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The One About My Interview

Friday, January 16, 2009

The time to relax is when you don’t have time for it.
~Jim Goodwin and Sydney J. Harris

I really need to get back in the game. While I haven’t been posting much, I have been keeping up with everyone else’s blogs (thanks to Google RSS Reader!). So when Ivanhoe at From Ohio With Love asked her readers who wants to get interviewed, I thought it would be a good way to try to jump back into the swing of things. Thanks Ivanhoe!

Here we go! Ivanhoe is asking and I’m answering.

1. What have you been up to these last couple of months while neglecting blogging?

Yeah, I have been kinda neglecting it, haven’t I?  Well, I’ve been busy putting together my package to become a Direct Commissioned Officer (DCO) in the United States Navy Reserve.  More specifically, I’m putting in to become a Public Affairs Officer (PAO). It’s highly selective and usually 1-4 people are selected each year from a group of 2,400 (or so I was told by my recruiter). This year, however, they are selecting 19-24… so odds are 10x better… but they are still a 1 in 240 chance!

Anyway, it’s a long process with lots of paperwork, photos (to make sure I’d look good on camera) and the like. I also had to do interviews. Interviews with current/retired PAOs are the best and with as high-ranking as you can is even better.  I managed to get three interviews (only one was set up by my recruiter) with three PAO Captains. In fact, I was able to score–by myself–an interview with a Captain at the Pentagon. And yes, I flew to D.C. and actually interviewed at the Pentagon.

I’m also trying to lose about 10 pounds before I get weighed in (if I’m selected) and trying to do better physically. See… I can do a total of ONE military-style, proper push-up in two minutes. I need to be able to do at LEAST 15 but 19 would be better. I have to do AT LEAST 47 sit-ups, but 54 would be better.  And here’s the kicker: I have to run a 1.5 mile in less than 15:45… but 14:53 would be better.  I’m not a runner. Even when I was in the best shape of my life with about 7% body fat, I couldn’t run more than 1/2 mile without walking. Running will be the death of me.

So I’ve joined my gym’s “body boot camp” and it’s killing me… in the first week. Heck, we had to run/walk a 5K on Tuesday and I’m still feeling it. I don’t think I’ve ever done anything more than a 1.5 mile run EVER. And it took me 49:36 to complete… definitely needs improvement!

2. Can you give us an update on your three awesome dogs?

Dogs are fine. They are HATING the cold. This morning, we finally found a temperature that ensures Mr. Skah of-the-fuzzy-butt returns inside immediately after doing his duties outside.  That temperature would be -5 with a windchill of -25.  At that temperature, the fuzzy, fluffy puppy ceases to play “catch me if you can,” “I can run faster than you” and the most favored game of all: “I’m not coming in and you can’t make me.” It is at that temperature that we the humans don’t even have to go outside and encourage him in… he runs to the door himself.

Speaking of the fuzzy Great Pyrenees puppy, Skah will be turning ONE YEAR OLD next Wednesday. One year! I can’t believe it. He was 92 pounds back on Thanksgiving when we found out he was deaf (see previous post for that info) but two months later, I’m thinking he’s around 105 or so. We’ll get him weighed on his birthday to see.

Chase and Lulu, the Greyhounds, are hating the cold, too. Lulu is my snow puppy but the last few days of negative temperatures have made BOTH of the Greys hesitate to go outside and painfully limp back to the house immediately after doing what they need to do. The snow is so cold out there that it’s physically painful for them to walk on.

3. What book did you read recently and what it was about?

The most recent book was “Amazing Gracie.” It was written by one of the guys who founded Three Dog Bakery and was about the Great Dane puppy they got… who was deaf. It was because of this deaf puppy’s unique food preferences that they started the bakery. I got the book and read it when I was still trying to find more information about living with a deaf dog.  It’s a great read, though, even if you don’t have a deaf dog.

4. If you won a round-trip ticket to anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?

Um, right now… anywhere warm. I’d love to take a vacation to a sunny, beachy place. Of course, I’d love to go somewhere where there was some great history and I could tour the area (a WARM area, of course). What’s warm right now? Is southern Spain warm? Really, anywhere where I’ll finally get the feeling back in my feet and my fingernails won’t be perpetutally purple.

5. What is the first thing you do when you come home from work?

The first thing I do is take the dogs outside. They haven’t peed in 8 hours, so they need to go! Then I generally sit on the couch and love on them and calm them down since they act like I’ve been gone an eternity.
Now if you’d like to be interviewed:

1. Leave me a comment saying, “Interview me.”

2. I will respond by emailing you five questions. (I get to pick the questions).

3. You will update your blog with the answers to the questions.

4. You will include this explanation and an offer to interview others in the same post.

5. When others comment asking to be interviewed, you will ask them five questions.

Easy, eh?  Get to it!

