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Sunday, October 31, 2010

Day One Hundred Twenty-Two

Dexter is hyper because I've been gone all day. He keeps bringing me his ball over and over, pleading with his eyes to have me throw it. I've tossed it a few times, but it's kind of gross right now, so I think I'll stop...

I'm tired, legitimately. I forced myself out of bed at 6:30am because I had my usual stuff to do before work. Then I worked from 8:30 to 4:30, with a little break in between. After that I grabbed Dexter and we hurried to Christina's house, so that we could hurry down to Michelle's house for dinner. Yep, our regular Saturday dinners! I just got home about twenty minutes ago (it's 9:40pm here now) and am now sitting down to catch up on blogs and chat with Brandon.

I'm constantly moving, moving, moving! They say to keep busy during deployment, and that I have. I feel like sometimes I need a break from busyness! Next week I work 5 out of 7 days, so on my days off I'll try to relax a bit. Sorry, my blogs won't be too exciting next week with all this working. ;)

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Day One-Hundred-Twenty-One

I'm contemplating changing the format of my numbers... any ideas? Should I just use numbers?

Today, I took Dexter to our community center for the pet costume contest! I dressed him up in a costume I got last year that was a bit too bit (this year it's a bit too small!), and we headed on over. There weren't too many dogs in his category, so I expected us to get a good place. I mean, how can you deny this guy?



Well, my little Chicken Puppy got... SECOND PLACE!

Yeah, not first, but we still got an awesome prize basket.



It had a couple cool toys, a toothbrush, toothpaste, tons of healthy treats and all in a cool basket that I can use! I'm so glad that we participated!

Afterwards, I headed to the Brigade Halloween party with Christina. We played some games, ate some BBQ food, saw some costumes, hung out. It was a fun little time!

Now, as usual, I am tired. I made the mistake of going to the commissary today way too close to payday, but it wasn't too horrible. I spent some time working on projects too. Wow, I can't even remember where half my day went! Funny how that happens, huh?

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Day One-Hundred-Twenty

I'm a major procrastinator. Like seriously. I will put something off until the last minute and somehow manage to pull it off in time. I did this through college with all my papers - I wrote them the night before and still got great grades. So lately I've been looking at the calendar and counting down the days, telling myself I have one more day, one more day. Well you know what...

Holy crap, I'm starting my next novel in 4 days.

So I sat down this morning and spent a bit of time plotting. I already have the novel in my mind, I've been planning it for years and years, but since I'm actually going to write it, I needed to get some facts straight. Dates, events, characters, the usual. With a historical novel, you need to be able to get some things straight.

My procrastination wasn't helped by the fact that I finally received my final Victorian America research book yesterday.

Anyway, want to hear a quick little blurb about my next novel, David's Sea?

"All David King wanted to be when he grew up was a ship captain sailing the seas. However, as the only son and child of a wealthy lawyer, he's expected to follow in his father's footsteps. Now in his old age, David reflects upon his life and the people and events that shaped him and his decisions."


It's set like Civil War era and on. The main character is born in 1858, but I can't start it there since it's in first person. ;) Anyway, it's slightly different from my last novel, but I hope it'll be just as good! I'm really excited to jump in and play with my characters and discover new things.

Interested in writing? Check out NaNoWriMo! It starts next Monday!

In other news... Week 17! And almost 4 months! Can you believe it?

Day One-Hundred-Nineteen

Excuse my language, but... Holy Crap, did kickboxing kick my ass this morning. I love this class with a passion, but sometimes, it just wears me down! It was just the combination of kicks, spinning, jumping around, lots of punching, and then pushups at the end. I love it!

I was also drained a bit because of some personal stuff that I dealt with. I feel better, especially once I got to speak to Brandon, but it was tiring! (Sorry, no details. I hate when people do that... but I needed to say it and I'm not going to explain further! lol)

This afternoon, I went with Christina to get Marcus's first haircut! He did so great! We then had some Mexican food and went shopping. :)

Now I'm home! Watching Survivor, just ate a fantastic salad, doing laundry, the usual. Tomorrow I really need to sit down and outline some of my novel, get some of these thoughts out. Oh, and work on that darn spouses club newsletter, I've been slacking this week!

