Aug 31, 2011

Fill In

Wow, it has been a long time since I have blogged and there has been so much going on, as well as so many emotions.

To start with I am fully back at work and have the go-ahead to start working out {moderately} next week. The puppies will be happy with this fact because they will start getting a real workout again too. Now back to work, things are starting slow down and I am getting antsier by the day. With this slow down, relationships are starting to go into friendships and we are actually hanging out with one another outside of our building.

As for my husband, I saw him for the last time this last weekend. It was hard at the going away ceremony but for me it was harder to see everyone else, especially the kids spend those last moments with their mom or dad.

We were lucky enough to get to spend the evening together, dogs included. We just cuddled, watched movies and tried to get time to slow down. I would love to go into more details, but honestly, it is just a big blur. I do know that I cried a lot on my way home and these last few days I have been trying to stay as busy as possible and settle into the newest norm...little to no contact and never knowing when I am going to get it.

I do look on the bright side, this time next year he will be home.

Aug 22, 2011

Summer to Fall

Tomorrow I head back to work after a full weeks rest/recovery. I am doing much better, although I still have some pain and discomfort. Part of that is due to the fact my mother is home and I have had to take care of the puppies on my own so I am moving around a lot more.

Part of this movement included doing laundry and in the process it got me to thinking about my wardrobe.

Though Texas doesn't really follow the "traditional seasons" August and the other summer months are almost over so I need to start thinking about fall. Time for a change in clothing color and time to bring out the boots. This has also got me thinking I should go through my entire closet.

A lot of my clothing is stuff I still had when I was in college and is very on the worn out, plus I have lost some weight so a lot of things don't fit right. I will, of course, donate all the clothing and shoes I can and the rest maybe use as rags or make some homemade puppy toys.

After I go through things, this means I have to fill some wardrobe holes. Yay shopping!

I wont go totally crazy, already have a plan. For every three shirts I give away/get rid of, I can get a new one. For every two pants/skirts/shorts/bottom halves, I can get something new. As for dresses every three, I can get a new one. Shoes are trickier. I just need to make sure I replace the ones that I get rid of that are really worn out. An example of this, my black heals that I have had since my freshman year of college are totally done so I will get a new pair of black heals.

I am also going to focus my shopping on the Texas fall season. Yes, things like shorts and skirts will be on sale since the stores are trying to make room for the new merchandise, but it would be a waste of money because they don't fit into the autumn.

Hopefully I can get this done next weekend when I am back to my full self and have some new outfits for work and who knows, I might have to go get my hair cut to help finish the look.

Aug 19, 2011

Happy Surprise

So I have been home from the hospital for a few days now and am finally of my pain meds enough to get some restful things done, like blog.

A quick blog for now, but around 1 p.m. I had a knock on the door of my apartment. The dogs went nuts and my mom was finally getting a shower. I hobbled my way to the door and when I opened it, there was a guy with flowers in his hands. Not expecting anything, I told him thank you, brought the flowers inside, and shut the door.

I grabbed the card and for an even better surprise, the flowers were from my boss and my co-workers. It brought a huge smile on my face and made me feel even better.

Aug 14, 2011

Busy Busy

This last week has flown by because it has been jammed pack with work and getting ready for my surgery. Not to mention, my parents {on the way to their vacation} called me up and asked to go out to dinner because they had a very long lay over.

I have a few more things to finish up at work so I am going to head in this afternoon, then I have a half day Monday, then off to pick up my mom from the airpot and get ready for surgery.

She is going to stay with me for my "week of rest" to help me take care of the puppies and make sure I can get back on my feet. One thing I am excited about with all of this, is that I will be able to relax a little bit. I can catch up on my blogging, watch some TV shows that have been DVRed for way to long, and get some nice home cooked meals.

Aug 8, 2011

A Smile to Wrap Up the Day

After the day I had today — lots of stuff put on my last minute at work, forgetting something that is near and dear to my heart, and dealing with the emotions of deployment — this just made me smile.

Aug 6, 2011

Key Caller

About three days ago I received a phone call from my husbands units FRG leader. She said she heard I was willing to help and asked if I would be a key caller on the phone tree. I said I would, I mean I was looking for a way to stay in the loop and be there for the other women go through the deployment, and this was it.

I had a conference call with her and the other key callers, and lets just say I found it entertaining in many ways. The biggest is the fact these other women are excited to get volunteer hours, enough to win a service award from the Army. They talked about how to get it for about 10 minutes.

For me that's not what I signed up for.

I don't care if I am on the phone for 500 hrs. in a month, as long as I am there when people need me and I can get the correct information out, that's all that matters. I also learned that a lot of the ladies in the unit are alreay tiered of my units FRG and what they stand for. Yes, I expected there to be some hostility from the stories I heard about from the last deployment, but now it sounds like they are trying to give support to ladies that need it in different ways other than constant.

Finally, since I am "officially" apart of the FRG many of the women have started asking me to be friends on Facebook. I have excepted but think I am going to have to change some settings. After two days of their status' it's getting tiering for me too.

Oh well, I figured there would be these type of things but really I just wanted to feel connected and be there for people when I could. Phone tree calling starts within the next week so I will let you know how it goes.

Aug 1, 2011

Car Cookies

We got into an interesting conversation this morning at work in regards to weather. Being an Arizona girl all the guys on my side of the office wanted to know if I have ever cooked an egg on a sidewalk/pavement. The answer, yes, yes I have, and believe or not it works, fast.

This lead to a bunch of questions about what other things I tried while growing up. I named a few things off and randomly said, "never tried baking cookies though." Oh me and my big mouth.

All of a sudden they guys took out their phones and started looking up how hot it was supposed to be today, the answer 109. Then one of them decided, on his lunch break to go home quick, grab a cookie sheet, go buy a roll of cookie dough and try making cookies by the time we left this afternoon. The key to this, they had to be edible.

At 4:40 p.m. he walks in with a plate full of cookies and, since I was the one that brought it up, got to try one first.

Guess what?


It was an awesome experiment, and since they turned out so well they are already throwing out other ideas...oh boy.