Monday, November 28, 2011

Holiday weekend

This was a fantastically busy weekend and though I know I should be rested and refreshed today I don't really feel that way.  I do feel somewhat refreshed.

Friday I went to see my girlfriends from HS.  It's always great to catch up with them.  It's amazing how even though we don't see each other often it's as though no time has passed when we get together.  Now there are kids and husbands, too so it's just a good time.  The little ones are too cute and there's another on the way.  So excited!!

Saturday I went to a baby shower in the afternoon for the wife of one of the soldiers in Anthony's unit.  I drove down with my friend Michelle (her husband is deployed also) so it was an Army wife event.  We had a good time, got a chance to catch up on life and families.

Yesterday  morning I went for a walk with two of our favorite people, Jon and Lee Evan.  Jon performed our wedding ceremony and they're just great.  Yesterday was made even better because they are finally closing on a house they've been trying to buy for months!!!  So, in two weeks I'm going to head over and join the painting crew in the new house.  The new place seems great, just decorated in 1982 with NO change since then.  Picture lots of mirrors, pink and mint green paint....lovely!  I'm so excited for them and can't wait to see how cute it will be when they're all done.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!  I had a good day, starting with a run and ending with me on the couch with my kitty and full belly.  I'm going to spare you the details and just leave you some pictures.  Hope you all had a great turkey day!
Apple pie before baking
Baked and ready to go

Mom, Katie and me at the Turkey Trot...5 miles of fun!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Longest 3 Day week...

I have been working my tush off on a school project this week...and I'm exhausted.  I spent a few hours last night on it and more time tonight during and after school.  I'm starting to see excel spreadsheets everywhere!  I can honestly say that I do not know how people sit at desks and do this stuff all day.  Just 3-4 hours of it is enough to make my head hurt, I can't imagine 8.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

First Run in 4 Months

And it felt pretty good!  I'll admit that I walked portions, I want to be smart and not injure something else in pushing myself too hard.  I'm going to follow (mostly) the Couch to 5K program though I started at week 4.  I figure I've been doing cardio regularly for the past month so this is really about getting my "running legs" back.  So, 3 miles in about 36 minutes today.  Slow, but I did it!

I realized, as often happens, that I am bored with music.  Tonight's project is going to be washing the curtains here in the house and looking up some new tunes for my little red ipod.

Happy Saturday!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Peep Toes are Back!!

A successful trip to the podiatrist today, I get to wear my heels again!  And yes,  he actually referred to them as "hooker heels" which makes me laugh.  I guess from his point of view they are bad for feet and great for business.  Now I just have to choose a pair to wear tomorrow and maybe a new one to celebrate (and have for the holidays?)

When I get home from wearing my heels tomorrow I will also be able to go running!  Well, jogging slowly at the very least.  Tomorrow will be a run/walk combo until I can get a handle on where I am and what the tootsies can handle.  I have some of the Couch to 5K workouts from when I started running 7 years ago it may be time to revisit some of the later weeks to get back into the running from the walking and elliptical I've been doing the past 5 weeks.

So excited about tomorrow!!!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Happy Veteran's Day!

Thanks to all who have served, those who are currently serving and those who will serve.  Thank you for doing what so many of us could never do to preserve what we all value. 

A special thanks to my husband, this deployment isn't easy on either of us.  I know we are making sacrifices now for a multitude of reasons and that every one is worthwhile.  I love you!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Military Spouse Tag

I have never tried one of these before but figured it might be fun.  It's a good prep for Veteran's Day this Friday.  So, I answer the questions I found on another Army wife's blog and if you're a Military Spouse you answer them on yours.  Enjoy!!

1) How did you and your spouse meet?
Sarge and I met in high school through mutual friends, though we were definitely NOT friends at the time.  We ran into each other more than 10 years later as I walking home from a blind date and he was on patrol in the town.  We stood and talked in the street, started texting and talking more often and the rest was history.

2) How old were you when you two met?
I think I was about 14 at the time he would have been around 16.

3) How long have you been together?
We've been together now just over 2 years.

4) Where are you and your spouse originally from?
We are originally (and still in) Rockland County, NY.  We were actually born in the same hospital and went to the same schools growing up.

5) How did you feel about him joining the military?

Sarge was in the military when we started dating so I don't really know what our lives would be like without it.  I'm proud of what he does though I miss him every day he's gone.

6) Where did your spouse go to Basic Training?
Fort Leonard Wood, MO

7) Has your spouse ever been deployed?

