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Friday, July 30, 2010

Day Thirty

It was four weeks yesterday! Four weeks! You know when you're in the midst of it, it seems so long, but you get to the end of the first little leg and you think, "Well, that wasn't so hard."

Around lunch my grandpa brought me on a drive around town (they live in a small, heritage town - it's a historian's dreams!) and brought me shopping/socializing with him. Seriously, he knows everyone, so we socialized a lot. Anyway, we drove around in his 1931 Ford Model A convertible. It was pretty cool!

Tonight we had a rehearsal dinner/party for my cousin, who's getting married tomorrow. I saw my cousins (three of them, the other wasn't there) for the first time in seven years, and saw my aunts and uncles too. Then I met everyone there (Canadians are so friendly! Hehe) and made some friends with the younger folks. The food was good, I got to visit and talk, it was great. Tomorrow's the wedding, exciting!

My poor grandpa hasn't been feeling well. :( He's having trouble with his prostate and had to get a catheter after not being able to pee for three days. Sorry, TMI! But he's been feeling out of sorts and uncomfortable for awhile. He was in the hospital yesterday (that's why my uncle picked me up) and then today too. He did enjoy showing everyone his catheter bag though...

Goodnight from Canada and dial-up land! :D

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Day Twenty-Nine

Hello from Canada!

Currently, I am battling dial-up internet on this old computer, but managing quite well, given the circumstances. I found out that Skype Mobile doesn't work outside the US, so I have no clue how I'll talk to Brandon (I guess FB messenger, but with our schedules, will it ever even work?) Anyway, I'm feeling a bit out of it from lack of sleep, so that news kind of hit me hard. Thanks Verizon...

My flights went well. I didn't cry! Haha. They were just soooo long. The first flight was 8 hours. My back hurt, my neck hurt, I was tired but only slept for an hour or two... Then I had a three hour layover in Chicago, where I discovered the USO. Thank goodness for the USO. It was quiet, clean, had comfy couches and internet. Too bad on my way home I only have an hour and a half...

Today has been an easy day. I got picked up by my Uncle Larry because my Nanny had to bring Grandpa to the hospital (don't worry, he's fine!). So I spent an hour or so at Uncle Larry's house. Showered. Felt better. Then Nanny picked me up to bring to her place. We stopped to get poutine. Yum. I unpacked in the guest room (with the dolls watching me... I wish I could upload photos!) and after some time, ended up taking a couple hour nap.

Now we're waiting for my mom and John (stepdad) to arrive so we can have dinner. I'm hoping to sleep a bunch tonight. Still sad/angry because Brandon was gonna call tonight, but now I bet he won't. Unless he uses his phone card, but he said before he doesn't want to do that. It's only two weeks, right? Being here makes me miss him more!

Ok, this was longer than expected and probably not very coherent, huh? I hope y'all are doing well! I'll let you know how tomorrow goes!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Day Twenty-Eight

Whoa, early blog, huh?

That's 'cause I'm leaving in an hour!

Remember that phone I ordered a week ago? Well, it was supposed to take a few weeks to get in... and it's being delivered today by 5pm. Did I mention I was leaving in an hour? Ugh, I wish Brandon hadn't even told me it was coming and I wish I didn't check the FedEx site for tracking and see it was on the delivery truck right now. Darn it! Even if it gets here in the next hour, what would I be able to do? I need to be patient and wait my two weeks, as was expected, for this phone.

Anyway, all my bags are packed, I'm ready to go. Wait a sec... Really, I am ready to go. I think I have everything. I have more than anything. I was expecting my second bag to be a bit emptier, but I always tend to bring more than planned. It's all good. I'm not totally looking forward to this flight as it seriously cuts into my sleep time (first flight from 4pm to midnight, second flight from 3am to 5:30am my time), but it's fine. I get to be in Canada tomorrow! :D

And if I don't get reliable internet access, I'll be posting something from my phone. Those will be short blogs or else my thumbs will fall off!

Wish me luck!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Day Twenty-Seven

I had some insightful things to say today. I was at spin class this morning torturing myself while dreaming dreams. I like to think of what I'll write in my blog every night. It's kind of fun. I come up with witty things to say and then I laugh and think "Yeah, that's definitely going in! My readers will love it!" Then I get down to it and can't remember half of what I wanted to say.

Anyway, today is a good deployment day. You know those days, right? When you wake up and you don't feel sad (ok, I felt a little sad seeing as it was before 6am...), you go on with your day without too much of a worry. Heck, I haven't even spoken to Brandon once today, but it's ok. Yeah, I miss him. I always miss him. I have a piece of me that's half a world away, literally. But really, today is a good deployment day. I hope to have more Day Twenty-Seven's.

I had spin class, and then I drove Dex to the beach on the North Shore for a little walk. He ran straight into the water, it was so funny. I'm gonna miss this dog when I'm gone. After a quick trip to Matsumoto's for shave ice, we were back home to clean the house (I always clean before I leave) and to relax a bit. Then I had to run to the PX & commissary for last minute snacks and essentials. Afterwards, I went to Christina's to chill. Our friend Janelle was there and Michelle came over with Nolan after a bit. Once everyone else left, Christina went out to get some Thai food, which sadly I could barely eat because I stuffed my face with pita chips earlier. Whoops.

Now I'm home. I'm doing laundry, the last thing I need to do before packing. After this, I'm going to watch a movie and chill until the laundry is all done. Tomorrow is the day!

Monday, July 26, 2010

Day Twenty-Six

I got woken up this morning... and by woken up, I mean eyes-shooting-open-almost-sitting-up-heart-beating-quick kind of woken up. Winston had jumped from my bed to the media chest, walked along the window sill and hopped on the tall dress, where he had walked his fat butt past a large candle I have up there and knocked it down, causing a resounding bang throughout the room.

