Tuesday, January 31, 2012

So THIS is what it is like to get old...

So I fell...
Down.
Hard.

Remember Sunday evening when I had to do laundry as a break from schoolwork?  Welllllllll.  I was walking down the stairs with the laundry and the dog (cause he goes everywhere with me.. ) and I missed one step (or two, I'm not really sure) and down I went.  Since I had the laundry basket I just hit my knees.. hard.  And apparently my ankle got caught on one of the steps.  I was literally stunned for like 2 minutes.. then I got up and walked, so I guessed I was okay.  :)

(awesome iPhone pic..
Piston modeling the stairs.
We live on the 3rd floor mind you!)

Monday I went to work, got an adjustment (perks to working for a chiropractor!) and went on about my day.. UNTIL my workout after I got off.  I'm halfway through day 3 of last week (yeah I know I slacked last week..) and my knee starts shooting pain and my ankle starts hurting when I apply pressure.  GREAT!  So I push through and then go home and kick my feet up on the couch.

Today not only did I wake up with sore knees and ankles.. BUT I also have a sore right shoulder.  Almost like I slept funny cause when I turn my head left it hurts.. I walk into work and mention it to my boss.. and she said "I wondered when that would start hurting.." So I get another adjustment.. which only makes the pain worse before making it better.

All because of a simple mis-communication between my brain and the steps.. that there was in fact another step (or two!) I am now suffering like an OLD PERSON.  If this is what it is like to get old (as in your body doesn't immediately recover like you are a vampire or something..) then I am just going to stay 21 forever.  Deal?  Deal.

Bahaha.. P.S. Don't feel sorry for me.  I think it's funny I fell. :)

Oh and today I am respectfully choosing to not blog about the significance of today.  Five years ago  the world lost one of the most amazing Grandmothers ever.  But she is always here in spirit, and for that I choose to not dwell on this day five years ago.. but to celebrate her life, each and every day.


Always,
Amanda

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Procrastination at its finest.

Here it is Sunday night and I am trying to get my homework all done.  It's due at 12 am mountain time.. so 1 am my time.  You might be asking why I am blogging about it instead of doing it.. well I am.. but apparently every other online DeVry student is ALSO doing their homework.. because it takes me five minutes between clicks for it to respond to me.  And that is not even me exaggerating.  Most annoying thing. Ever.  I had to take a break a bit ago because I was so frustrated (and my blood sugar was dipping since I hadn't eaten dinner yet..) and I came back and it still wasn't working any better!  Anyway note to those wanting to get a degree online.. be prepared to have your patience tested... ((side note.. I've been at this since like 2:30 this afternoon.  That's 6 hours of homework already...))

Maybe if I were not such a procrastinator (I get that from my Dad!)  (Hi Dad!) I wouldn't wait until Sunday night to do my homework.. but that's just how I am.  Ain't gonna change that. :)

SO anyway... while I am waiting for it to respond to me...
Two things, and then I am off to beat something to a pulp cause I'm not sure I can take it anymore..

1. I'm still torn on Pinterest.. I may do some exploring tomorrow (when all the homework is done of course) and possibly join.  When I do.. I will share with all of you so that I can follow, friend, whatever it's called on there you..

2. I am going to be making a button for my site.  When I do I will post up a tutorial so that EVERYONE can have buttons.  That's another thing that I hope to get to maybe tomorrow.. we will see y'all.



Happy Sunday loves!

Always,
Amanda

Pinterest.

[[LOOK AT ME POSTING THE VERY NEXT DAY. :)]]

So.. this evening I looked at the ever growing pile of toilet paper rolls being collected on my bathroom counter for a project my sister pinned on her Pinterest and thought to myself. MUST. REFRAIN.  I've yet to join.  Don't get me wrong I've heard very positive and awesome things about it.. but I'm afraid of it being too much.  I mean I already work 4 days a week, go to school online full time, have a dog I mother full time, a Facebook community to keep up with, a Twitter timeline to manage and this here blog to write in (and we all know how GREAT I am at that...) Not to mention the real world to keep active in too.. but then I think of all the awesome crafts and other ideas I just might be missing out on and I think wow my life could use the INSPIRATION from Pinterest..  So I ask you great readers of mine..

What do YOU think of it?  Yay/Nay?

