I hope your week was as exciting as mine!!! See you next Thursday!!!
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.
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
This year our 4th celebration looked very familiar - yummy food, great friends and a super view of the fireworks display on Kadena Airbase.
Brad and Shannon Hawkins - our dinner hosts!!! Shannon serves on our PWOC leadership board, loves to cook and obviously loves to have fun!
We gathered with our normal Saturday Night Crew, with the addition of a new couple on-island. The Hawkins invited us over for a BBQ on their roof. We enjoyed well-cooked burgers on homemade buns, homemade french fries, Ma's pasta salad made by Bill and homemade strawberry pie. We then traveled a few miles from their rooftop in Chatan to a balcony outside Gate 2 to enjoy fireworks from Sarah's apartment. The view from her 6th floor was spectacular and Bill took almost 100 pictures trying to catch the perfect explosion of light. I think he managed to accomplish his mission. No doubt we all had fun and I appreciate having yet another 4th of July to remember!!!!
Steve and Cheryl Niehoff. Cheryl was our President for PWOC last year and they are PCSing to San Antonio, Texas this Thursday!
Chris and Sarah Honkanen - our fireworks hosts. Sarah is also on our PWOC board. She currently facilitates one of our PWOC studies, along with Shannon, loves to eat off-base and is a mother of 4!
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Saturday was jam-packed with bible study, downloading pix, lunch at home and a nap. then the real fun began. We spend most of our Saturday evenings with a group I call the Saturday Night Crew. We started out with some geo-bachelors Bill worked with and added a few couples along the way. We've since lost our geo-bachelors and are reduced to three couples who love to eat out together. We visited one of our favorites - Pizza In The Sky. I believe they serve the best pizza on-island!!!!
We have recently hired Mamasans to clean twice a month and their vacuum cleaner finally bit the dust - literally. This meant that the House of Traquair needed to acquire a new dog-hair-sucker-upper if the bi-monthly mission was going to get accomplished. Since we are living in the land-of-not-many-choices and we needed to acquire this lovely tool in less than three days we mulled over the few options we had at the Foster PX and made our choice. We are now the happy owners of a Dyson with a net weight of 18.5 lbs and has a telescope reach wand that extends 17 ft. With a 5 year warranty and Lifetime HEPA filter we paid more for it than I want to admit. Suffice to say that my Mamasans survived their first day with this monster dog-hair sucker-upper and are willing to return in two weeks.
Okinawa Hai team of editors at Coffee Casa.
Tuesday is my PWOC Bible study day. This was our second week in our summer studies and I continue to be blessed by our fun scrapbooking study on the Fruit of The Spirit. We gained a few more participants and shared our creatively diverse pages with each other. As in true PWOC fashion, we headed off to lunch at one of our favorite local haunts - Su Su Soon!!!
Two of our studyy participants sharing a completed page.
Wednesday I continued the scrapbooking fun with Jana, Kim and Ginger. I actually accomplished one small project, started another, enjoyed some AWESOME home-made chocolate-chip cookies and spent the morning chatting with my creative friends. We couldn't stand to part so we continued our fun while doing lunch at the Cafe Latte in the Kadena O'Club. God has truly blessed me with friends who are creative and love to eat - He is AWESOME!!!!!
We closed out the day with dinner at our favorite Thai Restaurant - Somchai's. I love their food but I have to say that I love that they call us by name and we can chat with the owners while they cook and prepare our food. No, we aren't sitting in their kitchen but we are really close. Richard, who does most of the cooking, LOVES what he does and prepares our meals out in the open with only a "bar" between him and his customers. I missed it so much while I was stateside that I over ate, of course!!! Then we scooted home to watch "Taking Pelham 123" with John Travolta and Denzel Washington. Great movie but be prepared for the language - lots of colorful language. It goes with the movie but it's still sorta hard to "hear"!!! I wish it didn't have to be that way but as I have come accustomed to saying recently, "It is what it is".
Have a great week and I'll see you next Thursday!!!!! P.S. I am having trouble figuring out blogger and I have no idea to fix the spacing issues I am obviously having. Just so you know, I do know that the spacing in this post is off and I had to choose to publish this now or never publish it out of sheer frustration!!!! Obviously I chose to publish - enjoy even with the spacing issues!!!