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rambling conversations

Navy Girl and I have such interesting conversations these days.  When you are driving long distances or stuck at home with nothing to do things tend to ramble.  But those are the fun conversations too.  They are interesting while they are happening but not so profound they can’t ramble.  Today she has made it to her destination sort of.   I am not sure if she has checked in but she did get on base and get at least one uniform ordered. 

Hubby and I sat on the veranda this evening and watched the dogs graze.  Translation:  We sat on the porch and watched the dogs eat grass.  I have never seen two animals who eat some much grass and were supposed to be carnivores.  I am pretty sure they were cows in another life.

We have not heard from Air Force Girl, I am hoping to get a letter from her soon.  I have been sending her letters almost everyday.  I hope they are getting to her.  In the mean time no news is good news. 

Army Girl will be heading this way in another day or so.  She will be going to see Navy Girl first so I am not sure when she will be here.  I know that the two of them will have a good time. 

Navy Girl has found out a couple of things about where she is stationed.  The most important one is where not to live.  She was at the laundromat today and was talking with the owner.  He told her she looked like a nice girl and he would give her one piece of advice.  He has lived in the area along time and she did not want to live in that area, she did not want to have anything to do with the types of things that happen in that area.   Often it is just as important to know what you don’t want to do as it is to know what you do.  It helps eliminate a lot of options when you know what not to do, or where not to be. 

Hubby and I made our menu for the week and then went to the grocery store.  Man food is expensive!  We spent $73 and saved $24.   The good thing is we don’t go very often.  We should only have to go and get some fresh fruit and veggies for another week or two.  Hey Army Girl I have hot dogs and mac n cheese!

Happy thoughts for a happy day!

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crushed

I am totally crushed.  I think I missed a call from Air Force Girl.  I am not sure, but I was talking with Navy Girl about where she should eat on her journey and our call dropped and I got that notice that you have missed a call.  It was an unknown number and I think it had to be Air Force Girl.  Army Girl is usually sleeping at that time and she usually leaves me a message.  Oh I hope it wasn’t Air Force Girl.  The thought just makes me want to cry.  I hope that if it was she tried some one else and was able to talk to them.  My phone didn’t beep or anything.  I am sad.  She should be getting some letters from me.  I sent them out on Wednesday and Friday.  I have another one I will be sending tomorrow. 

Navy Girl is almost to her destination.  She thought she would be in the city by 8:30 and that is in a few minutes.  She is driving a Toyota Camry.  She says it gets good gas mileage and the air conditioner gets very cold but cornering in it is rather an adventure.  I doubt she will be getting one of those.  😛 

Ugh I drank beer yesterday and today I feel totally bloated.  I like beer but I really hate the way it makes me feel.  I have to work tomorrow morning and again on Friday morning.  Army Girl will be here next week, Monday (labor day) or Tuesday I think.  Man this whole year is going fast! 

Hopefully it was a wrong number and not Air Force Girl.  I am going to try to convince myself that is the case.

Happy thoughts for a happy day!

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insomnia

I have been up since 5.  One of the dogs woke Hubby up because he needed to go out, of course the other one didn’t go out then, she waited until Hubby came back in and was sleeping again before she started her pitch to go out.  It doesn’t seem to matter how short we get her nails they click on our wood floor.  So I got up and let them both out, I tried to go back to sleep but I just can’t seem to do it these days.  I hear that as menopause progresses insomnia gets worse.  Which does not bode well for me or most of my friends.  Most of whom are entering the menopause no sleeping phase of our lives. ;-}

We went to R & J’s wedding yesterday.  It was a cold and rainy day and a lot of fun.  J looked beautiful and R cleans up very nicely.  R’s mom T looked absolutely lovely in a burnished gold dress.  It was a lovely mother of the groom dress and she looked wonderful.  It was kind of odd going to a wedding here and knowing so few people.  But we had a fun time.  We sat with my boss and his wife, they are nice people and it was entertaining and some what awkward at the same time.  Big C did say that I am a valuable member of the team and he appreciates what I do.  Well you could have knocked me over with a feather!  It was very nice to hear and hopefully means I will be going back to work more hours soon.  Positive thinking here. 

