Sunday, November 28, 2010

Thanksgiving and Other Random Updates

Happy way belated Thanksgiving! I had a pretty good Thanksgiving. I went to my parents house and we had quite a few people over. I talked to Seth too. He said he had some good food for dinner and it was an a-ok day. Just another day closer to being home, I guess. He said that there was a turkey outside the chow hall, just chilling in a wire mesh cage thing. They never killed the turkey to eat it; Seth said that the turkey was literally standing there in on one foot and pooping. He wasn't sure of the point of the turkey being there if they weren't going to kill it. haha I asked if they imported the turkey from the US or if it was a local turkey and he didn't know. (Side note: I learned on Thanksgiving eve that Israel consumes the most turkeys per year). Also, we purchased a new TV on Thanksgiving day!! I found a Black Friday ad the week before, with Best Buy advertisements and we found a new TV that we really liked. Ok, he liked it much more than I did...I really don't think we need a 55 inch TV, but that's me. In all fairness, we compromised he agreed on the smaller couch (instead of the home theater sized couch he wanted) a few weeks ago so he wasn't budging on this item. I was going to get up on Black Friday and drag my dad to Best Buy to get the TV, but Seth sent me a text on Thanksgiving morning saying that Best Buy had the TV we wanted for the sale price that we wanted. It's free delivery, too!! So I purchased it online and it'll be delivered this week. Part of the agreement was that Seth gets to set up the TV when he's home on leave. So I have to go for about a month with a big brand new flat screen TV behind my couch, waiting for Daddy (that's Seth...this new TV is going to be our child apparently) to come home. We also have to purchase a new TV stand, because my current one won't hold this new TV. (Another side note: my current TV in my living room is 20 whopping inches!! Or 27 inches if you count the speakers on the side of the TV. But the actual screen is 20 inches. Geez louise, 55 inches is going to be just a tad bigger than what I'm used to!!) All the more reason for leave to hurry up and get here....

And now for some random updates:
  • Speaking of R&R, beginning December 1, I can officially say, "he'll be home NEXT MONTH!!!!" Ahhhhhhh!!!!
  • I've got quite a bit of my Christmas shopping done. I am seriously addicted to shopping. I love hate that every time I go into a store to do Christmas shopping, I cannot help but to buy myself something too. I am definitely a giver in the gift department, and I just can't help treating myself too.
  • I'm all done shopping for Seth and that's the important one. I'm going to mail it all out this weekend and I'm sure he'll get it in time.
  • I decorated my apartment balcony today. Each year, the apartment complex has a Christmas decoration contest and I've entered for 3 years now...this might be my 4th, I can't remember...and I HAVE NEVER WON. I'm not typically a competitive person, but I am so hellbent on winning this contest!! Everyone else has lights that are all flashing and they give me seizures each time I look at them and I have cute and classy white lights and it's just so pretty. If I don't win this year, I'm seriously moving out to move to wherever Seth is after we get married.
  • I'm listening to Delilah. I actually LOVE listening to her. All year round. I've always wanted to call in and share a sob story (real or made up) and give her a fake name. She is so lame and cheesy and ridiculous, I can't help but listen to her. Seth hates her.
  • Our wedding Save The Dates are officially in the mail!! I've gotten a few messages from people saying they've received them and I've gotten a few compliments on them. It seems so official now :) 230 days!!!
  • I was going to do our Christmas cards today (it's still early, I've got plenty of time!!), but my mom called and asked if wanted to meet her at Kohl's for some Christmas shopping. I couldn't say no. She bought me a few Christmas gifts and I'm superduper excited for them. I found some of those cute wall quote things and was browsing through the different ones with my dad, and I found one that said, "all because two people fell in love." I actually put this quote on our save the date card and I got all excited. Then he took the little canister from me and walked off. I went to find him and he was showing it to my mom and then it was dropped into the cart! Haha, so secretive, Dad! It's this one right HERE. We got to the register and saw that it was $29.99, which seemed a litttttle on the expensive side for just one of them, so I said it wasn't worth it. But then the sales lady said that it was buy one get one free, so my dad and I Super Market Sweeped it through Kohls, back to where they were and found another one. We were running through the store like crazy banchees, pushing each other out of the way back to go find another one. So then I found this one, and I grabbed the canister. Then my dad grabbed it out of my hand and took off running, back to the cashier! Haha oh man, I'm sure we looked totally ridiculous. At the end, when the cash register was in sight, my dad started running really fast and took off from me. Did you ever watch Supermarket Sweep?!?! I used to love that show!! My sister and I would watch it and we were sooo good at it!! I always wanted to be a contestant on it, but I was in late middle/early high school when it was on.
  • I shaved my legs today. Like, full shaving, with real shaving cream and my whole leg. I'll usually do just from my knees down, but today I did the fulllll leg. No more reverse leg hair mohawk for me. I need to get back into the habit of shaving because SETH WILL BE HOME IN JUST A FEW WEEKS!!
  • I've had an extremely productive weekend. I had a very long to-do list and I'm glad I got it all done (well, except the Christmas cards, but I still have plenty of time). I even managed to watch a few lameashell Lifetime movies yesterday. I'll never get the time I wasted back, but that is just fine with me.
I'll leave you with this. On my way to Khol's this evening, I was listening to a country station and started listening to this song, not knowing what it was exactly, but it sounded familiar. Then I heard the chorus and remembered it from last year and I started to cry and I couldn't stop. I don't think it had hit me yet that Seth won't be home for Christmas this year, but this song definitely did.



