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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Day Ninety-One

I went to another memorial this morning. The chapel was packed! It was a good memorial, for what it was, with lots of tears and plenty of laughs. After that I ran a bunch of errands and did housework. It was a productive day!

The rest of today's post is brought to you thanks to Sarah at G.I. Joe's Wife, who has tagged me to answer a few questions! The rules: Answer the questions, come up with your own 8, tag some more people to continue!

Here ya go:

1. What is your least favorite chore? Why?

Socks. I hate matching socks. I don't mind folding most of the other laundry, but I always put off the socks until the end. It was worse when we lived in Colorado and actually wore socks more. Nowadays I have two or three pairs in my laundry, and thankfully they're all colored so I can match them easily. But when Brandon's home... ugh! I hate it.

2. If you were to get a tattoo (hypothetically, ladies) what would you get?

Well... I have 2 already! But since I do want a third (and will get one as soon as Brandon gets a third...), what I want is a wrist tattoo that says "Here We Are" on it. Simple. Easy. It actually came from a Jason Mraz song, "A Beautiful Mess," and it means a lot to me. Kind of philosophical I suppose.

3. Everyone asks about your favorite ___ memory... I want to hear about your worst vacation memory. Someone got sick, someone was an idiot - go! =)

One Christmas before we moved from Canada, our family shacked up with my mom's entire family in a chalet. This was when it was announced we were moving to Colorado. Some people in the family weren't happy. There was fighting, there was screaming, there were crying children. We ended up packing up the car hastily (I remember a dripping ski the whole way home...) and booked it. Kind of a bad Christmas!

4. What is your favorite Disney movie?

The Little Mermaid or Beauty and the Beast.

5. What does your dream house look like?

Brandon and I dream of having about 40 acres somewhere, probably Colorado, north of Colorado Springs. We want trees in our yard, but I'd like a good size field too, maybe some cool rocks! I don't know if we'd have a one story or two story, though I like the idea of only one store now that I have stairs. There would be enough rooms for all of our kids to have their own, plus our huge master bedroom. We'd have a biiiig master bath with a double bath tub and shower with a bunch of shower jets. Two sinks, of course. I'd also have a cozy office where I could write my masterpieces, with floor to ceiling bookshelves, a comfy window seat and a fireplace. Maybe a fireplace... Our kitchen would be huge with two ovens, a big fridge, a 6 burner stove-top, and two sinks. I'm not sure exactly what it would look like, but my style is traditional contemporary. Haha. That probably doesn't make sense, huh? Anyway, as long as my dream house has Brandon in it, I'm good!

6. Flashback moment: Were you a Backstreet Boys fan or an NSYNC fan? =)

Definitely Backstreet Boys.

7. What is your favorite board game?

Brandon and I can play a mad Pictionary. I like to say we're nearly undefeated, but he tells me I shouldn't say that because no one will play with us. I respond, people will rise to the challenge. We are just good at Pictionary. We can read each other's minds. But whatever. :P

8. If you could relive just one day in your life, what would it be?

Oh, I don't know. How do you choose just a day? I had a lot of good moments in elementary school and high school. Of course, tons of wonderful days with Brandon. No, I can't pick a day. It's too hard!

And I need to come up with a few more questions!

1. If you could be on a reality TV show, which would it be? Why?
2. Do you like your name?
3. Describe your dream vacation.
4. Do you have names for your future children?
5. What's your dream career?
6. Who's on your list? (You know, the list of celebrities that you can, you know... no harm done)
7. Do you like where you live?
8. What's your favorite color? Why?

I pass it to...

Expat Girl at The Sand is Different Here
Marissa at Living the Life of an Infantryman's Wife
Jennifer at Buzuleciu's in Hawaii
Radiant Redhead at Journey of Life and Love
Melanie at The Ham Fam

Day Ninety

I really don't have much to say.

Work today went by quickly.

I bought 4 books on Victorian culture in post-Civil War US from Amazon today. Yeah, I'm exciting, huh? Haha. I got my degree in History and I have a soft spot for 19th Century America, especially the Victorian era. Oh, and the novels I write are pretty much that era, so I need the extra info.

Brandon called! It was free phone call day and he wanted to say hi. I loved it! We talked for almost half an hour.

I joined a freelance website where you can search for and apply for freelance jobs. I still need to figure it out completely, but I'm excited to get started!

I'm already losing track of some of the shows I'm watching! Too many shows, so little time. :P

Winston has been laying in Kimber's crate and it really pisses the dogs off! Haha.

Not much more to say... that I can remember anyway... except Ten Days Down! Almost to 100!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Day Eighty-Nine

Since nothing exciting happened except work going by quickly today, I'm going to answer a couple questions I was asked from yesterdays post!

Q. Was Lasik scary?

A. Short answer, not really. Long answer... it was an interesting experience. They bring you back, give you some medicine to relax you (which I wish relaxed me more!) and then you go to the room. You lay down, they numb your eyes, they stick this thing in to hold your eyelids open, but you can't feel anything. Well, you could, but it didn't hurt at all. Just lots of pressure. And really, you can't see anything anyway. They're so close to your eyes, and you're blind anyway, that it isn't that scary. The weirdest part was when he cut the flap on my eye and I could see him opening it. Weird! Then a few shots of the laser (just a bright light) and it was finished and on to the next eye! All in all, about 20 minutes.

