Sunday, September 26, 2010

Moving, Moving, and a Little More Moving

I know that it's been a while since I put a new post on here, so I decided that now was as good of a time as any!

So Chris and I got a house on base, which is why we decided that I would move back to North Carolina earlier. This will give me more than enough time to get everything settled before Chris comes home; that way when he finally gets home we will be able to just relax and spend some quality time with each other before our bouncing baby boy comes! I had planned on making my trip cross-country, from Oklahoma to North Carolina, a 3-day excursion. With me being in my 5th month of pregnancy, traveling with a car crammed with anything and everything that I could manage to squeeze in there, AND traveling with 2 dogs. The first day I ended up driving about 10 hours and stopped for the night in Jackson, TN (just east of Memphis), order some Jason's Deli, which by the way is absolutely amazing, and got some much needed shut eye. I woke up bright and early the next morning, got my bags and the dogs loaded in the car and we hit the open road. Now, if you haven't had the pleasure of driving I-40 across the entire state of Tennessee, let me tell you this, you are not missing anything. Absolutely gorgeous drive, but the same thing over and over again...trees, rest stop, city, trees, rest stop, city, and on and on again. I had planned on stopping in Asheville, NC for the night, but I ended up making wonderful time from Jackson to Asheville and ended up getting there around 3pm. Now, a hotel room had already been booked and paid for in Asheville, but I decided that I would rather spend another 5 hours on the road that day, then have to drive again the next. So that's exactly what I did; I kept on driving until I got to my final destination, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base. Now anybody that knows me knows that I'm not the biggest fan of this all. I'm 24 hours from my family, 18 hours from Chris' family, there is absolutely nothing to do here, and most people here have absolutely NO idea what "southern hospitality" is. But at that moment, I was the happiest woman in the world to be able to walk into a house that I could call home. A home that was FINALLY just for  me, Chris, and now our little Easton (well, and the dogs too). I walked into our new house, completely exhausted and immediately started to cry, but don't worry, they were tears of joy, with a side of exhaustion. Before I had gone to the house, I stopped by our storage unit to pick up some blankets and the air mattress, so I wouldn't have to sleep on the ground. So I take the dogs out to use the bathroom, unload most of the car, and go to blow up the air mattress. The only problem with this was that there was no air pump...anywhere. So at almost midnight, I trucked my pregnant self to Wal-Mart to get an air pump and something for breakfast in the morning. I got home, aired up the mattress and immediately fell asleep.

Here we are, a little over a week later and there are things hanging on the walls, the bed is put together and currently in use by myself, a miniature schnauzer, a pomeranian, and an amazing Boppy Full Body Pillow. (Sidenote: To all future mothers...get one of these. Once you start getting bigger, they are truely a God-send!!!) Slowly, but surely, the house is coming together. I'm trying not to just hurry and get everything done at once, because then what the hell am I going to do with the rest of my time. I have been introduced to LOST, and I'm officially addicted. I spend hours upon hours watching this stupid show, even though I have been warned that I am going to absolutely despise the series finale, but for some reason, I still watch on! I'm also making my way through all of Tori Spelling and Jenny McCarthy's book, and I must say, that are incredible!!! Read them, read them, read them!!! You will literally laugh out loud at some of the things those girls say. They are absolutely hilarious, but at the same time, incredibly eye-opening. On top of all of that, I currently have my DVR recording approximately 20 tv series. I wish I was exaggerating, but I am being 150% serious.  It's too hot and I'm too lazy to do anything else. 

As usual, there really is no point to this post, but you're the one reading it! :-)

Stay Sassy and Classy!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

A Little Sassy Update

I know it's been a while since I updated my blog, so I figured that right now was a wonderful time! I've been a busy little bee for the past few days. So let's start from the beginning...

