Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Winter Weather Comes to the Northwest

Hope everyone's Christmas and New Year's went well! Mine consisted of traveling, family, friends, sleeping on anything but a bed, and of course.....lasagna!

This is what 28 lbs of lasagna looks like!!

Gib even played Santa Clause for the battalion Christmas party.
"I saw Laura kissing Santa Clause..."
Now we are back to the grind in WA. Gib is currently in the process of job hunting because as of midnight tonight we are all done with the Army.

The northwest is being hit "hard" with a snow storm. Now by being hit hard....I'm talking less than a foot of snow. In NYer terms, that means its a task to drive to work but the snow plows got it covered and we all go about our business. In WAite terms, that means the entire state shuts down because the snow plows only plow the highways and some cities refuse to use salt or sand. Hopefully the sidewalks are cleaned off enough on Friday that me and my running partner can run. Despite the roads, Gib had an interview this morning that we made our way to and from safely.  It is just an on call security position but we are hoping for the best. 

While the weather isn't wreaking havoc on my driving abilities it is having a significant impact on my laundry isn't getting done. I am fast running out of clothes for work and play. But I can't bring myself to walk down 3 flights of stairs and across the complex in 7 in of snow to do I will keep bringing out all the old clothes for clinic. 
Old clothes make me make faces like this!

Hope everyone is enjoying all the winter weather and fun that it brings :)

Saturday, November 5, 2011



Now most of you know how sad seeing "Nov. 1st" on my calendar is because that means that the all time best ever holiday is over.

Oh Halloween--How I love You!

We had a wonderful Halloween. Our apartment was decked out more than it ever had been, I had trick-or-treaters at work and at the apartment, including the cutest little dinosaur who chased Kieran through my apartment (dont worry it was a friend's kid who was invited in and not some little monster who invaded our apartment).

ANDDDDD the best part??!! We got to finally spend our first Halloween together after 4 yrs!!!!!

So that brings us to November!! And as good as October was....November definitely will be better!

I am happy to announce, that after battling it out with the battalion and working through all the VA appointments, my husbands last day at work is November 17th. He has 60 days of terminal leave and then mid January--my husband will officially move from active duty to Veteran!! We are so excited!

And for everyone wondering "Well what is he going to do now?" He will be looking for a job in the area and then come graduation, we are moving back to the east coast!!! Not sure where yet, but we are leaving the west coast for the foreseeable future!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Running Woes

As some of you may know, I have been sick on and off, more and more frequently as time goes on, for at least the past year. I finally went to an ENT that I heard good things about because we refer to him a lot at work. He diagnosed me with chronic sinusitis. I have had 2 rounds of antibiotics and am on a steroid and decongestant nasal sprays. He recommended surgery as an option, which I will probably do, because without it, I will likely get sick more frequently. To be honest though, that is not my main concern. The thing that bothers me most is my energy level. I am just tired all the time. The meds keep me from running a fever and being in much pain, but I just want to be awake again.

With all that being said....I am having some really bad running woes since we have hit October. Last year this time, I ran in multiple races, and (I believe) October was my busiest running month.
(Pumpkin 5k Run 2010)
This bothers me because, when I moved up here I wanted to run a 5k in July, a 10k in Sept, and the Seattle half-marathon at the end of November. I havent run since this summer and I couldnt make it 3 miles running at that time when I tried. I am pretty sure if my running skirts and running shoes could talk they would be very depressed for not treating them to the wonderful running weather up here.

It would be easy to blame my not running on my health alone, but that is not it. With my real working world schedule and Gib's over the top Army schedule time is always a factor but I am pretty sure I would find the time, if I could find the energy. I am so far from my goal and still have not found a real solution to it all.

The main thing I know is that I miss running and miss being in races. I miss the camaraderie of having tons of people around you that go out and run for no reason other than cause it is fun. I miss being able to set a goal and seeing it come to life.

