Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Years Eve!

Wow.  I can't believe I have been writing this blog for a year now!

I had to publish my last blog of the year, since I'm at the one year anniversary.  How crazy it is to think that a year ago Jesse and I had so much ahead of us...  Driving/Moving to Georgia, BOLC II, IBOLC, lots of friends, new place to live, new areas to explore, and lots of new adventures.

So much has happened to us, both good and bad, and a year ago I would have never thought that I was going to be on my own the following New Year's Eve.  I have to say though, every day of 2009 has been a great learning experience, I am grateful for every day of it.  I would not have thought a year ago I would be the person that I am now - all the knowledge I have along with the strength to carry on.  It's quite an amazing thing.

I hope you all have a safe and happy New Years celebration, and Happy New Years to my husband serving his country, where it is already New Years Day.  Here's to a great year to come!

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Leave, Flowers, The House, and More

I'm sorry my motivation for blogging is lacking right now!

I talked to Jesse last night and this morning.... I'm not quite sure what my problem is but I have been going through this phase where I just want him to come home.  I am completely aware of how irrational my thoughts are, but that is how I am feeling.  Jesse says that he's probably going to get leave, but again nothing is set.  We're not making any solid plans of course, but we are discussing some fun stuff to do.  Right now it looks like we'll be making a trip out to Ocean Shores, so I'm excited.

Today was my day off so mom and I went out to the house.  I don't think I had been there since before Christmas.  I really really need to get things together, but still haven't found the screws to my bed.  My father is also still working, so I don't really have anyone to help me put big things together.  We did unpack a lot of clothes (mostly stuff on hangers), and decided where furniture is going to be arranged.  I'm going to also need to set up the TV, get cable, phone, and internet set up.  I will also have to get all the stuff in line to put up a fence for the dog.

Yesterday I received a dozen red roses along with six calla lilies from Jesse.  They are very nice and very pretty.  The day before that I received a rug from him, complete with misspelled words!  It's pretty obvious that the people around the area do not have a lot of education, especially since they can't even spell their country's name correctly.  Oh well I guess, it still is an interesting piece to have in the house.  I have one more package on the way, which I'm excited about too.

My birthday is right around the corner (I know it's not January yet) and Jesse and I have picked out my birthday/Valentine's Day gift, which I am super excited about!  It's a pendant from Kay's.  SO excited :)

Tomorrow I work, but I'm not going to get completely stressed out this time if I don't get out on time.  Besides that I highly doubt we're going to have a lot of business, with everyone's New Year's festivities. I am very excited for the new year, 2010 is going to bring many more fun things!  Have a safe New Year's Eve!

Monday, December 28, 2009

Week of Christmas

I feel like it's long overdue, so I wanted to write a blog!

The last couple weeks have been crazy!  I've tried my best to be positive, but I feel as though many things were working against me.  I did get through it though, with some bumps along the way.

Christmas Eve was good, I worked until closing time.  Go figure that the mall closed at 6, and we didn't get out of the store until 7:15.  I don't remember it being that bad ever in the history of working for the jewelry store.  I got home, not doing much until dinner time.  Mom made king crab and steak for dinner along with potatoes, green beans, and watergate salad.  I would've loved Jesse to be there.... But know he wouldn't have liked the surf and turf ;)  I stayed up to two AM wrapping presents and talking to Jesse.  Exhausted, I went to bed.

Christmas morning I got up and talked to Jesse again, he wasn't having a super busy day since it was still Christmas day there.  The family and I got up and unwrapped presents, ate breakfast, and got ready for the day.  We went to a friend's house, ate, listened to some karaoke, and came home.  We finished up our stockings, lounged around, and went to bed.

The day after Christmas mom, Taylor, and I went to the mall.  I think it was busier that I ever thought it was during Christmas, parking was horrible!  I hit up American Eagle (they always have jean sales after Christmas), got a couple of shirts, and got Jesse a couple of things also.  We also looked at Target, which was very busy.  We left, went out to a shoe store (I found some super cute zebra print heels) and went to another Target (I know we're crazy).  We went and got dinner then came home.