Monday, 13 September 2010:

I read an article in the local newspaper about a soldier from Duncan who was KIA (killed in action), while deployed in Afghanistan. Since the funeral was going to be in Duncan, the Army flew his body to Ft. Sill in Lawton. The Patriot Guard, along with police officers, escorted SSgt. Adkinson to Duncan, but they made a brief stop at the nursing home where his grandmother, who raised him, stays so she could say her last goodbyes to her grandson. The county sheriff's department got wind that a "church" from Kansas that goes to soldier's funerals and protests were planning on showing up to SSgt. Adkinson's funeral. The family requested the services of The Patriot Guard to assist the police. The police asked anybody and everybody that could, to show up before the funeral and line the road outside of the church to show their support. So my cousin Savannah and I make signs for our cars and wrote on our windows and lined the road. Thankfully the "church" never showed up. It was one of the most inspirational and humbling experiences of my life to see all of these people, most of which didn't even know the fallen soldier, there to show their respects to his service and the service of our men and women in uniform everywhere.
While we were lining the road I got a call from the Housing office at the base where Chris and I live. WE GOT A HOUSE!!!! YAY!!!! We got everything taken care of that day, the only thing was, I had to be back in North Carolina by 30 September!!! That's only 17 days!!! AHHHHH!!! Some major talking needed to be done with my Mom and my wonderful hubby...

Tuesday, 14 September 2010:

Finally got all of the details figured out and we all decided that the best choice would be for me to fit everything I could in my car and get myself and the doggies to North Carolina as soon as in Thursday! So I spent literally ALL day on the phone; setting up for cable and internet installation, stuff for insurance, stuff for the cars, stuff for my doctor...EVERYTHING. So I spent all day on the phone and all night packing my stuff and loading up the car. Needless to say, it was a LONG day!

Wednesday, 15 September 2010:

Wednesday was spent tying up any loose ends, finishing packing, and saying those bittersweet goodbyes to my amazing family. I ended up driving to my mom and future step-dad's house to spend the evening with them before leaving the next morning. 

Thursday, 16 September 2010:

Today I began my 3-day road trip to North Carolina!! The dogs and I made the 9 hour trek to Jackson, TN. We got a wonderful hotel room here (thank you Mommy) and enjoyed an amazing delivery dinner from Jason's Deli. Sidenote: I have NEVER eaten Jason's Deli before...O.M.G. It was incredible!!! So here I sit, almost 1am, completely exhausted, and of course I can't sleep. 

There was absolutely no point to this post what-so-ever, except to try and tire me out...I think it might be working... 

Monday, September 6, 2010

Oh TriCare...Why Must You Irritate Me So?!

Thursday night I began to get a little bit of a sore throat, which is VERY common for me this time of year. 9 times out of 10 it's either strep throat or a sinus infection. I have HUGE tonsils! I'm talking these suckers should have been taken out as soon as I was born! MASSIVE! So I get myself a mirror, stick out my tongue and say "AHHHH" and just as I thought there was a huge white spot on my left tonsil. Knowing my history, I hop onto the internet to do the online check in for UrgentMed for the next morning. As the night goes on my sore throat gradually gets worse. UrgentMed calls me at 8:15am to inform me that they are ready to see me. So I brush my teeth really quick, throw my hair up and drive to the doctor's office. I get there and they go through their usual insurance speech, so I hand them my TriCare card and my military id. The receptionist looks at the cards, looks at me and asks "Is this for active or non-active duty?" I let her know that my husband is active duty and she responds with, "Oh I'm sorry honey. We can't accept active duty TriCare." When I ask her why, she informs me that they are not allowed to since Ft. Sill is so close. She goes on to tell me that I can either go to Ft. Sill or I can go to the ER. First of all, I'm NOT going to Ft. Sill because A). I have NO idea where the clinic is there and B). Lawton scares the ever-loving crap out of me. Secondly, there is no way that I am going to the ER for A SORE THROAT!! I mean, let's be honest people...that's not only a complete waste of my time, but I would sit there for hours upon hours because we all know I'm not going to die from a sore throat. I leave UrgentMed frustrated and on the verge of tears because I'm starving but can't swallow, so I do what any pregnant woman would do, I call my Mom. My Mom is seriously my rock. I have NO idea what I would do without her! So she tells me to just call my Ob and see if they would be able to do anything for me. Why didn't I think of that in the first place?! DUH!! So I call my doctors office and leave her nurse a message. She immediately calls me back and tells me to come in so they can swab me for strep. I get to her office, get right into a room and immediately get swabbed for strep. By the way, if you live in Duncan, Oklahoma and need an Ob, Dr. Stacie Elfrink at Duncan Medical Associates is the GREATEST doctor EVER!!! Anyway, the test came back negative and we decided it was my allergies and sinuses, so I got some Z-Pack, Suddafed and Robitussin and besides the annoying cough, I'm good as new!!!

The point of the grateful as I am for the benefits that the military provides for my family, they REALLY make it hard to love them!!!