Sorry for such a long post!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

"I'll Be Home For Christmas"

My mom has a subscription to Reminisce magazine. It’s a magazine with real life stories from the “olden days” …back in the 20’s, 30’s, 40’s, etc. I love looking at the black and white pictures and reading about the differences between now and then. I am catching up on some reading from January 2009 (wtf, I know, right?!?) but I came across a story that I just had to share. It’s called, “I’ll Be Home For Christmas.”

(I'm also waiting for Seth to get online in the hopes we can webcam).

"I'll Be Home For Christmas"
By Bernadette Porter
Villa Park, IL

At Christmastime 1945, the excitement of the season was doubled because the boys were coming home from war. One long year before, Bob and I were married, on December 9, 1944. Five days after our wedding, he received his orders to ship out.

In early 1945, Bob was aboard a German cruise ship, the Blum Fontaine. One night, during the 43 day trip, he was talking with another soldier. The fluorescence in the black water was quite beautiful. Bob stared down into the depth and said, “I’m praying I’ll be home for Christmas.”

“Are you crazy?” said the soldier. “We don’t even know where we’re going. You’re nuts!”

Bob said, “I’m praying, crazy or not.”

Their destination was the Pacific island of Iwo Jima, where our Marines, 4,163 of them, had fought to take it. Bob’s 506th Fighter Group was to occupy the island. Bob wrote to me every single day and I to him.

Now, the long, lonely year was over. He had been many thousands of miles away. It was hard to believe Bob was coming home, but how? Men needed points to fly home. Flyers with 70 points had left earlier. Bob, a master sergeant, had 60 points.

For reasons we never knew, the naval destroyer USS Independence came by Iwo Jima. The crew called for anyone still on the island. Points did not matter; they were heading home.

The captain challenged the men. “If you boys tighten your belts and not waste food, we can be home for Christmas. If we’re not careful, we’ll have to stop for supplies.”

Of course, there was nothing more the men wanted but to be home for Christmas. Because of this and the captain’s plans to travel straight through, they made the trip in 16 days.

On December 23, the Independence reached its California port, which was filled with ships. This was no problem, since the only place available was an empty dock too large for many ships but made a huge destroyer. The men were offered a 2-week pass; discharges would come after Christmas.