When you get home you take this sleeping medicine they give you and sleep for a few hours. For a few nights you have to wear these goggles to protect your eyes and you have to put in eyedrops constantly. Actually, for a couple months it's eyedrops, eyedrops, eyedrops. But I'm telling you, it's so worth it. Incredibly. I could start seeing better almost immediately and it improved from there. My left eye is 20/15, my right is 20/20. The only downsides are dryness and a bit of astigmatism left in my right eye that they couldn't get ride of. But it's worth it. The best $2800 we've ever spent!

Q. What's your novel about?

A. I'll try to tell you briefly, because I've been trying to work on that...

Once wealthy, Calista Hall wakes up to find her servants gone and her money gambled away by her alcoholic father. Desperate to keep her family intact and the debt collector off her back, she takes a job as a seamstress. When this isn't bringing enough money in, Calista rents out the empty rooms in her large manor. That's when Nathan and his young brother show up at her door, bringing along their own pasts and problems.

I won't tell you anymore. You'll just have to buy it haha. ;)

No, not published. No agent yet either. I'll keep you updated though!

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Day Eighty-Eight

Today, I finished Edit #2 on my novel! This is the novel I started last year, November 1. This was my big edit, the one that took forever, but the most important one. Yes, I am done! Here are some stats:

Began: April 1, 2010
Ended: September 26, 2010
First Draft Final Word Count: 103,613
Second Draft Final Word Count: 99,600 (-4013)
Third Draft Final Word Count: 94,511 (-5089, -9102)
MS Word Pages: 251
Chapters: 27

Now I'm sending my novel out to some readers who will evaluate it for me and give me their opinions. While this is happening, I'll be looking into query letters for agents and also working on this freelancing things. Lots is happening on the writing frontier!

Today was a very productive day! I decided not to do anything this morning because I'm recovering from this cough (ha, why didn't I stay home when I had a fever, huh?). I love getting stuff done though! The only thing I didn't do was clean my bathtub, which really needs a scrubbing. I washed my car, I wrote, I edited, I went to the library, I worked on the spouses club newsletter, and lots more. I feel very accomplished.

Then this afternoon I met up with this writer's group I found on It was fun! We chatted and then did a couple writing prompts. The first one we had to write for 10 min starting with "Behind her the noise escalated." Our second story had to be scary, in honor of upcoming Halloween! I don't write scary stories, but from their faces and comments, I think they liked mine the best. I shouldn't be so cocky :P. It was nice to be out, talking to writers, and actually writing.

Anyone check out that new show Sister Wives? I'm very intrigued by it! I think I'll keep watching.

Day Eighty-Seven

I had a good laugh today! If you haven't noticed a trend, every week my friends and I get together for dinner. We each bring a dish and have a well-rounded meal. It's a great time! I just have so much fun hanging out with them, gossiping and laughing. We played Apples to Apples and a couple things just cracked me up (T-Rex's and Coconuts, haha). Then later, while Courtney Skyped with her husband, we switched their babies out to see if he noticed. (He did, don't worry). It was hilarious!

I forgot to mention something on Sunday! September 19th marks two years of my eyes! Haha. I got Lasik 2 years ago and have been living the life since. I looooveee my eyes. I love waking up and not having to bother with glasses. Frankly, it's the best $2800 I've ever ever spent in my life.

Notice anything different in this picture? Could it be the map on my head? Or maybe the fact that I look so young - like 19 years old young? Nope, it's the glasses I'm wearing! On my dependent ID, it has me in glasses and my friends don't even recognize me! It's pretty great.

Today marks one year of owning Dexter. Oh, I love this dog. He's known affectionately as my cuddle puppy, my lover puppy, my poopy puppy, Dexy, Dex, Dexy-doo, Little Boo... and so on. I love him! He drives me insane but that's ok.

Let me tell you how we got him: Brandon said we could get a dachshund, so I began the search as soon as we arrived on the island! Well, my mom directed me to a website much like Craigslist and I was clicking through the dog listings when I stopped on one of a border collie, my Dexter. The price was AMAZING for a pure bred border collie and he was just so cute. So I showed Brandon and soon enough, he was convinced! We hadn't moved in yet so we had to wait for a week. Oh, he was also on the Big Island, but the breeder flew puppies to Oahu all the time. Soooo the day he flew in I drove down to the airport, pulled him out of the crate and he just looked at me like "Hey! What's up?" No nerves or anything. Yep, that's my dog.

Look how small he is! He can only fit his head under there now. He used to be able to go under the bed too, it was so cute.

Most pictures I have of him are when he's asleep. This was one of the first pictures I took of him.

This is Dexter today! He's so well trained, I got him sitting down, staying and looking at the camera.

Anyway, it's a good day today. :D

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Day Eighty-Six

There's something about a phone call from your husband that just makes everything feel better. For those 20 minutes, I didn't really feel sick at all. It's being able to hear his voice that just does something to me. Sure, we get to talk practically every day (and usually twice a day), but there's something about a phone call that just makes everything right.