Sunday I worked, we were busy but not horrible.  But again, for closing at 7:00, we got out at 8:15.  I don't know why this keeps happening, but I don't close again until New Year's Eve, and I don't think we're going to have a ton of people wanting to buy jewelry.  Other than that my plans for the holiday are quiet, which to be honest I really don't mind!

Jesse is doing well, he had a good Christmas full of food, Christmas stockings from Operation Support Our Troops (OSOT), and relaxation.  I know that it is still not home, but it wasn't horrible.  We are thinking at this point in time Jesse will get leave, sometime in the springtime.

My next goals are getting our house in order, Jesse's Valentine's Day Care package (why don't people have their Valentine's Day stuff out yet?? lol), and then leave plans when he knows a date.  I also want to enroll Stryker in Petsmart classes, something I hope to look into on my next day off.

Other than that, all is well.  I'll keep you all updated on our life happenings, even as I know things will probably slow down as we get into the new year!

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Friday, December 25, 2009

Happy Holidays

Jesse and His Platoon

I know I've been behind on updates and photos, but I will get some more stuff up soon!  This weekend will likely still be hectic, and to be honest any down time that I can get I probably won't be doing this.  So, come next week when I get a day off I will post photos.  Stay tuned!

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays to all of you, Jesse and I wish you all the best!

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Six More Days!

Six more days until Christmas, and the malls have escalated into madness!

That is all I'm gonna say!  I worked all morning until three in the afternoon then came home.  I had some hot cocoa, watched holiday youtube videos with my father, and ate some cookies that mom made.  She made what is called "Hoosier Bars" and I know Jesse loves them.  I think that after the holiday, I will make him some and send some to him.  Hopefully by then he's not cookied out.

Taylor and I went by the grocery store and got some soup (I got tomato, he got chicken curry.... See how different we are?) and I ran into someone I used to work with at Michaels who I had lost contact with over the last couple of years!  It was good to see her.  We ate dinner and now I'm watching a Muppet Christmas.  I don't really want to, but don't know what else is on.

I'm thinking I'm going to try and write Jesse a letter a day for this week.  Probably in the mornings since I work evenings... It helps him and it just so happens to help me get rid of my holiday stamps!  Well those aren't the only reasons, but ya know!

That is all for now!  I know I don't have much going on or much to say, but will try and update with something much more interesting soon!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Care Packages, Dad's New Job, and Craziness!

So today I got up early, talked to my hubby, fed my dog, gave him his pill, and showered.  I ordered photos to send to Jesse then dad, Taylor, and I went out to run some errands.  I picked up the photos from Walgreens (LOVE one hour photo processing after ordering online), then went to Freddies.  Dad got some more stocking stuffers for mom, we grabbed a coffee, made a trip to the bank and to Salvation Army, then headed home.

When we got home I ate some lunch, and started to bake some cookies for Jesse.  He likes mint chocolate, so I got him mint chocolate cookies!  I also got him some peanut butter frangos, which I included in the package.  I had so much stuff that I had to send him two.  I then sent two other packages to two other people, thank goodness the line wasn't too long at PostNet!  I enjoy going there over the post office -- lines are shorter and people are a bit nicer.  I'm starting to realize they know who I am, so I'm sure I'll be on a first name basis soon with that husband of mine gone!

Other than that, I really haven't done much.  I know that I should go out to the house, but I don't think that's going to happen in the near future!  Maybe the day after Christmas, I guess.

I know I've said it before, but I work the next six days straight.  So if you're going out doing last minute shopping, please be kind to those around you!  I know it can be stressful battling through the parking lots and down aisles, but it makes all the difference for the people who help you!

On Jesse's front, he said he had a good day yesterday, which is nice to hear.  I think he's going to be pretty busy this next week, so combined with my schedule I'm not sure how often we're going to be able to talk.  At least I can sleep in most days I work!

Speaking of jobs, dad got a new job.  It probably won't be a lengthy job, but the company he worked for previously hand picked him to work with them again.  He's pretty excited about that, and that he might get a much better job come January from this same company.

I hope you all received/will be receiving our Christmas cards.  PLEASE tell me if you want one and don't have one!

Thursday, December 17, 2009


I wanted to write quick note!  If you would like to send photos to Jesse while he's overseas that would be great.  I think he's sort of trying to "decorate" his space, so photos are welcome.  Please don't send him anything that you wouldn't want him to throw away at the end of his tour.