(Um, anyone else excited for the next Harry Potter movie? I need to re-read the books!)

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Day One-Hundred-Eighteen

I was up this morning at 4:30am to drive Jenny to the airport so she could fly back home. Life is back to normal again! I loved having a visitor and it was fun to run around the island, but I was missing my regular routine. I'm a routine kind of girl.

So after the airport I slept a bit longer then went to get fingerprinted for my substitute teaching (which marks 3 times in the last 6 months I've been fingerprinted...). Then I did a quick run by the grocery store. Back home, I turned on some Pandora and cleaned house. It's like a ritual for me whenever anyone leaves, including my husband, that I clean almost immediately. My floors were mopped for a bit too until Dexter came inside with muddy feet...

Oh yeah, by the way, the rainy weather is back again. It was sunny for a good week and a half, thankfully while Jenny was here, but now it's back to crummy weather.

This afternoon I watched Mists of Avalon with Christina. It's our Book Club book this month, but since both of us are wrapped up in this Outlander series, we didn't want to take the time to read the book. Anyway, a 3 hour movie is better than an 800+ page book.

After the movie we headed off to a nearby town for a Blue Star mystery dinner! We had to solve a crime sort-of Clue style. Sadly, we came in 3rd place. :( It was fun though!

Back at home, I watched my DVR'd Glee episode. It brought me back to high school days going to see the Rocky Horror Picture Show at the midnight screening. Ah, to be young and carefree again, huh? ;)

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Day One-Hundred-Seventeen

Ever been to Buca di Beppo? If you haven't, you better find your nearest one and head on over. It's a lively restaurant that serves family-style - a small size meal feeds up to 3 people.

That's where we found ourselves (Jenny, Christina, Marcus and I) for dinner. Jennifer really wanted to go, I love the place, and Christina had never been, so it worked out! As an appetizer, we got a trio of stuffed mushrooms, calamari and fried mozarella - yum! Then we shared an entree called Quattro Something, with stuffed shells, chicken manicotti kind of stuff, cheese manicotti and ravioli. Our meal was topped off with chocolate chip canolli's. Wonderful!

Of course, this was after our planned beach day was ruined a bit. Thanks, Hawaii weather. It was raining and windy and cold. We did go to the beach but we didn't stay for very long. Oh well...


(See?)


So yeah, Jennifer leaves nice and early tomorrow morning. It's been a fun vacation! But now it's back to real life again.

Oh, and I've been getting so mad at the mailbox lately. I ordered some books almost a month ago and still one of them hasn't arrived. And I'm expecting a few other books, though those I'm not too worried because the expect-by date isn't until November 1st or something. Anyway, every time I get the mail, it's just junk. Nothing good!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Day One-Hundred-Sixteen

I wore this today:



This is the skirt I bought yesterday at the Swap Meet! It's so cute and comfortable and flowy, I couldn't pass it up. I definitely had to wear it today. Of course, I took a picture to prove that I actually did wear a skirt today (mostly to Brandon haha). If you know anything about me, you'll know I typically wear tank tops and shorts. I've started wearing dresses and skirts more, but it's still fairly rare. Anyway, I wore this guy all day! I loved it. :D

Our day started nice and slow. In the morning, we went to the farmer's market with Christina. Afterwards, we went on a walk through Haleiwa, the town beside the farmer's market. Then we hopped over to the beach to relax and play in the water. Marcus had some fun too! I took these pictures while we were there:



This is a Vietnam memorial for soldiers from the North Shore who were killed there


The afternoon saw us at Costco and then Borders later. Once we got home we vegged on the couch, watched some movies and some TV. Jenny went to bed pretty early so I've been hanging out and catching up on my shows!

Tomorrow is here last day. :( Then it's back to regular life.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Day One-Hundred-Fifteen

Sorry, I have no pictures today. I got all caught up in our day and then drank a few glasses of wine with dinner... sooo, no photos.

