Tuesday, January 31, 2006

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I've still been working a lot! Who would have thought that they expect me to actually do work and not sit here and blog and play on the internet all day! = )
My team had a game at 1930 (7:30 pm) on Thursday night that was about an hour away from Baumholder. The weather wasn't too great but we decided to go anyway. We originally went to the wrong post so we had to drive about another 15 minutes to the correct one. We ended up winning the game by about 10 or 15 points so you could say it was worth the trip. After the game we couldn't find anywhere to eat so we just waited until we got back to Baumholder. We got back around 10:30 and myself and 3 of my girls went on a late night run to McDonalds. Dierks Bentley was in Baumholder that same night to do a concert. I was so mad that I had to miss it but I know that the team is my first obligation. Even though I couldn't be there, I'm really glad other ladies here on post were able to enjoy it.
Our team had another game in Ramstein on Saturday and we suffered our first loss. The other team had a girl that was at least 6 feet tall. In a 13-15 year old aged league, it's hard to compete with someone that tall. We did well though and I hope we play that team again in the tournament so we can get some revenge!
I'm not feeling too great today but I'm sure it will pass soon. I couldn't convince myself to get up and go to the gym this morning but that's going to be my only free pass for the week.
Bryan and I were able to webcam on Sunday. We've been talking on the phone a lot lately but haven't used the webcams in a while. We really enjoyed being able to see each other. That was definitely a great investment on our part.
I'm off to lunch and another exciting episode of Judge Judy!

Thursday, January 26, 2006

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The following are 3 pretty good jokes I've received lately.

From Mary Jim:

Do you have feelings of inadequacy? Do you suffer from shyness? Do you sometimes wish you were more assertive?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist about Tequila.
Tequila is the safe, natural way to feel better and more confident about yourself and your actions. Tequila can help ease you out of your shyness and let you tell the world that you're ready and willing to do just about anything. You will notice the benefits of Tequila almost immediately, and with a regimen of regular doses you can overcome any obstacles that prevent you from living the life you want to live.
Shyness and awkwardness will be a thing of the past, and you will discover many talents you never knew you had. Stop hiding and start living, with Tequila.
Tequila may not be right for everyone. Women who are pregnant or nursing should not use Tequila. However, women who wouldn't mind nursing or becoming pregnant are encouraged to try it. Side effects may include dizziness, nausea, vomiting, incarceration, erotic lustfulness, loss of motor control, loss of clothing, loss of money, loss of virginity, delusions of grandeur, table dancing, headache, dehydration, dry mouth, and a desire to sing Karaoke and play all-night rounds of Strip Poker, Truth Or Dare, and Naked Twister.

From Dale:
One day a florist goes to a barber for a haircut. After the cut he asked about his bill and the barber replies: "I'm sorry, I cannot accept money from you; I'm doing community service this week"

The florist is pleased and leaves the shop. Next morning when the barber goes to open there is a thank you card and a dozen roses waiting for him at his door.

Later, a cop comes in for a haircut, and when he goes to pay his bill the barber again replies: "I'm sorry, I cannot accept money from you; I'm doing community service this week."

The cop is happy and leaves the shop. Next morning when the barber goes to open up there is a thank you card and a dozen donuts waiting for him at his door.

Later a Republican comes in for a haircut, and when he goes to pay his bill the barber again replies: "I'm sorry, I cannot accept money from you; I'm doing community service this week." The Republican is very happy and leaves the shop. Next morning when the barber goes to open, there is a thank you card and a dozen different books such as "How to Improve Your Business" and "Becoming More Successful."

Then a Democrat comes in for a haircut, and when he goes to pay his bill the barber again replies: "I'm sorry, I cannot accept money from you; I'm doing community service this week." The Democrat is very happy and leaves the shop. The next morning when the barber goes to
open up, there are a dozen Democrats lined up waiting for a free haircut.

And that, my friends, illustrates the fundamental difference between left and right.

