27 December 2008

I have so lapsed so here goes

So of course Thanksgiving was hectic with all the events we had going on and that quickly led into December and next thing you know it's after Christmas already and New Year's is right around the corner. It has been nice to get some days off here and there and of course it has been quiet since all the troops are on exodus. It's given me some time to catch up and clean my office just a little, next week will help hopefully. There is so much to organize and get straight.
Oh yeas let's go back to before Christmas for a second. On post we had trees for troops which was really cool and the trees were actually very nice, I haven't seen this before but I'm sure it's happened other places. After all the troops had the opportunity to get the trees, the rest were left for people on post to grab, hence I got a free tree. We didn't decorate it right away as the next day we set off to go to Chapel Hill, NC so K could meet the basketball team.
The drive there was longer than I expected, good thing I got a free hotel room with all the points I got from staying in the hotel here for 30 days. We got there and of course I went christmas shopping what I mean but that is I stocked up on UNC ornaments, wreath ect... and a few things for the house of course. The next day was the day for the team so we had plenty of time. We even managed to go eat at Carrabba's and hit a movie, Bolt (not bad).
So the next day is cold as hell of course as we have to stand in line to get into this event. We waited for about an hour before they let us in and then we watched the team play for a bit and finally it was time for all the kids to make a mad dash onto the court to see if they could get the signatures they want. K was very disappointed he didn't get Hansbrough's signature but the line was long within seconds so he tried his best to get some of the other's signatures. He was so disappointed though and you could see some of the other kids cutting the line but no one was doing anything. Parent's weren't allowed down there so things were a little out of control.

Anyway we finally finished there, they only give the kids 30 minutes (way to short) to get the signatures but at least we were able to get on the road. I am getting old, all the driving wiped me out for a few days.

29 October 2008

I was worried

But I received my voter's registration card just in time.  Some things take forever here in GA.  I ordered my personalized plates (of course) way back in the middle of September and to this day I still haven't received them.  
Off topic, I need to vent about work.  As a Public Affairs Specialist, no where in the regulations does it say we are responsible for the quarterly awards ceremony and annual awards ceremony and that's what I have been stuck with for about the last 3 or 4 weeks.  But it gets better, the people involved like to take their time and then everything has to be done in the last week.  When I say everything, I mean EVERYTHING.  I mean I have to track the awards for soldiers and civilian, contact all the contributors, track if they are coming and what they are "donating" to the winners, run by jag the gifts, arrange everything for the ceremony place, equipment, speaker, narrator, band and protocol, then write the winners bios, then the script for the ceremony, then make sure the ceremony is properly announced on post through all the means we have and also make sure all the contributors have the info they need for their contributions. OH yeah and make sure all the info is right on certificates, pick-up contributions for the people not attending, oh did i mention make sure the star notes are done and of course do the civilian certificate.  I'm sure i've left out a lot of things but i'll know tomorrow exactly what once the ceremony is done with.

That's it for now because Veterans' Day is right around the corner and that has a bunch of things going with it that I am tracking or working on still even though all requests are suppose to be 45 days out.

12 October 2008

Canada

Went to the comedy club last night and had a pretty good time. The comedians were Barry Kennedy, Cal Post and Daniel Tirado. I am hoping to hit it again before I leave Saturday morning. I also got to see some other comedians on Thursday night that were pretty funny. Over all the trip wasn't bad. I sold my first thing on Craigslist, my old winter tires from the Honda for like $260. They were Michelin and had only been used for 5 months. That money was my trip to the Spa money and that was good too. The drive there and back was ok but the distance now is almost double but still better than being in Albuquerque, NM.

The job

OK So now I have been settled in the job for a few weeks and it has been a busy few weeks.  I am glad my position is community relations as that is what I wanted to do but I never realized how busy that position can be especially when you ‘re in a community as supportive of its troops as Augusta, GA.  Of course that’s a two-sided sword, it means they also ask a lot of you, which is where I come in.  With Veteran’s day coming up, I have had at least 10 requests for things such a speakers, color guard, firing detail team and of course the Band.  It takes a lot of coordination and you can’t always support everyone, which isn’t fun, then I also get the wonderful job of telling those we can’t support.

That is not the only thing I do, I also deal with all volunteer requests, which come in often as well.  This does give the soldiers the opportunity to give back to the community they are currently a part of. 

Another thing I am working on is feeding the troops for Thanksgiving.  Several churches have invited troops to join them in a Thanksgiving meal and trying to coordinate that is not as easy as I thought.  

11 October 2008

Off to Canada we go

Well the first half of the drive wasn't bad at all besides the fact that we had to wait to leave until after K was released from school at 1530hrs.  Made it to MD by midnight 8hrs and 15 min drive.
Did I mention K's stupid school wouldn't let him have excused absences for the 3 days next week because they don't see Canadian Thanksgiving as a special circumstance and denied my request.  For crying out loud, it's kindergarten.  That's why even though I had a training holiday Friday we couldn't  leave nice and early or  else may have had a conniption fit at the school.  Anyway we're getting ready for the second half of the trip hopefully this part goes well and I get to Ottawa in time to hit the comedy club tonight.

09 October 2008

quick

I know it has been a while and there is a lot to talk about but as luck would have it (ok so it was planned) We're off to Canada for a week, YEAH finally a real vacation (well after the grueling 18 hour drive).
Maybe I will have time to catch everything up there.
Work has been busy, I can definitely say Community Relations is not a job where you occasionally work, it's one where you occasionally don't get a call or email every few minutes but being busy makes the time fly by.

PS Did I mention it's my birthday tomorrow, YEAH me (we  wont go into how old I am)

29 September 2008

Before and in progress pictures



Above is the prior owners version of K's room
Above is a work in progress for K's room
And this is the finished product of K's room


Before and in progress pictures

Ok YEAH me I closed on my house on friday and the painters got started asap which is good as my household goods are being delivered on thursday.  I have been busy as hell so I haven't been able to write nearly as much as I have wanted but such is life sometimes.  Now i'm going to try to add a bunch of house pictures.

12 September 2008

It is time

For me to start thinking about some colors in the house if all goes well. And I think I finally decided. red for the kitchen, Carolina blue for my bedroom and bath, light brown for the dining area, sky blue for the living room, quest room and bathroom and of course K's room is purple. I hope it turns out.

