MilSpouse Friday Fill-In #25


So over on Wife of a Sailor, Wife posts questions for other bloggers to answer on their own military spouse blogs. (Still with me so far?) And since the kids are watching A Bug’s Life on the Disney channel, I thought it might be fun to fill this out while taking a break from studying. More about that later…

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1. What’s one thing in the past month you would have changed?
I would have started Saturday’s 5K closer to the start line. I stuck to the back because I didn’t want to be trampled on by the warp-speed runners but I didn’t even reach the start line until a minute into the race!

2. What was your favorite thing that happened in June?
I ran a 5K last Saturday and committed to running a couple more this year. I run at a slow enough pace that I’m probably grinning during the entire run. It’s hard not to smile when this guy

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is singing in your ear.

My personal fitness goals are:
1. to run a 10K (6.2 miles) without stopping by September
2. to run 10 miles by December
3. to run a half marathon by March.
Seeing this written out is VERY intimidating. I hope I don’t sleep in a fetal position tonight while sucking my thumb.

3. What did you do to celebrate Independence Day?
My mom invited herself and my brother and uncle for a lunchtime barbecue. They brought the food. I provided the venue and entertainment in the form of three children and two dogs. Afterward, we went to my aunt’s house for another barbecue and pooled our (expensive) fireworks.

Personally I am over fireworks and the exorbitant prices but the kids loved them. Between my cousins and I, we had six very excited kids!

4. When you PCS, what items do you take with you and not let the movers pack (and if you do a DITY, what do you take with you and not box up)
I only take personal documents (birth certificates, shot records, etc.) and my jewelry box. The rest I let the movers pack and move. True, I would hate it if stuff like pictures and scrapbooks got ruined but now I’m so old wiser that I know it is just stuff and not as important as the little ones buckled up in the backseat and the big one pretending to pay attention to the road whenever I drive to our next destination.

5. What are you looking forward to in July?
This young lady is turning FIVE YEARS OLD.

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That thought alone will make me fall asleep in the fetal position, sucking my thumb. It is amazing how time flies. She was our souvenir from Virginia, the one from the 2006 deployment. My husband is still trying to come to terms with his accident, sometimes regretting ever taking orders to Virginia. I told him over the phone this morning: “I DON’T.”

I know he is going through a trying time adapting and accepting this new life but the truth is had we not moved to Virginia we would never have had L. We would have moved back to Fort Gordon and he would have realized that he needed to get that vasectomy he always said he’d get after the second one was born.

Yes, the months apart, the accident, the neverending recovery was and is awful, tumultuous, and at times so effing depressing that no one really understands but the bottom line is, we would not have her had we not taken the path that led us to this point right now.

In other news, I am preparing to take a subject competency test in science so I can get a single subject credential to teach in middle/high school. The test is next week!

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I hope you had a wonderful and restful Independence Day. I don’t pretend to know everything there is to being patriotic. Being a military spouse doesn’t give me a pass; I know I still have a lot to learn.

When I was a kid, as a child of Filipino immigrants, I remembered school baffled me. Why am I studying about Greek and Roman gods? Why am I studying about Christopher Columbus, ancient Egypt, and the gold rush? Why do I need to know about the civil rights? I am clearly not white nor black. My family didn’t even get here until the 70s!

What did this have to do with me?

Over and over I would ask that question to myself. For years, my father told me we were in America; we spoke English. “Why would we need to go back to the Philippines? You need to speak English in school to go to college.” While I respect the decision he made, I still wonder about the ramifications.

It wasn’t until I got to college (yes, college) that I found the answer to the question, “WHAT DID THIS HAVE TO DO WITH ME?”

The truth is… IT HAS EVERYTHING TO DO WITH ME.

Wars, revolutions, battles, boycotts, discrimination, laws, the pursuit of equal rights… all of these things did not just shape one country or one people. It shaped ALL OF US. It affects ALL OF US.

