Thursday, March 28, 2013

I am a military spouse.

A few weeks ago I put out a request to my readers for some topics you wanted me to cover on this here blog.  Jen from The Adventures Of Our Army Life asked: 

What is one thing you like and one thing you dislike about living the military life? :)


This got me thinking... obviously being a military spouse has both advantages and disadvantages.  Obvious and not.  When you marry someone owned by the government, you willingly accept the responsibilities of an entirely different lifestyle.  Rather than having a 9 to 5 clock-in and clock-out kind of job, my husband has an on-call-drop-everything-leave-tomorrow-for-a-year kind of job.  I'm fortunate in the fact that my husbands job has a lot of stateside non-deployable options.  But since he is government property, his future could be different with the snap of a finger.

That part is obviously not favorable by most military wifes.  BUT there are advantages to being a military spouse.  Don't believe me?  Let me persuade you.

Likeeeeeee...  The opportunities afforded to both me and my husband throughout his military career.  This is a HUGE plus in my book.  I'm not just talking about the opportunity to live in many beautiful places my little big Kansas butt may not have otherwise got to visit let alone live.  I'm also talking about the amazing opportunity for new friends.  Friends from all across the nation AND world.  Friends I may not have otherwise crossed paths with if it weren't for this crazy mutual journey: the military roller coaster.  Mostly though I'm talking about the opportunity my husband has been given to establish a successful career.  A career that will easily transfer over into the "civilian world".  Pre-Army Rob had opportunities don't get me wrong... but the Army has and will open so many more doors than before.  He will retire with 20+ years networking experience.  He will have built networks and connections only available through the military community.  He will feel confident in his skills to rock anything the future hands him.  And that my friends is irreplaceable.  The pride I feel for my husband through his professional military career is immeasurable... which is the best part about this whole military life.

On the flip side... my biggest dislike about the military life?  How different it is from the "civilian world".  Many people just don't get it.  Understandable? Yes.  Frustrating for me? Yes.  It is hard to understand why we do things... why we made the decision we made for our future... why the Army is doing what it is doing with my husband... etc.  I understand that.  But it is even harder for me to explain why things are done the way they are.  They just are... It is a whole entire different separate rule filled world.  Key word: DIFFERENT.  I just can't explain that..

But this might help those 'why' questions in the future:
"You know how people say 'Why do you do it?' 
The truth is when you love someone, 
you really don't have a choice other than to just do it."

always,
amanda

Sunday, March 24, 2013

My sister came to Georgia.

And she wore me the heck out!

My younger [and only] sister, Erin, visited last week from Kansas.  She got here Saturday night and left Thursday morning.  So to celebrate her Spring Break we vacationed in true family style.

What does that mean?

We ran around being tourists ALMOST the whole time.

Rob and I showed her the "hot spots" of Augusta, GA.

We road tripped to Hilton Head, SC.  Went on a dolphin tour.. actually saw dolphins.  Took a million pictures of said dolphins.  Shopped.  Walked around.  Missed an alligator tour.  Drove to Tybee Island, GA.  Walked up a million or so lighthouse steps.  Hunted seashells on the beach.  Stuck our toes in the water.  Took more pictures.  Became Tybee Island locals... and then finally drove home in the midst of severe weather.
My sister, Erin, and I with the boat we watched dolphins on.
Dolphins... a normal Monday y'all.
On top of the lighthouse!
Making hand hearts on the beach.
We took a canal tour down the Augusta Canal.  Visited the attached museum.  Had dinner with our cousin Jess and Rob too.
My cousin Jess, me and my sister!
We road tripped to just north of Atlanta.  Hiked a trail to a waterfall.  Found out it was the wrong trail.  Drove to the waterfall.  Visited the Dawsonville Moonshine Distillery.  Drank samples and toured the process.  Drove to Atlanta.  Went to the aquarium.  Took a billion pictures within the aquarium.
Before our disappointing hike.
Erin in the aquarium!
Me in the aquarium!
So between the hiking, steps, driving, 7 am wake up calls and puppy excitement... I'm exhausted.

