Thursday, August 27, 2009

Thursday's Tidbits

On Thursday I attended a leadership training workshop titled W.I.L.D. training through PWOC International. The international organization that overseas our local chapter of PWOC sent out a trainer from Hawaii. We spent the day learning about our personality types and how to use our gifts, talents, etc. to our advantage as a team. We then took our guest, Melissa, to a Y100 shop and our favorite izakaya - Kitakaisen.

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

On most Saturday mornings I am home alone while Bill is golfing. I usually take this time to work on my to-do list or finish my Bible study - I did both!!! Later in the day we finally got a chance to plan our long drive to the Naha area to check out Thai In The Sky, aka Cafe Caracuma. We still love Somchai's better but you really can't beat the view - unless you go to Pizza In the Sky, on the opposite side of the island!! We ended the night at a bar listening to a friend's son play with a band he has recently joined.

Ginger and Shannon on the grounds of Thai In The Sky

A chicken salad and a traditional Thai soup that we really liked!

We found ourselves skipping church on Sunday but I did get a chance to chat with a friend of mine. Our Sunday mornings are always convenient for those who live on the East coast to call - it's their Saturday night!!! Then we did the usual Sunday afternoon stuff: commissary, nippy nap, and PX run. Then we got to do the not-so-usual-stuff, dinner with the Gariepy's at Macaroni Grill!! We did this in honor of Dasha's sister-in-law leaving the next day. Her first and last meal in Okinawa was at the Macaroni Grill - gotta love die-hard Americans!

The Gariepy Clan: Dasha, Rob, Aaron & Heather

On Monday's I try to stay home to catch up on everything I didn't do last week and is due sometime this week. Usually that's my bible study or preparing for PWOC. I was brave and tried my hand at making bacon, again. I still managed to burn a small batch while trying the tried and true method of "baking" it in the oven. I did eek out a few pieces that weren't burnt and even the burnt ones were edible, since I like it crisp.

Tuesday was our last PWOC study day for our summer sessions. I always hate endings but hung on to the fact that we start our Fall session next week!! The study on "The Fruit of the Spirit" was excellent and I was able to get all but one of the week's scrap booked!! Our last week in this study was spent discussing how God gave us the opportunities to practice self-control over the past week. Queen Esther was a great example of obedience to God while showing self-control with a worldly King.

"Fruit of the Spirit" study participants

Bill had duty today so my friend, Dasha, came over and spent the night. We enjoyed dinner at Brisa de Mar ( I will post about this local eatery on Okinawa Hai next week), we worked on our laptops, enjoyed awesome Quad Chocolate Cake and ended the night watching the world's newest obsession - "Twilight"!!
Wednesday I typed my last "To Shop" post on Okinawa Hai. It was bitter sweet. I have really enjoyed the challenge of finding new places to spend money and yet I'm really looking forward to being the new "To Eat" editor. It also makes me sad as my friend, Dasha, is pcsing and this is why I am making the move!!! I will miss shopping and "doing" lunch with her so we both can keep up with our weekly commitment to this weblog! We worked on a creative project together until she had to head back home.

Happy Thursday and I'll see you next week!!!!

Sunday, August 16, 2009

What A Military Wife Is.............................

Each one may look different and each is wonderfully unique, but this they have in common:

Lots of moving...



Moving far from home...

Moving two cars, three kids and one dog...all riding with HER of course.

Moving sofas to basements because they won't go in THIS house;

Moving curtains that won't fit;

Moving jobs and certifications and professional development hours.

Moving away from friends;

Moving toward new friends;

Moving her most important luggage: her trunk full of memories.
Often waiting...



Waiting for housing.

Waiting for orders.

Waiting for deployments.

Waiting for phone calls.

Waiting for reunions.

Waiting for the new curtains to arrive.
Waiting for him to come home,
For dinner...AGAIN!

They call her 'Military Dependent', but she knows better:

She is fiercely In-Dependent.

She can balance a check book;

Handle the yard work;

Fix a noisy toilet;

Bury the family pet...

She is intimately familiar with drywall anchors and toggle bolts.

She can file the taxes;

Sell a house;

Buy a car;

Or set up a move...

......all with ONE Power of Attorney.

She welcomes neighbors that don't welcome her.

She reinvents her career with every PCS;

Locates a house in the desert,

The Arctic,

Or the deep south.
And learns to call them all 'home'.

She MAKES them all home.
Military Wives are somewhat hasty...
They leap into:
Career alternatives,
And friendships.
They don't have 15 years to get to know people.

Their roots are short but flexible.
They plant annuals for themselves and perennials for those who come after them.

Military Wives quickly learn to value each other:

They connect over coffee,

Rely on the spouse network,

Accept offers of friendship and favors.

Record addresses in pencil...
The Military Wife has a husband unlike other husbands; his commitment is unique.

He doesn't have a 'JOB'

He has a 'MISSION' that he can't just decide to quit...

He's on-call for his country 24/7.

But for her, he's the most unreliable guy in town!

His language is foreign










And so, a Military Wife is a translator for her family and his.
She is the long- distance link to keep them informed; the glue that holds them together.
A Military Wife has her moments:

She wants to wring his neck;

Dye his uniform pink;

Refuse to move to Siberia;

But she pulls herself together.

Give her a few days,

A travel brochure,

A long hot bath,

A pledge to the flag,

A wedding picture,

And she goes.

She packs.

She moves.

She follows.


What for?

How come?

You may think it is because she has lost her mind.
But actually it is because she has lost her heart .

It was stolen from her by a man,

Who puts duty first,
Who longs to deploy,

Who salutes the flag,

And whose boots in the doorway remind her that as long as he is her Military Husband,

She will remain his military wife.

And would have it no other way.

--Author Unknown (Thank you to my friend, Katie, for passing this along to me!!)

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Thursday's Tidbits

Before I begin I have to admit that I'm in a little bit of a funk. I won't go into it right now but I just couldn't get my act together to post last Thursday. Now it feels like I haven't posted in months - ugh!!!! But as they say, put one foot in front of the other.........................

Last Thursday was the end of Jenny's birthday week. We did a little something everyday to celebrate and I will probably post separately on that one. Today, though, we enjoyed our Cocok's pedicure.

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.

Ginger can always bring a smile to my face!
Friday's have been reserved for my friend Dasha. We have only been friends for a few months and now they are preparing to leave the island in October. Again, I'm reminded that this is how the Marine Corps rolls. So in rolling fashion we have set aside a day every week to cram in anything and everything possible. Sometimes we scrapbook, sometimes we are productive, sometimes we burn bacon and other times we spend all our time together on our computers - gotta love modern technology and flexible friends!!!! Jenny joined us today as she closed out her birthday week with one last present and lunch with us. She even stayed long enough to create a Mii and play on my Wii while I sat on the couch as her coach - I'm so good at Coach Couching!!!! I'm even better at laughing hysterically when her Mii rolls into a snowball on the ski jump balance game. Then the hubs and I continued our James Bond marathon with Roger Moore in "For Your Eyes Only".

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!!!!