I woke up sick but I wasn't going to change my plans. I was going to the mall today! Screw this head cold. I loaded up on food and water, did some chores, and then got ready to go to the mall. I went with Sarah from G.I. Joe's Wife (yeah, I think I'll keep referencing your blog until I get lazy!) and we had a good ole time! I needed makeup from Sephora, that was the biggest reason for going, but then we wandered around and got some lunch at Farrell's. Oh, and I got some olive oil dispensers from Ross.

When I got home, though, I got hit by my cold again. I was feeling horrible! I just laid on the couch and zoned out in front of the TV. Then I realized I hadn't taken any medicine for a bit! That was the issue. I took some Tylenol then tested my temperature. It came out to be 100.4F. Blah. I'm feeling a bit better now, though. Thank you, Tylenol! A nice, hot bath is in order soon.

Oh, before I forget! It's my sister-in-law's birthday today. Mallory, Brandon's little sister, turned 17 today. Yay! (I know, she's a lot younger than us! Haha). Her birthday marks the end of the crazy birthday month of September.

3 and a half more weeks until Jenny comes and visits. I'm excited to have a visitor! We're going to do so much, but it'll be great. I know she's excited too!

Friday, September 24, 2010

Day Eighty-Five

Second night in a row that I nearly forgot to blog! Tonight was for a good reason. I'm sick! I woke up with a sore throat and stuffy nose, but I figured it was allergies and then went about my day. Well, as it went along, I started feeling worse and worse until I finally decided that yes, I do have a cold. Sucky.

This morning, though, I went on a wonderful hike with the spouses group Adventure Club! I almost missed it because I was in the wrong part of the parking lot where we were meeting (whoops), but I found them just in time, and we caravanned to where we went to hike. The first part of the hike started in a valley and consisted of a bunch of switchbacks. Halfway, a long halfway I might add, we stopped for lunch at some picnic tables. Then it was on to the harder part! Much steeper with a bunch of stairs. Anyway, it was well worth the trip, I'll tell you. Dexter came along with me and had tons of fun. All in all, it was about four hours of hiking and a great day! (Except for the sick part! Haha)

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Day Eighty-Four

Kickboxing class sucked today. Our regular instructor, who is great and has an awesome class, was sick, so we had a substitute "teacher." Well, he didn't know what he was doing. Sure, he could do half the moves, but it was erratic, he wasn't following the beat of the music, and he was switching randomly. It looked like he was just doing whatever came into his mind. One of the regulars actually hopped up and helped us stretch, and during that time the class improved. But then the regular guy came back up. Anyway, after half an hour I couldn't take it anymore and just left. I don't usually walk out of things either! That's how bad it was.

Things improved throughout the day. I got massive editing done on my novel and will very very soon be done. Are you interested in being a proof-reader for my novel? You'll have to read it in a timely fashion, answer some questions and give your input. It'll actually be quite easy. Let me know! I also went grocery shopping and worked on the spouses club newsletter.

Then, FRG meeting. Oh, good old FRG. The information wasn't anything I needed to know, really, and I ended up sitting beside a screaming kid and gossiping ladies, so it wasn't worth it. Buuuut I did check the roster for my information and found out that I'm not even on it. Nowhere. Huh. It kind of makes me angry because if something had happened, what would they do? How would they contact me? I added my information, let's hope it's there next time.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Day Eighty-Three

So, I totally almost forgot to blog today. I had just put my computer away and was settling back to continue watching Biggest Loser, happy that I wouldn't need to open the laptop up again, when I realized I haven't blogged! Don't be surprised, it isn't the first time this has happened. But I've continued to blog!

Today went by so sloooooooowwwwlllyyyy. I worked all day. About two hours in, I looked at the clock and just sighed. Only two hours? I finally got my lunch break halfway through, then when I got back, I got to run to the post office, I got to climb a ladder, and I got to call people. Then I still had 3 hours left. Seriously? That last half hour dragged by too.

I wish I had a job I loved. You know? Something to really look forward to. I work just to work, it doesn't even pass the time anymore because it takes so long to get through the day. I like my coworkers, I like the job alright, but I don't at the same time.

I wish I could be a full-time writer. I'm not sure how to go about doing that. Am I even dedicated enough? I want to start freelancing but don't even know where to begin. I guess I just need to start researching and just jump right into it.

I'd also like a desk. A real writing desk. Somewhere to put my stuff, gather my thoughts, be able to work. I found one at Wal-Mart that I really like! Maybe I'll get it soon...

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Day Eighty-Two

This is the week. The week I've been looking forward to since the summer began. No, it has nothing to do with deployment. It has to do with...

Premiere Week!!

Brandon's birthday, while exciting in its own right, always signals premiere week for our TV shows. Since he left, I decided to add a few shows to my list. Those are in italics. Let me tell you my weekly schedule.

The Event
Hawaii Five-O

Biggest Loser


The Office
30 Rock

The Soup


I think that's all, haha. I have a lot of shows I watch. They kind of define my life. Yeah, exciting right? I was thinking earlier, how people get anything done after work. Then I realized that most people probably don't have so many shows and Netflix's to watch.

