Sunday, February 27, 2011

Blue and Gold

Yesterday was our Pack's Blue and Gold - which is the big to-do at the end of the year when the boys earn their rank.  We always try to do it up right with Order of the Arrow (OA) Dancers and good food.

So, I thought I'd share a few pictures of my boy earning his Webelos rank.





And here is the whole pack




And here are the parents!







I'm proud of all the scouts for working so hard!

Until next time ~ Kris

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Postcards from the Effinghamptons

It's Tuesday which means it's time for Postcards from the Effinghamptons hosted by Jill over at Hagler Happenings.

Here are my postcards for the week.  As usual the whole college thing blows my mind!  Maybe sooner or later I'll figure out how to let the idiocy go.



And one more -



There you have it.  Link up and go visit Jill and see what everyone else is venting about!

Until next time ~ Kris

Monday, February 21, 2011

I Miss My Bed

For about two weeks I've been sleeping on the couch.  Not because we are fighting (yeah, I wouldn't sleep on the couch even if that was the case!), but because of the torturous illness that's been flinging around our house.

It started with Zach being sick, and I wanted to be close to him in case he needed me in the middle of the night.  Actually, during those times he slept on the couch and I slept in the recliner.  Wow, that makes for a long week!

Then I got sick.  Getting Erik sick is not an option, so I'm relegated to the couch.  Or the recliner.  Or anywhere I happen to fall asleep.

I can't wait until it's all over with so I can sleep in my bed again.

Until next time ~ Kris

Sunday, February 20, 2011

My Misguided Trip to Borders

In our town, it's called Waldenbooks.  It's also the only bookstore in town.  And it's tiny.  Very tiny.  But sometimes they have what you need so I went over there today looking for another non fiction book about prison life.  Yeah, well, not so much.  I guess I will have to go to the 'big city' to find something like that! LOL

What I did find though were some awesome deals on books.  Remember I said they were tiny?  Yeah, well they have to make room for more new books!  That's my opinion anyway.  Plus I'm a Borders Plus member so I get an extra 10% off.

What did I score today?  Wonderful hardcover books for $5.99.  Yep, You read that right!  I did pay full price for one it's the next Big Nate book for Zach.  He's not a huge fan of reading so whenever he finds a series of books he's willing to sit down and read, I don't hesitate!

There is a moral to this story - my husband should never, ever let me go in a bookstore alone!

Until next time ~ Kris

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Saturday with Shel Silverstein

Over on my reading blog the 30 days of Books prompt was favorite poet or collection of poetry.  I chose Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein.

I think people sometimes forget to be young at heart.  Shel was wonderful at writing poems to bring back the fun times.  Well, to me anyway.  So, I thought I'd share a couple of Mr. Silversteins poems with you today.

Anteater
"A genuine anteater,"
the pet store man told me dad
Turned out it was an Aunt Eater
and now my Uncle's mad

Hug O'War
I will not play at tug o' war.
I'd rather play at hug o' war,
Where everyone hugs
Instead of tugs,
Where everyone giggles,
And rolls on the rug
Where everyone kisses,
And everyone grins,
And everyone cuddles,
And everyone wins.


Until next time ~ Kris

Friday, February 18, 2011

MilSpouse Fridays

Time for the MilSpouse Friday Linkies

First up is Mil Spouse weekly round up.  This week it's hosted by Hillary at The Whole FamDamily.  People, if you haven't checked out her blog yet you must!  It's awesome, she's awesome.  Just do it - for realz folks.  I'm still not 100% clear on the directions (sometimes I'm slow) but this is my favorite post for the week - My Dream Place to Live.






The second linky is MilSpouse Friday Fill-In (#30 no less) hosted by Wife of a Sailor.  She asks the questions, you answer. it's fun.  You can learn a lot about your fellow bloggers, which is always uber nice. This weeks questions were all submitted by other MilSpouse Bloggers, which is also uber cool.




1. What is your favorite MilSpouse blog (not including Wife of a Sailor who we all love, or your own)? 
Wow, I don't know if I have a favorite.  I read a lot of blogs, and I didn't even realize most of them were milspouses until after I started reading them.  I can't go a day without reading The Imperfectly Perfect Family of Five.  But that's not because she's a milspouse, it's because she's my bloggy bestie and mentor (surprise!).  I wouldn't know her if it weren't for the AF, so bonus!  Right now, I'm loving Just a Geek Named Jess.  We are both doing this 30 days of books thing, and it's awesome.  But I don't really have a favorite.


