Wednesday, March 30, 2011


Here I sit with the last remains of a frozen blob of margarita, and I'm tired, warm and fuzzy and more than anything happy.  Happy to be where I am today, knowing the people I know and doing the things that I do.  I've never been more sure that I am headed in the right direction.  Things feel content, and Lord knows I like that.

We've started nailing details into place for the move home this summer.  Like I've said a million and one times before, not sure it's all set in.  I feel like I am going to be moving back to Kansas WITH ROB, and Piston.  And well.. I am.  But Rob will be leaving within the month after.  So right as it all start to settle into a routine at the new place and what not... he will leave.  For a year.  Lucky for me, after this year is done it's me, Rob and Piston for FOREVER AND A DAY.  You better believe it.

Speaking of Piston..  it's the little rascal's 1st birthday!!!  1 year ago he was born with all of his siblings.  I can't believe its been a year that he has been alive.  I feel like there is so much left for him to experience.  Will probably always feel that way though... I mean I am his mother.  And even though he is a dog.  I feel like a parent.  We all know that will change when a real live baby is in my life as my own, but until then my fur-baby it is.

I remember mulling over a career decision.  While I am finding some of my classes a struggle to get the right concept, I really feel like I am on the right path.  It's something I love and enjoy.  That's what you are supposed to do with your life, right?  Something you love and enjoy?  I just hope that when it comes time to put this career choice to use I can find an "in" in the field and master what makes so many people talented in design.  I can do it. I can do it. I can do it.

Well---quick post tonight.  Besides Piston's birthday this house is enjoying the rain and trying our hardest to relax.  :D

Shout out to my awesome Dad.. one of my few and far between readers.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

An advantage.

Usually all I do is complain about Maryland and the very "different" people that call this state their home.  However, I will admit Maryland does have one advantage that the midwest does not.  This state has Annapolis, Maryland.  Probably the most GORGEOUS city I have ever been to.  It's stationed right on the water and consists of the Naval Academy, the state capitol and many many gorgeous homes.  Today I had to run an errand for Rob down there.  It was a huge hassle, because there are traffic circles right in the middle of town and little white signs meant to mark the names of the roads.  Which makes it not the easiest when you are trying to follow directions to find something.  After abandoning my written directions and turning to my phone's gps to figure out where I was, and where the place I was going was... I found it and took a moment to revel in the gorgeous part of town I had stumbled across.  It's like a waterfront downtown.  Lots of towns have downtowns that are gorgeous.  For example, I love the downtowns in little midwestern towns, like Concordia, KS.  Take that downtown and put it on the water with bright vibrant colors (even on this gray, cloudy, yucky day.) and you get the downtown in Annapolis, MD.  I didn't stay to explore the stores across the road from the water, but I will go back before we move on a day that is a tad bit warmer.  Just wanted to share my love for that town while I was thinking positive things about Maryland for once. :D

Other than that--- I'm ready to move home.  I love my BFF's who keep me sane and know me.  The true ones that aren't here just right now or were here just back then.  Can't wait to see my family and I am truly hoping they can help us move in July.  Wishing that that move home in July did not consist of Rob leaving for a year also.  Sometimes I still think that hasn't all set in.  Probably won't until the day comes that he boards the plane.  I love the way my little dude Piston eats his food.  It's like a straight up chomp--up and down, not side to side or in a circle.. and even if he is eating, he is still watching what you are doing.  Always.  I also love the excitement he has for you when you come home from somewhere.  When you let him out of his kennel, he slips and slides across the kitchen linoleum, finds his ball and starts running around the house with his tail going a million miles an hour out of pure excitement.  It's one of those little moments in life that you just love and can't wait for.

Hoping Spring comes to us full-time here soon.  And you too wherever you may be.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Sometimes I wonder

What people are thinking when they put stuff out on the "world wide web".  As most of you know, today some missiles were launched by the U.S.A. at Libya.  For anyone associated with the military, this immediately strikes fear when you hear that America is getting involved in another nation's crisis.  Obama says there will be no ground troops.  And I pray that that is true [[Kuwait is a tad bit too close to Libya for my comfort.]] however, Obama also said we would not get involved, period.  And we did.  In response to us attacking Libya's air defense, a military support group that I follow posted this status..

"And, the Marines will once again see the shores of Tripoli. It's official...we have now engaged with Libya. Let's keep the troops being moblized in our thoughts. As well, as the troops we have deployed to other countries."

In the comments they claimed that it was a joke.

Wait. What?

