mister is so amazing with them that he makes me excited to have a little one together. He will be an amazing father one day.

9. Would you ever want to be famous?
Absolutely not. I have no interest in having crazy camera people following me around everywhere. If I were to be famous, I would hope that it was for something amazing. Something that changed peoples lives for the better.

10. Would you ever live with someone that your not married to?
I would have to be at least engaged to them. I would never move in with a boyfriend though.

Answer some of the above questions that were your favorite below :)

Vacation Pictures

Sorry I wasn't able to post any yesterday, I was having problems with my computer. Let's just say, I really need a new one! It's working halfway decent at the moment so I figured I'd take full advantage and post some vacation pictures. I won't be posting any of my family and I actually in it - privacy reasons. I wish I would have took more pictures without my family - not many cool ones without. I was apparently not thinking! Here's a little taste of the trip though:

A dude ranch that our cabin was by - I did not have to ride any horses :)


So beautiful


St. Elmo, CO - A ghost town that we visited

Another pretty picture!

Colorado Springs, CO

Aspen, CO

Breckenridge, CO - My favorite city we visited!

Breckenridge slopes... so pretty there!

That's all I really have for good pictures without my family and friends. We all had a really good time. It was nice getting away and being able to experience so much of Colorado in such a short time.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Hello Again, I'm Back!

Our plane landed late last night. What a wild ride was that. We were supposed to leave at seven pm, but our flight didn’t take off until 7:45. Then as we got close to MN, our pilot came on the speaker telling us the Minneapolis airport was shut down for twenty minutes as bad storms were going through so we had to circle up above while waiting. The storm was so crazy! We sat close up front so it was easy to see the plane start going into the storm. Blue skies behind, pitch black and some devil looking clouds ahead. As we flew into the lightening it was so beyond awesome, yet really quite scary as well. The lady next to me and I were talking about how it felt like we were in a movie – and not one of them that ends good. The turbulence wasn’t too bad, although I like to think the reason for that is because I closed my eyes and prayed God would place his hands on the wings and land us safely on the ground. He did just that! When my landed and went out to see my aunt who was picking us up, she told us she had never seen the sky the way she saw it that night. Bow arrowed and pitch black with major rotation that later turned into green then orange, then a beautiful sunset. Who would’ve thought!


Enough with the plane though, the trip went really well! It was really nice to get away. We stayed at a ranch right in the mountains. It was absolutely beautiful. The weather was perfect; high seventies and sunny. We traveled A LOT. In a week we managed to go to Colorado Springs, Aspen, Breckenridge, Denver, Fort Collins, Estes Park, and a couple other places, but I forget their names. My favorite place was Breckenridge and Fort Collins. No worries, I’ll show you pictures very shortly.

Thank you for all of the comments! It was great signing in and seeing them all. Definitely put a smile on my face. I’m glad you liked the posts that I had scheduled – I’m sorry there weren’t more! I was kind of short with time. I will finish my last 30 Days of Me post later on today so be sure to watch out for it!

Thanks again bloggy friends! I’m happy to be back to posting :)

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

LAST DAY!!

It's my final post to my 30 Day's of Me Challenge [pretty sure I have changed the name every post - oh well] and I have thought and thought and thought some more about what I should post about. So I asked myself a simple question: What defines me? My answer...

...you'll find out when I come back from my Colorado trip.  :)

Love you bloggy friends - I'll be back Saturday!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Day 29 - My Addiction

30 Days of Me: Day 29 - I have a blogging addiction

I don't know about you, but I am constantly on the Internet and tend to spend WAY too much time on Blogger. I'm not even going to get into how much time I probably spend. I don't even know half of the time what I'm even doing. Mostly reading other blogs - I love all of yours - even if I don't always comment, I am reading!

At least I'm admitting that I have a problem though right?

Monday, July 12, 2010

Day 28 - Euphoria

30 Days of Me: Day 28 - My Favorite Perfume

I go crazy over this stuff and have never had one person say they didn't like it: Calvin Klein Euphoria Summer. It is ridiculously good. I am tempted to actually buy about ten bottles since it is only going to be sold this summer - apparently every year they get a new kind. If you have never tried it, I think you should seriously consider going to the nearest Macys or Calvin Klein store and sampling it. Do it!!!!!