But it was a good day!

This morning I had my regular dog training class. Jenny was nice to come with me and watch Dexter be an awesome puppy. Seriously, he's awesome. Even the trainers think he's the best. I love him for that! I like having a dog that likes to be good at things. ;) Yeah, I'm prideful.

After dog training, we left Dexter at Christina's and then we went to the Swap Meet down by the stadium. Jenny and Christina both got some nice dresses while I bought the cutest skirt. This is a new thing for me, I own like three skirts, all of which are more businessy then they are casual. Nothing I'd wear to the mall. Anyway, it was a nice time, though by the end of it we were sweating like crazy!

Following a quick trip to the NEX it was back home to get ready for our regular Saturday Night Dinner! Christina hosted an awesome fondue party (that was only interrupted for a little bit by a phone call from my depressed drunken father...) full of food and friends. It was a great time! Jennifer had a fun time too.

Now, I'm a bit tired, though the wine is making me feel energetic a bit... maybe I'll wind down with some HGTV, huh? :D

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Day One-Hundred-Fourteen

I feel like we were gone for 20 hours today!

We packed up and stopped quickly at Wal-Mart before going down to Pearl Harbor. Of course, Jenny wanted to visit the USS Arizona Memorial and the USS Missouri. They have a new visitor center that was pretty cool. We had to wait for about 45 minutes for our tour, so we wandered around the place. Then it was off into the memorial:




The USS Arizona still leaks oil:





Afterwards, it was off to the USS Missouri. I really like going there, the historian in me gets a little excited. So does the explorer in me!

Then when we were done there, we hurried off to Waikiki for our catamaran ride. It was a high-speed tradewind sail off of Waikiki beach. So beautiful! It's one of mine and Brandon's favorite things to do downtown. When the ride was over, we went to dinner and had some awesome pizza followed by a walk down the "strip" of Waikiki. I bought some cute new shoes!

We were planning on staying until the Friday fireworks show, but then we realized we were both exhausted and needed to go home. So here we are!



Beautiful Hawaii. :D

Friday, October 22, 2010

Day One-Hundred-Thirteen

Jenny's vacation out here is going well!

We got dressed up today to go to the spouse's club luncheon. She was interested in going and I didn't really want to miss it, but she ended up having a good time at it. It was Trick-or-Treat Bingo. How it works is when you call Bingo, you pull from a bag to decide whether you get a treat (a nice prize) or a trick (a not so nice prize!). Well... Jennifer won a prize! It's this big wire pumpkin with these orange reflecty (yeah, I know) balls. Anyway, now we have to figure out how to get it home...

Then it was to the Dole Plantation! Christina came along with us to get some Dole Whip (oh so delicious!) and walk around the grounds. Then we did this:






(look, mini pineapple!)


We hurried home afterwards to get Marcus from childcare and then head down to the luau! It was a great luau full of fun and food, and plenty of chiseled Hawaiian bodies... (I need my husband home ;) ). I'm completely stuffed though. I love Kalua Pork.


Jenny with her new headband she made.


Christina and Marcus.


A beautiful Hawaiian sunset!


So now I'm back home and way past my bedtime. Yeah, it's only 10pm here, so what? ;) Tomorrow - another full day!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Day One-Hundred-Twelve

Jenny had me up until 11pm last night, so I was banking on sleeping in a bit... until Dexter growled at me at 6:15am. Well, I couldn't deny him because really, after him having a few accidents, I don't take any chances! However, Jenny didn't wake up for a couple hours after that. I got to do my regular morning routine and chores, catch up on my Biggest Loser and get things ready. I finally shook her awake (and sent Dexter in to seal the deal) so we could get a move on our day.

I had more photos, but my camera is being sketchy... soooo....

We started our day at Hanauma Bay, a nature preserve with some good snorkeling. Jennifer requested snorkeling, so that's where we went! It was nice and hot, but the water was very comfortable. She was a little nervous about snorkeling for the first time but she did real well!

