I’m off to CRC…then Christmas in TX.

I’m leaving today for CRC in GA. Its a week of training and checking the box paperwork that the military requires for a contractor (me) to deploy to Iraq. As I’ll be staying in the barracks, I’m not sure how well I’ll be able to post to the blog or just access the internet in general. While I’m not really looking forward to having to go through this, it does mean I’m that much closer to deploying. We still have no idea when I’m deploying to Iraq.

After CRC I plan on flying to TX to spend Christmas with Mom, Great Grandma Karol, and my sister hopefully she’ll be able to make it! We still don’t know for sure yet, but I just have to see my baby nephew Collin.

I was thinking about it today, this will be my first Christmas since returning earlier this year from overseas. Christmas in Iraq last year was not exactly a happy time. It was happy in the sense of comradeship among soldiers, all suffering through the same thing. But its tough being so far away from everyone that you love. I wish so much that Curtis was here and didn’t have to go through Christmas by himself.

New Found Responsibilities

Its hard when you get so used to someone….for everything, and then their gone. I know that Curtis had to leave but d*mn its hard and at times confusing. Like his car broke down again (stupid car, err) and I had to get a rental car. Its as if without him my life falls apart.

Since going to Iraq last year and coming back I haven’t had any of the households responsibilities. With Curtis leaving this past weekend, they kind of got dumped in my lap. Its been interesting going through the mail to figure out which bills to pay. Learning how to purhcase my own plane ticket and rental car. I always took all this for granted because the spouse did it. But now I’m learning (slowly) how to take care of a household – even if only a temporary house with rental furniture.

So…..food poisoning

Last week while in San Antonio I got a bad case of food poisoning. Never had it before, but now realize its a horrible beast. I ate some delicious left over pizza and not more then a few hours later I feel like I’m dying. Massive amounts of vomiting ensued for the entire night. About 10ish hours. I kept the whole house hold up unfortunately. We were staying with Harvin – Curtis’s close friend from the military.

Do you ever get sick and have no idea what its from? Well, that was me. Completely clueless. I was pretty confident I was not pregnant and yet here I was viciously sick to my stomach. So thank goodness for the internet. Curtis – my savior at times – did some research and figured it out. The only thing he could find to do was to either go to the hospital or stick it out. We stuck it out. Still not sure if that was the best idea. I did lose like 5pounds though. But still not worth it. Anybody know of any home remedies for food poisoning for next time? (I hate to say that, but better safe then sorry). 🙂

Curtis is Deployed

Curtis deployed this weekend. While I am sad (very) he is excited to finally be on his way. Hopefully I will follow in a few weeks so we won’t be separated too long. I said good-bye to him yesterday and it was so hard. I already miss him horribly.

Yesterday my flight was delayed and then canceled so I had to stay the night in Milwaukee WI. Which turned out to be wonderful – other then missing my husband. There was so much snow. I just wanted to roll around in it, build snow men and make snow angels. Of course I was already getting weird looks from the hotel staff for standing around outside just staring at it. I hate to think what they would have said if I started rolling around in it. It was just so white! It feels like years since I’ve really seen snow. Living in TX, and then Iraq, I really haven’t been able to see the snowy flakes.

This morning when I step off the plane, I immediately go to get the el camino out of economy parking. I find it has been illegally parked for the last week and half (bad Curtis). Additionally, I realize its out of gas and leaking transmission fluid. That car is a never ending headache I swear. But my husband loves it and I love him so through the chain I guess I sort of love it too. I’m learning to deal with it. errr.

Fun Fun

‘Curtis here’ So the National Guard thing is going good. Both of us are getting to actually do our job which is an improvement upon normal army life. I am getting to do some maintenance on some software I wrote while Active Duty. I am actually somewhat impressed by how easy it is for me to maintain the code unlike past projects I have worked on.

In other news, Julia is sick, but not pregnant (Adams). Shes got a bad case of food poisoning and has spent a couple of days throwing up (non-stop). So shes been out of the loop lately (work and personally). This is her first day back to work, so I’m hopeful shes getting better.

KP Duty

Yesterday while taking care of National Guard stuff an awkward situation arose. We (all the soldiers) are sitting in the bleachers talking to our platoon sergeant. And hes asking for volunetters for different duties – specifically KP (kitchen duties). And I love, love, to volunteer for extra duties. Keeps me busy. Well, Curtis hates volunteering for anything. So I kick him (subtly) to get him to volunteer and then we can do it together. It seemed like a good idea at the time. 🙂

So he gets the hint – after much kicking – and raises his hand.  Well, right after he raises his hand another solider does. Meaning that the platoon sergeant now has his volunteers and won’t take anymore. So I’m screwed – because I don’t get to do duty – and Curtis is screwed because now he has too. Opps.

Well, at the end of the day it came down to Curtis having to do 7 hours of washing dishes and scrubbing floors. To say the least he wasn’t to happy with me.

Enchanted…The Movie

Last night we went and saw Enchanted, the movie, at the theater. Make up for not being able to the night before, on our anniversary. It was one of the best movies I’ve ever seen. For adults and children alike. I laughed, and almost cried. I enjoy feel good movies immensely and this one takes the hat.

It started off a little bit cheesy – you kind of figured that it would based on the previews – but it quickly turned from cheesy to out right funny for its wittiness, creativity, and uniqueness. It follows the story of a young fairy tale woman who gets dropped into dreary New York city. She can’t help but bring laughter and smiles to everyone she meets, including you the audience member. I even think Curtis enjoyed it. So to all you families, couples, and singles this is a must see.

2yr Anniversary

Yesterday was our two year anniversary. And we spent it with the National Guard. Ehh! No it wasn’t all that bad. While we did spend the day with the National Guard, we did get to spend the night doing what we wanted. Things have been so busy lately, with travel and work that we decided to do something we haven’t had a chance to do in a while. Just have a normal night. Go eat at Chili’s (our favorite restaurant) then go to a movie. – Due to time constraints we kind of had to leave off the movie part, but it was still an excellent night.

Its weird, this is kind of like our first anniversary. Last year I was in Iraq and we didn’t have anything to do other then to say I love you over the phone. So we really enjoyed just being us and being together. This year we did decided to hold off on gifts, but next year there will have to be gifts!

His mom called to wish us a happy anniverary. I thought that was the coolest thing. I’ve never heard of that, but I sure did love it. It was so thoughtful and I never would have thought of it. I wonder if she does that b/c shes from a different generation or just a different family environment. Do other families do that? Hmm?

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.