:)

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Day 27 - Horses

30 Days of Me: Day 27 - I am terrified of horses

I don't care how big or small they are - horses scare the crap out of me! The first time I ever rode a horse was back when I was probably five or six years old. It was my cousins horse and the thing was HUGE! It would not listen what so ever while I was on the thing and right after riding it, it bit my mom! Last year, while visiting friends in Oklahoma, I rode a horse for the first time since my first experience. At first I was doing really well. The horse just stood there and I was able to handle it. Then...he moved!! *boom* instant tears! I'm twenty some years old and I'm crying because I'm riding a horse. One word: humiliating.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Day 26

I scheduled this post a couple of days ago so that you would still be able to read something while I was away. So if you're thinking, "why the heck is she posting...isn't she suppose to be in Colorado?" don't worry, I am! In fact, I'm probably walking around right now or sitting very uncomfortably in a rent 15 passenger van - can you say church group? Yes, that is exactly what we probably look like. At least I'm sure the view I have right now is gorgeous!

Back to the 30 Day of Me...  I wanted to finish strong! So here goes nothing:

Day 26 - My favorite food is pasta

I love it! My best friend is Italian and so ever since I was a little girl I have been eating the best pasta there is - seriously, no cooking compares to real Italian cooking...delicious!

The only good edible pasta that I can make is pasta with vodka cream sauce. I have tried to change it up a little bit, but I seem to keep going back to the same ingredients. I will have to post my recipe.

Speaking of recipe, they will be coming! I just have been tweeking a few so that they are the best they possibly can be for you all!

Friday, July 9, 2010

Hate Saying Goodbye

Mister and I just got off Skype. We said our bye's since I won't have any phone or Internet service in Colorado, because of where I'll be - in the mountains.  This is actually the longest we'll go without having any form of communication. I felt pathetic as I wiped tears from my eyes while on Skype, because I kept thinking about how long I know some of you all have gone. The fact is him and I have been very lucky. Three deployments down and during them we at least were able to email a couple times a week and hear from each other that way. I think I just need to suck it up and get over it.

Earlier today I did some shopping for clothes for my trip. I know, talk about waiting until the last minute. I am known for this! Get this: I bought 2 pairs of shorts, 2 t-shirts, 1 tank top, and a pair of shoes for $50! I love deals :) Old navy has some awesome ones along with Charlotte Russe - just a heads up in case any of you shop at either of those stores.

30 Days of Me: Day 25 - I have never had a pedicure

Yup, that's right. Never. I don't like people touching my feet first off, but also because I just don't have the extra money around to let someone paint them when I can easily do it myself. The only reason why the title of this doesn't say, "I have never had a pedicure or a manicure," is because I had my nails done for prom back in 10th grade. I'm a huge baby when it comes to pain and I hated having to take the fake nail off so I just said forget it - not worth the money or pain. Once Mister comes home though, I'll treat myself to get both a pedicure and manicure done. In a few months I will no longer be a pedi-virgin :)

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Day 20-24 AKA Yeah I Suck

I know I have been horrible with keeping up on my 30 Day About Me Challenge. Right now I would grade myself a big fat F, but I figure I could possibly redeem myself a little bit and at least finish!

30 Days of Me: Day 20 - Save every penny
I'm all about saving money. This is where Mister and I differ greatly. I'm not even finished with college yet and I'm already starting to put away money for when I retire - at least trying to. I am always looking for great deals and hardly ever buy anything that's not on sale or that I don't have a coupon for.

30 Days of Me: Day 21 -  Getting a deal
This goes along with saving money, but I must say the feeling of scoring an awesome deal pretty much rocks. The other day I went to Goodwill with my bestie and I scored a really great BRAND NEW night stand that was still in it's box. Get this - it was from Target and was orginally $60.00. I paid $30 :) Apparently, Target and Walmart sends items to Goodwill and the local Salvation Store. Ever since I have become aware of this great and wonderful thing they do, I have found 3 scarfs from Target - new with tag,  my night stand - brand new, and also a cute pair of shorts that were also new with tag. I figure my total if I went to Target would have been about $130. I spent: $45. Go me!!!