After snorkeling (and a stop at the Greek Marina for some gyros) we went on our way towards Bellows Beach, one of my favorites on the island. We stopped at several scenic overlooks. Here's what we saw at one:



Cool huh?

We made it to Bellows and stayed there for a couple hours. Jenny and I boogie boarded, it was her first time doing that too, and played in the waves. Then we went to relax on the beach and dry ourselves up.

When the sun started to hide behind the trees and we were getting cold, we decided to leave. I took us up the very long way home up the coast and around the North Shore so I could show her the beauty of the island. :) Again, we stopped at a few places to enjoy the sights and take pictures.





Back home, I made a spaghetti dinner for Jennifer and Christina (who I invited over) and then sat down to watch some DVR'd shows. I'm tired!

We have another busy day tomorrow. It's fun to be able to go tour around the island with someone though!



Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Day One-Hundred-Eleven

My sister is here!! We're sitting watching TV right now since it's late. Tomorrow is going to be a busy day!

I had a busy day in preparation. I had to cram in a weeks worth of errands and chores into one day. So it was Spin class this morning followed by a run to the post office. Then back home I talked to Brandon for a bit before I took a shower. I was off to the grocery store. In between all this, I was cleaning and tidying the house. Later in the day, I actually organized my desk area. I'll take a pic soon to show you!

Anyway, after doing like 6 laps around the airport trying to find the entrance to the parking garage, I arrived, picked her up, drove off, and now we're home! Tomorrow will be a nice long beach day. :D

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Day One-Hundred-Ten

I had a good day at work today! I've been having some personal issues regarding my job and it came to a point last week. That was one of the things that set off my depression a little bit (I've been feeling much better now, though) and I had to make some decisions. Anyway, I made my decision and feel at peace about it. My new goal at work now? Giving myself projects to keep busy!

I started a new project today: Making an informational sheet about waterfalls on the island. We get people asking about waterfalls all the time, and since I've been to a few, I decided to collect all this knowledge into one place for our customers. In between researching all this, I helped a whole bunch of customers. I chatted with a lot of them, too. It was a good, fast-paced day which left me pretty tired at the end.

My sister comes in tomorrow!! I'm very excited to have a visitor. :D Expect plenty of pictures of our journey around the island.

Oh, and today I got a postcard from Iraq aaaandddd a phone call from Iraq! I sure love my husband. :D We're almost a third of the way there!


(aw he was making me breakfast :D)


Monday, October 18, 2010

Day One-Hundred-Nine

A weird thing happens when Brandon leaves. I take baths at night. A lot.

I'm not sure exactly why, but as soon as he leaves for any amount of time, a switch turns on in my brain and I develop my ritual. Maybe it's because when he's home, I spend my time with him. Maybe I just like the warmth. I don't know! Anyway, I like having my nightly baths and will continue to do so until he comes home. :D (And yeah, I shower in the morning too. These are for my enjoyment.)

Today was my personal day! Let me tell you, I needed it. It was a day where I said, I'm not answering to anybody. I'm doing what I want to do. No obligations. So, I went on my bike ride around post today to start. I didn't go my usual route since one of the ranges has been on fire and I go kind of close to it (post smells like a campfire, yum). The ride was enjoyable! When I got home, I sat around talking to Brandon, like I do most mornings.

Then, I went to the dog beach. I've been meaning to go for a couple days but since Dexter was a bit sick, I didn't want to go. I needed to get some more dog food at Petco, though, so I tied it in with a trip to the beach.




(same beach, not this trip)


After Petco, it was back home to relax. I got into a cleaning mode and started making the house look pretty. I had neglected it for a few days and it needed a good tidying. Then I threw my kielbasa and beer in the crock pot, brought one of my new books outside and started reading. It was nice! In between all this I watched the occasional TV, browsed the internet, relaxed some more.

Before dinner I went on a mile walk with Courtney and Christina, who were going to do the Race for the Cure today, but ended up not going. Then Christina came over to eat some of my kielbasa and we watched some TV. It was nice!

Now, to finish my no obligations day, I am going to have a bath, continue reading my book and then go to bed early. :D

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Day One-Hundred-Eight

Another busy day!