Anyway, Brandon and I like to watch our shows and our movies, it's kind of what we do. We love going to the movies too! It sucks having to watch our shows alone, though if I talk during then, I won't have a husband telling me to be quiet. :P

Soo... what shows do you watch?

Monday, September 20, 2010

Day Eighty-One

I didn't celebrate 10 days yesterday! So yay, another 10 days down!

This morning was a grumpy morning. Just grumpy. It might have been the cloudy/rainy day, but it could have also been the fact that the dogs got out and I had to chase them down the street screaming. This is what happened. I was about to go on my weekly bike ride when I realized I had forgotten my iPod. So I ran inside. When I came back out, both dogs ran outside. I decided that was fine, they'd stay in the backyard while I was gone. As I was locking the door, though, I realized too late that the gate was open still. Kimber trotted right out and Dexter followed her. I ran after them for a good long time until I finally caught Dexter. I turned back home, hoping Kimber would start following me, which she did, thank goodness. I cornered her at one point and grabbed her collar too... then it started to rain and I didn't go on a bike ride. Great.

Oh, and Brandon's car has been dead for the last week and I was going to jump it today when I found out that it could've been his starter that was broken. I freaked out a bit. His car, Burnie the Mustang, is his other "wife" and he loves it. I was charged with the sole responsibility of turning Burnie on every week. I forgot for a couple weeks... When I went to turn him on, he didn't work! But I jumped his car, with help from Courtney and some random neighbor guy named Jason, and the starter isn't broken!

Anyway, the day got better. Less grumpies, more having a good day. I watched a lot of TV, but that's ok. Then I ate pizza and watched a movie with Courtney. Oh, and I got to talk to Brandon, can't complain, right?

Oh! One last thing. Shannon, my next older sister, and I are doing a Biggest Loser competition. Whoever loses the most weight by Christmas gets a gift from the other person! Bring it on, sister. :P

(Um, how does Justin Bieber dance like he does? Geez.)

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Day Eighty

Happy 25th Birthday, Brandon!

I couldn't pick just one picture of you, because I just love looking at you! :D

Today it's Brandon's 25th birthday! He's had a long birthday this year because of our 13 hour time difference. Last night I said happy birthday, and this morning, and tonight, even though it is now Sunday in Iraq. (I love this picture. On our honeymoon, I took a picture every morning of his drinking his "cafe con leche" hehe.)

Five years ago, I met Brandon. He must have been 19 then, almost 20! I was just starting college and he was in his sophomore year. We started dating that next May. I was 19, he was still 20. I've been with him since his 21st birthday. Wow! I know it isn't long but it feels long - in a good way. I sent him a birthday hat, birthday decorations, and plenty of gifts. I wish we could've been together for his big day, though!

This handsome guy called me tonight, his morning, for no reason except to say hi. I wish I had more to say (my day had been kind of boring), but it's always so great to hear his voice. I love you Brandon! Happy Birthday!!!

Happy 21st Birthday, Jessica!

Yay! It's my little sisters birthday too!

Today, my little sister turned 21. I can't believe it! She's married, in college, and 21. Wow. I guess we had to get old sometime, right? I love that she and Brandon have the same birthday, though when you get them together they are exactly the same person and pick on me! Well, Happy Birthday!

I couldn't finish without a little more embarrassing picture, right?

Happy One-Year-Of-Owning-You, Winston!

And finally... as a birthday present last year, we got Winston, our evil kitty. The photo above we took exactly a year ago, and the photo below is one I just took. He's grown a whole bunch and he's been on a diet because he became a bit pudgy... But yeah, we've had this guy for a year now! Wow!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Day Seventy-Nine

I had a pretty uneventful day. Groceries, TV, outlet mall, more TV, walking dogs, extra more TV. Uneventful, unless you count the anger I was experiencing all day!

I'm angry at my FRG. I'm angry because we had an emergency meeting after we had a couple casualties in our battalion, and I wasn't notified. Why? Because it was a hectic night and they couldn't contact half the people. I know my information is correct. I've given her my number before. Ugh, it's just frustrating. Not to mention we're having our first FRG meeting next week since the guys left. Um, that was awhile ago. Like 11 weeks. 79 days. But who's counting, right?

Anyway, I wish I had a better FRG. I'm jealous of FRGs that work. :P

The last couple of nights, I've felt depressed. It's kind of annoying. Maybe I'm going into a phase or something, I don't know. I just miss Brandon more than the normal amount. My torso feels heavy! You know that feeling, right? Your stomach, chest, heart, they all just feel heavy. Maybe it's because it's birthday tomorrow and this is the first time we've been apart for it! I don't usually dwell on being separated during special days but maybe my mind is thinking about it without me knowing!

Ok, I need to deal with this Netflix stream... it keeps freezing!

Friday, September 17, 2010

Day Seventy-Eight

Yay! 11 weeks down!! Take that, deployment!

Today was a busy busy day. The main highlight was our first spouse's club luncheon! I had the honor of bringing Sarah at G.I. Joe's Wife as my guest, and I think she had lots of fun. She must have, because she joined the club right afterwards! I also won a prize, but then I dropped it and it shattered... ah well. The luncheons are tons of fun!