Am I the ONLY person that doesn't think that is a funny joke?  It is a very real potential reality, and to joke about it is extremely disrespectful.  I know where we stand in this household.. Rob has been watching what has been going on very closely incase that day does come.  But to me, to be a support group and post that as an admin, you should not be trying to make a serious situation light.  Thus I say... what in the hell were they thinking?

Sometimes it's strange for me to think of the things that I now get pissed off about.  Some of them are very serious things that before living in a household that revolves around the military, I never would have thought twice about.  Other things are very mundane.  Like for example, if we make plans with another couple to go to a fairly expensive seafood restaurant.. wait around for over an hour for the text to come through saying they are on their way.. leave when that text does come through, only to find out it was supposed to have come through 45 minutes earlier.. drive as quickly as possible to get there, even though other couple is already there apparently.. only to find out they have left because they had to wait about 10 minutes.  That, that situation, makes me very upset.

Luckily, this weekend has been very good minus the minor unexpected annoyances.  It started Thursday with St. Patties Day [[since Rob got off early that day and doesn't go back until Tuesday.]]---while we didn't drink any green beer, we did wear green!  Yesterday we went to the above mentioned seafood restaurant for the first time this season.  It's a seafood restaurant on the water!  Since the weather was 80 degrees, it was definitely worth it!  Followed that with poker until like 12:30 in the morning.  Making it a fairly late night for us by the time we got home.  However, both of us placed in the tournaments so NO complaints here!  This evening we took advantage of some free tickets offered to us [[the up side to being associated with the military]] to the DC United vs. Columbia game.  I'm not a huge soccer fan, but it was awesome to go to my first sporting event where I could purchase a beer and cheer.  I will admit soccer has grown on me after that experience.  Soccer fans... they are CRAZY!  They definitely love their sport.  Also, DC's soccer team is very very good.  It was lots of fun.. typical sporting event over-priced food and beer cups filled too full to safely carry back to your seat.  Oh and did I mention I walked into the men's bathroom on accident?  I swear I wasn't drunk.  Just another day at the stadium... haha.  Not to mention it's ONLY Saturday... we have two full days left before it's back to the grind.  Or well.. kind of.  Seeing as I am on Spring Break and don't currently have a job.. it will be back to well, nothing for me!! :D

Hope yall are well, please do keep the military involved in both Japan and Libya in your prayers, as the ones in Iraq and Afghanistan are too I hope.

Friday, March 11, 2011

The simple joys in life.

I'm feeling blessed.  (Even though tonight was a rocky night where I was very frustrated with EVERYTHING.  Nothing could seem to make me happy.  Everyone has those nights.  Unfortunately tonight was one of them.)

I'm enjoying life and the small things... like...

-the way Piston curls up on my leg like he truly is a lap sized dog, when in fact he is 50 pounds of pure muscle.  Letting me know that he loves and needs his Momma.

-text messages from dear friends and that one and only sister that just make me smile.

-the excitement that Piston gets when he knows Rob is headed home from work.  When he hears me unlock the door (I do so when Rob send the text message that he is "OMW" (on-my-way)) his little booty starts shaking and he runs upstairs to look out the window and wait anxiously.  Finally after a long usually 15 minute wait he hears the car door and the next thing you know he is bursting to the door as Rob walks in.  They act like they haven't seen each other in days.  When in reality it's only been 8 hours.

-the way dogs get that burst of energy after a bath that leaves them running around the house breathlessly.

-how even though the power goes out and everyone is left bored, for the most part, you can go outside and usually find a neighbor to have a conversation with about something you probably had a conversation with them about the last time you talked to them.

-the feeling of relief after you take a big test, get a grade back or complete a project.  It's so satisfying and makes you feel on top of the world.

-cruising with the windows down and the music blaring pretending you aren't headed back to your home in Maryland... far away from the Midwestern county, which is where you really want to be on those days.

-plans to go check out a new country bar, attend a game of some kind, a beer brewery or a city you've never been to before.

-weathermen that predict days with highs of 60.

-having a full mailbox and that one letter stuffed in between from your Momma saying how much she loves and misses you.

-laying down at the end of the night between two boys that produce a ton of heat, take up lots of bed space and sometimes kick and or snore during the midst of the night.. knowing that tomorrow may not be perfect, but you have a great life.  Living it in the land of the free, safe from negative influences.

:D  Yup, I'm having one of those kind of moments.
I am blessed.  You probably are too.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Is this what grown ups do on Saturdays?