Whenever I am in a class that is studying history, I keep political opinions to myself like any educator would but I make sure I connect what we’re studying to how this lesson effects all of us, directly or indirectly. The hell if a generation gets by me without knowing what took me decades to learn! o

I need to not only know about victims of natural disasters around the world, I need to care and do something.

I need to not only know about social injustice or genocide, I need to get angry and do something.

I need to not only know who SNL satirizes, I need to really know them to cast my vote based on what I value and not how hilarious Tina Fey’s impressions are.

I need to stop thinking about other people as “THEM” and start thinking about “US”. As a nation, I believe with all of my heart that we can.

WE WILL.

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MilSpouse Friday Fill-In #24

I am going a little crazy with the iPad so bear with me. Apparently nothing is more amusing to me than catching my kids doing something silly. This clip is of my daughter A making a birdbath

and another of both girls allegedly cleaning their room. OMG…


So over on Wife of a Sailor, Wife posts questions for other bloggers to answer on their own military spouse blogs. (Still with me so far?) And since the kids are already in bed, I thought it might be fun to fill this out while watching The Big Bang Theory reruns and fighting the urge to eat the rest of the pint of Haagan Daaz hidden on the top shelf of the freezer. I have savored every spoonful for the last two weeks. I can’t eat a whole pint in one sitting. I know, I’ve tried!

1. What’s one thing in the past month you would have changed?
Eat less junk. Make less excuses for eating junk. I think I’ve blogged about this before but when my husband is home we go into “Eff it, we’re on va-cay!” mode and we ignore the little voices in our heads telling we shouldn’t eat massive quantities of fattening food.

Dang it! Every single time!

2. What was your favorite thing that happened in May?
This girl

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graduated from preschool. I know, I know. I am a dork for making such a big deal out of a preschool graduation but she’s the youngest child and my husband couldn’t be here for it. For any of it. But here’s a video of L saying hi to Daddy.

3. June includes the first day of summer… what are your plans for the summer?
The boy loves going to karate so I know that will take most afternoons. I think we’ll probably spend most of the summer in the gym. Mornings for Zumba and swim aerobics, afternoons at the gym pool and/or a couple of fun classes like Hot Hula. It gets so hot in Sacramento that I will go anywhere there is A/C or a pool. Wait, also has to be cheap too. Seeing as we already pay for a family gym membership, we’re good.

4. Do you use the services on base (gym, financial planning, family services, daycare)? And if so, what’s your favorite one?
We don’t live anywhere near a base. The closest commissary is a half an hour away but Travis AFB is an hour away. When we lived outside of gate 5 of JEB Little Creek, I took the kids to the beach on base all the time. What’s not to love? Free parking, no crowds. It was great. I also loved walking to Starbucks a couple of times a week. Awww… makes me remember when I used to walk M to the bus stop then put the girls in the stroller to go for a walk to the Starbucks on base. Also, I used to push L in her stroller around the track while the older two rode their bikes in circles around me. Those were fun, but lonely, times. When R wasn’t deployed, he was always gone at trainings.

5. What are you looking forward to in June?
The kids will end the school year in a few weeks. We don’t have any plans for the summer since (1) I am trying to watch our spending because I won’t have any work as a sub for several months, (2) the kids will go back to school in July for the new school year, and (3) R isn’t coming home for a while. I’d rather save our pennies for his plane trip!

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This is a project my son did. He had to draw a self-portrait

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The resemblance is uncanny, non?

and fill out this questionnaire.

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I asked him why he drew chicken legs all over the paper. He said he was hungry. That’s nice. Oh, I like the part about how he becomes famous because he defeats Chuck Norris.

MilSpouse Friday Fill-In #23


So over on Wife of a Sailor, Wife posts questions for other bloggers to answer on their own military spouse blogs. (Still with me so far?) And since I was getting married on Friday, I thought it might be fun to fill this out while I sub today. Have I piqued your curiosity? Well, what are you waiting for? Keep reading… (BTW, see #2 for that answer.)

