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I haven’t written in a couple of days. I apologize for that. Here are my excuses.

1. On Thursday I was getting ready to write my blog when I got a call from Navy Girl and she fell apart. Some things happened and now she has to go before the board on Monday and we are concerned she may not even be able to stay in the Navy. I am so angry my head is going to explode. All I can say is pray, send happy thoughts, send all the positive vibes you can to Navy Girl. She is being shafted and there isn’t much we can do about it except that. Just so everyone knows I have also cursed her advisor and all of his progeny. May they get advisers and superiors that treat him the same way he has treated my beautiful girl. As for the professor who started this mess . . .

I am very frustrated because I want to ride to the rescue and I can’t. When your children join the military they are adults and you have to let them be adults. I just want to protect my babies and I can’t. I can’t call her teacher and read her the riot act, I can’t call her advisers boss and complain, I can’t write letters to everyone I can think of about the injustice of it all. I have to let Navy Girl fight it out herself and I can’t be there to support her, at least not physically. I will always support her in everything she does.

2. My modem and my computer had fight and I lost. My computer and my modem just randomly decided they did not want to speak to each other any more. They had been having disagreements for the last week or so and Thursday night just quit talking all together. Friday I tried to be their marriage counselor and they just were not having it. So I called the phone company and got my computer a new friend. The old friend is going back to them because we have only had it a month and literally just paid for it. So now the new modem and the old computer are talking to each other and tada here I am! All you lucky lucky people. There are people out there aren’t there?

3. To make the week end even better I dropped my Blackberry Pearl in the dish water. I was talking to Navy Girl and doing the dishes. I went to put the phone in the microwave and it squirted out of my hand and into the water! I was talking on it when it happened. I was freaking out! omg omg omg! I pulled it apart and called the local cell phone company to find out how to dry it. So my Blackberry spent the rest of the day and the night in a nice bowl of rice. I put it together this morning and . . . it works! The screen has a bit of a shadow but I can live with it. I am hoping the heat from using it will fix that. Everything seems to work and I am massively relieved.

No more excuses

Air Force Girl was invited to the awards ceremony on Wednesday. The AmVets group gave each of the 4 people who joined the military some “walking around” money. One of the boys joined the marines and he leaves on June 1. He also got some money from a “military scholarship” and from the VFW. The lady from the VFW said they give a stipend to a boy and a girl who join the military. Well Air Force Girl is the only girl who joined this year and they didn’t give her anything. I guess she meant to say or? But once again the VFW from this town is not supporting my girls. Not surprised. But the AmVets recognized all four of these young people who joined the military.

Gpa made it here safe and sound yesterday. He is wheezing pretty bad. I don’t know if it just because of the smoking or the weather change. We had some storms come through last night and hopefully that cleared the air some. The pollen is pretty wicked right now. I know I have been wheezy myself the last few days. B didn’t know he was coming up here yesterday. She was very surprised when I called her yesterday to get his cell phone number. Hubby doesn’t have any of Gpa’s numbers in his cell. I think I will be writing all of the numbers down from mine now. Maybe.

I will write about the graduation and Air Force Girls birthday tomorrow evening. I love you Navy Girl, Army Girl and Air Force Girl. Thanks for reading.

Happy thoughts for a happy day!

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It is a cold rainy day. Of course! It is the senior class picnic. I took a load of sleeping bags, blankets, sweatshirts and mittens out to the park. One of the perks of not working, I can do that! I hope they are all having a good time despite of the weather. They have kayaks and games planned, plus the food is being catered. I told Air Force Girl to keep moving and she will stay warmer. Tonight is the awards night. We were invited I don’t know why but we will go and see what happens. Air Force Girl is confused as well. She didn’t apply for any scholarships. We will see what happens and I will let you know tomorrow.

Air Force Girl is being harassed by some jerks from school. She was pretty crushed by what they were saying and doing to her. I just found out about it this morning. She didn’t want to go to school the next couple of days. I told her no way, she doesn’t go then those asses win and no way is that going to happen. I told her she needs to go up to them and tell them to go F*** themselves. They are losers and just keep proving it over and over. It is a good thing that Army Girl isn’t here or those jerks would be in serious trouble. Air Force Girl said she was going to talk to the school counselor Mr. F and the school police liaison about what her options are for prosecuting them for harassment. Me, I just want to kick the shit out of them.

