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I walked over 10 miles this morning.  It was a beautiful walk.  I left my house at 6 am and 3 ½ hours later I was home.  I am so lucky living in the Northwood’s.  This morning I saw 4 deer, smelled a couple skunks, saw a dead rabbit, and distracted the dog so he didn’t see the live rabbit, was yelled at by some birds and was harassed by a horse fly.  I am pretty sure the damn thing actually bit me, I see no purpose for horse flies except to bite things, and they do a pretty good job.  I did pretty well for most of the walk, the last few miles really sucked.  Army Girl came and met me, she walked the last two miles with me.  I was very glad for her company; she quoted “Finding Nemo” and sang army cadences to keep me moving.  It worked; I made it the whole 10.5 mile loop.  I had to ice my knee and I took 800mg of ibuprofen but I didn’t die.  Yay!  About an hour and a half later Army Girl and I went to Curves.  It has been one of those very busy days, between walking and Curves that took up the whole morning.  I closed a Partylite party, went to the post office, and tried to go to the library (it was closed, bummer) and finished my discussion homework.  And the day flew by.  Now I am pretty sure my feet are having a hot flash.  The rest of me feels ok but my feet feel very hot.  Weird isn’t it? 

Happy thoughts for a happy day!

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Good news!  I got my financial aid worked out and will be able to continue on with my education.  I am so relieved and excited.  You don’t realize how much you want something until you nearly lose it.  Big sigh of relief!  I am so glad I didn’t give up on the class I am taking right now.  It was very tempting; some of my thoughts ran to what is the point, without the financial aid I can’t continue so why bother.  But the rest of my thoughts were, I have a 4.0 going in the classes I have taken, I do not want to end on a negative note.  Even if I can’t continue I can point to how well I was doing before I ran out of money.  My efforts have been rewarded.  I have now been able to get the financial aid straightened out and I will be able continue and I appreciate it so much more.

I had a 10 page paper due last Sunday, turned it in with about 11 hours to spare.  There were quite a few people in the class trying to get an extension; they didn’t have enough time t get it done.  I made a trip to the east coast and back during the week and still had plenty of time to get it done.  Why?   Because I paid attention, when the class started I looked at the syllabus so I knew in week 3 we had a ten page paper due and in week 4 we have a quiz and in week 7 we have to develop a game using “game theory” and discuss what it is like to play it, and in week 8 we have a quiz, plus every week we have a discussion and a case study.  This is graduate school!  Not high school, it is supposed to be hard.  Appreciate it.  I know I do. 

Army Girl is out for a run, Navy Girl is sailing somewhere and Air Force Girl has started block 10 of her training.  We got a lot of stuff cleaned out of the garage this week.  The garbage guy is coming to pick up the dumpster today.  There is still so much stuff!  We have a nice pile of things to sell at BFF’s and my garage sale.  All of the proceeds go to our Susan G. Komen 3-day for the Cure walk.  If you would like to donate please let me know and I will send you the link.

Art Linkletter died yesterday.  He was 97.  He had some great TV shows and some very funny books.  My condolences to his family and many fans. 

Gpa was pretty sick for the last week or so.  He went to the doctor on Monday, he has bronchitis.  He had been coughing up some pretty nasty green stuff all week.  He didn’t tell me or Sister B, because we were both out of town and he didn’t want to bother us.  GRRRRRRRR!  So instead he just gets sicker and sicker!  Silly man!  But he has finally gotten some antibiotics and is feeling better.  He needs to take better care of himself.  Then again, don’t we all?

Happy thoughts for a happy day!

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I got up very early this morning to walk, Hubby and I left the house at 5:15 this morning.  I left him at his work and Steve and I kept walking.  Steve is a good dog, we have taught him to walk without his leash and to follow our lead.  We expect him to behave.  I bring this up because we passed a guy who was being walked by his dog.  That dog wanted to come by us in the worst way.  Steve looked for a little while but I told him no and he let it go.  I expected him to behave; I believe my dog is a good boy and expected him to behave, so he did. 

Beliefs and expectations, we all have them, most of the time they are in line with each other and things are good.  It is when our beliefs and expectations diverge that problems occur.  For example, I believe my girls are good kids, I expect them to act that way, and they do.  I believe my girls are smart, I expect them to be successes, and they are.  I believe my Hubby is wonderful, I expect him to treat me like a princess, and he does.  I believe I have some good things to say so I write this blog, I expect people to read it, and people do.  These are all examples of when our beliefs and expectations are in line.