Other than that things are good!  I'm enjoying the time I have with the family!  Tomorrow's my day off, and I'm planning on sleeping, sending Jesse a package, and being lazy.  After tomorrow I don't get a day off until Christmas!

Enjoy your weekend, it is the second busiest shopping weekend of the year!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009


Today I headed off to work in the AM, working a half shift.  Boy do those go by fast!  I gave almost half of my hours away this to my co-worker and friend (last week was supposed to be her last week) so I've had my afternoons completely free.  I've definitely been using the time, shopping, shopping, and shopping.  I am in and out and on with it all.  I have decided if I'm not 100% by the end of the day friday, that is it.  Nothing else is going to be bought and given.  Next week will be work and Christmas oriented.  Christmas dinner shopping, cookie baking, and spending time with family.  No more going out to the stores!

Today my brother came home from Seattle and is going to be home for the next couple of weeks at least.  He was funny because he was asking about slow cooker recipes (mom and dad got him a crock pot for his birthday) and he has been using it a lot, which is great.

Other than that Jesse hasn't had a lot of new things happening to him -- he has had plenty of adventures though -- I will post photos of those sometime here soon.  Other than that he has pretty relaxed days (it seems that way at least) and sees a friend from ROTC he knows every so often.  Just don't talk to him when it's really late there.  He's a little cranky!

Other than that, things are good.  Tomorrow is Thursday and it's almost a week until Christmas.  I know that next week should be one of the most interesting....

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Cookies, Crackers, and Starburst

I thought that would make for an interesting blog title!  These are things going into Jesse's next care package.  I'm baking him some cookies (I bought premade dough with chocolate and mint chips), including some triscuts or wheat thins, and some new Starburst I saw today at the store.  It'll be a small package with a card.  I will probably mail the package friday, Jesse of course won't get the package before Christmas, but a fun package nonetheless.  I'm thinking he'd probably rather omit the cookies... But what he doesn't know won't hurt him!

Last night I came home from the coffee, was on the computer, and talked to my dad for a while.  Before I knew it, it was midnight... And I laid down to go to bed.  Not even five minutes later Jesse e-mailed me to talk to him.  So I got online and spoke with him for about an hour, went to bed and got up at six.  So, right now I'm pretty sleepy, but pushing along nonetheless.

I stopped and picked up some stocking stuffers and maneuvered myself out of the Tacoma Mall parking lot.  How come EVERYONE waits until the last minute to shop?  It was INSANE.  I don't understand sometimes... I understand that people are going to be finishing up college classes and getting out of school for winter break and will need to go shopping... But do people really enjoy the craziness in these parking lots and stuff?  I don't get it!  Yes, I do realize I am still doing some shopping....  But at least I don't have a lot to do and won't be wasting all my time at the mall!

I got some dinner (soup) on the way home, called the vet clinic, and arrived at home.  I'm feeling the five hours of sleep last night, but still have to make sure I get those pills from the vet (if possible) today.  I also want to try and get some things from a store -- possibly WalMart -- and get a couple more things.  All I can think of is sleep right now!  I better get off my behind and do something!

Monday, December 14, 2009

First FRG Coffee

Obviously I had more going on than my first FRG coffee today (for those who don't know the acronym for FRG yet ;) = Family Readiness Group), but it definitely was a highlight of my day!  But, I will start from the beginning.

This morning I reluctantly got up (I think this is going to be a pattern until after Christmas) and got an e-mail from Jesse to talk.  I fed Stryker, had mom give him his pill, and talked to Jesse for a little bit.  Nothing it too new for Jesse, he has had a couple of adventures, but he's still having a little bit of a rough time.  I still believe that much of this is just transitioning.  And to be honest, his day could've been worse.  We then compared schedules, and realized that we won't be able to speak to each other much today or tomorrow.  Still, we will probably talk once a day at least - which is still much more than what my fellow wives of 2-1 get.

