Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Pressing On

Heh. I definitely just had a flashback to listening to Relient K a whole bunch in early high school when I typed out that title.

But that's what I'm doing. Pressing on. I got a job co-teaching a class in Chicago once a week, and I'm currently trying to find a part-time job to occupy me for the rest of the week.

One thing I can say though.. people tend to treat you pretty well when you've got a husband deployed. Since I'm not living by the base, the YMCA offers free memberships to military wives whose husbands are deployed reservists, national guard, OR if the soldier is active and the wife has relocated (like to live with family.. like me!). The point is to give military wives a community during deployment if they are not near the military community.

SO. I got my membership and went to my very first cycling and very first pilates class yesterday. Wow. First of all, the cycling class was really hard. 30 minutes into the 1 hour class, I was really starting to watch the clock a lot. I also gotta make sure that I wear my cushioned bike shorts next time. Dang. You would think they would make those seats a little more comfy. The pilates class was really good too. My abs are pretty sore today.

The other thing that happened is a rock hit my windshield.. and it was just a little mark but it then turned into a 3 foot crack overnight. So I had to get my whole windshield replaced.. and I just had to take my car in recently for engine trouble so I won't even go into details about that. Suffice to say, there must be some rule that as soon as hubby leaves, the cars will all start to break down. But my father-in-law has some connections with an auto body place and called in and mentioned that James is deployed. They installed a new windshield for me for only $100 (compared to over $300 at another place). Basically, they hardly charged me anything for labor. I think I'm going to have to bring those people some cookies or something, because I couldn't believe how nice they were about it.

So I went ahead and made a countdown chain to when I'll see him. His R&R is supposed to be sometime in July. So I made one link per week. It seems really far away, but I keep on telling myself that right now is the worst. We'll only have 4 months left after R&R, so right now is basically the worst part.

My friend Sarah sent me this video today. This is pretty much exactly how I feel. She thinks it might be a break-up song and she is probably right. If it is though, I don't get the part that talks about counting down the hours. What do you think? Is it a break-up song? Or a long-distance relationship song?

Monday, December 19, 2011

Saying Goodbye

Well. I had this whole post written up about how difficult it was to say goodbye on the day that my husband left for Afghanistan. But I decided to wait to post it, because of OPSEC. He's now to his destination safely, but I still have to decided to not post that original thing I wrote. It was pretty long, emo, and no one would have wanted to read it. In short, it was the hardest day of my life to date. The best word I can use to describe how I feel now is surreal. I dreaded it for about 6 years and then it finally happened. Kind of like when you wonder for years what it will be like to be married and then you're standing there with your new husband, having just walked back down the aisle hand-in-hand and you're like Wow, we're married. I'm left here thinking Wow, he's actually deployed now. 

This little comic sums up how the goodbye was:
Right now, a year seems like a really long time.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Race Recap: Seattle Half Marathon

So this is long overdue, but my life has been a bit crazy lately.

Well, I was hoping for a 1:57:30. I felt more prepared for this half than I was for the Chicago Half Marathon in September (1:59:20), so shaving a couple seconds off each mile didn't seem too much to hope for. 

I guess I underestimated the hills. Eek. We have some hills around our apartment, but nothing compared to this course we ran downtown. I was on pace for the first 5 miles or so, but then it started catching up with me. I finished at a 2:02:38. So an average 9:21 per mile, compared to Chicago's 9:06 per mile. Crazy how 15 seconds per mile adds up so much. But considering the hills versus the super-flat Chicago course, I decided I'm not too upset. 

And of course, it rained. The weather was actually not to bad. Around 50 degrees, which is perfect for a race like this. 

My wonderful hubby took all the pictures. This is the second half marathon that he's run with me as my photographer/sherpa. I couldn't have married a better man. 


I was freezing cold pretty much immediately after. Thank goodness the after-race party had steaming hot chicken broth to sip! 
Since I'm going to be in Chicago area for 2012, I'm already eyeing this Chicago Half Marathon Series. Would be perfect for my 1:50 goal. And a good lead-up to the Chicago Marathon. :)

Friday, December 2, 2011

52 Things I Love About You- Deployment Countdown

Here is one of my Christmas presents to my hubby. Since we celebrated Christmas early, I can safely post this. I spotted this project on pinterest a couple months ago and I thought it was the cutest idea. Then I started thinking... my hubby is going to be gone on his deployment for a year. 1 Year= 52 weeks. 52 cards in a deck. How perfect! So yeah, he missed the change over to 9 month deployments and that sucks BUT at least the year-long 52 weeks works perfectly for this little project. Gotta count the little positives!

But I put my own little spin on it. 

On the outside, it looks the same: 
I still printed out 52 reasons why I love my hubby. Some silly, some a little more serious, some I wouldn't post online ;).

And attached the little slips of paper with packing tap since we've got plenty of that laying around recently. NOTE: You MUST put packing tape or contact paper over the regular paper. Otherwise, the ink will get scratched off with the paint and won't be able to be read. 

Here is my #12:

But here's what I did differently. After reading this post on Oh the Lovely Things on how to do your own scratch-off lottery tickets, I decided to make each card a scratch-off ticket. Hubby gets to scratch off one card per week. 52 cards=52 weeks away

All you do is mix 2 parts silver paint (or whatever color you want) and 1 part dishsoap. This is my test card to make sure it would work. It did!

So I painted each card over, let it completely dry, and then did a second coat. Here are the results!


Didn't they turn out pretty cool looking?

Then I let them dry for a long time. Like all day before I put them together in a book. I really didn't want them to stick together. Then I punched the holes and got my binder rings from walmart. I'm so happy with how it turned out!

So now it's kind of like a little count-down. Of course, we don't know for sure that it's going to be exactly 52 weeks. But we know that he's not going to have a lot of internet service in the area he's going. So I told him that I'll at least be able to tell him I love him a different way each week, even if he doesn't get a letter from me that week. Now I just have to hope that he won't cheat and scratch them off before he's supposed to!

Happy Holidays!

-Amy