3.31.2007

Prayers needed

A military couple here on the island that I know lost their 7 week old baby girl the other day. On top of that, because the dad broke one of the baby's ribs during his efforts to save his daughter's life by doing CPR, their older daughter has been placed in temporary foster care. I cannot imagine the hell they are going through right now but I am sure they could use some prayers right now.


Thank you.

3.30.2007

Home again, Home again...

...jiggety jig. Never thought I'd be so happy to get back here. There is mail to be opened, laundry to do, and things that need my attention. I'll be back on later.


Five weeks until I leave for DC!!!!!




Pau.




- hfs

3.27.2007

BNA - wireless heaven!!!

Granted, it's only for a few short minutes but it is SOOOOOOO nice to have access to a wireless connection again! I am so freaking spoiled ;~) Paying the fee to access the wireless connection here at the airport is worth every single penny. We are on our way back to the West Coast and then on to the medium sized turd in the middle of the Pacific in just a few days.

Before we had to get to the airport, we were able to have lunch with some of our friends that we left behind at Campbell. Man, that was nice. We miss them terribly and it was wonderful to see them again. Everyone's children have grown (amazing how that happens when you feed them!) but other than that, not much has changed (well, as long as you don't count my friend's amazing weight loss!!! I almost didn't recognize her!). Hopefully not much will change in the next year or so and we will be able to pick back up where we left off.

So we are slowly making our way home and for that, I am grateful. Three weeks is about my limit for being away from home. Same for the kids. I am amazed at how well they have done with this trip. After living for 2 years on an island where the longest amount of time spent in the car was maybe 45 minutes, they have tolerated 800 miles of driving very well. Ditto for sleeping in unfamiliar places. And eating food they are not used to.

Soon, we will be home with our own beds, our own food, our own toys (our own wireless internet connection!). And hopefully I can get back into the groove of blogging.


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For those of you unaware...


...the MilBlogging Conference is taking place in Washington, D.C. in May. I was able to attend last year and the experience was incredibly fulfilling on a personal and (semi-) professional level. I literally spent the 2 days I was there walking around with my mouth hanging open. I was in awe of the fact that I was in the same room as many of the writers I had admired from afar. And when my jaw wasn't hanging open, I was laughing hysterically at the antics of people like Taco Bell, Major Pain, my partner in crime, Matt of the fly-mint-green-shirt fame, and of course Uncle Jimbo. If you haven't already made your reservations and registered, please consider doing so! The experience was incredible!




Pau.




- hfs

3.25.2007

Ready to go home

Ok...I'm done now. As wonderful as it has been to see family and friends, I am beyond ready to be home. Three weeks is a L O N G time to be away from all that is familiar. I am longing for my own bed (one that doesn't come equipped with a 3 year old that likes to sleep sideways in the bed with me and kick me in the kidneys each night), my own car (note to my readers - do NOT buy a Chevy HHR...they are a POS and the damn cigarette lighter doesn't work so I can't even hook up my iPod. Grr.), clothes other than the 5 outfits I packed, and MY WIRELESS INTERNET CONNECTION!!! Ah, the important things in life.


Don't get me wrong - I long to be back here. I am hoping and praying that the DA (Department of the Army) sees fit to return us to Fort Campbell in the near future (those of you that WORK for DA...I'm begging!!!) but for now, I miss my medium sized turd in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. I miss our routine. I miss our "normal".


I was lying in bed the other night (dodging kidney punches) and it hit me that MacGyver has been gone for EIGHT months. How the hell did that happen? I swear he just left yesterday. Wow. About now I should start to get excited as we approach the 100 day mark. But I can't. There is a possible extension on the horizon (no confirmation yet but I suspect it's coming) that would push us back to only the 1/2 way mark. Somewhat disheartening. Ok, it downright sucks donkey balls. But what are you going to do? Mentally, I had already begun to prepare myself for this. I kept telling family and friends (and MacGyver too) that I would be happy to have him home by Christmas 2007. And so it goes. Again, NO CONFIRMATION but I'm not holding out hope for good news. Several units in the brigade have already received official word that they will be extended. Such is life. Gives me more time to work on those GOALS I set for myself earlier. I'll have to post an update on things once we get home. And, if there is an extension in our future, I'll put that to good use and try to nail all of them.