From Erin:
From the county where drunk driving is considered a sport, comes this true story. Recently a routine police patrol parked outside a bar in Ripley, West Virginia . .
After last call the officer noticed a man leaving the bar so intoxicated that he could barely walk. The man stumbled around the parking lot for a few minutes, with the officer quietly observing. After what seemed an eternity and trying his keys on five different vehicles, the man managed to find his car which he fell into. He sat there for a few minutes as a number of other patrons left the bar and drove off.
Finally he started the car, switched the wipers on and off (it was a fine, dry summer night) -- flicked the blinkers on, then off a couple of times, honked the horn and then switched on the lights. He moved the vehicle forward a few inches, reversed a little and then remained still for a few more minutes as some more of the other patrons vehicles left. At last, the parking lot empty, he pulled out of the parking lot and started to drive slowly down the road. The police officer, having patiently waited all this time, now started up the patrol car, put on the lights, and promptly pulled the man over and carried out a breathalyzer test. To his amazement the breathalyzer indicated no evidence of the man having consumed any alcohol at all! Dumbfounded, the officer said, "I'll have to ask you to accompany me to the police station. This breathalyzer equipment must be broken." "I doubt it," said the truly proud Hillbilly. "Tonight I'm the designated decoy."

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

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Today it's all about Bryan.
Here is what I got Bryan for his birthday next month! Dell got it out so fast that Bryan ended up getting it yesterday. I think he likes it. The power went crazy in their tent so his work computer ended up getting fried. Having this one should make his life much easier.

Bryan is also officially on his way to becoming a Captain. The results of the FY 2006 Captains' Board came out today. It's a list of sequence numbers so everyone basically knows in what order they're getting promoted. The catch is that the Army doesn't promote the same number of people every month so you never know what month you're actually getting pinned. Congratulations to my 1LT (P)!!!

Monday, January 23, 2006

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Baby it's cold outside! This morning my car said it was 16 degrees. I knew it was really cold when I was walking to the gym and back to workout this morning. I can really just do without the temperature being that low.
I have officially lost 5 pounds since Bryan has been gone. I don't gain much weight, but I have a very difficult time losing it. I'm so proud that I've actually been able to lose this much so far. It really helps motivate me to continue working out hard and eating right.
My basketball team is now 3-0. This Saturday we had our first challenge. The girls had breezed through the first 2 games so easy that they didn't know what to do when a team actually came to play. The score was back and forth the whole game but the girls finally settled down in the 2nd half. One of my best players got hurt in the last few minutes so I was taking care of her and didn't notice exactly what the final score was. I think is was 34-30 or something close to that.
In related sports news...what's up with Kobe scoring 81 points?!? I would have liked to see that game. My first thought was that he must have taken a shot every time he touched the ball. He did shoot almost 50 times but his shooting percentage was around 60%. I just don't know what to think of him.......
Bryan has officially been gone over 2 months now. They say the beginning and the end are the worst parts and I've definitely made it through the beginning ok. Bryan's morale has been pretty high lately so that has certainly helped me in my concern for him too.
Well, it's back to the grind and another week of work, basketball, and being a "single" Army wife!

Friday, January 20, 2006

New posts!

I just posted 4 new entries on the blog for Bryan's platoon.
Check them out!
http://427gators.blogspot.com

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I was all excited because I thought I had gotten a few comments, but then I realized it was comment spam! Ugh!
My team had their 2nd game last night. We won 26-12 but it wasn't really that close. At halftime we were winning 22-1 and then I told my 2 best players that they couldn't shoot in the 2nd half. That kinda makes me feel guilty because they're only 13. It seems wrong that I have to go that far for the game to be fair. We have another game tomorrow so hopefully it will go as well.
In about an hour, my FRG will be taping a message for our soldiers that's going to be aired on AFN during the Super Bowl. It's only going to be around 15 seconds but I'm still excited because I think it'll be a treat for the guys to see us if they actually get to watch the Super Bowl.
One of Bryan's friends from college just arrived here this week. I hate it that Bryan wasn't here to greet him and show him around but I'm trying my best to fill in for him. I took him some dinner on Wednesday night and this weekend we'll probably go to a restaurant in town so he can experience the delicious German food. He'll probably be heading downrange soon enough though.
This has been such a busy week for me. Monday was a holiday but I still did a lot around the house, worked out, and had basketball practice. After work on Tuesday I had an FRG meeting. On Wednesday night I had practice and then went over to Laura's to eat the vegetable soup that I had fixed for everyone. Last night I had the game and then went straight from there to my spouses' coffee. I finally got home around 8:30 but after taking Misha out I went straight to bed! I gave the girls tonight off as far as practice goes because we're having 2 games this week. I'll probably enjoy having the night off tonight more than they will. I'll get to talk to Bryan tonight too which will be the highlight of my day - as it always is!
I'm looking forward to my weekend.........

