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I have a weekly video call with my middle granddaughter (daughter of Army Girl). She is 2 1/2 and loves talking to me on the phone. Unlike her older sister who only talks on the phone if someone forces her to say hi. I am the Mia in the title.

When I say hanging out in the title I am not kidding. She and I do stuff together: we eat breakfast or snacks, we play, we watch tv. Generally just hang out. Case in point this is a screen shot of our conversation/ hang out today. I wish I could tape some of the conversations we have. They are fun, funny, and wide ranging.

view of our conversation

view of our conversation

As you can see, we do a lot of looking at each other. 😜 I love these days when I can listen to or sometimes see what she is doing. She always includes me in what she is playing. Today we were swimming in the pool with her baby dolls. Her imagination is so wonderful to be a part of.

Often when Navy Girl is on her way to work she calls and baby A will tell me a story. Cooing and warbling, sometimes it is a happy story and sometimes it is a sad one. Air Force Girl’s kids H1 and H2 love to tell me stories as well.

I am so grateful for modern technology so that I can see them. I can be more of a presence in their lives than my parents were able to be. It also helps me not miss my parents as much.

We usually talk until one of our batteries is about to die. Then we go about our days, me just that much happier.

Happy thoughts for a happy day!

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Happy Monday! January 8th already. I hope your year has started the way you want it to.
As most of you know I am a yoga junkie. Love it, love the way it makes me feel when I am doing it and how accomplished I feel when I am done. Yoga alone can be a great workout and when paired with other exercise . . . 💗
Yoga with Adriene has a new 30 day program (completely free) called TRUE. I have not properly worked out in nearly a month so a 30 day program will be just the thing to get me back in the swing. I did Day 1- Motive (24:56) today. This is a great starting video. Moves all the muscles without any fancy moves, no pigeons, no crows, no other animals. Just simple moves that are easy to follow.
I paired this with 30 minutes on the exercise bike. I kept it slow except for 4 1/2 minutes of 1 minute sprints sprinkled through out the ride (11.5 miles). The last 30 second sprint kinda made me want to hurl but that is good because we need to push ourselves a little.
Once this 30 days is done my intention is to get the new Fitness Blender’s 4 week Burn series (only $9.99) and yours forever.
I am in no way affiliated with either of these sites on YouTube. I just love them. I am going to document my attempts at getting healthy, getting a new job, and generally adjusting my attitude.
Oh I have also been listening to some books on tape. I travel a lot because Gpa, lives 3 hours away, Army Girl and fam live 4 hours away, In-laws live 5.5 hours away, Air Force Girl and fam live 8 hours away, and Navy Girl and fam live a whopping 14 hours away. So needless to say I have lots of time for listening. So I decided to make productive use of the time.
So far I have listened to Born to Win by Zig Ziglar, Meatball Sundae – Is Your Marketing Out of Sync? by Seth Godin and You Are A Badass by Jen Sincero. I have listened to the last one 3 times in the last week. I will listen to it a few more times before it is returned to the library. I will be listening to a new one of these a couple times a month. I will keep you posted on which ones I find helpful.
So now I have a plan for the next two months or so. What is your plan for the new year? Have you started?

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I went and saw my Dad yesterday. As much as he dislikes it he is doing much better living at the nursing home. His color was good and he even looks like his weight is stabilizing. I hope he gains some of the weight he has lost back.

One of my brothers and two of his daughters were there while I was there. That definitely perked my dad right up. He said he was feeling pretty good but his memory was getting worse. We said that is one of the reasons we need him to stay there. It will help him keep what memories he has.

I got him a note book and some colored pens to write his memories in. He can use it as an organizer for all of the pieces of paper that he is trying to keep track of. I told him to get some tape and tape them into the notebook. I don’t know if he will but I hope he does.

Two young couples have looked at his house and we will have a second offer on it today. I don’t know if I am ready for this. It has only been on the market a week and offers already. Selling the house is so permanent. I know that there is no way Dad can ever live by himself again. He just isn’t healthy enough. But selling the house means time is running short.

I am 50+ years old and my Dad has been in ill health for a lot of years. My Mom has been dead for almost 20 years. I am not ready to be an orphan. Hubby makes fun of me when I say this but both of his parents are still alive. I am not ready to be the oldest generation in my family. Not that any of us have a choice, time marches on whether we want it to or not.

This coming weekend Navy Girl and family, Army Girl and family, Air Force Girl and family, and Hubby and I will all be together for the first time since 2011. When I am with my grandchildren I keep thinking how much my Mom would have loved her great-grandkids. I think about how my Dads illness is robbing him from knowing them.

I know I am very lucky. My Dad is well taken care of. The house selling quickly will be a blessing; we will be able to keep him in a private room longer. Life is short so hug your loved ones.

Happy thoughts for a happy day!

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Today is the 27th anniversary of the Challenger explosion. Navy Girl and I were watching it on TV when it happened. She went around for the next week telling everyone “unbelievable! It just blew up!” and it was. At the time the internet was not readily available like it is now so we could only learn about it from the TV and newspapers. Years later I met an engineer who had worked on that mission. The engineers had advised against launching that day but the President was there and they went ahead with disastrous results. My thoughts are with the families of all those who died and all of us who watched it happen.