This cat...

...drives me insane

See, I'm not a cat person. And Winston knows Brandon is gone. Sure, he looks pretty innocent and cute, but he knows how to push my buttons. Like jumping on the counters and spreading my Stevia packets everywhere. Or chewing on the tape of the care packages. Or attacking my area rug. Or running around like a maniac as soon as I'm trying to sleep. Or jumping at my face when I peer over the mattress because he's making weird sounds. Just to name a few things.

How long has Brandon been gone?

This guy...

...has been acting out, as well. Though not as bad.

I have a bit more patience for my lovey-puppy (I call him that because he used to crawl into my lap when he was a puppy. He's also my cuddle-puppy too, hehe). I'm a dog person. I like being able to tell my dog "No!" and he listens to me. Winston just stares and then goes back to doing what he was doing. Anyway, last night, he decided to crawl on the back of the couch. Like a cat. He just laid down right up there. When I told him to get off, he stood up. Seriously? So I told him to get down and he slowly made his way to the floor.

He's acted more hyper, too. I mean, I walk him or play fetch with him every day, but still, boundless energy. When Brandon's here, he doesn't seem to be like this. Oh, and he thinks he can do all kinds of things because the master isn't home. He jumps on the bed, then off, then on again... same with the couch. Only when I'm home!

Anyway, I love these guys, they provide me with so much entertainment... but being a single mother is hard! Haha.

Blog Giveaway Winner!

And the winner is...

Melanie at The Ham Fam! Congrats!!

Please please email me ASAP (find my email up at the Contact tab) with your name/address so I can send this thing out. If you don't get to me by Wednesday morning, I won't be able to send it for two weeks, since I'm going on my vacation. :)

I did a random number generator on, but have no clue how to copy and paste it like everyone else does on their blog giveaways! So yeah, I didn't choose her, the random number did ;)

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Day Twenty-Five


I get anxiety for a couple reasons.

For one, it's when I have nothing planned or nothing to do. I freak out in the morning if I look at my to-do list and there isn't much there. I remember calling my mom during many summers, especially during middle school, sobbing because I was so bored. I had nothing to do. I would freak out. I still feel that anxiety creeping in some days. Brandon's really good at doing nothing. He could spend a whole day watching TV or playing video games. Me? Not so much. I need to be moving, I need to be going, or else that anxiety creeps in and I started feeling panic.

I also panic when there is silence in conversations. Anyone who knows me, knows I like to talk. I don't like silence. So when I'm talking on the phone and have nothing to say, it freaks me out. The reason I mention this is that I'm going to be visiting my aunt (my dad's sister) while in Ottawa. I haven't seen her in over 11 years. I'm already getting anxiety because I'm thinking "What will we talk about?!" It freaks me out!

Anyway, the reason this came to be was because I didn't have much planned for today. It worked out well, though! I spent the morning just hanging out and got to talk to Brandon for a good hour, and then Christina picked me up so we could go to the Farmer's Market. It was a quick trip, and after we went to Kono's for an awesome breakfast burrito, and then to the Coffee Gallery for some dessert! A trip to Wal-Mart and a swing by the commissary rounded out the afternoon.

I did get a bit bored once we parted ways. I played some Sims, watched some TV and got to speak to Brandon when he woke up (funny how that works!). It was back to Christina's for taco dinner & reality TV.

Today was a wonderful food day! First the Kono's burrito, then a lime macaroon & Hibiscus Ginger Cooler drink (soooo yummy), then taco night & delicious cupcakes! I feel very fulfilled. I love me some food. ;)

Day Twenty-Four


Remember how I mentioned being shaken a couple days ago? Well this was why I was shaken: here. We didn't know him, but he was my friend's husbands best friend and he was another friend's husbands coworker. A tragic reminder of war.

Again, I don't have much to say today. Work was super busy and it left me fairly exhausted by the end. I did drag myself out to walk Dexter and I'm glad I did, he's tired now. He's hardly eaten today, though... I wonder why... Anyway, after the walk we paid a visit to Courtney & Connor. They fed me dinner too! Now, I think I'm gonna try to catch up on some DVR'd shows.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Day Twenty-Three

I was about to clean the litterbox, shut off the lights downstairs and go up to have a relaxing bath and try to finish my book when I realized I haven't done my daily blog yet! So here I am, having just said goodbye to my friend Christina after we watched Alice in Wonderland and eaten pizza together.

Today was a fairly uneventful day! Even though I spent pretty much all day babysitting Christina's son Marcus, I actually got everything done off my list. I even walked the dog (we walked together when she got home) and edited my novel, which I've been slacking on.

Speaking of editing, it's come to my attention that this blog is full of typos. Thanks, Brandon. ;) Ok, I know it has tons of typos. All my papers in college had typos. My novel has typos. Why? Simply, I'm lazy. I type out this blog real fast and then press send. I don't re-read anything. When my mind is going faster than my fingers, typos happen. So, sorry if the typos bother you. I'm just a lazy bum. ;)

Sooooo... that's my day for you. I'm eagerly awaiting my trip to Canada. Dreading the 6 hour time difference. Dreading the 15 hour flight (with 8 hours to Chicago). Dreading not sleeping much that first night. But eagerly awaiting family, old friends, an old city, Ketchup Chips, Poutine and Beaver Tails.

Friday, July 23, 2010

MilSpouse Friday Fill-In

I didn't think I'd do one for a bit, but I like the questions this week and since I'm babysitting, I'll do it. ;) Head to Wife of a Sailor to get the questions.

