Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Currently...Will's Home!

So in case you missed it, Will is home! It was a little frustrating trying to figure out when they were coming in and where. First he gave me one time, then he texted me while I was sleeping that their flight was delayed. I was half awake, but I managed to reset my alarm and went back to sleep. Just as I was getting into a deep sleep, he texted me again saying never mind he's on the plane and they should be back to the original time. Again, half asleep, I reset my alarm. When I woke up I vaguely remembered the texts and was so confused. I had to reread our conversation a couple times to make sure I was up on time. There was also some confusion about where they were supposed to be picked up. There were wives waiting at the old passenger terminal, the new one, and at the squadron. Luckily Will got the right information to me and I wasn't driving all over base trying figure out where the heck he was.

It is incredible to have him home again. I know he'll be home for at least a month or two since he has leave coming up. I'm really hoping we can enjoy the summer when he gets back. It'll be a our last full summer here and he missed out last year since he was deployed. But the military wants what it wants and if it wants to send him off somewhere again it will. We'll just have to make the most of our weekends and do as much as possible.

Anyway, I saw this over at Michelle's blog and I thought it looked like fun.

Making: excuses not to get out of bed. I'm deeply entrenched in lazy mode.
Cooking: up ideas for dinners this week. I have to go grocery shopping this week.
Drinking: water. I specifically didn't buy any soda the last couple commissary trips to tamper down the soda consumption.
Reading: through my blog list. I've been keeping up fairly well this week. As we all know, miss one day and there's no catching up.
Wanting: a puppy. I know we shouldn't get a pet while we're living overseas, but Will and I really, really, really want one.
Looking: forward to our trip back to the US. It's coming up and the excitement is really starting to boil up!
Playing: Once by Rascal Flatts. So tragic. But one of my favorites.
Wasting: time. As always. I should be getting Will's crap unpacked from the suitcase so we can start getting organized for our trip.
Wishing: I could be pregnant already. We are so ready for mini Ech's and Will's running around.
Enjoying: snugging with myself under the blankets listening to the thunderstorm outside.
Waiting: for Will to come home. He just texted saying he's held up doing his leave paperwork and other work stuff. Ugh!
Liking: that the Blazers are doing so well!

Wondering: how many bottles of wine I can fit in my luggage. I'm bringing as much as I can for girls night with my best ladies in Portland.
Loving: that Earl Thomas got resigned. LOB!!!

Hoping: they hurry up and finalize a deal with Richard Sherman.
Marveling: at how messed up the blankets on bed are right now. Will likes to tangle them up when he sleeps and leaves it a disaster.
Needing: my leg to stop itching. Every spring/early summer in Italy I get a rash (contact dermatitis) on my legs that tortures me. It'll go away on its own eventually. If not, it'll go away when I get back to Oregon.
Smelling: nothing. Is that weird?
Wearing: sweatpants and a hoodie. I'm super comfortable and happy right now.
Following: all the Seahawks' off season moves. Is it football season yet? No? Boo!
Noticing: that my stomach is starting grumble. I think it might be time to eat soon.
Knowing: I really should put away the laundry that I did two weeks ago...but I just don't feel like it. [don't judge me]
Thinking: that I really need to cut my hair. But I'll wait until after the weddings so I can have a pretty updo.
Feeling: tired. But I'm trying to stay on Will's sleep schedule with him.
Bookmarking: things for us to do this summer...but I really shouldn't since I'm sure the Air Force will squash all our plans again. [sorry, I'm still bitter and I'm scared they're going to take him away again]
Opening: a gajillion tabs on my internet browser. As always.
Giggling: in anticipation of the photo booth pictures from my best friend's bridal shower. My friends have been hyping them and I already know they're going to be amazing and hilarious.
Feeling: impatient. Will still isn't home and I'm pouting.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Semi-Charmed Summer 2014 Book Challenge

I love participating in any of Megan's book challenges. I never finish, but it's still fun to try. I've picked up books I've never heard of or never would have considered to fulfill requirements and I've found really amazing books because of it. I probably won't have the time to finish the summer challenge, but I still want to give it a go. Here's my preliminary ideas:

  5 points: Freebie! Read any book that is at least 200 pages long.

I know, I know. How could I have this on my bookshelf and not have read it yet? I really have no excuse or explanation.

10 points: Read a book that was written before you were born.

A friend of mine had two copies and gave me this one to read. We both really liked the first Hobbit movie and were curious on how the book compares. I've been torn on whether or not I want to read the book before I watch the movies. But I'm too curious about the story to hold out.

10 points: Finish reading a book you couldn't finish the first time around. (You must have at least 150 pages left in the book to use it for this category.)

Yet another book I have on my shelf that I keep picking up and setting aside. I told Jessica that I'd read it so she can use it for the "Read a book another blogger has already read for the challenge" category, so that'll be good motivation. I would hate to leave her in a lurch!

10 points: Read a book from the children’s section of the library or bookstore.

I'm all about knocking out the series this challenge. I have a lot of them on my 'to read' list. It's weird to me that this is in the children's section, but whatever. I'll take it.