Also I am wanting to make myself a button for this blog.  But I am not sure what the code is for the scrolling textbox.  If you have that code and know what it is can you please e-mail it to me at somewhereoverthecamo@hotmail.com? Thanks!  And be on the lookout for that.  I've linked up to most of y'all that already have buttons on my right side, so some loving back would be greatly appreciated!

Well I'm going to jet off of here and finishing picking this here apartment up before calling it a night.  Something I had at dinner tonight (California Pizza Kitchen.. can you say yum?) totally is not jelling with my tummy tonight.  Boo hiss.

Always,
Amanda

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Admiring how sharply my first name is written.

It is like I blink and another week is gone.. and here is it way too late at night and I find the desire to blog.  I promise to my readers that next week I will try harder to blog more than once a week.  :)

Since my last post was so down in the dumps like this post will be more uplifting so here goes...

I got fitted for a bridesmaids dress today.  I am down a dress size at David's Bridal from the dress I wore in a wedding this last May.  By the time this wedding rolls around I may have to have it taken in even more.  THAT makes me a happy camper.

I'm on week 3 of working out 3 times a week.  I'm seeing some results and my dad even pointed out that my face looked thinner.  They say it takes a month to build a routine.. that would be next week!  I've found the key is going after I've already had to get up and go for the day.  There is absolutely no way to get me up out of the house to go work out.. but if I'm already out, I will drive myself to the gym and do a workout.

This week I have been operating without a meal plan.  I'm not sure if meal planning is the way for me yet.  Maybe when hubs is home and I have someone else to cook for.  But right now it's just as easy for me to cook whatever I feel like cooking at the moment then to have some recipe planned that takes 4201984 hours to cook.  Yeah, have I mentioned I'm not someone who enjoys cooking?

On Wednesday I scored the most awesome faux leather jacket ever for $17!  I plan on wearing it with the dress I found for the birthday celebration planned for next month.. and the sparkly heels I ordered off of eBay Thursday.  I'm such a sucker for fabulous heels that look out of place in Kansas.  I'd post pictures but it is even going to be a surprise to YOU all.

Earlier this evening I caught up with an old friend.  Sometimes I feel like those couple hours are needed.  Reminds you that you aren't alone in this adventure called life.  And while Derek and I go way back on the timeline of friendships, we've both matured and changed along the way but somehow maintained a friendship even though we are both VERY different people.  I'm thankful for that.

Just like I caught up with Derek.. I also had an opportunity to go to dinner with my parents.  After spending the majority of the week alone, minus the time spent with my boss at work.. it's ALWAYS nice to go out with people that know me and get all caught up on everything.  Especially when those people are able to talk back and not just look at me like I am crazy like Piston has a tendency to do.

I scheduled a whole bunch of appointments for pre-R&R maintenance.  It's getting realer.  My hubby will be home with me in this apartment before I know it!  Believe me, we are anxiously awaiting THAT return!

That about sums up this week in a nutshell.  The dog has decided that since I am awake I can take him out again.. even though I'm sure it will be a minor tinkle when we climb all the way down from the third floor... brat.  This trend MUST change as he has been waking me up more and more in the middle of the night to explore.  Where's your husband when you need him??

Happy weekend all!

Always,
Amanda

EEEEEELEVEN.


The lovely Janey at A Few of My Favorite Things tagged me.. and I must oblige.  :)  Janey's blog is easily one of my favorite reads.. so if you've got a moment, drop by and send her some loving!

The Rules
1. You must post the rules. (and link up who tagged you)
2. Post eleven fun facts about yourself on the blog post.
3. Answer the questions the tagger set for you in their post, and then create eleven new questions to ask the people you've tagged.
4. Tag however many people you want
5. Let them know you've tagged them!

Eleven Facts
1. My hair is naturally red and my personality absolutely matches it.

2. I call my husband my high school sweetheart.. EVEN THOUGH he technically blew me off senior year and didn't become 100% "interested" until he was in the Army. (read about that HEREEEE.)

3. On my upper left thigh I have a very jagged 2 and a half inch long scar from a bicycle accident when I was 11 that got me out of gym class at the time and made me VERY self conscious for years.

4. I'm a military wife that lives in the same state, less than 20 minutes away from my parents.  Right now at least.  Unheard of, right?