1. Besides the horizontal mambo, what do you miss most when your spouse is deployed?

I miss having him around. I know, pretty vague, huh? I miss watching TV with him, doing funny dances, laughing, running around the house and making Dexter bark. Brandon's my buddy, my best friend, and it's nice to do stuff with him.

2. What do you miss least?

The messy house. Really, he isn't that bad, but I hated his clothes on the kitchen/living room floor, the stuff on the kitchen island, and all the other junk. Though with him gone, I haven't been as tidy as before.

3. You only get three crayons to finish your picture… which three do you choose and why?

Purple, because I really like it. Brown, because you can do a lot with brown to finish a picture, haha. Green, because it's pretty and a lot of things are green!

4. If you could have your own fragrance, what would it be called?

Either I'd name it after me Chantal or I'd have some French word... because all fragrances have to be French!

5. If the shoes make the man (or woman), what do your shoes say about you right now?

I'm wearing flip flops. That's pretty much all I wear nowadays, but in Hawaii, that's what they wear. So my shoes say I live in Hawaii!

Day Twenty-Two

3 weeks in. 3 weeks in! Yay! Soon it'll be a month, and then two months, then a whole more months until the year is up and Brandon is home again. Now we have 49 weeks left until a year is up. What can I do 49 of? Hm... I can throw Dexter's ball 49 times. Not that I like to. He sure loves it though!

We got some bad news today. I can't go into details quite yet, but it left me a bit shaken all morning. No, don't worry, Brandon is just fine. Everyone we know is just fine! But certain news leaves you a bit on edge, ya know?

Anyway, today was a good day. I guess now I define days by good or bad! I chatted with Brandon for a good half hour this morning (always brightens my day!) and then went to work. Work really wasn't that horrible. Our boss brought some Kalua Pig in so the entire office smelled like it all day. Ugh, my mouth is watering just thinking about it. I love that stuff!! Tomorrow I'll be spending a good amount of time at my friends house watching her 10 month old. It'll be fun :D

Now, for some links.

First, I mentioned this in my old blog a couple months ago. I had submitted a story to Six Sentences. The goal is to write a short story in just six sentences. So I submitted this: The Other Side. I dunno if it counts me as being published, but I like to think so, as plenty of people read it. :)

I kept forgetting all week to say I submitted another one. Check this one out: A New Family. Tell me what you think of both!

And of course, back to my BLOG GIVEAWAY! I got a few more comments, thanks everyone! Yep, you're doing fine, just comment whatever you want. Even if you say "comment" you count as a submission. No purchase necessary. ;)

Time for bed! Night Night!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Day Twenty-One

Yay! I'm into two-word number titles!

Today was a day I've been waiting for. Today, I finally could get a new phone. Sadly, the phone I want is backordered so I won't get it until I get back from Canada. That's ok, though, because I did get to order it and I know it'll be waiting for me for when I get back. I just wish I could get rid of this phone before I go. Ah well! What phone am I getting, you ask? This one:

It's the HTC Droid Incredible. Yeah, I'm pretty excited for it.

I'm also excited because I have one more week until I go to Canada. Yay! I'm still a little paranoid about this passport thing (I decided to just chance it with my marriage certificate) but with some hope, I can get in without any issues. I am worried about the internet, but Brandon told me to stop freaking out, so I'll try ;). I did have to get an international plan on my phone for my trip and it means no texting. AH! I text everyone!! Guess I'm going old fashioned for a few weeks... I'm just excited for my trip.

I saw Inception today with my friend Christina. Then I developed a wonderful headache. It had me laying on the couch watching TV for a few hours until I felt well again. I was planning on going to the Walk to Iraq opening ceremony tonight but I just couldn't get off the couch. Luckily, Brandon came online so we could talk. He hasn't moved to his new place yet (no plane for him) but he will soon. We got to webcam a couple times, with a break for breakfast, and now I'm waiting for him to come back. Ok, so right as I was typing this, Brandon called me on Skype. Haha. Other than headache, it's a good day.

Go to my giveaway HERE HERE HERE!!! Seriously, I have 5 comments on the post. FIVE. I'd love for everyone to have a chance, so I'm extending the deadline until Sunday evening.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Day Twenty

Today was a good day! It always is after a bad one, huh? This morning I got to chat with Brandon for a good amount of time. He's officially moving to this new place real soon, so I won't be able to talk to him for a few days. It's ok, because I know not to expect him. It's worse when you're hoping to talk and he isn't there.

This morning was fairly easy. After I spoke to Brandon, I played fetch with Dexter and then went to the PX to get my eyebrows done and buy them their b-day presents. Dexter's birthday in July 28 and Winston's is July 29, aw. I can't believe it! Winston got a new scratching post (which he doesn't know what to do with) and Dexter got a cool ball and a huge rawhide. Then I got my eyebrows threaded. Man, that hurts. I want to go back to waxing, it didn't hurt as bad. And the Turkish lady who does it didn't seem to care about my pain... at least my eyebrows finally look good.

After lunch, Dexter and I went to Petco to get some more pet food and his nails clipped, then went to Michelle's to visit. She's doing well with her baby. Nolan is 18 days old today and last week, he rolled over for the first time. At 12 days. Anyone with children know, that's super early. And he's done it several times over! Yikes. It's fun seeing her and chatting with her though, and we let our dogs get worn out with each other! Dexter is fast asleep on the couch beside me.

As I'm driving home, my friend Christina asked if I wanted to go to dinner with her. Though I've been on my diet, I wanted to hang out with her, so we went to Chili's. It was fun! But now I'm home and watching TV. I started watching Army Wives (Season One) a few days ago, so I think I'll watch an episode then maybe have a bath, since my right leg is hurting me. Yesterday, I had a bath after my left leg hurt and it helped.