This weekend has been spent trying to get back into the swing of things.  Laundry, cleaning, dishes, cuddles and naps... lots and lots of naps.  Plus homework, blck.

Hope everyone else is enjoying their weekend... and if you have snow, again, I am so so so sorry!


always,
amanda

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Three Special Years.

Today we celebrate 3 years as a married couple.

Yes, it is St. Patrick's Day.
No, that was not on purpose.
Yes, I love this man more than anything.
No, I can't believe it has been three years!

Rob, thanks for three special years.  It hasn't always been easy or fun.. but anyone who thinks marriage is always a giant bag of fun... has probably never been married.  I'm thankful that I get to enjoy this crazy journey with you day in and day out.  I've said it before and I will continue to say it... there is no one else I would want to share this life with.. no one else I would trust/love enough to move states and states away to be with.  I love you... thanks for being the best thing to ever happen to me!
The night we officially started dating.
To celebrate today... Rob is weighing in on some pertinent relationship questions.  Enjoy..

His Answers [written exactly how it was said] / Her Answers

How long have you been together?
Since Dec 2008 Dec 20 to be exact.

How long have you been married?
3 years TODAY!

Where was your first date?
Sonic. no, no, yeah, Sonic I guess you could consider that a date.  We weren't really dating.  It was the first time we hung out though. :D

Where was your first kiss?
The shitty airport kiss... At the airport.  Maybe it was shitty because it was our first kiss.. and the first time I'd seen him since he left for basic training six months earlier!!! Talk about pressure...

Who first said, "I love you"?
You did He did.  Haha.. we were friends first... so I honestly couldn't tell ya.

What were your wedding colors?
Non existent We got married at the courthouse.. I'd love to have a vow renewal with royal blue colors someday though.

What is her most commonly used phrase?
Hm......**silence** Take the trash out He's probably right...

Who is her celebrity crush?
Me A celebrity now, huh?  I'd have to go with Channing Tatum.

If she was ordering drinks for both of you, what would you each get?
I: Sam Adams or Budlight Platinum You: Budweiser or rum and coke / that.

What is the best meal she has ever cooked you?
Chicken alfredo and garlic bread He's easy to please.

What is the worst meal she has ever cooked you?
Cheese quesadillas Both meals mentioned where cooked last week.  [Which just shows how often I cook or don't cook...]

What is the most-played song on her iPod or in her music collection?
Idk.. you listen to the radio I don't have a most played... 

What would she say is your most annoying habit?
Leaving my socks all over the floor Not just socks... all clothes all over the floor.  Including two feet away from the hamper!

What is the last thing she does before she goes to bed?
Turns her light off... most people double check their alarm.. but not you! I usually check my phone... he's passed out, so he would have no idea!

If you could throw out one item of her clothing what would it be?
All of her purses RUDE!

What would you say is your favorite thing about her?
Her eyes His are better.

What's her go-to drink at Starbucks?
She doesn't like coffee I don't like coffee... I do like vanilla bean fraps though.

What's her blog's name?
Somewhere Over the Camo!!!


always,
amanda

Monday, March 11, 2013

Tuition Assistance.

Most of my followers know that I am going to school full time online.  What you may not know is that my husband is doing the same thing.  So on top of the Army class he is taking right now, studying for a HUGE [and expensive] certification, being a fur-father and a husband... he is also a student working on his Bachelor's degree.

He WAS using the tuition assistance program.  Getting help paying for this degree.  The plan was to use his GI Bill for his Master's and PHD.

But now... the government has decided his time spent being an American soldier both near and far away from home, completely devoted to his country, does not justify him getting assistance when it comes to his education and bettering his life after the Army.

At all.

This makes me so mad that I can hardly put it into words.

