Friday, February 25, 2011

Military Spouse Friday Fill-in

Another week has passed and it is Friday again. This week kind of got away from me, but I did have a job interview today. Hopefully I will get some good news next week. Since it's Friday It's time for a Friday Fill-in, if you would like to take part in the fun head on over to Wife of a Sailor's blog and check it out.

Aside from no deployments, what is one thing you would want to make the MilSpouse life “perfect”? submitted by Oh How Delightful
I would like to be able to pick our duty stations. That would make it perfect. If I could pick where I was going to live I certainly wouldn't live in this place for another day!

Just how many peppers did Peter Piper pick? submitted by Married into Army
I have no idea...maybe we should ask can find her at the seashore selling her seashells.

If you could have any career in the world with nothing holding you back, what would you do? submitted by It’s My Party and I’ll Cry if I Want To
With nothing holding me back...nothing at all...I would be pastry chef. Or maybe a Princess...I've always wanted to be a princess.

Do you have a service oriented tattoo and if so what is it. If you don’t what would you get? submitted by The Squid’s Accomplice
I do not have a service oriented tattoo and I would never get one! In my opinion, that should be left for those who are actually in the service. I am married to a man who serves, but I do not and I don't let that define my life. I suppose if you really wanted to get a service tattoo that says Marine Wife, or whatever branch you are a part of, that's your call.

Imagine a block of time has opened up in your busy day for you to take a class in anything you like. What subject would you choose?  submitted by To The Nth.
Anything? Maybe a cooking class, or a language class, or a dance class (I have always wanted to learn how to dance, but I'm about as graceful as a bull in a china shop)

Friday, February 18, 2011

Military Spouse Friday Fill-in

It's Friday again, which means it is time for another Friday fill in. If you would like to take part in the fun head on over to Wife of a Sailor's blog and check it out.

What is your favorite MilSpouse blog (not including Wife of a Sailor who we all love, or your own)? submitted by Our Crazy Life
I only read 2 or 3 MilSpouse blogs and I love them all, but I can't say I have a favorite.  

What are your favorite perks about your s/o being deployed (we all know there are perks)? submitted by Ramblings of a Marine Wife
When he is gone if I want to eat a can of corn dinner, I'll eat a can of corn for dinner. I don't have to worry about feeding someone else. My relationships with friends always get a little better when he is away (which shouldn't happen, I know, but it does) because I so much free time. I also get to sleep in the middle of the bed when he is gone! Between the 3 deployments and months upon months of TAD, I am pro at having him gone.  
How long did you date your before getting engaged? Married? submitted by Utterly Chaotic
We dated for a little over a year and a half before we got married, but we were best friends for a long time before that.  

What do you think your would do if s/he wasn’t in the military? submitted by Adventures of M-Square
 Well...he claims when he gets out he wants to get a math degree and be an actuary...super geeky and super boring! We talked about if he had never enlisted in the Marines after high school a few days ago and we are both pretty sure he would be a total loser still living with is parents or working some crappy job just to get by and living in a crummy apartment in our crummy hometown. He didn't have a lot of drive or motivation to leave home until he enlisted.  

If you could talk to the Secretary of (fill in your appropriate branch) what is one suggestion you would like to bring to their attention in order to improve the lives of military families?  submitted by My Life as His (Air Force) Wife

I would like to bring Tricare to their attention. When living on or near a military installation Tricare is fine and I haven't had much trouble getting the care I need. You just have to be responsible for your health care and be your own advocate. However, when assigned to a duty away from a military base, like recruiting duty, you have to use civilian care. Sounds great, I know, but it's not easy. There are very few civilian doctors that accept Tricare, because they don't pay the doctors. The Tricare website gives a list of providers that accept our insurance, but I have to call at least 15 offices before I found someone that takes our insurance. I also find it interesting that I could give birth in a hospital, a birthing center, or with a midwife, but the only way I can get pregnant is by having sex.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Rainbows and Butterflys

I haven't blogged in a while. I started a post about 10 times and then I would delete it. I am just not sure how (or if I want to) say what I want to say. BUT...I have been baking A LOT lately and I have a few pictures to share.

I haven't updated since before Christmas so we will start there. Every year I make like 15 dozen Christmas cookies. This year I made Christmas light cookies (among others).

My in-laws came to town for Chistmas (and Thanksgiving and hubby's birthday!) so I wanted to make a special dessert.

I made this Christmas cake, but I over cooked the cake so it got a little brown on the outside. I filled the inside with chocolate and caramel mousse.

Then I topped it with whipped cream

After Christmas I needed to escape life for a while so I headed in to the kitchen. When I came out I had a German chocolate was AMAZING! (Not to toot my own horn or anything lol)

A few weeks ago I needed some more time in the kitchen, so I made croissants. I love to make croissants! You have to roll and fold the dough just right in order to get the perfect flaky croissant. Look at all the pretty layers!

I made a few Chocolate/hazelnut croissants and a a bunch of plain ones. My oven is broken, so they aren't as brown as the should be, but they taste great!

Last but not Valentine's Day cake:

When life isn't all rainbows butterfly's...cake can be! :)

P.S. I know I messed up the colors, but by the time I noticed it, it was too late!

Friday, February 4, 2011

Military Spouse Friday Fill-in

It's Friday and time for another MilSpouse Friday fill in. Join the fun over at Wife of a Sailors blog.

Since most if the country has had nasty weather, what has your weather been like this week?
Thankfully it hasn't been bad here! It rained on Tuesday, we had some flurries on Wednesday and yesterday was sunny but cold. It was nice to see the sun, but I am SO ready for summer! This is a huge change from being in San Diego and it definitely makes me want to go back!

What is/are your best money saving tip(s)?
HA! I am the last person who should be giving advice on money. If I were to give any advice about money in general it would be to SAY NO to student loans! They will bite you in the ass in the future. To save money we move it to another account where we can't spend it. We also have a written budget that we (try...really hard to) stick to.  

What was your favorite vehicle you’ve ever owned??
My favorite vehicle I have ever owned would have to my first car. It was a 1996 2 door Honda Civic. I got it when I was a junior in high school and I LOVED that car! I had to leave it behind when I moved to California. Since I left that car behind I have driven a '97 Saturn which was junk and I now drive my grand fathers 2000 Mercury Sable. It's brown...and ugly.

What is a question you’d like to see asked in a future fill-in?
 If you could still have your spouse/significant other and your family, but take the military life out of it...would you?

Fill in the blank: You might be a MilSpouse if….

when your car or sink break and you simply grab the tools and fix it. No men required.  OR - when your husband has to go away for week you are happy because a week beats the hell out of another 6-12 month deployment.