Thursday, January 19, 2006

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Thanks for sending this Yalonde!

ROMANCE MATHEMATICS
Smart man + smart woman = romance
Smart man + dumb woman = affair
Dumb man + smart woman = marriage
Dumb man + dumb woman = pregnancy
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OFFICE ARITHMETIC
Smart boss + smart employee = profit
Smart boss + dumb employee = production
Dumb boss + smart employee = promotion
Dumb boss + dumb employee = overtime
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SHOPPING MATH
A man will pay $20 for a $10 item he needs.
A woman will pay $10 for a $20 item that she doesn't need.
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GENERAL EQUATIONS & STATISTICS
A woman worries about the future until she gets a husband.
A man never worries about the future until he gets a wife.
A successful man is one who makes more money than his wife can spend.
A successful woman is one who can find such a man.
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HAPPINESS
To be happy with a man, you must understand him a lot and love him a little.
To be happy with a woman, you must love her a lot and not try to understand her at all.
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LONGEVITY
Married men live longer than single men do, but married men are a lot more willing to die.
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PROPENSITY TO CHANGE
A woman marries a man expecting he will change, but he doesn't.
A man marries a woman expecting that she won't change, and she does.
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DISCUSSION TECHNIQUE
A woman has the last word in any argument.
Anything a man says after that is the beginning of a new argument.
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HOW TO STOP PEOPLE FROM BUGGING YOU ABOUT GETTING MARRIED
Old aunts used to come up to me at weddings, poking me in the ribs and cackling, telling me, "You're next." They stopped after I started doing the same thing to them at funerals.

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

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Misha amazes me sometimes. Monday night/Tuesday morning I was awakened by noise in my bedroom. I cut on my light and the picture is basically what I found. Misha was inside my laundry basket on top of some clean clothes. I still can't figure out how in the world she got in there. I know the laundry basket was upright. She doesn't jump hardly at all. The most she will do is go up or down a step. No more than that. Plus, the laundry basket is taller than she is. I would love an explanation for how in the world this happened. I was so shocked and tickled that I had to get a picture of her. She always seems to bring a smile to my face!

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

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These 3 day weekends are really spoiling me! We just had our second one in three weeks. On Friday night I went to Berlin with a couple of my friends on a bus tour. Berlin was interesting but really didn't seem a whole lot different than the other big European cities I've been to. I have some pictures on my fotopic site. I hope to add some more when I get them from my friend. The pictures can be seen at : http://cristin-fanning.fotopic.net/c829097.html

On Sunday night we had another neighbor get together at Laura's. We had some mexican food and I made frozen strawberry margaritas. It was good but I don't think my body appreciated it very much since I've otherwise been eating very healthy.

Our FRG is collecting Valentine's Day cards to send to the guys downrange for them to send to their loved ones. Did that make sense?!? So on Sunday I went to pick out a card for a man to send to his wife. Since I was already doing that I decided to go ahead and get one for Bryan from me. The whole thing was kind of a sad experience. It's amazing how many cards talk about being together and spending time together, etc, etc. It's hard to find one for a Valentine who is thousands of miles away.

Yesterday I made some chocolate mint cookies. They weren't as good as the lemon ones so I won't bother to post the recipe. I also watched the movie Closer. Don't waste your time renting that one. It really wasn't good at all.

This is going to be another busy week for me. I hope I survive it!

Thursday, January 12, 2006

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There's not much to blog about today. I was able to talk to Bryan yesterday for about 45 minutes for free! It was great! I had another very unproductive basketball practice last night. I did have fun talking to the girls after practice and watching them cut up though. I'm looking forward to a relaxing night at home tonight. I've also got to clean the house a little bit.
I decided to do a little crazy quiz to post here today. I thought this one sounded interesting so I chose it. Doesn't everyone want to know how weird they are?