Navy Girl is getting closer to her destination.  She said the hotel she was at last night was the nicest one yet.  She still has a long way to go.  She is not sure if she will make it to her destination today or not.  It really depends on traffic and such.  She has not purchased a new car yet. 

I will end this with this thought for the day. 

“The truth of the matter is that you always know the right thing to do.
    The hard part is doing it.”
General Norman Schwarzkopf

Happy thoughts for a happy day!

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itchy eyeballs

Ugh!  Itchy eyeballs.  Did I mention that I am allergic to cats?  Yeah I am, and of course they love me.  Most of the time they love me at feeding time.  Maddie came by me and wanted to be petted, so I did but then I didn’t go and wash my hands and you guessed it, I touched my eyes.  Grrrrr now I have itchy eyeballs.  One of these days I will learn.  But not today!  🙂  Oh well. 

They totalled Navy Girls car so now she can get a new one and get on her way.  Army Girl is very happy with that because she thinks that Navy Girls car was cursed!  So now she can get rid of the bad luck with that one and have good luck with the new one.   Maybe if I sit with my eyes closed for a while they will quit itching.  Well they are starting to water so that is a good sign.  They should stop itching soon.  I hope.  She is looking for another Saturn Vue only newer and a hybrid.  I hope she finds one she likes.

I talked to Gpa today.  He sounded pretty good.  Towards the end he started wheezing a little but seems to be doing ok.  He was thrilled beyond belief that Navy Girl spent the day with him. 

We haven’t heard from Air Force Girl except briefly on Wednesday.  I am sure she is doing ok.  I have to believe that or I will start crying and I haven’t cried today.  She is a strong woman and can do this.  I can too.  I have sent her two letters and gave her address to family and working on giving it to her friends.  I hope the letters will make things easier for her.  We love them all so very much. 

If you get a chance you need to check out “Top Gear” on BBC America.  The show is an absolute riot!

Happy thoughts for a happy day!

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It always amazes me how the world keeps going on with its business while we are having all this drama going on.  It makes me feel small.  Life keeps going on for everyone else even when we have major upheavals going on.  For us right now it is even more noticeable because Hubby is home too.  So we really feel the absence of the kids.  I went to work today and what for me has been a major change was barely a ripple on everyone else’s horizon.  J and R are gone because R is getting married on Saturday and for them that has been their major focus, “dad” (that is what we call the owner of the company behind his back) is focused on finding more money to keep things going.  I think, I hope!  They all barely know Air Force Girl, Navy Girl or Army Girl so for them it isn’t even a ripple. 

I got the same reality check when my mom died.  Here this major event happens and so many people did not even feel it.  Did not even know it.  I am feeling like the world is pressing down on me and for so many other people it was just another day.  Same for this week.  Major things are happening in my life, in our lives and for so many people it is just another day.  Right now we are watching football on tv and relaxing and for thousands, millions of people something life altering is happening and I don’t even know.  Kinda mind blowing isn’t it? 

Navy Girls journey east has been stalled due to a deer.  She is waiting to hear from the insurance guy whether or not they will total her car.  She is of mixed emotions about it.  She really likes her car but waiting to get it fixed really isn’t an option.  So think happy thoughts for her!  She could use all the good energy she can get.  Oh yea, Navy Girl is fine, a little shook up about pasting a deer at 70 mph but physically fine.

Air Force Girl called this morning with her address.  Hubby talked to her because I was at swimming.  We have her address and he got to tell her we love her and she will do fine.  He said she sounded teary but got through the script she needed to read.  I mailed her the letter I wrote yesterday so hopefully it won’t take to long for her to get it.  Plus she got a letter today from her boy so I included that in the letter too. 

I only cried in the shower at the pool today, so things are getting better.  Showers are great places to cry, no one can tell if you are crying or if it from the shower.  I swam 29 laps today.  Hubby and I rode our bikes to the post office and the bank.  The physical activity helps and so did going to work.  I hope I can go back to work more soon. 

Happy thoughts for a happy day!

