Thursday, December 8, 2011
Day 06- Favorite super hero and why
Let me just start by saying that I love superheros. I am totally a nerd at heart and wear my super hero love proudly and without qualms. No, really. I love most of them, and I've loved comics (especially DC) and most of the recent movies out make me really happy. That being said my favorite comic book hero is Batman. I think weirdly enough though, that I love the Batman comics the best because of the villains. My absolute favorite villain of all time is Miss Harley Quinn. Most of the Batman villains appeal to me though. I also have to admit, I'm a pretty big Captain America fan, but it may mostly be because of the movie. Something about that good, wholesome, patriotic boy next door? Makes my heart swoon in a way that makes me want to don a nurses cap and live in the 1940s. *Sigh* alright, I'm done now.
Tomorrow we will be in the car on our way to Ohio, so I may have to delay in my 30 days of posting if the day is as crazy as I think it will be. For now though, it's bed time :)
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Unfortunately, my image uploader is non-existant tonight. I'm not being dramatic either for once, it's like literally just not there. The most exciting place I've ever been to though is Las Vegas. For my 21st birthday, my grandparents took me with my mom and aunt. I know that probably sounds weird that I didn't go with friends, but my mom and aunt are actually total bad asses and I had more fun with them then I probably would have with anybody else. My grandparents are also not your typical grandparents...actually, my grandmother still mentions on occasion the handsome cabana boy named Jorge we met and makes suggestive comments with appropriate eye brow raises, but I digress!!
Yes, that vacation was absolutely stellar. We didn't gamble much, but we did see alot of sights, relax, saw some good shows, went shopping...lounged by some amazing pools too. Mostly though it was just an amazing trip to spend with some of my favorite people. I was also drunk alot.
I'll have to recap some of my better vegas associated stories though another time :)
Day 4: A habit I wish I didn't have.
OOH Easy. I wish that I wasn't always stressed out and worried about everything. I am seriously chicken little in human form and it drives everybody I know crazy...but that's just how I'm wired, and I can't exactly do anything to change it. I wish I could, but till my miracle personality quirk prescription exists, c'est la vie.
Monday, December 5, 2011
Sunday, December 4, 2011
Saturday, December 3, 2011
Day 01- A recent picture of you and 15 interesting facts about yourself
Day 02- The meaning behind your Blog name
Day 03- A picture of you and your friends
Day 04- A habit that you wish you didn’t have
Day 05- A picture of somewhere you’ve been to
Day 06- Favorite super hero and why
Day 07- A picture of someone/something that has the biggest impact on you
Day 08- Short term goals for this month and why
Day 09- Something you’re proud of in the past few days
Day 10- Songs you listen to when you are Happy, Sad, Bored, Hyped, Mad
Day 11- Another picture of you and your friends
Day 12- How you found out about Blogger and why you made one
Day 13- A letter to someone who has hurt you recently
Day 14- A picture of you and your family
Day 15- Put your iPod on shuffle: First 10 songs that play
Day 16- Another picture of yourself
Day 17- Someone you would want to switch lives with for one day and why
Day 18- Plans/dreams/goals you have
Day 19- Nicknames you have; why do you have them
Day 20- Someone you see yourself marrying/being with in the future
Day 21- A picture of something that makes you happy
Day 22- What makes you different from everyone else
Day 23- Something you crave for a lot
Day 24- A letter to your parents
Day 25- What I would find in your bag
Day 26- What you think about your friends
Day 27- Why are you doing this 30 day challenge
Day 28- A picture of you last year and now, how have you changed since then?
Day 29- In this past month, what have you learned
Day 30- Your favorite song.
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Despite any distance though, Michelle and I speak almost daily and have a hell of alot of things in common. We have alot of the same idiosyncrosies, and she is one of my greatest confidants. I really value her friendship, and hope that through the years we remain as close as we are now.
