29. February 2008 · 4 comments · Categories: Uncategorized · Tags: ,

…you buy ice cream and your freezer freezes is SO hard you can’t enjoy it?

Yesterday I bought a pint of Ben and Jerry’s Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough ice cream at the commissary. It’s VERY rare for me to do this — I last had this over a year ago! So put it in the freezer, and I fell asleep last evening before I remembered that I had it.

So tonight after my microwave lasagna dinner I figured I’d have some.

Hard as a rock.

29. February 2008 · 2 comments · Categories: Uncategorized · Tags: ,

Greetings from my Annual Tour at Shaw AFB, SC!!! For two weeks out of the year I’m put on orders to work in my “real” job — the position that I’m trained to do should I get activated full time.

For these two weeks, I put on an “active duty” hat and work on Director-of-Operation tasks with the full-time active duty Director of Operations for the weather squadron my unit supports. I’ve been gainfully employed on various tasks that I could manage in my two week stint…nothing too long-term, which is nice. I got to talk on the phone with someone in Egypt this morning 🙂

This week was also the launch of the US Air Force’s newest ad campaign: “Above All.”

They mean “Above All Adversaries”, by the way, not “Above All Other U.S. Armed Services”.

I’ve already seen the commercials on Foxnews and the USA Network: “Meet SSgt Jones of the Air Force CYBER-COMMAND!” I guess if I wanted to sell the Air Force to a young man who really enjoys, say, playing his Wii, showing someone fighting our cyber-enemies will do it!

Based on what I’ve read about the campaign, we can expect to see ads aimed towards parents and other adults who influence kids’ lives…similar to those Army Strong commercials where the announcer is saying, “Parents, if your child wants to discuss opportunities in the Army, please listen.”

If anyone is reading this who has a kid considering service in the Armed Forces, please do listen. We need good people.

25. February 2008 · Comments Off on Thank the Pancake · Categories: Uncategorized · Tags:

This morning, while Jake was eating his pancakes, the tooth simply fell out. Quick, painless. Without incident. It’s TINY!

Here’s our happy guy. He had reported the tooth loose on Tuesday.

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So thanks to those who took part in our latest poll — he’ll get a dollar under his pillow tonight from the Tooth Fairy!

25. February 2008 · 2 comments · Categories: Uncategorized · Tags:

Okay everyone, put on your black ties, full-length gowns and diamonds, it’s Oscar night ladies and gentlemen!

I LOVE watching the Oscars. Sure, you could make several arguments about the political messages infused into the monologues and that perhaps the awards themselves are fixed. I don’t care about all that. I tend to feel that the actors/actresses that are nominated are deserving enough, and that the films nominated are worth watching, too.

My favorite part? The ladies in the BEAUTIFUL DRESSES and the guys dressed to the nines. There’s just something about those dresses that puts a smile on my face, no matter what.

So there.

24. February 2008 · 1 comment · Categories: Uncategorized · Tags: ,

Pioneer Woman had posted this recipe for a chocolate pie right before Valentine’s Day, and I had briefly pointed out her latest posting, but didn’t get around to actually trying the pie until tonight.

I’m improving from my bout with the flu, and had enough energy to catch up on chores (laundry, vacuuming, general straightening of the house). I made arrangements to start my 2-weeks tour on Tuesday instead of Monday, which bought me another day to pack and prepare some meals for the boys in my absence.

I came across a spare ball of pie dough from when I was planning to make two quiches for my Stampin’ Up party last Thursday. Since turnout was pretty small, I opted to just make one quiche. So I blind-baked the pie crust and went forth to make the PW Chocolate Pie filling. I took PW’s advice and used the raw eggs, blending each one for 4-5 minutes before adding the next.

From 2008 02 24 PW…
From 2008 02 24 PW…
From 2008 02 24 PW…

This was a resounding success! Using pure baking chocolate with sugar made such a RICH chocolate flavor. I couldn’t even finish my sliver-of-a-piece…it was most delicious, so rich.

24. February 2008 · Comments Off on Spring Splendor! · Categories: Uncategorized · Tags: , , ,

“Wait just one doggone minute! It’s mid-February! Spring isn’t for another month!”