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The One About Veteran’s Day

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

It is easy to take liberty for granted, when you have never had it taken from you.
~Dick Cheney

Today is the day to honor those who have served–and those who continue to serve–our country so that we may live in freedom.  If you see a veteran today, thank them. And thank you to all those families out there who support their veterans.

Happy Veteran’s Day. And thank you for your service, sacrifice and committment.

salute

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Friday Fill-ins: 2nd Edition

Friday, September 26, 2008

Never do anything that you wouldn’t want to explain to the paramedics.
~Author Unknown

It’s time for…  Friday Fill-ins!

  1. Changing leaves and starting to get in shape are some of the things I’m most looking forward to in October.
  2. Sometimes I drink soda or lemonade straight from the container and put it back.
  3. I never thought the military would be for me but now I’m considering joining the Air Force Reserves or Navy Reserves and that’s why there’s the saying, “Never say never.”
  4. When I’m down I like to lay in bed and read a book with one, two or all three of my dogs cuddling with me… and sometimes one or two cats!
  5. At work or doing things around my house is where you’ll find me most often.
  6. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to going to bed early, tomorrow my plans include having to work for a few hours to do a newspaper interview and Sunday, I want to start my exercise routine.
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The One About Plans to Update the House

Friday, October 12, 2007

Leisure only means a chance to do other jobs that demand attention. 
~Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

I’m so ready for the weekend, as I’m sure most of you are.  It just seems that I have soooo much to do besides work that I’ll never get it all done.

Good news is that I have been approved to get my home equity loan away from a big-name bank to a local credit union (not that I really was worried since I have a high credit score).  Big-name bank screwed me out of approximately $900 in July/August.  So even though I’ve been at that bank since I was 19 and even worked there for two years (!), I’m taking every single thing I have away from them: checking account, savings account, home equity loan, credit card and car loan. 

It won’t make a difference to them because I’m small potatoes… um, even smaller than small potatoes… I’m a single pea within a single pod in a vast field of pea pods.  But it makes a difference to me because they will no longer make any money off me.

And with the home equity loan, I decided to take out a couple thousand more so that I could do some much-needed updates on my house.  My refrigerator’s freezer doesn’t keep things frozen and the fridge part doesn’t cool evenly—some stuff is cool and some stuff is frozen.  So I’m getting a new one.

Also on my list are these possibilities:

  • New wall oven to replace mine that probably was built with the house in 1963.  It can’t even hold a regular-sized cookie sheets in it.
  • New vinyl floor for the family room and possibly into the kitchen.  This needs to be done ASAP because the people who had the house before me put WHITE pseudo-berber carpet in.  Yeah, the family room is where my dogs come in from the backyard.  With their muddy paws.  All eight paws.
  • Add another 6 inches of insulation in my attic.  I need this because I only have 6 inches in it and 12 inches are recommended.  This won’t cost much.hammer
  • Having B build me some extra cabinets that go over the refrigerator and replacing my curio with floor-to-ceiling cabinets.  I really would like more cupboard space and a place to put my mops and vacuum.

My list of stuff that I want to get done in the next year or so is:

  • Landscaping in the front yard.
  • Tearing up the rest of the carpet in my house (my bedroom, hallway and livingroom) and sanding and re-staining the gorgeous hardwood floors I know lurk beneath.
  • Taking the kitchen cupboard doors off and sanding them then adding molding to them and re-staining them to make them look newer and more modern.  Of course, this will happen sooner if I decide to go with B building more cabinets in the kitchen.
  • Help B with building a deck off my family room’s sliding glass door to the backyard.  It’s a perfect place for one.

And of course the one thing I really, really want to get done that doesn’t cost anything but time: throw away (give what I can to charity) a bunch of crap I don’t need in my house.  Downsize, downsize, downsize!

All this is, of course, in preparation of:

A. Loving my house even more and
B. Getting my house to look it’s best and to add value if I move with B when he leaves in a year and a half.

Normally I’d hate the thought of moving again, but hey! If I move with B, the Navy will move every last thing for us!  That’s the way to move, I tell ya!

So if you have a house, what are your plans for updating it?  If you don’t have plans or don’t have a house, what are your plans for the winter?

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The One About Annie

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Leapin’ Lizards! Just look at this joint!
~Annie, from the musical Annie

So I was given free tickets to the musical Annie by my boss. We sometimes get things like that from the people weStage curtain advertise with. So I drug B nearly kicking and screaming to it.

