Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Thursday, December 3, 2009
This quote was posted on my friend Debbie’s status, via face book, and I couldn’t resist “borrowing” it and sharing it on my blog. It’s amazing how God speaks to us in so many different ways and, if we are listening, He will minister to us right where we are. This quote came at a perfect time. I always thought it would be fun to blog about a recent quote I had read and I have been encouraged to just sit down and write on my blog without worrying about the topic – so I’m not ignoring the fact that it has been months since I have posted here, I am just adopting this quote as my new motto. I am finished with this day and I’m going to be done with it and look forward to tomorrow.
Why are Emerson’s words so hard to apply, even after a practically perfect day like today?
I had an AWESOME day with several of my friends today and yet I found myself slipping back into that “I didn’t accomplish enough today” mode. This usually happens when I am making my way home, a small commute from Kadena to Courtney, and assessing what I had accomplished thus far in that particular day. Why is it that I feel I have to accomplish anything in a day to feel justified in how I spent it? Do you feel that way? I do feel this way a lot, unfortunately. Even on days that I have accomplished a lot I still wonder if it was enough!
Was it enough that I devoted most of my day to creating a craft for an upcoming PWOC program?
Was it enough that I laughed with my friends today?
Was it enough that we talked about what God was doing in our lives this week?
Was it enough that we prayed together and shared a meal together and we even used a coupon?
Was it enough that we laughed until I thought we were going to cry?
Was it enough that 6 of us piled in my van and we ran our errands together? (3 of “us” were kids)
Was it enough that we did everything in our power to get said craft done today?
Was it enough that we visited with other friends along the way?
Was it enough that I turned up one of my favorite songs on my iPod, “Sweet Escape” and we sang our hearts out while others were watching us drive down the road, dancing and singing?
Was it enough that I drove over 30 minutes each way just to spend time with my friends?
Was it enough that I did the dishes and a load of laundry once I got home?
Was it enough that I tried to put out more Christmas decorations but found sitting on the couch with the hubs more tempting?
When is it enough?
Today I am allowing “it” to be enough!!! I laughed, I cried, I listened and I even acted as referee for a few disputes over the Wii and “they” aren’t even my little peeps!!
Today I have done what I can do and absurdities definitely crept in. And that is okay!!!!
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Friday we met with Mrs. Mixon - an Army wife who has been involved with PWOC International and Regional for several years. She likes to get together with the local chapter to visit and see how things are going. Then we took Melissa to the Airforce Gift shop and to the Botanical Gardens for lunch. After lunch we walked the gardens and worked really hard at avoiding all the Banana spiders that call this beautiful place home. Later in the evening we watched the movie "The Time Traveler's Wife" with Eric Bana and it was good. Then we ended the night with several exciting rounds of Mario Kart on the Wii - this is our new obsession!
Banana Spider at the Botanical Gardens
Jenny, Sarah with Grace and Ginger at the Gardens
Ginger and Shannon on the grounds of Thai In The Sky
A chicken salad and a traditional Thai soup that we really liked!
"Fruit of the Spirit" study participants
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Or the deep south.
Their roots are short but flexible.
Military Wives quickly learn to value each other:
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
The green toes, at the bottom, are mine. These pictures do not do this artwork any justice!!
Ginger acting shy while we wait for our appointment. We were running late so we had to eat on the fly - gotta love Subway!!!
What is interesting about life is that it keeps rolling by whether you want it to or not. And whether your car starts or not. Whether you are driving your own vehicle or have to swap with the hubs because he lent yours out. Whether you are having a good or bad hair day, whether your toes look great or not, life just keeps on rolling. And when you have fun and creative friends to roll with you just almost don't care. Ginger is one of those friends. She offers to sing "Happy Birthday" with three selection choices - Opera, Country or Cartoon. Not sure what cartoon sounds like but Jenny picked opera and I thought we were all going to pee our pants. I can say that because this is my blog and it is true. Ginger laughed so hard after we finished singing that I thought all her mascara was going to roll right off her face! After I recovered from this rendition of Happy Birthday and made it home in one piece, while driving Bill's car, we finished our night out by watching the new season of "Pushing Daisies" - we love this series and though this is their last season we will enjoy it 'til the very last episode.
