Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
The downfall has been that it doesn't really feel like we should be having Christmas NEXT WEEK. I have been looking for a Florida Christmas ornament - something tacky, but not tacky, like a palm tree with Christmas lights. Rob and I found a glass pelican that we bought to remind us of our time here. Gus loves to chase the pelicans at the beach - he thinks he can catch them!
There's not a lot of note to relate. Saturday, we went out with the other B-coursers (those are the other F-15 students). Sunday we had dinner with some great friends who are moving to Virginia soon - I'll miss you Emily!!! Those of you who get her at Langley are so lucky! Yesterday I made cupcakes and brought them to the squadron today - yum! Tomorrow I plan on wrapping presents. It's a nice life.
OH!! The concrete guy called me back and he is interested in working something out - I can volunteer there in exchange for learning how to make concrete countertops! I'm so excited!! I'm thinking this is a brilliant way to "get a job" - I get to learn about making concrete AND exercise my skills! And maybe one day, if I'm in one place long enough, I could actually get hired after they see how awesome I am. :-)
Tagged! Here is my response to Mari's tag post - thanks, Mari!
The Rules: Link your tagger and list these rules on your blog.* Share 7 facts about yourself on your blog.* Tag 7 people at the end of your post by leaving their names as well as links to their blogs.* Let them know they are tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.
I am a mythology nerd. In high school I was in the Latin Club (president my senior year) and we went to Latin competitions where I competed in mythology and Latin mottoes. I recently resolved to refresh my skills when I did not remember that Boreas was the name of the North Wind (thus the Auroras Borealis - Northern Lights).
I talk to Gus during the day. Yea, I talk to my dog. "So what do you want to do today, Gus? Go for a walk? Yep"... "No, this is my coffee. Trust me, you're not interested"... "Can you believe that woman actually wore that sweater on What Not to Wear? I know! That's so ugly."
My favorite book of the Bible is Genesis. I love that my powerful God created the world and knows and cares for every tiny being. Plus, that he had a plan for our salvation all the way from the Beginning!
I have a masters degree in marketing. It's cool.
My favorite movie of all time is Babe. "The pig movie?", you say. Yes. Not only is it simply delightful, it has wonderful themes about prejudice, change, and standing up in the face of opposition. It's so good!
I miss my cat, Chai. He is a Siamese short-hair - the best kind of cat you could ever have! Funny, entertaining, and awesome. I gave him up when I got married. I miss him. Louie, if you're reading this, thanks for giving Chai a great new home!
I love projects. Some of the latest: concrete table top, flowerbeds, tree trunk side tables, yoga mat bag crocheted from plastic grocery bags, and more! It keeps my problem-solving skills sharpened.
Since I only know a few people who do blogs (and none of them are required to respond to this post if they're not interested)...
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Left to Right: Christina, Erin, Sarah, Me, Taryn, Katy
Concrete table so far!
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Me happy in front of the F-15C
Rob doing his walk-around
I like the speed brake
Rob's jet. Tail number: 542
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Now, you may be wondering, "what on earth became of your old couch, McKay?" The sits-on-bricks $20-for-the-couch-plus-loveseat at a garage sale 8 years ago, the garage couch of the Carter Creek house, the "Love Nest" of the Apartment of Fun? Well, I'm thrilled to relay that I called our new church and a high school small group had been praying for a couch for about 4 months! YAY! Thus, the old couch can begin a new life at church! (I didn't tell them we used to call it the "Love Nest")
washboard in laundry area
vintage fan (great flea market buy) in kitchen
wine cork board with "I love Rob" note :-)
more vintage hooks!
