31 January 2011
30 January 2011
- OPSEC : OPSEC or Operations Security is being aware of what you are sharing because it could give away more information than you intended - this is usually related to military or combat operations.
- PERSEC : PERSEC or Personal Security is also being aware of what you are sharing because it could give away more information than you intended - this is usually of a more personal nature.
- But when I hear people talking about specific dates for the next deployment at the Commissary or the PX? Or openly discussing the training schedule at the Post Office?
Don't talk about the time frame.
Don't talk about the mission.
Don't talk about equipment.
Don't talk about numbers.
Don't talk about destinations.
Don't spread rumors.
Don't share pictures with unit insignia
Phone, email, chat rooms, message boards, blogs.
Always assume someone is listening.
- Polite and honest constructive criticism could prevent a terrorist attack and potentially save my soldier's life.
Yes - it's that serious.
- A few weeks ago I thought nothing of tweeting....
"Going to the Commissary - really wish Hubby was home to carry in the milk... #thisdeploymentstinks"
Which could translate to...
"Dear Burglars - My house will be empty for the next two hours and there's no man around!
Wanna stop by for a soda and some free stuff?"
So now instead I write...
"Whew! Made it to the Commissary and back without selling one of my children! #timeforchocolate"
- But let's face it - not everyone with access to the internet
has all the best intentions at heart.
- Now my bone to pick with people who post OPSEC stuff - just don't be that stupid. Especially if your husband is gone with my husband. I don't want some young wife who doesn't know any better who's running their mouth on Facebook potentially putting my husband in harm's way - because that's what they're doing. If you think it might be a problem, just shut up. I mean come on. National security and all that. I know I'm coming across as downright mean and rude, but some people just don't get it. Take down the countdown ticker. Stop publicly counting days until you kiss him again. Stop giving huge hints (aka he's coming home soon). If you have a need to do all that, get a paper diary that you keep in your house. Make a construction paper chain to post on your living room wall. But don't put it on the internet. I mean seriously people.
- Oh, and if you want your hubby to come home on time, that's another reason to keep quiet. My brother's who unit was delayed two weeks two days before they were supposed to leave Iraq because the higher up's discovered that someone had posted their return date on FB. So if you want your hubby to get home as soon as possible, especially keep your mouth shut. You don't want a whole until of upset/angry wives coming after you because you said something - and I would! So if you think that the unit commanders/etc aren't checking FB or other public social sites for that info, think again because they are.
- As to PERSEC, that is just common sense. Why invite a burglar to come over to your house by posting that you're going to be at a party, aka gone most of the night? There's a lot more to PERSEC, and you'll notice that some milspouses don't use their husband or children's names on their blogs - they have a special (usually really cute) name that they use to refer to them. Just put some thought into what you're blogging or posting on your FB status.
- Ok, done ranting. Here are some great pics to help remind us:
|image credit: Northwestern University Library|
|Image credit: Northwestern University Library|
|Image credit: Northwestern University Library|
|image credit: Northwestern University Library|
28 January 2011
1. If you were a famous movie start, what type of movies would you star in?
I would star in dramas, I think. Not like action dramas, but more chic-flic type dramas. Not that I feel that I'm a drama queen or anything (I certainly hope people don't perceive me that way), but I don't think romantic comedy would be quite up my alley. Or maybe it would be. I can be diverse. :)
2. What is a vacation you would like to take if money were no object?
I would really love to go to Europe right now. I also want to go to parts of Asia, but Europe has really been on my mind a lot lately. That includes England, Ireland, Scotland, France, Spain, Germany, Italy, Greece, Switzerland, the Baltic countries, Ukraine and maybe Russia.
3. Did you have pets growing up?
I did indeed have pets growing up - cats. When we lived in Okinowa, I had a female tabby named Muffin, who had a litter of five kittens, three tabby and two black. Sadly, we had to leave them all behind when we moved away from Okinowa. Then when we came back to the States, my brother and I asked if we could stop in at the local SPCA "just to look" (and really, we did mean just to look - we didn't have a plan to beg for a kitten or anything) and our Dad totally surprised us by going to the lady at the desk when we were leaving and said we would take two! So home came Muffin (a male tabby - I know, I'm just super creative with names) and Darkey. There are many a tale of Muffin and Darkey from our growing up years! They were such fun and awesome pets!
4.What do you do for exercise?
I chase my kids around the house and tote them up and down stairs. Well, I suppose that doesn't really count. When it isn't too cold outside, I take the kids out for a walk. Pushing a 28# double stroller with a 20# infant and a 23# toddler is quite the work out (plus water and diaper bag and purse and blankets and coats) - let me tell you! Fortunately, or not, there are no steep hills where we go for walks. If I have my way, we walk super fast - the kids love it and I get in a super workout.