Dasha, or Dash A as Bill likes to call her, and I at Marino's for Saturday Night Dinner.
Saturday found me with a cold or allergies, staying home all morning trying to catch up while the hubs was on the golf course. We reunited over lunch, took a nippy nap, did laundry, yada, yada, blah!!!!! In the evening we joined our Saturday Night crew at Kitakaisen - our favorite izakaya for eating sushi and soy beans and hanging out with friends.
Just being goofy!!!
I took Bill to the airport on Sunday so he could begin his long trek back to Virginia for a work-related conference. He was so excited that it only took him 10 minutes to get through the check-in process and security. And that's not all, as a frequent flyer he also got bumped up to Business Class where he was served OJ in an actual glass not plastic and his water cup was never empty. I finished working on my Fruit of the Spirit bible study and IM'd a highschool friend on facebook.
Monday found me suffering from a potential migraine that I nipped in the bud with Pepsi and vitamin M - it almost works everytime!!! I had lunch with my new neighbor who's husband is now Bill's new boss. I worked on my to-do list the rest of the day, chatted briefly with Bill and called it a night!!!
Tuesday is almost always predictable, which I love. As our bible study classes are coming to a close in a few weeks I start to get reflective and grateful that God continues to allow me to facilitate some of the best studies ever written with incredible, encouraging women who take the journey with me. God is so good and worthy of all our praise!!!!
On Wednesday I was blessed beyond belief by my new friend, Cathy. She had offered to come and get the dogs yesterday and today so that I didn't have to rush home to take them out. Not only did she walk them today, but they got to spend the entire day in her yard, with grass. And if that was not enough, she brought home two tired pups who had recently been bathed. Who does that for an almost stranger? Cathy does. She lived out my bible study today by blessing me and releaving so much stress. Now both pups smell fruity-fresh and may shed one less dog hair because they deposited it in her yard!!! My house is clean, too, because of my sweet mamasan so that leaves me to work on my never-ending to-do list!!!!
Happy Thursday ya'll - see you next week!!!!
Friday, July 31, 2009
I hope your week was as exciting as mine!!! See you next Thursday!!!
Thursday, July 23, 2009
This is just a random photo of two of my sweet stateside friends who "do life" with me!
See you next Thursday!!
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Dasha, my willing victim, getting ready to enjoy her lunch with a view!!!
I really do like my bacon crisp so I could say that I did this purposely!!!
Yummy BLT, minus the T!
Friday we attended a Hail and Farewell and I got a chance to meet some of the new people Bill works with. Once we returned home we watched "Miracle At St. Anna" and I wouldn't recommend it. The storyline had great potential but their were to many stories trying to be told and they really didn't come together for a great ending.
I attended a baby shower on Saturday with my friend Jana then met Bill at Awase Meadows Golf Course for lunch. This little outing made me miss the yummy chicken sandwiches they serve at the golf course in 29 Palms - why can't all golf courses serve the same yummy food???As always, we joined our Saturday Night Crew for a fabulous dinner at Sam's By The Sea. We were celebrating Josh and Jenny's 1 year anniversary.
Happy anniversary couple, Josh and Jenny!
This is what happens after 15+ years of marriage!! My husband was hungry!!!
One of our many meals at Sam's!!!
We enjoyed a great Sunday worship service at Calvary and seeing friends from 29 Palms who just arrived on-island. We picked up our "surprise" in the afternoon and I held my breath as we introduced Nemo to Socks. They hit it off well and they seem to be getting into a fairly good routine. Nemo is keeping us entertained with his large-breed antics and his face always makes me smile. God truly spent a fair amount of time creating this unique breed of dog and the world is a better place for it. Nemo can be best described as an attention hound and with the mug only a mother could love, I just can't resist him. He gets his tongue stuck outside of his lips, like Socks does. One of my goals is to capture a picture of his right canine tooth - it gets caught up on his many layers of skin when he sits for a treat.
On Monday I spent a lot of time finishing my bible study and preparing to facilitate on Tuesday. This scrapbooking study has really inspired me to be more consistant in putting my memories in an album. After the normal chores of the day and dinner out of the way we watched "Defiance" with Daniel Craig (He played James Bond in Casino Royale) and Liev Schreiber (He was in both the Manchurian Candidate and Kate & Leopold). Defiance is an excellent movie but not without some brutal scenes! It is to be expected when you're watching a true story about a group of defiant refugees that persevere while being persecuted by the Germans!! I would highly recommend it!!!