When I started Couch-2-5k in February 2010, I was instantly in love with the training plan and seeing my abilities grow over a relatively short period of time. Then in December 2010 I ran my first 10k....that is 6.2 may not seem like a lot, but if you drive it you will see its not as short as it seems.

All of these are just meaningless ramblings without and end goal (and lets face it, I am never without my goals). As soon as I get my health under control, it will be time to reinstate the C25k program and set up a 5k race goal. For now though, I will settle for a goal to get a surgery date set up and start feeling like the Energizer bunny gave me a zap or 2.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Timeline Update!!

March 2007-May 5 2007—2 months—Together at NAU
March 2008—4 days—Flagstaff, AZ
June 4 2008—1 week—AZ and Vegas
July 2008—1 week—NY (3 days before basic)
Sept 2008—8 hrs—Ft. Knox, KY (Basic Graduation)
Nov 2008—17 days—Tucson, AZ—(HRAP)
Feb 13th-15th 2009—3 days—Tucson, AZ
March 2009—4 days—Ft. Lewis, WA
June 2009—2 weeks—NY and AZ (married)
July 15th-22nd 2009—1 week—Ft. Lewis, WA (deployed on the 22nd)
April 16th-May 2nd 2010—17 days—Tucson, AZ (RnR)
July 1st-Aug 10th 2010—1 month and 10 days—Ft. Lewis, WA/Tucson, AZ (Home from the deployment)
Jan 2nd-10th 2011—8 days—Ft Lewis, WA (Christmas/New Years)
April 16th-18th 2011—3 days—Ft Lewis, WA

May 19th—Mountlake Terrace, WA—LIVING TOGETHER!!!!

If you add all the days together, in the past 4 yrs and 2 months we have been together for 6 months, 1 week, 3 days, and 8 hrs...give or take a few days.

For the mathmatically minded that is: 12.5% of the 4 yrs we were together OR roughly 190 days out of a total of 1520 days.

Looking forward to hitting our 1 yr mark this year!!!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011


On June 11th, 2009, I posted this blog:

With a heavy heart and tears streaming down my cheeks, I am writing again of their unit--the loss of 6 men. One of the wives I mentioned, lost her Hero. Her son lost his Hero. His daughter lost her Hero. He was a wonderful father, an amazing husband, and one heck of a man. I have never met him, but through his wife and their pictures, it is beyond evident that he loved his children and his wife with every ounce of his being. There are couples out there that you know love each other, and then there are couples out there that you can see it in every photo they take how in love they are. That was this couple.

My thought for this post is remembrance. Just to emphasize what I wrote on June 11th, 2009.

Just because they are supposed to be home soon, doesn't mean they are out of danger yet. Just because people hate the war, doesn't mean there aren't brave men and women sacrificing their lives for us. Just because the war has been going on for so long and people are coming back, doesn't mean that they all will. There is no guarantee that people will hear from their loved ones again. That dads and moms will come home and give their children hugs and put them to bed at night. That husbands and wives will get to kiss and feel each other's touch again.

It is important to always keep these Hero's in our thoughts and prayers, regardless of the time of year or the holiday. Rejoice when they come home and pray for comfort when they don't. I truly believe that there are things in life that I will never fully understand. The tragic loss of life, especially when they are so close to being home, is at the top of my list. Instead of planning for a homecoming, families are planning a funeral.