5. I'm a purse and jeans girl.  Give me a few extra dollars and I'm out buying one or the other.

6. My car is a stick shift.  I drive it like a badass.  If I do say so myself.

7. I'd rather swim in a lake over a swimming pool or the ocean ANYDAY.

8. My life would not be the same without a dog in it.  I <3 my furbaby so very much.

9. When I think about the future I think of a nice suburban neighborhood with a two story house, a family, a dog or two, a decent amount of money and happiness.  But who doesn't think of success when they think of the future?

10. I'm addicted to bejeweled.

11. I love having the windows open, music on, football on TV and laughter ringing throughout the house/neighborhood/day.  In fact, I live for those days.


Eleven Questions:
1. What's your favorite beauty product? My MaryKay mascara.. I have long eyelashes as it is.. but they are blonde.  But this mascara makes my eyes pop, or at least I think.  That or my facewash.. which makes me feel so clean!

2. Most romantic memory with your spouse/significant other? The day he asked me to be his girlfriend.  Or the day he asked me to marry him.  Or the day we got married.  Although the last one was a major blur since it only lasted like 5 minutes.

3. What's the best advice your mom ever gave you? My mom believes in doing what makes you happy.. and I feel like she subtly reminds me of that every once in awhile.

4. Favorite ice cream flavor? Cookies 'n' cream.

5. Would you rather be deserted on a desert island alone or with someone that could hinder your survival? This is a TOUGH one.  I'm having a hard time with this whole being alone crap as it is.. so probably with someone that could hinder my survival.  At least I'd die happy.

6. When you were 6, what did you want to be when you grew up? Oh goodness.  I have no idea.  I wanted to be all sorts of things growing up.. My parents could tell you probably.

7. What's your favorite holiday and why? July 4th.  SO freaking patriotic.  Makes me proud to be an American.  :)  Plus it's warm and usually spent at the lake or with friends and family.

8. If you could change anything about your spouse what would it be? That he were home.  Obviously. Or I'd make it so he WANTED to take the dog out every single time.. when it is cold, raining, snowing, etc.. he'd WANT to do it, not be forced. :)

9. Are you a dreamer or a realist? I have BIG dreams.. but I know you have to be a realist on some aspects.. but I'd say I'm more of a dreamer.

10. What is your favorite part of blogging? Comments.. is that an answer?  Probably feeling like someone needs my opinion, two cents, assurance, etc.

11. If money was no object, what would you want to do with the rest of your life? Nothing!  Live by the lake, go out on the water daily, have a chef that cooked fabulous meals 3 times a day and sleep till I wanted. Bahaha I'm so lame.

Eleven New Questions:
1. If you could drive any car you wanted, what would you drive?
2. Are you a clean freak or let the house get a little messy kind of person?
3. What is your dream job and why?
4. If you have the opportunity to go anywhere in the world, where would you go and what would you do?
5. What is one personal goal you have for yourself?
6. What is the best advice anyone has ever given you?
7. When did you know that your significant other/spouse was someone you wanted to be with?
8. Do you have any pets?  If so, what are they?  If not, do you want any?
9. Do you make the bed when you get up in the morning?
10. Are you more comfortable in the city or the country or somewhere in between?
11. What is the craziest thing you have ever done?


I am passing this onto:
Whit @ Black Little Button
Jenn @ Life with the Lieutenant
Alaina @ Our Lovely Life


Always,
Amanda

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Help me out!

So today I created a donor page for Active Heroes, which is an organization associated with Hike for our Heroes (website).  They are in the process of raising money and preparing for an event on May 19th, 2012, called The Memory Miles.

I signed up with a goal of $500, and intend to get as many people as possible together to walk/run/bike with me on May 19th.

The money raised will go to veterans and their families that need it the most. Every service-member eventually becomes a veteran, and just like the thousands today, they will need your help.

Anything you can spare would be greatly appreciated, from both me and the veterans of America.

Here's my page:


Also, if you wouldn't mind sharing, I might be able to come up with a special something for the person that helps me out the most.

Always,
Amanda

My husband is deployed.

So OBVIOUSLY I am going to have my crazy, freak out, hate the world (practically), no good very bad days.. sometimes.  Or two or three days.

Thursday was awful.  That's all there is to it.  I woke up feeling like poo (for lack of a better word..) but still had to work.  I was managing up until I got home on my lunch break.. took the dog out.. cooked some lunch.. sat down to watch TV and possibly take a quick catnap to help me feel better.  AND THEN.  I discovered that my Directv was out.  Great.  So I tried to troubleshoot.. ended up on the phone with them most of my lunch break.  Only to find out that the hard-drive was "fried" on my DVR/receiver box.  And they would SHIP one to me.. really?!  Who does that?  Send a technician out and get it fixed ya bums.  Anyway this basically all led to a meltdown.  All during my lunch break mind youuu... If it ain't one thing it's always without a doubt another.  And when all you've got for entertainment is the dog, internet and tv.. then it's HUGE when one of the three is missing.  Ya know?