5.What is the best piece of advice you're ever received from a MilSpouse?
Hurry up and wait is the name of the game in the military. If he's got orders to deploy, they could be moved, postponed, canceled, re-iussed, canceled and moved again. Inside of a few days. So don't stress - he's gone when the plane leaves and he's home when the plane lands.
27 January 2011
Those posts were posts that I wrote on the respective dates listed in the title. I wanted to share them on my blog, but now just yet. Now I can! Yay!
So we are expecting a new addition - yay! I'm due Aug 12th, which makes me 12 weeks tomorrow. I'll be putting up a LillyTicker or something pretty soon. The 4th post down - "Scrolling Down Memory Lane" talks more about announcing the big news! :)
Whoa, wait, what was that?? Repete si vous plait. . . . Yep. We are expecting. And I am officially announcing it on my blog. Yay! (And NOT on FB.)
I will be twelve weeks tomorrow - I can't believe it. Not quite the second trimester - one more week until then. It was quite a shock - that's another post.
We are pretty excited overall. Well, Mike is always excited. I have my moments where I'm not. Probably because I have a 22 month old and a 10 month old and sometimes life is just really busy . .. Today though I had an ultrasound and that was so neat. I felt like I was being introduced to my new baby for the first time. The baby waved and moved around and stuck out its' tongue. It's definitely a VB! (We're very silly in our family you know.) Seeing the baby gave me a whole new level of excitement.
And then looking at pictures of when Sophie and Edward were so little . . . and we're going to have another new little baby! Yay! Ten tiny fingers and ten tiny toes. Little coos and gurgles and sighs. Soft hair (I bet it will be black like Sophie and Edward's was) and soft baby skin. Tiny onesies and socks and hats. And since I'm due August 12th (a very hot month!) I"m sure the baby will just be in onesies and socks and hats!
Speaking of a summer baby, that's a whole new set of learning right there! Sophie and Edward were both early spring babies. And even though it was in the 60's-70's the day I went to the hospital to have them, there was a blizzard while I was in the hospital after they were born (both years!) and it was really cold their first few weeks of life. So they were dressed fairly warmly. Not as warmly as a winter baby (I have no idea what I would do if I had a winter baby!), but still. It's weird how you get in your comfort zone of knowledge, so to speak. If I were having another spring baby, clothing wise - it would be a piece of cake. Now I'll be having a summer baby and I'll be worrying about whether the baby is too hot or if it's getting cool because I don't have it covered up . . . of course having a new baby is a time full of worries of all sorts.
It will also be weird having a baby in New Mexico. I'm so familiar with OU Medical Center where I had Sophie and Edward. I even had some of the same nurses (who were awesome!). Now there's a whole new hospital and clinic system to learn and navigate and get used to.
So far though my care has been really good. I have a midwife (because I refuse to see an OB unless absolutely necessary for my routine care). I was referred to a Perinatologist because I'm high risk, whom I saw today. I really liked him. He ordered some tests that I haven't had before and really seems to be right on top of things. And the baby is looking perfect on the ultrasound. Everything is there and looks to be in good working order. Heart of 161 bpm - awesome! And my placenta (the big worry) is looking great.
Now it is out there for all that care to see: we're having a baby!! Yay!! The Lord has continued to bless us in this capacity and we are very thankful for such an awesome gift. :)
P.S. I will be posting a few blogs about thoughts I have had throughout the pregnancy thus far, but didn't post because I wasn't sharing yet.
24 January 2011
Well, I finally did a 101 in 1001. I originally wasn't going to do this when I saw a few others on fellow bloggers blogs, because, well, I didn't want to set myself up for failure. I'm a perfectionist - what can I say? I like to succeed and sometimes I only bet on sure things. Sometimes.
But then I got to thinking about it and I decided to go ahead and do it. There are probably a few on there that won't happen (riding in a hot air balloon!), but hopefully I'll finish most. :) After realizing that all the scenic drives that Mike and I wrote down and want to do before we leave NM would take up about 1/3 of the list, I was a little more open to doing the 101 in 1001.
In case you don't know what it is, it's 101 goals to complete in 1001 days. That works out to be 2.74 years for you math people out there.