2. What are your favorite perks about your spouse being deployed (we all know there are perks)?
Um, wow.  I guess the only perk is I don't have to cook every night.  Zach can live off mac and cheese and chicken nuggets, and I'm good with Ramen Noodles or TV dinners.  When Erik is home he actually expects me to cook (sheesh, can you believe the nerve of some people?!)


3. How long did you date your husband before getting engaged? Married?
We went on our fist date May 25th 1994.  He asked him to marry him on February 14th 1995 and we got married March 23rd 1996.  So that's what, 20 months from first date to wedding?  We would have loved to get married on the 25th of May but my Dad's birthday is the 26th and my sisters is the 27th.  Seemed like overload.  Off the subject - sorry.


4. What do you think your spouse would do if he wasn’t in the military? 
He would be a chef.  Years ago I would have said mechanic, but he loves to cook and he's very good at it.  That's why I don't understand why he wants to eat my slop!  If you had asked five years ago I would have said a mechanic like he does in the AF.


5. If you could talk to the Secretary of Air Force what is one suggestion you would like to bring to their attention in order to improve the lives of military families?  


Please change the way the Youth Center and the CDC charge.  An E-4 married to an E-5 do not make the same as a E-7 married to a E-8 (or any other rank combination you can think of - O's married to O's; E's married to E's, E's married to O's) yet I remember paying as much as they did every week for daycare.  That's why I rarely used base daycare.  Other than that, you know, we have a pretty good life. 





Until next time ~ Kris

Thursday, February 17, 2011

High School Memories

Jill, over at Strawberry Freckles is hosting a high school memory link up.  The link is for a song that reminds you of high school.

Her song was popular waaay after I graduated - but that goes to show - bloggers are not bound by age groups, just the love of the same things.  That's why blogging rocks.  I love her song choice!

Anyway, I had to post the song that reminded me most of high school.  Believe me, there were a plethora to choose from - I graduated in '85 - we had some fantastic one hit wonders during the '80's!  We also had Duran Duran, Blondie, and the Culture Club.  *ahh, memories*

I didn't choose any of those people though.  Picked this one ~



If you've never enjoyed this song - please do so now!

Linkity link link up your fav high school song over at Jills!

Until next time ~ Kris

My Little Man



Today my little man turns 10.

I can't believe how fast the time has gone

It seems like only yesterday he was this big


and now he's this big


Where does the time go?

*sigh*

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Science and School

Remember Zach's Science Project?  Yep, he got a 98 on it!  I'm so proud of him!

Progress reports come out on Friday - I am sincerely hoping he's doing better in ELA.  After all the struggles I had writing my paper I believe I might have to be less demanding in the writing department.  That crap is hard!  Look, I thought I did a shit hot job and only got a 50 on my first draft.

Speaking of English - today I didn't get my final paper back, but I did get my peer reviews back.  I got a 99!  Since first drafts and peer reviews both count for 10% of my grade, I consider myself even again.  At least until I get that paper back!  What this proves - writing is hard - picking apart someones paper is easy.  Kidding, I actually had a hard time picking apart their papers, but you know, you gotta do what you gotta do.  Hopefully Friday we will get our papers back (fingers crossed!).

Math is, well, math.  Absolute value's kicked my butt.  So hard.  For the first time I got below a 80 on a quiz.  I guess that 100 helps even that cause out!  We have a test coming up on the 24th - please let me do better than last time.

Tomorrow I have an appointment with my advisor for Summer and Fall semester.  I think I'm going to take one 5 week class (end of May to end of June) then take July off.  Then I'll start back in August with the 16 week semester again.  Even mom needs a break!  Can you believe it, I'm thinking about taking Math!  I figured why not, I have three more to take, may as well knock them out!

And now for a HUGE favor ~ does anyone know a non fiction, non reference book that depicts prison life?  Actually two.  Our next paper is a comparison between The Shawshank Redemption (movie version) and other sources about prison life.  If anyone has any suggestions I'll take them!


