Jul 29, 2008

My work ethic is Killing me!

Ok, so I have an amazingly ridiculous work ethic. When I see a job that needs to be done, I want to just get in there and take care of it. I have a hard time seeing something that needs to be done and not doing it. That being said, let me explain what this has to do with anything.

The movers are here this week. They are in and out doing different things each day (packing/moving storage items, packing immediate items and packing and moving the household). When they are here we don't do anything. We just sit on the couch and watch them do everything. Don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining! It is great just watching everyone else work. But at the same time I'm struggling with just sitting back while everyone is dilligently working. As I watch them doing their job, I see things that I would do differently. I see jobs that I could be doing (like cleaning certain areas after they finish), but I don't want to get in everyone's way. I notice that if I were packing those items, I would put different things together in a box etc. Why can't I just sit back and relax and let others do things for me?

Jul 22, 2008

A Brief Description of a Military Wife

***Stolen from my friend Liz's Blog!!****

"What is a MILITARY Wife?"
A Military wife can be tough to describe.

She is a southern belle, a Northeastern Mets fan, a California 3rd generation recycler, a Pacific Islander.

She is short or tall
A tomboy
A fashion diva
A physician's assistant
A Republican
A Democrat
A Military Wife is a career gal
A home-schooler
A scrap-booker
An accomplished cellist
An auto mechanic

What IS a Military Wife?
WHAT is a Military Wife?
What is a MILITARY Wife?

They may look different and each is wonderfully unique
But this they have in common.
Lots of moving---Moving
Moving far from home
Moving two cars, three kids and one dog----
all riding with HER of Course
Moving sofas to basements because they won't go in THIS house
Moving curtains that won't fit
Moving jobs and certifications and professional development hours
Moving away from friends moving toward 20 new friends
Moving her most important luggage; her trunkful of memories

Often waiting-Waiting, waiting,waiting for housing;waiting for orders;
waiting For deployment;
waiting for reunion;
waiting for phones calls;
Waiting for the new curtains to arrive;
waiting for him to come home for dinner----AGAIN!

They call her "military dependent", but she knows better
She can balance a checkbook
Handle the yard work
Fix a noisy toilet.
She is intimately familiar with drywall, anchors, and toggle bolts.
She can file the taxes,
sell a house,
buy a car,
or set up a move, ----
all with ONE Power of Attorney.
She welcomes neighbors that don't welcome her.

Reinvents her career with every PCS;
locates a house in the desert,
The arctic,or the deep south and learns to call them all "home".
She MAKES them all home.

She is fiercely IN-dependent
Military Wives are somewhat hasty
They leap into decorating,leadership,volunteering,career Alternatives,churches and friendships.
They don't have 15 years to get to know people.
Their roots are short but flexible.
They plant annuals for themselves and perennials for those who come after them.

Military Wives quickly learn to value each other.
They connect over coffee,rely on the spouse-networkand accept offers of friendship and favors and record addresses in pencil.
Military Wives have a common bond.
The Military Wife has a husband unlike other husbands his commitment Is unique
He doesn't have a job,
he has a "mission"he can't just
Decide to quit
he's on-call for his country 24/7
but for you, he's The most Unreliable guy in town!
His language is foreign
so, a Military Wife is a translator for her family and friends.
She is the long-distance link to keep them informed the glue that holds them together.

Military Wife has her moments----She wants to wring his neck, dye his uniform pink, and refuse to move to Siberia.
But she pulls herself together.
Give her a few days, a travel brochure, a long hot bath, a pledge to the flag, and a wedding picture.
And she goes. She packs. She moves. She follows.

Why? What for? How come? You may think it is because she has lost her mind.

But actually it is because she has lost her heart.
It was stolen from her by a man
Who puts duty first
Who longs to deploy
Who salutes the flag
And whose boots in the doorway remind her
That as long as he is her Military husband,
She will remain his Military wife.


When I joined a sorority in college, I expected to get a lot of friends, planned parties and some organized fun! I definately got all of those things, but mainly I was given some of the best friends I have ever had. I am so happy that the sorority brought me to such a great group of girls. I seriously love them as sisters and I would do anything for them. I am so grateful to have shared such special times with them. We are all different in our own ways but are the best of friends.

The New Yorker/Savannaian (LeeLee)-- Wow! What a combination. We have all seen her grow into an amazing woman. She is beautiful, smart, talented and sweet as can be. She moved down south with a northern demeanor, but I think that we rubbed off some southern charm and now she is a true Southern Belle! A successful PR/Advertising designer, workout queen with a heart as good as gold. You couldn't ask for a better friend. She has traded her fast paced ways for the southern drawl of Savvanah. I feel so blessed to have her friendship and I love her with everything I have. I know that we will be friends forever!