Bob took the pass and hurriedly sent me a Western Union telegram before getting back on ship. It said, “Darling, expect to arrive at Fort Owens, Massachusetts on the 24th. Suggest you leave Chicago to arrive Boston the same date. Register hotel manager at North Station will meet you there.”

Whether it was serendipity or fate, it was with Bob and me throughout our attempted reunion. The Independence coming when it did, picking up anyone left on Iwo Jima, was a miracle to us. The captain’s challenging plan to sail straight through to reach home by Christmas was also a surprising success.

By train, the men got to Fort Devens, Massachusetts, later joining hundreds of soldiers lined up to take the train to Boston. This crowd would never fit on one train!

Just then, a cabbie arrived, shouting, “I’m going to Boston, $10 each, with room enough for six.”

Bob ran to be one of them, and he somehow made it. This, too, was unlikely. Bob wondered how I was maintaining my trip and hoping I would have the same good fortune.

At home, in Berwyn, Illinois, my bag was packed. People thought I was foolish, since there were so many unknowns. My friend Laura took me to Chicago’s South Station to catch a train to Boston.

The train station was jam-packed, with people standing shoulder to shoulder. One Coast Guard man asked if I was meeting someone special. I answered, “Yes, my husband.”

A fellow Coast Guard man said, “There won’t be a seat on the train for you.” Yet another of the servicemen said, “I’ll carry her luggage and hold her arm. They’ll let us both on if they think we’re together.”

We climbed abroad, but there was no seat for me, so I turned my suitcase on end and sat on it. It was a long ride from Chicago to Boston, but I was delighted just to be on my way. The unbelievable had happened again. Today, I wonder, how did all these things fall into place?

In Boston, our train came in under a hotel. Hundreds of men in uniform were milling about. I walked up to the Travelers Aid folks for help. They read my telegram and explained that I could not meet the manager. They suggested that perhaps it meant that I should go to the Hotel Mangor, upstairs, and meet my husband there. It seemed reasonable that the Western Union worker misunderstood the message when he or she wrote it down.

I went upstairs to register. The hotel clerk was very sorry, but there were no rooms available. I decided to wait in the lobby. It was about 9 pm on Christmas Eve, and at least I was there!

About an hour later, the clerk came over to me and told me a room would be available in a few minutes. I could not believe it!

I waited in the room until about 10:30, when there was a knock at the door. It was Bob! We were both shaking so much that it took quite a few minutes to settle down, or even know what to say to each other.

After we calmed down and got through our hellos, we wanted to go to midnight Mass. With directions in hand from the same hotel clerk, we walked through the busy crowds.

It was Christmas Eve, and Bob was home – safe and sound. As we entered the warm, gently lit church, Bob looked at his watch. It was midnight and as we knelt down, the organ began to play.

I can just imagine her excitement on that day. Can you imagine getting a telegram? A TELEGRAM?! Those things are ancient. I wonder how long it had been since she actually spoke to him. Probably a really long time. I would have done what she did though, if I got a telegram saying to meet me at such and such a place at this date and time, I would have hopped on a train just like her to go meet my husband. I also would have lied and said I was with another Coast Guard man to get me on the train. A girl's gotta do, what a girl's gotta do. I'm jealous of Bernadette's reunion story.



Monday, November 22, 2010

Thanksgiving!

It’s 9:23 AM and I’m already having a bad hair day. I used a littttttle too much smoothing milk on the top of my hair and it looks all greasy and weighed down I feel nasty already. I’ve already resorted to putting my bangs in a pouf, kinda like Snookie, but not nearly as severe as hers. Mine’s just a little bump. Anyways, I already can’t wait for the day to be over so I can wash my hair and start new tomorrow!