09 September 2008

Hectic day at work

Ok considering I have only been here a week, today was busy as i don't know what. The Atlanta Falcons came for a visit with the cheerleaders. they flew in on 3 Blackhawks (which makes me have a flashback of the time I took my first ride on one, that was great) and then the show began. We of course had media and they had media and they were late so that pushed everything to be shortened. And then the general wanted to greet them (he had decided that last minute) and then they were off to eat with 25 select soldiers. That was a great part of the day. You could really see it meant a lot to the soldiers and even the players seem to enjoy it. One of them asked many questions and was very interested in the Army itself as well as the soldiers

08 September 2008

in search a house & financing, the story begins

Ok so here I am after being in Augusta almost and week and i have found nothing to rent in the school district that I want. I wish i wasn't so picky, it is only elementary school right. I don't care though because if he gets a wrong start with a crappy school, that wont help him build for the harder stuff.
Anyway I drove around so many neighborhoods, hoods being a key portion of the phrase. The once that were nice were about $1030 why would I pay that on rent like really. So now, I decided to play with the idea of buying a house. Markets not bad and maybe I can find something in the district.
Next step look at some houses. This is where things go a little astray. For work they sent me to a community expo where there all sorts of vendors to include realtors and financiers. So I randomly pick some people still not really being serious about this.
But I call them and get some info. So I tell the realtor what I'm look for and there are only 4 places in the school district I want at the price I want, WHAT that's it. oh well, I decided maybe a few others in different school districts but the same county is fine.
So now, friday morning arrives and I do a little check in at work then off to meet the realtor. Oh wait she doesn't want to deal with me until she knows i can get financing which i can understand but be ready when you say you're going to be ready if everything is cool and she wasn't. We were suppose to meet at 1000 with the condition of finance info. So around 1010 I receive a call from the finance person and i'm good to go. So now i'm expecting the realtor to call me to say, hey let's go see some properties but i don't hear from her until about 1400hr.
Don't get me wrong she's s really nice person and very helpful but i'm not sure i want her as my realtor. We go hit a few houses and i don't like any of them.
In the mean time, my mom has also been looking with another realtor and they may have found something i like.
Anyway once i return from the outing my mom tells me about the house and we make arrangements to see the places Saturday morning.
Ok so here is where my dilemma starts, i now have two realtors, the nice one i picked and the one my mom found who i like a lot.
Off we go to see the properties and there was one that isn't bad, I"m not in love with it but it's in my price range and it's in the school district i want. We head back to the office and I write and offer.
Did I mention that both realtors work in the same office. Also while I was out with the new realtor the other one called and wanted me to see a few other properties. I didn't take her call and put her off until Monday but i wont jump ahead.
The offer I make is about 5 grand below asking price and i'm asking for the washer and dryer and half the closing costs. DId I also mention the realtor who showed the property to us is also the one selling it. I'm not 100% comfortable with that but I press on anyway.

04 September 2008

My first week in Augusta

Ok So we got here on Sunday and things have been pretty busy.  The drive was about 9 or so hours because i couldn't get motivated even though I really wanted to get here.  I took Monday driving around looking at some addresses and picking up a few things.
Oh did I mention my mother who is suppose to watch my son so I can go to work doesn't make it to the hotel until 1am.  I wasn't sleeping that well because I wasn't sure if I would end up taking my son to work with me.
Off to in-processing on Tuesday (which is a training holiday for everyone else) and all is going well.  I actually have everything I need, surprise surprise YEAH.  It takes about 2 hours.  Why do we have to do the same thing at every base we got to, we're in the system aren't we.
Now i head off to my office but there is no one there and I mean NO ONE there, I figured there had to at least be one person but no such luck.
I had to go see security at 1300hr so I went to lunch super early but before that tried to get other stuff done but no one of course was in.  After security I head home as there is nothing else  for me to do.  Just more time to look at some places.
Wednesday arrives and there are people at the office. YEAH and I actually get to see where I will be working out of.  I get my own office with a door and window.
And now i'm back to running around trying to do more stuff especially as I don't have access to computers.  I may even have to get a new id card so that it will work in their system here. I still can't get a key to my office though as that person is not in and the person who does the computer stuff is also not in so it's looking like next week may be the week i get further along.
So more of the same of nothing on thursday and friday except some staff meetings and a visit to the community expo where I pick up a few things and even win a $15 gift certificate.  I never win anything.  At first I won two meals to something on 10 Oct. (my birthday by the way) but I went back to them and told them I would not be here and to give it to someone else.  I didn't want anything back but instead they gave me another prize.
I do have to mention I have seen some hotties already, yeah new base.
Friday I spent looking at some house but there will be more on that.

30 August 2008

A suggestion from http://www.abitofmylife.com/

This is a fun little meme.

Go to Google and type in quotation marks your name and then “likes to” (ex. “Tom likes to”). Type in the first ten things that come up and repost in your own note

Alia likes to
 sleep in the snuggli with Daddy since he is warm 
Alia likes to talk to her, need I say more
Alia likes to offer you Prague accomodation located right in Prague centre
Alia likes to play golf
Alia likes to sing all musical genres, with the exception of country music
Alia likes to wear comfortable clothing, jeans, tees, sweaters when she is having a casual day
Alia likes to help others and she is a great cook
Alia likes to meet. new clients at their local. job centre and can offer. them the full portfolio of. Work. In Progress
Alia likes to give hugs and snuggle more than Connor
Alia likes to read but other things are more important at times

29 August 2008

Alexandria movers

Where should I begin.  Well I was told to call thursday afternoon if I hadn't heard from the moving company so I did to ask when they would be coming.  I was told the movers would be there between noon and 1600hr (not exactly what I wanted to hear).
So today I drop K off at school and then head over to Sye's house to drop off some food, then back to the hotel.  At the hotel I start packing some of the things up while waiting on a call from a friend as we are to go do breakfast.  I'm getting along happily when my friend calls to say they're close by cool, i say i'm on my way.  Just as I am starting to leave, my phone rings again and it's the moving company, they're at the house waiting on me. WHAT, so now I have to cancel breakfast and I call Sye to ask him if he can let the movers in so they can get started.  Good thing he was in a good mood (especially since he texts me to let me know one of the movers was hot, it was two women).  Now that they are in the house I met up with my friend for a hot second for a tea :) and then rush off to Sye's.  By the time I get there, they are almost done so i'm getting happy thinking i will have the rest of the day to myself to pack up at the hotel and maybe even hit a movie, WRONG.  They were only the packers, now i have to wait on the movers to pick the stuff up.  There goes the rest of my day.  But at least they came within an hour of the others leaving, glad I didn't take off until noon.  Well they take about 2 hours to load the stuff, and finally I get my day.  It's about 1300hr so really I don't get much of a day as I have to pick K up nlt 1600hr so he can get to his last Tae Kwon Do class on time.  So I head back to the hotel and do some packing and then decide why not, i"m going to go to the movies, this week has been pretty stressful.  The only thing playing around this time is Mamma Mia which I wanted to see.  So of I go and watch the movie even though I start to get impatient with it as it's getting a little close to 1600hr.  Anyway all goes well, movie ends (it was ok) and I pick K up in time and we make it to Tae Kwon Do class.  After that back to the hotel so I can finish packing up and get the stuff into the car.  Boy I have more stuff than I thought, wish I had known that before the packers came today as I would have give up a few things.  So now the car is full and I am wondering how i will fit the food I dropped off at Sye's in the car (I'd hate to have to leave it behind as I know he wont eat it plus it's wouldn't hurt to have a few things to eat on hand).  i guess I'll worry about that tomorrow.  So all in all I don't get out of the hotel until 2100hr and head off to my uncle's house so we can chill and say good bye before we leave the area.  And now I am way tired and am hoping my son will soon fall asleep (yes he is still awake boy do I miss having that kind of energy).

27 August 2008

Not as good as Monday

So today was not as lucky as yesterday with the movers.  I get there early so there isn’t a repeat of yesterday but of course they don’t show until about 0930 L Now this completely throws off the rest of my day.  I was suppose to drop my car off at the dealership at 0800 but the movers said they weren’t going to take to long so I need to stay.  So far things aren’t going so well.  I mean it’s great that they are being so careful but shouldn’t it have been done yesterday and today should have been just a quick load, right? Not so much. 

So I have now watched two movies and am still sitting here waiting.  That’s what I get for over booking my day.