Oh, I was so angry at the lawn mowers again. They didn't mow it because they said Dexter was in the yard. Except he wasn't. AHHH! I might as well mow the lawn myself... I think I might cancel this thing and do it. I have a mower anyway...

Hey, BTW, forgot about my giveaway? GO HERE FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN!! There's still time! Hardly anyone has entered, so there's a great chance you could win.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Day Nineteen

I had my first deployment nightmare. I'll spare you the details, but let's just say it would be the worst thing that could happen, and when I woke up at 5:30am (after a very fitful sleep) I just couldn't go back to sleep.

This morning, I just wanted to throw a deployment fit. It sucked because I had work all day. But adding on my nightmare, I had mean customers who almost made me cry, too little sleep, and was worried about Brandon (mostly prompted by said nightmare). I was just done.

I wanted to roll around and cry and just let it all out. I don't want to make all the decisions when I can't talk to Brandon. I don't want to live alone for a year. I don't want to watch TV alone, go to bed alone, make dinner for one person, laugh alone, read books alone, do anything we normally do alone. I don't want to see other couples being lovey-dovey when my husband is gone and we can't be sweet together until R&R at least. I don't want anyone's husbands to come home from deployment when mine just left. I'm just being jealous, but it's how I feel sometimes. I just miss him.

The time is getting to me. I see the calendar every day and think "Holy crap, I have a long way to go." I need to push that out of my mind. I was so good before, why am I not now? Is it because a year seems so daunting? Because the days seem to go by so slowly sometimes? I got married so I could have someone with me forever, not because I wanted to continue being a single lady... but I did marry someone in the military, so of course, this isn't a surprise.

After eating some lunch (low blood sugar will do a number of you), I felt a bit better. I went to the bathroom at work and looked at myself in the mirror and told myself: "This is your life now, Chantal, so suck it up. It sucks, it does, give yourself time to have a fit then pick yourself up and move on."

So that's what I did. For the most part. I had nicer customers, so that was nice. Then Brandon came on Skype and left me some messages. Here's another thing that bothers me. Brandon is moving to another FOB soon. This FOB has worse internet and is in a worse place. Ugh, I don't want that. I like the internet, I like being able to talk to him easily. AH!

My left leg is cramping, I'm tired... ugh, just whiny. I hope you all are feeling alright!

Hey, I have a blog giveaway! There aren't many comments, so get on over there and comment. It's SUPER easy to win! CLICK HERE!!

Day Eighteen (and a BLOG GIVEAWAY!)

Today was a good day! Talked to Brandon for an hour, hung out with my friend, watched a movie and watched lots of TV, eating healthy, feeling good and... bought the prize for my blog giveaway!

Check this out:

So yeah, I'm at 53 followers now and it's time for my very first blog giveaway!! The prize is the beautiful picture frame you see above, made with real Hawaiian leaves and real Hawaiian sand. It's pretty sweet, huh?

It's easy to win! Just leave a comment on this blog post. That's it.

Want some extra chances? For more entries, mention my blog in your blog! Leave a separate comment for this, though, because each comment counts as an entry. And be honest, because I'll be checking you out to make sure you followed the rules. ;) Oh, and if you want, you can take that blog button I have on the right there. (Yeah, it looks kind of dumb, we're working on it... but we, I mean me, with all my non-computer sense!). For every time you mention my blog in separate blog posts, you can leave a separate blog comment.

Anyway, this blog giveaway will end Friday, July 23, 2010 at 12 Midnight Hawaii Time.

Everyone got it? I hope it's simple enough. I can't wait to see who wins! Everyone has a chance!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Another Blog Award?

Thanks Dana!! She passed on a lovely blog award to me. You guys can visit her at Happy Life as an Army Wife and read about her life in Germany while her husband is deployed to Afghanistan.

The rules of the award are...
-Thank the blogger who awarded it to you.
-Sum up your blogging philosophy, motivation, and experience using five words
-Pass it on to another "blog with substance"

How do I sum up my vision, my philosophy, and my ultimate motivation, in just five words? I'm not sure I know exactly what it is. Alright, I'll tell you my motivation, the reason I write my novels, my poems, my short stories and my blogs. This is for you, Brandon.

I'm passing this award to Sara at Welcome to the Blog of an Army Wife.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Day Seventeen

I've done well keeping up with this blog! I actually look forward to writing it at night and think about what I want to talk about. I don't want to bore you with every detail of my life, so I think of topics to write about.

Right now? I wish I could speak to Brandon. We didn't get to talk this morning (his night) when we usually talk, so I doubt we'll get a chance tonight (his morning). I just had a rough day at work - messing up transactions, losing money, making silly mistakes for no reason - and I wish he could cheer me up with his pretty face. Yeah, he has a pretty face. :D

Tonight is my big night, though. Tonight is the last time I take my birth control pills! Yay! So, my last real pill is tomorrow night, but I decided to stop tonight because it's the end of the week, so the end of my pills. I'm pretty excited. I'm going to start charting my cycles and getting ready for this baby making stuff whenever Brandon gets back. Exciting! I'm also excited to lose some weight. I think this BC made me gain like 5-10lbs. Let's hope some of it goes away. I am worried about my acne. I have bad acne as it is, so when I get off these hormones it might explode. Anyone have experience with this? Or getting off BC all together?

One last question....

Do you guys have good, healthy meal ideas that I can freeze and take out easily? All I can think of is spaghetti sauce, chili and mac & cheese. I appreciate any input!

Day Sixteen

Since I'm super tired, this will probably be a short post!