I am pretty super excited for Thanksgiving this week. Mostly I’m excited for a break from school/work. I haven’t taken a day off since the half day I took in August. I know, I know, Seth doesn’t get a break at all, 7 days per week, for a whole year, but still, I need a break. I am sad that I won’t be seeing him this Thanksgiving, but we've never spent a Thanksgiving together, so this is our “normal.” Next year, we’ll be together though. Come hell or high water, we’ll be together.


We’ll be spending the holiday with family friends I’ve known since I was 5. Usually we go to their house because they have grandparents here, and we go visit them. However, this year, Thanksgiving is at my parents house!! I’m so super excited for this for a few reasons:


  1. We don’t have to travel this year, which means I can sleep in a little longer, get up and go for a run (yes, I will do that!!) take a long time to get ready, help my mom cook, etc etc.

  2. My mom and I will be the main cooks this year. The last few years, our family friends have had a lot of health issues, and we’ve resorted to buying those Thanksgiving Meals all put together from Meijer or Boston Market or something like that (sorry if that’s what your family does, I’m just not used to it). Nothing was homemade and I didn’t like it. Oh, also, the turkey was made the night before, and it is dried out by the time we eat on Thanksgiving. NOT THIS YEAR! It’ll be a fresh baked turkey, with all homemade sides and it’ll be awesome.


  3. I will be making this cute little thing for our Thanksgiving table!! Isn’t he adorable?!?! He’s healthy, easy, fun and a good appetizer to make!!! I can’t wait!!!
(I won't be making the kid...just the fruity turkey part. I will be as excited as he is though, no joke). The recipe can be found HERE.


Last year, we made turkeys out of Oreos. We have a few kids at our holiday table, and I brought along the ingredients to make these cute little things. After the younger kids left, and the older kids (my age kids) were left alone with these materials, things went downhill and the little turkeys got x-rated. I scour the interwebs for fun things like this, and everyone always makes fun of me. BUT!!! Once they see me having so much fun with these things, they totally get into it making things too. Don't knock it till you try it!!


This is how our Oreo turkeys turned out. We had a variety of the candy corn colors, so this was a boring turkey. And he's got some crazy eyes. Still fun though.

They got a little sloppy though, and they were supposed to look more like this:

These ones are just beautiful!!!


What are your plans for Thanksgiving this year?!?


Sunday, November 21, 2010

New Followers and Awards times TWO!

It seems like just yesterday that I started this blog (ok, so it really hasn't been too long ago...end of June, but whatever) that I started this blog and I had no followers for a long time. Last Monday, I had 13 followers. Now, as of today, I have 20 followers! Seven new followers in less than 7 days!! Sweet, huh?!? I think so! So HELLO new followers!! It is nice to "meet" you!! Please introduce yourself and feel free to ask me any questions. :)

I also got my first two "blogger awards" in the same week, within a day of each other!! The rules of the game are:

That I list seven facts about myself and then pass it on to 5 friends.


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And, since the award is titled "Stylish Blogger Award," I need to give credit where credit is due: Brea at Utterly Chaotic recently redid my design, so she gets the credit for it being so stylish!!!

Without further ado...(and I'm combining these two awards)...so here are 14 facts about me!!



  1. I really hate open cupboards and drawers.

  2. I love drawing in paint, like the paint program on the computer. One day I'll feature my artwork masterpieces...yes, they are truly amazing and you'll be blown away. Just be patient for this! It'll be worth it!!

  3. I really hate windshield wipers and the annoying sounds they make on a dry windshield. AHHHHHHH.

  4. I'm a sucker for proper grammar, punctuation and spelling. I try to be really good about it, but I'm part dinosaur human and sometimes make a mistake, but I always try to correct myself where I notice it.

  5. I'm always freezing cold. It's 76 in my apartment right now...because I've been baking...but I'm still fairly cold. Ironically, Seth thinks I'm a "human heater" and doesn't like to snuggle in bed because because I'm so hot. I don't get it.

  6. I have a pretty bad potty mouth, but I'm working on cleaning it up. I'm not trying too hard though. Well, just around certain people.