1. What’s one thing in the past month you would have changed?

Nothing comes to mind. I have been trying to adopt a go-with-the-flow attitude, or at least remembering to when I can. I know I have made mistakes and attempted to correct them and/or vowed to not repeat them. I know that life could be a lot easier and without drama, but eh, c’est la vie…

Oh, wait. Maybe when I went on a coffee run at the Disneyland Hotel, I should have had one of these…

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Or one of these…

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Would you believe that I did not have any of those scrumptious desserts?

2. What was your favorite thing that happened in April?

Everything! The kids were off track and started a free month long trial at a local karate studio. My husband came home and my family threw a party for him the day he arrived. The following day we drove down to Disneyland, partaking in the military discount for the 3-day hopper tickets. Last Friday, we got married!

Again!

When we got married twelve years ago, we did not get married in the Catholic church. On Friday, our marriage was convalidated (I keep saying “consubstatiated” and giggling; all of you Catholics who have been to mass lately know why) in a very brief ceremony with a handful of friends who could make it. It was last-minute but we were grateful that our priest could accomodate us. Ask me later why my husband’s wedding ring is in the shape of Hello Kitty.

3. What are your plans for Memorial Day?

We don’t have plans yet. We don’t live near a base but I look for local commemorative events that honor our veterans.

4. Have you ever traveled Space A? If yes, where… if no, would you ever try it?

I have no idea what Space A means and do not have internet access to Google it. I suppose I would try anything once, especially if I could do this without the kids!

5. What are you looking forward to in May?

I look forward to heading to the gym to work out more and use the pool. School and church are winding down. Nothing quite compares to afternoons at the pool, bringing a picnic lunch, and tiring out the kidlets!

MilSpouse Friday Fill-In #22


So over on Wife of a Sailor, Wife posts questions for other bloggers to answer on their own military spouse blogs. (Still with me so far?) And since the kids are surprisingly mellow and the house is half-clean (uh… the downstairs is clean), I thought it might be fun to fill this out before we make a mess with Easter egg dye.

BTW, anyone else having trouble commenting on other blogs? Maybe I am just a techno dinosaur when it comes to this darn iPad. (You’re picturing a tyrannosaurus rex getting down at a rave too, right? No? Just me?)

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1. What’s one thing in the past month you would have changed?

Probably nothing. It’s a fact proven time and time again that when the kids are sick, I put on weight. Seriously. I’m exhausted, my food-filter defenses are down, and I am unable to go to the gym. It would make more sense to eat less but eh. I wouldn’t have realized how my body image has changed even though little has. I put on some pounds during the kids’ three rounds of stomach virus (trust me, it was not pretty) but I noticed I am not beating myself up over it. Brushed myself off, moved on, and tried again. Repeated as necessary.

Wait. I’d take away the pain that the kids went through when they were ill but I’d keep my extra poundage. Self-image is just as important as diet and exercise and it took me this month to realize it.

2. What was your favorite thing that happened in March?

This girl

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turned seven! She is sassy and doesn’t care what you think about her, like a true Texan!

3. Check your phone… who was the last person you called and what is your favorite thing about them?

My husband. “Everything” is my favorite thing about him. Totally sappy, I know. But he’s a geobachelor for another year. Ask me two months after he moves back. I might not even be abe to answer the question.

4. If you were a crayon, what color would you be and why?

I’ve seen this question before on one of those FB quizzes back when almost everyone was filling them out. My answer is the same: white. That way I would frustrate thousands of children all over the world, wondering if I was working on their white paper.

5. What are you looking forward to in April?

My husband is coming home on leave for two weeks. We’re taking the kids to Disneyland again. It will be the second time taking them. The first time was two years ago, right before R was injured. Come to think of it, we will probably be down there on the second “anniversary” of the car accident. We didn’t acknowledge the date last year. It came and went without even knowing. I know many families have a celebration of life on the day something significant like this happened; R has never been one for sentiments especially since he has daily painful reminders of that day. (STILL! Right? He JUST shared this with me a few weeks ago!) When he’s home on leave, when one of us realizes that it is April 23rd, we will probably give each other a knowing glance and be grateful for the moment that we can realize the date together.