I am a loser.  It's official.  My 18 year old sister has done nothing but remind me of that all weekend.  It's been fairly uneventful around this casa since we got home from AC.  We've gone to dinner, had a few drinks with dinner, came home and drank some more, and then crashed out early.  Nearly every night.  You'd never guess that I just turned 21 as far as I am concerned.  It's kind of sad to me... but hey, it happens.  I think they call it growing up, maybe?

I had a strawberry daiquiri (not virgin!!!) and a glass of wine, and I feel that either a good book or a movie is calling to me..

Tonight is a "downtime" before tomorrow and the rest of the week begins.  I have two projects to finish, both due on Wednesday.  A midterm study guide to finish for a test on Wednesday.  The last class of the semester for my INTRO class on Wednesday.. and a billion other things to do between now and then.  See a trend?  Tomorrow kicks off a study, study, study, get things done, time period.  SO tonight... I shall relax.

In reality, I've been meaning to get on here lately and rant about a few things.  And since I have you all captivated right now by those first 3 paragraphs, I shall go right ahead and do just that.  With all the things that have happened lately surrounding the military, I am downright sick of people thinking that they can just use me, or Rob and I, or just Rob for things when they don't give two cents about what we do otherwise or maybe just maybe how we even feel personally.  Some of these people that I have met within the last ten months have made it quite clear that they don't truly care about me... and to that I say, "NO!" when you need help or assistance, or just want to talk.  I am usually a very nice person.  I am more than glad to sit down and talk to you and listen to your problems, in fact I really enjoy it.  But when I need to do just that and you could care less... you can get away with it for like 2 or 3 times, but after awhile, SURPRISE, guess what.. I don't care about YOUR feelings anymore either.  Yep, that's truly how I feel.  ***Sigh*** feels good to get that off my chest.  I've been meaning to really for quite a while now.  (P.S. if you are questioning if this paragraph does in fact talk about you.. why don't you just ask me?  Because I will tell you one way or another and you will learn whether or not I still think of your feelings anymore. :D)

Wow, that was a lot more brutal than I truly meant to come across.. let's just say it's something that has been brewing deep down inside of me for quite some time now.  And I'm fed up.  That is all there is to it.

There was another rant.  But for now, I can't remember.  Lucky you guys.

So yesterday I had a conversation with my neighbor.  Or rather it was us "gossiping" as she put it about our other neighbors.  I've decided I live near a bunch of crazies.  Oh wait, I already knew this.  But there are some things I just didn't know about and to me, it's all kind of shocking.  Or some of it is at least.  If any of yall saw my FB status on Thursday about being woken up at 7 in the morning... well let me elaborate.  At about 7 in the morning I heard banging coming from above my head... strange, highly unusual.  By about 7:30 it was full blown pounding, like a herd of elephants were working on my roof.  Little did I know my roof was being replaced!  Wow, surprise, I didn't even know it NEEDED REPLACED.  SO I get on the phone to the lovely rental company and leave them a nice (okay, not so nice) voicemail about how rude it was of them to not notify their customers of the fact that their roof would be replaced starting at 7 IN THE MORNING.  (Wow, it still gets me kind of heated...)  By about 9:30 they had called me back to tell me it was an emergency situation and needed to be taken care of before it rained more this weekend.  Since they had made the decision on such short notice, they had put letters out last night.  I said to the lady.. I would have gotten home from school between 2 and 3.  She responded with, oh it would have been way after that and that ours probably just blew away.  So I hang up the phone all the while thinking, wow, that's funny... it wasn't there when I left at 5:15 either.  Or ANY of my neighbors doors.  I was mad.  Rob was mad, and apparently my neighbors were too.  I asked the neighbor I had a conversation with yesterday if she got a letter and she said, "NO!"  What do you know... ALL of our letters blew away.  Insert some expletives about the rental company here.  I'm frustrated to say the least, and I feel come Monday morning I may make a little trip over to their office and ask to see a copy of said letter that was put out.  I hate liars.  I hate this place.  And I hate roofing companies that start at freaking 7 in the morning!!!!

Well that turned into a rant, and I really didn't mean for it too.  I apologize.  Like I said apparently I am still frustrated with the situation.  Take it as a lesson.  Don't lie to me when it comes to my sleeping being interrupted.  Okay?!

In other news... please keep my uncle in your prayers.  He took a scary fall off of his deck and broke his neck.  Luckily for all of us, it was not the paralyzing kind of neck break (who knew there was any other kind?).. but still serious.  He goes into surgery on Monday.  So send a little prayer our way please.

I think that's it... for now at least.  I entertained myself for a bit and that was the goal since Rob has been asleep since 8:30 and I've been trying to find mundane things to do before tomorrow comes.  I hope everyone is having a happy day!