  7. I have an ongoing love affair with high heels.

  8. At this moment, I currently have 4 different kinds of shampoos and conditioners in my shower. Yes, I use them all regularly too.

  9. I don't spell my name StacEy. It's just Y. No EY. No IE. No I. Just STACY. I hate when people I've known for 1032983029 years spell it EY.

  10. How The Grinch Stole Christmas (the one with Jim Carey) and Serendipity are my favorite Christmas movies.

  11. I love cleaning, especially toilets. I just love a sparkling white toilet! So beautiful. I actually love all cleaning in general, and doing laundry too. Oh, and I hate dirty mirrors and windows. And I HATE when toothbrush spray stuff gets on the mirror.

  12. Which leads me to...when I'm brushing my teeth, I cannot stand still. I always walk around my apartment, doing this or that while brushing my teeth.

  13. When I was younger and my little sister and I shared a room, and we had to clean it, I always told her she could sit on the bed and just watch me. I never asked/made her help. I just liked my cleaning style better than hers so this way I got it done exactly how I wanted.

  14. I'm really very girly, but I'm very tomboyish at the same time. I love manicures/pedicures, shopping, shoes, gossiping and watching trashy reality shows, but just as much, I love camping, playing in the mud (side note: when I was little and just started walking, my older brother would make us a mud pit in the backyard and walk me out there and we'd play in the mud until our mom came to find us!!! oh God how I love mud), cars, computers, shooting guns, swearing, fishing...you know, boy things.

Thanks to Erin at Amateur Hour in NC and Sebs at Newlywed and Deployed for the awards!!!

Friday, November 19, 2010

MilSpouse Friday Fill-In #11!!!

RAHHHHHH!!! That's what I say in my head when I'm excited. So a few of these Friday fill in's ago, I mentioned that I had 20ish of them to complete by the time Seth comes home for leave. I just realized this is 11 of 20, which means I'm down to the single digits of completing these!! Buuuut, I'm counting up, not down, so the numbers are increasing yet decreasing at the same time. You follow that? Yeah, I don't really either. But, anywho, thanks to Wife of A Sailor for these questions!!!


1. If you had to be shipwrecked on a deserted island, but all your human needs – such as food and water – were taken care of, what two items would you want to have with you?
My blankie, hands down. Yeah, I'm 26 1/4 years old...oh crap, it's actually 26 1/2 years, not 1/4 anymore...dang...and I still have a blankie. I've had it since I was a wee little baby :) I'd obviously want to take Seth too. Blankie and Seth would make my world complete.


2. If you were a salad, what kind of dressing would you have?
Ranch, duhhhhh. Ranch goes with pretty much everything. It's superduper healthy, too. Not. One time when I was on vacation in Alaska, I saw a sign in a little tiny restaurant that said, if your kids won't eat their vegetables, put a little ranch on it. How true! It was in this restaurant, right here, on the outskirts of Haines, Alaska. See that last window on the left side of the picture? That was the bathroom and that's where the little sign was framed and hung. I want to go back to Alaska.



3. If you had to live on a ranch, what kind of animals would you raise/own?
Oh man, we would have the whole shebang of animals. Whatever shebang means in this sense. We'd have sheep (oh God, they're so cute!!!), llamas ("Tina!! You fat lard!! Come get some dinner!!"), horses, cows, more sheep, goats, zebras, rhinos, turtles, panda bears, pigs, chickens, roosters, cats, dogs, peacocks and ducks. I'd want whales and seals too, but I know they don't live on farms.


4. If your life was portrayed as a movie, who would you choose to play you and your significant other?
Ok, who remembers Topanga Lawrence from Boy Meets World? (WTF kind of name is Topanga?!?!) Anyways, I always loved her hair and I always wanted to look like her. Sooo, for old times sake, we'll say she'll play me. I don't know who would play Seth. Really, I have no clue at all.