Sunday, July 3, 2011
The day before we left, I had an accident with my droid incredible involving a glass of ice water, and thanks to my phone insurance and my mother's letting me steal my sister's upgraded I am now boasting the new white iphone from verizon...I love it, so far. (Hanging with friends anyone? Look me up: brittanynkl)
Going a week without cell phone interference (minus talking to my lovely hubby) was really nice, very relaxing. We hit the beach, went tubing, shopped, sight-saw, and got to spend alot of time with family which was really my favorite part. My uncle and aunt own a government landscaping company and dog training facility, respectively. We did some work down there to help them out because there are always people working around the property, 7 days a week...it's kind of fun in a crazy way!
We also were able to do some sdog safety demonstrations with my aunt and her dogs. She trains and shows dobermans in obedience...I love her dogs, especially taking them to the beach! It was a blast!
Anyway, Monday came and we had to come back to reality. Since we landed monday night, I've been working every day (at work right now!) and will be working until next weekend. I'll be picking up some hours in the activities department at my facility due to a recent personnel change, and I'm pretty excited about it. I had alot of geriatric care experience and training specifically for activites, and it will feel nice to feel like I'm making a difference again. I start that Tuesday.
Mostly since my vacation, this whole week I've been missing Mike like no other. It's a catch 22, I thought originally that I missed him the most when I had rough patches in my life, but then I realized that I miss him just as much when wonderful things happen and he can't be there to share them with me. I guess I just miss him so much I can't decide.
On a side note, he pointed out that we'll be at our halfway through deployment mark in about 2 weeks, and I cannot believe it! I hope that the second half passes as quickly as the first did. If that holds true, than I'll have my seabee home in my arms before the holidays, and there's nothing that I want more in the world than that.
Mike's birthday is coming up at the end of this month, and my old man will be 24. I think I'm more excited for his birthday than he is though, but that's okay. I already got him a few little presents and my mom got him a present the other day (I didn't tell her to...she just came home with one!) and I have a few more things up my sleeve...I just hope that he likes everything!
I think that's it for now, just wanted to post an update in an attempt to get back into the swing of things. I'll be posting something for Independence day tomorrow so keep tuned :)
Monday, June 27, 2011
Saturday, June 25, 2011
I really feel like that line in itself should sufficiently show how I feel, but I guess it wouldn't hurt to elaborate.
Last week I was at a really low point in my life, and extremely stressed out. I cried everyday for a week and a half, and feel like I might cry right now thinking about this. A series of events ultimately lead to my having to find a new home for my puppy Harley. Harley is the sweetest, smartest dog that I have ever met or had and it hurts alot still thinking that realistically I will never see her again.
Last week I was severely stressed out about a few things, the largest of which was trying to find a suitable home for Harley on very short notice to save her from the pound.
Originally my friends Dana and Jake, a recently married couple living in Washington State told me that they would take her, if I could get her out there to them. It was a very generous offer, and after much consideration and discussion with my aunt, who has alot of professional and personal experience with dogs, I decided that transporting her cross-country was not an option that I was comfortable with for the sake of her health and well being.
My mother saw my distress and posted on facebook about our situation, and her wonderful friend Stephanie helped to put me in contact with a few people who seemed genuinely interested, but ultimately all of whom did not pan out for one reason or the next.
Finally, as I was preparing to take her to NC and check her into a well renowned humane society that checks homes of potential pet parents and is no-kill, fate stepped in.
We went to petsmart to get her nails cleaned up and I asked the technician is she knew anybody that was interested in a puppy, and she did. The manager of the pet salon and I started to communicate, we set up a play date, and I decided that these were indeed the perfect owners for her.
The couples' names are Jake and Sarah, who live not too far from my mom. They have a 15 month old dog named Sooki who is also a female lab-pit mix, and they are very passionate about animals, and had been looking for a second dog. They take their dog camping, hiking, running, and their other dog is meticulously maintained.
They loved Harley, and she seemed to love them and fit into their home effortlessly, and I think that as heartbroken as I am for the time being, this ultimately was what is best for her. I don't think that even I could have given her the type of life that she deserves.
I guess what hurts me the most is that there's really no way to explain it to Harley. I know that she's happy, and Sarah and I have agreed to stay in contact, but I guess I might feel better if I could have sat her down and had a talk with her like I could have with a kid, instead of dropping her off and walking out of her life without ever saying goodbye.
