Nov 27, 2010

News (to me)

Now that I am married to an Army Officer I have now been watching the news a lot more lately.

First off, as a journalism minor, I am sad to say that I am saddened by the state of the news. In one hour they talk about celebrities for about 15-20 min. of it. Not to mention they have some "news" programs entirely dedicated to talk about what's going on in the celebrity. CNN and FOX News are not E. I miss the days of "real news" where reporters were not just pretty faces but actually went out and found interesting stories.

Next, with all this stuff with North Korea happening it makes me nervous, not only for South Korea and the state of the world, but for my solider. He is due for his first deployment a few months after flight school graduation and right now his unit is slotted for Iraq...if things keep up it might be Korea or somewhere that deals with this new "crisis." I just want him to be as safe as possible and get back to me in one piece.

Finally, the fact that I am watching the news, oh yeah, and reading news sites like BBC every day, means I have officially entered adult hood. Before I would watch the news because I needed a current event for history class, but now I want to know what's going on in the world.

So I guess, while news-worthyness has lost a lot of meaning I like feeling connected and I guess the jitters I get when war-type things go on at least it won't be a surprise if my husband and/or his friends get sent that way.

Nov 24, 2010


Thanksgiving is my husbands families holiday. It was the easiest way to make people happy and stick with each families biggest traditions, his Thanksgiving, mine Christmas. However, thanks to my husbands training schedule we were not able to load up the car and head to Dallas with the rest of his family and they were all unable to make it down to Alabama (I don't blame them). Now are "orphan" Thanksgiving.

We are inviting all the single and close couples to us over to our house for a big pot luck. That way no one has to be alone and away from family, yes flight school is like it's own little family, on a holiday. My husband is cooking the turkey and the mashed potatoes, I am in charge of the pies, pumpkin and apple, and everything else is coming with our guests.

It's holidays like this that make me remember why we are true celebrating and what we really have in our lives to be thankful for. These are some of mine:

  • My husband, who is my best friend, and our little family
  • Finding friends in unexpected places
  • Rainy days and the first snowfall of the season
  • Curling up with a good book
  • My mom and dad who support me no matter what
  • and the fact I live in a country where it is ok to be a woman and it's ok to be free
I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday and remember the little moments are the things to be most thankful for.

Nov 17, 2010

A Little MIA

So I have been a little MIA on the blog front but all for good reasons. I was able to fly back to Kansas City for a quick weekend trip to see some friends and the in-laws. Let's just say it was great to get away and be super busy for a few days.

However, other than my husband and the puppies, I did miss on thing about Alabama...the weather. As soon as my flight landed at the airport in the early evening and they opened the door the words "Darn It" came out of my mouth. I thought I said it in my head but the man sitting next to me looked over at me and asked me why I said that. I told him because it is cold. He just laughed at me, but if he knew I cam from mid 80's to low 30's of the city he would feel the same way I did.

Overall it was a great trip and I will incorporate some stories in my next few posts. Let's just say I was inspired and have some new topics to write about.

Nov 11, 2010

Nov. 11, 2010

To all those who served, those in service now, and those who will join in the future thank you. Especially my grandfather and my husband. Happy Veteran's Day.

Nov 10, 2010

Lifestyle Check Up

About two weeks ago I posted about me, and my husband, starting a new and healthier lifestyle. We decided to start on Nov. 1 because it was a Mon. and the start of a new month. Now we are a little over a week into our "new life" and we are doing great! My husband even said he wanted to lose 10 pounds by the end of the month. I know I said I did not want to make part of this change a weight loss goal but he has a PT test coming up and pulled out the scale so I agreed to it and told him I was not going to set a goal, but rather see how it goes.

