Thursday, January 29, 2009

Chopped! and Picture Explainations

I didn't have a chance to write yesterday and tell you about the pictures, for this reason:

A couple of nights ago we watched the new cooking challenge show "Chopped" on the Food Network. Basically 4 chefs compete for 10,000 smackers. After each round, appetizer, main course, and dessert, a chef is "chopped" and the last one standing wins the moola. I said something to the effect that I could soooo do that, and was critiquing the chefs along the way. Yesterday Jay decided that he and Laurel would run to Food Lion and pick up 4 seemingly unrelated ingredients, and I would have an hour to make dinner (and make it edible) My first issue is that Jay really has no idea what he is doing when it comes to food. I was scared....
When I opened the basket, I see:
1. 2 Mangos
2. Wasabi powder
3. Flour Tortillas
4. Gouda
OMG what am I supposed to do with that??? Any Ideas???

I forgot to take a picture, but it turned out pretty well. Jay loved it. I had several ideas but finally settled on a mock sushi. I cooked beef with one mango, some salt and pepper, garlic, and some kung pao seasoning. Then I wrapped the meat in the tortillas with a sliver of gouda and tiny amount of wasabi paste and cut them into small portions, lining them up on the plate in what Miah called a rainbow shape. Then I cooked some basmati rice while turning the last mango into a compote with some raw sugar. After mixing those together I plated it with the wraps and passed it around.
It sounds strange, but it actually worked. My family was so excited that we decided to make this a "thing" and do it all the time. Next time I'll take pictures. lol

OK, so the pics in the last post have no explanation, so here goes, from the top:

1. Jay brought me tulips for no particular reason, and I wanted to play with my black and white settings.
2. I found a cute little stool at goodwill for $5, and while I love the beat up look, the rope is falling apart so I'm going to refinish it after we move, and use hemp rope to reweave.
3. We visited Jennifer and Chris in Ky. Carlie has always had a thing for Jay, even though she never quite remembers him. She spent most of the visit in his lap, or cuddling up with Laurel. It was a great visit, and I can't wait to hang out again!
4. Jay is sitting in the car with me waiting for Laurel to get out of school, and since we only have one Kindle, he grabbed the newspaper's crossword. ( I just like the way he looks in his fedora)
5. Jay finally gets the Kindle (for a minute, Laurel has read all 4 twilight books on it three or four times, so NO ONE has gotten to play with it much!)
6. Miah was sick for the whole week, so in an effort to keep her on the couch (otherwise she runs around like a chicken with her head cut off) I cuddled with her on the couch, took pictures, and watched lots of Rachael Ray, Ellen, Paula Dean (Miah likes the way she says "Purty") and The Barefoot Contessa.
7. Laurel leaving for her 1st formal dance (the pics got mixed up)
8. Jay and Miah zonked out on the new daybed.
9. Laurel winning the award for Principal's list.
10. Laurel in her dress (and her poor scared Daddy)
11. Laurel trying out her wig (She has a whole stack, but I think she'd kill me if I put all the pics up here! This one was just cute.)

Also this week I got an award from the CPT. I got a nice "Thank You" from the 1st SGT and mentally said goodbye to the FRG. I erased everyone's emails before I remembered I wanted to say goodbye to everyone, so I'm going to end up going out quietly (since not a lot of people from the FRG showed up at the meeting) but that's the way I like it anyway. I'll sort of miss it, but not for a little while. I guess I'll leave it at that, it's time to take Miah to school! Until next time!

Thursday, January 15, 2009

I hate... in on-post housing. My neighbor just did SOMETHING and knocked into the wall. That just happens to be the wall my desk is family picture just fell off the wall and smashed into my keyboard! All the keys seem to be working...
I just can't wait to move. Just 20 more working days, and I'm outta here!!!!
I'd love to know what they are doing over there, b/c the whole wall is moving, and I think I'm getting off the computer to a safe distance!! SHEESH!!!!

Monday, January 12, 2009

Can you tell I have nothing else to do? (This test's specific page)

(Side note. The following to TOO much to read if you are just goofing around and don't really care. I just put this up for my future reference,but this is still a pretty interesting quiz. I am facinated by this subject. Personality types and how they are manifested. Jung is interesting reading BTW.)