Until next time ~ Kris

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

What's on my Phone?

I was going to include this with the postcard hop but I was running late for school this morning - so lucky you - you get two posts.

I will be nice though - I won't post two weeks of pictures!

Time to play





One of my old (not as in age - but in time knowing her!) friends came to our base for a few days.  I hadn't seen her since 2002!  We went out to dinner.

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My son enjoying some nice weather.  And treating his "plushes" badly.  I think he bought them with his Christmas money, so whatev!

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Messing around with my camera on science night

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One I forgot from last month at our Cub Scout Campfire



And no week would be complete without my nephews

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Click the button and link up y'all!!

Until next time ~ Kris

Post Card Blog Hop

It's Tuesday and time for Postcards from Effinghamptons.  You can get all the info on joining here.

So go to Hagler Happenings and do this thang!  It really is quite therapeutic!

It's been a rough week and sadly, my postcards reflect this


































Hop on over to Jill's blog and check out the other hoppers!


Until next time ~ Kris

Monday, February 14, 2011

Valentines Day

We don't make a big deal out of Valentines Day.  I mean, we'll be married for 15 years next month, so really, I think we got the "I love you beary much" thing down.  Pat.  He is the love of my life, even though we're not all showy and telly about it.

He did ask me to marry him on Valentines Day 1995.  On bended knee, with a ring attached to a rose.  Very special and wonderful.

But every year we go through the "What do you want for Valentines Day?"  Me - "Nothing."  This year he even asked where he could find it and I told him on the corner of Nowhere and Hmm.

We just don't do Valentines Day.

But my husband is a romantic at heart, and it sucks that he fell in love with probably the one girl on earth who doesn't want flowers 'just because' or any of those sweet things.  True story - when we were dating he came down from Belgium to Germany for a weekend and when I came in from work there were flowers.  The first thing I said was "What did you do wrong?"  Yeah, I don't get all the 'flowers are symbol of love' thing.  I'm simple - love me and be faithful, really, what more do you need?

Because my husband is a deep down romantic he still always does 'something' for those weird unnecessary days, like Valentines Day.  Once when he was deployed I came home to a delivery of Tulips (my favorite).  And today when I got home from class, there were cards and chocolate.  One card was from my son, and one from Erik.  Of course - Erik will tell you Zach got me the candy.  It's his 'out'!  You know, "It's not from me - it's from your son."

But I know.  And I'm grateful that he still takes the time to make me feel even more special on an unnecessary day.



Until next time ~ Kris

Sunday, February 13, 2011

My Dream Place to Live

Wow!  Where do I start with this one?  You'd think I could just say "oh I've always wanted to live ____" but I can't.  I'm a Navy brat with no roots, so I don't feel obligated to go someplace.  Which, by the way, is wonderful!  When I joined the AF I started looking at every place we lived as a possible "retirement" place.

I would like to live in Phoenix, AZ.  Not because I adore 120 degree heat (even if it's dry - ahem).  But I do adore my little nieces and nephews (and their mommy's and daddy's who are also my nieces and nephews and sister!!)  I've not met 4 out of the 8 kiddos at all and the last time I saw one was when he was about a week old at my older sisters funeral.  So we'll say 5 out of 8.  Also, I would love to live in AZ when the decide to secede from the USofA.  Don't think it will happen?  I wouldn't doubt if it does!  But if/when it does, I want to be where they are so I can see them without getting a passport and stuff.

Besides, see how beautiful this shot is?  Yeah, I could live there again.




My dream place outside the US is Iceland.  I was lucky enough to be stationed there for a mere three months before they closed the base.  I could learn the language for this view every day:




And for another chance to dip myself into the volcanic springs

Yeah, that's not me!


Ahhh

Until next time ~ Kris

Saturday, February 12, 2011

About Birthday Parties

First, yes, I did change my background.  It's just for the week though, since my baby boy will be 10.  I guess that means he's not my baby boy anymore.  Just my boy.  *sigh*

We've been planning a birthday party.  When we homeschooled we always took his birthday week off and went to DisneyWorld.  Our little vacay during a quiet time of the year.  It was lovely.  But now, well, we have to plan vacations around school, and he's definitely not out of school next week.  So, it's a birthday party.  At our house.

hmmm

That's ok - as long as I can find Twister he'll be happy.  But now it's "who to invite".  My son is a wonderful little man, who chooses his friends very wisely.  Kind of like his mamma and daddy.  I knew he wasn't going to crazy and invite everyone from his class.  He'll tell you bluntly that he doesn't like everyone in his class so he doesn't need them to come to his party.  He does have his small group of friends though, and they did get invites.