You Are 30% Weird
Not enough to scare other people...But sometimes you scare yourself.
How Weird Are You?

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

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First of all, I would like to wish my aunt Dale a Happy Birthday!

I came across something cute last night so I thought that would be my blog for today. It's always fun to reminisce!

90s Kids

You know you're a 90's kid if...
You've ever ended a sentence with the word "PSYCHE!"
You can sing the rap to "The Fresh Prince Of Bel Air"
You've worn skorts and felt stylish
You yearned to be part of the Baby-Sitters club
You use to love playing with your MY Little Pet Shop
You know that "WOAH" comes from Joey from "Blossom" and that "How Rude!" comes from Stephanie from "Full House"
You remember when it was actually worth getting up earlyon a Saturday to watch cartoons.
You wore a ponytail on the side of your head and had fluffed bangs
You got super excited when it was Oregon Trail day in computer class at school.
You wanted to change your name to "JEM" in kindergarten
You remember reading "Goosebumps"
You know the profound meaning of "Wax on, wax off"
You have pondered why Smurfette was the only female smurf.
You took plastic cartoon lunch boxes to school.
You remember the craze then the banning of slap bracelets and slam books.
You still get the urge to say "NOT" after (almost) every sentence...Not...
You watched Tiny Tunes or Muppet Babies...
You were a boy who wore pink
You knew that Kimberly, the pink ranger, and Tommy, the greenRanger were meant to be together.
The best friend coming through the window on a ladder originated on Clarissa explains it all, not on Dawson's Creek!
You remember "I've fallen and I can't get up"
You remember going to the skating rink before there were inline skates
You ever got injured on a Slip 'n' Slide
You wore socks over leggings scrunched down
You wore chucks in kindergarten
" Miss Mary Mack, Mack, Mack, all dressed in black, black, black, with silver buttons, buttons, buttons, all down her back, back, back" SHE ASKED HER MOTHER MOTHER MOTHER FOR FIFTY CENTS CENTS CENTS TO SEE THE ELEPHANTS ELEPHANTS ELEPHANTS JUMP OVER THE FENCE THE FENCE THE FENCE"he jumped so high high high he touched the sky sky sky and he didnt come back back back til the forth of july ly ly he jumped so low ow ow he stumbed he's toe oe oe and thats the end end end of the elephants show ow ow
You remember boom boxes vs. cd players
You had to pay for the Disney Channel!!!
You knew what it meant to say "Care Bear Stare"
You remember Alf, the little brown alien from Melmac and Vicki the Robot from "MY Little Wonder"
You watched 90210 or Melrose Place with your Mother!
You actually dressed up in kids clothes, and not miniture versions of teenager clothes like the children of 2000!
You remember New Kids on The Block when they were cool
You knew all the characters names and their life stories on "Saved By The Bell"
You played and or collected "Pogs"
You used to pretend to be a MIGHTY MORPHIN Power Ranger and you owned a Skip It
You had at least one GigaPet Nano, or Tomagachi, and brought it everywhere for a day maybe two
You watched the original Care Bears, My Little Pony, and Ninja Turtles
You chew on Major League bubble gum and pretended you were a baseball player chewing tabaco
All your school supplies were "Lisa Frank" brand.(pencils.notebooks.binders.etc.)
You used to wear those stick on earings, not only on your ears, but at the corners of your eyes.
You remember a time before the WB.
You watched wild and crazy kids on Nickolodeon.
You've gotten creeped out by "Are You Afraid of the Dark?"
You thought it would be so cool to be Alex Mack.
You know the Macarena by heart.. LOL"
Talk to the hand" ... enough said
You thought Brain woud finally take over the world ... and Dot was truely the cutest!

