Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Tell Me Thursday March 1, 2012

Feel free to use the above image for Tell Me Thursday!

Small piece of useless trivia : Obviously a big old tree has nothing to do with Tell Me Thursday. I couldn't decide on a picture that actually did  have something to do with it though, and I'd been looking for an excuse to use this one. This picture is one I took myself back in 2006 on a trip to Scotland. This tree was actually within castle grounds at Stirling Castle. I just thought it looked so damn pretty!


With so many blog hops, fill-ins and twitter follows done on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, I felt it was time to give Thursday a little love. Thursdays matter too, folks. From here on out I'll be putting out a few questions that you can copy and post over on your own blog with a link back here. After you've done that come back here and enter yourself in Mr. Linky down below. It's a fun way to get to know other bloggers while getting your blog out there as well.

Let's begin, shall we?

 Food questions today!

  1. Did you get suckered into buying Girl Scout cookies this year? Which ones are your favorite? - Yes, of course I did. And I'm completely obsessed with the shortbread cookies. I might have to go buy more before they stop selling them.
  2. In a totally bizarre twist of fate, you actually find yourself trapped on a dessert island. DESSERT ISLAND. (hardy har har) What treats and goodies do you gobble up first? - I have this wonderful vision of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in my head right now... Assuming something on this island is made of Twizzlers, I'm totally going for that first.
  3. What is one thing you can cook well? (Or at least without burning down the house) - I'm not very good at cooking actual *food*, but if it's a dessert bring it on. I love to bake, especially cupcakes. Especially, especially fun design cupcakes.
  4. What is the strangest thing you have ever eaten? - Um, not totally sure. Huzzy likes to try to get me to eat things I wouldn't normally, and sometimes he doesn't tell me what I just ate. The weirdest thing that I know I ate was frog legs. ...I was not impressed. >_<
  5. Favorite alcoholic beverage? (Hey, alcohol is like  a food. It has calories dammit, it counts) - Not a big drinker anymore. I used to be able to drink Long Island Ice Teas, but I think one would kill me now. Anymore I prefer the fruity drinks that mask the taste of liquor. I think I got old. :(

 Don't forget to link up (and comment so I know you linked up!).  Hopefully this week we have a few more people taking part, the more the merrier, right?

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Why is OPSEC So Important, You Ask?

You may or may not have read a story recently concerning Megan Born. She's an Army wife who recently made the news thanks to other people's inability to adhere to OPSEC.

Megan Born's husband had been serving in Army, and unfortunately he lost his life during a protest in Afghanistan. That in an of itself is heartbreaking. Every husband, wife, child, family member and friend worries when their loved one goes on deployment. Everyone knows that death is a possibility, but I doubt anyone is truly prepared for it.

When a soldier dies there are procedures to be followed. I don't know of a single milspouse who doesn't have a fear of uniformed soldiers showing up at her house, bible in hand, to deliver some very bad news. I know that I jump a little when there's an unexpected knock at my door while Huzzy is gone. It's a fear that we try to ignore, but it's always there.

Unfortunately for Megan Born  she did not get the calm, trained soldiers breaking the bad news to her. She found out through a text message from a fellow military spouse on post. A TEXT MESSAGE. Turns out it was already all over Facebook as well. Well isn't that just dandy?

No one is really taking blame in this, although there are plenty of people pointing fingers. Some are blaming the FRG for leaking the information. Others are blaming the Army. The Army is blaming the spouses. I'm not sure that we'll find out for sure who is to blame (though there is to be an investigation of course) but I cannot believe that someone along the way didn't stop to think, "Hey, should we really be spreading this stuff around?"

Last year the USS Enterprise also had casualties during deployment. Thanks to the wonder that is Facebook and social media it spun out of control at record speed. At first we were aware that there had been a casualty, but did not know who. Everyone was panicked and scared. I don't think I can stress to you how scared we all were. I was about to pack up Baby Girl and go somewhere else just so that if by chance it was  Huzzy, I wouldn't have to see them show up at my door. Besides, if they didn't relay the message then it wasn't real, right?

Whoever is at fault for this should be ashamed of themselves. I can't imagine the pain this woman is going through, but I'm pretty damn sure it would have been better to find out the way regulation dictates. No one should ever find out about the loss of a loved one through text message.

Shame on the Army for giving this information to less than trustworthy individuals.

Shame on the person that thought themselves above OPSEC.

And shame on the wives who kept this going by texting or posting about it on Facebook.

If you haven't already, I highly encourage you to read HouseholdDiva6's OPSEC page. Don't keep it to yourself either. Spread it around. Make sure fellow spouses know what OPSEC means.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Military Monday - FRG, Is It Worth It?

It's Monday, which means it is once again time for 5 Nuts in a Nutshell's Military Monday. Today's topic is the FRG (Family Readiness Group).

If you've been reading this blog for a while, you may or may not have read about my previous decision to get more involved in our command's FRG.

The FRG really is what you make of it. Personally, I look forward to these get togethers. Partly because childcare is provided at the meetings, so it's almost 2 hours of child-free adult interaction. But I also enjoy the family friendly outings and I'm looking forward to seeing what the FRG has in store for us this deployment.

I did end up missing last month's meeting (bad girl!) due to Baby Girl being ridiculously bad and feeling a little under the weather myself, but I will be attending the meeting this month. I did go to the informal mall play area meet up, so that's something. There's such a variety of people there that while you aren't guaranteed to get alone with everyone, you'll more than likely find a few like-minded women to hang out with.

During last year's deployment our FRG worked really hard to have events for everyone. There was an Easter egg hunt, tons of playgroup meet ups, trips to the zoo, a half-way party and more. Last year was hard for me to really get involved so I missed quite a bit. The first two months of the deployment I was still active duty myself, and was navigating the waters of working/child-rearing/deployment survival. It was an eye opener, that's for sure. I also spent some time visiting family, so I wasn't always around for the FRG events.