Speaking of disasters, that night club fire in Brazil, it just makes you weep. If you go into a building and there is only one exit please use it immediately. Your life is worth way more than a few hours of entertainment.

My job hunt continues. I struggle some days with depression and a sense of why bother and anger. Unfortunately I wasn’t born with a horseshoe embedded anywhere like some people in my family – Hubby, youngest brother, a few cousins – to name a few. So I will have to work very hard to make something work. The good news is of the 5 jobs I applied for last week I have only been turned down for 1. I haven’t heard anything from three of them and the 4th says they will be making decisions on who gets interviews in a week or so. My goal this week is to apply for 2 jobs a day and get at least one interview. I have started a spreadsheet to track where I have applied and the results. Things will work out, they always do.

I am glad to live where I do. If you don’t like the weather just wait a day or so and it will be vastly different. I cannot imagine living somewhere, where there is no change. Last week we were in the 0’s and this week we will have 50’s and then teens. It definitely keeps things from getting boring. If you are going out today, please be careful, they are saying there is a lot of black ice.

Happy thoughts for a happy day!

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Well it has started it-the next round of deployments. We had a lovely four days visiting with Navy Girl and Mr. and Mrs. Air Force Girl. And of course when it was time to leave (ok most of the morning) I bawled like a baby. The more I tried not to cry the harder I cried. It is so hard when soldiers, sailors and airmen are deployed. The worst part is not being able to pick up the phone and hear their voices.

Navy Girl pointed out to me that we don’t see each other all that often now, but we can and do Skype so at least then I can see her pretty face and hear her lovely voice. Now it will be many many many months until I get to hear her. We are luckier than many families; her job requires her to check her email frequently so we will be able to get email from her fairly regularly.

We all seem to have caught the sinus version of the gunk that is going around. It starts with a sore throat and moves into the sinuses. That seems to be as far as mine went. As soon as I was coming down with it I started drinking 2 teaspoons of raw honey in some hot water. That helped my throat a lot. I read that if you take 1 teaspoon of raw honey with ¼ teaspoon of cinnamon in some hot water twice a day for three days it will help knock down a cold. It seems to have worked. Plus get lots of rest, I took Vicks sinus stuff and slept at least 8 hours a time. I feel pretty good right now.

Many people have been getting that horrible flu that is going around. Please be careful if you get it, BFF and Mr. Air Force Girl’s mom have both ended up in the hospital with it. Everyone I know that has caught it has been knocked down hard with it. Wash your hands, wash your hands, wash your hands! Cover your mouth when you cough, cover your mouth when you cough, cover your mouth when you cough! It is the best way to not catch things and to not give it to anyone else.

Happy thoughts for a happy day!

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Okay, okay, okay! I know it has been way too long since I last posted anything. I have been very busy and lots of other excuses. Do you know how many great books there are out there to read? I am currently reading 4 of them. Plus working and hanging out with hubby and of course seeing the amazing Baby-O as often (and not nearly enough) as possible.

I know I promise this a lot that I will get better about posting, and this time and for the foreseeable future we will. Both Navy Girl and Army Girl will be deploying somewhere for the next two years. We have been incredibly spoiled with no one being deployed for the last nearly two years.  *sigh* I like being spoiled. I like being able to pick up the phone and call my girls and knowing eventually they will call me back. But that is the life they chose and that I wholly support.

My company has started a wellness program. I am trying to get more exercise at work. So for my 15 minute break and my lunch I try to make 3 laps of the plant. It comes out to about 1200 steps per walk. It isn’t great but it is better than nothing. I think the startup of the wellness program has caused more stress than it has relieved. It will be an interesting year!

May everyone have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year if I don’t get on here again before then. I know, I know I said more often. . .

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So many things have been happening in my household right now I hardly know where to begin. Let’s start with the most momentous news. Hubby and I are living together again! YAY!!! (Lots of smiley faces and wild cheering.) It was 20 months apart and now nearly one month back together. It is so nice. You have no idea, well actually if you have dealt with deployments maybe you do.

Baby O is four months old already. She is growing like a weed and I expect that to continue for the next 16 or so years. 🙂 Army Girl is doing a very good job. I am very proud of how they have adapted. We are all at that phase now where we can’t remember what life was like before O.  She (Army Girl) has found a nice home with her new unit attached to a cavalry unit and is taking the summer off of school. It is great to see things falling into place for her.

Air Force Girl and the Finance are doing well, three months until the wedding. We went and met her future in-laws. Liked them a lot! We hope to be able to see more of them than just wedding stuff. Boy who knew Air Force Girl was so organized and crafty? Well I guess we all knew about the crafty part but the organization part has been a happy surprise!  It will be a loverly day for all.

Navy Girl is off doing Navy stuff, always going in 17 directions at once. She sent me an email and the list of titles she holds is quite impressive. I have no idea when she sleeps. I hope in the not too distant future she will be able to slow down a little and maybe have a life too. I miss her, it has been too long since we were able to see or speak to each other. That is what happens when you are all so busy.