When we bought invitations I bought a pack of 8.  I knew that would be enough.  More than enough.  So, his party is limited to 8.  But I found out that's not kosher.  I guess you're supposed to buy two packs or maybe three and invite everyone.  Again, hmmm

Why would you do that?  First of all, why would you want 16+ people (most of them kids) running all around your house?  I always say "God gave me one because He knew what I could handle."  I'm not a huge fan of large groups of people.  Anywhere.  Second, are those actual friends of your kids, or just acquaintances, or kids he 'knows' at school.  Or friends of mom and dad?  Third, is there a need to go broke hosting a birthday party?  Ugh.  Cake, ice cream, and some games.  That's what birthday parties are supposed to be.  Not big huge "we have more money than you" fests.

So, what are we planning for Zach's big 1-0?

Twister (hopefully), musical chairs, and a pinata.  All things he asked to do.  I'm going to try my hand at making some Mario themed cupcakes (since yes, it's a Mario themed party).  Some ice cream.  And that's about it.  Two hours of fun at the Caddick house.  That's it.

Exactly what a birthday party should be


Until next time ~ Kris

Friday, February 11, 2011

The Awesome Week that Wasn't

I had such high expectations for the last five days  
Really High

Monday started off gangbusters
48 out of 50 on my Sociology Test
100 on my math quiz (finally)
Even the disturbing news that Erik would have to extend until Feb 2014 (he signed his GI Bill benefits over to Zach) couldn't disrupt this awesome blossom day

Tuesday started to slide
I had a cool project set up for my Tigers that night
but forgot all the stuff at home (thank God for my GS mom who brought her stuff!  You saved me "back up Miss Kris"!)
I got word that my GI Bill was approved (don't know what I would have done if it wasn't!)
Had so much trouble logging onto Blackboard that I didn't get my math homework until almost 11 pm  trust me, I wasn't doing 70 problems of math at 11 at night

Wednesday was wild (not really but I like alliteration)
Got my first draft paper back - I got 50 out of 100.  WHAT?  Turns out that my formatting was somehow off and I ended up being short three lines - which is an automatic 50.  Cheese and rice.
Math homework missing was ok - a lot of us had trouble with blackboard apparently 
Had an impromptu conference with Zach's teacher over lunch - it didn't go well
This was the day Zach started feeling sick
Wednesday melts into Thursday because I was up most of the night 

Thursday 
After maybe three hours of sleep I went to math (Erik came home and stayed with sicky) because I knew there was a quiz.  I have to take these - they count for 15% of my grade.  Only, no quiz.  Because most of the class didn't turn in the homework (they were still using the blackboard down excuse).  I made a bunch of people not happy because I turned mine in.  I roll like that - it's my grade and my future
A nap after class because I was broke tired
A completely new rewrite of my extremely substandard paper began
A night of four hours of sleep

Fabulous Friday
Really it is! Except I had to miss my favorite class because Erik couldn't be here at 8 AM
Zach's fever finally broke
I made it to my English class and found out I'm not the only one who sucked butt on my paper

So, as the Awesome Week that Wasn't winds down I have a couple things to look forward to:
hopefully the end of the paper from hell
well, it will be the end because it's due on Monday
planning for Zach's birthday party next Saturday
now that Zach's feeling better I can finally take my sleeping pill and sleep ALL NIGHT!

High hopes for next week continue....


Until next time ~ Kris

Thursday, February 10, 2011

When?

When did it become acceptable to send your sick kids to school and get everyone else sick?

My little man got in the car yesterday after school and said "I don't feel good". In the whole five minutes it took us to get home he was running a fever and pale.

Now, rude parents, I'm trying to juggle school and a sick boy. After a rough night I made it to math class (thankfully my dearest was able to come home while I went to class). That's one class I really cannot afford to miss. But tomorrow, well, that's not going be so easy.