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getting better

Hubby and I have been having some odd conversations since it is just the two of us.  We realized that now we will have to go to the video store and rent movies ourselves!  We haven’t done that in years.  Air Force Girl usually would rent movies and then insist we watch them with her.  So I suspect we won’t be watching very many movies for a while. 

I have done fairly well today.  Only cried a couple times.  Air Force Girl made it to San Antonio last night.  I am sure by the time I got up this morning she had been up for a couple hours.  I hope that she took what everyone said about eating enough to heart and ate as much as possible.  I am sure over the next few weeks she will. 

Navy Girl is spending the day with Gpa.  She will be heading out tomorrow.  I chatted with Army Girl briefly today.  Her internet kept cutting out so it was rather difficult.  But she is ok, very excited to be heading for the states next week. 

Zoey and Maddie went at it this afternoon.  I am not sure what the problem was.  Maddie had been in the window and Zoey had been outside most of the day.  But for some reason Zoey took exception to something Maddie did and growled and snarled and chased Maddie out of the livingroom.  It was actually rather amusing, seeing as Maddie is actually bigger than Zoey and has claws. 

Time to do some dishes.  I have given up on ever getting my dishwasher put in.  Maybe some day I will just sell it at a garage sale.  I am sure the warranty is expired and who knows if it is any good anymore.  Oh well. 

Happy thoughts for a happy day.

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on her way

I haven’t cried all day today just parts.  Air Force Girl is in the air on her way to Texas.  She has a long day ahead of her.  She called from the airport and we were able to talk for about 10 minutes.  She did really well it only took about 2 minutes of talking to me before she cried.  She was in the bathroom so I had her look in the mirror and blow kisses to herself, those were from me.  Then I had her put her arms around herself and that was a hug from me.  It seemed to help.  I hope so.  She went in the bathroom because she didn’t want to cry in front of the guys she is traveling with.  Good for her!  She is the only girl in the group right now.  So she does not want them to see her cry.  She is a tough girl, I know she will do fine.

Navy Girl is on her way to Gpa’s by way of the zoo.  I am not sure if that is a big stretch in our family!  She saw the penguins and a pouting zebra.  It sounded like she had a good time.  Yesterday when I talked to Army Girl she said it was nasty hot and humid.  Where Air Force Girl is going is nasty hot too.  Just not quite as bad.  She will love it. 

Hubby and I cleaned the house today, Navy Girl gave us her vacuum cleaner and it works very well.  It really sucks up the animal hair.  We also went to the grocery store.  Now we get to buy old people food.  Just kidding.   But we did buy veggies and stuff.  *sigh*  I keep looking out the window when cars go by expecting one of them to be pulling in the drive way.  Silly I know.  I guess it will take a while to adjust to it being just Hubby and I.  Maybe a week or two. 😉

Happy thoughts for a happy day!

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empty nester’s

My eyes hurt, my head hurts, my heart hurts.  I didn’t think a person could cry so much.  Just thinking about it brings tears to my eyes.  They are all off on their own.  Hubby and I are empty nester’s.  We took Air Force Girl to meet the shuttle this morning.  She had one last check off with her recruiter and then the van came, she hugged us and kissed us and got in and off they went.  She being brave and me being a big crybaby.  I cried most of the way home.  Army Girl called to see how I was doing.  I cried while I talked to her.

We got home and Navy Girl was waiting for the drier so she could get going too.  We had dumplings* for lunch and then helped her finish packing her things.  Hubby helped her play tetris with her luggage in her car, and I was the clothes hanger.  She left here about 1:30 ish.  Navy Girl is going to have dinner with Air Force Girl this evening.  Air Force Girl has a 10 o’clock curfew tonight and a very long day ahead of her tomorrow.  Navy Girl left and I cried.  I still feel like crying.  It will get better.  Just today, right now I feel sad.  I will have my moments for a while, and they will be random.  But I know that all of the girls will be fine, they will all have jobs for a while because world peace is not going to break out anytime soon.  I love them all so much!