Oh yeah did I mention it’s been a little rainy today, hope nothing of mine gets wet (it’s stopped for now).

 OK end result, i don't get my car fix cause i run out of time and i have to leave them on site after the inventory so I can make my pedicure appointment.

This is a great pedicure place and Lerae is the owner who does my feet.  She also has a barn on base with three horses and invited me to bring K by so he could ride.

Later that evening, we head to the stables and K actually gets on the horse with no problems and then loves it.  He didn't want to get off, looks like there might be another sport he's going to want to start.  We'll see how that goes down in Augusta.

I'm off. later

25 August 2008

my movers are awesome

Today is the first day I am dealing with movers and it was a good day.  I take my time get to the POD storage facility expecting the movers to get there around 9,10 or 11 but what a surprise to me they're already there when i pull up at 0807.  Great now let's see how long I will be stuck here, total 3 hours NICE.  I have a lot of running around to do.  GA requires kids to have their dental records to enroll so I have to work on that, get some food as we have none in the hotel, try to get my hair done sometime while i'm here (i know not really important but it will be the last time i can get it done as i haven't found anyone better that Tracy anywhere).  I also want to go get a pedicure sometime in the near future from my favorite spa here, G'day as again she is great, plus I can't find the color she uses anywhere I will have to buy some off her.  I decided also to stop by Toyota and see how much the timing belt and water pump are going to cost ( i have already mentioned the ridiculous price they want to charge in another blog but as a reminder they want about $850-900). So I stop by the Toyota place I use to use and low and behold they will charge me $600, I have to find time to get that done here.  Also I found out that the power steering fluid is suppose to be red so the other place got one over on me when they told me it wasn't suppose to be and i paid them to flush it and fill it.  That seals the deal I wont go back there again.
Side note, the damn Langley Inns, SUCK, the TV remote did not work, the room is really badly designed and the DVD player doesn't work.  Boy was K mad at me, cause he wanted to finish watching the movie we were watching in the car and he couldn't when we go into the hotel room.  oops.  And the internet sucks too.  
I asked the movers if they could load my stuff tomorrow so that we can get out of here on Wednesday with plenty of time to get to DC as K is testing for his white belt in Tae Kwon Do and that starts at 1700hr ( I want to take off from here nlt 1100hr).  If it goes like today (please please let it), we'll be on track.  I also arranged for the car to be taken car of in the morning tomorrow (so much for having the credit card paid off between tires and this plus a few other things it's right back up there, damn it, at least i had one statement with a zero balance).
I also managed to get in a pedicure appointment for tomorrow at 1300 (hope the car is done in time) and the dental records will be ready after 1400hr.
I hope to up-date tomorrow after I see how everything goes.

18 August 2008

GO HEELS!!!

We made it to Chapel Hill and back even with all the traffic.  Oops did I skip ahead.  This weekend was Carolina Kids day with the football team so of course we had to go.  We went to meet the basketball team last year and it was great.
Ok so we head out around 1100ish a little later than I wanted but the thing doesn't start until 1645 so plenty of time right, WRONG.  I swear DC has the worst traffic ever and it NEVER ceases.  It took us almost 2 hours for approximately 20 miles.  I could just see us getting later and later.  Even after traffic let off a little it still was just damn congested most of the way until past Richmond and then I had some space to make up for time lost and boy did I ever :)
We made it right on time :) Go ME.
So of course there is mass crowd bigger than the basketball one I think.  It's wasn't as organized as the BBall one though so who knows.  We finally get the few free things and some snacks and head out to the football field where the inflatables are and there is already a ridiculous line but of course we have to wait in it since K loves the inflatables.  While he's in line I go off to the on-field tent that is selling UNC stuff I of course have to buy.  I get some good deals actually so i'm pretty pleased.  OK it's finally time to get the autographs and now the masses gather at the ropes ready to  bombard the players.  Holy cow are there a lot of players like 65 or 70.  K was getting impatient as was I.  So now he heads to the QB and gets most of them to sign and then off to WR table, as we're going through there though one of the coaches says we have to go to the other side of the tables and so K is like i'm done and wants to go back to the inflatables.  Fine by me, i'm ready to get away from all these peoples.  So now the lines aren't as long and he gets to do the ones he wants.  Finally around 1930 I say it's enough and we head out, I still want to hit the student store.  By the time we get there, there is only 15 minutes left until closing and they have turned off most of the lights WHAT, i can barely see what i'm grabbing.  So I buy a bunch of random stuff in random sizes, and hurry out of there.  The bill, $436 odd dollars way over budget.  Good thing is though, when we get to the hotel and i try the stuff on and check some of the stuff out, there is at least $150 going back.
Did i mention the hotel is only 2 miles from DUKE, i thought we might get booed at while driving around there, luckily when we're checking in the receptionist admits she too is a UNC fan and we are safe.  She was great.  Of course we are hungry and she recommends the restaurant across the street.  Did I mention Sye was with us on this trip.  K's godfather.  Anyway so we headed across the street and order some chow, while waiting for the found K is exhausted and falls asleep in my lap, oh how sweet.  Sye suggests I get some champagne as i'm not driving so of course you can only order champagne by the bottle and i get what he recommends.  It wasn't bad, not that i can remember the name.  Of course being the person I am I finished the whole bottle myself, he had a pitcher of beer he was working on.  We had a great time chatting, just like old times.  So just before we're leaving the restaurant and i took my last sip out of the glass (by the way how do you have champagne in a restaurant but no champagne glasses, i had to drink form a wine glass, is that even legal :)  And of course since I'm in a goofy mood, i decide to end the night Indy still, there is a part in one of the movies where he goes to get an artifact from his old girlfriend and she has a bar where she is having a drinking competition and every time you finish a shot you have to turn the glass upside down so that the shot counts, so as we are about to get up to leave, I turn the glass up side down and the bottom pops off the glass, WHAT.  So we now scurry quickly out of there.  On the way out Sye says to the waitress it wasn't me and she just had a confused look on her face.  We were cracking up the whole way back to the hotel.
So the next morning we get up and of course have to head back to the student store so I can return some stuff but now that I can see I start all over again and end up buying more stuff anyway.  I love the student store though and you can't buy on-line from them so I have no choice right.  Anyway we finally hit the road and everything is going well until we hit Richmond.  I decide I want some Carrabbas and head into town and Sye's not hungry and goes shopping by the mall right by it.  I am hoping to convince K he doesn't want McDees by going there because I know he likes the food, it didn't work, he doesn't get McDees very often so there was no way he was giving that option up.  Anyway once we are done traffic is still bad, once we finally get out of Richmond traffic shortly after we hit DC traffic of course.  We finally make it back home and I get to go through all the stuff again YEAH.
That's about it.
GO HEELS!!!!

15 August 2008

Started out bad but ended not so bad

Ok i'm finally back at work today just long enough to get some bad news.
So everything was looking like it was on track, I got the information on my move for Alexandria and I heard my RPA (whatever that is) is going along nicely.  I then let the boss know my last day will be Tuesday based on all the move stuff and he comes back with a not if the job offer doesn’t come through, ok so now I’m paranoid.  Does he know something I don’t.  Damn it to hell, what’s next.  So now I’m trying to get everything in order anyway just in case everything falls into place because it’s better to be prepared and not have to be then to be scrambling.  Of course I only have an hour because we have to go to Ft Meade for our APAC tour and I’m running out of time.  Then I realize I don’t even know where we are going, no address or anything, lucky the Maj emailed me back in time with directions, it was close. 