On a good note, I did meet up with one of my best friends for dinner and some shopping.. and it helped the evening end on a high note.  Thank goodness!  Oh, and I found the dress I am wearing to my birthday/Rob's birthday/Rob home for R&R party.  Saweeet.. check that sucker off the list.. :)

Friday (AKA yesterday..).. I went to the post office to mail some packages off.  I had just come from Walmart.. was packing all my stuff up AT the post office.  Like I always do.. when it dawned on me that I didn't have two of the addresses I needed with me.  Really?? Fantastic.. still spent $50 to send 3 packages out, get a book of stamps and buy a box.  Ouch.. and prices go up on Monday morning.. hello what about us frequent shoppers over here?  Discount please?!

Since we were without anything satellite related Friday evening I decided to Redbox some movies, eat some pasta and be lazy.. so off the dog and I go to pick up the two DVDs I reserved at the Walgreens five minutes away (highly suggest both Horrible Bosses ((I literally laughed out loud..)) and Ides of March) and a cherry limeade (hey.. EVERYONE was tweeting about Sonic for some reason.. and prompted my unusual craving).  I get back to the complex.. and some car I don't recognize is parked in my COVERED, RESERVED parking spot.  Oh heck no, Idaho!  Number one way to make my blood boil... make me put extra work in for something I shouldn't have to.  So I ran upstairs and jotted a friendly fake-friendly note that said "this parking spot is reserved, but NOT FOR YOU." and slid it beneath the windshield wiper of said unknown car.  Then I waited.. and waited.. and waited.  Finally when I was done with both of my movies and getting ready to take Piston out for his last potty of the evening I noticed that it was gone!  Yipeeeee!  But so not cool whichever neighbor it was that did not tell your guest to not park in the RESERVED spots.  You aren't my friend.

Today was a fun filled adventure with my family.  We were invited to the VA hospital about 3 or so hours away.. so it was a roadtrip/sleeptrip.  Anyway they were having a ceremony to honor all of the veterans that had passed away within the last six months.  For those of you that are new (ish) readers.. my Grandpa passed away in August (read about it hereeee.) and while it's still fresh for the most part, I've managed to move on as much as possible.  Except when I hear Taps (I feel it is that way for every mil spouse/girlfriend/friend/acquaintance/etc?)(which they played at the very end.. gets me everytime!!!) or think about the countless other things that are Grandpa-isms.  So 92% of the time I'm okay.. 8% of the time something catches me off guard that makes me want to give him just one more hug.  Anywayyy.. before my extremely emotional self starts crying (too late..), it was a GREAT way to honor him.  He was so very proud of his military service, and as in every situation it was amazing for it to be recognized.

By the time we got home.. we were all exhausted and slightly intoxicated from the margaritas at dinner.  And much to my surprise.. we were greeted with my AWESOME (use that term loosely) neighbor and his party.. what the heck man. I know it's Saturday.. but quiet hours start at 10 pm and some of us don't want to hear your base through the wall or the yelling/screaming/laughter coming from your apartment.  So at 11:30 I pulled the plug.  That's right, I was THAT person.. I made the phone call to the police.  Within 15 minutes it was quiet.  I don't think I'd be so mean  if it weren't for two things.. a.) my husband is deployed.  SO I am already high strung.. all it takes is a simple push and I am over the edge.. (which Directv got me to that point.. by having system maintenance when I wanted to set my new box up!!!) b.) this AWESOME neighbor has NEVER talked to me.. not even said hello.  So why would I cut him some slack when he wants to be obnoxious?? Oh right.. I wouldn't.  I'm not going to be nice if you aren't either.  But I do have a conscious.. so I hope it wasn't his birthday or something...

And the final straw on the top of the stack.. my little big bundle of fir/warmth is boarded for the night as I got home too late to pick him up.. I hate being here aloneeee... ahh.


Alright y'all ranting.. OVER.
Such good people for reading through.
Or did you?
:)


Always,
Amanda

Thursday, January 19, 2012

I just realized.