Army Girl is unhappy with her job. She was thrown into the job she has and the person in charge of her office is of lower rank than she is. Evidently the lower ranking person doesn’t understand her place. It does look like Army Girl is taking the appropriate steps for dealing with her. I suspect in the not to distant future when Army Girl gets her feet under her and understands the job more she will be in charge again. You don’t get to be a Sargent in less than five years and not get noticed. So my recommendation is “Patience grasshopper”

I am battling with my depression over being laid off. I have found some interesting articles on Businessweek.com lately. They are about what to do when laid off and how to deal with rejection and depression. The main thing it says is “being laid off is not your fault” according to the articles I should not feel like I did anything wrong. I heard it on NPR too. It is easy to say but harder to feel. Especially when creditors are calling wanting money and there just isn’t any for them to have. At least not as much as they want. We aren’t to the blood from a turnip stage but if this continues for a long time it will be that way. Me and 10 million other people. Keep positive. I can do this. I know that the power of positive thinking can work wonders. I just have to remind myself that sometimes.

On a happier note I talked to Gpa today. He is planning on coming up on Friday. Navy Girl is coming up for the weekend too. Air Force Girls graduation is Sunday and so is her birthday. Boy life is just whizzing by isn’t it?

I need to shower because I stink. I went to Curves and worked out. Hubby and I will be doing 37 sit ups and push ups today. I can see the difference in my arms. My abs on the other hand are still buried pretty deep . . . oh well we keep it up 40, 50 years from now we will look pretty good.

Happy thoughts for a happy day!

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Memorial Day

It is Memorial Day. I would like to say thank you to all who have served and all who still serve. I really appreciate everything you do for us.

A special Thank you to Army Girl and her roomies. Be safe my darlings.

Everyone made it home safe and sound from the weekend. We had a good time.

Air Force Girl and I have had our first clash of the day. We are both tired and PMSing and and and . . . GRRRRRrrrr! Whine whine whine ok better now.

We have to get ready for the parade. Last one of those too.

Thank you all! We appreciate everything you do.

Happy thoughts for a happy day!

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Party recap

We had a really good time yesterday at the party. We had about 100 people there. And the weather was absolutely wonderful. Air Force Girl made out like a bandit. She got a beautiful necklace from Army Girl. It is a heart with a flag in the center. It is really pretty. She also got a beautiful emerald necklace with matching ring and bracelet from B. The neat thing is the emerald necklace fits right above the heart necklace so she can wear both. She also got a tattoo from her sisters. She is going after June 1 to get it. The older two girls and I all have the same heart tattoo on our backs and she is going to get hers too. We had to get permission from the Air Force for her to get it.

We had two brats and about 4 hot dogs left for the meat. There really wasn’t much left at all. We went through 3 yucky cakes, quite a few cases of beer and pop. All in all there wasn’t much food left. Which is good, although I would have liked to have some of the yucky cake left over. Oh well maybe Grandma R will bring some with her next weekend.

Of course there was some foolishness. Luckily nothing to horrible. Just drunken revelry, no harm no foul. As far as I know there was no puking either. Of course Hubby passed out before that could happen. 😉 We were in bed by 10:30 (2230 right?) Sad. I think it means we are getting old.

Air Force Girl is off to some graduation parties and Hubby and I are laying around watching the Indy 500. Navy Girl left about 6:40 and again at 7:35. She got to the next town and realized she had forgotten her saber. So she had to come back for it. She is in a wedding today. And is part of the honor guard when a military person gets married in uniform. I think that is the correct explanation anyway. If I am wrong I am sure people will correct me. Gpa, B and family have headed home already too. Trying to avoid all of the traffic going home tomorrow. Plus it is just nice to have a day to do nothing. Although if you breath there is always something that “needs” to be done.

One of the saddest things about having people visit is when they have to leave. I hate when people leave. It makes me sad. I know I can’t keep everyone with me, they would drive me nuts! But I still miss them.