5. What was the last thing you put a stamp on (envelope, duh, but what was in the envelope)?
I mailed my brothers girlfriend (Alison) a birthday card!!! I spent a significant amount of money at Kohl's the other day for a Christmas present for Seth's mom and they were doing the Kohl's cash thing and I earned $50 in Kohl's cash, and I sent it to Alison for her birthday. Her birthday isn't until December 1st, but the coupon expires this week, so she got an early present.

I'm tired but I don't really want to go to bed right now. I want to stay up with the hope that Seth will get online soon and we can g-cam it up. Who goes shopping on Black Friday?? I never have, but I'm contemplating doing it this year for one item only at one specific store. It scares me though, I don't want to get trampled by crazy people at the store and lose my life, but I do want this good deal. Anyone have any tips for this??

Thursday, November 18, 2010

In Case You Haven't Noticed...

Thanks to Brea at Utterly Chaotic Designs, I have an awesome new customized blog!! She is working on her degree in multimedia design and did a post a few weeks ago that she’d be offering free blogs to those who signed up. So I signed up and got a really cute totally me blog layout. She is an Army-fiancĂ© too and has two very handsome little boys! I wasn’t even sure what I was looking for, so I was very happy to see what she created, and it was exactly what I was wanting!

She’s also offering a 25% military discount, too!!

Thanks again, Brea! I love it!!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Wedding Wednesday

I am happy to say that our save the dates are FINALLY at the print shop!!! I get to pick them up tomorrow afternoon. I'll address them this weekend and then put them in the mail early next week! (I'm sending one to Seth too, for HIM. He still asks me what day we're getting married. At first, it was the 8th, and most recently he thought it was the 14th. We'll get to the 16th, I'm sure of that).

I did the mmyself...I don't know if that's good or bad, but I did a very simple post card style card. Here they are...don't judge!!!

Front:
Back:

The picture on the back is from the day we got engaged...about an hour before he popped the question. :)

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

This time of year...

Two years ago, I was in Ft. Drum, NY, visiting Seth, after he got home from Iraq. (Actually, this day, 2 years ago, I was flying back home to MI after visiting him for a mere 4 days).
One year ago, Seth was in Germany and I was still here in Michigan.
This year, he'll be in Afghanistan.
Next year, we'll be happily married and if my plan goes my way, we'll be on the same continent, in the same country, the same state, the same city and the same household! I don't even care if we're in a different part of the country, away from our families, I just want to spend one fall with him. One whole season! Can you imagine? I can't. I want to spend Thanksgiving with him. We've never spent Thanksgiving together, in our almost 3 year relationship.

Next year it WILL be different though.

A/S/L??

I changed my picture on my gmail chat this morning…and my friend sent me an IM shortly after and this is how the conversation went:

Bekah: what up
Bekah: i like your profile pic a/s/l?
Stacy: AHAHAHAHaha
Bekah: remember that? hahah
Stacy: hahaah YES!!!!
Bekah: 25/f/michigan/big boobs

hahAHAhahah oh man, that was a great way to start the day!!

(For the record, this particular friend doesn't have big boobs, which made this even funnier to me!!!)

Monday, November 15, 2010

G-Camming date night!!