Your Type is
Introverted Intuitive Thinking Judging
Strength of the preferences %
78 Introverted
38 Intuitive
50 Thinking
56 Judging

Qualitative analysis of your type formula

You are:
very expressed introvert

moderately expressed intuitive personality

moderately expressed thinking personality

moderately expressed judging personality

Identify Your Career:
Jung Career Indicator™ determines careers most suitable for your type from personality type standpoint. Based on your personality type, the following is a list of your most suitable occupations.
Computer Programming
Natural Science
Natural Science Education
Social Service
Famous people of your particular type:
Stephen Hawking, Andrew Grove, Marie Curie, Guy Kawasaki, Igor Sikorsky, Hillary Clinton

Introverted iNtuitive Thinking Judging
by Marina Margaret Heiss
Profile: INTJ
Revision: 3.0
Date of Revision: 27 Feb 2005

Rational Portrait of the Mastermind (INTJ)
All Rationals are good at planning operations, but Masterminds are head and shoulders above all the rest in contingency planning. Complex operations involve many steps or stages, one following another in a necessary progression, and Masterminds are naturally able to grasp how each one leads to the next, and to prepare alternatives for difficulties that are likely to arise any step of the way. Trying to anticipate every contingency, Masterminds never set off on their current project without a Plan A firmly in mind, but they are always prepared to switch to Plan B or C or D if need be.

Masterminds are rare, comprising no more than, say, one percent of the population, and they are rarely encountered outside their office, factory, school, or laboratory. Although they are highly capable leaders, Masterminds are not at all eager to take command, preferring to stay in the background until others demonstrate their inability to lead. Once they take charge, however, they are thoroughgoing pragmatists. Masterminds are certain that efficiency is indispensable in a well-run organization, and if they encounter inefficiency-any waste of human and material resources-they are quick to realign operations and reassign personnel. Masterminds do not feel bound by established rules and procedures, and traditional authority does not impress them, nor do slogans or catchwords. Only ideas that make sense to them are adopted; those that don't, aren't, no matter who thought of them. Remember, their aim is always maximum efficiency.
In their careers, Masterminds usually rise to positions of responsibility, for they work long and hard and are dedicated in their pursuit of goals, sparing neither their own time and effort nor that of their colleagues and employees. Problem-solving is highly stimulating to Masterminds, who love responding to tangled systems that require careful sorting out. Ordinarily, they verbalize the positive and avoid comments of a negative nature; they are more interested in moving an organization forward than dwelling on mistakes of the past.

Masterminds tend to be much more definite and self-confident than other Rationals, having usually developed a very strong will. Decisions come easily to them; in fact, they can hardly rest until they have things settled and decided. But before they decide anything, they must do the research. Masterminds are highly theoretical, but they insist on looking at all available data before they embrace an idea, and they are suspicious of any statement that is based on shoddy research, or that is not checked against reality.

Alan Greenspan, Ben Bernanke, Dwight D. Eisenhower, General Ulysses S. Grant, Frideriche Nietsche, Niels Bohr, Peter the Great, Stephen Hawking, John Maynard Keynes, Lise Meitner", Ayn Rand and Sir Isaac Newton are examples of Rational Masterminds.


To outsiders, INTJs may appear to project an aura of "definiteness", of self-confidence. This self-confidence, sometimes mistaken for simple arrogance by the less decisive, is actually of a very specific rather than a general nature; its source lies in the specialized knowledge systems that most INTJs start building at an early age. When it comes to their own areas of expertise -- and INTJs can have several -- they will be able to tell you almost immediately whether or not they can help you, and if so, how. INTJs know what they know, and perhaps still more importantly, they know what they don't know.

INTJs are perfectionists, with a seemingly endless capacity for improving upon anything that takes their interest. What prevents them from becoming chronically bogged down in this pursuit of perfection is the pragmatism so characteristic of the type: INTJs apply (often ruthlessly) the criterion "Does it work?" to everything from their own research efforts to the prevailing social norms. This in turn produces an unusual independence of mind, freeing the INTJ from the constraints of authority, convention, or sentiment for its own sake.

