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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Gearing up for the big trip

Well, you all know I am moving across the country... what you might not know is this move consists of me driving, with my Mama and both of the Beasties, from Charleston SC to La Mesa CA. Oh yeah, since I have been living out of a suitcase for the last 6 months I have collected somethings... I have had a hitch put on my Vue and am renting a U-Haul.

Yeah, me and Mama, the Beasties, pulling a trailer and crossing the country in 4-5 days. Fun? Maybe. Funny? Definitely. I see a comedy of errors and issues happening next week.... between Mama and the Beasties we will stop every two hours to pee. And get something to drink so we can stop and pee again. Beastie#2 gets car sick so we have to get meds for her. Beastie#1 gets travel anxiety so he gets meds too. Oh yeah, you can't forget the fact that #1 can't eat dog food (lucky me) so I will have to make plenty of dog food to freeze and take with us. And #1 has daily meds anyway.

Don't forget, I have to call the vet and get everybody's anal glands expressed and nails clipped. Yippee! I have to call the pharmacist and get #1's Tylan powder filled, a double batch please. Yes, I get it from a regular pharmacy - well, not regular, a local compounding pharmacy - a people pharmacy. Whew. Mama and I each take daily meds more than one time a day, #1 gets meds in the morning and stuff every time he eats.... #2 doesn't take meds but, during the trip both Beasties will get pills in the morning. Crap.... and everybody needs about two hours from waking to getting in the car to take care of personal type business.

I can't believe I am planning on doing this in 5 days. Will it be Hell? Maybe.... I will let you know.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Budget stuff..... are you kidding me?!?!

So, the Senate can't agree with the House and we do not yet have a budget. How hard can it be? The Democrats want to spend us into oblivion and the Republicans are trying to reign them in - and having a really hard time with it too. The President sent a budget to the house. It is full of crap - lots of spending, no true cuts. The House then proposed a budget with lots of cuts... some that are going to make things a little hard but still, they need to be done. The Senate has done nothing - just said "No, House, we aren't even going to look at that budget bill." Oh really? Aren't we paying them? Don't they work for us? Isn't what we want supposed to be their priority?!?! Doesn't look like the Senate really cares.

Here's the deal. Any Navy family (any branch of the military will do) can tell you that income needs to equal or exceed spending in order to be successful. Heck, any high school student can tell you that. Lets take it further, any K-5 kid can tell you that if you have a nickel and something costs a dime then you can't get it until you have another nickel.

What message is the government, more importantly our POTUS, sending? I'll tell you - that debt is good, that the more debt you have the more successful you are, that borrowing money is the way to go, that greed is correct. Hmpf. That is not what I want.

I think one of the things that makes it worse is that so many ignorant people think the POTUS is right. These are people who have crushing debt, can't pay their rent, buy expensive cars yet live in government subsidized housing and use food stamps. These are the people that put Obama in office and if we aren't careful they'll do it again. I am terrified of that - Obama, unchecked, just like his first two years.

I am writing my Senators and letting them know how I feel.... I'm just hoping everyone else does too.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Okay... let's talk about Libya

Well, you all know my husband and our oldest are in the US Navy. I have very strong feelings about war, what we are doing all over the world, and how our government goes about accomplishing military goals. You could say we ALL have a vested interest in the happenings in the desert. I am unhappy with what is happening in Libya and I would hope most people are.

First, for all the double speak and political maneuvering the action in Libya is a war. The POTUS did NOT get congressional approval before committing us to this military action (war). This is in direct violation of the Constitution, in fact, an impeachable offense.

Second, we have no clear goal.

Third, we are backing the "opposition fighters" with no idea who is leading them... in every other Arab country that has gone cuckoo over the last several months we have known who is in charge of the opposition. A day or two ago there was a report - validated - that over 20 members of Al Qaeda were fighting with the opposition. If they are admitting to over 20 you can bet it is over 100. Al Qaeda. Are you kidding me?

Fourth, NATO is now reluctant to take over the action. I'm not surprised... they do not have the ability to command.

FIfth, we were to have limited scope. To date we have flown over 50% of the actual missions.

Sixth, we cannot afford this. We have no money, no budget, and no sense in DC, why are we instituting a third action?

I have a solution. It is simple. We walk away. We leave them to it. We say "define the mission to take out Quaddafi, and install a democracy, develop a limited role for us and give a time line, and PAY FOR OUR COSTS and we will help you."

'Nuff said.