Today was a good day. I spoke to Brandon for an hour in the morning and then half an hour at night. That's the most I've talked to him in one day since he left. It was so nice to be able to chat with him, ask questions, laugh, make him laugh, and just be us. The boys (Dexy and Winny, of course) loved seeing him. Well, he liked seeing them, I don't even know if they knew what was going on!

To add to the happiness, I got my remotes programmed for my car keys, finally. Since Brandon lost our keys in the ocean a month and a half ago I've been needing to program the new ones. Well, they're programmed. I also went into the battalion HQ and spoke to the Rear D CO, who knows us, and he said he'd let us know when more PT shirts were coming in. Great. I mailed our photos to our families too!

I had dinner with Christina at Genki Sushi then we made a stop at Lowe's before heading back. At her house, since she's lost a whole ton of weight from having a baby (who would've thought?) she let me go through some of her old work clothes. I now own a bunch of really nice dress pants and a few skirts! Yay. Later in the afternoon, I went with Michelle to Courtney's house to visit. We put Nolan (10lbs and 2 weeks old today) next to Connor (5lbs and 3 days old) and he looks so huge. We were all cracking up! It was nice to see all my friends though.

TV shows, webcamming, eating leftovers and watching Creation (a movie about Charles Darwin) rounded out my day. I did some writing in there too. It was nice to sort of relax, though I'm really looking forward to Canada when I won't have hardly any responsibilities. I need some inspiration too... my mind has been blanking and I want some ideas for stories! I have a few short story contests I want to enter, but no stories to give them. Let's hope!

Look at that, I'm always long winded, even when I'm exhausted! Goodnight everyone!

Friday, July 16, 2010

MilSpouse Friday Fill-In

So, yeah, this blog was supposed to be "a blog a day" but now, it's like "a blog or two or three a day." I guess I don't mind! Sometimes I want to announce an award, or have two blog posts, or do a Fill-In. Whatevs. Y'all don't mind, right?

The MilSpouse Fill-In is brought to us by Wife of a Sailor.

1. What food reminds you of your spouse?

Steak. Every week, when we go grocery shopping, Brandon bee-lines to the steaks and browses for the duration of the trip (ok, not that long, I pry him away eventually). Every week, Brandon wants to barbeque some steaks. BTW, I don't love steak. I eat it, it's alright, and he makes an awesome steak, but I don't crave it like he does. Anyway, it's the German in him that craves meat and potatoes. I make him eat salad with it, though.

2. Who would you rather sit next to in a cross-country plane ride: an irritating non-stop talker, or a quiet stare-er?

Talker. I can either block them out with music, or just tell them to shut up, or have a good conversation with them! I can't stand people who are super quiet and I definitely don't like people who stare...

3. What are your best tips on how to save money?

Don't buy new when you can buy used (especially cars). Eat at home or pack a lunch. Don't impulse buy - if you're at the store and really want something, grab it and walk around for a bit. If you still want it, then buy it, but otherwise, leave it there. Have a budget. Cut out the things you absolutely don't need. Realize when you're at your end and fix it!

4. What is your favorite summer memory?

When I was 19, I went on a random roadtrip with my friends James and Rachael to Minnesota, of all places. It was pretty fun, though. Another summer when I was 16 or 17, my friend Clara and I got season passes at Six Flags, so every week we would hop on the bus, ride it down to Six Flags and spend the entire day there. When we got bored, we would hop on another bus and go to downtown Denver to walk around. I have tons of good summer memories! I can't list them all.

5. Do you believe in ghosts?

Yep. I believe in ghosts, I believe in spirits. I've read books about it. It scares me because it's unknown and I can't see them, but it also fascinates me.

Day Fifteen

Um, I'm not cool with this house making creepy sounds. First, the dog slams the cat against the wall (not an unusual occurrence) and it sounded like someone was upstairs. Then I heard the floors creak. Ugh, just stop it house!

Two weeks in!! That means 50 weeks left. What can I do 50 of? Well, I know I can make 50 Christmas cookies. How about more than that? I made 6 different types of cookies for Christmas last year, baked for 8 hours (for reals), and then ate them for like a month. It was a good month.

I just got back from Buca di Beppo. If you haven't been to it, definitely check it out. It's a great restaurant! My coworkers do a Gourmet Gals (yeah, we're all girls in the office) and this month, it was Buca. I said I'd go and invited my friend to go with me. Well, my friend ended up being sick and suddenly I had that feeling like I didn't want to go. I get like this sometimes. It must be a social anxiety thing. Anyway, Brandon usually helps me out with this (I force him to go places, he forces me, it works) but of course, how was I supposed to talk to him? Luckily my sister stays up late and I texted her. She told me to go. I did! It was fun! Though I was stuffed in a corner for most of it...

With my friends having babies, I'm getting some baby fever. Kind of a bad time, huh? Anyway, we can't start trying until Brandon gets back (obviously) so I gotta push that thought from my mind!

Oh, and that darn PT Shirt won the battle this time around! Brandon might be getting a new job and moving to a whole other FOB, so I have to wait on sending those packages. Until next week. So PT Shirt: 1, Chantal: 0. I'm waiting!

I'm tired. Did I mention before that Dex wakes me up promptly at 6:30am? Unless I'm not already awake. I hear him get up, trot to my side of the bed and then scratch until I wake up. I sometimes tell him to shut up and lay down, but I've been torturing myself by getting up early. What can I say? I'm a morning person! Even if I went to be after 11...