INTJs are known as the "Systems Builders" of the types, perhaps in part because they possess the unusual trait combination of imagination and reliability. Whatever system an INTJ happens to be working on is for them the equivalent of a moral cause to an INFJ; both perfectionism and disregard for authority may come into play, as INTJs can be unsparing of both themselves and the others on the project. Anyone considered to be "slacking," including superiors, will lose their respect -- and will generally be made aware of this; INTJs have also been known to take it upon themselves to implement critical decisions without consulting their supervisors or co-workers. On the other hand, they do tend to be scrupulous and even-handed about recognizing the individual contributions that have gone into a project, and have a gift for seizing opportunities which others might not even notice.

In the broadest terms, what INTJs "do" tends to be what they "know". Typical INTJ career choices are in the sciences and engineering, but they can be found wherever a combination of intellect and incisiveness are required (e.g., law, some areas of academia). INTJs can rise to management positions when they are willing to invest time in marketing their abilities as well as enhancing them, and (whether for the sake of ambition or the desire for privacy) many also find it useful to learn to simulate some degree of surface conformism in order to mask their inherent unconventionality.

Personal relationships, particularly romantic ones, can be the INTJ's Achilles heel. While they are capable of caring deeply for others (usually a select few), and are willing to spend a great deal of time and effort on a relationship, the knowledge and self-confidence that make them so successful in other areas can suddenly abandon or mislead them in interpersonal situations.

This happens in part because many INTJs do not readily grasp the social rituals; for instance, they tend to have little patience and less understanding of such things as small talk and flirtation (which most types consider half the fun of a relationship). To complicate matters, INTJs are usually extremely private people, and can often be naturally impassive as well, which makes them easy to misread and misunderstand. Perhaps the most fundamental problem, however, is that INTJs really want people to make sense. :-) This sometimes results in a peculiar naivete', paralleling that of many Fs -- only instead of expecting inexhaustible affection and empathy from a romantic relationship, the INTJ will expect inexhaustible reasonability and directness.

Probably the strongest INTJ assets in the interpersonal area are their intuitive abilities and their willingness to "work at" a relationship. Although as Ts they do not always have the kind of natural empathy that many Fs do, the Intuitive function can often act as a good substitute by synthesizing the probable meanings behind such things as tone of voice, turn of phrase, and facial expression. This ability can then be honed and directed by consistent, repeated efforts to understand and support those they care about, and those relationships which ultimately do become established with an INTJ tend to be characterized by their robustness, stability, and good communications.


Functional Analysis
by Joe Butt

Introverted iNtuition
INTJs are idea people. Anything is possible; everything is negotiable. Whatever the outer circumstances, INTJs are ever perceiving inner pattern-forms and using real-world materials to operationalize them. Others may see what is and wonder why; INTJs see what might be and say "Why not?!" Paradoxes, antinomies, and other contradictory phenomena aptly express these intuitors' amusement at those whom they feel may be taking a particular view of reality too seriously. INTJs enjoy developing unique solutions to complex problems.

Extraverted Thinking
Thinking in this auxiliary role is a workhorse. Closure is the payoff for efforts expended. Evaluation begs diagnosis; product drives process. As they come to light, Thinking tends, protects, affirms and directs iNtuition's offspring, fully equipping them for fulfilling and useful lives. A faithful pedagogue, Thinking argues not so much on its own behalf, but in defense of its charges. And through this process these impressionable ideas take on the likeness of their master.

Introverted Feeling
Feeling has a modest inner room, two doors down from the Most Imminent iNtuition. It doesn't get out much, but lends its influence on behalf of causes which are Good and Worthy and Humane. We may catch a glimpse of it in the unspoken attitude of good will, or the gracious smile or nod. Some question the existence of Feeling in this type, yet its unseen balance to Thinking is a cardinal dimension in the full measure of the INTJ's soul.

Extraverted Sensing
Sensing serves with a good will, or not at all. As other inferior functions, it has only a rudimentary awareness of context, amount or degree. Thus INTJs sweat the details or, at times, omit them. "I've made up my mind, don't confuse me with the facts" could well have been said by an INTJ on a mission. Sensing's extraverted attitude is evident in this type's bent to savor sensations rather than to merely categorize them. Indiscretions of indulgence are likely an expression of the unconscious vengeance of the inferior.