UHhhhh, YEAH I'm totally excited, thankyouverymuch. Are you crazy, deployment donut!? Leave hasn't even happened yet!! I'm more excited for that to take place, and then I'll be super excited for this deployment to be overwith.
Seth and I g-cammed on Saturday night. It was about 1:30 AM my time, and somewhere around 10 AM his time. I think. I'm not good at math. And espeically with the weird multi hour + half hour time difference...that's hard for me to calculate. Anyways, we g-cammed for a good few minutes. Third time this deployment!!! His internet was being awesomesauce and it stayed connected for a really long time. We talked for about 45 minutes maybe? I was so tired, I don't know. I just know it was cooperating nicely. And then he said we can try to g-cam!!! It took a few minutes to get it connected properly but then it connected. It disconnected a few times, but we were able to re-connect. It was wonderful seeing him and got me so very excited for leave!!!! He was showing me his extra long hair...he said he hasn't cut the top of he deployed (he thinks...he can't remember if he's cut it, but he doesn't think so). So he was running his hands through his hair and showing me how long it was. His hair was so long, he seriously looked like he had a combover!!! It was so cute. :) We still don't have sound on g-camming, so we talked on gmail chat, and just looked at each other. I took screen shots of us "talking", but they're on my home computer and I'm at work right now. He was obviously in his uniform and I was wearing jeans and a long sleeve shirt and a multi-colored scarf. I was also really cold and so I had my Snuggie on. (Yeah, I have a Snuggie. Don't hate until you try it!) I guess I could have taken off my Snuggie so I could have looked a little nicer for our 3rd g-camming date in 8 months, but hey man, I was cold. And he knows I hate being cold. But the point is: we got to g-cam and it was the most wonderful thing in the whole world :)

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Oh, flat iron. How I miss you so

This is a delayed post, but I couldn’t not say it.
Last Friday, I had a huge presentation at work (60 people!!!). I hate presentations and I hate public speaking, for the record. I still did it though, like a good employee. I spent Thursday trying on different outfits for this occasion and nothing was fitting like I wanted it to. However, I knew I’d straighten my hair in the morning and all would be well. I blow dried my hair like normal. I have fairly frizzy hair and I can’t just blow dry it and be done. I have to straighten it or curl it afterward. (Or I can let it dry naturally with curl enhancing shampoo/conditioner/gel, but that’s neither here nor there for this post). So I blow dried my hair and it was a frizzy mess. Typical. I plugged in my flat iron, waited for it to heat up, and then started on my hair. On the second little batch of hair, (this happened all so fast), a fireball flew into my sink, stuff was shot out (copper from the inside of the cord, I later realized after further inspection), landing on my forearm and my mirror and the electricity was killed in the back portion of my apartment (hall, bathroom, bedroom, closet). I started freaking out, thinking 1) my apartment was going to catch on fire and 2) how the hell am I supposed to do a presentation with a head full of fuzzed out hair??? I waited and watched the socket that the flat iron was plugged into and waited to see smoke start pouring out. That didn’t happen after about 2 minutes so I called my dad. He told me to flip the switch circuit breaker to off for this part of the apartment, unplug the flat iron and all would be well, but I was to no longer use my flat iron. Yeah, right, nothing would be well without my flat iron!!! My life was ruined. I did as I was told, so as not to cause more harm. I contemplated calling my coworker and begging her to bring her flat iron to work and I’d do my hair there. Then I had an epiphany. I suddenly remembered my smaller flat iron that I actually use to give me massive, fun, curly ringlet curls!!! My dad said it was OK to use the socket again, and he was sure it was the flat iron that broke and caused this mess, so using my little back up one was a-ok. I plugged it in and finished my hair but oh man, what a rough morning.
So without further ado, RIP ConAir Infiniti Flat Iron. You were a best friend to me. You are greatly missed already.
(notice the crack in the cord and the exposed copper? That's the part that broke, shot the fire ball, exploded stuff on my arm, etc. I was not burned in the unfortunate making of this event).
RIP.
(Yes, I realize I probably sound incredibly vain right now. Sorry in advance if that offends anyone).

Friday, November 12, 2010

MilSpouse Friday Fill-In #10!!!

Thanks to Wife of a Sailor for the questions this week!!!



  1. Were you named after anyone?

    Nope. My parents didn’t find out the gender of any of us (my older brother, me, or my younger sister) until we popped out. They had decided on boy and girl names for each of us though....if I would have had a little wiener, I would have been named Eric. It was between Stacy and Stephanie for girl names....they said I didn’t look like a Stephanie when I was born. So Stacy it was. (My middle name is after my grandma though).