*Recipe for Potato Dumplings

4 large baking potatoes

2 loaves of bread

Handful of baby carrots

Slice the potatoes, puree in food processor until liquid, and add the handful of carrots, puree.  Rip one loaf of bread up into chunks, put in a big bowl.  Add the potato/carrot mixture.  Mix with your hands, add bread from the second loaf until the mixture is sticky.  You have enough bread added in when you make a ball with the “dough” and it holds its shape.  Make the dumplings about the size of a small baseball.  Boil in a pot of water for approximately 15 minutes or until interior of the dumpling is cooked.

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Well we have had one melt down by one of the girls, so one more to go.  I think it is a necessary part of any new endeavor.  There is so much emotion going on right now and some times it just gets overwhelming and it has to be let out.  And ta da you have melt down!  I could see it coming, but there just was nothing to do but let it over flow and then give lots of hugs and reassurances and more than a few kisses.  I am glad the melt down occurred here where I could physically give hugs and kisses.  I have had to do it over the phone many times and it is hard.  Because the one thing the person having the melt down needs most is hugs and kisses.  I try to make up for it the next time I see them but it isn’t as satisfying as getting the hugs and kisses right when they are needed. 

Navy Girl is going to her dads for bloody mary’son the deck today.  Hubby and I are taking Air Force Girl to see her cousins and eat at Red Lobster.  We should be there around 4 if you want to stop by and say hi.  Air Force Girl dragged herself in around 4:30 this morning.  Silly girl.  But she is trying to get as much time in with her friends as possible.  Navy Girl went to her Grandparents 50th wedding anniversary dinner last night.  Congratulations to them.  She is finally starting to feel more like herself, the flu sucks. 

Oh very cool, I just looked out the window and my car has steam coming off of it.  It is very cool, the steam coming off looks like a tiny tornado.  It got down into the upper 30’s last night and the sun is now shining on the car and warming it up making fog.  It is very entertaining to watch.  OK I in my geekiness think it is very entertaining.  I would take a picture but I don’t think I could capture it properly, so I will just have to remember it.  I am just totally mesmerized by the way the fog swirls and rotates, ebbs and flows, it dances off the car so gracefully.  Totally amazing. 

Army Girl got the box I sent her.  She especially likes the play doh.  If anyone would like her address send me an e-mail and I will get it to you.  Unfortunately the other two really can’t get anything more than letters.  So if you would like to write them letters let me know and I will get addresses to you when I get them. 

Happy thoughts for a happy day!

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So little time and so much to do.  We spent most of yesterday afternoon at the clinic with Navy Girl.  She caught the flu and was pretty sick.  We took her to the doctor and they gave her an anti-nausea shot in the arm, and two bags of IV fluids.  Poor kid was pretty sick and spent most of it sleeping, when people weren’t checking on her.  I tried not to hover, but I have been a mom for 25+ years, it is hard not to.  She was able to eat some soup for supper, I hope she feels much better today.

One of the cats is in the bathroom trying to open a cupboard.  I think it will be sorely disappointed in what she finds in it.  She is definitely getting frustrated.  Pretty funny, I am not sure if anyone else in the house will appreciate it seeing as it is not even 6am!  I have been waking at 5 lately.  Rather than fight it I just get up and start the day. 

I am starting to get that gut wrenching feeling that happens right before you get on a roller coaster.  There is so much to do yet before both of the girls leave.  I am hoping to spend the day with Navy Girl, if she wants to.  I am working on being upbeat and happy.  But sometimes it is very hard.  I just want what is best for my girls and I know that what they are doing is what is best for them.  As Navy Girl points out she has job security, it isn’t like world peace is going to break out anytime soon.  Unfortunately that is very true.  So I am happy and sad, worried and relieved, patient and impatient for the changes to come.  Life is like that, full of contrasts and opposites, it is what makes things interesting. 

The girls are starting to get crabby.  It is easier to go away mad until you get to where you are going and then the guilt and sadness set in worse.  I have tried to teach the girls to face the emotion.  Sadness is an acceptable emotion.  It is okay to cry, in fact the sooner you cry it out the sooner you feel better.  Everything will work out great, positive thinking will get us through this.  Right?

Happy thoughts for a happy day!

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