Days of Me: Day 23 - DIY's
I love do it yourself items. Most of the time they're inexpensive and a lot of fun. I have yet to do many DIY things, but once I get my own home I know that I will be unstoppable. I found the cutest key holder rack and some really cute DIY chairs that I can't wait to do. If only I had the room at the moment.

I already warned Mister that our wedding will be very DIY, but done in a way that no one would know it was. I can't wait!

Days of Me: Day 24 - I love sports
I am always the girl screaming at the tv when a game isn't going my way and the first one jumping up and down when my team scored. The Vikings are my favorite team and you'll see me sporting my Brett Favre jersey every game day.

Favorite sports: football, hockey, baseball, and ufc fighting :)

Less Than 210 Times in 2555 Days

Lt. Gen. McChrystal and wife Annie McChrystal
picture found here

By the time Mister is finally home, it will have been 14 months that we've been together with only two weeks of that time physically with one another. It definitely hasn't been a walk in the park, but Skype has made it easier. In fact, without Skype, we wouldn't be with each other - it's as simple as that. Thankfully, I won't have to deal with seperation for six more years, but there is someone worth mentioning that has - Mrs. McChrystal, Lt. Gen. McChrystal's wife...

When I first read the article, The Runaway General, I wasn't really sure what to expect. To be completely honest, I was getting tired of reading [short attention span and horrible reading comprehension] until I came across a part that grasped my attention. Did you know that for the past seven years, Mrs. McChrystal has seen her husband less than 30 days a year? That means in 2555 days, she has seen him less than 210 days.

Mouth open.. jaw basically to ground... I find my hands clapping all of a sudden... she deserves a round of applause!

For me to take on a peice of her task - I won't even begin with media and all of the other things being a Generals wife would include in [mainly because I have no idea] - that would mean I would have to endure six more years of what I am doing. Thank you Jesus that I don't, but holy buckets batman, that's a long time from being away from your man! She is one strong woman!

I think we all should be thankful for that time we do get to spend with our loved one, because in the military life, you never really know how long it's going to be until the next time. For those who are higher-ups, sometimes it may be a lot longer than a seven month or year long deployment.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

An E-mail to PINK

I just got really annoyed a few minutes ago and thought I would share with you why. I was looking through Milblogging for some great blogs and I came across one that said something about how Victoria Secret loves the Army. So sure enough I go onto Victoria Secret and in the PINK section I see that they represent both Army and Navy by making special clothing for them - which I think is awesome that they would choose to support some of the armed forces.

I understand that they have a voting system for schools (and armed forces ) and whoever gets a lot of votes, gets products. What I don't understand is why they would do this for military! Personally, IT'S NOT FAIR! If they want to represent the military I say thats beyond awesome, but do it in a way that you represent all branches - not just two. I find it insulting to be completely honest. So... I may have or may not have - I'll let you come up with the answer - wrote them a little email explaining my feelings to them. This may or may not have email basically stated that ALL of our armed forces should be given the same respect and that they ALL are putting their life on the line to defend our country. The "email" was a tad bit longer than that, but I used lady-like language and kept my cool. I figure mind as well represent the Few and Proud by being classy. :)

I just don't get it my fellow blogger friends.

In other news - I'm texting Mister and sent:
"It just amazes me that I have you. I'm a very lucky girl."
His response: "I'm the lucky one"
My response: "bahaha babe did you fall and bump that head of yours?"

We Cute :)

I Dispise Packing

I am leaving for Colorado in a couple of days. I will be gone for about a week. I will still be blogging due to the awesome ability of being able to schedule posts, however, I'm not sure if I'll have one for every day that I'm gone - a whopping week. Did I mention that I won't be able to talk to my Marine while I'm gone? Bahhh Humbug! This does not make me a happy camper. I suppose I should be use to it by now [not being able to talk to him a lot], but I don't think it's something I ever will be fully use to - just something I [along with others in a military or long distance relationship] have to deal with.