Thursday, March 17, 2011


We have family in town.... some of my favorite cousins from Mama's side. It is interesting and fun to see them. Sad though, they came to bury their father's ashes... he was a neat man: kind, smart, funny, devoted to his family, and loving. He was bigger than life when I was younger.

They used to come into town, Harry and his wife Ingrid and all three boys, and stay, usually for a week, right down the island. Those were some of my favorite times as a girl. They were often coming from overseas... Harry worked for the State Department and Ingrid was from Denmark. The boys were always kind to me... as the youngest by about 5 years I could often be a pest. Their oldest was my favorite... they were all kid but he was always special to me. He always made sure to include me and make me a part of things, even when he was a teen and probably could have done without me tagging along. At that point I was in single digits and I am pretty sure I was a huge pest.

When I hit my teen years I spent hours figuring out how we could get married.. after all, he was my second cousin once removed so it wasn't like it was illegal or anything. He was tall, handsome and kind... three things that are of high priority when you are 12. Or any age for that matter. Understanding that handsome is a matter of perspective is important here.

Eric is still kind. Still tall and handsome. I don't have a crush on him anymore, but I do hold him in high esteem. All the boys actually... They are fantastic people, kind and understanding, smart and funny. Special. And they are good at giving you their full attention, making you feel good about yourself.

I don't get to see them often but every time I do I remember how much fun we had, and still have, together. They are all married - to women not their second cousin once removed - and have carried their good qualities with them, passing them on to yet another generation. Their visit is short, one only in town for a day and the rest leaving tomorrow, but we will squeeze every minute of family joy that we can.


Sunday, March 13, 2011

OMG - I didn't realize it had been so long!!

My apologies.... I didn't realize I had gone so long without blogging. Things here have been crazy - I actually got The Hubster for a whole 13 days last month - OUT IN SAN DIEGO!! It was fantastic to have the time together.... I really needed it.

We spent a good bit of time trying to find a house to buy.... nine offers on nine houses and guess what? We are renting.

We went to the San Diego Safari Park for the day - it was truly amazing. You are very close to the animals... the people taking the truck tour actually have giraffes stick their heads in the trucks. Can't wait to go back and take tat ride myself. They also have a "Snore and Roar" where members (which we are) can camp out in the park. I really want to do that too.... hope The Hubster is up for it.

Anyway, all is right with my world. Seeing him again, in real life and not just a picture, was amazing. I actually felt my heart grow when I saw his face. I didn't cry - at least not right away - but when he put his arms around me a strong sense of peace settled on me. I had been so stressed for so long.... it was incredible. I forget sometimes just how safe I feel when I am with him.

He was supposed to get to CA on the 11th of February. Well, that didn't happen. First they were going to fly him commercial, round trip from Bahrain to CA. They changed their minds. Then they decided to MAC flight him from Bahrain to Norfolk and then fly him commercial to CA. Well, the rotator flight that routinely runs from Norfolk to multiple other points and back broke down. Well, it needed some maintenance so they were delayed two days. Then they got on the plane but the plane didn't take off at the right time so they had to get back off the plane and leave the airport for two hours. Apparently the ROyal Family fly during a few hours window in the morning and no one else can be there. I guess that makes sense, if you are part of the Royal Family. Then they got held up in the Azores due to extremely high winds. Freaking wonderful. I was stressing. They finally landed in Norfolk (I was already in CA) 6 hours late at 3 a.m. TeenDream was there to meet the plane - nice surprise for The Hubster. They hug out for a few hours until it was time for my honey to get on a plane and fly to me in San Diego. Meanwhile, although I know what airline he is flying and what day he is getting in , I have NO IDEA WHAT FLIGHT HE IS ON!!!!

I just checked out all the flights from Norfolk to San Diego. There were three. Thankfully he was on the first on that arrived at 1:35 in the afternoon and not the third one that landed at 7:35 p.m. I would have been a crazy woman by then.

Anyway, he got there on February 14, and was the best Valentine's Day present I have ever gotten. I don't ever, ever want to go 9 full months plus a few days extra without seeing my honey. I can't begin to explain how happy I am that he is on a ship that goes in 6 month increments. I know, sounds crazy doesn't it?

I will get him back in a few months and we will have a somewhat normal schedule for a few months... can't wait. In the meantime you guys get to move cross country with me - should be a very interesting trip - me, my Momma, Beasties 1&2 all in my Saturn Vue Hybrid and trucking across the Southern part of our great nation, stopping every 2 hours to pee.

Did I mention that our new rental home has a pool and hot tub? Or that the gardener and pool service are part of the rent? Well, that's how it is... nice and easy for a while. I can't wait!