This year I'm not working, so no excuse there! I'll be visiting family again, but plan to attend as many FRG functions as I can while I am here.

The FRG can be a lifesaver if for no other reason than just to show you that you aren't alone. There are plenty of other women and families going through the same thing, and the FRG makes it easier to connect with these women and form your own support system.

That's my two cents on it anyway! Remember, if you want to participate in Military Monday, head over to 5 Nuts in a Nutshell, read her post and get the code.

Puppy Love

No symphony orchestra ever played music like a two-year-old girl laughing with a puppy.
- Bern Williams 

 Haven't posted in a few days, have I? Terrible, but I've been busy! 

Saturday Huzzy, Baby Girl and I went and picked up the newest member of our family - Misty. Misty is a 7 week old yellow lab/golden retriever mix and she is just adorable! Baby Girl is completely in love with the new puppy, and I pretty much am too. She has a very calm, sweet disposition. I'm kind of hoping it will rub off on Baby Girl, but with my luck it will probably just go the other way. Oh well.

Huzzy likes to make jokes that he leaves me with something new to keep me busy every time he goes away. HA! Like our daughter isn't enough? 

We've been talking about getting a puppy for a long time, and it seemed like now was the best time really. We both had dogs growing up, and we wanted the same for our daughter. Misty is just a puppy, and Baby Girl is only 19 (almost 20!) months old, so they can grow up together. Best of friends who will be terrorizing me in cahoots I'm sure. 

I have a bunch of pictures, but unfortunately my camera isn't cooperating with Huzzy's computer and my computer is down at the moment. So I only have one to share. I'll get more up later though, promise!

Baby Girl with Misty

Huzzy is on leave right now, and we're trying to have a lot of family time. Posts will probably be a little scattered for the next week, but I'm here I swear!

Did you have a dog growing up? Do you have one now? 

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Next Month's Featured Blog

As you may or may not have noticed, I have a spot on the right hand side of this blog set aside for a "Blog of the Month". This month's spotlight blog is Life With Twins & a Drama Queen. Edelis writes a great blog with tons of information and giveaways, as well as snip-its of her family's life. If you haven't checked her out, please do so!

March is almost upon us though, so it's time to decide on next month's featured blog. If you are interested in having your blog in the spotlight here for March, please leave a message here or contact me on my facebook page. Or, if you know a great blog that you want to recommend, feel free!

This isn't a paid spot, so don't worry about it costing anything.

Thanks, all!

Book Review : Ketchup Is A Vegetable And Other Lies Moms Tell Themselves

I love reading, but I don't often find the time while Huzzy is home. Usually I catch up on everything at breakneck speed while he is underway. Ever since he got me a Kindle Fire for Christmas though I've been hopping onto Amazon randomly to check and see what freebie books are availble. Some of them are just...well, not my thing. But every once in a while I find a gem.

The other day I downloaded Ketchup is a Vegetable and Other Lies Moms Tell Themselves. I hadn't actually heard anything about it, but with a title like that I was willing to give it a go. This is one of those instances where I'm really glad I did.

Robin O'Bryant's book is funny, honest and touching. Her stories revolve around her life as a wife and mother to three young children. Being a mom myself, I can really relate to a lot of these stories. I chewed through this book because I just couldn't put it down. It's well written and thoughtful, and though the book ends on a less than cheerful subject it does give you some perspective as a mother.

The book is full of anecdotes and lessons. She goes through a lot of the nitty gritty details of motherhood with a great sense of humor, making me wish that I was more willing to laugh at myself as well sometimes. Though most of the book is humorous, it's also very raw and honest. Her battle with breastfeeding is a pain I know and have been through myself. It's refreshing to come across someone who is willing to tell you that yeah, breast is best...but it's OK to stop too.

The only problem I have with this book is that it isn't long enough! I finished reading it and found myself bummed that it was over. Time to go book hunting again!

Unfortunately this book is no longer free unless you are an Amazon Prime member. At $5.99 though, I still think it's worth picking up.

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post! I have not been paid in any way shape or form for this review.

Tell Me Thursday February 23, 2012


 With so many blog hops, fill-ins and twitter follows done on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, I felt it was time to give Thursday a little love. Thursdays matter too, folks. From here on out I'll be putting out a few questions that you can copy and post over on your own blog with a link back here. After you've done that come back here and enter yourself in Mr. Linky down below. It's a fun way to get to know other bloggers while getting your blog out there as well.

Let's begin, shall we?

  1. What was the last book you read? - I just finished Ketchup Is A Vegetable: And Other Lies Moms Tell Themselves by Robin O'Bryant. I really liked it! I won't go into detail here since I'll probably right up a whole review later.
  2. Are you worried the world is going to end this year? - No, but it's fun to speculate. Huzzy just told me about this TV show called Doomsday Preppers. I only watched like 10 minutes of it, but it's...interesting. It's about people who think the world is going to end in 2012 and are preparing to survive whatever happens.
  3. How do you hope the world will end? - Oh, definitely zombie apocalypse! At least that would be the way I'm best prepared for. Huzzy and I were discussing our survival plans over wine last night. Wonderful way to spend an evening!
  4. What was the best thing that happened to you in the last week? - The weather has been beautiful so we've been taking full advantage of that. Watching Baby Girl run around like crazy playing in the yard and relaxing with Huzzy... Yup, best part of my week.
  5. What was the worst thing that happened to you in the last week? - Nothing really bad happened, but I know that we really should start working on our to do list before this deployment gets here, and that is a downer. 

Hopefully some more people join in this week, I'm really thinking about canning this since only a couple people take part. :(