Vacation in Wisconsin


Nature Walk

Nature Walk

Here are some photos from our Wisconsin vacation….

The kids and cousins on a nature walk….












As soon as I get the rest of the photos uploaded to the computer, I will add some more…..

We had a great time, even though Wisconsin was freezing while we were there. It may not look like it… but this N’Awlins girl was wearing a hoodie the entire time we were there!


Sorry for the interruption….

I know I have been gone for a while, but its been a whirlwind of activity!

There was the vacation to Wisconsin to visit Mr. O’s family… there was the camping trip because we simply can NOT pass up camping in 100+ degree weather… and there has been the getting ready for the move for my new job!!!!!!

I accepted the position in Phoenix, with a report date of August 6th… so, we have been figuring out how and when we are all going to see each other as well as lookingfor places to live online – which is not as easy as it would seem!

But, everything else is good – money goals are being met and reintegrating is awesome! 


I will be back to post some vacation pictures soon!


By Tuesday  I already had my orders in hand and by Wednesday I already had a welcome email and links to places to stay for an extended period while I find a more permenant residence.

Wow. It has NEVER been that fast in the Army. Ever.

I already have the transportation dates set to come pack up all our stuff. Even the stuff in storage at our last duty station.

I cannot even describe to you how excited I am about this promotion, or what it means for my family’s future – or how it validates my choice to go back to school and get that degree – even if it meant working 5-6 nights a week and hardly getting any sleep. Ever. (Plus having to put up with the BS that goes on in a bar…)

Nor can I tell you the sadness I feel about how it affects my family in the present. Again, we will be separated. But this time, we will be the ones leaving, not Mr. “O”. It is going to be odd.

But then I try to think about having my chaise lounge sofa back and I get all happy again. (of course I am still sad about having to live away from my husband. But it is what it is – it is the choice we made and sitting and wallowing in self pity and sadness isnt’t going to change the fact that what is done is done. We made the best choice we could with the information we have for our family and we need to follow through with it, without all the waterworks.)

Phoenix – we should be on our way!!!!

Friday was a whirlwind.

Right before I left the office, I got a call from the company, offering me a Management position in the Phoenix area.

After discussing the move with Mr. “O” over the weekend, I called them today and accepted the position.

I am very excited about this. It is a HUGE corporate ladder rank jump – and it’s in a CITY! A REAL, LIVE CITY!

Yes, it sucks that I will have to leave Mr. “O” here until he retires… but we are planning for the long term.

This promotion is awesome. I haven’t been able to stop smiling for days now.

YaY ME!!!!!


Army Pharmacies suck

Well, that may be a bold, general statement. I am sure not ALL Army hospital pharmacies suck and the ones that do, certainly can’t suck ALL of the time (like when I got my awesome drugs while in labor with the wee ones) but today, this pharmacy – SUCKED.

I called in my refill for Xanax yesterday. Yes, I waited till I was almost out cause I didn’t want to be flagged in the system for being a dopehead by planning ahead. Anyways, the automated system told me I could pick up my prescription after 2 pm today.

So, at 4:15 I went and got my number, sat down, waited 30 minutes and then went up to the counter when my number was called.

Oh, didn’t you know there was a “glitch” in their system and my refill wouldn’t be ready for another 48 hours?

I explained the fact that THEIR system told me it would be ready and that I can’t really run out of this stuff because you can’t just STOP taking it (could be really bad! And they should know that, since they are the PHARMACY!) but they basically told me there was nothing they could do.

Like they don’t have 489y479789798789782890485897439 pills of Xanax back there were they could fill my damn refill. Customer service. HELLO! Except, they don’t think they have to give customer service, cause it is SOCIALIZED medicine and it SUCKS.

So, I asked how to get my prescription transferred to another pharmacy. They gave me the info I needed and off to Walgreens I went.

After my 45 minute drive to Walgreens (speeding most of the way because I had to get there before 6 pm when the Army pharmacy closed) I walked up to the counter and said, “I just had an awful experience at (insert Army hospital name here). Can you please help me?”

Within 15, yes FIFTEEN, minutes, not only had they called and gotten my prescription transferred over, it was filled and they were paging my name over the speaker. I didn’t even have time to get my on-sale, going-to-be-free-actually-going-to-be-money-maker-cause-they-were-going-to-give-me-3-dollars-in-register-rewards-after-purchase into the cart before they called my name – THAT’S how fast they were.

Yes, I had to pay $3 out of pocket for my meds. But you know what? I think I am going to keep going to Walgreens for every.single.medication. the doc puts me on. All those drugs the Army buys HUGE supplies of to keep the cost down? Whatever! I will pay my $3 and let the Army pay Walgreens $67 for the prescription.

At least at Walgreens they are nice. And helpful. And care about my business because, uh, that’s why they are business.

Unlike this suckfest Army pharamacy.