So now I’m running out the door because with DC traffic you never know if you’re going to get to where you need to be on time if you don’t leave extra early.  As I am stuck in traffic on my way to MD, I get a call, it’s the official job offer BUT they weren’t aware of my GS 11 pay.  They ask me to send an email accepting the position naming the salary I am expecting.  Have to make sure that’s in writing, but of course I can’t do this until way later in the day as I have no access to a computer while heading to MD.  I’m anxious to get that email out so the paperwork can start rolling.  I finally get back from MD around 1400hr and I still haven’t eaten yet, stupid DC traffic and shoot off the email.  Thank goodness the person is still in the office and she replies with a confirmation of the salary I wanted GS 9 Step 7 and the position.  So it looks like things are flowing.

Oh yeah did I mention my boss is going to be gone the next week so if there is a glitch I’m in big trouble.  Hope nothing goes wrong between now and then.

14 August 2008

What, I'm posting this at the dealership cause they have free internet

OK so here’s the up-date for now.  I moved out of my friend’s apartment and into the hotel.  It is not a great hotel but it could be worse. At least there is a separate bedroom and a full kitchen but this morning there was an ant in the bathroom.  WTH on the 8th floor, how did it even get up that high.  Did I mention my legs are killing me?  I’m trying to figure out in what part of the move did I use my leg muscles so much that they are sore.  And of course my back wasn’t doing well either.  Oh we had a king size bed in the hotel and I still haven’t figured out why I still end up with barely enough bed to lay on when K is in it with me.  I pushed him all the way to the other side before I went to be but when I got up this morning I was almost hanging on for dear life to stay in the bed.  The breakfast that comes with it isn’t that hot either and I don’t mean the temperature; I mean as in not that many choices and no good ones on top of that.  At least at the Comfort Inn you can make your own waffles J

Anyway yesterday was also my last day with Kristen, work is going to be so boring without her there.  I wont even have anyone to walk to work with my anymore L

This week hasn’t gone to well.

Anyway, even though I turned down the Korea job, the hiring official emailed me asking me if I was worried about being essential personnel as a single parent, and granted yes I was but that’s not the only reason I turned down the job.  I am also worried about the health of both my parents and want to be able to get to them pretty quickly.  I just thought it was really nice of her to email me and try to help me through the EE issue.  I haven’t had a chance to email her back and let her know that wasn’t the only issue.  I really would have liked to go to Korea.  On another note, the AF job I was so excited about is still wanting to know if I am interested, and even though I am, I am excited about going to Ft Gordon, and I am just not prepared not to give it a try.  I am really sad about turning the AF job down I have wanted to work for them so long but in the long run I think it is a better choice even though one of my co-workers said I would get along great with at least one of the people in the AF shop L Damn it sometimes too many choices is not a good thing especially when they are all good.

Let’s move on to my car.  Oh yeah it’s time to talk tires.  So after extensive research on Consumer Report (I love that site), I decided on getting the Michelin Pilot Exalto A/S P215-60R16. I already know Michelin is not going to be cheap but I didn’t expect my bill to come to over $700 and I went to Sears (Costco was actually more expensive tire price wise anyway). And I still have to get my water pump and timing belt changed.  I haven’t asked how much that’s going to cost yet, because I may not like the answer.  Last time I had it done on my Honda it was about $500-600 so I’m hoping that it’s about the same for the Camry.  We shall see.  If I get a chance I may have time for an oil change today (then I can ask how much the other stuff will cost).

So back to Sears, so far (and I am actually still at Sears while writing this) I have not been pleased with the service.  My car looks like it is just sitting on the lift with nothing being done to it.  They know I’m waiting, even if I am a little doped up from my back meds.  I just want to lay down on their floor and go to sleep J they need cots for their customers who have to wait longer than 2 hours (by the way that’s what they told me it would take and it has already been at least an hour and some change).  Oh did I mention when I asked the guy about giving me a discount based on other services I had had done at Sear within the last year (this is what they told me before to keep my receipts so that could be subtracted as a savings) he said no and said I gave you a rebate for you to mail in (like he’s doing something for me, it’s from Michelin not them). I am regretting coming here, I should have gone to CostCo and paid the little extra.  (At least I could have walked around the mall and even gone to Starbucks to get some tea).  Oh well too late now.

Ok so by the time I actually post this I will have left Sears but all this still applies. (They could at least have free wireless internet, it’s not like they are close to anything else so nobody would sit outside trying to steal, I mean borrow it).    After I get my bill, I see why it’s costing me so much, the dude tried to be sneaky and add some extra warranty to the tires for almost another $60 WHAT, I made them give me a refund so now the cost was $650ish and I should get a $56 rebate.  Now it’s actually costing what I expects $600.

So now for more bad news, the cost for my Camry’s timing belt and water pump approximately $850-900.  Should have stuck to the Honda, yeah right.

One good thing about this Toyota dealership, they have free internet access for their customers.  I was reading some reviews about this one and they weren’t that great but the service I have received so far has been pretty decent.

Since I am writing from the dealership, you guessed it I am getting my oil change done.  Looks like the timing belt is going to wait until next week though or at least once my voucher gets paid (if I'm lucky it will be next week).  I may even get it detailed here because one thing the reviews did say was that the person at the dealership did a great job.  I will post a pic if it looks awesome after the detailing see if it's worth the hundred it will cost.

11 August 2008

Finally things are getting rolling

So even though I got my orders on Friday I couldn't get an appointment with the Transportation office until today.  And I wasn't even sure I was going to get there.  While there the fire alarm started to go off at least 5 times, WHAT THE.... but it didn't so I was able to have my appointment and of course nothing can ever go smoothly.
Since I am have a split pick-up I was told I might have to cover partial costs on one of my shipments WHAT!!!!! They are always trying to get you to pay for something.  Because my time frame is so short it was very hard to book.  I needed 3 days back in Hampton which it turns out will start the 25th of August or something like that and then I need one day here in Alexandria.  Of course these days are not confirmed as the transportation office I went to can not make those decision since they control neither spot.  I am hoping those days work out or else I will be stuck here in the DC area longer than I want to be :(
I wanted to go down to Gordon for a house hunting trip but time is so short that there is almost point.  After this week I only have next cause the one after that is all packing and traveling.  And this weekend will be filled with our trip to UNC to meet the football team.
Go Heels!!!
So I will be holding my breathe until the dates are confirmed.
On  a sadder note,my roommate and friend, Kristen, has her last day tomorrow.  I will miss her very much.  But I still want to push her off our balcony, she is going to Germany and I'm not.  But it should give her about a year to find me a position there :)  So work it girl.
Maybe if all goes well, I may see her one last time when she flies out of Atlanta (that means all my moving stuff has to go well)
So that's it for today not much exciting I know.