Sometimes our beliefs and our expectations are out of whack.  I was thinking about that as Steve and I were walking.  I believe I am smart and can do any job I put my mind to, but I do not expect to get a job when I apply for it.  I am certainly smart enough, I am certainly qualified, I have the ability, but the expectation of success when it comes to job hunting isn’t there.  Does that make sense to anyone else?  I don’t think it is just me.  I noticed it when I went to the Women For Hire Career Fair in Chicago.  I think we (we being women) substitute hope for expectation.  We hope things will go well, we hope we will be a success; we hope we will get the job.  We don’t expect it.  I don’t know how to change it.  I expect that will be something I have to learn.

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Soup To Nutz May 23, 2010...

http://news.yahoo.com/comics/soup-to-nutz

I was looking at the comics on the computer today and this Soup to Nutz written by Rick Stromoski just made my day.  It shows the power of positive thinking is such a wonderful way.  Rather than focusing on the bad things that happened to him, he is excited by the one good thing.  That is the power of positive thinking.  Kids are so amazing in their capacity to find the good in things.  I hope that you can too.

Happy thoughts for a happy day!

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We made it home shortly after 2 in the afternoon.  22 hours in a car, is a special type of hell.  Not a fun day, it rained much of the trip, especially when I was driving.  But we made it.  Navy Girl is now ♪sailing, sailing,  ♫ sailing the ocean blue.♪I do not know when the next time is we will hear from her.  I try not to think about it too much, it makes me sad and kinda weepy.  My eyes are finally not swollen from crying much of Thursday, I think I look better without the swollen bug eyes.  Not a lot but somewhat better.  Hubby spent most of yesterday (since we got home) sleeping.  I am actually surprised he could sleep at all what with all of the caffeine the man had ingested.  I think I would still be quivering if I had had that much!  At one point yesterday he did tell me he felt very jittery.  I am not surprised!  I probably would have been visibly shaking by that point.

I have approximately 6 of the 8-10 pages of the paper that is due tomorrow in my Organizational Behavior class.  I am writing a research proposal for on spirituality in the workplace.  I am proposing doing a study of startups analyzing the differences between Gen X, Gen Y and Baby Boomers.  Asking the question does spirituality make a difference in the success of the startup?  Now that you are all bored to tears, I know how you feel.  It is a pretty heavy topic for a beautiful weekend.  Hopefully I will get it finished in the morning, just get it over with that would be so nice!  Does anyone want to do it for me?

My condolences to BFF’s Hubby J, his father passed away this morning.  I hope you find as much peace as he now has.  My love to you all.

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So there were no random late night posts because it was a dark and rainy night. Hmm isn’t that the beginning if a really bad novel? Anyway, it was so if I wasn’t sleeping I was driving, and we all know driving and typing don’t mix. We are now about 6 hours from home. So the finish line is just over the horizon.
Hubby galant, tactful guy that he is, told me last night that I looked awful. I did, it was a true statement and one that was hard to argue with or really take offense at. My eyes were red and puffy from crying, my face was red from getting sunburned (who knew walking by an ocean with no sun screen on would do that? Who knew? Well obviously not me!) And riding in a car for a long time does such great things to your hair under the best of circumstances, so really you can’t blame him for pointing out the obvious, I looked like a hot mess.
Hubby and I have decided that for the good of everyone we will not be stopping anywhere not strickly necessary. It has been 30+ hours since we showered or brushed our teeth so I am sure things are getting pretty nasty. I am trying not to think about it too much, but decided to put that lovely visual in your head. You can thank me for it later. 😉
Navy Girl called about 6:45 to say she loved us and that her phone is now shut off. I would cry but my eyes hurt, but even now they are welling up. Breath in, breath out, breath in, breath out . . . Ok better now. Army Girl called about 8. She has drill this weekend so we will not actually see her ’til sunday. So now all we have to do is hear from Air Force Girl and we will have the trifecta.
I have a bunch of reading to do, I have a 10 page paper to write, due sunday at 11:59. Lots of time to get it done! Love to all of you!
Happy thoughts for a happy day!