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Day Fourteen

I haven't sent Brandon his packages yet... why? 1) I didn't have his address until earlier this week. 2) He asked me to get him a PT shirt. Now, you're probably thinking, that's pretty easy to get! Well, not for his battalion. No, they have a special black PT shirt you can buy only from them for twenty dollars. Brandon had only bought 2 (I told him to buy more!) and now, he wants one.

So, I call Rear D to ask them how I go about getting it. They say "It's easy! Just come by battalion HQ and ask for Specialist Soandso and he can help you." Ok, I go Tuesday, he's not there. Ugh. Then I go today, and he's still not there, but other guys offer to find me one and take my cash anyway because I'm getting irritated (PMS?). We go into the office and the guy looks for a shirt and all they have is XXL. Well, there ya go. So I still don't have one. If I don't get one by Friday, I'm sending these packages without and Brandon will have to wait. Sorry, babe!

A unit just got back from a 10 month deployment to Iraq. It got me excited for Brandon's homecoming! I know it's like forever away, but my tummy wrenched in an excited way and it got me hoping. I just can't wait until I see him again! It's definitely the big gift at the end of this year, huh? Thank goodness for R&R in between.

I visited my friend Michelle today. Nolan is looking great! She's getting into a rhythm and doing very well herself. She said the sweetest thing to me, though, and it was so touching, I need to share. She told me how great of a friend I am and that she's so lucky to have become friends with me. She told me I was the sweetest and most thoughtful too! I was touched. :) Thanks Michelle!

Day Thirteen

Remember my friend Courtney from yesterdays post? With the inducing and all? Well, she had her baby today at 4:43pm! He's 5lbs 11oz (so tiny compared to Michelle's baby at 10lbs 1oz!) and such a cutie. He has the cutest little whiny cry, and he's so skinny, but he looks just like his dad!

Anyway, here's a pic with Connor David and I.

Notice my beautiful hair... well, I had spin class and then afterwards, I needed to drive Courtney's grandma and brother to the hospital. Right before having a quick shower and doing my hair, Brandon comes online! Of course, we needed to talk. We webcammed for a bit (his internet has been down lately, I also got to talk for a bit right when I woke up) and then I had to force myself off. Today I had so many opportunities to chat with Brandon, but hardly any time! And by the looks of the picture, I didn't have time to fix my hair. So it was pigtails and headbands for Chantal today.

Anyway, today was busy. After she had the baby I went back to the hospital with Christina to see him. Other than hospital runs, I needed to send Brandon's care packages. Except I couldn't because I needed to buy Brandon a new PT shirt, and the guy who runs the battalion store wasn't there today. Um, annoying, because he said I could come today. He better be there tomorrow so I can send these packages!!

Wow, I'm tired. Tomorrow is another busy day. I decided to stay up and watch When in Rome so Dex can run around a bit, he's hyper.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Day Twelve

I'm in a funk.

Normally, I separate the colors and the lights, but I don't anymore... mostly because I don't have enough laundry. Normally, I keep the house tidy, and I've let it fall apart a bit... though if you walked in, I'm sure you'd think it's fine, but not to me!

Normally, I use the time when Brandon is gone as a time to experiment with cooking and new foods. Since he's gone, I haven't even wanted to cook. I haven't had inspiration! All I want to do is eat out... which isn't odd, because a month before Brandon left we ate out more times than we should have. I feel so much better when I eat at home, but I just don't have the motivation. Tonight I'm eating fish and leftover Rice-A-Roni, and salad, but I don't even want that. I don't feel too hungry, but I know I need to eat.

I don't feel depressed, but I have a mental block. My brain just needs to get into a routine or something. I am missing my husband. I haven't talked to him in a day (I know, soooo long, huh?), but when we've talked, it isn't exactly what I'm looking for in our conversations. I don't know what I'm looking for, but something's missing. I just want to talk to him!

So... now that I have 50 followers, I actually need to have that contest of mine. I can't do that until I buy a prize! Soon, soon, be patient :D.

Shout out to Sarah at G.I. Joe's Wife who came into my work today. I introduced myself and probably scared her with how much I know about her. When she left, I explained my blog/forum activities to my coworker, who asked me how the heck I keep up with all these blogs. I do! I read every blog post every day (even if it's just a quick look over) and I try to respond sometimes. I check my blogs once in the morning and then keep up with the ones I missed until the end of the day. Yep, no life.

Today, my friend Courtney (visit her blog here) had to go to the hospital to be induced. She's due July 18, but she has signs of pre-eclampsia and they don't want to risk it, so they're inducing her. Keep her in your thoughts and hopefully we see baby Connor soon, healthy and strong!

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Day Eleven

Hey everyone! So as I creep closer to 50 followers I realize I need to get that prize soon. I keep telling this to my friend Christina, I'm sure she's tired of hearing it, haha. I also told her she wasn't eligible. ;) Just joking, Christina, everyone's eligible! When I get this going, anyway.

I'm so happy that my husband reads my blog. Hi Brandon! How are you? I think he's eating breakfast, or in a meeting, or something, right now. It's so weird being 13 hours apart. I mean, as I'm going to bed, he's getting started with his day. When I ask him how his day is going, it's just the beginning of mine. It's surreal that, when I begin a day, he's ending the same day. Sort of like time travel, huh? Just him being in Iraq is surreal. I just can't wrap my mind around it. It just feels like a dream. I know I have a husband, I know he's far away, but Iraq of all places? Who would've thought.

So, tired of the dog hair on the couch where Dexter lays, I placed a blanket there. Since then, when I let him on the couch, he either goes to the chair or he sneaks behind me (if I'm sitting up) and lays down right where I lay...

Today was a good day. I went to the farmer's market with Christina and bought a bunch of fresh veggies, yum! Afterwards we headed down to Pearl Harbor to attend a casting call for a new movie called Battleship to be filmed in Hawaii. All we had to do is fill out a form and get our picture taken. I hope I get called to be an extra! How cool would that be?

