Friday, June 24, 2011

MilSpouse Friday Fill-in #46

Are you a different person than you were five years ago? submitted by Sisterly Thoughts

Sure, I'm not all that different but I have grown and evolved. Five years ago I was still a relatively new mom slogging through that and trying to figure out how to, well, BE a mom or a successful one at least. I was also still a rather naive young Navy wife...still living in my hometown (thanks small Navy weather community!) Now it's a bit more old hat both motherhood and the military deal. Under it all, I'm still me. 

If you could go on Amazing Race, who would you take with you as your partner and why? submitted by Thoughts from a Poekitten

This is actually something we've talked about! we're avid fans of Amazing Race along with my sister - when we were all living in the same town, we'd have along with a few other friends, watching parties. Yes we are those people. My sister and I have actually talked quite extensively about submitting an audition tape. We work amazingly well together and both of us have traveled quite a bit. We'd be screwed for anything that involved skydiving but other than that I know we'd do fantastic! The hubs and I would probably kill each other lol but really my practical soul says one of us needs to stay home and watch the kids. 

Does Facebook or Twitter actually bring more stress or good in to your life? submitted by Just an Arizona Girl

Definitely more good however I use them differently. Twitter is more anonymous and more of my "let it out" place whereas Facebook is populated with my mom, siblings, pastor, assorted family members etc. It's wonderful for keeping everyone updated on the boys and just keeping in touch but I'm definitely more guarded and watch my opinions more on there. 

June is National Soul Food Month- what’s your soul food? submitted by NH Girl Displaced

Lefse. It's like a Norwegian tortilla but made of potatoes. My grandmother made it growing up and she's been gone for more than 15 years...the last few years my sister and I have started making it. It's like childhood in my mouth. It's my favorite food. Ever. 

If you could live in any other era than the current, which one would it be & why? submitted by Sugar in My Grits

I'm a history buff and while there are quite a few eras that fascinate me and I'd love to visit, I'm not sure that I'd love to live full time in any of them. I kind of love my modern conveniences a little too much lol. The 1850's of California have fascinated me, Victorian England, 1700's Scotland, 1940/50s Cornwall, really I could go on...and on. But I think I'll stick with where I'm at and be content with reading about my favorite eras. 

Monday, June 13, 2011

I hate you commissary bagger

While my sister was here we made a trip to the commissary. Not a big deal, she's not a normal house guest after all (she even lived with us for around a year when biggish first born) and really part of the fun of her visits is that they're really quite low key. We do some geocaching, goofing off, Scrabble playing, that's about it. But I we went to the commissary. Not exciting. What was exciting in my small world was having someone help wrangle my two small people. Which is when I got annoyed. Nay upset. No, that's not right either. Nope. That's when I got so mad that I seethed and then cried later. I very very rarely cry. I'm just not a crier but damn it all, it was rude and it HURT. 

If you've never been to a commissary then you may not know that there are baggers who work for tips only. They're frequently older Asian women at least in my experience they are. I usually don't have cash (damn this cashless society!) so I usually either take out my own or just use the self check out as to avoid the baggers however this day I used a bagger. I wish I had not and I probably will not any time in the near future. Yes it made me that mad. So we check out and all that jazz, the smalls are attached to auntie and are walking slower and showing her all kinds of things that are interesting to 3 and 6 year olds everywhere. I'm walking with the bagger and she asks me if the that was my nanny. I'm slightly befuddled as my sister and I look pretty darn similar - she's quite a bit taller (haha close to 6 inches, yes that was the bane of my existence growing up since she's younger) and I'm curvier. That's when the bagger said "huh well cause she so tall and skinny and you so fat." 


Did you just call me fat? You work for tips and you just flat out called me fat? I started shaking I was so upset. 

Yes I know I'm not the skinniest girl in the world (and for the record my sister is a runner and is in amazing shape but she's not even remotely close to stick thin either!!). I have CURVES! I'm 5' 6" and I am a story of averages, seriously. I am the average height of a woman, I am the average size of a woman. I wear a size 14. I've birthed and nursed two babies...and those puppies never shrank so yeah I'm a bit top heavy too.  I work out EVERY single day - we walk at least 2 miles a day every day. That hurt, weight is something that has always been a struggle for me. I've been dieting for basically 15 years...I don't eat crazy amounts of crap...although sometimes I want to and just give up and give into it but damnit I DON'T.

I reported her to management and didn't see her when I ran in yesterday. I don't want her to get fired but seriously hope that there were repercussions because I was in shock at the insane inappropriateness of her comments. 

But I think it's going to be a very long time before I use a bagger again....

Friday, June 3, 2011

MilSpouse Friday Fill-In #43

Hey look it's not late at night and I'm actually doing this!! Gold star for me! 

  1. It’s now June (woot!)… what plans do you have for the summer?
This summer is going to be quite busy. Already my sister has been here for Memorial Day weekend which was an amazing visit. An old friend and her son is here now...this visit is, um, going less than steller. That's deserving of a whole other blog post but suffice to say this will be her last visitation...yes, it's going that well. Moving on, my parents are coming in a few weeks in their RV and they'll be "stealing" biggish for a grand adventure. Biggish is SO EXCITED! Yes, all caps excited haha as only six year olds can be. We'll also be going camping at some point.

What is your favorite summer memory as a kid?

Traveling! We'd pile into the RV and hit the road for a few weeks every summer usually for less than exotic destinations...think more midwestern and family reuniony. Or we'd fly to New Jersey and go to my grandparent's house at the shore. Yes my mom is from the Jersey Shore born and raised. No she doesn't have a poof or fist pump nor do any of my younger cousins (although one does do roller derby and she'll totally kick your ass if you ask hehe)...and yes people ask. I love traveling, I love that I've been able to give that gift to my kids. 

If wild animals could be made pets without fear of them ever being dangerous, what kind of exotic animal would you want as a pet?

A pygmy hippo or a penguin. What? They're cute! 

Is there anything about deployments that you do like? submitted by The Thrifty Military Wife

I guess just eating leftovers for 3 out of 5 days and just kind of doing my own staying in work out clothes all day and watching endless hgtv at night lol. 

I’m starting to run out of questions again… so please give me a question you’d like to see (off-the-wall will most likely make it because we seem to have used a lot of the “traditional” ones).

Hmmmm....I keep trying to think of questions, swear I do but man, this is hard! 

Other than something happening to your family, what is your biggest fear (like a phobia etc.)?
If they could make an Olympic event JUST for you that you know you'd medal in, what would it be?
Were you named after anyone?