The Nurse Anethesisthist (KiKi/Moto)- (probably spelled wrong)- She is seriously the hardest worker I have ever seen! She is definately going to be the rich one of the bunch, and she deserves it from all of her hard work. She makes everyone laugh all of the time with her silliness and sarcastic humor. You can't help but have fun when she is around. Practical common sense makes her a great advice giver and an amazing friend. I identify with her so strongly from our background to our view on life and share such a strong bond and love for this girl. I couldn't ask for a better friend!

Our Trailmaid(Jenny from the Block)- Designer, model, artist, fashionista is there anything this girl can't do??? She is one of the sweetest and most thoughtful girls I have ever met. She has a sensitive and pure heart. Always ready to be silly and have a fun time but sentimental and ready to feel the emotions of the moment and not afraid to show her feelings. Her love of family, friends and for life is apparent through her actions. I look up to her and aspire to be as good of a person as she is. I love her so much and can't express how happy I am to have her in my life.

The Designer Diva (ShellBell/Atacomputa)- We all joke around about her love of fashion, beauty product love, shoe love, and high style quality of life, but in reality we are all jealous. We wish that we could be as put together as she is. Her love of fashion and high style makes her so much fun. This Atlanta teacher is a true and steady friend. She has definately grown into a spectacular woman and a I'm so happy to have her in my life and am so fortunate to have such a great friend.

The Birmingham Reporter (Kimmie/Shoe Station)-- The 1607 implant that should have lived with us! She is the self proclaimed picture taker of the group and is always ready to document the moment with a scrapbook. (I think that it is the reporter in her.) She is always a blast to be around and is a true friend to everyone! She doesn't have a mean bone in her body. I love this girl more than she will ever know and am so grateful to have her as a friend.

I have the best friends in the world. I feel so blessed to have such wonderful people in my life. I have been so lucky to have such supportive friends that are willing to stop their lives just to be there for me. Even though we have all moved away from one another, we continue to be as close or closer then when we all lived in the same house (1607 Bryant Drive).
Distance has done nothing more than help ensure that we plan our events better to get together. I have no fear about moving half way acrosss the world because I know no matter how far I go I will always have my friendships with these amazing women. I have no doubt that as we get older we will become even closer. Even though distance may keep us a part more than we would like, I believe that our friendships will remain true. I love you all so much and thank you for being my friend.

Jul 17, 2008

Vicenza, Here we come!!!

We finally have a departure date!! We will be flying out of Atlanta on August 7th!! Reamer and I have been very busy trying to "outprocess" from Fort Benning. We are very excited to finally get over there. Now we just need to tie up loose ends, visit family and friends and get ourselves ready to go.

When we first get there we will be staying in temporary housing so we will have time to look for a house and make sure we move into something perfect for us. Reamer will have a lot of time off before he starts his job, so we will have time to figure everything out. We are hoping that we will also have time to do some traveling before he starts his new job.
I'm so excited that it is finally time to start our new adventure in Italy. Our first year of marriage has been an amazing one and we are really looking forward to our second year being even better.

Jul 13, 2008

Congrats DeDe!!

I'm so happy for DeDe! She picked the man of her dreams. Jesse and DeDe are absolutely adorable together and I'm glad that she is so happy. Everyone keeps asking my opinion on her choice of men and some people are upset that she didn't pick Jason. I am extremely happy that she went with Jesse. Their personalities seem to work really well together. Out of all the men that she had to choose from, I can picture them together in "real life". I think that Jesse would fit in with all of her friends and would be a great match for her. They will never have a boring relationship because they are both such fun people. They really seem to be in love and I think that they will have a great future together.

Here is DeDe and Jesse's website. Check out what they are up to now that they are engaged!

Jul 8, 2008


I know that I have been MIA for several days. I have been busy with Reamer's Ranger Graduation and the 4th of July celebrations. I'm happy that Reamer is finally back at home, but I am getting antsy trying to figure everything out about our move. At this point we are sort of at a standstill. Everything in the army is very bureaucratic and it takes several trips to see overemployed civilian workers before anything gets done. We still do not have an exact moving date so it makes things difficult to figure out. I seriously don't understand why they put such nonmotivated workers in their positions. They have so much control over our destiny, but they don't really care what happens to us at all.

I'm getting used to not working, although there is a part of me that misses it terribly. It is nice to do some of the things that I've wanted to for a while but I still sort of miss my job. I think that I will definately want to work when we get to Italy, but I guess I will see when we get there.