Tuesday is one of my favorite days of the week. I love getting together with the women of PWOC. This week we discussed verses and questions regarding Joy as one of the Fruits of The Spirit. Drove home to check on my ever-growing four-legged family to make sure they survived their first day together without me. They did well and Nemo's happy dance that I am naming the "sidewinder" for now, which I have to get on video, makes me want to come home more often. Socks has become so calm in her elderly years so having Nemo around sure adds energy to our place. I love having a younger dog around - it seems to make the older dog young again. Socks use to do that for Belleau. After a brief stint at home I was off and running again to squeeze in a game of bunko with my favorite Army Wives. I played as a sub and had a blast. Our hostess, Roberta, is an excellent cook and we enjoyed some great Mexian Food! It was fun to meet a few new ladies and I ended the night as the BIG winner - I got both the floater prize and was the Queen of Bunkos.
I'm the bunko Queen!!!!
Wednesday I was met with a defiant four-legged child and the beginning of the battle with the kennel. I did not prepare myself for Nemo's dislike for the kennel that, in the near future, he will need to travel in for more than 20 hrs. I had less than 5 minutes to convince my new roommate that the kennel is his friend. I didn't have the heart or the energy to "make" this 70 lb. animal enter this contrapment that he found unappealing. Instead, Nemo and Socks spent half the day in our guest room to "save" the mamasans from being loved to death by a strange and large creature they do not know. When the hubs came home to offer a potty break to our critters he tried to convince Nemo to "kennel up" and he was having no part of it. Now Socks, on the other hand, still knows the command and entered and exited the kennel several times as we tried to coax Nemo into it just once. Socks is smart - she knows that if she goes in, once she comes out, she gets a treat. Now we just need to get that message to Nemo. And after all that coaxing Nemo was warn out and spent his day napping on my guest bed. Anyone want to come over to The House of Traquair and sleep with a 70lb. snoring beast that likes to wake up at 4:20 a.m.!!
See you next Thursday!!
Monday, July 13, 2009
Nemo's family, The Hansons, are pcsing this summer. Due to Nemo's breed and the heat conditions he is not able to join them right now. We only have custody of him temporarily until we find someone flying back to the states in September. Then he'll be reunited with his family in Cuba. Mike just recently retired from the Marine Corps and is taking a civilian job that will take the whole family to Cuba.
Here we are celebrating Valentine's Day with Mike and Toni Hanson at Sam's By The Sea!
Until then, he is a part of our family and Socks has taken to him well. I believe she is so use to having a large dog around that it's normal for her to have Nemo here. He is a 6 year old boxer, weighing in at around 70lbs. It's weird to have a large breed in the house again. Especially in this apartment where his size is highly noticeable in the kitchen, my office, the bathroom and on the stairs. He truly sticks out like a sore thumb!
He is getting use to our schedule and we are getting use to his interesting habits. He lays in different areas than Socks likes to lay, he doesn't like to pass her in the hallway so he'll wine until I get Socks to move. He breathes heavier than Socks and isn't a light sleeper. Whenever I move, he has to move. I know Socks does this when she is staying with our friends - I think it's normal in the beginning as they get to know their new surroundings!!!
Nemo does this "dance" when he gets excited - like he is trying to touch his nose to his tail. This picture doesn't do it justice but I love the tongue action!!!
All in all, it's going well with our new addition!!! I just tried to get a photo of the two of them together and it's just not working right now. Like herding cats or butterflies!!!! I'm sure there will be more Nemo stories to tell as the weeks pass by!!
See you Thursday!!!!
Thursday, July 9, 2009
In the evening the hubs and I went to the movies and saw "Knowing" with Nicolas Cage. Not sure I would recommend this movie either. I really like Nicolas Cage but I didn't like the ending. I should have been better prepared that this flick would have more of a sci-fi feel to it but I was still expecting something a little different. I wouldn't say not to see it, maybe just wait until it's on video. It is a little intense in parts so it's not for the faint of heart.