(At least, that’s what the Groundhog said!)

Well, someone needs to tell my flowers about that, since my crocuses and daffodils are opening up, just like all over the rest of central North Carolina. Seriously confused, they are.

I didn’t mind the pretty pictures I was able to take, nonetheless. These were from Monday. Click on the photos to access the entire album. Enjoy!

From 2008 02 18 Da…
From 2008 02 18 Da…
23. February 2008 · 3 comments · Categories: Uncategorized · Tags:

Today was slightly improved from yesterday, but I have to tell you about these awesome tissues I found at Walgreens! Puff’s Plus with Vick’s Vapo-rub. To quote Tony the Tiger: “They’re GRRRRREAT!”

My runny nose kicked in today, and my regular BJ’s-brand tissues, which work well for occasional nose-blowing, started ripping up my nose. So I went to Walgreen’s for some more Nyquil and decided to pick up some Puff’s Plus — you know, the kind with the lotion.

I got a box of Puff’s Plus, but also saw these ones infused with Vick’s Vaporub. They’re so nice!

So there’s my pitch — no, Vick’s isn’t giving me any money for this. Neither is whatever company owns Puff’s….ah yes, Proctor and Gamble. I remember that man-in-the-moon on the back of my parents’ bottle of “Prell” shampoo.

22. February 2008 · 2 comments · Categories: Uncategorized · Tags:

For the first time ever, I think I might have caught the flu from the flu shot I received last week at the Air Force base. I can’t remember the last time I had the flu, if ever! It showed up with a vengeance yesterday afternoon. The aches, fatigue and general “blahness” is a real damper on my day-to-day life. Luckily I don’t have too much going on between now and Sunday, but I hope I’m well enough Sunday evening to make the drive to Sumter, SC for my “two-weeks-per-year” Annual Tour.

Dave’s been an angel — he’s taken the lead with the kids and has given me a chance to get as much rest as possible. I think he understands that I need to be well for work for the next two weeks. He’s awesome!

The good news is that I’ve been able to lounge around on the couch eating bon bons…okay, no, I’m kidding. I’ve been able to rest and work on a crochet project, which doesn’t take too much brain power.

Other good news is that Timmy seems well, and Jake has a runny nose, but no other signs. I’ve been chasing them around the house with the ear thermometer about every 2 hours just to be sure.

Dave had a commitment at work at lunchtime, so I’m staying home with Timmy, and with enough medication (in me, not him) it hasn’t been had. Timmy’s been very good, coloring, painting and now he’s sitting nicely watching “Cars” and working on puzzles.

19. February 2008 · 4 comments · Categories: Uncategorized · Tags:

My baby boy is growing up. Today, in the middle of a very very difficult morning of trying to run a billion errands with both boys, Jake matter-of-factly told me that one of his lower teeth has been loose for a few days.

We were in the van at the time, where Jake sits in the “way back” (3rd row) so I wasn’t able to check until we got home.

But I did check…lo and behold, one of his lower teeth is indeed loose!

I didn’t expect it to happen this soon, his first tooth appeared on April Fool’s Day 2003, he was 6 1/2 months. I think that’s an average time for the first tooth, so I expected his first tooth more around age 6. He’s currently just shy of 5 1/2.

From Ground Contro…
19. February 2008 · 1 comment · Categories: Uncategorized · Tags: , ,

I’m not going to say too much about this, since I’m just a weather weenie in the Reserves, but I have been noticing the USAF getting a lot of press about how we’re suffering manpower cuts and cannibalization of aircraft to keep our missions viable in the Global War on Terror, while the Army and Marine Corps are being funded to increase their ranks by thousands.

Never mind that for every increase in Army capability, you need Air Force airlift to fly them to the fight, Air Force aerial refuelers to gas the airlift, Air Force close-air-support to help the ground troops, and Air Force PERSONNEL to support various facets of their requirements(among those personnel are weather folks — read the Air Force Magazine article linked with “PERSONNEL” to learn more about the “Battlefield Airmen”).

I have no idea who this guy is, but he’s doing “Combat Weather” with an Army Aviation unit.
Apparently someone is launching quite the press campaign about it.

As Forrest Gump would say, “That’s all I have to say about that.”