08 August 2008

Tight Pic



I came across these pictures and I really liked them.  I wish I could catch something like this on my  camera. (the picture below is the one i really liked but i couldn't get it big enough to really enjoy)

04 August 2008

Finally some good news

After standing my ground with the boss, 20 minutes later he hands me a perfect (ok not perfect but good enough) job in Augusta, GA. I'll be working ComRel which I really like so it's not a bad offer. A hell of a lot better than Albuquerque. The schools are much better here according to test results, YEAH.
So these may not be as great as Panama City but I figure I have to keep reminding myself of these few facts, Augusta to:
Chapel Hill, NC 301 miles (4 hours)
Atlanta, GA 148 miles (2 hours)
Ottawa, Canada 1081 miles (16 hours)
Orlando, FL 398 miles (6 hours)
Jacksonville, FL 257 miles ( 3 1/2 hours)
Washington DC 546 miles (8 hours)
Fort Campbell, KY 456 miles (7 hours)
New Orleans, LA 611 miles (9 hours)
Montgomery, AL 303 miles (4 hours)
Columbia, SC 72.5 miles (1 hour)
One bad thing is, schools start Monday the 11th so by the time we get there and settled in my son should be about a month behind. Guess he'll be doing some extra homework :) (am I evil or what I've had him doing homework all summer haha) But the good part of this means they end 22 May and tickets to Germany should still be cheap then.
Back to a good thing, did I mention cost of living works nicely for my salary. In other words I can afford a nice little 3 bedroom (about 1400 Sq Ft) down there. Yup, that's right GUEST ROOM.
I have also been told I will need to take up golfing as it is a big golf city or something like that. I have already discovered where the tennis courts are and how much lessons my K will cost, same goes for swimming.
Did I mention Augusta has a Riverwalk, I loved the Riverwalk in San Antonio, I hope Augusta's is just as nice.
There is no zoo which is a little disappointing but I hear there is a good one in Columbia, SC besides we can go to Orlando for a weekend and swim with the dolphins.
Now for more bad. I looked at a calender and things are really getting tight. If all goes well and the paperwork I need comes by Thursday I will be very lucky to get out of here on time, if not who knows exactly when I will arrive down there. That's one thing I can 't control, time and paperwork so we'll see what fate has planned.
I think that's enough of an up-date for now. I am excited so I'm sure there will be more to come.

03 August 2008

Decisions: pros and cons

First off, I know it has been a while but such is life. It has definitely been a busy time though so it’s time to up-date.

I want to say I went to go see the Dark Knight movie, but I guess since everyone has been hyping it up so much, I didn’t think it was as good as everyone said. Anyway, I could have waited to see it on DVD.

Now I have had the perfect job offer and I don’t know what to do. I have been offered a job to work with the Air Force in Florida, Panama City to be exact. I have been trying to get a job with the AF every since I got out 6 years ago and it is very hard to get in the system. On the same day I was offered this position I received another email in regards to a position with the AF in Florida. So I am sitting there emailing the person saying I have already forwarded the paperwork their human resources person has requested. But then she emails me back in regards to an interview. Now I am confused, as I have already been offered the job. Come to find out there are two jobs at Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida, one that I have for sure and the other I have to interview for.

Also on the same day I receive an email about a job interview in Germany but it’s not as a PAO, it’s back to being what I was in the AF, a broadcaster. But I will do the interview anyway just to have options you never know and it is Germany so it would be nice to go back home.

Then the next day I receive another email about a job in Korea asking if I am still interested and would I like to interview. Of course I say yes because as above you never know, it’s nice to have options.

Of course all these options cause a big problem COST.

I'm going to leave it here for now as you never know what the next day holds.

20 July 2008

A pretty boring day

Yeah it is Sunday and Army Wives is on tonight but before we get to that.  We are going out to see Speed Racer again with a good friend of mine who is moving back to CA, she didn’t like this area either.  We’re going to a spot that serves you dinner while you watch the movie.  We use to go to the Cinema CafĂ© all the time in Hampton but I hadn’t found one in this area.

I forgot to mention that on Friday after getting the loaner, we went grocery shopping at Safeway and I was able to use a $10 coupon I received in the mail from them and it worked no strings attached.  I was expecting there to be some kind of special requirement like buying only Safeway products.  I have 3 more coupons like that and I can’t wait to use them.  Oh before you think there are no rules attached there are, you have to spend 50 bucks but that’s not that hard in a grocery store when you are buying expensive ass fruits and vegetables.

Anyway so after getting home from the movies, my son barely made it to the bed and it was only 1830.  He’s still sleeping I hope he makes it through the night, only problem was I had plans to see a friend I hadn’t seen in 7 years oh well such is life.  There is always tomorrow. 

I am currently watching Army Wives and it’s getting interesting.  I think the new chick’s husband is doing something on the side to have the expensive stuff that they have, at least that’s how they are playing it out.

Tonight’s blog will be short.

Oops I forgot, I finished my book “Double Take” by Catherine Coulter, it was really good and very long but worth it.  Now I will start in the last one I took out, an Anne Perry book, they are completely different than the rest as it is set in a way back when time before cell phones and all the other fancy stuff like cars lol.

Commercial is over, got to go.

Damn him for being married


but he's still hot.  Coby Bell, if i could find me a cop that looked like that i'd be good.

the car

So of course it being Saturday that means my son gets up nice and early, this day being no exception, 0630.  So I take him off to his Tae Kwon Do class and keep hoping for the call from the dealership saying yes it really is only the battery it will cost 100 bucks you’re good to go but of course things never go like that. 

After Tae Kwon Do we’re of to the other house to do laundry as usual.  Due to the car issue I have decided to return quiet a few of the items I purchased from Aveda just in case the car tag is ridiculous.  But when I go to return the items, they don’t want to refund the money for everything so I only end up getting $65 back and the rest of the stuff is a credit.   So when we come back from the mall, I finally get the call from the Toyota people and yes it was the battery BUT they checked my brakes and I have zero brakes in the back and only about 45% in the front so of course they are advising new breaks cost $290, then they said that the power steering fluid area has some red fluid it in the container and it is suppose to be clear. 

I advise them to change the brakes.  They say the car will be ready at 1330 but I have to take my son to a birthday party at 1300hr so they will have to wait.  Off to the party we go and of course while I am there I start thinking about the car problems.  So even though I just had the power steering fluid flushed in February (I checked my receipts when I got back to the other house, also had to check when the brakes were done because I knew they had been done recently but they ended up being the front ones done in Oct)I have to get it done again because someone is an idiot, cost $ 126, on and did I mention the battery cost $119.  Basically when it’s all done current cost is $578.95 but of course they have recommended new tires soon (I already knew that), new timing belt and water pump and brakes in the front, cost don’t even want to imagine. 

So when talking to them at the b-day party, I start to ask why do I have to change the timing belt and water pump because I bought the car certified and I thought that meant they had replaced all the usual stuff. NOPE not the case, the only thing they do to make it certified is whatever has to be done according to the owner’s manual at the current mileage the car is being sold at.  So in other words it’s a big waste of money because certified vehicles usually cost about 3 to 4 grand more than non-certified.  It’s all-good though they when I bought my car and I gave them my trade in they gave me a lot more than it was worth so I guess we both came out even.  They screwed me I screwed them, but that was two years ago so it’s irrelevant now anyway.

So after the birthday party and going to get my car on our way home I have to fill up ($63 of course) and as I am pumping right in front of the gas station I see this car hauling ass in the fast lane but there is a car that looks like he is trying to pulling to the gas station form the fast lane and next thing you know, big crash.  The lady in the car gets out and starts cussing the dude out.  The cops came pretty quick and she was still cussing, the cop had to tell her to get back in the car several times because she kept interrupting when he was questioning the guy calling him a liar and all this other stuff.