That picture frame directly across the room from me right now.. is crooked.  And thus it became the title to this post as I had nothing else popping into my mind.  Mental note.. fix that the next time I venture out from beneath these warm covers.

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I am hoping that before too long I can get into the habit of updating this more than once or twice a week.  Right now though.. I am a very busy person.  I work.  I work out (three days a week).  I eat.  I do schoolwork.  I sleep.  Oh and I wrestle, feed, walk, yell at the dog too.  So you know.. no time.  HAHAHAH.  I lie.  I'm just feeling boring lately.

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The blood doctors nurse called me this morning (sidenote.. they always call on my morning to sleep in since I don't work Wednesday mornings.. how thoughtful.)  The most recent round of tests came back NORMAL.  See what I mean, my blood was just being difficult.  So as of right now at this moment I am diagnosing myself as suffering from hypercoagulation.  My blood clots too easily.  I have a gene mutation.  I will need to see a high risk doctor when it comes to having children.  The end.

Whew, glad to close that chapter.

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I'm in the middle of my first week of meal planning.  So far I have cooked three of the recipes that I had planned.  This chicken cordon bleu chowder for lunch on Monday, baked honey ham sandwhich for lunch yesterday and chicken enchiladas for dinner yesterday.
Monday for dinner I just had leftovers (more on that later..).  Today for lunch I had leftover chowder and for dinner I had Texas Roadhouse with a friend.  =)  That little pan of enchiladas is actually the smaller of two pans I ended up cooking... so I have a whole giant pan of enchiladas ready to be reheated.  But they were AMAZING.  I may ask permission to share the recipe with you all (it's my cousins).  Regardless, so far so good on the meal planning.  Almost time to sit down and look at next week.
Piston approved of the chowder. =)

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So I had leftovers on Monday because.. I did day one of week one of couch to 5k.  I had originally read about this on the former Annoyed Army Wife's turned A Well-Adjusted Pessimist's blog.  So when I got my iPhone in May it was an app I couldn't wait to download.  Fast forward to last summer when I originally downloaded it after Rob deployed.. and then fast forward again to Monday when I did my first workout.  Holy beeeeeeeeeeejesus.  It was such a good workout.  Only 30 minutes but I was beyond worn out.. My hips were so sore on Tuesday morning that I had to postpone the day two workout.  I also had some knee pain so when I did the day two workout after dinner tonight, I did it on the elliptical instead of the treadmill.  I would do this outside.  But it's winter.  I cringe at the thought of waiting on the dog to muster up a poop session (truth, I apologize..), thus I am not RUNNING in this.  Anyway, we shall see what tomorrow brings regarding pain.  This workout wasn't AS bad as I conveniently placed a magazine over the time and watched/read captions of a TV show AND listened to music.  It flew a tad bit faster.  Feeling better already y'all.

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Remember that weekend project?  IT'S DONE.  =) Haha it is so funny to me that I can classify cleaning as a weekend project.  But it's the truth.  Rather I spent Friday and Saturday thinking about doing it and Sunday actually doing it.  Whatever, it's done.  I think I consider it a project because 9 times out of 10 it involves some re-organizing re-decorating.  This weekend was the same way.  I ended up redoing one of the main walls in the living room.  I found this awesome shelf on Craigslist for $25.  And it looks perfect next to the TV.  I also added some more pictures above.. it looks better  Still kind of incomplete though.  I guess more than anything it bothers me that the living room is a giant mesh of brown and black furniture.. with red accessories.  Oye.. next place, we WILL fix that.  I'm thinking all black furniture at this point.  Since our bedroom set is all brown.  Anyway enough of me dreaming.. here's proof of how marvelous it looks:
Oh and don't mind the blanket in the middle of the living room floor.. that's normal.  It's P's naptime blanket. He has an old comforter in our bedroom at the foot of the bed.. he's just spoiled like that.  But see what I mean about it looking incomplete?  There is another giant picture not shown in this image but there is some awkward space between the mesh of frames and the two bigger ones.  I think I have something that MIGHT fix this.. we shall see though.  Oh well I am very content with how much cleaner it looks.  Now if only it was not an apartment that I was renting so I wouldn't have a problem painting.. so I wouldn't have to paint back over it in six months.  Okay.. enough enough.

OFF OF HERE I GO. =)

Always,
Amanda

Saturday, January 14, 2012

You know it's cold when...