Then, my dad took the dogs out, and I waited around for him to finish up.  We took a trip out to the house, the PX, and clothing and sales.  I picked up a few things, headed home to drop off dad, and then went to Target.  I got a white elephant gift for the coffee, some stocking stuffers, some lunch, and headed home.  I ate, went back out to the store, picked up a couple more gifts, met up with my parents, and then headed home to get ready for the coffee.

The coffee was probably the highlight of my day, I met quite a few Army wives from Jesse's battalion.  It was a battalion coffee, all wives of E7's and above.  One piece of good news:  Jesse's battalion is NOT going to be extended.  It has been brought up by quite a few people since the last surge involved giving our troops an extra three months overseas.  This will not happen.  Trust me, it comes from pretty high up!  Also there are a lot of groups doing great things for our troops, one of which organized for EVERY soldier of Jesse's battalion to get a stocking full of goodies this year.  Soldiers are also getting banners and stuff from home via the battalion commander.  There are a lot of great things going on for everyone!

Jesse also tells me that a soldier's girlfriend in his platoon organized a huge cookie baking party and is sending the platoon (of 7 mind you) 100 pounds of cookies.  WOW.  I hope that they can consume them all before they go bad!

If I think of anything I haven't mentioned I will mention it later!

10 days until Christmas!  Still can't wait for it all to be over!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Ugh, the holidays!

So this morning I woke up to my alarm and groaned.  I really didn't want to get up this morning and face the week ahead.  I had to get up though - Stryker needed his food and his pills. Then  Jesse e-mailed me and wanted to talk online, so I talked to him for a little while before he went to bed.  He has a PT test in the morning - I hope that it goes well, he hasn't done really good PT since we were in Georgia and going to Ranger school.

When I was off the computer we (me and the 'rents) looked at the paper.  I don't know what it is but this year I don't see anything I would like to have for Christmas.  This year it's just not interesting to me.  Most things on my Christmas list are things that are every day types of things, no clothes, pajamas, or stuff like that.  Maybe next year.   I am going to go out and by the Hangover (maybe Tuesday?) - my brother and dad haven't seen it yet so that make for a good movie night sometime this week.  We (dad did actually help) also figured out what we want to do for Christmas Eve and Christmas Dinners.  I told mom that I will go with to buy some food (since they're on a tighter budget this year) and pitch in where need be.

I have the day off tomorrow and have a few major things on my list to do.  I have to get Stryker a new dosage of pills.  They are working quite well, his hair seems to be growing back more and more on his nose.  I will take a picture of him soon to post.  I REALLY want to finish my Christmas shopping tomorrow.  I figured out that I am probably pretty much done with my brother and father, just have to finish up stuff with my mom.  Dad and I are going to probably go to the PX tomorrow along with a trip to the hardware store.  I know that he wants to look for some stuff for mom at the PX, and we have to get some hardware for my furniture.  It may not be a bad idea to look for some stocking stuffers while we are there, too.  Oh, and I have my first Charlie Company FRG coffee tomorrow!

The three days following that I am going to be working -- still hopefully short shifts -- with a day off on friday (my brother comes home wednesday - I think my dad wants me to be his shopping buddy so that he doesn't have to go out in all of the madness!).  Then I have six straight eight hour days following that until Christmas.  All closing shifts which, the week for Christmas, is 11:30.  Yes, I work part time and I'm working 41 hours that week.  Uck.

Things will start to settle down the closer we get to January, and I plan on getting the house situated some more.  Then I have to plan for the Valentine's Day care package.  I know, one thing at a time, but I'm keeping myself occupied for sure!  Not to mention I plan on getting up at noon on Christmas, I think I'll need the extra sleep (unless Jesse calls me of course).  My family normally just lounges around in their pajamas all day anyway.  I am really excited about Christmas dinner because we're going to be doing crab legs.  Jesse hates seafood so I thought it would be an opportune time!

Other than that, I will likely write more tomorrow.  I need to get off my behind and get myself ready for work sometime here.  It's a late one tonight - I work until 10:30 on a sunday night.  I don't really understand that... Most people work monday through friday and have to get up early, right?  Ugh, the holidays!

I will try and be more positive soon, lol.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Busy Saturday

I am going to try and make this decently short because I feel sort of tired!