After a trip to the NEX and then to Ross (where I bought Brandon some stuff for a care package. I still have room... what to get, what to get, hmm), we went home. I guess we get tired easy, haha. I did have to make a run to the PX to buy more stuff and then to the commissary to get what I couldn't at the farmer's market.

When I got home, I installed a new shower head on my guest shower. I wanted a new one that was easier to wash Dexter, since I had been using a cup and it's just difficult! I installed the shower head all by myself, yay. Not that I couldn't, but I know I can. Later I went to Courtney's house to deliver extra muffins I had to her family and I hung out for a bit.

Now? Making some light dinner, watching Design Star, cuddling with my puppy and hopefully Skypeing with Brandon if he comes back to his computer before I go to bed!

Blog Award - Cherry on Top!

A blog award! (Don't worry, I'll post a Day Eleven post later). Thanks to Kaylee at small wonders for the beautiful blog award.

The rules of the award dictate that I name three things I love about myself and pass the award onto five of my bloggy friends.

1. I love my hair. I've always been OCD about my hair. My hair has always been shiny, smooth and touchable. I hate when it's greasy and gross, which sucks when you're camping!

2. I love my passion for history. For my trip to Canada, all I can think about is touring the town my grandparents live in and looking at the historical houses, or spending a day or two in the museums and walking around Ottawa. I just looooveee history.

3. I love my weird habits. Before I go to bed, I have to turn on the lights (and then turn them off) as I go through the house. I have a routine for bedtime too, and it's always the same (pills, teeth, wash face, change to pajamas, play Sudoku, read book, sleep). I'm a bit OCD when it comes to other things too. I just need my house, my life, to be a certain way, or I start to get panicky.

I'm passing the award to....

Dana @ Happy Life as an Army Wife
Marissa @ Living the Life of an Infantryman's Wife
Cheryl @ Boots in the Doorway
Manda @ My explosive life... as an EOD tech's wife
Sarah @ G.I. Joe's Wife

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Day Ten

Holy moly, every day I get another follower. I best be getting that contest prize so I can have a giveaway, huh?

Not much to say today... I've gotten to talk to Brandon a few times, I worked all day, I played fetch with Dexter and caught Winston laying in the pantry like he owned the place. Also, I made some oatmeal applesauce muffins, I did the dishes, I tidied up a bit, and a made more lists of stuff I need to do.

Side note/question: Has anyone read any Philippa Gregory books? I read The Other Boleyn Girl and want to read another in the series, but I don't know which to choose!

I got my professional photos today too! So instead of a long blog of writing stuff, I'm going to post some pictures of us for your viewing pleasure. Of course, these are a small sampling of all the photos. I'm very happy with them!

Day Nine

Last night, I slept so great. Dexter didn't even come to wake me up until he heard me stirring. Brandon didn't even call me! Sure, I love his calls, but I also love my sleep. We ended up Skypeing a bit later when he got back from the gym. Yay for him going to the gym!

I did yoga this morning. Ouchies. I just haven't done yoga in so long and my muscles have stopped being slightly stretchy. Afterwards, my friend Christina (and her baby Marcus) and I went out shopping. We stopped for lunch at Aloha Salads. Delicious! I got half a Caprese sandwich and a Aloha Mediterranean salad. Yum yum yum. Then we headed to Target to get some stuff we needed. Then we walked to Office Max, then to Verizon to check out the phone I want, and then we headed off (so many then's...)!

Michelle invited us over to come visit her and Nolan. Of course, we couldn't pass it up! She's, of course, exhausted, and so is her husband, but they love their little boy! Here's Nolan and I:

I ate dinner at Christina's and we watched a movie together. She let me bring Dexter over and our dogs wrestled (so annoying lol). She made a good dinner, though!

My complaint of the day (no, I'm not making this a habit, I just haven't been able to complain to Brandon yet, haha): So, as you know, I'm going to Canada in two and a half weeks. Everyone has been telling me that I'll be fine flying with my passport on my maiden name as long as I have my marriage certificate. Come to find out, that might not be the case. So yeah, I have to get a passport expedited. I'm sort of angry about this... I know, I should have done better research, but I've been trusting other people's opinions (and I've asked a lot of people) and now, it's not certain. UGH.

Anyway, I just finished webcaming with my lovely husband. He's so pretty, even in Iraq. ;) Have a good night!

Friday, July 9, 2010

Day Eight

I'm gaining followers! Hello, new followers! Introduce yourself. :D

Soooo.... goodbye Week One! Only, like, 51 more weeks, right? That makes a year, right? 51 doesn't seem so daunting. I mean, it does, but it doesn't. I can do 51 of a lot of things! This week's thing? I can do 51 sit-ups. Actually, I used to be able to, but now? Probably not so much. Since I graduated college and was no longer in ROTC, I stopped running and doing pushups and situps. Why? Because I didn't need to! I used to do 48ish pushups and 68ish situps per PT test. So yeah, I could do 51 situps.

Today, I'm exhausted again. I got woken up at 6am by another phone call (that's 3 in 7 days...). But it was Brandon, so I can't complain! He's where he's supposed to be. He says he likes Iraq better than Kuwait, haha. He called me a little while afterwards while I was on my walk with Dexter.