Happy thoughts for happy days!

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Party Time

The party time is here! We are waiting for Hubby to get back with the buns. Then we can load the coolers and off to the park. People are starting to get crabby. So much to do to get ready for these things. But the pay off will be worth it.

Air Force Girl is getting ready and Navy Girl is here. We talked to Army Girl this morning. We used Skype. What a cool thing! I need to get a camera for my computer so I can talk to and see her! She looked wonderful. She was getting ready to go work out. I miss her so much.

I will write more on the party later.

Happy thoughts for a happy day!

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Getting Ready

I have started this post multiple times this week. It has been crazy! We went to the last home soccer game, the last band concert, the last away soccer game which was also the last regular season game. The graduation party is tomorrow and Hubby and I have been cleaning the house a garage even though the party isn’t even at our house. But Hubby has the day off today so I am taking advantage of it.

I am going to start cutting up veggies pretty quick, and my hands are massively dry already. I am going to have some good alligator skin.

The Air Force called to make sure Air Force Girl is going to graduate. So far so good. I worry about her some times. She has always been uninterested in school. From kindergarten onward. I think the military will be good for her. Today is senior skip day. She only sort of skipped. She had a couple classes she needed to go to. So basically what she did is have an extended lunch. She has a little over two months before she leaves for the Air Force. WOW!

We sent a box to Army Girl yesterday. She had ordered some things and can’t get them delivered to her. Frustrating. So we boxed it all up and a few other things and sent them off. The post office has these flat rate boxes you can use . . . sometimes. The boxes aren’t very big. I wish they would make them bigger. Instead the boxes have gotten smaller. So post office if you are listening we would greatly appreciate bigger boxes to send to our troops over seas.

Navy Girl is coming tonight and so is B and family and Gpa. Hubby’s family will come over for the day tomorrow. It has all just come up so fast!

Happy thoughts for a happy day!

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My friend D— and I went to St. Louis to see our friend A—– this weekend. We had a really good time. We missed one of Air Force Girls soccer games but Hubby made it to the game and they had some good daddy/daughter time. It is a long long way to St. Louis! But well worth it. We got to see A and her family and do some sight seeing. We went to the Missouri Botanical Gardens. It was gorgeous! We were there about 3 hours and did not see it all. The roses were in bloom and the irises and the dogwoods and a few others. It will be amazing in a month or so. It smelled so good! There were a whole bunch of weddings. What a cool place to get married!

On our way to St. Louis we drove through a lot of rain and managed to get south of the really wicked weather. We were listening to the radio and there were tornado warnings for places we had driven just through. It was a little exhilarating and slightly scary. But we made it and didn’t have to make a dive for a single basement.

Air Force Girl is starting to get cards in the mail. I am hoping she is making a list of everything she is receiving. So she can send thank you notes.

The phone tree for Army Girl was activated today to let everyone know that all of the soldiers had gotten to Iraq safe and sound. All present or accounted for. It was good practice on how the phone tree will work.

I work tomorrow, then a soccer game tomorrow night and am going to take Air Force Girl on her student counsel trip on Wednesday and her final band concert, a soccer game on Thursday and then it is Friday. This week is going so fast. I just realized that she will be gone in two months. Oh man I am not ready.

Happy thoughts for a happy day.

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Navy Girl just called to let me know the body found by the lake is not hers. Good to know. She didn’t want me to worry when it hit the news and she didn’t answer her phone. Navy Girl has finals this week and I tend to have great timing with calling as she is walking into classes or in the middle of one. She says not to worry because she is always armed and she knows how to use it. I still worry. They have not released whether the body is a male or female. The poor family of whomever it is. They have my sympathies.

Air Force Girl and I had a nice talk this morning before I went swimming. She was in a good mood today. Usually Air Force Girl is not a morning person and I try to avoid eye contact with her until she makes the first move. She is getting very excited to graduate and a little apprehensive about leaving for the Air Force. I know she will do just fine. She is by far the most athletic of my girls. I love having quiet conversations with her.