If you haven't heard about the sequester... you've been living under a rock.  If you are associated with the military in any way, you've more than likely heard about the cuts coming our way.  This is one of the results...

Please do me a favor and go sign this petition:

Reinstate Military Tuition Assistance and block the Armed Service Branches from any further suspension of TA.

By signing this petition you are taking a stand to help our military get their well deserved college educations.  Helping them take care of their family after they've completed their service to this great country.  And showing them that the American people have their back both home and abroad.

Don't let our armed forces feel like their sacrifices have gone unnoticed.

[P.S. If you are a military spouse or supporter I encourage you to re post this link in as many ways possible.]

Any negative comments blaming one political party over another will not be posted.  This is a neutral post and it will only have neutral comments.



always,
amanda

Saturday, March 9, 2013

I'm Feeling.

A wee bit uninspired lately. :/

I'm not sure why. I can't exactly pin it.  Maybe because I feel like I have been so busy recently.. to the point I haven't had time to dwell.. to think.. to brainstorm.. to anything...

So again, this is another post that lacks depth.  Or real meaning.

As a result, I am opening the floor up to YOU all.

Do you have a question for me?
Some extra thoughts for me?
Something you want to see on the blog?

Let me know and I will compile a sort of Q and A sometime in the next week.

Happy weekend!




always,
amanda

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

You betcha it's okay.

Because I have a lot of thoughts that aren't really cohesive.. it's all going to be here.  In this post.  And hey... that's okay...

Hey, it's okay:

...that the sequester talk makes me really irritated.  When the rest of America can't do their job they get fired.  Why can't the government do theirs?  Republicans/Democrats/Middle of the liners... come on folks.  There is no reason why defense should be getting such huge cuts [let's set our Armed Forces up to be both unprepared and understaffed], why education should be experiencing money cuts and why countless other viable programs are losing out because of this issue.  Get. It. Together.

...that I'm excited for the month of March!  Not only do the days get longer with daylight savings time, but my sister is coming to see me, as well as one of my best friends!  Rob and I get to celebrate our third year of wedded bliss anniversary... and the month is packed with fun outings.

...that after 6 plus months of living in Georgia.. I finally have friends!  !!! !!!! !!!!!!! Yes, those extra exclamation points are needed folks.  This is the greatest news, ever.

...that my husband is ridiculously smart.  He's smart AND good looking.. I'm lucky! [how smart you ask?  He's working on his CCIE cert.. google it... he already has his CCNA and CCNP] [that was me bragging about my husband, fyi.]

...that the dogs keep getting fleas.  Actually, no it is not.  But it is okay because it is treatable and fixable.  I'm not sure if it is a Georgia thing or what... but since February they've had them several times.  Next step is treating our entire backyard.  Both dogs have been treated.. so now we kill the source.

...that I sing to my dogs while giving them flea baths.  Something along the lines of..."We are going to kill all those **beeping** little fleas".  It gives me great joy.  Hubs doesn't like it when I am singing at the top of my lungs at 6 in the morning about killing fleas though... [yes, giving my dogs baths at 6 AM is the perfect way to start our day... not. On the plus side they stand still and aren't butts.]

...that every time I look at pictures from Summer 2008 to Summer 2009 I want to go work out.  I miss that freshman year of college.  It was rather fun, yall.

...that I feel like I cleaned all weekend.. but only one room shows it.  Tomorrow.. tomorrow.. there is always tomorrow.

...that my new laptop has a weird touch pad.  Finally got my iPad replacement..a Google Chromebook and it has a weird touch pad deal.  Like legit weird.  I can't even explain how weird!

...that my third class I was so worried about in my last post is a complete and utter joke.  Writing resumes joke.  Easy peasy pumpkin cheesy.

...that some people I went to high school with are down right whack.  It's cool you did some soul searching and all.. but I'm not sure you are in fact the same person you were back then.  Just too strange.

Happy week my friends!  It is a fairly busy one here...



always,
amanda