Thursday, April 24, 2014

Things That Annoy Me Thursday: Being Told Military Life Is Easy?!

"It must be nice to be a military family! Sounds pretty easy!"

I received this comment a couple of years ago on a blog post and it has always stuck with me.

Easy?

What?

Sure, saying goodbye to my husband every year is super easy.

Not being able to plan because you don't know what will pop up? Simple!

I'm pretty frustrated at the moment because we had plans for June. Tom had his leave scheduled so we could go to Texas for a family reunion at the beach.

And then?

Well, a couple days ago he was told, sorry, you can't go, you have to go to NCOA. For the non-military folks, it means non-commissioned officer academy. Since Tom is E-6 (or tech sgt in the Air Force), he has to go to this six week course to learn how to be a proper non-commissioned officer.

I mean...of all the times for him to have to go! The one month we had plans.

But that's military life.

Last year he was supposed to come with us to Disney World. But he got put on a deployment and couldn't.

This year I thought, yay, he'll be here for my birthday. (It's June 19th.) He'll be here for the family reunion.

Nope.

When Tom told me he had to go, I had a mini breakdown. I'm not one of those wives who squares her shoulders and says things like, "We'll work it out. We'll be okay." I have real emotions.

I said the Air Force could kiss my ass.

I told him if they tried to deploy him during Spring Break next year that he'd have to say he couldn't, he had plans, we're going to Disney World, send someone else, one of those single troops.

But it's not how the military works. If he has to deploy, he can't decline. Odds are, I'll be alone when we go to Disney World next year.

I also shrieked, "I'm just tired of all the bullshit."

I ugly cried.

Tom cautiously passed over the tissue box. "You have snot....all over.." He gestured to my face.

I know it's not his fault. But it's so incredibly frustrating. How are these troops supposed to have a good family life if the military won't allow it?

It doesn't help that congress keeps taking away from our military members. A bunch of troops are getting kicked out this summer to help save money! You can imagine how morale is. But Congress still gets their hefty paychecks and their free lunches and vacations.

So I get to go on another trip without my husband.

Military life is easy?

Ha.

I wish.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Hey, It's Okay Tuesday!

I got this idea from Glamour magazine. They have a section called Hey, It’s Okay and will list a bunch of things to be okay about. You're welcome to join in and do something like this on your blog. Doesn't have to be on a Tuesday either. Just make sure you link up and that the post you link up is a Hey, It's Okay Post. Grab the button if you'd like!

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To sometimes talk about fictional characters when everyone runs out talking about their lives at the dinner table. So I'll go, "Huck found his family," and my husband is all, "Who the HELL is Huck?" (I was talking about the Scandal finale..)


To have not done any Easter crafts. Or made Easter Bunny footprints. I was busy enough filling the eggs and hiding them.


To not really be sad that Cristina is leaving Grey's Anatomy. She wasn't my favorite character.


To have listed a few of Natalie's things on eBay here. I'll eventually be listing her dresses that she wore at Disney World last year too.


To want to watch that True Tori show (Tori Spelling) airing tonight on Lifetime. They discuss the fact that Dean cheated on her. You might recall that Tori and Dean cheated on their spouses when they first got together. I agree with Dr. Phil's saying, "If he'll cheat with you, he'll cheat ON you.." I do hope they can work it out though.


To be taking Tommy on a date since Tom and Natalie are going to a daddy/daughter dance on Saturday. We're going to Chilis. I'm getting the new cinnamon sugar molten cake.


To have several giveaways going on. You can win a copy of Petit Collage, a book filled with crafts here. You can win a 3D Fiber Lash mascara from Younique here. And you can win a basic Elsa dress here.


To be proud of Natalie for getting a star at tumbling for doing a pull over. They get to ring the bell and get a star on the door when they accomplish a new trick.



Airing My Dirty Laundry


Monday, April 21, 2014

Did You Get A Lot Of Chocolate?

How was your Easter?

I got this:


Tom surprised me with it--er, I mean, the EASTER BUNNY did.

The kids?

Were left with this:


For like five minutes I thought I might have gone overboard.

Then I checked Facebook.

And I saw people were getting American Girl dolls. iPods. iPads.

Can that Easter Bunny come here too?

I mean...holy crap.

Were those people trying to compete with Mariah Carey's "dem babies?" or what?

We had chocolate for breakfast.

Chocolate for lunch.

We might have had chocolate for dinner if my friend Jennifer hadn't invited us over.

We enjoyed a real meal there. Ham. Potatoes. Green bean casserole. Deviled eggs.

I also managed to get some photos of Natalie:


She said, "Natalie bunny wants to be left alone."


"Kidding!"




(She had a lot of chocolate. And Peeps. She loves Peeps like I do.)



I hope everyone had a chocolate-filled Easter!

 
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