Anyway even though I saw the crash I didn’t see everything that happened before it, so I didn’t bothering giving a witness statement.  Then I start explaining to my son how lucky we are that the car had only broken down and no one had hit us.  He mentioned the lady cussing the dude out and I was trying to explain to him sometimes accidents happen and getting upset doesn’t help anyone.  No one in the accident was hurt and there was only minor damage to both cars.  Of course this lead to a discussion on what about if you’re in a hurry or late for work and I of course try to explain that rushing somewhere isn’t worth getting hurt or dying.  Then I explain why I cuss people out sometimes, it’s not because they are hurrying, it’s because they are not driving properly, like not using their turn signal (which is one of my pet peeves).  I explain that using your signal lets other drivers know what you are doing and gives them time to react if they have to.  

The class continues and it doesn't end there

OK so the day has already started out bad.  We are sitting in the boring class and of course certain people had to reseat themselves to sit behind K & I.  I don’t like it when people sit behind me, especially since I had my things sitting behind me and now I had to move them beside me. 

Yesterday didn’t end that well either I went off to go shopping after I picked up my son from school which probably wasn’t the best idea since I was already tired and still trying to recover from the boredom.  I digress, so as I am in the process of going to the first store a good friend of mine that I haven’t seen in 7 years calls me up to let me know he will be in town for a week so I am a happy camper now, but this of course distracts me so I didn’t notice that I was charged for something I shouldn’t have been at he first store.  Also after looking at the receipt from the first store I realize the nail polish I loved in Canada and therefore bought there for $11, only cost $3.99 here, what the hell.  So then I move on to the next store where there are no issues on the quick return (I am still on the phone during this time).  Now I move on to Home Depot and of course this is where things go array but I don’t realize it until later.  Then I’m off to the Auto parts store because the other day some lady behind me pulled up beside me to let me know my brake light was out. My original reason to going to the store was to get windshield wiper fluid so as I  am pulling out of the parking lot to go to Wal-Mart, I realize I bought the bulbs which was a secondary item but forgot the wiper fluid. 

So we finally get to Wal-Mart and off to the toy department we go and the whole time I am reminding myself not to forget the wiper fluid.  Also need to remember to get K to check to make sure the brake lights are now working but so far I have forgotten every time we were near the car. 

By the time we get home I am now exhausted and only have enough energy to heat the rice I cooked the other day and then stuff my face with cake.  I finally get my son to bed and decide to re-pot the plants into the new pots with the new soil.  After I finish and as I am putting the soil away I realize that I am officially either an idiot or blind, on the bag is a big pot with an X through it, the soil is not to be used for potting.  (I’m voting for the blind) WHAT they make soil that can’t be used in pots are you for real.  So now of course I have to go get new soil for POTS.  I knew I shouldn’t have gone to Home Depot, I don’t like the store to begin with, should have just gone to Lowe’s.

Now I am trying to decide where in ABQ I’m going to live.  I really want a house so I can have a little garden but the majority of house rentals are in Rio Rancho which is about 18miles from work but still under consideration as gas is cheaper there.  I could always have a little box of soil (I will have to make sure it is a type that can go in a box) on a patio or balcony but it would limit what I could grow.  On the other side of that I would be in a good school district AND close to work approximately 5 miles or so.  I am hoping to make a trip out there before the move if all goes well J

I couldn’t wait until the class was done so I could head to the mall for some alone shopping.  It’s funny how the little things can be a lot harder when you have a child to amuse with you.  Alone shopping is such a treat; of course I usually buy too much stuff and end up returning all of it J

I went to my high school alumni website site last night and it’s amazing how it has been up-graded. http://www.kahsalumni.org/  It’s nice to see old classmates giving up-dates.  I also went to another alumni site where it’s a little more personal, people can comment on your picture and send you notes ect. It’s just getting started, I think once it’s in full swing, it will be great too. http://ktownraiders.ning.com/

After the class finally ended and almost on time too, 1300hr or so, K & I head back home.  And there I finally remember to get her to check my break lights and all is well.  So off to the mall I go and end up spending much more at my Aveda store than I had planned.  Then I stop at the mini-mall area up the street.  I go into Barnes & Nobles to get some more books for the Book Fairy to drop off, then to Rack Room Shoes to see if I can find anything new, then to Target to get the wrapping paper for the birthday party.  Now I pick my son up, then we head to Lowe’s to get the Potting Soil to replace the non-potting soil I accidentally bought the other day. 

Here is where the day starts to get to sucky, we pull out of Lowe’s and are on Route 1 and of course there is a red light.  As I look at my dashboard, lights start going on, and then the car dies.  What the hell….. Yup in the middle of rush hour and in the fast lane I am now stuck unable to move.  It took the tow truck an hour to get there but at least 45 minutes into the wait some really nice men push us out of the main road and onto a side st.  When I called Toyota to get the tow they said the Tow truck driver would get us home but of course when we get to Toyota (5 minutes before closing) the driver says they don’t do that.  So now I have to go in a figure out how the hell I am going to get us home. I manage to talk the guy there to give us a loaner, thank goodness. The guy at Toyota said it probably is just the battery and he will let me know tomorrow.

At least I got my coupon from Starbucks for my free drink.  See being a rewards member does have its benefits.

17 July 2008

Bored out of my mind

Let’s see what I can up date on…  Well ABQ is not as far ahead as I thought it was.  I thought all the paperwork was done so that all I had to do was submit a few things and off I would go but of course nothing can be that easy.  So far they don’t have my transcripts, which they need for the RPA (have no clue what that is), they don’t have a job description and the one-man shop is very busy.  So the question is, will everything be ready in time for me to leave when planned?  My boss seems to think so, I on the other hand am not as confident. 

On another note, I finally managed to take my son to the Zoo and I even got K to go with us.  I think we all had a good time.  We walked for what seemed like forever though and my butt was exhausted for days after wards but of course not my son’s.  I bought my son a stuffed Tiger and he named him appropriately after the best Mexican Restaurant in the world, Pancho (the restaurant’s name being Pancho Villa).  We went to eat afterwards at California Tortilla but I can’t really say I was please with the food, then again nothing compares to Pancho Villa food anyway so maybe it’s not the restaurants fault (actually it is because the food wasn’t good but that’s just my opinion which I am entitled to). 

Hopefully we will actually get to go bike riding along some river like we keep talking about.  I wouldn’t mind the exercise J Every time we have even considered it; it has been either too hot or raining. 

I have been doing a lot of research on ABQ and am actually now looking forward to getting there.  I have found that I can probably get a very nice 3 bedroom 2 bath house for about $925 at 1600-square-feet with a yard.  How nice is that.  I am also getting more info about the schools there and I don’t think they will be too bad.  Also gas is cheaper there so that is encouraging. 

I’m looking forward to the drive as I am already planning the most important stop on the way, at Chapel Hill, NC the student store on campus.  I’m already saving money for that stop.  I am still researching where else we could stop on the way but none will be as important as the first stop.

Did I mention we are currently taking a mandatory Strategic Communications class with our job and it’s not looking up to be very exciting, I think it would have been better if we had had a real issue to plan for like most of the people in the class.  This class did get me thinking about the things this internship has offered me and could offer others.  With the economy not doing well, and companies laying people off left and right, the security of this internship is a big seller.  I am glad that I don’t have to worry about getting paid (but I do worry a little about if they will get my pay right when I get to ABQ) but either way, I still have a job.  And this job will lead to another job if I want it and want to move higher in the organization.  I am still hoping this will eventually lead me to Germany so I can be near my family.