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MilSpouse Friday Fill-In #21


So over on Wife of a Sailor, Wife posts questions for other bloggers to answer on their own military spouse blogs. (Still with me so far?) And since the kids are going to bed in a few minutes, I thought it might be fun to fill this out before I watch Harold and Kumar on their crazy Christmas adventure.

1. What is your favorite/most unique anniversary/birthday gift from your spouse?

Last month I told my husband R I didn’t want him to buy me anything for Valentine’s Day. I wanted a homemade Valentine, a real love letter penned by him. Not by Hallmark. Not by Google docs. What I got was the most beautiful love letter in the entire world… and he wrote it with a calligraphy pen! He even decorated the glass bottle it came in.

And no, you can’t read it!

2. What’s your first thought when you see it’s snowing (or what would you say if you don’t live somewhere with snow)?

Not gonna lie, I get excited! I want to make snowballs and throw them but first… I have to find puffy jackets and mismatched mittens! I saw snow for the first time when I was sixteen. I didn’t see snow again until I lived in Augusta, Georgia a decade later.

3. What’s one thing in the past month you would have changed?

I would have cut myself more slack. For a couple of weeks, my diet went down the drain and I skipped the gym more times than I care to quantify. When I finally picked myself up, I started getting migraines and came down with a bad cold. I am finally getting over it but the cough still lingers as does the scars of self-criticism. If this happens again, I hope I can pick myself up without knocking myself down first!

4.What was your favorite thing that happened in February?

Everything that had to do with Valentine’s Day. I loved making cheap yet cute decorations for the house. Some are still up! Okay, I am a teensy bit lazy too. I enjoyed making six dozen cupcakes for the kids’ classes. I didn’t even eat that many. Also, see number 1.

5. What are you looking forward to in March?

This princess

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turns seven! I look forward to buying R’s plane ticket for his next trip out here in April. We are also planning to surprise the kids with a trip to the happiest place on earth (which, surprisingly, is NOT the shoe section of Nordstrom). Two years ago before R’s accident we told the kids we were taking them to see the King Tut exhibit in San Francisco and they were pretty stoked. I’m thinking about waiting until the kids go to sleep then driving down there in the middle of the night so they can wake up at D-land!

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So I am watching the third Harold and Kumar movie and while this movie is wrong on so many levels, I would be lying through my teeth if I said I wasn’t cracking up right now. It is not a movie I recommend to anyone unless you have a very immature specific sense of humor.

Gah! Since I have been uder the weather this week, I will not be able to do the 5K on Saturday. I’m pretty bummed and would push myself if it was just the sniffles but my coughs (TMI alert!) are still producing nasty stuff. Next one is on Mother’s Day and I will beat my first 5K time!

Speaking of illness, R has come down with the same symptoms.

“Isn’t that weird?” he asked.

“Why would it be weird?”

He replied, “Uh… we don’t live together? We live on opposite coasts!”

I laughed. “It’s because we’re so connected!”

MilSpouse Friday Fill-In #20

So over on Wife of a Sailor, Wife posts questions for other bloggers to answer on their own military spouse blogs. (Still with me so far?) And since the boy is at a sleepover while the girls and I are getting ice cream, I thought it might be fun to fill this out and catch up on months of blog posts I have missed dearly in the past few months before subbing and Pinterest took over my life.

1. What is your favorite winter memory?

We did not have Christmas together until our second year and by then I had already gotten pregnant and given birth. Yes, insert sailor jokes here. Well, we had been home a week or so when Augusta, Georgia had a freak snow storm. R and I decided to go out on the balcony and make a snowman, my very first ever. As new parents with family timezones away, we didn’t have anyone tell us how silly we were being because surely we could not bring the newborn out in the snow but we didn’t want to leave him alone in the apartment, especially with two kittens. We discussed it more than we needed to and ended up making a mini snowman using our tiny grill as the base.

2. What is your current favorite TV show?

I don’t love Glee as much as I used to. Ever since Lost, I have been. I love watching Zooey Deschanel in the New Girl but my obsession in the past few weeks has been watching reruns of The Big Bang Theory. Bazinga! Where was this show when I was making puns… um, all my life? I still don’t get the hierarchy of Rock-Paper-Scissors-Lizard-Spock. Yet.

