Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Arrival Pictures!

I never posted all of the arrival pictures from the AMAZING Cassie Deal! My boy has been back for 4 weeks yesterday, and I've put off this post a couple times for other things I wanted to write about :) But here it is, and THANK YOU Cassie!!

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Biggest Whiner ever? Meee

I am giving myself the prize......Biggest Sick Whiner.

I got strep throat this weekend, and let me tell you......I pitied myself, I gave C a million updates on my status, I updated Facebook, I checked my temp 23032323 times.....I am pretty much ridiculous.

The last time I had any legitimate illness was at least 2-3 years ago. I whine when I get a cold haha. I never get a flu shot and can't remember ever having the flu, and my mom can't either. I had the chicken pox when I was 5 weeks old, so clearly I can't remember that. I've had strep a few times in my almost 24 years, primarily all before the age of 15. I've had the occasional stomach virus, but I can't remember the last time that happened either. I've never broken a bone. I could not tell you the last time I had a fever....I'm pretty sure it was in high school.

The only things that have happened to me are ear infections, MRSA (from my lifeguarding days), and dizziness.

I think this all adds up to feeling REALLY sorry for myself when I get sick. Whenever I catch a bug, or get sore throat, I'm always convinced I'm catching the deadliest virus known to man, and then it passes in less than a day without escalating past a runny nose lol.

I think it also adds up to having no clue what feeling sick feels like! I wanted to die on Thursday night while I was waiting at the urgent care clinic! And I completely jinxed myself by telling everyone at work that I never get sick, and not bothering to avoid the sicklies at work all week.

So, what I am trying to take away from this and remind myself is.....right now, I'm healthy. At this stage in my life, I have a strong immune system and a capable body. I need to keep remembering that and taking advantage of it. I come from strong stock, my parents and brother very very rarely get sick, and the same goes for C. So it's time for me to stop wasting this healthy body!

C got back from Colorado on Friday, and once I pick my strength back up, we are going full speed ahead......my goal is to be bikini ready for summer! And I found that even in the couple weeks he was back, he is such a great motivator to me!

***in case you didn't notice, this also counts as me being an attention whore and huge whiner  :) However, I had nothing good in mind to post about lol.

Friday, February 24, 2012

What I'm Reading

I am totally into the Stephanie Plum books by Janet Evanovich!

I got interested when I saw One for the Money as a movie preview......the movie looked funny, and I knew it was based on a book, so I dove into the first book. Now, I'm on book 5!

The series is about a girl named Stephanie Plum from Trenton, NJ. Stephanie lost her job and is struggling to put food on her table, so she takes a job from her cousin as a Fugitive Apprehension Agent.....aka a Bounty Hunter. I knew nothing about bail bonds when I first started reading this book, so I got an education too :)

Stephanie works with several hotties including cop Joe Morelli and fellow bounty hunter Ranger. The books typically feature one big case that Stephanie has a tough time with, and always feature Ranger and Morelli stepping in to help Stephanie out of jams.

It's a great combination of mystery and suspense and fun. The books are light hearted while still having a good mystery and a solid story line. Now that I've started reading them, and I try to pick up a different book, I just want to read more about Stephanie and her cases. Definitely sucking me in :) They ARE sort of repetitive in how the story goes, but I'm ok with that.

On a related note.....I am on book 12 of 2012! For my goal of 50, that is pretty good.......over 20% done! And 81 books towards my goal of 100 by November when my 101 list ends :)

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Hello, Lent!

I am a self proclaimed bad Catholic. I don't go to church much anymore or do anything a good Catholic does.

However. Lent begins today, and I intend to rectify my wayward ways this Lenten season. So my goal this Lent is to do the typical giving up of snacks/sweets, as well as going to church every Sunday during Lent!

I know the die hard Catholics are telling me I'm lame, and I was raised in a die hard Catholic household and community, so I know plenty of people are reading this and in fact saying I'm lame :)

But hey, you gotta start somewhere! And my start is going to be a goal of going to mass every week of Lent. I am starting today with Ash Wednesday mass!

Monday, February 20, 2012


So I've been catching up on Parenthood on Netflix this month. I never watched the show before, despite knowing I would really enjoy it, because it always came on right after The Biggest Loser. When I was living in Maryland, I would watch the Biggest Loser with my parents, and then drive home right after, so I never got into Parenthood.