I have Sociology at 8 and English at 11. Dearest can only get home for one and I have to choose. I chose English because it's by far the class I struggle the most with. It was a hard decision because I LOVE Sociology. Weird, huh?

To top it off, now my little man is missing school - work that he will have to make up - so when he does get better, he will be unable to enjoy it because he'll be buried under work he missed.

It's common sense people - if your kids are sick keep them home. I'm sure your selfishness has disrupted more than our lives too. Take the time to think beyond your own little world before you decide to give your kid some Tylenol or whatever to reduce their fever and send them to school anyway.


Until next time ~ Kris

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Post Card Blog Hop

Dang - what a bitter disappointment I'm being this week.

First, still no Bubbleology Part 2 and now I'm not doing 'What's on my Phone'. Not that I don't love what's on my phone Tuesdays, or for that matter have some pretty good shots this week. Because believe me - I do! But I'm doing the post card blog hop this Tuesday.

"Why Kris? WHY???"

Well, because I'm not feeling very witty today - and since I already let my wit (and sarcasm) loose on these babies, this is what I'm sharing today.

I may just have to split my Tuesdays - we'll see.

At any rate - this is a post card blog hop. Where you get to vent at people and say things your may not usually say. It's hosted by Jill over at Haler Happenings. So check it out!








Until next time ~ Kris

Monday, February 7, 2011

Meet Me on Monday

 
This cool little link up is hosted by Java at Never Growing Old. She asks the questions.  We answer and get to know some fellow bloggers.  Fun!

This weeks questions:

1.  Did you watch the Superbowl?
2.  What is the last book that you read?
3.  What is your favorite kind of cake?
4.  Do you snore?
5.  Do you play an instrument?

My answers ~

1.  Yes, I did watch the Superbowl.  I didn't want to because Green Bay beat my Bears a couple weeks ago.  But I did want to see the Black Eyed Peas and the commercials.  Ah, at least the commercials didn't disappoint.

2. The last book I read was Breathless by Dean Koontz.  I liked it even though the ending was a little weird.

3. Hmm my favorite kind of cake - I don't think I have a favorite.  Um, if I had to actually pick I would probably say carrot cake with cream cheese frosting.  *yummo*

4.  I do snore.  Loudly.  So loudly that sometimes I wake myself up and I can't go to bed until after Erik has fallen asleep.

5.  I used to play the flute.  I quit in high school.  Recently my son starting learning how to play the recorder in school and I can play that.  Does that count??

Hook up with Java and meet some new people!

Until next time ~ Kris

Sunday, February 6, 2011

My Worst Depolyment Ever

I know, everyone is waiting patiently for "Bubbleology Part 2" - or not.  But it's not today because lameo me still has to download the pictures.  But if you feel you can't wait until I get around to it check back on Tuesday since I did take some pictures with my phone.  Yep, you know how I am.

Today I decided to talk about my worst deployment ever.  Which wasn't when I was deployed (although that stunk), but of course it was one of Erik's deployments.  Erik always deployed a lot more than I did when I was active duty.  Perhaps it was the job, who knows?

And before you think "Is there such a thing as a good deployment?", I want to say no, I don't think there is.  But there are deployments that are higher on the crap-meter than others.

Before we got stationed here in SC we were stationed in Washington State at Fairchild.  No friggin' exaggeration - I saw my husband less than two years of the four we lived there.  He was always deployed.  But none of those were the worst - and those could surely qualify.  Convoy duty, no communication for weeks at time, even me being in the AOR with him.  Yep - you'd think one of those would be it, but nope.

We moved here in July 2006.  July 12th to be exact.  July 16th, I got a phone call from my brother in law that my sister had passed away.  Suddenly.  I was texting her pictures of houses we were looking at earlier that day.  Shocked would be an understatement.  My mom passed just two weeks later.  So, 2006 was a crappy year and if my birthday wasn't in July I would just do June twice and move onto August. 

January 2007 Erik deployed.  Not his first deployment, but his first deployment here.  I was working in an office full of people (with ONE exception) that I couldn't stand (yeah - my boss got angry that I needed to take leave to go to my sisters funeral right after I got here - see who I was working for?) and with no support system in place (which is the worst).  It's hard being active duty married to active duty.  For some reason people don't think of you as a 'spouse'.  That's why good co-workers were so important for me.