3. What was your favorite thing that happened in January?

I finally admitted to myself that I was overcommitting myself. Last year was okay because R was home I wasn’t working, just enjoying our time with him as a couple and together as a family. Then he went back to work. Then I started subbing. And I started taking things on which one at a time are fine but weekly commitments were just too much and I carried a lot of guilt for wanting to stop volunteering. In the end, my heart was not in it so I had to admit to myself and others that I simply couldn’t continue. The anguish and anxiety sucked but it was a huge relief to just admit I was overwhelmed and that it was okay.

4. What is the best sound in the world to you?

The first few seconds when recognizing our wedding song. Best feeling in the world when it comes on the radio.

5. What is the biggest lesson you have learned as a MilSpouse?

This was hard to answer because I am constantly learning something new even after eleven years of marriage and three kids. The most recent lesson I learned (and am constantly relearning) is patience. Having patience is far less stressful than worrying, getting angry, feeling frustrated, and takes practice! Don’t even get me started on my broken netbook!

MilSpouse Friday Fill-In #20

So over on Wife of a Sailor, Wife posts questions for other bloggers to answer on their own military spouse blogs. (Still with me so far?) And since I just tucked the kids in their beds, I thought this might be fun to fill out because I’m waiting a few more minutes until they’re actually asleep to sneak some Ben & Jerry’s.

1. I WANT…

…to do a 5K next month. I walked two miles on Tuesday and today I… wait for it… jogged 4.6K today without stopping! Don’t be too impressed as I jog very slowly. So slow, in fact, that whenever I bring the big dog with me, he looks at me as if he’s saying, “Are you effing kidding me???”

2. I HAVE…

… to apologize to the kids tomorrow morning. Again. It has not been the best of times in this hizzouse this week. The kids have been taking turns getting sick and Lord knows I can’t sleep when they’re sick. I haven’t been able to work or work out in the past two weeks! Hopefully, running twice this week and working tomorrow will kick everything back into balance. Either that or I will have to find a sitter to watch my kids so I can put myself in time out for a while.

3. I WISH…

…it was Thanksgiving already then that would mean you-know-who would be home.

4. I HOPE…

…our household avoids illnesses this cold/flu season! I’ve had quite enough of hospitals, doctors, antibiotics, stitches, and sleepless nights to last me several seasons.

5. I WONDER…

…if I would be able to cut it in a doctoral program. It’s exciting to think about but intimidating as well. I also wonder if the kids are asleep. Coffee Heath Crunch ice cream, here I come!

MilSpouse Friday Fill-In #19

So over on Wife of a Sailor, Wife posts questions for other bloggers to answer on their own military spouse blogs. (Still with me so far?) And since L and I are chillin’ at Starbucks while A finishes gymnastics, I thought this might be fun to fill out because I’ve got some time before our church fundraiser at… wait for it… Cold Stone Creamery. Catholics know how to par-tay, non?

1. I always feel like I’m 28 years old, but in reality, I’m CLOSER TO 38.

I turn 37 in October and I don’t feel like I’m in my late-30s. Usually. When I eat right, get enough sleep, and move a lot, of course I feel younger! Of course, I am not doing that right now but that’s okay. I missed today’s Zumba class and Tuesday was a fluke. There was a sub and there are some things that shouldn’t be spoken in a Zumba class such as “GRAPEVINE” and “BOW AND ARROW”. Seriously. I want my instructor to yell out “MERENGUE!” (that word looks like “as in lemon pie”) or “IF YOU DON’T KICK HIGHER, YOU’LL GET YOUR ASS KICKED IN BOOTY CAMP AFTER THIS SONG!”

2. I wish my family understood better when I tell them…

I’m not sure how to answer this one. My family as in relatives are pretty tactless and hence, I say what I mean and mean what I say. Also there are some folks in my family who are old school so they’ll never change their opinions or stop asking questions on matters such as “Why are your kids so skinny?” and “Why don’t you lose weight already?” True story. You can’t win.