And, I leave you with a request. My family needs some prayers. Nothing urgent or earth-shattering. Just life and health issues. Guess that's what happens when your dad is 79 and your Grama is 93+. But it still sucks. Especially when I'm 7,000 miles away and can't help out much. Thanks.




Pau.




- hfs

3.17.2007

Questions from the backseat

Princess Trouble: Mommy, do spiders have eyelashes?


Me: ...?





We made it to Atlanta. I'm shocked that I managed to get a hotel room - there is a NASCAR race this weekend and every hotel is booked solid. I can't say I'm impressed with this hotel - I booked a king sized bed with a sofa bed (I'm tired of sharing the bed with the kids and was looking forward to having some room to spread out) but there is no sofa bed in this room. I'm too tired to go and argue about it tonight. I'll leave that until tomorrow. It IS a king sized bed so maybe I won't get pummeled in between the two of them tonight. We'll see.

Tomorrow we are heading out to see a puppet show and hit the bookstore and possibly the education store. I also need to hit an electronics/computer store - the wireless connection in this hotel SUCKS so I need to pick up an ethernet cable. Hopefully that will help my connection. Monday we are going to the kids' discovery center here in town. That should be fun as well. Tuesday we are heading up to my folks' place and I think we'll stop at the aquarium either in Chattanooga or hit the one here in Atlanta. Princess Trouble needs to do a little project on a water creature.

It's COLD here by the way!!! Which is great except for the fact that I left my jacket in SoCal. Duh. And it's DRY. My poor skin doesn't quite know what to do with itself. I'll be stopping by Target tomorrow and picking up a really good moisturizer (probably more than you needed to know...I'm also grabbing diapers in case you were wondering what else is on the list!).

Our brigade back in Hawaii could use some prayers. One of our support battalions suffered its first casualty in the past few days. I'm sure it is hitting people hard. It's hitting me pretty hard and I don't even know the soldier's identity.

I need to get some sleep. I managed to eek out about 1.5 hours last night which is not a good thing. Talk to you all soon!!!




Pau.




- hfs

Woohoo!!!!!

I DID IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


I fixed the damn thing myself. I figured the worst I could do was crash the laptop. And since it wasn't hooking me up to the internet anyway, that really wasn't a big deal. So I started messing with it. And I finally figured out how to fix the issue I was having with the connection. Woohoo! So I'm back up and running. Thank GOD. Of course, when I get to my parents' place, they won't have wireless so I'll be back to square one but I might be able to mooch access off someone who hasn't secured their connection. We'll see.

In the mean time, it's 1:40am CST and I'm wide awake. Guess the 2 cups of chai tea at 10pm weren't such a good idea. heh. We're heading to Atlanta tomorrow. I'm quite sad to be leaving our friends here in Alabama. We've had an AWESOME few days with them. I just wish we lived closer so that we could visit more often. Hopefully the Army will agree with me and will allow us to move back to Fort Campbell in a year or so. My fingers are crossed.

So...what have we been up to? We flew out of Hawaii about a week and a half ago and spent 5 days in Southern California. That was pretty much "balls to the wall" for 5 days.

We spent time at the library and park that were built on the site of my elementary school. When I was in 2nd grade, the school district downsized and decided to close my elementary school and move us to another school about a mile away. For a while, my elementary school building served as the District Admin offices but a few years ago, the admin offices moved and my old school building was torn down to make way for a new library and park to replace the old library that had been just across the street. I had spent many a hot summer day in that old library, reading and escaping the heat and I loved it. It was big enough to hold hundreds of adventures for a bookworm like me but still intimate enough to feel like home. I miss it but the new facility is awesome. The kids picked out 10 books to check out and then we headed out to the park to play.

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Here they are, posing in the sandbox.


Princess Trouble brought along her new jump rope and was able to jump for a bit as well. She has really taken off with this - she just learned last month!




The next day was the baby shower for my sister-in-law. Some of you may remember that MacGyver's brother was diagnosed with cancer a short while back. Well, he's in recovery and the prayers worked! Not only was the surgery and treatment successful, he's going to be a DADDY in the near future!!!!!!!