Speaking of that!! We were walking & talking, and I pass a park where there's this loose, BIG husky. Yikes. It trots over to Dexter, who freaks out with his tail between his legs. The husky kept following my poor dog and Dexter was snapping at him. Thank goodness there were housing people nearby. I rushed over to them and they helped get rid of the dog. Oh, and then we were walking back home, and a little Chihuahua shows up and starts following us! I can handle little dogs better than big scary dogs. ;)

Tonight I had dinner at Chili's. It was a goodbye dinner for one of my coworkers who is PCSing to Fort Carson. Wah, I wish we were back in Colorado! I love Hawaii, but I super duper love Colorado.

Alright, I'm gonna go back to Skypeing (is that a verb?) with Brandon and choosing which professional photos I'd like to get printed. Don't worry, when I get them, I'll be posting some for you guys. ;)

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Day Seven

So I went to bed last night at 9 knowing I didn't work today (and hoping Dex wouldn't wake me up) and planning to sleep in. First, I didn't sleep very well, of course. But the good news is... Brandon called at 5:30am! And we actually got to have a conversation. He's been super busy, but he's moving soon to his permanent spot, so hopefully things will settle down a bit. He found out he will get a roommate and who the guy is. I got to tell him stuff I've had bottled up. It was the best 20 minutes I've had in awhile!

I couldn't go back to sleep after that, so I came downstairs and didn't my regular morning stuff. I had a lot planned for today. I FB chatted with my mom (huh, that was unexpected...) and when I got off, I realized I was planning on going to cardio kickboxing but totally forgot. Whoops. Ah well. So this after I went to spin class. Geez, I am out of shape!! But I felt so charged up afterwards. I can't wait to keep working out.

Oh, so Dex and I went to the dog beach. He needed a good run. We stayed for about half an hour (mostly because I was alone and bored, haha) and then I went to Jamba Juice for a little lunch, then we went up to find Petco. I thought I'd bring him out, he is my new boy now, hehe. I bought some cat food and a pig ear for Dexter, which he promptly devoured.

When I got home, I worked on this newsletter thing (I think I have it worked out!), wrote some travel articles, and relaxed. I'm relaxing some more!

Here's my angry thing for the day. Since Brandon is gone, housing mows my lawn every second Tuesday. They were supposed to come yesterday, so I picked up the poop. They never showed. Well, imagine my surprise when they show up this morning! They ended up mowing only half the lawn because "there was dog poop in the yard." Yeah, because I didn't know you were coming today, so I didn't pick up the days worth of poop. So I marched down to housing and told them that this was ridiculous. Their excuse? "Well, it was a three day weekend, so they came on Wednesday instead." Yeah, I figured that out. Still, I told them it wasn't fair that they didn't warn anyone about the change of date and just assumed we would know.

Ok, vent over. I'm proud that you guys read these long blogs! I didn't expect I'd write so much, but I guess I'm wordy, haha.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Day Six

Today's Word: Exhausted. I am just dragging. Mostly because I worked today and it was super busy.

Buuut I think a large part of it has to do with this cute guy (yes, that's Dexter with a headband on). He thinks waking me up at 5:30am every morning is fun. He just decides "Time to get up!" and I hear him trot to my side of the bed and start pawing at me and growling. I know he can hold his pee for a long time... I know. It's like, since Brandon left, he decided I need to get up for PT now.

I'm kind of tired of not talking to Brandon. We spoke a bunch last Friday and then I went a few days without talking to him. Yesterday he wrote on my FB wall and we chatted a bit, then today, the same thing. But I want to have a conversation with him, you know? I have so much to tell him! I know, I'm asking a lot and I knew he wouldn't have much communication where he is for now... but I can hope, right? More than telling him stuff, I want to hear about him. I want to make sure he's feeling ok emotionally, physically and mentally. I want to hear about his days. I want to even know what he's doing!

What I've been doing? Work, trying to find templates for this newsletter, writing travel articles, watching Netflix. Tomorrow, it's the dog beach!

Oh, I found out my Nanny's house has dial-up *gulp*. I dunno what I'll do for internet when I'm in Canada... I mean, I committed to blogging each day, so I might be blogging from my phone! Or I might get Verizon internet for a bit and can have Wi-Fi. I'd really like to be connected because by that time I hope I can video chat with Brandon regularly.

How are you guys doing? I'm thinking if I get to 50 followers, I'll have some sort of contest. So keep your eyes open!

Day Five

Wow, got kind of depressing last night, huh? Well, today was quite a day, and I'm feeling good/tired!!

First, an honorable mention to Dexter, who freaked out when the fireworks happened and tried to run away. I ended up putting him in my friends house where he cowered in the corner. He's such a sweetie.

This morning I had a meeting for the spouses club newsletter. I'm the editor for the newsletter so this was our first time getting together and sorting things out. I have a LOT of work ahead of me (anyone know how to format newsletter on Microsoft Word/a Mac? I'm still trying to figure it out!) I'm excited to get working. At the meeting our president (and my good friend) Christina told us about a room that needed to be cleared out at the Thrift Shop, which our club owns. I said sure, I'd help! Well... 4 hours later... I finally got home. Not the plan!

That's ok though, I'm glad I could help. I just wasn't expecting to be gone so long. Then I texted my friend who had her baby, she was still in the hospital, if she needed anything. Her husband and her requested Panda Express (they were tired of hospital food!) and I offered to bring some. They were so grateful! I was glad to help. And I got to meet their baby Nolan for the first time. Here he is!

He's such a cutie! He looks just like his dad, it's great. I spent a few hours there until they got discharged (yay for her!) and we walked to the car together. It was a good time and I'm glad I got to see them.

Now I'm home, in my PJs, doing laundry and watching TV. Got some Last Comic Standing on soon! I feel bad since Dexter was home all day by himself (do you ever feel bad for leaving your dog so long?) but since it's raining, there won't be a walk today. I'll walk him tomorrow morning, though!