Then, after watching hours of Dexter, I headed over to Courtney's house for a Pampered Chef party. And yeah, I bought too much stuff, but I really needed that pineapple slicer, food chopper, mixing bowls and scissors! :D It was a great night filled with lots of wine and lots of good food. Oh, and tons of gossip. Sarah also joined us for that!

Now I'm watching more Dexter and relaxing. The dogs have had a fairly calm day. I think they're getting used to each other being in the house and are not wrestling all the time. Poor Winston, though, he's ganged up on by both of them. He has to creep around very quietly to avoid being chased back up the stairs. I hope he doesn't pee somewhere in protest...

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Day Seventy-Seven

Today, I've decided that I'm ok with my body. Today, I feel good about my weight.

Some days, I don't feel comfortable about my weight. I went into college twenty pounds lighter than what I am now. But really, I was 18, not fully developed, had a high metabolism, etc. Over the years I gained 5lbs, then another 5lbs, and when I got injured and couldn't run anymore, I got close to the weight I am now. Really, I didn't hit this weight until I finished college, wasn't doing PT with ROTC anymore, and started living life how I wanted to.

In November I lost close to ten pounds but I couldn't keep it up. It was too close to Thanksgiving and Christmas! So now, I'm back to being twenty pounds then what my mind thinks I should be. I do wish I were ten pounds lighter but I don't try as hard as I should. I work out, sure, but not as much as I should. I try to eat less, but I really love food, so it's an issue sometimes!

But today, it's a good body image day. I think doing cardio kickboxing in the morning is what really got me going. I love love love kickboxing!! I feel so powerful and cool and in shape. Anyway, my body is hurting now and I'm completely exhausted, but it was worth it.

Today was filled with working out, shopping with Christina and then a Book Club meeting tonight! I'll be dog sitting Christina's dog for the next couple of weeks and Dexter is very excited, he loves wrestling with her. Well, he loves wrestling with any dog that will wrestle with him...

Ok, I'm too tired. Yawn! Time for bed.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Day Seventy-Six

Be warned, the first part of this post might be gross.

(Yeah, he's wearing a headband.)
I bet you couldn't resist finding out what is gross, huh?

I call Dexter my Poopy Puppy. There's a reason he earned that nickname. When we first got him, he had some digestive problems. Some gross, runny, digestive problems... he had tests and tests done to try and figure out what is wrong with him. Finally, we determined it was the all-natural food we had him on. So we switched to Science Diet. But I didn't like Science Diet. It's bad. So a couple months ago, I switched him to Natural Balance. He was doing ok until the last couple of weeks, and now he's back to being my Poopy Puppy.

Anyway, the reason for this explanation is... guess what I woke up to at 3am. Yeah. Poop. At the top of my stairs. On the carpet. Don't ask me how I knew, I just woke up and there it was! Geez, Dexter used to wake me up when he needed to go, and now he just goes. He doesn't have accidents unless he really can't hold it in, though. Poor thing. So he's going to be crated from now on, until we figure out his digestion.

(Sidenote: A coworker said her dog had the same issue and it was because the food has too much protein. I'm gonna go to PetCo and see if that's it)

Anyway, I worked today. It was a slow day and I'm glad to be home. I was feeling kind of faint there for an hour, so I went and laid down in the back on the floor, lol. It isn't too funny, I wish I didn't feel weird! I don't know what it was.

And hello to my new followers! Feel free to introduce yourself if I don't already know you! I hope this post doesn't scare you away. ;)

Day Seventy-Five

Since nothing exciting happened today other than not passing out at the doctor's and Christina's birthday (!!), I decided to follow in the footsteps of Sarah at G.I. Joe's Wife and do a post on my family.

So here we go. This will be picture heavy. You'll get to meet my crazy, wonderful, exciting family tonight!

I joke about my four parents, because really, I do have four. Both my mom and my dad have remarried. In this photo are my biological parents. My french-Canadian dad who doesn't speak much french, and my crazy mom who tries to speak more french than she knows. ;) They both know how to have a good time. My mom can get along with anyone and she likes a good conversation. My dad spends his time gardening and sitting in the penalty box on hockey nights (he plays a bit too rough). When I was younger, people said I looked like my dad. Now, they say I look like my mom! I'm kind of a mix of both.

These two are my step-parents. Kat is on the left and John is on the right. Kat has been good to my dad, getting him to travel around the world a bit and begin a fascination with gardening. She has no kids of her own and is an engineering. They've been married about 5 years. John is a retired Air Force colonel, graduate of the Air Force Academy, flew fighter jets in Vietnam, raised 1 girl and 3 boys, and loves a good debate. Sometimes we're not so good at debating. ;) They're been married for... 7 years? (You'll need to remind me, mom!)

Jennifer is the oldest. She's the mother hen. She is strong-willed, talkative, and will do just about anything for us. If I need advice on anything, I know I can call her and she'll tell me how it is, good or bad. She is 8 years older than I am. She's pretty headstrong so sometimes we have some difficulties with her, but it's just the way she is. ;) Jennifer prefers to be called Jenn, but we call her Jenny! She will be coming to visit me in about a month! (I didn't post an embarrassing picture because she's classier than that.)