My son’s godfather is coming back from being deployed very soon and we’re looking forward to seeing him. I’m glad he was able to return before we left for ABQ as who knows when we would have seen him again.  He deployed right before we got to Arlington and we were suppose to be gone before he got back.  Glad some things work in mysterious ways.  Of course this means the wonderful 3-bedroom apartment we have been staying in will no longer be ours but everything has its price. 

I am so happy, no ecstatic that Third Watch has FINALLY come out on DVD even if it’s only the first season.  The other five will come eventually.  Considering the show first aired in 1999 and ended in 2005, it seems like it has taken forever just for the 1st season.

Coby Bell is so hot, I would take him to bed in a heart beat.  I still have not figured out why they cancelled this show. They could have easily gone another 5 seasons or more as long as they wouldn’t kill off or get rid of Coby. 

OK now that I know where I am going I am trying to figure out where to go for vacation after Thanksgiving before Christmas with one of my friends and her son.  We are considering somewhere warm of course somewhere around Nov to Dec.  I am hoping we can get a good deal for the Caribbean but it looks like most of the deals are to South America which I wont mind but have to ask her how she feels about it. 

Third note, I have to start researching how I can make it possible for my mother to move part-time to NM.  Since she is Canadian and gets her health care for free there, that is my biggest issue.  I am hoping to find a way to add her to my health care plan so that she wont have to worry about getting sick while visiting especially since NM is far from any Canadian border. 

Now comes the sad news, K & I have just realized we will be 8 hours apart which means we wont be at work at the same time L How will we talk to each other on AKO IM or DSN?  Oh of all the injustices of the world lol.  OK it’s not that serious but still.

I have read two books in the last three days and enjoyed the first one, “Stranger in Paradise” by Robert B. Parker.  The second one wasn’t as good, “Killer Weekend” by  Ridley Pearson, but it kept me going.  I am now on my third book YEAH me, it “Double Take” by Catherine Coulter.  I also recently read “Quicksand” by Iris Johnansen, it was a great book, kept me up way past my bedtime.  I love to read; my favorite authors need to start putting out quicker.  Just to name a few of them, they are:  James Patterson, Patricia Cornwell, Anne Perry, Catherine Coulter, Dan Brown, Sara Paretsky, Elizabeth George, Ridley Pearson, Lisa Gardner, Jeffrey Deaver, John Sandford, Carole Nelson Douglas, Iris Johnansen, Johnathan Kellermanm and Robert B. Parker.

OK I think that is enough.  I’m sure I’ll have more tomorrow as the class continues.

10 July 2008

well it's been decided

OK so I was going to post yesterday but I was still a little pissy. I was basically cornered into taking Albuquerque whether I wanted to or not. My boss wouldn't even consider trying to get Kentucky for me, guess it was too much work. Now at least I know when I am leaving but unfortunately my son will start his first year of school late because for some insane reason Albuquerque starts their school year 12 August (what the hell). I am officially leaving here the 13th of August which I was pretty ticked at especially if I had known I would be forced into Albi they why dragged it out until now, at least if I had been forced early I could have made it there before school started. The only good thing about leaving here so late is I get to see one of my good friends who use to be sort of my supervisor in the AF. She will be in the DC area the first weekend of August and had I left my original depart date I would have missed seeing her before she left for Korea for 2 years. So now I am running around like a chicken with my head cut off trying to figure out where in Albi to live or if I should go to Rio Rancho (which is almost 20 miles from work). There are a few places in Albi that are ok but I am having a hard time figuring out where I should look to be in the school district I want. I sort of know for Rio Rancho but that's a much smaller place. I'm sure I will add more on this topic but I've run out of steam after a long day of running people around the job.

08 July 2008

Canada Trip Continued

So I'm back at Starbucks borrowing internet from the pub next door :)
Today's will just be a short up date as I have to get ready to go on the road soon. I did not make it to another movie :( but there really wasn't anything I wanted to see.
I have also been thinking a lot about going to Albuquerque and I think I have decided to do it. There are several reasons I can come up with not to go but the more I read about the area the more it seems like not so bad a spot, besides it's number 46 on the top 100 places to raise a family list put out by wedMD. (http://www.webmd.com/parenting/features/best-places-raise-family?ecd=wnl_prg_070308) I was considering Fort Knox, KY as a position just opened up there but I think we are starting to run out of time. Monday was pretty uneventful, as usual some of my friends weren't available when they said they would be and I didn't get to see them but such is life. My son was very disappointed about not seeing his "uncle" but he has to learn sometime people don't always do what they say they will do. He did get his hair cut though by the only person he really lets cut it properly so i'm happy :) Now he wont be sweating his butt off when he's running around, he doesn't like it too much though but momma knows best.
Of course we went to go eat at Pancho Villa and in case you missed it in the first post it's the best Mexican restaurant EVER. And I am just waiting for them to open so we can do lunch and then get on the road. I'm really not motivated to get on the road but I do want to get back to our temporary home as I miss those comforts. Seems like as I get older I want to stay home more. I"m sure I will add more about this trip later but I better let it stand as is for now so I can get back to the house and finish the little things before we roll out.
Hope all is well with everyone.

07 July 2008

Canada Trip (currently at Starbucks with random connectivity)

Ok so here’s how the trip went.  Let’s start with the drive on Friday.  I assumed (and you know what that does) that not very many people would be traveling on the 4th of July but of course that was not the case.  We got a late start because we were out too late the night before at the Lion King at the Kennedy Center.  The show was pretty good, at least the customs were great and original, but I probably should have got tickets for an afternoon show.  My son did manage to stay awake though to my surprise.  We didn’t get home until after 2300hr and I didn’t get to bed until after midnight by the time I had the car packed. 

Well I digress, we left around 0700hr and I sort of took my time, which is unusual, but the funny thing is even with the five or so stops we still made it at the car’s ETA.  As soon as we arrive, we head off to the bike store because I have decided to try to get back into biking.  I have a 20 year old back that I want to trade in for something more recent but they didn’t have any used bikes my size (no surprise there) and the cheapest one there is about $478 and I am not trying to spend more than $400 to include the bike thing that I need to bring the bike back home. 

Anyway after going there and not having made a decision we head off to my favorite restaurant, Pancho Villa, the best Mexican place around.  So of course I enjoy the hell out of my meal and then go hang at the basketball park where I run into a few people I know but that is no surprise.  After one of my friends is done playing we of course head to Pancho Villa (yes I know I just had it about 3 hours before) but did I mention it was the best Mexican restaurant ever.  We bumped into a few of his friends and the restaurant and we decided to join them.  It was actual fun hanging out chatting watching the people go by (we were sitting outside it was a gorgeous night).  Next thing I know it’s 2300hr and time for me to hit the bed as I had been up since 0600hr.

Ok now I get up the next morning around 0830hr (my son actually slept in, how amazing) and I start getting ready to go to my big Spa day.  So I head over there around 1015hr and get there about 15 minutes early (oh how quickly one forgets the time it takes to get somewhere here, there is no traffic when you compare it to DC).  OK so I’m sitting inside waiting on the person who will service me (for lack of a better phrase), and she is now 10 minutes late (her tipping is declining as I sit there and wait).  Finally she comes to get me and we begin my day at the spa.  Ok this is the part where things get a little dicey.