...even the dog is shaking.
Or maybe I imagine it cause I am shaking?

So.. the dog got a new bowl this week.. And his tail wagged and wagged.  He eats like a champ and doesn't mind the fact that the toilet is no longer his water bowl.  Win win.
(Oh and that dog food mess.. you see, I decided not to PREP the photography space.. so that's natural.)

This week I also successfully completed 3 workouts at the gym.  My mile time went from 12:34 to 11:56 to 11:52.  I am stoked at the fact that the numbers are going down. =)
I took pictures of each.. but they kind of make you dizzy looking at them cause they aren't real clear.  
Evidence:

Yesterday I decided that I would start meal planning for every week.  This was all thanks in large part to my cousin calling me out for not using recipes she gave me in May of 2010 for a graduation gift.  Hey, it's 2012.. my husband is home on R&R (more on that later..) next month, I've been a wife for almost 2 years, I'm 21 years old and I still don't cook.  So, I pulled out all of my recipes and books.. Picked a few recipes and then went to the store to shop.  It was expensive.  Somewhere around $100.  A lot of the things I had to buy though I expect to use again in the future.. so hopefully that number will go down.  Plus I only planned for one week.  Regardless, I charted it all out and Monday is day one. 
Yellow = Days that need something de-thawed.  Pink = Leftovers.  There is no breakfast, as I eat the same thing everyday cause I'm usually eating it in the car on the way to work (whole wheat bagel with peanut butter).  I plotted for eating lunch with my family on Sunday.  So we will see how this week goes and plan accordingly next.

The other big thing on my mind right now is pre-R&R brain.  We have just over a month before mister is home for two weeks.  Two weeks that will include our birthdays.  I am SO excited that I feel like he is coming tomorrow!  (Not the best thing for my anxiety.. but heyyyyy..)  Anyway, I have this list floating around in my brain of all these things I want to do before he gets home.  Like... continue working out, find the perfect outfit, get my nails done, survive the deep tissue massage I have scheduled, get a haircut, clean Piston, clean the apartment, find the perfect outfit for pick up and perfect outfit for birthday party, finish my finals for this session.. that just started two weeks ago (the day before he gets here..), restock his favorite food and alcohol I may or may not have swallowed (hahaha), wrap his Christmas/birthday presents and oh yeah not have a meltdown.  Bahaha.  This is crazy!  I can't imagine what I am going to be like before he gets home for good.. Any advice?!

And finally I have a MASSIVE weekend project.  Called "clean house".  Barf.  There are a million and one things I'd rather do.. but it's necessary.  Hope everyone has a GREAT one! =)
Oye.. Hey Flo!

Always,
Amanda

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Mil Spouse Quiz!


Saw this on the lovely Janey's blog and had to do it myself.


The MilSpouse Quiz

1. How did you and your spouse meet? Rob and I met the first day of our senior year in high school.  We had college algebra together and he was the new kid.  I was feeling particularly outgoing that day and introduced myself to him..



2. How old were you when you two met? 17.


3. How long have you been together? Together for 3.  Married for a year and three quarters.  Our second anniversary is in March!


4. Where are you and your spouse originally from? I'm a born and raised Kansan.  Rob was born in Missouri but spent his "growing up years" in Texas before landing in Kansas.


5. How did you feel about him joining the military? Shocked.  He was enrolled in college, going to become a lawyer one day and the next he was leaving in less than two weeks for basic..


6. Where did your spouse go to Basic Training? Fort Benning, Georgia. 


7. Has your spouse ever been deployed? Right now. =/


8. Ever been to his promotion ceremony? I pinned him from Specialist to Sergeant.  (And I don't know if that's the correct use of the word pin..)



9. How long have you been a military wife? One year and three quarters.


10. Did you marry him before or after he joined? After.


11. How did your husband propose? Awe, I love this story.. he picked me up from the airport when I came to visit him in Maryland (I was still finishing my degree in KS) in his ACU's as he was in the middle of a shift.  He waited till we got into the parking garage (thankfully.) and got down on one knee in a giant puddle and pulled a set of dog tags out from under his ACU top.  They said "Will you marry me Amanda Dawn?" and the ring was on the chain!




12. Where did you get married? At the courthouse in Annapolis, MD.


13. How old were you two when you got married? Twenty.


14. Did he wear his uniform on his wedding day? Nope.  We got married in jeans and dressy shirts.  It was a just us kind of day.