Shannon, the second girl, 6 years older than me. Just like the rest of us, she's pretty talkative too and likes drama a bit! When she was younger, she ruled at soccer, despite being a short 4'11", she kicked ass at playing goalie. Later, she became a CNA, married Bob and had two boys, Blake (left) and Grant (right). Blake will be 4 years old in November and Grant turned 2 in February. Whenever you call her, she spends half the time yelling at the boys and the rest of the time telling you about the improvements she's making on her house. She lives in North Dakota in a very very very small town.

Jessica, oh Jessica, my little sister. The baby of the family. Super smart, overachiever, valedictorian of high school, and Mormon. She currently goes to BYU in Provo and in January married Andy. She is 2 years younger than me and we're pretty close. I text her all the time and we call for random things. When we both were camp counselors, the others immediately knew we were sisters mostly because of our similar personalities. We also sort of look alike, except for that hair color. She actually shares the same birthday as Brandon, and when you get them together, they gang up on me! Haha. Anyway, you'll hear more about her on Saturday.

My mom said that she only has girls. She was just made to make girls!

Our house was always filled with noise and drama. Oh my, I hope my mom doesn't go insane this Christmas when we're all there! My sisters are a big part of my life. It's nice to have someone to can rely on, someone you can call. And heck, I only have to tell one person news because within the hour, the rest will know! Here's some trivia for you about us: Our hair color goes brunette-blond-brunette-blond. The brunettes are right handed and the blonds are left handed. The brunettes like to read, the blonds do not. You can't sit the blonds beside each other at the kitchen table because they cause trouble! And so on.

I hope you enjoyed reading about my family as much as I enjoyed writing about them!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Day Seventy-Four

I've decided to develop a taste for beer.

I don't drink much as it is because it messes with my blood sugar (I have hypoglycemia, have I mentioned that before?), but beer doesn't affect me as badly. I don't like the taste of beer so much. However, I like a few types of beer, one of which you can't find here (darn you, Yuengling), so I'm branching out. Today, I tried out Samuel Adams Boston Lager. It was good! Slowly, I'm developing my taste for it.

So... you don't realize how much a man is missing in your life until you're surrounded by them.

Christina's birthday is tomorrow, but we celebrated today! First, we went to the Hale Koa pool for a bit to hang out, then we met Courtney & Michelle at Buffalo Wild Wings. It was Sunday football, so of course it's kind of insane but a great atmosphere. We sat near some crazy, probably drunk, guys, who were screaming tons. We laughed it off most of the time. Yeah, it was kind of nice to be around that much testosterone. Got our fix!

After BWW, we went to the Cheesecake Factory for dessert. I'm not fond of cheesecake, but when I saw some of them, I had to get a piece. I got a Chocolate Raspberry Truffle slice and it was delicious! Definitely didn't taste like cheesecake.

The weather was fantastic, I was surrounded by my great friends, so it made for a wonderful day. I have no complaints!

So on the Brandon front... he's doing well. :) He actually had to get a roommate recently and guess who it was! Michelle's husband. :) We're both pretty excited about that, maybe more than the guys. They like each other, thankfully, so it's a good match. His webcam started working better so I've been able to see him and chat with him more. Life is good for us!

Day Seventy-Three

I feel obligated to write something real quick about my September 11th experience.

I was 14, a freshman in high school, walking into Health class, my first class of the day. The TV was on and as I sat down, I curiously checked out what we were watching. It was the news coverage of the attacks. And you know what, I don't remember what I felt. I've read countless blogs today about how everyone felt and I tried to dig deep down to remember. I don't. It wasn't fear, it was sadness, it wasn't anger, it wasn't anything. Maybe curiosity over what this would mean. See, I was in Denver and not connected to the military at all. I had moved from Canada only two years before. I just didn't understand what it meant.

We went about our day like normal, though every class had the news and in every class we discussed what this meant. I remember by the end of the day we were all tired of it. We didn't want to talk about it, we didn't know what it meant, we just didn't care. But then again, we were young and detached. It was a weird day. I understand what it all means now, but that day was a blur.

Today wasn't! Today was a good day for me. After a good night's sleep, I was ready to go and do stuff. I had Dexter's first day of dog training today and let me tell you, he has some work to do. I guess it's my fault for not keeping up with what we learned at the puppy class. He was overstimulated with all the dogs and people so he didn't pay much attention. Oh well.

After class it was back home to relax for a bit then over to Christina's, where Michelle met up with us. We decided after a bit to try a new Mexican restaurant on the North Shore. Let me tell you, it was delicious! Great service, great food, no complaints at all. After lunch we went back to Christina's to hang out for a few more hours before going our separate ways. Now, I'm watching 102 Minutes That Changed America and waiting for Brandon to come online.

Thanks for the well-wishes about my incident yesterday. I'm feeling much much better, though I'm a bit paranoid today about passing out again. No reason I would, just a bit paranoid is all! I appreciate the comments though. :)

Friday, September 10, 2010

Day Seventy-Two

I'm just going to jump right in.

While at the eye doctor's, waiting for the dilation medicine to kick in, I passed out and possibly had a seizure.

Let me explain. This will be long.