Famous INTJs:
Dan Aykroyd (The Blues Brothers)
Susan B. Anthony
Arthur Ashe, tennis champion
Augustus Caesar (Gaius Julius Caesar Octavianus)
Jane Austen (Pride and Prejudice)
William J. Bennett, "drug czar"
William F. Buckley, Jr.
Raymond Burr (Perry Mason, Ironsides)
Chevy Chase (Cornelius Crane) (Fletch)
Phil Donahue
Michael Dukakis, governor of Mass., 1988 U.S. Dem. pres. candidate
Greg Gumbel, television sportscaster
Hannibal, Carthaginian military leader
Veronica Hamel (Hill Street Blues)
Angela Lansbury (Murder, She Wrote)
Orel Leonard Hershiser, IV
Peter Jennings
Charles Everett Koop
Ivan Lendl
C. S. Lewis (The Chronicles of Narnia)
Joan Lunden
Edwin Moses, U.S. olympian (hurdles)
Martina Navratilova
Charles Rangel, U. S. Representative, D-N.Y.
Pernell Roberts (Bonanza)
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Governor of California
Josephine Tey (Elizabeth Mackintosh), mystery writer (Brat Farrar)
Rudy Giuliani, former New York City mayor
Donald Rumsfeld, US Secretary of Defense
General Colin Powell, US Secretary of State
Lance Armstrong
Richard Gere (Pretty Woman)
Katie Couric

U.S. Presidents:
Chester A. Arthur
Calvin Coolidge
Thomas Jefferson
John F. Kennedy
James K. Polk
Woodrow Wilson
Cassius (Julius Caesar)
Mr. Darcy (Pride and Prejudice)
Gandalf the Grey (J. R. R. Tolkein's Middle Earth books)
Hannibal Lecter (Silence of the Lambs)
Professor Moriarty, Sherlock Holmes' nemesis
Ensign Ro (Star Trek--the Next Generation)
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern (Hamlet)
George Smiley, John le Carre's master spy
Clarice Starling (Silence of the Lambs)

One of those personality tests...

Demeanor (You're Moderately Alpha)
Demeanor is really all about confidence in this case and confidence is a strong measure of a person's mating selectivity. This also provides a natural predictive agent for determining if two people may find each other suitable for dating. Someone with strong confidence is said to be Alpha, whereas someone less confident and perhaps more timid would be referred to as Beta. An individual who is a strong Alpha may feel bored and unchallenged by a more timid and unsure Beta. Conversely, a Beta may feel insecure about the faithfulness of an Alpha, particularly if they show any signs of boredom or discontent.

Sociability (You're Moderately Reserved)
A person who is highly sociable is said to be Outgoing, whereas someone more quiet and withdrawn is said to be reserved. An Outgoing person thrives on social activity and will be bored having to focus on a solitary activity for too long. A reserved individual on the other hand thrives in solitude and actually feels overwhelmed by excessive social activity and excitement. What may be exciting for one might cause anxiety and stress in another - one may prefer to spend Saturday night at a club while another may prefer a good book and a coffee shop.

Perception (You're Moderately Imaginative)
How does one perceive the World around them? The Factual person tends to accept the World that is given to them and spends their life optimizing the details within a given framework (a realist), whereas an Imaginative person spends their life redefining the framework itself (an idealist). In life, a Factual person would tend to be more conservative. They may tend to practice conservative politics, have a more traditional job, and are more likely to practice a formal organized religion. An Imaginative individual would tend to question authority, practice progressive politics, would tend toward creative or philosophical occupations, and would more commonly identify with being spiritual rather than practicing a specific organized religion.

Rationale (You're Moderately Logical)
While Perception dealt with how a person takes in information from the World around them (Induction), Rationale is about how decisions are made by processing that information to arrive at a conclusion based on that information (deduction). A Logical person would make lists and charts and come to an objective conclusion, usually as a part of a larger strategy for how they approach life. An emotional person would tend to base it on their feelings such as empathy, joy, or anger. A strongly logical decision-maker is often thought to be decisive but cold and calculative, whereas a strongly emotional decision maker is often said to be spontaneous, albeit unreasonable at times.

