So, I was on my friend Kelly's blog who mentioned her friend Becca's blog about a giveway on her (Becca) blog. Anyway, it's for these mad cute crests that would be great for yourself or as a gift.

Anyway, head to Becca's blog for a chance to enter and too see how adorable these crests are!



I find that the older I get, the more need I have for lists. I used to rely on this lil' old noggin to do the jobby job for me...but that is NO LONGER the case. If you've had a recent conversation with me, you'd find the violent subject changes are worse than ever.

Somehow I need to figure out what's a good schedule and how I can add more hours to the day...any suggestions? Ideally, more hours would be preferable during sleepy time hours since 1) I'm a night person and 2) the house is nice and QUIET. ;o)

So, the need is to balance (and in no particular order): studying for the GRE which is less than 4 weeks away, grad apps, homeschooling the K-ster, getting the house ready to rent, getting the house AND fam ready to move next month, holiday preps (gifts & maybe cards this year...we've taken a few years hiatus), and yeaaaaaaaaaaaaah.

I'd like to fit in some workouts here and there...and wanted to use my all-time fave workout DVD: Workout: One-on-One Training with Jackie Warner. Seriously...20 minutes, sweaty, sore...good stuf. Even the Hubs gets sweaty and thinks its tough. If you know the know that man is in good shape and doesn't look like he'd tire easily. Too bad the Hubs left the DVD in Mom's DVD player in MARYLAND!! Hahahahaha. Anyhoo...this DVD is great if you don't have much time in your schedule and/or can't leave the house and/or too embarassed to go to the gym and/or just believe every word I'm saying. ;o) The only downside to it...not enough adequate stretching. There are no glute stretches for the lower body workout and it is very glute-intensive.

Anyhoo...atrophy of the brain and muscles...good stuff. See how I've deviated from my topic? Hahahaha...alrighty...back to the grind.


Can I?

May I take a moment to freak out? I don't know if I can do this. I am racked with self-doubt and just plain stress. I just realized that my GRE scores expired last year and if I want to apply to grad school should we get stationed in DC, then the time to do it is now. HOWEVER, the ONLY Saturday date is in less than 2 weeks and I am ruuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuusty. Imagine how your brain cells would be if your main conversation partners are less than 6 years old. Yup.

Do I have time for this? Right now, I should be getting ready for this upcoming move (next month), cleaning the house, doing repairs, homeschooling Kaia, preparing my apps for grad school, interviewing realtors/property managers, updating my very outdated resume, etc.....and now studying for the freaking GRE which changed formats AGAIN (the last time they changed, I took 'em shortly afterwards. This all in addition to the usual taking and caring for the kids/family.

Am I freaking out? You betcha. Can I do this? I dunno.

Did I mention all this occurs BEFORE the end of November?



Tagged my wacky friend and fellow wardroom wife Kelly has tagged me in this fun little game. Thanks, Kelly...;o) I'll entertain her and play since I need a break from transcribing an old term paper from grad school that I apparently did not SAVE onto my hard drive. Nice.

First, here are the rules of the game:
1. Link to the person that tagged you. DONE
2. Mention the rules. DOING
3. Tell six quirky yet boring, unspectacular details about yourself. ABOUT TO.
4. Tag six other bloggers by linking to them.
5. Go to each person's blog and leave them a comment so they know they've been tagged.

My 6 Boring facts:

1. Food is my passion. I love cooking and eating just about the same. It's probably why I have a separate food blog. My appetite is quite huge as I have been ask which of my stomachs I store different courses in. It's also an expensive addiction, since besides eating out (which has definitely been curbed since we've been down here), I have WAY TOO MANY kitchen gadgets. Could I use more? You're damn right I could!! ;o)

2. I am very loyal and protective...kinda like Jax, my German Shepherd. ;o)

3. I used to be pretty athletic. Back in the day, at school, the gym teachers would sometimes separate the kids into groups on athletic ability. Two other girls and I usually were placed with the boys. Now...I rely on my jock BFF Hilary to explain sports stuff to me and live vicariously through others who get exercise. ;o) Oh yeah, did I mention I was getting certified to be a personal trainer in college?

4. I never wanted to be a stay-at-home parent and now realize that I am very, VERY blessed to have this job. Going to grad school and having an assistantship while pregos and when Kaia was 1 was hard...but almost like vacation when I was there. Weird, huh? Probably not too much of a vacay since I started having contractions 5 months into the pregnancy and had a common cold for 12 weeks. Hehehehe. Anyway, from working as a manager in Abercrombie & Sephora to Director of Programs at a nat'l civil rights group to being a mom...dirty diapers, fights, and teaching my kids about life absolutely does not compare. I won't lie though...I sometimes miss working outside the home as well as the extra income!!

5. Stupidity really irks me. I know people can't help it, but I really get annoyed with stupidity. It ain't cute either.

6. I have an uncanny ability of remembering odd facts about things/people.

I'm tagging (and apologize to):

Neel (after the wedding & honeymoon, of course!)
Neha and/or Kart


Argh....I think.

So, we might be going up to DC for our follow-on tour. Fabulous, right? Why am I not so happy? Oh yeah...because now we have to worry about tenants for TWO HOUSES instead of just one. This one-income is starting to hurt too just thinking about it. I would also love to go to grad school...both as self-fulfillment and DEFINITELY as a backup for our fam. But, then again, it'd be like I was out to sea for 2 years while we're in DC and a lot harder on the fam too. At least we have lots of help up there, but we're also not good about asking for it.

Anyway....babble, babble, babble. Anyone interested in renting a beautiful 4BD/3BA house in a gated, golf community in Fernandina Beach, FL? Did I mention we'll be up in Norfolk (for ~6 mos.) before we head up to DC?? Yeah...oh, and we're SO not even close to getting started on our move/getting-our-house-rented process down here. Yup...SCREWED, I tell ya.

With that...I'm going to take my weekly shower. ;o)