Yes, 3 times.  Iraq and Afghanistan

8) Ever been to his promotion ceremony?

9) How long have you been a military wife?
Since April 2011.  7 months!

10) Did you marry him before or after he joined?
Long after, almost 8 years.

11) How did your husband propose?
Sitting on the couch in our living room.

12) Where did you get married?
Nyack, NY

13) How old were you two when you got married?
32 and 33

14) Did he wear his uniform on his wedding day?
Yes....and he looked so great!

15) Where are you and your spouse currently stationed?
Sarge is in Afghanistan, I'm home in NY.

16) Do you live on base?

17) How long were you married when you had to go through your first separation?
3 months

18) What is your favorite base so far?

19) Do you think your spouse looks good in his uniform?
Hells yeah!

20) Do you think military life is more advanced than civilian life?
I don't think I understand this question...

21) Do you like the benefits you receive as a military dependent?
Yes, I broke my foot shortly after Anthony left for training and it was nice to have a secondary insurance.

22) Do you have a lot of military wife friends?
Just a couple, wives of other soldiers in Sarge's unit

23) What is the hardest part of the military life?

Right now I think it's the separation.

24) Do you own military wife stuff?
A t-shirt and lanyard for my keys.  They were laid out for me when I was packing up to leave for my parents the night before our wedding.

25) Do you support your spouse as a member of the military?
I do my best to do this, I'm sure some days I'm better than others.  Right now it's sending packages and being home for Skype calls which is good for both of us.


Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Election Day


 I voted today!

And no joke, we have paper ballots.  I honestly filled out a scan-tron type piece of paper standing in a cardboard carrell then walked it over and put it through a scanner to vote.  I am not sure if this is extremely outdated or really updated to be honest.  I was just surprised.  The last time I voted (in a different town) they still had the old machines with the flippers and big handle behind the curtain. 

So, did you vote today??


Monday, November 7, 2011

Monday Re-Cap

I had a really good weekend this past weekend, with friend time and some much-needed "me time."

Pulled pork and corn souffle
Friday night I went out with some school people for a happy hour that last until almost 11.  Talk about Happy!!  We started out at our "usual" and then two of the girls and myself moved to Pearl River to have dinner at Johnny's smokehouse.  It was a delicious dinner and we had a great time.

Saturday was a stay at home day.  I got laundry done, a package put together for Sarge, cleaned the bathroom, went to the gym and even made dinner.  It was exactly what I needed...and I caught up on some DVRs as well, something I always enjoy.  I have been having a tough time lately and I think I needed the day to just do stuff here, mope around a bit and just be by myself.  I would have to admit that I've been avoiding some of the harder parts of deployment by losing myself in social and work events. 

Sunday I went to a wine tasting with my sister-in-law upstate.  We got started late and got home a bit later than planned (sorry SWE!!) but had a good time.  I found the wine that I will be serving at my holiday party, it was a yummy spiced (mulled?) wine and was a nice kick-off to the upcoming season.  Though, I saw the Hershey's Kisses handbells commercial this morning and my only though was "Already?!?!"

3 days with kids this week, a conference day and a blood drive at school on Wednesday afternoon.  Anyone in the area who can donate, we'll be open from 4-8!  Drop me a line and I can get you the details.  It's a great thing to do if you can.

Friday, November 4, 2011


Not too much to offer this morning...just happy it's Friday!  It was a short week at school but I'm tired just the same.  Lots of meetings, intern work and some school drama's gets to you.

Have a good weekend, I know I will.  I should have some good pictures from my Sunday outing with the sister-in-law and a couple of friends...we're going for tour and wine tasting!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Another Day Off...

Home from school again.  Now, as much as I enjoy a day off and can say that catching up on sleep was awesome I'm worried.  I don't want to have to to give back days in the spring if we have more snow during the winter.  I don't want to go to school when the roads are crappy either.  That being said, I'm going to make today a fun day.  Gym this morning, some girl time this afternoon, maybe a mani-pedi and probably sushi for dinner. 

I would like to go through my closet and start creating new outfits from what I already have.  My friend Karin did this before the school year started and took pics of everything she assembled.  It was a really cute idea and since I am currently looking at a full closet and feeling like I have nothing to wear, I know I need to do the same!
I just read (from my sister's twitter) that today is SELF day.  Is going to the gym and then getting together with my friends Selfy?  I know they are both good for me in different ways.  So, time to get off the couch and get moving!