Lifestyle (Slightly Driven)
How does an individual live their day to day life? A person who is highly driven often has the inclination to sacrifice today in order to improve tomorrow, while a contented person tends to live in the moment. For example, a strong Driven person may work a lot and may save or invest their money with an eye on their 20 year plan. A Contented person on the other hand may be more inclined to take a lesser-paying job they enjoy and not worry as much about retirement, college funds, etc.

Seems I'm moderate.
I think I feel slightly insulted. But I'm not

Would you rather?

(Picture By Miah La Forest)


Be 4'1 or 7'​9"​?​
I'm already short, so bring it on...

Live witho​ut music​ or live witho​ut T.V.

Without tv!

Eat a bar of soap or drink​ a bottl​e of dishw​ashin​g liqui​d?​
Um, really? Seems that a bottle of liquid would be easier to swallow...

Be calle​d a racis​t or a trait​or to your count​ry?​
I'd rather be a traitor.

Lose your legs or lose your arms?​
My legs. I'd hate to never be able to hold my babies again.

Have a beaut​iful house​ and ugly car or an ugly house​ and beaut​iful car?
Who cares about a car? I'd rather have the nice house!

Be blind​ or deaf?​
I actually am mostly deaf anyway, so lets go with that one!

Live in Antar​ctica​ or Death​ Valle​y?​
Death valley. I hate cold.

In a fire,​ save a sibli​ng or a stran​ger?​
It would totally depend on several things. Who is closer, who can I carry, is one of them unconsious? Nah, forget that, I'd save my Bub.

Be spank​ed or be put on a restr​ictio​n (on your favor​ite thing​ to do)?
LOL Spanked. (insert rude comment here)

Eat sushi​ or liver​?​
Well, lets see...Raw nasty, or cooked nasty? I'd go for liver. Where's the A1?

Have 3 eyes or webbe​d feet?​
Three eyes might be handy.

Meet the presi​dent of the U.S.

or Billy​ Graha​m?​
Even if we are still talking about Bush, I'd rather meet him. ick, Billy Graham?

Find true love or 1 milli​on dolla​rs?​
I have the love thing already,

Alway​s have to say every​thing​ on your mind or never​ speak​ again​?​
Ooh. I can't live with out talking. I usually say what I think anyway, unless what I think will REALLY hurt someone...(darn my tact LOLOLOLOLOL)

Be gossi​pped about​ or never​ talke​d about​ at all?
Never talked about.

Have stars​ in your eyes or eyes in the back of your head?​
For sure, eyes in the back of my head. What good do stars do me?

Have x-​ray visio​n or bioni​c heari​ng?​
I think I'd rather have x-ray vision. Unless I have the ability to turn the power off at will, then I'd rather have the hearing. Last thing I need is to be able to hear my kids chewing from even farther away!

Be able to hear any conve​rsati​on or take back anyth​ing you say?
I'd rather take back anything I say. I could care less about hearing everyone else, but to take back some of those stupid things that you say in the moment then agonize over later...that's priceless!

End hunge​r or hatre​d?​
Hunger. Why do people care so much about what other people think?

Publi​sh your diary​ or make a movie​ on your most embar​rassi​ng momen​t?​
yikes. Publish the diary that I tell secrets in? NO WAY. I can't even think of what my most embarrassing moment lets make a really boring movie!

Get caugh​t singi​ng in the mirro​r or spyin​g on your crush​?​
Spying. Why not?

Be a dog named​ Kille​r or a cat named​ Fluff​y?​ Rather be a dog!

Be stran​ded on an islan​d alone​ or with someo​ne you hate?​
Alone. If I'm left alone with the person I hate, I'd kill her the second I confirm we are alone, then lie about what happened to her later. IF I let myself get rescued.

Get even or get over it?
I like getting even. I can't help it. I'm not a christian, so I don't have to worry about the guilt.

Alway​s lose or never​ play?​
Never play.

Be force​d to tell your best frien​d a lie or tell your paren​ts the truth​?​
I'm not really concerned with truths. I'd rather not lie if I don't have to.