I have started washing all of my clothes. I surprised myself with how many clothes I really do have. Funny thing is, I still feel like I don't have anything I really need. I need more bras, a few tube tops, a couple pair of jeans, a couple new tank tops, along with a cute summer dress. I have one skirt and only a couple of jeans that I actually wear. I lack in all of the areas above. So what the heck do I have? Just a bunch of random clothes most of which I don't even wear anymore. I think a trip to Goodwill is in order when I come back!

The first thing I packed was Mister's sweatpants. If I left without those, I would feel like I left home a peice of me. If I can't talk to my Mister before I go to bed, I better be in those sweat pants of his and gosh darnit - I will be! I ended up unpacking them however, because I realized I still have two more days until I leave and therefore I have two more nights in which I need to wear them. Besides, they'll be nice and comfy for the airplane ride :) I still have to figure out a way to get my huge red Marine's blanket to fit in my suitecase. I have slept wrapped up in it everyday for the past 7 months. I don't feel like breaking that wonderful streak of mine. Nope... not doing it!

Speaking of airplane rides - I am terrified of them. The last time I was on a plane we hit bad turbulence and everyone got silent except for the kid that screamed, "We're all going to die!" I do remember hearing gasps from the other passengers and the air was filled with a tension that made me realize that I was not the only one holding onto my arm rests for dear life. After the plane was done apparently dropping a couple of thousand feet, I remember looking over to my dad hoping he'd tell me that what we experienced was normal, but instead he told me that the woman next to him has been flying all of her life due to her job and that even she said she's never felt any kind of turbulence that even came close to that. Thanks... I am forever scared.  I am hoping that my flight to Colorado will be smooth and relieve me from my fear. Fingers tightly crossed! XX

Back to packing I go.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

So Long, Insecurities

I want to firstly say hello to all of my new followers! I hope you are enjoying my blog [sorry I've been MIA lately] and hopefully you've had the chance to catch up on my blog by using links at the top right corner -> they'll help!

The past few days I have found myself consumed with a new book that I was introduced to by my church. It's called "So Long, Insecurity" and is by Beth Moore. I have long battled insecurities with weight, self-esteem, change and rejection. It's sick though - everything that we all put on ourselves and the things we carry along with us. I'm tired of living this way and I refuse to be a vitcim to the things life throws my way.

According to Moore's book...

"Insecurity refers to a profound sense of self-doubt -- a deep feeling of uncertainty about our basic worth and our place in the world. Insecurity is associated with chronic self-consciousness, along with a chronic (at least three months) lack of confidence in ourselves and anxiety about our relationships. The insecure man or women lives in constant fear of rejection and a deep uncertainty  about whether his or her own feelings and desires are legitamate.

The insecure person also harbors unrealistic expectations about love and relationships. These expectations, for themselves and for others, are often unconscious. The insecure person creates a situation in which being disappointed and hurt in relationships its almost inevitable. Ironically, although insecure people are easily and frequently hurt, they are usually unaware of how they are unwitting accomplices in creating their own misery."

I can't relate to every single part of the description, neither may you, but there are things in that description that jumps out me and bites me in the butt, meanwhile screaming, "WAKE UP!" Where did we as women start looking down on ourselves and try to find happiness in other areas that do not fill the insecurities that we face? My biggest wonder: who determines what a beautiful weight looks like and more importantly, will I ever be okay with mine? In God's eyes, we are all beautiful - why can't we accept this fact for ourselves?

I refuse to throw myself a pity party any longer and start facing issues head on. I'm looking at this book to help reveal things that I have not noticed [and boy is it doing its job!] and turn to God to help me heal these problems and put them to rest. Enough is enough. We are all insecure in some way and in Beth Moore's words, "its time to say goodbye to this bad friend."

I'm ready to kick some insecurity butt and I hope that you'll pick up a copy of the the book and join me!

Monday, July 5, 2010

Tag Along With Me

Tuesday Tag-Along

You all know the drill:
Follow & leave a comment...
& I'll return the favor!