15 points: Read a book that is on The New York Times' Best Sellers List when you begin reading it.

TBD...we'll see what's on the list when I get to this section

15 points: Read a historical fiction book that does not take place in Europe.

15 points: Read a book another blogger has already read for the challenge. (Yes, you will have to wait until the first check-in to choose this book! So no one will be able to finish this challenge in only one month; sorry!)

TBD...fingers crossed I find a good book from the first check in!

20 points: Read a book with “son(s),” “daughter(s)” or “child(ren)” in the title. No other words will count—including kids, offspring, etc.—so please don’t ask. :)

I found this book by searching for books with 'daughter' in the title. Actually, I searched 'children' and 'son' first and didn't find anything I was smitten with. But this one, The Tyrant's Daughter, sounds fascinating.

20 points: Read a book that was/will be adapted to film in 2014.

My mom handed me this book last time I was home and I never got around to it. I've heard great things about it so I'm excited to read it.

25 points: Read a book written by a blogger.

25 points: Read a biography, autobiography or memoir.

I loved the first book by John Elder so I'm super excited to read this one. 

30 points: Read a pair of books with antonyms in the titles.

Do these count? Because I really want them to. I could get more creative if I had to.

Is it May 1st yet? I'm ready to start!

Thursday, April 24, 2014

A Real Military Wife

I found this link up through a few blog friends and I'm so glad I did! I hope that my non-military family and friends aren't fooled by all the movies and tv shows. But I guess it's hard to understand what it's like if they can't see it. So here's my real military life:

wedding in Alaska

I'm Ech. I met Will on October 18, 2008 in my sister's dorm room on Elmendorf AFB (JBER) in Alaska. While we dated I lived in Oregon while he was stationed at Elmendorf. Honestly, if it weren't for the whole military thing, we probably wouldn't have gotten married for another year or two. But the long distance was too hard and we knew we loved each other so we took the leap in September of 2010.

Barcis Italy

Now we're at our second duty station...Aviano Air Base in ITALY! I love it! Here I'm more immersed in the military world. I go to base almost exclusively for errands (groceries, the post office, bill paying, etc). The only Americans I meet here are military. Other than our landlord and his wonderful family, all our socialization is with military people. It was kind of overwhelming for awhile. But I've slowly got the hang of it and have adjusted accordingly.

I learned very quickly that the stereotypes about military spouses are there for a reason. I was so turned off that it squashed any desire to get involved with anything on base. I never surrounded myself with people like that and I'm not about to start now. Luckily my husband has a few work friends with spouses who are down to earth and laid back. I mean really...our last girls date was dinner, wine, and Doctor Who. They're pretty awesome right?

Piazza Garibaldi

Do I like the military life? Honestly? No, not really. If I had to describe it in one word it would be "lonely". My husband is my best friend. We do almost everything together. But he works long hours; he goes on a lot of TDY's; and my family and friends are incredibly far away. I might have thought I had an idea of what I was getting into, but really...I had no clue. It's so much bigger and harder than I could have possibly imagined. But you know how I said the stereotypes are true? The one that applies most is that military spouses are incredibly resilient. I've been through a lot of bad things in my life and I always kind of knew that life wasn't ever going to be easy. Because of that I've been able to deal with all the bad things that comes along with Will being in the military. It's not easy, but so far it's not impossible.

Don't get me wrong, it's not all bad. We do what we can to take advantage of the life the Air Force has given us. We're stationed in freaking ITALY so we travel as much as we can. Alaska was gorgeous and a part of the world I had no plans to travel to, but I'm grateful that I got the chance to explore a little bit. And you know what else doesn't suck? Federal holidays (woo long weekends!), discounts on all kinds of cool things, and free base events.

Go Hawks

For now, I'm a military wife. Is it all that I am? No. But I've noticed that it seems to be the title that's thrust on me most often. Even when I go home and I'm with friends who have known me for years, I'm still defined as the friend who married the military guy. I struggled against it for most of our marriage. But recently I've realized that I'm extremely proud of my husband and what he does. He enjoys being an Airman and it's something he wants to do for the foreseeable future. When I think about it, military wife isn't a terrible title. It's what I'll be defined as for a while and I'm okay with that. (Just don't call me a dependent. I'll have to fight the urge to slap you in the face.)

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

What's Your Favorite Way to Treat Yo' Self?


Whenever Will leaves (either on a TDY or deployment) I do whatever I can to make myself happy to pick myself up again. It takes me about two weeks to fully adjust to his absence. During that time I treat myself a lot.
(If you're don't know what "Treat Yo Self" this super short video explaining:) 

So to answer the question:

Sometimes I do something simple. Like drink an extra Coke or get myself a white mocha. It's a treat since I try to limit my caffeine and soda intake).

Other times, I go shopping...mostly online since the euro to dollar exchange isn't so great. I'm addicted to Zulily and Etsy. This time I bought this scarf ( Or I'll buy a salmon filet and make one of my favorites: teriyaki salmon with white rice. (I've been craving it lately, I need to make a trip to the store.)