Know it all or have it all?
Know it all!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Alway​s get first​ dibs or the last laugh​?​
Last laugh

Give bad advic​e or take bad advic​e?​
Give bad advice. They don't have to TAKE it.

Have sand in your short​s or water​ in your ear?
Sand in the shorts. ( I have tubes in my ears..that HURTS!)

Forge​t your sunsc​reen or your sungl​asses​?​

Kiss a jelly​fish or step on a crab?​
Kiss the TOP of the Jellyfish!

Own a ski lodge​ or a surf camp?​
Surf camp. As long as I don't have to wear the bathing suit!

Forge​t who you were or who every​one else was?
Forget who I am. I can reinvent myself.

Have one wish grant​ed today​ or three​ wishe​s grant​ed in 10 years​?​
Three in Ten. It'd take me that long to come up with good ones anyway.

Give up your compu​ter or your pet?

Be the sand castl​e or the wave?​
The wave

Overt​hrow a dicta​torsh​ip or lead one?

Write​ the worst​ book in histo​ry or recor​d the worst​ song in histo​ry?​
Worst book. It'd be forgotten soon enough. People still talk about William Hong

Get free choco​late for one year or free potat​oes forev​er?​

Have half days every​day or no work forev​er?​
Half days. I'd go nuts without something to do.

Wear all pink or all purpl​e to work?​

Take a math test or do a lab in scien​ce?​
Lab in science!!

Have a mansi​on in the middl​e of nowhe​re or an apart​ment with 10 frien​ds?​
Middl​e of nowhe​re, for sure!

Be a deep sea diver​ or an astro​naut?​
Now that's actually a hard question. I have no idea.

Bake cooki​es in cooki​ng class​ or do art proje​cts in art class​?​
I like both, but I think I'd go for Art class.

Run the mile or give a speec​h for Engli​sh?​

Have a pie-​eatin​g conte​st or a wheel​barro​w race?​
*SIGH* wheelbarrow race. I guess.

Have a big group​ of frien​ds or one very close​ frien​d?​
One very close. One good friend is better than a million bad ones.

Not be able to talk or hear for one day?

Be nervo​us but excit​ed or relax​ed but bored​?​

Wear a schoo​l unifo​rm or last year'​s Hallo​ween costu​me?​
Maybe the school uniform WAS last years costume. lol

Spend​ the day surfi​ng the inter​net or the ocean​?​

Be an actre​ss/​actor​ in a big movie​ or the direc​tor?​

Have an ugly,​ loyal​ dog or a prize​-​winni​ng,​ snobb​y cat?
Loyal doggie

Be a profe​ssion​al baseb​all playe​r or a champ​ion horse​ breed​er?​
Horse breeder.

Be saved​ by Super​man or meet Winni​e the Pooh?​
Saved​ by super​man.

Go to an amuse​ment park or to a famil​y reuni​on?​
A family reunion IS an amusement park. lololol

Have a kanga​roo or koala​ as your pet?
Koala. Kanga kicks.

Be rich with an unhap​py job or make less money​ with a job you like?​
LESS money

Not be able to use your phone​ or your e-​mail?​

Snowb​oard in the winte​r or swim in the summe​r?​
Swim in the summer

Pick your own nose or someo​ne else'​s?​
ew. My own, if I have to pick. lol

Be a tree or live in a tree?​
Live in a tree.

Write​ a myste​ry or a poem?​

Meet an alien​ visit​or or trave​l to outer​ space​?​
Meet an alien from outer space.

Be forgo​tten or hatef​ully remem​bered​?​
Be forgotten...on secong thought, why would I care either way?

It's all routine!

5:30 am Beyonce' wakes me up, I roll over and tap Jay on the small of his back to make sure he heard the clock radio start.
6:00 am I open one eye remembering that I forgot to set the second alarm for myself, I hear Jay walk out the front door for PT.
6:10 am Seems like a long time has passed, I open one eye to check the time. I need to wake up at 6:20 to get the girls rolling. I roll my eyes. It's only been 10 minutes!
6:15 am Holy cow, this isn't funny.
6:20 am **Snooze**
6:30 am Well, crap.