This morning I went to the airport and got to see a familiar face!  My friend Cherie, who we met in Georgia, had a layover here in Seattle before she headed up to Alaska (where her husband is currently stationed).  Here is a photo of us:
It was great to see her, gave me a little inclination to head up north for a small trip.  I think it would be fun to at least visit Alaska... Maybe see if I thought it would be interesting to live there?  Nonetheless it was good to catch up over some breakfast!

It seems as though "busy" is in the vocabulary a lot more this time of year, and I'm trying to keep truckin!  I'm not one to go Christmas shopping on weekends (hating the craziness at the malls), so I stuck  to other Christmas-like things.  I mailed out ALL of the Christmas cards today.  If you don't get one and you want one, PLEASE let me know.  I have a ton of them, ha.  I also sent out photos of Jesse that he got professionally done before he left.  He told me exactly where he wanted the photos to go, so I finally got them in the mail today.  It feels good not to have those to worry about.

We went to the house this afternoon (I made a trip to clothing and sales, along with the PX) and opened a couple of boxes.  Dad is well on his way putting much of my furniture together, I know that it would help a LOT more if we could find all the hardware we need for the bed and futon.  Dandy that we can't find anything - we're going to have to make a special trip to the hardware store and get screws - among other things.

We got home, ate, I talked to Jesse, and that was about it.  Jesse got a photo with Goldsworth, Doyle, and Rathman - all IBOLC guys that are currently serving overseas.  They all happened to be in the same spot at the same time, which is truly awesome because I know how nice it is for all of them to have each other!

That is all for now, enjoy your weekend!  Less than two weeks until Christmas.... Thank GOD!

Friday, December 11, 2009

Here Comes the Weekend

Thank goodness there are only two more weeks until Christmas.  I am SO counting down until all this craziness is over!

I tried to get my Christmas shopping done today, to no avail.  I got the shopping done for my brother, and about half of the shopping done for my parents.  I went to the mall, then Costco (meeting up with my parents, getting a mocha for $1, and getting a new Costco card!), then off to Target.  Then at Target I ran into my parents.  Thank goodness that they didn't get anything for me and I them, because we would've seen everything!  Then I went to Fred Meyer, where I ran into a friend from Fort Benning.  We had been meaning to get together for quite awhile, but couldn't get our schedules straight.  We had a nice chat, and went our separate ways.  I picked up some things for Jesse's care package (which I plan on mailing next week) and then left.  I was at home for just a little while and we went out for some Mexican food.  On the way home Jesse called.  I talked to him for about 40 minutes, and then let him go.

Jesse says that he gave a brief to his platoon today.  It is now, officially, his platoon.  He missed a couple of things in the brief, but I'm sure he will have everything perfected in no time.  Jesse told his company commander that he was sorry that he wasn't extremely confident in his briefing and his commander told him that he had "no doubt" that he would do "great things for this platoon."  Jesse's reaction to me was "wasn't that nice of him?"  That was a very nice comment, and optimistic - great for Jesse to hear to give him a little bit more confidence.  It's great to know that someone else thinks what we've known the whole time :)

Other than that he's going to a bazaar today, I told him to buy me something.... We'll see how that goes!  I thought that it would be fun to have something a little bit different.... And it could serve as a great Christmas present (which he, out of the blue, told me he wanted to do something for me for the holiday).

Tomorrow I'm getting up early to meet a friend at the airport, then going out to the new house, dropping up some stuff, sending my Christmas cards out, and making a stop at the PX.  Hopefully I will get everything done tomorrow!

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Valentine's Day

Yeah, I know I'm early on this one.... I know you are probably wondering why I'm bring it up!  Well, much of my life involves thinking ahead while not making any solid plans and expecting everything to change.  Ha.

So, I am thinking about Valentine's Day, mainly because I am going to send Jesse a Valentine's Day care package.  And, I have to think ahead.... About 2 weeks to get his care package... And however long it's going to take to get everything together.... And all the stickers and stuff I'm going to decorate with... And the Valentine's Day card....  And however long it's going to take me to get it all done.  Well, you get the picture.

I'm sure I'll take photos because well, that's what I seem to do!  That reminds me that I need to start a photo album for December.  Now only if I had something to take pictures of!