15. Where are you and your spouse currently stationed? Kuwait.  We aren't attached to anyone here in the states..


16. Do you live on base? Nope.  I live in an apartment in Kansas.. and the closest base is a good 45 minutes away.


17. How long were you married when you had to go through your first separation? Like 4 days.  I had to fly back home to finish my Associates before I could move back out with him.. which was like 2 and a half months..


18. What is your favorite base so far? Only know Fort Meade, MD.  And it was decent, had it's advantages.  Disadvantages too though.


19. Do you think your spouse looks good in his uniform? Hell yeah.



20. Do you think military life is more advanced than civilian life? It is a totally different world.  I don't feel it's "advanced" by any means.  Just different then the average civilian one.


21. Do you like the benefits you receive as a military dependent? The health care is a major perk.  It's kind of a hassle when you don't live near a base, but the whole not having to worry about co-pays and deductibles, is amazing.  Plus you get to see parts of the nation/world that the average American doesn't get the chance to experience.


22. Do you have a lot of military wife friends? A few.  I know some from Fort Meade.  Some from a Facebook support group and a few from this here blog.


23. What is the hardest part of the military life? Separation.  From family, your husband, your friends.  That and not having a say in your own life.


24. Do you own military wife stuff? A few keychains, a few t-shirts and some other random things.. nothing that I flaunt everyday.


25. Do you support your spouse as a member of the military? With out a doubt 100%.  I support my husband in every single one of his endeavors.  No matter if it is military goals, education goals or personal goals, I support him every step of the way.


P.S. Halfway done!


Always,
Amanda

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Developments.

Holy cow.
Shortest weekend. Ever.

Wish I had more time at home doing NOTHING.

So the car is out of jail and there has been no more deployment talk.  Two pluses in my book.  And the doctor's appointment was... well...

I went in and apparently was only scheduled to get lab work done.  As in, not even an appointment scheduled to talk to mister blood man.  Huh?  Awesome.  He happened to walk in as the needle was in my arm (great distraction I will admit.. )(sorry if you hate needles and I just made you squirm.) and I was like.. so what's up dude?  Apparently my lupus anticoag test came back negative.  But abnormal.  It showed I MIGHT have a factor deficiency.  Which would basically be the opposite of the hypercoagulability stuff I have been testing positive up to this point with.  Instead of my blood clotting too much, I would bruise and bleed too easily (both things I feel aren't the case.)  So he had me come in to do some factor blood work.  At the end of the day my blood is being difficult and not testing the same.. except the mutation (I would assume...)  and I got freaked out thinking they had found something else, when in reality it was along the same lines as the rest of the test.  Will know more when these results come back within the week..

No pressure or anything..
Did I mention it's at a cancer center?

You can rest now heart.

Did I tell y'all my boss found a supplement for me that makes my anxiety chill out?  God send.

In other news.. I am in the process of breaking Piston of the habit of drinking out of the toilet.  He is a purebred VERY expensive dog as my husband likes to remind me.  It's really more of a pain in the ass for me because I have to remember to put the toilet seat down in my own dang house.  And I fill up his water bowl like a hundred times, any good suggestions on big bowls for dogs?  Headed to Petsmart tomorrow I think to check out their selection.

He loves the $20 Walmart rug that was purchased for the bedroom but doesn't fit.. it's like a super sized puppy bed in the middle of the living room.  Spoiled much?

Today was day one of what I hope to be a trend.  The last few months have consisted of me making small changes to my diet (although I picked back up drinking soda again.. when this carton of 24 cans is out.. I'm quitting... again.  Thank goodness I can quit cold turkey.) and today I went back to the gym.  I plan on going Monday, Tuesday and Thursdays after work for 45 minutes to an hour.  Then I can have Wed, Friday, Saturday and Sunday free and I don't have to worry about squeezing it in my schedule.  Tomorrow I will be sore.  Because I did a 30 minute interval training on the sitting bike (some dudes had their young kids taking up one of the 3 treadmills, the other treadmill I couldn't get to start and the third one some dude was on..) then roughly 10 minutes of strength training.  3 sets of 10 reps at the weights I used when I still went to the gym regularly (I used to work at a gym.. so I have experience with all of this) so roughly 40 on arms and 80 on legs.  Which was light for my legs, but didn't want to kill myself too much after all the biking.  Finally I did a mile on the elliptical.  I HATE the elliptical. So bad.  A mile took 12 minutes 34 seconds.  Going to keep track of it so I can witness my improvement.  Hey, I have a husband coming home this year and a best friend getting married!! Time to step it up.