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Long weekends are awesome: Friday was "War Day", basically a big game that students like myself don't get to play in, Tuesday is Veteran's Day so we don't work, and Monday in between was "Wingman Sports Day", which is a day for the 325th Wing to hang out, do whatever because it isn't technically a holiday. So Friday I had to go to class in the morning and when I was done my truck was gone, missing, not where I left it. So my first thought is: "What the heck? Who in the world would sneak onto an Air Force base to steal a vehicle and decide that the '93 Chevy half ton with 221000 miles on it would be the one to take?" After a couple of angry minutes a friend located my wife's car which contained keys. So McKay had received her new couch and needed to take the old one away and needed a truck. She was going to leave a message on my phone about the location of my truck, her car, the keys to her car and how much she loves me. However as she dialed she discovered that my phone is in the truck as usual. The rest of the day I was not in communication with her so I didn't know where she went or why she stole my truck. Saturday we went to downtown Panama City for the farmers market which turned out to be two farmers and a cart. We met an elderly couple with a 195 pound Irish Wolf Hound that made Gus look small (biggest dog breed in the world). We had breakfast at a little diner and finished off the day fishing at the marina. I say finished the day because it freakin' gets dark at 5PM. We drove down to Port St. Joe for Mexican food, BINGO, we found Mexican food, Ha Ha hA. Finally we live near good Mexican food that is not in danger of closing. Sunday we went to the boat store to discover that they ordered the wrong part for us to finish our boat, so one more week waiting. Monday started with a "fun run" down the runway and the chance to share my feelings with my fellow pilots until mid-morning. I temped McKay with a road trip and she couldn't resist. For the first time in four years gas is cheap enough that we can just go for a drive. We started going north to Wewhahitchka, home of the famous honey makers L.L. Lanier. We were expecting to find a happy place with a tour led by a jolly fat guy in a "Bee Wrangler" hat, where we could meet the bees and see production in action. Not so. Instead we threaded the truck through a thin drive way in the hedge with a very "Go home!" feel. We exit the tunnel into a clearing cluttered with sheds, 50 gallon drums, random engine parts, and some skittish dogs. Very, very redneck. So this guy who looks like a Hawaiian linebacker with thinning hair trundles out of one of the sheds to call off the dog and then stares at us like we should know what to do. Hidden in the overgrowth is a 1920's farm style house and a creepy old lady, also staring, standing at the door. This is obviously the place to go, but neither man nor creepy lady seems to welcome us, or help us, or even really acknowledge our presence. My wife, hoping to see the "bee tour", expectantly and politely fished for information from the creepy old lady. As it turns out the honey is special because the bees use nectar from a plant that grows only in the Chattahoochee River swamp, this is a really busy time of year for shipping the honey (hence the big guy), and they don't keep bees at the house, give tours, smile, or like other people. So we got our honey and left. Driving south we decided to see the swamp where the bees get the goods and driving down the dirt roads of back water Florida we found a bear, yes, a BEAR! He was in a hurry so we didn't get a picture, but he was a black bear about my size. We took the long way out to St. George's Island where we walked the beach and let Gus play fetch in the surf. We returned along the causeway to Apalachicola for their famous oysters. The downtown area is cluttered with historic buildings filled with cute eateries and antiques. We stopped for a cappuccino and enjoyed the seaside town ambiance. The area is a lot like Galveston would be if Houston was somewhere else. We then strolled down to the water front where Boss Oyster bar serves oysters that they just brought off their boat. We had a couple dozen raw oysters and watched the Chattahoochee delta fade in the sunset. Monday evening we joined the guys from school at Buffalo Wild Wings where during Monday Night Football they hand out free beer as long as no one goes into the restroom. They all had stories of greatness, "One time my buddy was here and nobody went to the bathroom until the 4th quarter was half over and the whole restaurant was trashed." After hearing such tales of greatness we were expecting a spectacle, but 3 minutes into halftime an old man who didn't even know about the contest walked into the bathroom to wash his hands and cut the night extremely short, and the whole bar was mad. But to put icing on the cake we had the worst waitress I have ever had. She couldn't remember who ordered what, she gave me (and charged me for) a huge beer because they were out out of the small glasses, for some reason I got my meal 30 minutes before the rest of the table even though I ordered last, and topped it all with a mandatory 17.5% gratuity. All in all it was a great weekend of relaxing adventure.
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Me! in the blue tank top
Standing Tree Pose in the water - more difficult than it sounds and a very fun challenge!
Lots of shells
Our beautiful dog
My hand at artsy photography
He's so awesome
The yummy oysters we can get (so good and so fresh) any day here! This is what we ate for dinner.
Yesterday, I went to Wal Mart because I usually plan the house meals on Monday and the commissary is closed on Mondays (I tried to adjust my schedule, but I just can't) and I truly feel that Wal Mart has brainwashed me. When I didn't go to Wal Mart on a regular basis, I could scoff and ridicule it's long lines and unhelpful employees. But, now that it's been my regular store in Wichita Falls, I actually feel a warm fuzzy when I go there! ACK! Who AM I? So, watch out everyone! It will suck you in!
And, very awesome blogger, Tyne, has requested my all-purpose cleaning solution recipe and here it is! With proper credit that I got it from my semi-hippy friend Joy! Much love!
50/50 vinegar and water in a spray bottle (I used my old 409 bottle) Then, put as many drops of your choice of essential oils as makes you happy. I used about 50 drops of lemon (I added at different times until I liked it) and maybe 40 drops of grapefruit (gives it a nice, more interesting clean citrus smell)