Anyway, thanks for stopping by the blog today.  I realized that I don't really say that very often.  Thank you for reading!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Christmas Cards

Jesse's Cat Spuz, helping with Christmas cards

My first round of Christmas cards should be going out sometime tomorrow!
Expect to see yours in the mail soon.
If you want one, and didn't get one, please e-mail me!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Jesse's New Location

Since Jesse has a new address and a new location, I wanted to tell you all about it!  If you look up his location (which is right after the "FOB" in his address, it is an actual city) you can see where it is on a map.  He is going to be a platoon leader of a MGS, or a Multiple Gun System platoon.  It is an armor platoon (they are tankers), not an infantry platoon.  There are eleven soldiers in his platoon, not like the thirty plus he would be overseeing if he was in an infantry platoon.  It seems as though he has been getting along with the company commander and his platoon sergeant.  He hopes that he will be getting leave which he might get as long as they don't move him again.  We will have to wait that out and see though.

The highways that they travel seem to be safer than other roads that some stryker units travel on because they are overseen by the Afghan militia.  Where he is at he does have good access to a PX and can get most of the supplies that he needs.

I know in his care packages he doesn't want to have a lot of junk food, and he doesn't normally like too much of one thing.  If you have any questions of things to send him, please let me know!

Monday, December 7, 2009

Moving Day & Calming Down


We have everything moved, notice given to our storage unit, and three boxes unpacked!  We got everything done in about seven hours, with two trips to Fort Lewis and back.  Jesse's mom came down along with family friends Mark, Laurie, Bob, and Daniel.  My friends Stacy and Alan along with Alan's parents Bob and Luann came to help out.  They were all great and worked hard!

Today I decided to take a little bit of a break.  I talked to Jesse via Skype this morning, called and spoke to my friend Katie (who is currently stationed in New York), and we went out to both the hardware store and Costco.  I have a few more hurdles to get over before I can be completely settled in the house, but the hardest things have been taken care of.  We went to Costco and I picked up a magazine which I think is awesome:  Food Network's December issue.  They have great food related gift ideas along with many many recipes - anything from cookies to crock pot cooking!  I have decided I'm going to cook my way through some cookbooks, and try and perfect my cooking before Jesse gets back home!

I will post some moving photos soon...  But not tonight!  If you haven't received Jesse's address overseas, please let me know (at and I will e-mail it to you!

Have a great week!

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Really, really ridiculously good looking...

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That was a line made famous by Zoolander, a character Jesse seems to idol at times...  But I had to say it!  I just wanted to post a snippet of a photo of my husband on his adventures overseas.  I have decided that next Christmas we're going to some Christmassy things.  'Now, why not do it now?' you might ask and the answer is simple:  I work in retail.  Retail and Christmas can be so hectic that you don't really get a time to do much of anything, let along enjoy the holiday.  I basically have one week -- next week -- to do all of my Christmas shopping.  After that, I'm not venturing out again unless it is to go to the Tacoma Mall to work.

I'm getting off track here, so back on to next year.  Jesse will be home, and we'll be able to do lots of stuff!  There is this train that takes you to Leavenworth, Washington for a day trip to see the tree lighting there.  Normally there is snow, and the bavarian town is absolutely beautiful.  I've never seen Leavenworth in the winter, and would love to do that.

Another thing that I would love to do is go to Illwaco, Washington (one of the most southwestern most towns in the state) and see what they do down there.  One of the big local fish markets makes a tree out of crab pots and puts lights on it.  Then they have a "tree lighting" of sorts.  They also have a lighted boat parade too which just sounds fun!  I know they have some things similar to that in Tacoma (in regard to lighted boats) because we've seen them down on the waterfront for my birthday in January.  I know Jesse would be up for this tree lighting - his favorite artist has a gallery down on the water there.  I love that beach, there's something about it that's just beautiful!

Anyway, I am going to finish up here so I can get ready for work.... As much as I don't wanna go today!  It's cold outside which doesn't help either - and my dress coat is still in storage!  Oh well I guess!

Enjoy your weekend & here are some pics of the husband - I updated the album again.