I'm not sure when, maybe two or three months into this deployment Zach and I were at a dear longtime friends house.  When we left Zach said "Mom, you're still the best mom even though you yell a lot more than you used to."  And the next thought that came into my mind was "Maybe he'd be better off without me."  Over-reaction?  Maybe.  Real life true thought?  You betcha.

The deployment wasn't different (actually he was in a better place!), and if we had still been at Fairchild I could have walked into my boss and said "I'm in a serious world of hurt.  Can we get Erik back?" and no one would have thought any less of me.  Or him.  But here?  At a new base?  With a boss who was, to put it bluntly, a moronic jack-ass?  No way I was going to ask for help (not even from my friend of almost 20 years because he worked with Erik).  I couldn't risk his career or my career by doing anything at all.  Maybe there would be no risk at all, but who can chance it, really?  I knew I couldn't (or wouldn't).  The person I would have usually talked to (my sister) was gone.  It was a very bad place to be in.

Why am I sharing this?  Because we as military spouses need to know that all those feelings, those bad days, those stupid questions (How do you do it? ), or supposedly 'nice' comments (It could be worse....) are NORMAL.  We all have them, and hear them and sometimes we have really bad ones, but no one's is better or worse than someone else's.  When I reached that point during that deployment I should have been so beyond that.  Should have.  I was basically a deployment pro.  But I wasn't - not that time.  Nobody knew - no one I worked with, none of my friends or family, and especially not my husband.  No spouse should have to feel isolated like that and no spouse should make other spouses feel like they need to keep stuff to themselves.

So all my mispouses - be helpful, not hurtful.  Think before you speak because you never know where that other person really is.  Be there for each other - always.  But most of all, never forget your worse deployment because it will help be better friends to each other.


Until next time ~ Kris

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Bubbleology Part 1

My son has always loved science.  I wish I had the same love of science that he does, but alas, I'm more of a Social Studies kind of mom.  What can you do?

When Zach was in 2nd grade I started homeschooling him.  I was at a loss as of what to do, really I was, but then I happened across a hands on unit called 'Bubbleology'.  Science and bubbles.  OK, I figured I can do this, he loves both those things.

Here are some pictures from that long ago unit study -







Needless to say it was a hit and probably my first actual success as a homeschooler!

But why am I talking about this?  I mean, really, he's in 4th grade now - ya know?  Quit living in the past and stuff.  But it comes full circle (as life tends to do - so bear with me).

This past Thursday was Science Night at Zach's school.  The theme of this science night was, can you guess?  Yep Bubbleology!

I took a ton of pictures (um as usual) but they still need downloaded.  Today I got a message on my FB that said "Zach's in the paper".  So without further ado - my son's first 15 minutes of fame!!

Zachary Caddick, a fourth-grader at Cherryvale Elementary School, prepares to make his bubble volcano even larger Thursday during the school’s Bubble Festival. Cathy Perry, lead science teacher at Cherryvale, said the bubble activities at the different stations were meant to encourage students to explore science and ask questions. She also said second-graders had just finished learning about solids, liquids and gases. Third- and fifth-graders are about to start that unit.

PHOTOS BY JADE ANDERSON / THE ITEM
 



Until next time ~ Kris

Friday, February 4, 2011

MilSpouse Friday Fill-in #29

Wife of a Sailor hosts this MilSpouse linky party and I thought I'd give it a whirl today.


Question 1: Since most of the country has had nasty weather, what has your weather been like this week?


Well, it's been rainy and ranging from the 40's to the 70's.  The day of the big "snowmageddon 2011" this is what my son was doing after school.  It's from my phone so please excuse the quality!


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Question 2: What is/are your best money saving tip(s)?


Hmm I'm not the best at saving money.  We don't live close to anything like Sam's Club or Costco.  I usually just take coupons for the things we need when I go grocery shopping and I always try to use the commissary.

Question 3: What was your favorite vehicle you've ever owned?


Wow, another toughie, because I'm not a vehicle person.  I own them, I drive them, but I'm not all crazy about them - know what I mean?  I would guess it would have to be the 1996 Chevy Cavalier I owned.  It was purple and a 5 speed, which made it fun to drive.