Start date: 26 Oct 2010
Completion date: 23 July 2013
So here is my 101 in 1001:
1.Complete Bachelor's Degree
3.Read the Bible through
4.Go skiing for the first time
5.Scenic Drive #1 Johnson Mesa & Capulin Volcano
6.Scenic Drive #2 The Enchanted Circle
14.SD # 10 Sangre de Cristo Mtns & Mora Valley
15.SD #11 Angel Fire
16.SD #12 Chaco Culture Nat'l Historical Park
17.SD #13 El Malpais & El Moro Nat'l Monuments
18.SD # 14 El Malpais Nat'l Conservation Area
21.SD #17 Salinas Pueblo Missions Nat'l Monument
22.SD #18 Magdalena Mountains
23.SD #19 Plains of San Agustin & the Beefsteak Trail
24.SD #20 Southwestern Mtn Country
25.SD #21 Gila Wilderness & Mogollon Ghost Town
26. SD #22 The Inner Loop Scenic Byway
27.SD #23 Kingston-Hillsboro Ghost Towns
28.SD #24 Heart of the Sands Drive
29.SD #25 Cloudcroft
30.SD #26 Sunspot Scenic Byway
31.SD #27 Sacramento Mtn Crest
32.SD #28 Sierra Blanca Peak
33.SD #29 Carlsbad Caverns Hwy & Scenic Loop
34.SD #30 Sitting Bull Falls & the Ridge Road
35.SD #31 The Black Range
36.SD #32 Valle Vidal
37.SD #33 Cimarron Canyon
43.Ride in a hot air balloon
27Feb2012 - The Georgia O'Keefe Museum
27 Apr 2013 - The Native American Museum of Contemporary Art
47.Visit the Grand Canyon, AZ
48.Home school Sophie through preschool
50.Write short story
51.Send short story to a publisher
52.Take a vacation to Virginia
53.Take a vacation to Maine
55.Make a quilt
56.Learn to sew
57.Complete piano book #1
58.Complete piano book #2
59.Complete piano book #3
60.Complete french book (i.e. learn French)
62.Read all of the LOTR books
64.Learn to can vegetables
69.Stick to the budget for 3 months in a row
73.Renew my passport
74.Get the children passports
76.Eat at the Finance Restaurant on top of Sandia Mtn
79.Deliver cookies to all the neighbors in our circle
81.Visit Galloping Grace Ranch
27Feb2012 with Sierra at the Tervo Times
Went to PWOC International Conference in Dallas 11-14 Nov 2010 and KAFB PWOC Spring Retreat 8-10 Apr 2011
88.Bike in the mountains
91.Type Spiritual Gifts Questionnaire up
92.Type DSC KCKC notes
93.Complete 40 day Love Dare
94.Finish editing friend's book
I think going to Restoration Ministries definitely count
98.Visit the Black Hills, SD
99.Visit an historical prairie homestead
100.Visit Yellowstone, WY
101.Make homemade pasta
Whew! That's a long list! Wish me luck! :D
What's your 101 in 1001??
So when it comes to naming my children, I take that responsibility very seriously. A name that my husband and I pick can't just be one that we like with a meaning that we like, it has to "feel right". Sophie's middle name and Edward's first name were named after people in our family (Sophie - both grandmothers and Edward my brother Thomas - it's his middle name).
I was looking at some baby names because my friend is talking about naming her soon-to-be-here daughter on FB and I love the name that she and her husband picked out (I won't announce it until she's here).
So anyway, I was looking up my kids names' meaning (even though I already know them) and this is what we have:
Wisdom (Grk) Rose (Eng) Shining Light (Grk) (Sophie RoseEllen) (total coincidence that two out of three are Greek)
Guardian (Anglo-Saxon) Supplanter (Heb) (Edward James)
Mike is Gift from God (Heb) [so true!!] Lofty, exalted (Heb) (Michael Aron)
As for me, mine is: Beautiful (Welsh) Honor (Latin) (Tegan Honor)
I got these name meanings from here. Best site yet I've found for baby names! :)
22 January 2011
1. What do you usually want to know about someone when meeting them for the first time?
Well, I like to start off with a first name. :) From there, it depends on the situation - are they military? Where are they from? Do they have kids? Do they work and if so, what do they do? I might also try to find out common interests and such. :)
2. Would you rather know everything about your spouse, or be really surprised?
I'd like to know some things for sure before getting married (which is what I'm assuming this question is pertaining to), but everything - no. There are some things that I like to be surprised about. That's one of the great things about a growing relationship in a marriage. You're always learning more about each other. There are still times, even after being married for three and a half years, that Mike just absolutely blows me away with a kind act or a loving word. And I wouldn't change that for anything!
3. If you could live in one city for the rest of your life, where would you live?
One city, with no moving, for the rest of my days. That city would have to be Oklahoma City, for sure. I love Oklahoma City - and Oklahoma is such a diverse state. Sure there are no ocean shores, but it has more shoreline that any other state in the U.S. (there are a ton of lakes!). There is so much that I love about Oklahoma City, and it is so dear and familiar to me. And the people there are the friendliest that I have ever come across.
4. When you go out of town, what one material thing do you always take?
That would be my Bible. Whether it's a business trip or vacation, I always take my Bible with me.
