Because I’m an Army Wife and That’s what we do

•December 18, 2008 • Leave a Comment

I moved again.  For the two of you that have me in your feed… It’s here:

SharpAroundTheEdges.com

I Don’t Really Like to Play Tag

•December 11, 2008 • 2 Comments

But I will do whatever JP asks me to do so here you go:

List these rules on your blog. Share 7 facts about yourself on your blog, some random, some weird. Tage 7 people at the end of your post by leaving their name as well as a link to their blog.

Let them know they’ve been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.
1. I hate school.  I really do.  I enjoy the act of learning and the process of learning, just not the environment, I guess.  A lot of what happens in school is a total waste of time but a lot of value added activity is missing.  That is what I don’t like about it.  The higher you get, the better the value-added activity gets but the learning style of the learner must adapt to the teaching style of the teacher and that is frustrating.
2. I have always wanted to be a teacher.
3. I think that a house is not a home without at least one pet.  ~hugs my puppies and my wonderful (shithead) cat~
4. A perfect evening for me includes dinner that I made with Sarge’s help and a houseful of people for games and conversation.
5. I love to meet new people, make new friends and try new things but I seldom have the opportunity.
6. I don’t think we’re done adopting children.  In fact, if I had the money right now, we’d be going for a pair of girls who’s Russian last name means “Bastard”.  I probably need to figure out a different way to help the children of the world.
7.  I put on amazing vocal performances on my way to and from school.  I wish Nintendo would make a good karaoke type game.  They have a couple but I ain’t singing High School Musical songs.  In the words of the Emporer:  “High School Musical is gay.

So now I am supposed to tag seven people.  I don’t know if I know seven people that have blogs!  I’ll do my best:

Ian, Tal, Becca, Mel, May and Sarah.

On The First Day of …

•December 9, 2008 • 3 Comments

Bah Humbug!  I’ve been saying for a few weeks now that I really hate Christmas.  While that may not be entirely true, I was forced to analyze my reasons for frustration in the holiday season.  I may even have blogged on these before but they haven’t changed and who reads the blog anyway, right?

I think my primary frustration comes from having family on both sides that puts the fun in dysfunctional.  We’re not close, can’t explain why and see no need to really try and resolve it.  Honestly, I have felt like an outsider inside my own family since I was quite small.  As a result, I crave for my family to be closer.  We are but sometimes it seems not quite close enough.  And, of course, factor in that the older four brats have flown the coop and the holidays seem like a big, fat, letdown in the making for family time.

I also hate presents.  I hate shopping for presents.  I’m intimidated by how much some people give their kids and, while I have never really felt the urge (or had the ability) to keep up with that I always wonder how that makes my kids feel.  I also hate that presents take the focus of Christmas away from what it should be which is faith (although I am losing mine lately but that’s another post), friends and family.  Having a shitty family has set me up for disappointment for quite awhile.

The other part I don’t like so much is that once Christmas Eve and Christmas Day are done, that’s it.  Typically the days between the 25th of December and the 31st are just nothing but wasted opportunities for fun.  So this year, because I am really digging deep to make these holidays not suck, I have come up with and will be implementing the first annual 12 Days of Christmas.

Here they are:

  • 24th Christmas Eve (@our friends’ house for cards, cocktails, whatever)
  • 25th Christmas Brunch here will also involve opportunities to play with all the video games and other toys that we’ll be getting.  (ROCK BAND!) So come over and get your nerd on.
  • 26th Boxing Day: Grocery shop and deliver purchases to food pantry
  • 27th St. Stephen’s Day: Surprise friends with treats or maybe dinner?
  • 28th Denzel Washington’s birthday: Movie Festival!  Not necessarily Denzel Movies since a lot of them aren’t really Khan friendly.
  • 29th Celebrating the birthday of the inventor of the chicken nugget! Nuggets and fries for dinner and game day!
  • 30th Rudyard Kipling born 1865: Watch Jungle Book, my favoritest Disney Movit today.  Also: Severus: Harry Potter!
  • 31st Hogmanay, 14TH Wedding Anniversary: Dinner party,Games, make sure I am showered with gifts and accolades and treated like a Queen (yeah, right!)
  • 1st New Year’s Day
  • 2nd Ogre/Crunchy and the Queen (hopefully) here for more video games and family time
  • 3rd Kindertag (kids can plan the day) Sarge and I will be here for our anniversary.  It is rare that we get away like grown ups.  I am very excited.
  • 4th Anniversary of the Battle of Reading.  I realize this has nothing to do with books but the kids will never figure it out since we’ve blocked Wikipedia.  I shall curl up with a good book, read some stories to the Khan and whomever else wants to listen and everyone picks a favorite snack for lunch and dinner that day.  I will have to work to make some of them healthy.