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Q&A Monday!

What is your biggest regret in life?
 Pushing an old friend away shortly before he died.
 
If you had one word to describe yourself , what would you choose?
Unique.
 
Which is your favorite dessert?
Cheesecake with cherry topping.. yummmmm...

If you could travel to anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
Japan-> to see my man!

What do you love for breakfast?
If I could have anything, waffles from Perkins!

What is the first thing you notice about people?
Their personality

Which are the favorite sports you watch on TV?
Football and baseball

Which genre of movies do you like most and why?
Romantic comedies. I'm a sucker.

What two things could you not do when you were younger?
That's easy - walk straight and wake up early - two things I still can't do.

Leave YOUR answers to a couple [or all] questions below!

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Past Couple of Days

Sorry that I have been MIA lately. As for the update on my health - they aren't sure what's causing the problem. They said that it could be a number of things, but the fact that I don't have a headache or fever is a good sign. If I do develop a fever or headache and it happens again though I need to go in right away - this does not help my case though because I ALWAY have headaches because of my sinus problems. Ugh losers! Since I waited a day or so, the problem went away a little bit causing for them to not fully know what it is but they think it may be petechiae. Its a rash that you get from a number of things - medical allergy, low platelet count, lupus, HUS, ITP, Leukemia, Mononucleosis, Rheumatoid arthritis, to name a very few. They didnt end up doing any blood work, because of the fact that they weren't sure what it technically was and so they want me to come in next time right when it happens to get a better look.

BLAH enough with the medical things...

The past three days of About Me:

30 Days of Me: Day 17- I love watching proposal videos on Youtube

I have no idea why, I just think they are really cute and fun. Seeing some of the ideas that people come up with are just simply awesome! Here is my favorite video:
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Adorable right!?!?!

30 Day's of Me: Day 18 - I love rings!
I am a ring junkie - especially when I find a cute one that actually fits for the most part. My ring size is 4.5 and so when I find a size 5 that fits; I snatch it right up. I have found myself to be extremely intrigued by ones that have a bronze effect to them. They tend to go well with everything that I wear since I'm usually found wearing black, white, gray, or blue. Color right? hehe.

30 Day's of Me: Day 19- My favorite holiday!
I LOVE Christmas. It is by far my favorite time of the year. It's the one time of the year where I see both sides of my family as a whole. There is great food, great conversations, great decorations, and just a great time to thank God for everything that he's given us all.

My family is very big on traditions so even long before Christmas comes - I already know what's going to happen and that I love. There were a couple of new things that happened last year though - I went to Mister's family for Christmas after spending time with my mom's side, and Mister and I bought an awesome Christmas tree together. :)

No worries, I'm back now. I hope no one left in the short time that I was away! I'll keep you updated on my health when I hear anything new come up. Thanks for all of your prayers - they really mean the world to me.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Skipping Tonight

I'm sorry about this, but I am going to skip out on today's "30 Days About Me".  I will do two of them for tomorrow to make up.

Please continue to pray that the doctors figure out what's wrong and that all tests come back normal. I should have more news by sometime tomorrow.

xoxo

Urgent Care Tomorrow- WHY ME??

As the the title says, I'm heading to urgent care tomorrow for a reoccuring problem that we thought was originally caused by a medicine I was on. Now that we know its not the medicine, we need to figure out what it is. Of course Google did not help at all. Google search comes up with so many different medical possibilites {none of which are usually true}.
Why do things continue to happen? I'm tired of stupid tests, I'm tired of going to the doctor. In the last few months I've had 2 MRI's, 3 Cscans, I've seen an neurologist, an ENT, a doctor for my jaw 3 times, my regular doctor - I have no idea how many times, I've been on a bunch of different medications, my sinus doctor is saying I might have to have a "serious" surgery which is going to result in at least one more cscan, every day I wake up and am in pain from my pollups, I'm just tired of it all! I just want to be healthy. I want things to stop popping up. I want to stop worrying about what's going on.

I hate this, I hate this, I hate this!

Guess we'll find out tomorrow what else is wrong with me. Prayers please, I need them.
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