Seeing Family – Sports Spoiler

Today we spent time with family. Visited with my Aunt Kay and Uncle Bill last night and this morning. They’re letting us stay with them while we’re in town for these two days. Its been good catching up on the things we’ve missed being gone in D.C. Their kids moved out about 15 months ago, so for the first time in 20 yrs they have the house to themselves and aren’t responsible for anyone but themselves. They’re having fun and set a cheerful tone for our trip down here.

The rest of the day was spent with my mom. We went to Cracker Barrel, had a meal, and played some cards. Then played some pool at a local joint. I of course won every game. Actually no, mom whooped Curtis and I something bad, I just don’t want to admit it. :( We hung out the rest of the night at her place looking at pictures, and just talking. I miss her so much. Its hard being away from family all the time. While at Cracker Barrel we purchased a baby ducky for my nephew, Collin. Its one of the old school duckies that makes noises when you squeeze it.

Notice how my mom and aunt are both wearing green bay packer shirts. Thats b/c of the big game today and the fact that they both stay true to their roots (WI – Packers). Packers vs. Cowboys game was tonight. I know in my head that the packers lost, but it just doesn’t register. How can the better team (the Packers) lose to the Cowboys. It doesn’t equate. So I celebrate the greatest team of all time – Go Packers!

Who needs a Clutch

Its been quite the adventure getting here. We stayed up all night last night and now are quite exhausted. Slept a little at the airport this morning at 5am.

Arrived in San Antonio, took a cab to our parked car, and it doesn’t start. We spend the next 3 hours trying to figure out whats wrong with the car. Maybe the starter, the battery, etc. So we start working through it…what could it be! Whats different about this car? For one its a stick shift. So after 3 hrs of headache we realize that we were forgetting to press down the clutch when we tried to start it. Wow! Can you say ‘handicap’. I’m blaming this lack of common sense on the no sleep thing.

I may be tired of traveling but its been great to see family and friends. When you live far away from the ones you love the most, you tend to cherish the time you do get, however short those moments are. In the span of a few hours I’ve cried in reunion, laughed at forgotten jokes, and felt that warm fuzzy family feeling. Its good to be back, if only for the night.

TX – National Guard

We’ve only been home a few days and already are leaving. Curtis and I fly out in a few hours, this Wednesday morning, for Texas. We have National Guard obligations that we have to full fill before we finally deploy. They ‘very nicely’ informed us that if we do not spend around 8 days suffering through their crap we will not be able to deploy, so we gladly (sarcasm) are venturing down there.

It will be nice to see some family and friends. But the thought of having to do PT for 8 days straight and put up with the drama of the Guard is nauseating.

I miss TX, but we’ve already started to build a home here in VA. San Antonio is becoming a pleasant fading memory, even if it does, technically still house all of our stuff. Its funny, I say that we are building a home here in VA but soon we will leave this place as well. I look forward to eventually experiencing some monotony in my life. This moving around, shuffling of pieces is starting to cause some wear and tear. I can’t wait to settle down into a normal everyday life. No military, no drama, no roller coaster, no Iraq….just peace.

Christmas Lights & Cards

Its happening. It started the day after Thanksgiving and it won’t end for about a month. Its exciting and frustrating. The Christmas lights everywhere are beautiful and I love them, but trying to shop during this time of year makes me want to pull my hair out.

Its around that time when I have to start sending Christmas cards out. Every year I make an effort, but usually don’t succeed. However, this year I am going to do it. I am determined!

If you’ve got family out there (which I know you do :) ) better start getting those Christmas Cards out in the mail. Good Luck!

The Long Drive Back

We drove back last night. We left Saturday afternoon and arrived at the crack of dawn this morning. It was a long drive, but the roads were almost completely empty. During parts of the journey it felt as if we were the only people in existence, driving down deserted road ways. (not to sound self-absorbed or anything).