My kids have learned to read my moods as in “Don’t bother Mommy if she’s reading or sleeping. Let’s hurry up and play video games and watch as many movies as we can before she notices.”

I suppose I could say, “I wish my husband understood that I will talk to him after heated disagreements but I need time to cool off because I’m afraid I’ll say something hurtful that I’ll never ever be able to take back. Arm yourself with chocolate, dude. Coach purses couldn’t hurt either.” Yep, I’ll say that.

3. If you saw me when I HAVE A SUB JOB IN A HIGH SCHOOL OR JUNIOR HIGH, you’d think I was a total girly-girl, but if you saw me when I AM HAVING A GLASSES DAY OR WHEN I’M DRESSED FOR THE GYM, you’d think I was a tomboy through-and-through.

Teenagers are shallow (hey, I’m shallow too!) and respect me more when I look professional so I dress nice, wear heels, and even put on make-up. For the younger set, I still dress nice but a little more casual. I can let the “motherly instinct” show a bit more too.

4. I feel like I’m in a totally different universe when…

the kids are asleep and I’m lost in a novel or show. It’s really nice to have time to myself even if I have to sometimes sacrifice sleep. Totally worth it. Last night I put the kids to bed at 7:30 pm. They are totally cool with an early bed time, I kid you not. I took a bath and then watched some random Generation Whiner movie I DVR’d last week.

5. In honor of this being MFF #60… 60 months ago (exactly 5 years ago, so September 30, 2006) I lived in VIRGINIA BEACH JUST OUTSIDE OF JEB LITTLE CREEK and my life was totally different because I WAS WORKING AS A FIRST GRADE TEACHER WITH TWO KIDS IN PRESCHOOL AND TOTALLY LOOKING FORWARD TO MY HUSBAND COMING HOME FROM DEPLOYMENT.

Of course it’s kinda the same because I still work in a school, still have one in preschool (though it’s the third one, our little souvenir from that deployment), and still waiting for my husband to come home!

Wow, we were quite the hotties eleven years ago…

Engagement pic. We got married September 30, 2000... 11 years ago! Whoa! We're old!

Last March right before the accident. Hope we get to go to Disneyland again in December…

Happy 11th anniversary mi amor! Je t'aime, mahal kita, te quiero over and over...

Have a wonderful weekend!

MilSpouse Friday Fill-In #18

So over on Wife of a Sailor, Wife posts questions for other bloggers to answer on their own military spouse blogs. (Still with me so far?) And since we just got home from the gymnastics studio and everyone is finally in bed, I thought this might be fun to fill out because even though I have a sub job tomorrow I don’t have to be there super early. Woo hoo! Do I see a bagel in my future tomorrow morning? (YES, AGAIN!)

1. My favorite thing that happened this week was…

the feeling of pure gratitude on Tuesday morning. I survived subbing four days in a row last week but just barely. Not an easy task to do alone with three kids who have school, homework, gymnastics, and catechism! Eeek! I remembered feeling good after lifting weights and about to start Zumba. I felt so grateful to not only still be working but to have the flexibility to NOT accept sub jobs when I’m feeling overwhelmed.

In fact, I’m grateful that I’m feeling overwhelmed. I’m grateful that I can take a step back from it all and not only reflect on what’s going on in my life but have the freedom to do something about it. I’d be deeply worried if I was so busy and so in over my head that I didn’t feel ANYTHING, if that makes any sense.

Also my husband had to go to training in North Carolina. He’s happy about it so I am too.

2. Find a penny, pick it up and all day long you’ll…

Regret it unless you find two other pennies! I always gave my husband this advice, “If you don’t have three of whatever you’re buying or can’t split it evenly three ways, don’t bring it home!” You can never tell when the kids will make a deal about stuff being even or fair; it’s best not to broach the subject at all.