So far we have each lost 4 pounds and that was just with changing our diets and keeping a steady workout routine. Here are some other perks I am starting to see:

  • I have only had one soda and NO ice cream (yes I'm shocked). The perk, my complexion loves me.
  • Yoga is pretty awesome and I like it even more than I thought I would. My husband has even joined me in a few sessions.
  • This is the part I am not to happy with, my creative spark just hasn't sparked yet. I think I might just need to grab my camera and go on an adventure around town and just shoot. Not to mention, I have just not been excited about a few graphic design projects, luckily they are for people I know and not something that needs to be done right this second, but still it's my passion so I have to kick it into gear.
  • My dog is loving our alone time and my husband puppy is now leash trained! I love these two "mangy" mutts.
  • Now that we are doing five small meals I have gotten creative with my cooking and have found some great new recipes. I am excited to get my cook on more and so is my husband.
  • While I parts of my life are organized I am slowly working on others, but hey it's a start.
  • Finally, I have noticed that I am sleeping better, getting back to reading some new books, turning off the TV more and turning to music, and have just felt emotionally and physically happier.
All in all this has been a great first week and a half. Now off to the kitchen to start preparing my next dinner creation.

Nov 7, 2010

Peanuts, Studying, and Football

I love lazy weekends that include football and friends, not to mention a ton of studying.

This weekend my husband and a couple friend of ours decided to check out the National Peanut Festival that takes place in Dothan, Al, a nice little drive from Ft. Rucker. It was pretty entertaining and more like a "normal" carnival that included a lot of nuts and nut themed things. Although we did not ride any rides we did partake in eating some yummy food including an elephant ear (tasted like a curio) and of course nuts. We also loved people watching. From carnies to local residents to distant travelers, we saw it all.

To finish the weekend my husband has to study and work on flight plans for BWS, and myself, I'm just watching some NFL games and am relaxing. I know it's not the ideal family time, but I'll take it.

Nov 5, 2010

Fall Friday Cleaning

When I woke up this morning I did not think I would spend my entire day cleaning, however the fall cleaning bug bit me and there was a lot to do. I know it is my job as the doubting wife to keep the house clean anyway but today I went a little clean crazy.

Not only did I clean the whole downstairs, including a nasty kitchen, the upstairs master bedroom and bathroom, I also cleaned up the back yard. It made me very happy I decided to do that job because the puppies decided to chew up the back door mat and there were pieces of it ever where. Also, while I was trying to pick up the pieces, as well as fill in the new holes my husbands pup had made, they decided to help me by trying to take the pieces out of my hand. Yes, it was entertaining but also a little annoying while I was trying to get the job done. I decided to take out their just picked up toys and, lucky for me, that kept them distracted long enough for me to get the job done.

Finally, the house is in a state of cleanliness. My husband, who got done with a flight school test early, came home and jokingly said, "Thanks for doing your woman job." I gave him a look, he laughed, and then asked if he could help with anything.

While I did not have a task for him to help me with, seeing how I finished a few minutes earlier, he then took my hand, told me he loved me, and asked me to dance to the music I had playing in the background. I forget how lucky I am sometimes with the man I married, while he jokes he is always willing to give a helping hand, and always knows how to sweep me off of my feet.

Happy Friday!

Nov 3, 2010

Fun Find

I was doing some random book searching online — I am an avid reader and lover of all things books/print — and came across some things I would love to add to my wardrobe. Who ever thought of this I give you props. LOVE THEM!

via Out of Print

Nov 1, 2010

Halloween Sunday

Yesterday was Halloween, so happy late holiday! To celebrate my husband and I watched classic scary movies and ate left over trick-or-treater candy. That's right, left over candy on Halloween night.

Enterprise, along with other cities in the area, moved trick-or-treating to Saturday night. This sparked a great debate between my husband and myself. He said it was because it was on a Sunday night, a school night. My rebuttal was simple, so what happens when Halloween is on a Mon.-Thurs. night? He went silent, I just smiled. Then I gave my opinion on the matter. It's the South, and Sunday's are God's day so they don't want to share that with Halloween, a holiday dealing with spirits and "evil."

Anyway, I just found it funny that they moved the holiday and felt bad for my friends with children that didn't get the message until they had trick-or-treaters at the door and scrabbled to get their kiddos out in time. We were lucky to have candy on hand, and be home to pass out candy, thank you map project.