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Princess Trouble had a great time acting as the First Princess to the Queen soon-to-be-Mum and helping her open gifts at her baby shower. It was wonderful to see her and MacGyver's brother. We can't wait to meet our newest niece when the time comes!

Then we were off to the American Girl Place. Princess Trouble has Nellie and was DYING to get over there and shop for her!

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Can you SEE why we chose Nellie? Scary, isn't it? The only difference between the two of them is the color of their eyes.

We capped off the SoCal visit to the "Happiest Place on Earth" though you probably couldn't tell by Little Man's lack of smiling...

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I SWEAR he had a good time!

We hit the merry-go-round, the Tea Cups, It's a Small World (mom, I promise I won't sing the song to you!), Peter Pan's ride, the Circus Train, Autopia, and even Matterhorn! And the highlight of all of that for Princess Trouble was a visit to the Princess Fantasy Faire where she got to dance along with the princesses including Cinderella (who she is calling out to below).

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Along with all of that, I managed to cram in 2 visits to In-N-Out for burgers, a trip to Target, visits with several groups of friends and family, a drive by my old house and school (Princess Trouble wanted to see where I went to school), and a lot of fun. Southern California is a great place to be FROM.


Now that I'm back up and connected to the world, I'm hoping to be able to post a bit more frequently. I still have pictures from R&R that I'd like to get uploaded. Still no official word on the "bad news". I'm hoping that means it may not come to fruition but I'm a "worse case scenario" type of person. I'd rather be pleasantly surprised than bitterly disappointed so I'll plan on the bad news becoming official one of these days. Maybe I'll be wrong. It has happened...once or twice before.




Pau.




- hfs

3.15.2007

Still no wireless access

But I'm still here! Actually I'm in the Southeast. Right now, I'm mooching my friend's laptop and internet connection. Still can't figure out how to configure my own laptop to hook up to their wireless network. I hate being ignorant.

Not a lot going on. We're recovering from our busy time in SoCal. Disneyland, American Girl store, a baby shower, dinner with friends on 2 different nights...whew.

I'm registered for the MilBlogging conference which is something to look forward to. There is word that there is some bad news coming down the pipe concerning this deployment but I don't have confirmation on anything yet so I'm going to hold off posting it. Not looking forward to the "official news". Ugh.

I will post again when I can. Talk to you all soon!




Pau.




- hfs

3.12.2007

Trees for Paratroopers


I think that I shall never see
A drop zone lovely as a tree.
A tree who scans the skies all day
And lifts her hungry arms to prey.
A tree whose jagged limbs were pressed
Against the jumper's bleeding breast.
A tree who may in summer wear
A mess of troopers in her hair.
Upon whose bosom they have lain
And infinitely screamed with pain.
Jump pay is drawn by fools like me
But only God can miss a tree.

R.I.P. (Requiescat In Parachute)





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Travel update: We're still in sunny Southern California. It has been non-stop since the day we arrived and isn't going to slow down tomorrow when we hit Disneyland. Today, I was dragged all over both stories of the Los Angeles American Girl Store. I have pictures but right now, my head is spinning from all of the girly-girl stuff I had to endure today. I'll post them when I can get access on my laptop to a wireless connection (I'm on the in-laws' desktop right now). I've about been "girlied out" as yesterday was the baby shower for my sister-in-law who is due to have a baby girl in June. So I've been up to my eyeballs in pink for the past few days. I'm about done!

We hit the friendly skies again Tuesday and head toward the Southeast for 2 weeks and then start to make our way back to the "medium-sized turd in the middle of the Pacific" as my good friend likes to call it ;~)

FbL ~ I saw that you called and I promise I'm going to call you back! My cell phone gets crappy reception up here so I have to wait for a free moment when I'm somewhere that I can call you back. That literally hasn't happened yet. But I promise I'll call!!!




Pau.