But it was really good. At least I thought so. The kids in it were wonderful and everyone completely sounded like the 1999 musical movie of it—which actually surprised me because I expected them to have their own sound, ya know?

Anyway, I really enjoyed it. B is getting back at me by taking me to Cats next month. He was a band geek in high school and played a set from the musical and wants to hear what it “is really supposed to sound like.” Fine with me.

In other news, B just took me for lunch to my favorite restaurant, R. Stanley’s (awesome BBQ pulled pork sandwich in bourbon BBQ sauce and delectable desserts the likes of which most people haven’t seen). I saw him in his dress blues… which I haven’t seen before since they changed over to them from their summer whites on October 1. All I can say is YUMMY! I’m so lucky to have a guy like him *blush*

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The One About B’s Accident

Friday, September 21, 2007

Some days, even my lucky rocketship underpants won’t even help.
~Calvin and Hobbes

So last night I went from work to get my hair cut and from there to a party store to get balloons and streamers and stuff for Jamer’s 30th birthday, which is tomorrow (ha ha… had to say it, Jamers!). Then I went home to bake a double layer cake for her.

Just as I was about to put the cake in the oven, B called to tell me he was on his way over to do his homework (his Internet isn’t working) and to store the antique sewing machine he found at a second hand shop in my basement (he’ll be selling it on Ebay later).

Ten minutes later, the cake is in the oven and I’m in the other room and barely hear the phone ring. Good thing I did. I saw that it was B calling and picked up the phone teasing him about calling me again so soon.

“Babe, a deer just hit me and its antlers hit me in the head… I need you to get here now,” was what IWhite-tail deer heard. His voice scared me shitless and I started imagining his face with blood pouring out of it from gashes where the antlers had struck. He was kinda out of it and I had to ask several times where he was just to get it out of him. He wasn’t very coherent at all. My big, strong 6’5″ Navy man sounded like a lost little boy and I knew I had to get to him ASAP.

Luckily I was able to process thoughts and turned off the oven where the cakes still had 30 minutes left to bake. I gated the dogs in the livingroom, grabbed my keys and my phone and threw some shoes on sans socks. Actually, I was in yoga pants (sans undies!) and a t-shirt… luckily it was still 75 or so out.

As I was driving there, I heard an ambulance in the distance (which is kinda freaky because as I’m typing this, I hear and see some driving by going to the same area… he was about 1/2 a mile from where I work). I ended up getting there after the police and firetrucks but before the ambulance.

I saw him up and moving around, so that was a good sign. I parked in a parking lot across the street and ran across the road (yeah, jaywalking in front of cops, but I didn’t care at that point). He sounded a lot better but looked quite shaken up… and there was no blood! Just some swelling beginning around his eye.

It turns out that what most likely happened is the deer hit the side and somehow kicked (or something) the driver’s side mirror, which broke loose and flew through his open window and hit him in the temple/eye region.

Accident report stuff ensued and the paramedics checked him out. He said he felt fine but would leave it up to them if he needed to go to the hospital. They ended up deciding that if he felt worse, he could go to the ER later.

And that’s just what we did.

He was able to drive his truck to my house (though the driver’s window wouldn’t go all the way up). We put a pack of vegetables on it and thought he’d settle in for the night.

Around 10:30 (the accident happened at 8:30), he started feeling a bit dizzy if he stood up too quickly or turned his head too quickly. He also said that his whole body felt “heavy” like if you were to wake from a deep sleep and feel like you are in a fog. His pupils were also veerrry tiny and fixed. Yeah, it was time for the ER.

Of course, it was a crazy night at the ER so it was a while before we were seen (something like an hour and a half). Too bad we didn’t go to the other hospital because if they don’t see you in 20 minutes, at least you get a $20 check! Oh well.

So after waiting and waiting, we were taken back to a bed. After waiting some more and being seen by a nurse and thenCAT scan after waiting some more, the doctor showed up. Of course, he ordered a CAT scan, so there was more waiting until that happened. And then more waiting to see the result of the scan.

Luckily, he just ended up having some contusions and swelling. We just have to watch for him getting worse or getting physically ill.

So yeah, we are extremely lucky that he was in his big truck rather than on his motorcycle.

And as for the cake? Well, I just turned the oven back on after we got back from the accident (and before the ER visit). It looks okay although the first layer of the double layer cake didn’t come out cleanly. But since it’s a double layer cake, it’s frosted so hopefully everyone will be none the wiser.

Hopefully it’ll taste good even though it didn’t raise like it should. I’ve never had it before, but it sounds yummy… it’s a caramel cake with caramel whipped frosting… mmmmm!