The speech he ought to give

Lex has a post up with the contents of the speech Obama ought to give.

Our armed forces fought valiantly under tremendously exceptionally challenging conditions, and without the united support of the people they support and defend, support that they deserved. They fought with unprecedented courage and humanity. Those that died in the effort gave their last full measure of devotion to the prospect that others might win the advantages that most us take for granted.

I'm pretty sure that, due to the three words that comprise paragraph seven, it will never happen. If only...


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New homeschooling blog

I had a few spare minutes today and put together a blog about our homeschooling adventures. Feel free to check it out --> Homeschool SITREP (I know...corny. What can I say?)


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Cruel summer

The goodbyes continue. What a brutal summer. I am NOT a fan.

I find the circumstances of my life are distancing me from a lot of the people in my life. Military friends are moving. Homeschooling has kept me at home while my friends whose children are in public school have their days free. Military friends who are still here have their husbands home and are enjoying block leave. I'm sure it's a blessing in disguise so that if and when we ever leave this "medium-sized turd in the middle of the Pacific" it might not hurt quite so badly. Maybe. But who knows when that will happen? I sure don't.

It's all good though. I'm doing my best to embrace my life as it is right now and not worry too much about what tomorrow may bring. Sometimes that is easier said than done but for now, it seems to be working.

It's good to have the guys back. We don't have aircraft back yet so the skies are still too quiet but they are on their way. Well, some of them are. The unit here will be making the transition from the Delta model of Chinook (CH-47D) that they have been flying to the new Fox model. There are all sorts of differences - the main ones being the improved engines, airframe modifications to reduce vibration (if you've ever ridden in a Chinook, you know how big of a deal any kind of improvement in this area is!), and the addition of the common avionics architecture system (CAAS) which includes all sorts of goodies for the pilots to mess with. I'm not sure exactly when the F models are due to arrive here but I can't wait to see them! And I can't wait to hear the rotors beating the air into submission either. I'd love to see MacGyver flying one (or any aircraft, at this point) but he's been out of the cockpit for too long and it would take some serious refreshing for him to be able to do much right now. So I don't see that happening. But a girl can dream, right?

I'm considering starting up a homeschooling component of this blog so that I can keep parts of my life contained and separated in pretty little boxes (is my OCD showing? Sorry.). We'll see. That will take time and motivation that seems to be needed elsewhere at the moment. But the intention is there - I swear! Of course we all know where good intentions lead us, don't we?

That's about all I have this evening!


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Wrote this six years ago. Nothing's changed.  One of my favorite movies is 'Bull Durham'. And one of my favorite scenes in ...