I over slept this morning so didn’t get to the pool until 7. I was the only one there. We have this absolutely wonderful pool and people here don’t use it. We have been to a lot of pools in the area and we have the best one. It is a 6 lane Olympic size pool with a diving well, kiddie pool and a hot tub. Wonderful! I swim for 1/2 hour every Tuesday and Thursday. I do about 20 laps. I usually loose track. I do the back stroke because I don’t like to put my face in the water. Swimming is such a great exercise. Today is the 14th so we are up to 24 sit ups and push ups. Hubby owes three days worth of them right now. I did 45 last night (22+23) because I missed doing them the night before. Man it was hard!

I got to talk to Army Girl last night. She has a cold and was sent home from work yesterday. She took nyquil and slept most of the day. She got up long enough to go to a briefing and then had taken nyquil so we didn’t talk long. I hope she feels better today. She said if she isn’t feeling better today she is going to the infirmary.

I just want to go and get both Navy Girl and Army Girl and keep them home. I know I can’t protect them all the time. But still . . .

Happy thoughts for a happy day!

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I am watching Rachel Ray and lurking on Facebook hoping to connect with Army Girl. I think I missed her today. Bummer. It is now after 8pm there. Which is 2000 hours military time. I think. I am still learning that stuff. You would think after 5 years of the girls being in the military I would get it. Some days I am kinda dumb. Military time actually appeals to the geeky side of me. It makes sense really. It’s just I have known how to do it the “regular” for nearly 40 years. So military time doesn’t come naturally to me. Excuses, excuses. Anyway I am procrastinating on doing my house work. Not a new thing, but well here we are.

It is raining and cold today. Kinda matches my mood. I worked yesterday instead of Monday. I feel like it is slipping away. I know less and less of what is going on there every time I go in. It makes me very sad. I am trying to learn as much as I can while still there. I will be really happy when this recession is over.

We got an invitation to the award ceremony for Air Force Girl. In our school district you get invited to the ceremony when your child gets a scholarship or award. We are not sure what she would be getting because she didn’t apply for any of the scholarships because she joined the Air Force. I will let you know why after the 27th. We are at the point before the party where she is coming back for more invitations. Mom I need . . . today it was 10 more invitations. I put it on the pretty colored card stock I did all the others on, and she yelled at me! I didn’t want it on colored paper. GRRRRR! Oh well I will miss even the moodiness when she leaves.

Hubby came back from his leadership week very excited and impressed. I guess he is the only person they have accepted on the first application. He figures that by this time next year he will be teaching one of the classes. That is so exciting for him! I am jealous as hell. His work life is chugging merrily along and getting better and I feel like mine is imploding. I love him so much! I am very happy for him. Now if the people he works with would be too.

Happy thoughts for a happy days!

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I have three daughters in the military. Well two are full time and one will be this summer. Sometimes my friends forget that. Everyone “knows” that Air Force Girl leaves this summer it’s just one of those Oh yeah that’s coming up pretty fast things. I had the following conversation with her.

MM
hi
BFF
hey there
MM
how are you
BFF
hanging in there how bout you
MM
yeah hanging in there
BFF
I am so dam tired! I hate getting older
MM
yeah me too all this house work is getting me worn out
BFF
I bet but at least you will have a clean house:)
MM
sort of
BFF
I am doing a garage sale in August if you are interested
MM
maybe
BFF
up to you:) 0
MM
depends on when it is
BFF
I don’t know depends on when I feel like it
MM
Air Force Girl leaves on august 5
BFF
damn that sucks… what are you going to do the
then?
MM
whine some more
that’s why i write a blog
BFF
lol I won’t let you whine!!! I will make you work
MM
i updated it yesterday
BFF
good for you maybe you will become a famous blogger
MM
sure, that would require people to read it
BFF
I read it

Yes she does. So do my girls and hubby. I really appreciate their support. I complain about house work because I am bored. I am mostly unemployed and bored. I have always hated house work. Army Girl is an absolute clean freak. My next younger sister M was too. That gene skipped me. I loathe it. Air Force Girl has flashes of both. Navy Girl has learned to be a minor clean freak. The military kinda browbeats it into them. It is getting better. Probably because I am home to clean and no one else is home much. What a way to get your house clean. Speaking of which gotta go put away dishes…

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