Now, I'm watching it and loving it. I am a huge Gilmore Girls fan, so I knew I wanted to see Lauren Graham in other roles. And I LOVE her!

However. Shows like Parenthood make me really jealous. Parenthood, One Tree Hill, Brothers and Sisters......they make me so jealous that I don't have my whole family with me, or a big extended family network. I love watching the Braverman clan get together all the time, and be integral parts of each other's lives, or the Walkers have family dinners, or even the screwed up families of One Tree Hill be vital parts of each others lives.

By being Air Force, I feel like I won't get the chance to have that. My family isn't as big as a lot of tv families anyway, but even if it was, we aren't all in the same place to get to hang out all the time. Being away means we also don't get the chance to have that with C's family.

It makes me worry about the future......I was so close to my grandparents, and I worry that my kids won't have that opportunity because we will be moving all over the world in 3 year increments, and not likely to end up super close to either of our parents. Plus, my brother is AF and C's brother is AF, and our parents live 12 hours apart, so it's not like everyone is even in the same place for us to go back to.

We aren't even engaged, so I don't know why I worry myself about things like this :) But I do. My grandma was my best friend, and I want my mom and my kids to have that relationship. I want my kids to feel like they have people they can count on, outside of our little family unit.

The things you think about on a rainy afternoon in Abilene.......either way, I definitely recommend Parenthood (and One Tree Hill and Brothers and Sisters.....all 3 are available on Netflix live streaming).

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Giving Blood

I gave blood on Thursday at the only blood donation center I could find in Abilene. I was amazed that there is no Red Cross here! I used to have so many options in Baltimore for which Red Cross I wanted to go to. My laziness in finding somewhere to donate has kept me from donating for the entire year I've been here.

I was reminded to give blood by a Facebook friend of mine. I have O- blood, which is the universal donor, so my blood is a hot item. The woman who signed me in said "Oh you have the good stuff!" when I told her I was O neg. Her eyes lit up, and I temporarily thought fangs might pop out. I have also gotten letters from the Red Cross before that my blood has something great that makes it really good for premature babies. You can definitely sucker me in with the baby angle.

I was convinced to try Alyx donation, which I didn't ask many questions about. They told me they get more useful stuff out of it and can use the blood faster, so I said sure. I was also lucky this time......my iron levels were within regulations! I have been turned away a few times because my iron levels are way low.

I think the gist of Alyx is that they only take your red blood cells and put everything else back. It uses a machine, sort of like platelets I think. However, as the tech tried to get me all hooked up to said machine, he dug around in my arm for 5 minute to get a vein. Once he got the vein, no blood would come out :( I have pretty small wimpy veins, and when I tried to donate platelets in the past, they weren't able to do that either because my veins just weren't up to the push and pull that happens with the machines.

The first tech, who was trying to get me to do Alyx donation, was pretty disappointed when I couldn't do it.....she kept wanting to try my other arm, which apparently had a wimpier vein, or pretty much any other option they had to get me donating via Alyx. It was sort of annoying......she was grilling me about whether I had been drinking a lot of fluids that day. My thought? I'm still donating whole blood!

So regular blood donation it was for me! I didn't get to help quite as many people with my super O- blood, but I helped more than it would staying in my body!

It's on my 101 list to donate blood 10 times, and I'm only on number 2, with not enough time left to donate 8 more times. But oh well......every donation helps, and I've entered the next two times I'm eligible into my phone calendar so I can make sure I go as soon as I can.

I'd encourage everyone to hit a blood donation center when you can, if you're eligible. I imagine one day I might need a blood transfusion, so I'm going to pay it forward now. And even if needles freak you out.....just look the other way!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Life as I know it

Well, I have basically been MIA since my love got home! But I figure it's time to come back to the blogosphere :)

The boy got home almost 3 weeks ago! I can't believe it's been that long. When he got back, it was pretty weird for about a week. Definite transitions for both of us! But now, we are pretty much back to normal.

He has taken off for Colorado this week with friends, but I couldn't get the time off from work, so I am flying solo in Abilene again. However, this deployment has taught me that it's nice to have time to myself......I don't need him to be around 24 hours a day, because I can enjoy free time all by myself.

Hopefully next time we can go on vacation together, though :)

Friday, February 10, 2012

Happy Birthday!

Happy BIRTHDAY to my favorite guy!

I love spending your birthday with you, and I can't wait to spend many more together :)