*note – never had a problem at any of the other pharmacies on this post – just this particular one. And I did already put in an ICE comment – which probably won’t do much. And yes, I am venting. Oops.

** Moral of the story? Socialized medicine, while at times seemingly wonderful, also seemingly sucks. Stupid pharmacy.

Summer lovin’ ~ ~ ~

Having a blast!!!!!

Saturday night we went to the “dueling piano’s” show on post – it was actually pretty good. Much better than I expected it to be and the turnout was much more than we expected as well. Overall it was a great time.

After that, me and the hubby went and met some friends for some drinks across the street from where we live. It was really low-key and I even got to hear the music (well some of it) that I played on the jukebox, which always makes me a happy, happy girl!

Then Sunday morning came. It kinda hurt to get up (drinks) but I had to get to the store to get my coupons before they were all gone! I am so happy that I did, cause just 2 hours later when we went back to the store, all of the major city newspapers were gone (with all the BEST variety of coupons).

So, I clipped and sorted and packaged the ones I won’t use to mail to my cousin who does coupon swaps. In the process of doing this, Mr. “O” comes in, kisses me and says “it’s time to go!”

Not knowing what he meant, I just kinda looked confused.

I guess he was ready to take the boat out on the lake, cause while I was clipping coupons, he had hooked the trailer up to the truck, loaded up an ice chest full of drinks and snacks, had the girls already changed into their bathing suits with sunscreen ALREADY on.

How I missed all of this activity around me, I don’t know. Coupons must be pretty sexy.

At least I didn’t have to deal with any of the prep work. I just changed into my bathing suit and boat clothes, jumped in the truck and went along for the ride! Woot! Best boat day EVER!

Checking in…..

Just checking in really quick…. been busy!!!

Had another interview yesterday – I think it went really well….

We have decided to turn down the job offer…. I will discuss it in more detail later….

My stockpile is growing… amazing!!!!!! 🙂

Husband is being awesome, which is good.

School is happening… 🙂

And… I am about to go dye my hair and go see the dueling piano’s… but I just wanted to check in!

New Job?

Well – it happened!

That interview I had last week? I was offered the job today!

I haven’t accepted it – yet. And now I don’t know if I will.

It’s complicated – but part of the reasoning is although they will pay me what I want, they won’t pay to move me. Moving ourselves is going to be costly. We are working to get OUT of debt, not deeper into it.

Plus, there is the emotional stuff of hubby just getting back, yadda yadda yadda.

I pray that at the end of the day we make the best decision for our family.

Did I mention I had another interview today for a different job, still have an interview Friday for yet another position and just had another position I applied to have the status changed from “applied” to “interview” – which means I would need yet another interview?

Why is it a year ago I couldn’t seem to get an interview to save my life, but just a year later, 4 out of the 5 jobs I have applied to want to interview me and at LEAST one of them (so far) wants to hire me?


It shouldn’t be such a tough decision. But it is.

Why the baby isn’t allowed to do dishes…

The baby (9 years old, BTW) takes dishwashing soap. She puts said dishwashing soap into the dishwasher.








Hear screaming from the kitchen. Bubbles are coming out from the dishwasher. Can’t get the camera faster than Mr. “O” can start trying to get the bubbles out of the dishwasher.

Mr. “O” wants to know why the dishwasher was even started since it wasn’t anywhere near full. Baby says she was just trying to clean for daddy. I almost cried, I was laughing so hard at this point.






Mr. “O” keeps trying to get the bubbles out of the dishwasher…. I put the camera down long enough to grab some suds and blow them in his face and have a bubble suds fight….





And this is why the baby doesn’t do the dishes. She might put dishes into the dishwasher and she might get to put them away – but she doesn’t ever, ever, EVER turn it on. Thank goodness he didn’t have her start a load of laundry.


At least I can never say its boring around here!!!!!







It does get better….

about 30 minutes after my rant, my wonderful husband gave me really big hugs. Lots of them.

No, it doesn’t make everything better. And no, it doesn’t mean that reintegrating is going to just be a breeze from here on out, but it does mean that we both understand that it will take adjusting. (Not just me – whew!)

Reality is, we will still have arguments and silly fights along the way. We will be back into the push-pull of our relationship. Our “defined” roles from before his deployment are no longer the “defined” roles because things have changed while he was away – I *did* do everything at home – to include starting a Master’s program, Zumba and continuing my hobby of scrapbooking.

I started new things to fill in the time I had to fill. I can’t just stop those things just because he came home. Life does goes on, even when they are away – and it is hard for them when they return. As well as for the rest of the family. But I really cannot stop a Masters class in the middle of the class. Unless he wants to pay the $1400 for me to not even pass. (Which I doubt he really does)

It is just going to be an interesting adjustment period.

And I have the Xanax in hand, just in case. 🙂

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