Question 4: What is a question you'd like to see asked on a future fill-in?


Since this is my first fill-in I'm not sure what's been asked before.  I would go with the obvious - where was the best place you've been stationed and why?

Question 5: Fill in the blank - You might be a milspouse if ___


Your civilian friends think you're crazy when you say "Oh, he's only going to be gone six months this time, that's not so bad."

Check out what the other MilSpouses are saying at Wife of a Sailor and if you're a MilSpouse join the fun too!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Embrace the Camera 2/3/11

Woo Hoo!  It's time to





So, without further ado - here is my embrace for the week:

seriously, isn't this the dorkiest set of dorks you've 
ever seen?  We are even wearing the same shirts!

Thanks Andy for the photography skills!

Now, go get your embrace on
And don't forget to link up with Emily
and spread some embrace love
You know you want to
so do it already


Wednesday, February 2, 2011

I finally figured it out

Not "it" per say because I'm not sure what that is
but IT - the reason for my math frustration


So, in honor of my 'lightbulb' moment, I wrote a letter to math professor
Because I'm border-line failing at this point and would hate to piss him off in person!


Dear Mr. Latin-American Math Professor,


I don't hate math.  I don't even really hate you.  Because hate is a strong word and should be used sparingly - and there's a list of things about you that should bother me, but don't.  


Like: the way you say 'sits' when you say 'sets' - I get that.  I know what you're talking about, and I've been places other than SC, so I've heard some accents!  Your accent actually makes the class more interesting.  When I say 'equation' it doesn't have the same ring - for sure.


Like: the fact that you love math; which honestly, I don't get.  At all.  But you like it enough to want to teach it to people who don't get it and will probably never love it.  I respect that.


Like: the fact that you are probably way younger than me.  I'm a late starter, I'm good with that. 


Honestly, there is only one thing about you that bothers the crap out of me.  Why, for the love of all that is good, must you turn every problem on every quiz into a fraction?  Seriously?  I didn't get fractions in grade school, junior high, or high school.  Age has not improved my knowledge of understanding of fractions. 


I don't know if you know this, but I'm on a budget and can't afford to get my hair colored.  Your over use of fractional problems is making it very difficult for me to keep my grey from showing.  


I'm beginning to think you do that because you know I don't get it.  Seriously, it's not me talking during class so please don't pick on me anymore!  Dang - I'm begging here.  


For at least one quiz, do you think you could just leave the fractions out and give me fighting chance at pulling my grade up?


Sincerely,
The old lady in the second row 



Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Two posts in one day?

Um yeah,
but I had to do this one

I found it here at Hagler Happenings and it seems really fun
and a good way to vent

There is even a little button
Which I somehow can't make work
I know how to do it - I'm just having issues at this particular moment

Anywho
Go check it out - it's quite fun to get stuff off your chest!

Here is my postcard for the day:



And I promise - no more posts until tomorrow!


Until next time ~ Kris

What's on Kris' Phone 2.1.11

A month into 2011 already, hmm

and another side note - it seems like my pictures are turning into those little boxes with question marks
can anyone help me figure out what that's all about?

Now, onto


"Hey Kris, what kind of crap is on your phone this week?"
'I'm so glad you asked!'



this is the free book I got for joining a reading challenge this year
kind of awesome that it was free
kind of creepy cover



goldfish that Zach found in the box
he thought it was cool that they were baked together
and no - his finger isn't bruised
he had a run in with a marker at school
his nails could stand to be cut though



Call Grissom
'cuz I want to know what this bug is
they hang out by my garage
and make a loud crunching noise when you step on them



this is on the bathroom mirror at the University
really? We're college students, right?
that's what I thought



This cutie here is not my actual nephew
but he plays one on TV
No he doesn't
he's my friends son
and you'd think he couldn't be any cuter
but he could
if he were wearing a Bears shirt



THIS is my actual nephew
who is almost a month old
already? really?
geez


And there you have it - the crap that is on my phone this week!
Don't forget to link up with Jessica
you can use that brightly colored button at the top
visit some other phone photo addicts
and you know, be an enabler to their addiction
by leaving comments and stuff


Until next time ~ Kris