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

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I guess since my team won their first game they've decided they're good. They drove me crazy at practice last night. They played terrible and were cutting up the whole time. They ended up doing a lot of running, and I think were pretty mad at me by the end of practice.
On a more positive note, Bryan found out that his R&R will be in July. That's what we both wanted so that we could spend our anniversary together. It's not often in the military that couples can say they spent their first 3 anniversaries together. It would also be cool because by the time he goes back he'll only have around 4 months left. As usual, I don't want to get too excited. As soon as I do, something will happen and he won't get to come.
At lunch I get to stand in line at the stinkin' post office. They are only open from 10-4 during the week. I work from 9-5 so the only time I can go there is during my lunch break. I usually prepare packages for Bryan on the weekend and mail them out on Monday so it will go straight there and there won't be any days that the mail doesn't run while it's en route. Well, I got there yesterday and the line was ridiculous. They only had one person working the window. Needless to say, I spent almost the whole hour waiting in line. Another package that I had ordered for Bryan arrived here yesterday so in a little while I get to spend my lunch standing in line again. Thank goodness for liquid meals like SlimFast!

Monday, January 09, 2006

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I had a busy weekend to go along with the busy weeks I've been having!
My basketball team had practice on Friday night to prepare for our game on Saturday.
Saturday morning I took Misha to her grooming appointment in Kaiserslautern. We were there until 1pm and then my team had their game at 3. The girls won 31-16! I was pleasantly surprised at how well they did. Coaching them really does wear me out though. I swear that some of them spend half their time on another planet.
When I got home from the game Saturday evening, I talked to Bryan for a while and then went down to Laura's. We ordered delivery from the little Italian place in town and watched Wedding Crashers. Yesterday I did my Sunday ritual of cleaning and running errands. Desperate Housewives started back last night so that was exciting. It was the season premiere for the 2nd season so that shows how much we're behind the states. I also made some lemon cookies (in my new stand mixer by the way). They turned out pretty good. I really like lemon flavored things though. Here's the recipe:

SOFT LEMON DROPS

Preparation 30 min.
Baking 10 min.
Cooling 15 min.

Cookie Ingredients:
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup Butter, softened
1/2 cup Sour Cream
2 eggs
2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
1/2 teaspoon lemon extract
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt

Glaze Ingredients:
1 cup powdered sugar
1 to 2 tablespoons lemon juice

Instructions:
Heat oven to 350°F. Combine sugar and butter in large mixer bowl. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until creamy. Add sour cream, eggs, lemon peel and lemon extract; continue beating until well mixed. Reduce speed to low; add flour, baking powder and salt. Beat, scraping bowl often, until well mixed. Drop dough by rounded teaspoonfuls 2 inches apart onto greased cookie sheets. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool completely. Combine powdered sugar and enough lemon juice for desired glazing consistency in small bowl. Frost cooled cookies with glaze.

Yield: 3 dozen cookies

Friday, January 06, 2006

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Why does it look like my family is having more fun than me on New Years?? We're holding babies and they're holding bottles - of alcohol! I actually got a kick out of the pictures though.
I created a fotopic page for Bryan and last night I uploaded a lot of pictures that he sent me. For OPSEC reasons, I'm not going to post the link to the site here but if you want it, just let me know. In my opinion they are pretty good pictures. Please know that a few of them could be considered R rated though. Speaking of Bryan, he's doing alright. He's been sick twice already since he's been there. He's starting to get better now though. I fear that with all those guys in such small spaces they're just going to keep passing the germs back and forth. I sent him some Vitamin C tablets last weekend so hopefully that'll help him out a little bit. Today he was finally able to move out of his tent and into a hard building. He was one of the last people to be able to do that. He'll be living in luxury now! Please note the sarcasm in that statement!
Well, I've got to run off to my girls basketball practice. Our first game is tomorrow. It's probably going to be a VERY interesting game!

Thursday, January 05, 2006

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Wow - it's been almost a week since I made my last post. I've been pretty busy! The 2 previous weeks I was working in my section and also covering ID cards every afternoon so the guy that works in there could take some leave while his wife was home. This week I've actually had a fair amount of work to do in my own office which is unusual.

This picture isn't the cutest of me but a friend just sent it to me so I thought I'd throw it on here. It was taken at the 4-27 Spouses' December coffee. It's Stacie, Ginalyn, me, and Sarah.

Youth basketball is just about in full swing. We've had a few practices and our first game is this Saturday. These girls seem to push my buttons a lot more than the team from last year. I could barely talk by the end of practice last night!

I just wanted to do a quick post, but I plan to do another one tomorrow!