I finally got to sleep in! I hate not sleeping well, it just makes my entire day feel off. Well, I slept in until 7:30. Yeah, that's sleeping in for me, haha. Anyway, I had my weekly dog training this morning. Dexter did real well for us not practicing much in between. He does need to work on his stays though...

When I got home, I drove around the neighborhood with Courtney looking at yard sales. There wasn't too much around, especially so late. After that, I headed off to Christina's house! She was having Marcus's 1st birthday party for us Hawaii folk, since they were gone during his real birthday. It was a good time! We had cupcakes, snacks and sat around chatting while all the babies played with each other.

After the party, we cleaned up and sat down to watch Christina's football game. Well, I didn't watch much, I spent my time chatting and hanging out. I stayed there until about 6:30. I had to get home to make sure Dexter hadn't pooped in the house... (he didn't, by the way). Now I'm in my PJs and watching a Netflix. I'm tired though! I'm always tired. ;)

Yay! Brandon got the most recent card I sent him! :D

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Day One-Hundred-Seven

Wow! Hello new followers! I was going to reply to some of your comments personally, but then I deleted the emails... whoops. Anyway, thanks for being followers!

The day started with a yummy breakfast at Denny's with Christina. Don't you just hate how those commercials get you! We both built our own omelets, and let me tell you, mine was very very yummy. After that, we went to Costco and I got myself a membership there. :) I'm pretty excited about that. Now on to spending money! Haha.

The rest of the day was fairly relaxing. I hung out with Christina and eventually we went to this Fall Festival being held by a unit down the street. It was a bit anti-climactic. Ah well. I did get a piece of pizza for dinner! Then it was back home to watch some TV.

Wow, I'm tired. I need to take a day to relax, but then I don't want to at the same time. I haven't been sleeping well the last few nights, and last night when Dexter pooped on the carpet didn't help one bit... I'm just out of it, I'll keep this blog post short today. I think Sunday might be a me-day!

Friday, October 15, 2010

Day One-Hundred-Six

Aries
Don't feel bad if you can't accomplish everything you have on your list today. You have been putting yourself under way too much pressure. You are going through a perfectionist phase, and it may be hard to tear yourself away from the notion that you have to do everything you set your mind to. It's admirable to have such ambition, but allowing yourself to take a break now and then is not only essential, it is empowering.


My horoscope today. I used to read my horoscope every day then stopped a few years back. Today, I decided to download an app and check it out. It is so true! Not that I followed it today, haha. I woke up still feeling a bit crummy, but I had a list to cross off, so I went to work.

Now, after a day filled with friends, appointments, haircuts (yay, it's short again!), shopping, working out, and calling places, I'm finally relaxing. I supposed I relaxed a bit before, but I was watching TV. To me, I feel a bit more relaxed sitting at my computer typing and listening to Pandora than I do watching TV.

What week is today? Week 15? How time flies! I hate it but I also want it to hurry up. You know how it is, huh?

My sister Jenny comes to visit soon! Yay!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Day One-Hundred-Five

A year ago, I was happy. I was the happiest I had been in a long time. My last couple years of college were really tough on me, especially my senior year. School was fine, it was my time in ROTC that was bad. It led to me having daily panic attacks. I dreaded going to anything ROTC related - I hated PT, I hated class, I hated lab. During the times I was there, my body would fill with panic and I just shut off. People started to think I was naturally just a quiet person who kept to themselves. Most of my classmates didn't like me. It was a bad bad time.

Then, after being apart from Brandon for five months, I finished my last final of university - I was done! I was medically boarded out of my commitment to the Army because of my feet problems - that was done. So the day after my last final (I never went to my official graduation), I hopped into my car with my little sister and drove all the way to Georgia from Colorado. It took us two days. And I finally felt free.



I was riding that happiness-high for at least half a year. I had no school or work obligations. I did what I wanted, I spent all the time I could with my husband, I played tennis, I worked out on post at Fort Benning, I made friends. Then moving to Hawaii, I didn't have any friends at first, but that was ok. I had my husband, I had my house to take care of, and a new puppy and kitty. I was loving it.