More Info on the El Camino: Curtis’s dad arranged to have the el camino (who weve appropriately named ‘Demon’) motor replaced. Thats why its a frightening experience to drive it. Its a V8 350. Its now our permanent car – no more rental car. :(

Curtis’s brother has the most beautiful kids I’ve ever seen. Before we left town yesterday we stopped in to see them one more time, and get some chili on the belly for the long drive ahead. It was so much fun to run around and play with them. But again, glad its not my 24/8 job just yet.

While its always hard to say good-bye to family, it feels good to be home. I don’t want to do anything. It seems like you’re always so busy during the holidays that you forget to take downtime to just relax and not think about anything.

El Camino and Black Friday

The first thing Curtis wants to do after Thanksgiving is take his el camino for a drive. After about 20 minutes of doing 90mph on TN back roads, I’m ready to pass out from fear. The car rumbles with power (Curtis asking me if I “feel the demon under the hood”). I decide he’s mentally unstable.

Today is Black Friday, the largest shopping day of the year! You might think I’m crazy, but every once in a while I enjoy the craziness of us Americans. This is the day where its acceptable to act like a psycho when shopping for everyday items. We push and pull, and tear and fight and indulge our occasional materialistic obsessions on this black of all Fridays.

Happy Thanksgiving

We arrived safely, after a very long drive. Slept the night away and then woke up today to enjoy Thanksgiving. His Dad and step-mom live way out in the country in a very classic rustic comely home. I’m in love with it, and silently wish to move out here and escape the crazy city life of the east coast.

A number of Rucks gathered at Curtis’s dads house to share food and stories, and chase the little ones around the house. His brother and sister-in-law have three beautiful children, who love to run, laugh, and more running. After spending a few hours chasing around the littlest one I decided maybe I will be waiting a bit longer to have little ones myself. :) As I’m starting to learn, they may be wonderful to hold, but they are a lot of responsibility.

We had great food. Broccoli, corn, turkey, ham, and much more. O, and the pies were to die for! I just loved them…all of them. I had to have a little piece of each of them. Apple, pumpkin, caramel, peanut butter, and others.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone, enjoy the holiday.

Driving..Vacation..Driving..

Curtis and I leave today to drive to TN for Thanksgiving. We are spending the holiday with his family. Its been around two years since we’ve been able to stop in and enjoy family time. The drive should be beautiful as the trees are just reaching the end of their prime, and the colors still scream for attention. We are driving the rental car there and driving the infamous el camino back. Him and his dad organized the replacement of the motor, so now he has an even bigger motor in the el camino beast – bound to be trouble. It should still be a good journey and a chance for us to spend some quality time together. Even if it is a long, long, long drive (there and back!).

I’m going to try and make an effort this Thanksgiving not to eat everything in sight and gorge on all the wonderful Holiday food. This is probably a hopeless endeavor, as I’ll just end up awarding myself an A for effort…..then just splurge again. :)

Afternoon Delight

The picture to the right is my afternoon delight. More like after work delight. I work everyday; your typical nine to five job. I come home and thats when the best part of my day begins. I get to sit down and read. I’m a heavy bookworm and can’t get enough. We’ve only been here a few months and we’ve already got quite the collection. This is only a small number as most of them get stacked by my comfy chair. I tend to forget to put them on the bookshelf, much to Curtis’s frustration. :)

Beowulf

Curtis and I decided to go see the new movie out in theaters, Beowulf. We saw it in 3-D, which rocked! The live action combined with the real-like animation made it one heck of a ride. I was pretty jumpy at first – not being used to 3-D films. It really felt like every thing was coming out of the screen to hit you, but after a while you get used to it and start to feel immersed in the story itself. As if you’re standing on the ground with the characters, but only as watcher to their frightening adventures.

While I enjoyed the cinematic experience of it, I got the feeling that many other people were enjoying seeing an animated almost naked Angelina Jolie. Minus the gold that was running down her body she was bare. It was uncanny how real every thing looked and felt, even though it was clearly animated. All in all, an excellent movie.