  2. What color, if any, are your toenails usually painted?

    My toes are always painted!! ALWAYS! In spring and summertime, they are always some shade of pink. Winter and colder weather times, they are dark red or a purpley color. I’m not one for crazy colors.

  3. How do you flush a public toilet? Hands? Feet? Something else?

    Feet fooooorrrrr suuuurrrreeeee. Never ever with my hands. Gross.

  4. When you were a little kid, which TV character did you have a crush on?

    Jonathan Taylor Thomas (I wonder what he’s up to these days...he must be like...old now) when I was a young teen. I was more into boy bands though, than TV characters.

  5. Let’s say you had to lose one of your five senses (sight, hearing, touch, taste, and smell). Which one would you choose? Why?

    I’d have to say taste. Don’t get me wrong, I love me some food, but I could live without having to taste it (I think). However, I would have a very hard time not being able to see (I can’t even imagine being blind), or hearing (being married to a soldier would be really difficult when they’re deployed... just the joys of hearing their voice after a period of not. Reading an email or doing the TDD thing just isn’t the same as hearing their voice). Touch...I love hugs (homecoming hugs!!!) and holding hands, and I would hate to not be able to feel the warmth of Seth’s hands when we’re holding hands. I know I’ve mentioned it before, but he has the most amazing hands I’ve ever seen or held. They’re just perfect and I can’t imagine not being able to feel them. And smell...I’m a big smell person. The smell of certain things takes me back to a moment in time and I couldn’t give that up. Yesterday I wore Seth’s cologne. I won’t be surprised if I have to replace his bottle by the time this deployment is over. I spray it on my bed, on the bear he got me, I wear it as if it’s my perfume and it reminds me of being with him. Yeah, I definitely couldn’t give up smell.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Veteran's Day

For me, Veteran’s day takes on a whole new meaning now that I’m engaged to a Soldier. Yes, prior to meeting Seth I always admired and had the utmost respect for those serving in the military, but I think it’s different when you’re marrying one. Everything hits more “close to home.”

I have more respect than ever for service members now.

I have a better understanding of what they do. (I understand what the spouses and family members back home go through too).

My heart swells with pride and I get teary eyed when I hear the Pledge of Allegiance and the National Anthem.
It makes me appreciate my freedom more than ever.
I get so excited when I see someone wearing ACU's, I just want to hug them. (I think it'll make me feel closer to Seth).
Marrying a soldier makes everything a lot more special…the time you spend together, the holiday’s spent together, the times you get to talk. We talk on the phone an average of 3-4 times per week and we’ve only g-cammed twice in 8 months. Do you know how incredibly excited I got during those 2 times we g-cammed? They were the middle of the night and lasted less than 5 minutes each time, but I was so thankful that I was able to see his face, see him, and see that, yes, he is real, and we do have more than just a phone relationship.
He makes me appreciate the little things in life, the things that he sacrifices, for the sake of American’s that he doesn’t even know.
Below is a part of the email I sent him this morning:
I wanted to tell you Happy Veteran's day and how proud of you I am. You're a GREAT soldier, A Great American and a Great fiancé. (You'll be a great dad too, but I'll save that for Father's Day). I love that you always put others before you, and are willing to make sacrifices for others... for people you don't even know. I love how safe you make me feel, and how when we're together, I'm never scared, because I know you'll take care of me. I love the overwhelming sense of pride I have for you when I hear the National Anthem. I love how humble you are when people tell you thanks for your service. I love how you set people to very high standards, and you set yourself to a very high standard as well. I love your bravery and your courage to make America a better and safer place. I love your motivation to be a better person, and a better soldier. I love you so very much and I cannot wait to marry you and to call you my husband.

I love you babe, and I am so incredibly proud of you. Thank you for your service to our country. And thank you to all the other armed forces, past, present and future, for their service as well.