I think I'm writing this all down because for the past week I've been trying so damn hard to not think about it, and hold it in, and that's not doing me very much good. Right now I'm tearing up a little bit (alot actually) and am going to write out exactly how I feel for myself to get it out, so that I can finally start to heal.
I love you. More than anything in the world I wish that I could just grab you up in my arms like when you were a baby and hug you and tell you that and have you understand. I know that scientifically speaking, you'll forget about me. I know that dogs don't have emotions like humans do, and that I'm making this harder than it needs to be for myself. I know that I'm being selfish.
When Mike left for deployment, you were the only one that I had. There were so many mornings when I didn't even want to get out of bed because I didn't see any point to it. I felt so damn bad about life and myself, and if it wasn't for loving you and caring for you, I don't know how I would have dealt with any of it. You were the only reason that I even got dressed some days. When I decided that going to NJ was the best thing for deployment, I never thought that I would have to give you up. I'm so sorry.
The only reason that I could let you go was because I knew that you would have a much better life with Sarah and Jake than I could ever provide for you. I took care of you the best that I could, and you taught me so much about responsibility and love. I'm going to think about you alot in the coming years, and miss you often. The only comfort I have is that I could give you a wonderful life that you deserve and even though it's not with me, I hope that you have the best life in the world. That's all I could want for you to thank you for pulling me out of the darkness when I felt like I had nobody else. I hope that's enough.
And no matter what, please never, ever forget how much I love you and always will.
Saturday, June 18, 2011
This is the 'primrose' I'm not entirely sure what they look like in real life lol
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Last night I had one of my cake decorating classes. It was class 2 of the course, "Flowers & Cake Design" and we dealt with royal icing. For those that don't know anything about it, it's a sugar based icing that crusts and eventually completely hardens over time. Because it crusts so quickly, it's ideal for making flowers with specific details, and lifting them onto cakes immediately or at a later date. Sounds easy enough, right? Right?
Hardly! The flower designs that she taught us were indeed, simple enough but everyone did a good deal of struggling with some of them. I was sorely disappointed to learn that making a rose is alot harder than I had anticipated, and as much as it pains me to say this....I suck at it! Luckily, by the end of class I had nailed the other flowers, and even made one passable rose.
I'll add some photos later when my phone stops acting up! Have a good day everyone!
Monday, June 13, 2011
So after a few days of fussing with the design of this blog, I figured that I should actually ya know, post something. I originally intended this just to be a blog about my everyday life, sort of as a journal to myself..a creative playground if you will.
But then I thought that it would be a great idea to have an extra line of communication to my husband who's currently serving in Japan (As I'm sure anybody reading this would know).
So there we go, communication & fun...
How on earth do I get started?
I figure that like for anything in my life, having structure is a better bet than having none. I have a few fun ideas about what to do here, like maybe some small giveaways, cool things I find online or elsewhere in the community, book reviews, features on other blogs/news articles, and general updates on a few small deployment-related goals that I have in mind.
I'll guess I'll start at the beginning with some introductions for those followers who don't know me IRL.
My name is Brittany. I'm 23 years old, and a navy wife. More specifically, I'm a HoneyBee. A HoneyBee is a cute nickname for the wife of a Seabee.
Now you might be asking, what in the hell is a Seabee? Good question. Seabee or "CB" stands for Construction Battalion. My husband of a little over 6 months, Mike, is a Seabee. These in their simplest definition are the boots-on-the-ground, hard working construction battalion that the Navy can proudly boast. They were a divison of the Navy founded in 1942 to assist in contruction efforts during WWII. They do alot of humanitarian work around the world, and while their numbers quietly diminish over the years since WWII, their hard work and dedication surely does not. (Mikey- tell me if I need to add more to this!)
To learn more about Seabees and their pride check out: www.seabeee.navy.mil
We're currently stationed in the Atlantic Seabee port in Gulfport, MS. Mike is deployed though, and I'm spending some time with family while waiting out deployment (is it over yet?!?!).
Besides that, I guess there's not a whole ton to put on here today, but boy does it feel good to get started! Keep tuned, next time I promise to post something of interest!