I went to the eye doctor's like normal, went in and he put the eye drops in that dilates my eyes. Remember, at my last appointment, I had to get my eyes dilated but couldn't because I had work. Anyway, he ushered me out to the waiting room to wait for 20-25 minutes while my eyes dilated fully from the medicine. I took out my nook to read and my phone to text. I got ready to wait!

A couple minutes later I started feeling weird. I even texted my little sister and told her I wasn't feeling good. The only way I can describe it is that it felt like a panic attack. Heart starting to race, feeling a bit lightheaded, breathing was off. I thought about going to the receptionist but decided to stay and try to relax. I did some breathing exercises to cam myself. After a few minutes of this I reached up to check my pulse on my neck, something I do sometimes after feeling weird for awhile. No pulse. So I reached down and grabbed my right wrist to check for that pulse.

That's the last thing I remember.

I woke up after a wacky dream, confused and disoriented. I saw a few soldiers looking down at me. I was still sitting in the same chair I had been the whole time. Thank goodness a medic had been nearby and rushed over once I passed out. I've fainted before, so once I figured out what was happening, I laughed it off and started making jokes. Then the medic asks if I've had a history of seizures. Um, no. Because I might have had a seizure. They make me stay seated where I was while they go do something, and I pick up my phone cover (my phone had fallen on the ground), and put away my nook. I started crying. It was sort of overwhelming, you know?

They ushered me back to one of the exam rooms to wait for Acute Care to come up and get me. They were giving me water, asking me questions, trying to get stories from the soldiers who had been around me. I was trying to compose myself a bit. It was sad... as they were walking me back, they asked, "Do you have anyone we can call?" and I said, "No, I don't have anyone." Wow, I never realized how alone I am!

Acute Care came up after about 15 minutes, grilled me some more, then wheelchaired me down to the Acure Care Clinic. I was stuck with an IV, got my blood pressure checked a billion times, got blood taken, pulse checked, more grilling, more tests, even got an EKG. I was there for a good hour and a half before the ambulance came to take me down to Tripler, the military hospital on the island.

At Tripler, it was more of the same. I had to tell the story of what happened a few more times to a few more people. Got my blood pressure checked, pulse checked, another EKG, some more IV fluids. The doctor came in and was surprised that I didn't make it down to the ER there until 3 hours after the incident happened. He ordered an CT Scan of my head, just in case, but he wasn't too worried about it. I was so hungry the whole time since I hadn't eaten since before my appointment and after my scan, they finally brought me some food. I devoured it!

I finally got cleared by the doctor. He explained to me that I probably didn't have a seizure. That when people passed out, sometimes they twitch a bit, and others think that it is a seizure. So yeah, probably no seizure. My phone died halfway through the day from all the texting I was doing so the nurse guy had to call Christina to come pick me up. Thank goodness she's an Army wife too!

So yeah, now I'm home. Courtney came over with some hamburger helper & sweet tea, what a sweetie. Oh! And during this all I was thinking, "How do I get a hold of Brandon?" I decided to call Michelle, who's husband works right beside Brandon. Luckily, she was actually online chatting with her husband. So she sent him on a mission to find my guy. Sadly, he was asleep and in his bedroom, and her husband didn't know exactly his room, so I'm still waiting on him to call me... I don't want to tell him over IM.

Thank goodness I have such a great group of friends. I don't know what I'd do without them! Oh, and some great sisters too! They all called me to make sure I'm ok, even the one who's 5 hours ahead of me. <3 all of you.

I'm doing fine now. I have a bad headache from not eating and a hyper puppy, who was left outside 5 hours longer than planned. I feel sort of out of it, but the whole day was a whirl. I'm just spacing out in front of the TV. I think I'll have a bath... I deserve that, right?

Day Seventy-One

Watching Dexter alone is kind of scary. Last night I watched an episode then went to bed. I was jumpy with every noise! I guess I scare easy. One of you asked how we started watching this show. Simple. We named our dog Dexter, and after getting a bunch of comments along the lines of "After the serial killer?" we decided to give the show a look. That's how we got sucked in! Brandon and I like HBO/Shotime shows.

Not enough to buy the channels though...

Nothing exciting happened today. In the morning, I chatted with Brandon and then got ready for work. Then I worked from 9-5. It was a slow day, which is good and bad at the same time. I love slow days, but I was getting bored and very tired! After work I had to run to the commissary to get some cream cheese and found the place packed as though it were payday. Once the cream cheese was in my possession, I raced over to Christina's house to pick up Dexter's ball, which I had left there yesterday. Then we both raced back to my house to go on a walk with Courtney, we was waiting anxiously. Now I'm home, after eating dinner and doing the dishes, relaxing.

Man, I wish I could relax more!

Tomorrow I will. Maybe I'll even sleep in. What's that like? I have nothing to do in the morning, so no reason to get up. Not until 10, anyway. I'm getting my eyes dilated later! I'll tell you all about it tomorrow.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Day Seventy

Wow, another ten days down. It seems like I just wrote Day Sixty, and now I'm on Seventy? Sweet.

Things have been happening. Can't go into detail, but things have been happening. (Family, don't call and ask, I'll tell you later). I talked to Brandon this morning, but I wish he could have come on tonight like he usually does. Can't control it, though, huh? Always something going on!