And every once in a while I go on a trip. That's harder to do since I don't travel solo, but when I can find a buddy I'll go to the beach or explore a new country.

The one time my husband deployed, I went home. It's something I plan on doing anytime he deploys. Nothing makes me feel better or happier than being at home with my family and friends.

I guess the short answer is food, clothes, and travel. How do you treat yo' self?

Monday, April 21, 2014

Situational Letters

Situational Letters

Growing up my mom used to hide little notes in my luggage when I went to visit my dad for the summer. Little love notes, notes of encouragement, just because notes. It gave me something to look forward to when I was sad about leaving for so long.

I tried to continue the tradition with Will, but the first time I did it was before I went home to Hawaii. He caught on quickly that there were notes hidden in the house and went on a hunt. He found most of them before my plane touched down.

When we were dating I sent him a stack of letters to open when he went on his first TDY. I think they didn't last past the first week. He knew it was supposed to last him the whole time, but he couldn't help himself during the days we weren't able to talk.

I've been seeing ideas for situational letters on Pinterest and I thought I'd give it a try. I customized the letters so he couldn't open them all at once.

When he has forgotten how weird I am
When we're mad at each other...or I'm mad at him
When he wants to come home and he hates everyone around him
When he wants to come home and he really really hates everyone around him
When he needs to hear how much I love him

I think the situational rule helps because the letters would be silly if he read them all at once. I'll have to do this from now on because a week or two ago I asked him if he'd burned through them all yet and he said no!

Do you have any ideas for future letters? I have to brainstorm for future TDYs or deployments.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Sheep on Parade

I'm so totally and completely a city girl and living in this small farm town entertains me to no end. People stop by for coffee at the bar next door and drive up in their tractors or their trailers with cows chilling in the back.

The sheep parade...that was a first in the ~3 years that we've lived here. I was hanging out, playing video games in bed when I felt some vibrations and heard some baa-ing. It took me a minute for my brain to process what was going. I ran over to the window and seeing all those sheep was an immediate day-maker. I fumbled around for my phone so I could take a few videos and snap a bunch of pictures.

Sheep Parade
That's our car parked in the bottom corner. I wanted to be sitting on the trunk watching.

I really wanted to run downstairs, but I was scared that I wouldn't make it out in time. So I just hung out the window and watched the show from above. There was a car waiting to go across with a woman and her small child. They got out to watch, so I wasn't the only one enjoying the show.

I didn't see the front of the herd, but there was no one in between and only a man and a dog at the back. I was so impressed that they didn't wander off or stop for more than a minute to snack on the shrubs.

The babies and their floppy ears cuteness just kills me.

Does anyone have any experience with sheep herding? Is this normal? Are they always so well-behaved? My only experience with sheep is from Babe.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Poland's Prime Minister Donald Tusk meets Will

Poland's Prime Minister Donald Tusk visited the base that our Airmen are at. By pure luck Will ended up being in the front row right in front of the PM. He was the first one to get to shake his hand! The PM didn't just shake his hand and move on. He stopped, asked where he was from, and chatted for a minute before moving on to the next guy. How cool is that!?

Poland's Prime Minister Donald Tusk at Łask Air Base
Image via
I even found a video of the speech. They cut off his meeting the PM, but still very cool. The speech is in Polish, but if you skip to about 2:34 you can see Will's appearance. He's in the very front with his back to the camera shaking hands.

Click here to see an article about the visit. It's in English so no worries about trying to translate.

When Will said the Prime Minister was visiting, I half-seriously told him to make sure he shook his hand. Obviously that's not something that everyone gets the opportunity to do. But sure enough, Will got that chance!

Monday, April 14, 2014

National Ex-Spouse Day

Will is my one and only, forever and always, and the love of my life.

But before Will came some special men that I have to give a little shoutout to on National Ex-Spouse Day. These guys are some of my all-time favorite guys that I have the pleasure of being friends with. Between all the stupid boy drama back in the day I had these guys to laugh with, to have epic dance parties with, and to just be me with. Anyone who gets the honor of actually being in a real marriage with any of these guys is incredibly lucky. It may have been fake for me, but I loved pretending with such fun guys.

My Wifey. Yeah you heard that right. Wifey. Let's just say we were confused. I was Hubby he was Wifey. No one questioned it and it was awesome.

My first husband. No, not legally. On Facebook. Our story was that we got married so that he could live in the US and I could live in Norway. This was before everything on Facebook was so official and serious and it was hilarious to us that people legitimately thought we were married.

My complicated relationship. Before I got Facebook married, I was in a complicated relationship. Like I said, Facebook was fun and not so serious back then. My friends and I thought it was hysterical that there was an "it's complicated" relationship status. Did anyone actually seriously choose that with someone? We did. Because we kept complicating each other's relationships by saying we were complicated. We never made that complicated relationship a complicated marriage, but it was significant enough to be mentioned on this day of ex-spouses.

Cheers to my guys and Happy Ex-Spouse Day!

To my Will: Here's to never celebrating this day together.