January 5th will be “Haul my Fat Ass to the Gym” day.

Cheers!

Curses! Foiled Again!

•November 22, 2008 • 1 Comment

So my fall off the NaBloPoMo wagon in Denmark was not intentional.  Apparently the lack of reliable wireless is a barrier to to blogging while traveling in Europe.  I didn’t really have consistency until Tuesday when I wisely took my laptop to the conference.  Blogging during the conference seemed to be bad form (but I can assure you that Facebooking was not;)).  I wish I could say the trip went well, my host was certainly gracious and the country is lovely.  I came away from the conference with a few ideas for research in the area of alternative energy.  We’ll see how that all goes.  A couple of other super fun things happened in Denmark too.

1.  I apparently picked up a nasty virus or a lovely case of food poisoning.  I’ve been sick since Wednesday.  If I can keep it down, it just keeps on going right through.  It’s so wonderful.

2.  The monster has returned.  The best part is the retinal specialty that accepts our insurance is in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  My insurance will and is paying to fly me there but what a pain in the ass!  Kudos to the dudes who pulled off travel orders in an hour after I pitched a fit about the safety of driving four hours plus with vision issues and driving back after a four hour dialated retinal exam.  Yeah, I’m pretty worried.  Every time the monster returns, permanent damage is done.  How much permanent damage can I take before I lose the ability to do all the stuff I like doing like, you know, seeing?  It’s fabulous.  I’m looking for some positive things here but it gets harder all the time.

So I still want to be President and I have way more than 30 reasons but due to missing a week of blogging for the Denmark trip and three more days for the New Mexico trip, I’m probably not going to get them all listed.  Sorry.

Yell at me in the comments if you want.  Maybe I’ll tell you about my other insanity problem later.

B&P

Me

Reason #13

•November 13, 2008 • 2 Comments

I already have supporters.  I got one vote this year.  I just need 100Million more!

Reason #12

•November 12, 2008 • Leave a Comment

I should be President because I understand value creation.  Taxpayers pay for their government to act in a way that creates value for them.  Gone will be the days where a little extra money buys you a little more influence in government.  Yay!

Reason #11

•November 11, 2008 • Leave a Comment

I read an article in yesterday’s New York Times about our military that concerns me.  While I am typically an ardent supporter of the first amendment, this article could be getting our soldiers killed.  The information is highly detailed with units and names and locations and, in my opinion, the kind of information that should not be disclosed.  Any military members providing this information to the media should be immediately receive punishment under UCMJ for their statements as they jeopardize the mission and the lives of their subordinate soldiers.

Something that I would definitely do as President is put a tighter rein and higher value on security clearances.  Breeches of this nature happen all the time because we have too many people who seek personal gain (as evidenced by the presence of their name in the article) or get some kind of perverse glee in sharing the secret (the legendary “Unnamed sources”).  People need to recognize and respect that there are reasons that support the lack of full-disclosure by our government and their need to be swift and immediate sanctions for government employees disclosing information that not only jeopardizes national security but is, in fact, a direct cause for the loss of American lives.  At the very least, these disclosures are treason.  At their worst, conspiracy to commit premeditated murder and should be addressed as such.

Please don’t misunderstand, I support your right to free speech but you do not have the right – as a result of the first amendment – to jeopardize the lives of any other person.  It is careless and callous to thank your volunteer military and the other agents of freedom abroad by disclosing information about their actions, mission and location that put their lives at risk.

 
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