We start with my facial and everything is going great for the first hour or so and then out of nowhere a migraine starts to hit me.  Migraines are not a pretty thing especially for me.  But eventually it fades a bit when we get into the body wrap but when I wake up after having been wrapped for a while it’s back and stronger.  Now I go get my shower to get the mud off of me as that is what I was wrapped in and I’m not doing so well and still have a pedicure to sit threw.  Now I just want the day to be over.  I forgot to say though, the lady who was servicing me, was doing an outstanding job so now her tip has gone back up.  She does a wonderful job on my feet and makes this perfect color of blue but I am not able to enjoy this part at all, as the migraine is getting worse and worse.  Finally I can leave and I popped two Imitrax but by the time I get home, it still hasn’t gotten any better as a matter of fact it has gotten worse, and I start puking my guts out.  Mind you I barely ate anything that day so it wasn’t pleasant.  OK so about an hour goes by and it’s just getting worse and then it’s to the point where I need to go to the emergency room.  Yup you heard me right, I got to spend a wonderful Saturday in the emergency room.  I was there for about seven hours because every emergency room seems to have a minimum four-hour wait.  Oh and to top it off I got an IV (did I mention I hate needles and anything like them).  So they pump me full of drugs and I get a little better, enough to be fed up being there and ready to go home.  The place was freezing and I had two blankets, but that wasn’t enough.  The doctor was going to pump me with more drugs but I had been there long enough and didn’t have the patience to stay any longer (should have though cause there was still a minor headache brewing).  Anyway I finally make it home and eat some soup then off to bed. Finally I get to sleep in the warmth.

So now we are on Sunday.  I was looking forward to watching the fellas at the basketball court but because I was going to see my old friend Ang, it didn’t really care too much about the game besides as usual my mother wanted to go there as well and she is always doing embarrassing things.  Hard to pick up hotties when you’re mom is around.  As I am waiting for Ang to get to the house I run out to Costco to pick up a few things and get back before she gets there thank goodness.  So were having a good time catching up but as we are at my mother’s it’s hard for us to speak as we want and she of course wants to be part of this conversation.  Finally we go to get some food.  Can you guess where?  Pancho Villa of course.  We get there and finally we can chat.  It’s funny how the friends you knew way back when, are the type of friends you can pick up your conversation just as before regardless that it’s been about 15 or so years since you had seen each other.

As we are at the restaurant, Wimbledon is on the screen, and there is a hottie playing with a really nice ass and arms J.  Unfortunately I didn’t get to see the end of the game, as there was a game delay in England.  I hope hottie won.  Once I get access to the Internet I will find out. (Did I mention my mother has no Internet and these damn Canadians all have passwords on their routers so I couldn’t steal, I mean borrow it).  Did I also mention that both the owner and the bartender are hotties at the restaurant but of course they both have girlfriends (nothing wrong with eye candy though).

So we finally finish up there and head to the park.  The basketball game is just ending and of course the St. Luke’s boys win again against the cops.  (St Luke’s is the name of the park that has a wading pool, playground and basketball courts and I’ve been going there for 25 years and fellas have been playing ball there for just as long).  This is where I always go to see some hotties and Sunday was no different.  I of course was smart and brought my new Nikon to the park and took several pictures.  I have some hotties on camera yeah.  The pictures will be posted J. So Ang and I continue to hang out and chat until she has to go as she has a five-hour drive ahead of her.  Then I come back to the park and take more pictures.  I chat a while with the fellas and head out.  And of course because I have a babysitter, I’m off to the movies.  Ready for my review:

I saw Wanted and boy that movie is action packed.  I like it from the get go, the only thing I didn’t really like was the very end but hey maybe they will follow up with a sequel to make up for it.  Anyway, it had some unexpected results that I wont actually post because I don’t want to spoil this movie.  It is definitely worth seeing.  I’m glad I went even thought it was over-priced as I am in Canada not to say the US is much better. (I will try to make it to another movie today if it’s possible).Of course I didn’t make it to the comedy club because my friends are punks and they just had to go see Snoop Dog who was playing at the Bluesfest that Ottawa has every year.   

02 July 2008

New read old book

OK So one day I'm surfing the net at work which I know is a surprise to everyone (yeah right). Everyday I check a specific website and it always has a summary of information on a specific topic be it person, place, event ect. Anyway one day the topic is Anne Frank and as I am so bored at work I decide to read it.
The book was interesting and really gets you thinking especially when you consider it is being written by a thirteen year old. Of course because it is a true story you don't get the ending you want nor the information that you wish you knew (like what exactly happens after they get captured and how exactly does she die).
So as this is not meant to be an in depth review I will end it with I'm glad I read it but I wouldn't read it again. I think I will stick to my mysteries lol.

Working two

I'm working two blogs right now but am struggling with the other because it gets me tired just thinking of the things I'm commenting on in it. Anyway, here's my ramp, my son has had a fever for about 11 days or so and I have taken him to the doctor twice and he has been give 4 different meds and he still has a fever. I'm hoping today the doctor can tell me what it might be as they took throat culture Monday. Sometimes I wish I was still in Canada because even though it may take a while to get appointments on non-emergency things, they are very good at what they do.

And on that note, I still don't know where i am going. I think I have ruled out Albi because it is too far from anyone and I mean anyone I know, and it being a one man shop once I would be there, two, it may require a lot or some over-time as well as TDYs which I will not be able to do due to the fact that I know NO ONE (did I already mention that). So then came up Galveston, TX and I explored that possibility and before you go there it is still far from anyone I know but at least 1000 miles closer to NO ONE. Anyway, the cost of living there is higher than I expected and of course the schools don't have great ratings, and when I mean not great, I mean like 28/100 or 32/100. Of course there was the Ft Lewis thing, but after the conversation with the hiring authority, she is going to take a look at the list and scrub it then do interviews next week (I am not on the list). She says she wants someone who can hit the ground running, no problem for me, BUT wants someone with a strong something something, I stopped listening when I realized she wont even consider me. Then today I saw a job at Ft Bragg and I thought hey why not, it's really close to the best school in the whole wide world and if you don't know that would be UNC. But of course it's not in the right pay grade so another job possibility down the tube. Oh did I mention ANOTHER Heidelberg job opened this week in the same office as the other one I was hoping to get a job at. I think my boss is starting to get impatient with me because I don't want to commit to anything. Did I also mention there was one at Fort Lee but he offered that to someone else but I would have taken that one in a heart beat. But come to find out with that one, they haven't written the job description yet and some other blah blah blah so they aren't ready to consider anyone right now.

So all of this uncertaintity is stressing me out. I can't make any plans for the future like vacations and such, no idea where I will be living, when I will be leaving and most importantly will I get there in time for my son to start school when he is suppose to.
I'm really hoping my few days of vacation that are coming up will help. I do have a half day or so booked at a spa which I plan on enjoying to the fullest without thinking about the cost.

On a lighter side, one of my favorite co-workers is coming to town at the end of August and I hope to see her before she goes to Korea for two years. She was one of the few people who did her most to try to help me stay in the AF. She was a great mentor (and still is) and a good friend. She's just bad with the keeping in touch thing, I had to find out from one of my old tech school instructor's that works in the same building as me that she was coming to town.

Ok I think that is it for now but I get the feeling there is more to come.
Stay tuned