That senior-year feeling is creeping back.

I've had it before college, I'm just predisposed to depression. I don't like it, I would do anything I could to get rid of it. I've learned to deal pretty well, but mostly I just push it away. Right now, though, I feel depressed. My chest feels heavy and I feel like crying. I'm not sure exactly what triggered it, but it could be a combination of things. It's not even Brandon being gone, I would feel like this if he were here. I just feel lost.

What am I supposed to do with myself? I don't feel confident in my writing, and yeah I get plenty of encouragement, but I know it's not the best. I want to become a freelance writer but I can't get myself to do it. Why not? I always have plenty of good ideas but I never go through with them. And then work - oh wonderful work - I just don't have my heart in it. I have this job to have a job. What's the point of that? What happens if in 20 years I realize I haven't even done anything? We all grow up thinking we can achieve anything, but we don't realize the hard work it entails most of the time. Can I ever be satisfied?

I'd like that happy, carefree, feeling back. I don't know how to, though. There's so much more I wish I could write, but I can't get my mind straight... plus, it would be a super long post. I think maybe I'll go have a bath and try to sleep my troubles away. Tomorrow's a new day, right?

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Day One-Hundred-Four

Things I miss about Brandon (even though I told him I wouldn't!):

- Wrestling. Dexter isn't a very good opponent.
- Tickling. Mostly him tickling me... I'm not so good at tickling him. Ok, I don't miss the painful, fingers-digging-in-my-ribs tickling...
- A full load of laundry. I hardly have enough clothes to wash!
- Video games. Yeah, I miss playing WoW and Mario and even maybe that zombie game we played.
- Cooking for two. It was nice to be able to consult with someone and ask "What do you want for dinner?" I guess I ask Christina this sometimes... haha.

I miss lots of other things, of course, but those are a few things I didn't expect to miss. I can't miss ALL of him, right?

Anyway, quick day at work. Got one of my books from Paperback Swap, yay. I'd really like my Amazon books soon though!

And now I leave you with...

Space Kitty



What do you do with your deployment time?


Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Day One-Hundred-Three

Meet cow-chair.


(Moo)

I found cow-chair at the Thrift Shop. See, I have this long media desk in our kitchen/dining room area and, lacking a proper desk space, I've decided to repurpose it to my writing area. I needed a chair though. Instead of buying a new chair, I wanted a project. In comes cow-chair.

Yeah, it needed a makeover.

So yesterday at Lowe's, I got all the tools:



I suited up with a mask and an apron, hooked up the hand sander and got to work! Wow, that hand sander is loud! And fast. Geez. I just wasn't expecting it. It was tons of fun though.



Here's the result of the power sander:



Then I got to work in the crevices with my handy sander sponge thing.



The result:



I had only planned on sanding, but it really didn't take that long at all. So I figured... let's prime! I have time! (Hey, that rhymes!) I sure love painting. It was tons of fun.



Then I noticed rain clouds and it started sprinkling a bit. :(



I fought through, though, and finished priming! The chair was looking like new already! It actually looks nice in white, but darn it, I bought paint, so I was going to paint it.



Eww, I have paint all over me.


(Yeah, that's a Starbucks apron. It's the only apron I own. No, I never worked at Starbucks. I got it from a lady that I used to work for. I walked her dog and vacuumed her house, she gave me an apron when I said I needed one. Now it's my everything apron)

Right after priming, I had a brief intermission to go shopping with Christina. We bought supplies for her son's birthday party on Saturday. I was gone for a few hours, letting my chair dry and chill in the backyard.

Next, Purple Paint!


(Oatlands Violet, to be exact)

This is after one coat. Note Dexter (aka the landscaper) in the background.



Aaaandddd... The Finished Product!!


Looks like cow-chair got a sex change, huh? Cow-chair is now Chantal's Purple Chair. Purple is my favorite color. I contemplated painting the chair brown to match the furniture, but then I said, "Why do that? You can paint it any color you want!" So now it's purple. Yay.