- hfs

3.07.2007

Jet Airliner

Leavin home, out on the road
Ive been down before
Ridin along in this big ol jet plane
Ive been thinkin about my home
But my love light seems so far away
And I feel like its all been done
Somebodys tryin to make me stay
You know Ive got to be movin on

Oh, oh big ol jet airliner
Dont carry me too far away
Oh, oh big ol jet airliner
Cause its here that Ive got to stay

Goodbye to all my friends at home
Goodbye to people Ive trusted
Ive got to go out and make my way
I might get rich you know I might get busted
But my heart keeps calling me backwards
As I get on the 707
Ridin high I got tears in my eyes
You know you got to go through hell
Before you get to heaven

Big ol jet airliner
Dont carry me too far away
Oh, oh big ol jet airliner
Cause its here that Ive got to stay

Touchin down in new england town
Feel the heat comin down
Ive got to keep on keepin on
You know the big wheel keeps on spinnin around
And Im goin with some hesitation
You know that I can surely see
That I dont want to get caught up in any of that
Funky shit goin down in the city

Big ol jet airliner
Dont carry me too far away
Oh, oh big ol jet airliner
Cause its here that Ive got to stay

Oh, oh big ol jet airliner
Dont carry me too far away
Oh, oh big ol jet airliner
Cause its here that Ive got to stay
Yeah, yeah yeah, yeah

Big ol jet airliner
Dont carry me too far away
Oh, oh big ol jet airliner
Cause its here that Ive got to stay

Oh, oh big ol jet airliner
Carry me to my home
Oh, oh big ol jet airliner
Cause its there that I belong




So, somewhere along the line I misplaced my brain long enough to book airplane tickets to the mainland. I managed to find awesome fares to SoCal and then on to the Southeast so the kids and I will be traipsing across the United States for a few weeks. We are all looking forward to seeing family and friends, celebrating my dad's 79th birthday with him, hitting Disneyland, the aquarium in Chattanooga, The Great Smoky Mountains, and everything else in between. I'm not sure I'll have any SANITY left at the end of this excursion but it will effectively kill off the month of March AND Spring Break at the same time.

I'm hoping to be able to blog while I'm traveling but neither set of grandparents has wireless internet so I might be a bit limited. We'll see. In the meantime, try your best to stay out of trouble!




Pau.




- hfs

3.04.2007

"I just took a shower with the cockroach from hell...

He's in the bathroom right now, doing his hair!"


Can you name that movie?


I was just about ready to go to bed and realized that I had neglected to put something in my bag that I needed to have on hand tomorrow. So I went out into the hallway where my desk is and flipped on the hall light. I happened to catch movement on the wall to my left so I looked over and came face to face with what had to have been the LARGEST freaking cockroach on the planet! I backpedaled, tripped over my chair, reeled backward into the wire shelving that I have up holding my scrapbooking materials, knocking over a bunch of stuff. It's amazing to me that my children slept through this - the hallway is right above their room.


THIS is when I miss MacGyver the most. I can hire a mechanic to fix my car. I can hire a plumber to fix my pipes (well, my landlord can). I can find someone to help me out if the computer takes a dive. But who the hell do I call when it's 12:30am on a Saturday night and there is a cockroach the size of Paris Hilton's teacup Chihuahua hanging out on my WALL?!? And the damn thing FLIES! I about wet my pants on that one. Thankfully there was nothing to trip over. I probably would have broken a bone and then I'd really be up the creek without a paddle.

Damn deployment BUGS! Ugh. He's too far up on my wall (we have cathedral ceilings) to get at with a rolled up magazine (or War and Peace) and I can't reach him with the vacuum. Maybe I can shoot him. Nah - the noise might actually wake the kids up. And I'm sure it would freak out the neighbors. And then I'd have to figure out how to spackle over a bullet hole in the wall surrounded by cockroach guts. Blech.

Very little scares me. But I am now wide awake and in no hurry to go back to bed. What if he finds his way into my ROOM??? Good God. I miss you MacGyver!!!




Pau.




- hfs

3.01.2007

Please pray

Enterprise, Alabama hit by tornado


This is where flight school is located and we have many, many friends in the Enterprise area. I've been in contact with some of them but not all. Please pray.


And those of you in the southeast, please stay safe.




Pau.




- hfs

Remember Me






Pau.




- hfs




h/t Greyhawk and Mrs. G.

An officer's scalp

John over at Argghhh! called for officer scalps.


Seems he got his wish.


Good. Now, if they will just take him up on his offer to take over MedHold...




Pau.




- hfs