Jesse Overseas

Friday, December 4, 2009

Welcome to Winter

So along with the shorter and shorter days, holiday hours are in effect.  Tomorrow I'm going to be working until 10:30, which means I won't be home until at least 11, and I have to get up early in the AM sunday to move.  Oh I am I going to be exhausted on monday! Not only that but it seems as though temperatures are having a hard time staying above forty degrees.  AND they're saying the word SNOW.  Oh no, please no snow.  Jesse and I drove allllllllll the way to Georgia in the wintertime, combine that with the crazy weather we had last winter in Washington, and all I can say is:  noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!

Other than that dad and I have been working hard to get the house in shape.  We went yesterday and today, doing some odds and ends.  We finally picked up all the rollers, brushes, drop cloths, etc... So we should be ready to go on Sunday!  I have the dog and cat registered on post, the u-haul rented, and grocery shopping done.  There's just a few things I have to get together and all that is left to do is move!

I really really hope tomorrow I will have an address to give you all.  Please keep visiting to check, I will keep you posted!

Stryker is doing SO much better!!  They changed his antibiotics, and his nose is doing much better!!  Now all I have to really worry about is his incision stitches healing, and he can start going on walks with the girls (my mom's dogs) again.

In all I have to say this is a much better week, and to be honest I can't wait for this week to be over!  I just want a day to relax, some time to go Christmas shopping, and start to unpack!  Along with that I am going to be able to see a friend from Georgia next weekend.  SO excited!

Have a great weekend all, I will try and update Sunday, but if I don't I will update monday!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Day Off... Well, sorta.

So today I woke up knowing that I didn't want to go to the new house.  I didn't want to think about getting the pets registered, going to a fire safety brief.  I didn't want to work, I didn't want to paint, I didn't want to drive, I didn't want to get out of bed.  I just wanted a day OFF.  Well, that's not going to happen.  At least completely.

I heard my dad get out of bed probably about eight o'clock, treading down the hallway.  I called him into my room (I didn't want to get out of bed) and told him we weren't going onto post today.  Not gonna happen.  Here I was, thinking that I could use a break, de-stress a little.  I don't know why, but left alone with my own thoughts I seem to get more stressed.  I tried to get back to sleep, but my mind was buzzing.  Maybe next time I guess.

We didn't go on post, nor did we do anything remotely with the house.  I went out to Fred Meyer, they have some deals on bookshelves which I wanted to look at.  I also ordered some of Jesse's promotion photos, I will add the album at the end of the blog.  Let me know if you would like me to e-mail you the photos to print as you would like.  I also met up with our friend Gillian, who gave me the beautiful wine glasses I ordered from her Southern Living party.  I might just take a photo to post for you all to see.  They're quite pretty.

I picked up a couple of things to put in Jesse's next care package.  I'm not sending him anything since he still will probably be moving.  And I'm finally squared away with 2-1's Charlie company, where Jesse is supposed to be going to.  I researched some stuff, and did some much needed errands, then went to work!

Oh if you've been trying to use Hooah Mail (which I'm guessing no one has because I haven't gotten an e-mail!) Jesse's unit isn't on there yet.  So, you'll probably want to hold off on that for a while too.

I hope everyone's having a good week.  I'm going to go have some ice cream!

Jesse Overseas

Tuesday, December 1, 2009


I cannot believe it's December!  Here comes the craziness.

I hate to say it, but working in retail can make you crazy.  Yesterday at work it wasn't too bad (I'm sure it was in part thanks to Monday Night Football), but I have to say I'm pretty happy about that!  My craziest week comes the week of Christmas which I work 40+ hours.  That and I'm closing both Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve.  Not great, but not bad either.  It would be a different story if Jesse was home.

There isn't a lot new on the home front.  Dad and I painted yesterday and will go back to paint tomorrow.  We should have everything done by the end of the week.  YAY!

It was confirmed today that Stryker really does have a VERY bad infection.  How the heck that happened I don't think we'll ever know.  They will tell us later about the biopsy results, but he will be put on a stronger antibiotic.  Pray that his nose goes back to normal!

I have nothing new to tell you all about Jesse today.  I'm hoping he's going to be at his new FOB soon!!  I will post photos that I get of him with his new rank.  It's a great thing, I just wish I was there to pin him.  Well, maybe not THERE.  More like him being HERE.  You know what I mean!

Have a great week!


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