It is turning out to be a crazy busy summer. I hope you are all having as much fun as I am. I will try to write more regularly but no promises.

Happy thoughts for a happy day!

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Welcome to the world baby-O! It is amazing how quickly your arrival has changed our lives. With your button nose and long toes you have enchanted us all. It is amazing how small a new human can be. I do not remember her mommy being that small.  Could be because she never was that small!

There is just no way that we will remember what it was like before you arrived. Your Aunties: Air Force Girl and Navy Girl will be here soon to see you. Gpa is looking forward to meeting you soon too.  I guess we will have to call him great-Gpa now.

Army Girl I know you will be a great mother. You will muddle through just like all of us do. Baby-O will grow and thrive in spite of your best efforts, just like every other human on this planet.  We try our best and kids turn out well anyway. So while it may sound like a curse, I really do hope you have a kid just like you. You haven’t turned out to terrible!  😛

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First off a big apology to everyone, I have not written in more than a month. My life has taken a very strange turn and it has taken a bit to process it all. I have said to many people that this is going to be an amazing year, I have felt that all along and well if the first month is the foreshadowing of the rest of the year . . . OH BOY!

I told hubby at the beginning of the year that this is the year we win the lottery and some amazing things were going to happen. Now this is not prescience on my part, after all Army Girl’s babyO will be here sometime in February and Air Force Girl is getting married in September and Navy Girls boat got floated so by definition that makes it an amazing year with lots of emotional lottery winning. BUT and as you can see that is a big but. . . January started the year off in a way wonky fashion.

So as you all know I started working at MPC in September on the 19th in fact. I was the sales and marketing coordinator and was doing some really interesting stuff. We had just developed this awesome new website that was set to launch the middleish of January and we were looking at signing some new reps and things were starting to happen. On the 19th of January my company pulled the rug out from under us and announced it was closing on March 19th. Are you seeing the dates? On the 4 month anniversary of starting with the company it was announced that it was closing! Talk about a sock in the gut! Did you notice in the second sentence of this paragraph that I said was? Keep reading folks there is more to come.

In this state when a company closes it has to give 60 days’ notice and it has to jump through a bunch of hoops.  The company has and will have as many people work up until that closing date as possible, while holding job fairs and the like to get as many people hired on other places as possible. Which is good because there are a lot of older people who work there that are going to struggle, I worry about some of them.  While I could have stayed until March 19 because the company is still taking and fulfilling orders I really didn’t have anything to do. Plus I got a job offer from someone else. So I took it. I started my new job on February 1. I am still looking because it doesn’t pay as well as I would like but it is certainly interesting.

So this amazing year has already had a few surprises, I am looking forward to seeing what happens next! I will try to write more often than the once a month I have been doing so far. I have seen some very interesting quotes lately that I would really like to write about. So who knows what is around the corner? Certainly not I but I can’t wait to find out! How about you? How is your amazing year turning out?

Happy thoughts for a happy day!

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I have 3 children with two different fathers that means right off the bat we have 4 parents, my ex and his wife and me and my hubby that equals 4. Now each of us has a set of parents, we are lucky that none of them are divorced so there are only 8 of them.  At the moment 2 of the 3 of them have significant others. Air Force Girl just got engaged and Army Girl and the boy will someday get married seeing as we will be soon having grandbabygirl1. Well it is my theory that has been confirmed by Army
Girls’ boy. I guess we will have to come up with a name for him won’t we? And Air Force Girls boy too, I guess right now we will call him THE FIANCÉ. So now we have THE FIANCÉ and the boy and their respective parental units. The math is just getting overwhelming.

I am with the girls for the second year in a row. Now this year I do not get them exclusively but the fact that I get them at all is so amazing . . .  sometimes people don’t understand the math of Christmas. Think about it if we really did the math I would be lucky to get the girls all together ever 6 or 8 years depending on how many of the significant others have divorced parents. I am lucky, I enjoy Christmas as much as anyone, but I believe Christmas happens when you want it to. It doesn’t have to be pinned to a date. Anytime I can get together with all of my girls and their soon to be growing families’ works for me.

As a family we were lucky in 2011, we didn’t have anyone deployed. I am thinking we will not be so lucky in 2012. Now I do not know this for a fact and if I did you wouldn’t find out unless it was announced by someone official, not me. But I also don’t expect to be able to spend ‘Christmas’ with my kids every year either. It would be amazingly lovely if I could but I do not expect it. As your kids get to be adults and as they start to pair up with others you add in so many others, the math gets huge very quickly. And the thought that you get to have a command performance by them every year is just plain naivety at its worst.

Christmas is nice because it is a time of year when everyone is forced to be nice to everyone. We all want Santa to come see us after all. But the rest of the year is just as amazing if you let it be.  The spring when everything is renewing itself, the summer when the heat makes everything grow, the fall when the bounty of the year is harvested and the winter when we learn to appreciate it all again.   The days don’t matter the being with the people you love does.

So we will continue to “sneak” in as many visits with as many people as we can. It is what we do, is it the preferred way of doing things? Oh heck no!!! But is it what we will do as long as we can, YES we will. If you don’t like it, I am sorry about that. But . . .

Merry Christmas!


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