Proof.
I was still moving.. 

Anyway now that the weekend of shopping, family time and drinks are over it is time to focus on this next week.. and making the best of everyday.  Who is with me?

My cute outfit from Saturday. =)

Always,
Amanda

Thursday, January 5, 2012

You better shape up 2012.

Two days ago I was excited for 2012 and what it may or may not have in store for me and my little family.  Even my 2012 horoscope reflected some GREAT things...

"Communication plays a vital role in your romantic life, especially during the first half of the year. If you let your words drip like honey, you'll be amazed at how many opportunities for love open up. This year, you're being tested to only speak and think from a place of love, rather than one of fear and paranoia. When you jump to conclusions and react accordingly, you're bound to create serious damage to your love life." 
Source: Yahoo.

How true is this?  The first half of the year my hubby will remain deployed... so all we have to stay close is communication.  Since it is a deployment.. I have to keep my fears out of the conversation, just like my horoscope says and refrain from doing my natural first instinct... jump to conclusions.  Let's just say the first part pretty much nailed it.  As did the second part...

"Get all your writing and other important correspondence finished before June, because the second half of 2012 could have you consumed in a hunt for a new home." 
Source: Yahoo.

Once Rob returns home we will be off to the next adventure.  Which will include a new home IN THE SECOND HALF.  Goodness.. pretty right on this year.  =)

And then Tuesday morning happened...

When I got to my car to head to work, I did what I almost always do... go to the trunk to get a bottle of water out (hey I live on the third floor!  I'm not lugging that shit all the way up there...) to drink with my breakfast on my drive in.. oh hey surprise.. key won't open trunk.  In fact the lock was stuck in the opposite direction of open.  And the lever inside the car you ask?  When you pulled it nothing happened.. it was like nothing was connected to the lever.  Greattttt... As a result.  I had to get up today (on my morning off mind you!) to drive my car to the auto shop and meet up with my Mom to borrow a car (since hubby's car is dead as a door nail battery wise.. oops.)  On Friday I will pay nearly $200 to get my car out of jail the shop.  Not exactly a positive start.  Buuuuuut, that's not all...

The Friday before Christmas I went in to see a blood doctor about my hypercoagulation disorder (blood clots too much/easily).  I had gotten some blood work done at my primary doctor and she had referred me to this guy to look over some of the things that had popped up.  The general moral of the story is I have an inherited mutation from either my Dad or Mom's side (both have a history of blood clotting) that obviously  makes my blood clot easily.  This will become a factor when Rob and I go to start a family.  I will have to be on blood thinners and more than likely see a high-risk doctor.  Okay, not that bad.  We can handle that.  I also tested positive for this Lupus Anticoag (not to be confused with the cancer...).  Which is something to be concerned about if you test positive for it more than once and have a miscarriage and a blood clot.  Obviously I haven't had the last two.  So he ran some more blood work on me before I left that day to see if I tested for it again.  Then he sent me on my way with no follow up appointment or anything.  Today I got a phone call from a nurse/someone in his office saying that my blood work came back and I tested negative for the Lupus Anticoag (yay!!!) but some other things had shown up that he wants me to come back in and get further testing done on.  That's it.  That's all they said.  When they called to schedule she said he wanted me to come in as soon as possible.  I set up an appoint for Friday at 1.  And I get to play the waiting/guessing game until then.  I may or not be super stressed out about this as I have zero idea what he saw that has him concerned..

And one last thing while we discuss this fantastic start to 2012... Rob is set to be done with his enlistment in 2014.  Which leaves us with just under 2 years when he gets back this year.  The other day the possibility of another deployment within that 2 year period came up.. this time not to the relatively safe Kuwait, but it would be to somewhere far more dangerous.  Like Afghanistan.  I'm trying not to think about this as this is the military.  One day we could be preparing for another deployment and the next we are headed to a non-deployable unit.  But lets face it, I can't help it.

So far no good 2012.
I'm hoping things start looking better..
Like tomorrow.

Anyway, hope everyone else is having a fantastic start to this crazy year.  Tomorrow it's supposed to be like 60 degrees.  I'm pumped.  Minus the fact I will be inside working all but two hours of daylight time.  Being an adult sucks some times.  =)