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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 Thursday Thirteens- 11th Edition

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Winter is nature’s way of saying, “Up yours.”
~Robert Byrne


It’s time for the Thursday Thirteen again. If you have a Thursday Thirteen of your own, leave your website in the comments section and I’ll try my darndest to visit it 🙂

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Thirteen Reasons Why I’m Tired of Winter

 

  1. The Great Lakes are wonderful… during the summer. In the winter, they produce something called lake-effect snow. It’ll snow even without a storm and even with barely (if any) cloud cover.
  2. A Lake Effect Snow Warning and Blowing Snow Warning coupled together= tons of snow that you can’t see.
  3. When the windchill goes into the negative numbers (-35F here was the worst so far this winter), your eyes water from the pain and your tears freeze to your face. I won’t even mention what happens if you have a runny nose.
  4. Leash walking an injured dog in said weather for 6 weeks, at least 4 times a day is no fun.
  5. I don’t mind driving in the snow/ice… it’s the other stupid drivers on the road that scare me.Photo taken by Jenny Rollo
  6. One day of 40 degree rainy weather on top of the 10 inches of fallen snow, followed by freezing rain and then another layer of snow is not my idea of a good time.
  7. Trying to walk in heels across the employee parking lot (or even my driveway!) after the above weather pattern produces an ugly array of bruises.
  8. Did I mention how much I hate the cold weather?
  9. I hate having to choose between sitting in my car for 20 minutes to let it warm up or letting it warm up while I’m getting ready and taking a chance of having some young punk jump in it and drive away. One way or another, it has to warm up otherwise it could hurt the engine.
  10. In subzero temperatures, you shouldn’t let the gas tank get below 1/2 full. It feels like I’m filling up every other day.
  11. I hate having to get dressed up like a Christmas turkey just to go get the mail. Shirt, sweater, hat, gloves, scarf, boots and finally a coat to walk the 30 seconds it takes to get the mail. It takes longer to dress and undress than it does to walk there!
  12. Speaking of getting dressed up… everything takes longer to do because of it. Add 5 minutes per dog to dress them up in their coats (greyhounds have to have them in this weather) and another 5 minutes for yourself every time you want to go anywhere. It takes a planning list just to jump in the car to get some milk.
  13. Did I mention how much I hate the cold? My fingers are perpetually purple from October to May.