5. Using no more than 10 nouns, and only nouns, describe yourself.
Oklahoma, Virginia, air force, wife, mother, friend, lover, daughter, horses, writer - that was pretty hard! Well, it was hard because I had to look up noun to make sure I actually knew what it was so I wasn't writing the wrong thing! Grammar and all that was never my thing in school - ever. :)
20 January 2011
By the way, I love my husband so much! He's been helping me clean lately and I'm so appreciative! :D
16 January 2011
Basically, for every year I put an accomplishment, or major life event that was made in the last decade. I was going to start in 2001, but then I realized that would leave a big question, so I decided to start in 2000. As C.W. did, I will also include the age I was at the end of the calendar year.
2000 (18 y.o.) Got married, graduated high school after 3 1/4 years and moved to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (yes, in that order).
2001 (19 y.o.) got a job working in GYN/Oncology medical records for the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (after a few jobs a waitress/cook/horse trainer/stable hand.)
2002 (20 y.o.) Started college.
2003 (21 y.o.) got a job as a Data Manager for the Center for Research in Women's Health at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.
2004 (22 y.o.) got divorced.
2005 (23 y.o.) road trip from Oklahoma City to Richmond, Virginia in my brand new 2005 Ford pickup. Biggest ever: Jesus Christ became my Lord and Savior.
2006 (24 y.o.) graduated with an associates and a 3.9 GPA (darn statistics ruined my 4.0!) Started my own company and started working as an independent contractor in Clinical Research
2007 (25.y.o.) Started nursing school, got engaged, got married to a man in the Air Force. :D I love my husband so much!
2008 (26 y.o.) Dropped out of nursing school and switched majors because there's a baby on the way!
2009 (27 y.o.) Gave birth to my firstborn, a baby daughter: Sophie.
2010 (28 y.o.) Gave birth to my second child, 11 months 3 weeks after my daughter, a baby son: Edward. PCS'd to New Mexico when my son was 3 months old.
2011 - what's to come this year? Can't wait to find out! :D
14 January 2011
Well, Sophie, being the avid reader and Daddy-lover that she is, wanted to see what exactly Daddy was reading on his lunch break. She got pretty into it!
I am really having a hard time deciding what I like! I am a pretty indecisive person anyway, and there are always so many choices!! I really like the one I have now (the Japanese blossoms), but I really don't like the color. So guess what, I'm going to change it again!
Anyone have any suggestions out there? :)
It's that time again - MilSpouse Friday Fill-In. Thanks so much to WifeOfASailor who is the lady that does this every week. Head on over to her blog here.
1. What are you looking forward to most in 2011? from Jessica Lynn Writes
In 2011, I am most looking forward to, well, I'm not really sure. There is something that I am looking forward to, but it's a secret for right now. ;) I am definitely looking forward to warmer weather and getting outside to do stuff with Mike and the kids.
2. What is something random you do on a boring night when your significant other is away? from Loving Ma Soldier.
When Mike is gone, I like to cuddle up in bed with Missy the kitty and a good book. Usually it's a book that I'm reviewing and trying to finish on time!
3. What has been your greatest adventure as a MilSpouse?
My greatest adventure as a MilSpouse has been our PCS to New Mexico with a 15 month old and a 3 month old. Definitely an adventure!
4. What is the ugliest fashion trend that you ever bought into? (Please provide pic as well.) From More than an Army Wife.
Hmm, I haven't really ever bought into fashion trends, good, bad or ugly. When I was a child I had some really huge glasses, that were also as thick as coke bottles. Sorry, no picture though!
5.What was the high point of last month?
The high point of last month was finding out some really exciting news with my husband while my best friend Sam happened to be visiting. Yes, I am being vague.
Well, until next week! :)
11 January 2011
It was quite the experience making the pizza dough. I haven't made home made pizza dough before (that I can recall) and it was pretty fun. I was really glad I bought a jar of yeast the last time I went grocery shopping because of one of those little yeast packets isn't enough. I did manage to splash myself in the eye with the yeast and sugar mixture and had to take a break to go and take out my contact and wash it. (Never had that happen before either while cooking!)
Even with my lack of experience in kneading dough, I think it turned out rather well. It was as crispy as I would like, but I think I can tweak a few things and change that.
You should head on over to Mrs. B's blog and get the recipe. She has a lot of other great recipes too! :)
Because I had flour, sugar, salt and yeast on hand already, this meal cost me $3.06 to make! Yeah! (I like to save money.) The ingredients altogether cost more, but I didn't use all of them. If I had made 2 pizza's, it would cost a total of $6.01 (that's using all the spaghetti sauce, cheese, half the pepperoni, 2 cans of pineapple, mushrooms for 2 pizzas).
Thank you so much for the recipe Mrs. B! :) I really appreciate it!