Girl time-Historical Romance Aids in Cardiovascular Health

I had a girly/chick-flick night. Of course, the only girl present was me. All in all, it was fabulous! I actually had a chance to kick up my feet and enjoy a movie that I picked. So often military wives are busy holding down the homefront and juggling a million things, we forget to or don’t place importance on “me time”. When we do, at least when I do, it’s great to remember how magnificent it can be. Even just a few minutes or one hour can make a world of difference in terms of morale.

Based on Philappa Gregory’s novel by the same title, the movie The Other Boleyn Girl was a hit with me. Of course, it wasn’t as long as I would have preferred, but I did enjoy it. Additionally, did conjure up a myriad of emotions from frustration to love and even anger. Over all, it was well done in my assessment despite the average reviews from movie critics. If you’ve seen it, what were your thoughts?

I don’t want to spoil it for anyone who hasn’t yet seen/read it. So, I won’t elaborate. I will say though that I wish I had read the book first though. I like to do that before watching a movie. Of course, being short on time and already reading two books got in the way of that effort.

 One disclaimer: The very hunky Eric Bana as Henry Tudor may have your heart pumping during this movie. Please consult your physician if you have any health concerns in advance of watching.

 A word of thanks:  I am grateful that my husband isn’t deployed at this point in time because he was the recipient of some amorous inspiration, which may or may not have been a direct result of the viewing of this film.

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Relatable?: Random Thoughts of a Military Wife

On this week’s live Navy Wife Radio show (be sure to see the archives), Wendy talked briefly about how she hoped this blog could exhibit some transparency. Here I am thinking, She wants me to be see-through? She wants people to think I’m shallow? No, no, she wants us to be relatable.

Well, what could I tell you about me to draw that connection? I suppose I could tell you that despite my being used to this military life that I cry. Yes, I do break down and have my really horrible moments. I have even been known to want to throw the towel in. These moments are few, but they exist. I’m no different than anyone else. I love the opportunities that we have but I detest many of the struggles. No one said this is easy, and it surely isn’t. I know that there are some folks out there who get fed up with the chain of command and rules and regulations. Count me in your corner, I’m there too. Yes (here’s comes the pun), we are all in the same boat.

I imagine some of you stay at home moms can relate this: I miss the working world, even though I love my children with all of my heart. Truthfully, though, what I would give to don my high heels and suits again and sit through a boring office meeting in lieu of changing diapers or doing yet another load of laundry. I know, I know, I still do this when I’m gainfully employed. Sometimes, I wish a maid would just magically appear before my eyes though. A girl can dream, can’t she?

Oh, here’s another! I have a fantasy about lavish formal dinners where I’m the hostess-with-the-mostess, and my DH is proudly seated at the head of the table regaling people with sea stories. Fat chance! My husband, while he enjoys his coworkers and many longtime military friends, detests formality. He loves to separate work from home and vice versa. Me, I actually have romantic daydreams about a bygone era where the military wife actually did host such gatherings and appear a bit like June Cleaver, Bree Van de Kamp/Hodge or any other fictional woman of perfection. Yes, I would like to work and be the perfect housewife too.

So, there you have it, some random thoughts of a loony military spouse. Maybe I’m not all that relatable, but it’d be interesting to see if I’m not alone.

New Episode of Hey, Shipwreck!

Pat is really getting fancy with this LONG AWAITED second episode of Hey, Shipwreck!

Funny episode Pat, I like the scene with the missiles in the background and going down the hallway…..getting pretty fancy with the graphics.

I am always forgetting my passwords too! grrr!
Interesting Fact:  On our show Navy Wife Radio, ET1 Pat Hrabe, the creator of Hey, Shipwreck! holds the record for our most downloaded show.

Feeding the Lonely: Snacks While He’s Deployed

Sure, your beloved is gone, and it’s tough. You find yourself giving in to cravings and trying to feed the pain. Your brain says “No”, but your taste buds and aching heart say “feed me”. You don’t want to pack on the pounds while he’s away. Truthfully, you want to look pretty svelte upon his return. So, you hit the gym and start working up a sweat. Girl, doesn’t that feel great? You know the saying Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels. Well, I’m here to inform you that something does taste as good. In fact, it tastes so good, you may think about hoarding them in cold stores in your own home. Trust me, you will want to fashion something to keep them safe—away from any animals, bugs, dust, warm weather, children, spouses, visitors that might try to get to them.

What is this spectacular treat? Champion Chip chocolate chip cookies by Newman’s Own Organic (The Second Generation) are a gift from the heavens. They are beautiful. They are delicious. They are why my husband might come to a whale of a wife. Try them, if you can find them at your local store. Oh, and put them in the freezer—they are extra yummy that way.

If this current deployment of my husband’s gets extended, I won’t cry. Rather, I might just run (or waddle) out to the store to pick up some more cookies. They make my soul happy. Of course, they can’t cuddle like he does (that can’t be replaced). Maybe I’ll cut back on the cookies just a bit. Nah, I’ll just have to go to the gym more so I can justify this coping mechanism.

Navy Reserve Recruiting Video

A new Navy recruiting video is out and making it’s rounds. It is very “untraditional”, and actually pretty good I think.

Subject: Spanish Computers

A SPANISH Teacher was explaining to her class that in Spanish,
unlike English, nouns are designated as either masculine or feminine.

“House” for instance, is feminine: “la casa.”

“Pencil,”however, is masculine: “el lapiz..”

A student asked, “What gender is ‘computer’?”

Instead of giving the answer, the teacher split the class into two
groups, male and female,and asked them to decide for themselves whether
“computer” should be a masculine or a feminine noun.

Each group was asked to give four reasons for its recommendation.

The men’s group decided that “computer” should definitely be of
thefeminine gender (“la computadora”), because:

1. No one but their creator understands their internal logic;

2. The native language they use to communicate with other computers is
incomprehensible to everyone else;

3. Even the smallest mistakes are stored in long term memory for
possible later retrieval; and

4. As soon as you make a commitment to one, you find yourself spending
half your paycheck on accessories for it.

The women’s group, however, concluded that computers should be
masculine(“el computador”), because:

1. In order to do anything with them, you have to turn them on;

2. They have a lot of data but still can’t think for themselves;

3. They are supposed to help you solve problems, but half the time
they ARE the problem; and

4. As soon as you commit to one, you realize that if you had waited a
little longer, you could have gotten a better model.

………. The women won 🙂

Note: I’m guessing because the teacher was a “she” that had something to do with the winner. 😉 I’m sure if my dad was giving the assignment…..the men would have won.

A Few Quotes from Jack Bauer

1. I have killed two people since midnight. I haven’t slept in over 24 hours. So maybe you should be a little more afraid of me than you are now.

2. The only reason that you’re conscious right now is because I don’t want to carry you.

3. You probably don’t think that I can force this towel down your
throat. But trust me, I can. All the way.

4. Part of getting a second chance is taking responsibility for the mess you made in the first place.

5. You are going to tell me everything I want to know or I swear to God I will hurt you before I kill you, and no one will be able to stop me.