So, this morning I woke up to start the day without Jay next to me for the first time in a month, and it sucked a little. This is the part that starts off a little roughly. The morning schedule. I may have complained about this before, but in the morning I get up earlier than I used to b/c Laurel needs to be at the middle school about an hour before Miah needs to be at hers. We all rush to get ready, and I drive Laurel to school. Miah and I drive back home and sit for an hour (watching Craig Ferguson, or GMA) and then I drive Miah to her school and walk her to her classroom so she doesn't wander off to the lunchroom, or to gossip with all of the teachers she seems to be friends with. My fervent hope for the past several months has been that when Jay got home from PT in the morning he would be able to take Miah in on his way back to work. If today is any indication, that is NOT going to happen! I waited for him to see what time he'd come rolling in, and it's right about the time that Miah needs to be walking out the door, so it looks like I'm stuck with double driving duty. All this, mind you to keep our kids off the school bus because 1. They come by the house at crazy and unreasonable times (and WHY would I be up at 5am for Laurel to get on the bus??) and 2. I used to ride the school bus. I know what sorts of things go on on those peer pressure traps, and MY kids aren't going to learn the things I learned via bus rides!! Trust me, it's worth it.

Jay and I have awesome news...We were able to pick up his orders for Fort Gordon, so we have the dates for packing set in stone (army stone, though) We have been kicking around ideas for plans. I don't want to move down to Gordon without him, but the house is officially ours Feb. 1st. I hate the idea of leaving him here to clear housing alone (such stress!) and to tell you the truth the thought of a month and a half without him makes me feel ill. So I think we are going to pay double rent one month, and suck it up.
I am just a smidge freaked out about the movers touching all my stuff! I keep adding to the pile of things I want to move myself. My van is going to be stuffed to the gills!
The one thing we do know is that the on post guest housing does NOT allow dogs, so I have to drive up to mom's a couple of days before the movers come to drop Dobby off, so that we can be here to clean out the house and clear post, and not have to pay for Doggy day care. Even as small as she is, it'll cost $50.00 a day for a kennel of decent repute, which by the way is the same price for a night at guest housing for my whole family! YIKES!
So, I'm excited, nervous, and antsy. And gees, is my house ever quiet....I'm alone!

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Going stir crazy!

Limbo is a stinky place to be sitting. We have the house all ready to go, and I am constantly decorating in my head. This room will do this...this table will go here...
However, in true army fashion, it's taking forever for him to get his orders in hand! We can't make any solid plans until we have those orders, b/c the transportation office needs them to set up our move! I figure we will be completely moved in before March 15th, but other than that I have no clue what is going on. Also, do you have any idea how hard it is to stick to your routine, get housework done, and remember to write in your blog when there is this perfectly good husband going to waste in front of the tv? I keep thinking that I SHOULD be cleaning something or folding clothes....but I really want to keep cuddling on the couch with Jay. I know I'll get tired of him eventually, but that's not happening any time soon. (maybe he is bugging a little bit about the diet though...a guy just back from Iraq does not want salad and couscous for lunch hehehe)
Not too much to talk about really. School started again yesterday, and the kids and I fell right back in to that routine, we tossed out our huge couch and bought a day bed/chaise instead (which I LOVE) and we packed up a TON of stuff for Goodwill, to include a couple of large boxes of books (OUCH) but seeing as I have this Kindle, why should I keep any of the books that are not 1) first editions, or 2) Previously belonging to my father? It still hurt to watch them walk out the door though!
The only truly interesting thing that happened to me during the past couple of weeks was that I go drunk for the very first time on New Years (yes, I'm 29, and I've been tipsy before, just not drunk. To be clear, I was STUPID drunk)
I spent the entire next day throwing up and seriously nausious. My resolution: Never again!
The only good thing about that night was that for the first time since I was dating Brandon Parnell in Highschool, I got kissed at midnight. EVERY single year since Jay has been out of town, out of state, or out of the country. I barley remember the kiss. But I do remember that Jay took such wonderful care of me that night and then the next day. I'd say that makes him just wonderful as a husband, BUT he's the one that kept pouring the vodka.....
Guilty much?