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Hubby and I went to see Navy Girl. This was not a spur of the moment, run down to Madtown have dinner and go home trip. This was a three airplanes and a taxi ride one way,trip and 20+ hours in a car the other way, trip. It was/is well worth it. We have just begun the 20 hours in a car, so if there are some squirely posts you should know it is the middle of the night in the middle of the country and hubby and I are more than a little nuts by that point.

In the mean time I feel like crying ’til I throw up. Nothing hurts worse than leaving your kid and knowing you won’t see them for 8-10 months. I try not to cry, I want them to see my smiling face as we/they leave but I just can’t. It hurts too much. I am so proud of them and I support them in their endevours, I just wish they could do them where I can see them and talk to them.

Mothers and fathers have been sending their kids off to have lives of their own since the beginning of time. I am not unique in this, it will continue on this way far into the future. It is necessary for their continued growth and for mine. I will stop crying this time, eventually, it will get better. But I will never stop crying when they leave, I can’t, it hurts too much.

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My feet hurt.  I am training for the Susan G. Komen 3-day for the Cure and my feet are turning out to be major wimps.  I think a lot of the problem is my feet sweat a lot.  So building up calluses just doesn’t seem to be working.  I have some blisters that don’t seem too bad a couple of kinda gross ones on my big toes.  I know you really want to hear about it.  After all who doesn’t like to hear about gross stuff? 

Hubby, Army Girl and I went for a 6.6 mile walk this morning.  We got on the road about 0800 and were back by 1030ish.  Not too bad, I was slow today.  I just couldn’t get loosened up to really walk fast.  Hubby and I will try to do another 2-3 this evening.  We will need to; we are making one of our “famous” pizzas for supper tonight.  Yum!

The dogs are sprawled out sleeping.  Zoey made it the whole 6.6 miles.  That is a long way for something with 5 inch long legs.  Heck it is a long way for someone like me!

I signed my team up to bartend at the Logjam Country Music Fest.  We will make money bartending.  I am also going to volunteer for any other help he needs.  I put a link to it at the end of this blog.  It looks like it will be a great festival so if you like country music. . .

Happy thoughts for a happy day!

http://www.logjamfest.com/

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Navy Girl is going on her big cruise soon.  I am not ready.  I am not ready in a different way than when Army Girl went to Iraq.  Before Army Girl left she was here.  She lived in my house I saw her every day.   She left from somewhere that was accessible to me.  I could drive a couple hours and see her go.  Navy Girl lives a long way away from me, it is a 20+ hour drive.  She has not lived in my house in nearly 8 years.  And yet it seems like she just left.  I still miss her being in my house.   I don’t think I will ever get used to them not being here. 

Hubby and I are going to make a flying trip in to see her before she leaves.  One last hug and a kiss and off she goes.  I will probably cry the whole way home.  I don’t get to see her often enough as it is and now it will be a very long time before we will see each other again.  With luck she will be able to at least e-mail me.  But there will be no chatting on Facebook, no text messaging, no calls, not even on Skype.  I can send her letters and packages, they will take anywhere from three weeks to two months to get to her. 

I know that in this communication age we very spoiled.  Instant gratification, pick up the phone and there the other person is.  But when you are an enlisted person you are very low on the priority for communication systems.  You watch TV shows and it looks so simple to get a hold of people.  It isn’t.  If something happens there is a chain of command that you must follow.  The first place you call is the Red Cross; they in turn get a hold of the ship.   I am not sure how it works but we will make sure we have that information before she leaves.  Each group has a different way of doing things.  I hope I do not ever have to use it. 

I am so proud of you Navy Girl.  I hope you have a great cruise, that you learn lots and improve your career the way you want too.  I love you forever and always.

When your kids are in the military they leave for long periods of time.  Often you do not know where they are.  You just have to trust that they know what they are doing and that the next time you see each other it will be a happy time.  But you never get used to it.

Happy thoughts for a happy day.

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I remember my train of thought from earlier.  I would like to know what marketing genius decided that showing your potential customers as morons was a good idea.  Besides being dumb enough to use Gilbert Godfried in anything showing your potential customers as idiots has to be a bad move. 

I do not understand that mentality.  Your customers are too stupid to use a manual eggbeater so let’s sell them an automated one.  Doesn’t that mean if you buy the automated one you are stupid?  And who wants to admit to that?  If I were marketing these products I would want to emphasize the good aspects of the product.  Not make my customers look like idiots.  Wouldn’t you want to purchase something than made you look smarter?  Is it only me that thinks that way?

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