3. Autumn is officially here and my favorite part of the season is…

the weather. I love crisp air in the mornings and seeing your breath when you exhale. I’m sure the weather that I’ve dealt with in the past decade is nothing compared to whatever extreme temps you live in but fall weather is such a relief from the summer sun. You knew it was fall when you’d get a whiff of the smoke from someone’s chimney. Unfortunately everyone’s got fake fireplaces here so we’ll have to put that fire pit together for this winter!

4. One of the things I’d like to do before winter arrives is…

declutter again. It’s so sad but I made such a big freaking deal about decluttering a few months ago and alas, I need to do it again. I don’t think it will take as long but I gotta do it before hubby gets home just so it’s one less thing for all of us to worry about.

5. I *W*O*U*L*D* be willing to participate in MilSpouse Secret Santa.

I have no idea what to expect and while I think some people may have had a bad experience, I’d love the chance to make someone smile anonymously.
Though really I don’t have to do much, right? You smile every time I post!

LOL! Have a wonderful weekend! Before you go, what made YOU smile today?

MilSpouse Friday Fill-In #14

So over on Wife of a Sailor, Wife posts questions for other bloggers to answer on their own military spouse blogs. (Still with me so far?) And since the kids went to bed early, I thought this might be fun to fill out while I put off folding laundry for another night. At least the pile of clothes in my room is clean!


1. The first thing I think of when I get up in the morning is…

OH MY GOD DO I HAVE A SUB JOB THIS MORNING??? I am a substitute teacher with the district and now that the school year has started again, I’m starting to get booked with jobs. Still, it is nerve-wracking because I either have a job or I don’t; if I don’t, I still gotta get out of bed to: get the kids up/dressed/fed, remind kids to take care of pets, remind kids to empty dishwasher, and get ready for Zumba! Sometime in that mess, I have to get myself ready!

2.Lately, I’ve been craving RICE because…

I’ve been trying to cut out refined carbs and sometimes Spam/scrambled egg/mushroom/garlic fried rice really hits the spot!

3. Whenever anyone says the word SMURFS, it reminds me of my childhood because…

duh, they were so smurfy.

4. The happiest word I know is LEAVE, but…

only because it means something different to military families as in ON LEAVE. When we lived outside of Gate 5 at JEB Little Creek (yep, we were the lucky one on the corner of Juno Road next to the park and yes, I was the milspouse who ran after you with a plastic bag if I saw you letting your dog take a dump on the grass in front of our house and who ran around the area listening to Shakira and Nine Inch Nails on my cell), it was so hard on all of us. When my husband wasn’t deployed six (but we really know it’s seven) months of the year, he was away at out-of-state trainings for weeks at a time. The only time we spent together then and now is when he’s ON LEAVE. Thanksgiving cannot come soon enough.

5. My spouse may hate it, but I absolutely love…

sugar binges. I honestly hope I don’t love them now since changing the way I eat but how many times did I hear him tell me that it would be easier for me to lose weight if I cut out Starbucks and sugar? Dammit, I hate it when he’s right.

Update on my diet/exercise: Zumba 2-4 times a week. Fluctuation in number of days because I’ve started to get more sub jobs so I’m hoping to accept sub jobs on non-Zumba days and fill up the week from there. Right now we really need the money so I’m trying to make up for it by eating way way way less. I eat about 1800 calories a day which I know is still too high for my shortness petite frame but trust me, it’s WAY less than before and the calories are better quality as in protein for snacks, less starch/refined carbs, way less sugar (notice I didn’t say NO SUGAR; let’s not have unrealistic expectations here), no SB OR SB-meal-replacement-plan (I know it’s sooo bad for me but hey, not getting the petite vanilla scones!) and smaller meals in general.

I brought the spicy Cup-O-Noodles for the past couple of days to work because it’s cheap and easy. Surprisingly pretty tasty too. More surprisingly that I’ve paired it with a protein bar or cheese and am actually satisfied.

Of course, don’t ask me what I had for dinner because it was a chicken bowl from Chipotle, no rice, hee hee! Added a couple of mini cookies from Panera next door and I’m good.

Thinking of the east coast as they prepare for the hurricane, especially military families who have to do this without their spouses.

Have a great weekend!