Is it weird I want to see Beauty and the Beast on stage? They'll be here at the end of the month! Haha

I spent all day at Christina's house, pretty much. Dexter and I went over in the morning to watch Marcus, then we stayed through his nap, and then us humans went shopping while the dogs stayed back. We went to Subway, K-Mart, Godiva (we're part of their club and you get a free chocolate a month!), and then CostCo. Fun day haha. It kept me busy. When I got home, I watched the movie that I couldn't finish last night because of our fun power outage.

Now? I'm going to start watching Season 4 of Dexter (no relation to my Dexter). Finally got it on my Netflix! Oh, the things you look forward to when your husband is gone...

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Day Sixty-Nine

So... I had a blog topic planned... then the power went out about an hour and a half ago. Now I am blogging from my phone!

I guess the power was out all afternoon at another community down the road. When they fixed them, the power company somehow shut off three others.

So here we are! I was in the middle of a movie when everything went black. After a minute of waiting to see if it would return, I turned on my phone as a flashlight to collect candles. I have plenty of candles but not enough candle holders! Then I went to find a working flashlight. What could I do with no power? Read, of course!

Across the street there's a skate park and I guess somehow got hurt. Makes sense, tons of kids are always out there until late. I bet he was going off a jump right when the power went out! So I spent some time just watching the ambulance and fire truck too.

Having no power is fine, just annoying. And just as I typed this... it came back on! Oh well, this is still my blog for the night, haha. Now its noisier inside and Dexter won't bark at every single sound. Haha.

Sent from my Verizon Wireless Phone

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Day Sixty-Eight

We've been preoccupied the last couple of days with dreams about our future. Well, I've been preoccupied, and I've been dragging Brandon along for the ride.

Not much to think about when your husband is gone, though, except for what the future holds for us. I look forward to the next 6 months for when R&R rolls around. Then my mind hops to when he gets home. On from there is where we will go after Hawaii, what kind of job Brandon will have, what kind of house we'll live in... on top of all this, I think about the future of us and the little family we're planning.

All this makes me so excited! I'm just dreaming about the perfect way the pieces could all fit together and I just can't help myself. If everything works according to how we'd like it to, we will both be happy (hopefully!) and have a fairly solid future, at least for a bit. I know the Army has a beautiful way of ruining plans, but maybe for this once, can we win, Big A? Pretty pretty please?

Everything is good on the home front. I told Christina today that we should have a 100 Days party! It would be difficult considering her husband left a couple weeks before mine, and Michelle's husband left just over a week after mine. Hm... should we go off of my 100 days? Have a party for each 100 days? Average it out? Good news, though! We're under 300 days left!

How was your Labor Day? We went store hopping, spending too much, having a good time buying things we both need and didn't need. Then it was dinner at Christina's friends house and then back home late to a hyper puppy, an online husband and some Army Wives. Oh! I finally finished the series! I'm all caught up. :D

Anyway... do you spend time dreaming of the future while your SO is away?

Monday, September 6, 2010

Day Sixty-Seven

I had a wonderful day!!

1. I got to sleep in. I locked Mr. Kitty out of the bedroom and locked Dexter in, because of his "incident" at Christina's house. Without Winston jumping around, scratching and chewing on things, I slept until nearly 7am! Yeah, that's sleeping in at this house.

2. I went on a fantastic bike ride. Just exhilirating. Working towards my goal of going up Kolekole Pass. I just felt great! And I went further than ever before. Now, it wasn't that far, but it was further, so I can't complain. And heck, that downhill ride just rocks.

3. I got to talk to Brandon for a good long time. I even got to see him on webcam, though he didn't get to see me! It's alright. We heard each other's voices for a bit. It's always a great way to start your day, talking to your best friend.

4. I went to a apolo match with Christina and her FRG. How cool is that? Polo is pretty popular here in Hawaii, I guess. There are a few polo leagues around the island. This game didn't draw a big crowd, but the games on the North Shore sure do. The Army team here was playing today! It was a good time watching the game, talking to people and eating good food.

5. I figured out my subbing stuff! Well, Christina and I did. The problem I was being hit with was to be called on the substitute teacher's automated list, I needed a local number. Well, I don't. We came up with the idea of getting a pay-as-you-go phone just for subbing. I'm so excited!

6. I ended the night with another short chat with Brandon. :D

It was a good day. We had tons of fun. The only bad thing? A very hyper puppy when I got home!

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Day Sixty-Six

After a long long day at work, there's nothing better than chilling at your friends house! Christina & I had some Thai food and watched My Big Fat Greek Wedding, just relaxing and chatting. It was a nice night! Then I "helped" (more like watched) her bathe Marcus.

Then, of course, topping off the night, Dexter pooped on her carpet. Thanks dog.

I got to hear Brandon's voice today! His webcam wasn't working, but he got to see me making funny faces at him. It's always so nice to hear his voice, any amount of time is wonderful, though nothing really makes up for it all. I wish we could talk for hours and hours. I know we don't have much to say, but our time together is precious. Anyway, hearing his voice makes me happy. Hopefully we get his webcam working and I can actually see him!