When I woke up this morning, I expected today to be one of happiness and full of getting things done. But, this was just not so. Tears have blurred my vision since I first learned of this tragedy, my stomach turning and my heart breaking for these families. There are so many lives changed by this loss. These men are true American Hero's and will never be forgotten. In both our minds and our hearts they will live on. Pictures and memories are what is left to hold on to. Heaven now has 6 more angels to join the others that I mentioned in June. They will watch over us and they will protect us, just like they did while they were on Earth.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

From December to Now

Lets start with Christmas and New Years. Gib's unit (in typical form) denied his leave, so our first Christmas together has been postponed to Dec 2011. Southwest Airlines was a God send, as they transfered his tickets to me and then cancelled my NY to AZ flight...all without any charge! So after spending 2 weeks with my family, I flew to WA for 8 days to see Gib. We opened presents and I made Christmas quiche for breakfast. Gib bought me some books and a Kindle!! I am soooo enjoying it! And he got mostly clothes, I also bought him a Carhart coat because he didn't own a winter coat that wasn't Army issued.
After returning to Tucson, I got back on the boat and started my last semester of graduate classes. With my thesis in full swing I have been running subjects like crazy. We also received our comprehensive exam case questions. While my case presentation went well, the other half did not go as planned for me, so I am getting a second chance. I will basically present cases and what I would do and why. The redo will happen sometime in April. I am also working on papers and readings for all of my other classes. Clinic is going well....for the most part. I have my good days where things go well and then there are days where I feel like a complete idiot, but overall, I think I am doing alright.

For Gib, he has been put on light duty, meaning mainly custodial work and long hours doing watches. He has worked on and off through the weekends for the past few months. His knee keeps him in constant pain. He is now having back and hip problems because he is favoring one knee over the other. Gib has officially finished all of his appointments with the VA so we are playing the waiting game, waiting for the VA to make their official decision on how much disability he gets. Once they make their decision he will have a date that he will be officially out of the Army....which means he will finally be able to start interviewing for jobs. We are kinda hoping for a job at SeaTac (Seattle-Tacoma International Airport), but we will see.

With everything that has been going on, running has taken the back burner....well less of a back burner and more of in the dishwasher position. Since my 10k in December, I did a 5k in Tempe....Skirt Sports Skirt Chaser 5k! While it was fun, I was sick, I hadn't been running like I should have, and it was quite overall it was a really bad run for me. I walked the Midtown Sertoma 5k For Better Hearing yesterday with a group of people, it got my legs itching for a run. So today after I do some work at school I am going to go for a nice relaxed jog around Reid Park. We will see how it goes, but I am ready to bring running back out and put it on the front burners again.

Externship wise, I secured an externship at Evergreen Speech and Hearing in Seattle, WA. I am scheduled to start the beginning of July. I was able to visit the Redmond office in January and was able to meet the office manager and one of the audiologists. I am really excited to begin this externship and I feel really lucky that I was able to find a site in the area where me and Gib really love to be. I am hoping to move up there the 2nd week of May. We are planning a trip to NY sometime in June before my externship starts. It will only be for a week or so but Gib hasn't been back to NY since we were married and I really want to see everyone prior to Christmas.

Hopefully, it won't be another 5 months before another update, but such is life.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Fall Fun and a Pumpkin Run

Well it's been a bit, so time for an update. Nothing really new with school except externship things. I sent in 3 externship applications--2 in the Seattle, WA area and 1 in the Portland, OR. I have a phone interview for one of them at 9am on Thursday, so needless to say I am a tad bit nervous. Other than that clinic, class, and thesis are keeping me hopping.

For Gib, he went to see an orthopedic surgeon about 2 weeks ago; the news was not good. They said there is nothing they can do for him and are sending his medical file for review. If all goes according to how we think it will go (which honestly could mean nothing when it comes to the Army) he will be medically retired or discharged. It could take up to a year for us to know what they have in store for him. If they do decide to keep him, he will be given a new MOS. He was also placed on the most restrictive physical profile, meaning that he is not allowed to do many many many things, and the only cardio he can do is walk or swim. He is also non-deployable. So, I guess for now, we are playing the waiting game.

October has been a busy month for both of us. For me, I attended a wedding for one of my classmates.

And did a 5K through a Pumpkin Patch/Corn Maze, and then got to go pick a pumpkin :)

Gib and I have also been busy making our respective apartments ready for Halloween.

That's all for now!