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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Into the Wild Blue Yonder...

Today Mr. Jetplane started the B course, this is the final section of flight school for the F15e. I guess you can call it his first day of school and to honor this event at 6:30 this morning I wanted to take his picture.


I mean that is what you do on the first day of school right? As you can see he wasn't participating in this lil photoshoot. He is busy getting his morning coffee from our Tassimo and preparing to hit the road.

Today marks the start of what will be a really tough road for the next 9 months or so. This class is tough stuff, he'll be in ground school for awhile and then he'll start flying.

Its pretty amazing that this will be his future office...
I am so immensely proud of my husband. He wasn't in the Air Force when we met and this process (getting accepted to OTS, OTS, Primary, Advanced, IFF, EWO, SERE, now RAG) has not been easy for either of us. But we're quite a team and I don't think I've ever been prouder of anyone in my life.

And for your viewing pleasure this morning....this is quite funny



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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

My REAL Man...

I'll admit before I met Mr. Jetplane I dated a lot of guys....ok dated might be a strong word, but you get the point. I dated a lot of different types of guys some were most definitely boys, one had a better shoe collection than I did, one had better hair than I did, some were assholes (pardon the bad language) and some were just toolboxes. But I am happy to report that Mr. Jetplane...to quote R. Zoe...shuts it down!!!

He's a guy's guy and he enjoys doing guy things...thank the Lord. He is all about building things, digging in the dirt, mowing the yard, lifting heavy objects, and killing bugs. You don't really know how great that is until they are gone for 6 months at training (or deployment) and realize that you are going to have to find a way to do it yourself (or pay someone or beg your big strong neighbor).

I realized this last night while I was watching Mr. Jetplane mow the backyard. I was being the good wife and reheating leftovers for our dinner in the kitchen. He's a good man and I probably don't tell him enough.

So to honor Mr. Jetplane (my HERO) today... and his day off before the B Course starts and I don't see him until 10pm every night during the week...

I love you Mr.

Monday, September 28, 2009

What Time is It??

Well if you really need to know, you'd be in luck if you popped on into our kitchen and check out our newest addition....I don't exactly know why, but for the longest time I've wanted a large clock. My initial intention was for this to go in the living room but it doesn't work in there so I put in the kitchen. I love it and it is slowly growing on Mr. Jetplane.
Sorry my kitchen is messy right now. Unfortunately our kitchen is a little smaller than I would have liked, but luckily we have 2 nice sized pantries so a lot of my kitchen appliances are hidden away in the pantries.
Clock was purchased at Target for $39.99.
My dream vision for kitchen...
I would love an all white kitchen with gray marble counter tops but since these cabinets are brand new I just can't do that...and Mr. Jetplane will NOT participate in painting brand new cabinets. Plus this house is not our FOREVER home and we want to make it more desirable for future renters once we move.
I have some realistic visions floating around in my head that works with the dark cabinets...but I'm not ready to share just yet.
All in due time...
Friday, September 25, 2009

Mr. Jetplane's Man Cave in Progress

DISCLAIMER: This is Mr. Jetplane's domain. I'm allowing him almost complete rein on this area. But I am trying to get him to stay in some sort of cohesive look...it is still very much a work in progress.
Also - the floor is showing up a lot more read in these pictures than it does in real life.
Here is the view coming up the stairs from the kitchen. Its an extremely narrow staircase. So narrow that our furniture (the sectional we had that was to go up there) didn't fit. Mr. and I even spent one afternoon taking the legs off of it to try to get it up the stairs...but to no avail. Sold it to a friend of ours...he got quite a deal.
The light brown love seat is the only piece of furniture that Mr. Jetplane owned from our previous house in Pcola. He bought it without me being present. I hate it, but it fit upstairs so its up there and the dogs sleep on it when we're up stairs. Yes, its an expensive ass dog bed at this moment.
The large brown furniture is all reclining furniture... what is that you ask...How did you get reclining furniture up the narrow staircase if your sleek modern sectional wouldn't go up there... well did you know that if the reclining furniture is on a metal base it can be disassembled rather easily into multiple parts?
Well neither did we... We couldn't get the whole section they sold at the store but we did negotiate for 2 of the couches (2 seats each) and a recliner.
I really dislike reclining furniture but this stuff is extremely comfortable, it fit up the stairs, and Mr. Jetplane loves it. Marriage is all about compromise, right?
Here is what became of my dream of a window seat. Mr. needed a place to study for flight school and his current master classes he's taking. The jets hanging from the ceiling where given to him from his great uncle that past away last year. He made models and they are some of Mr.'s prized possessions. Little did his uncle know when he was making for those 20+ years ago that his great nephew would be flying in an F15E.
This view shows 2 doors, the main one leads to the other side of the attic which is currently being used for storage. We hope to eventually (if we end up staying here for 3 years) to put in a bathroom, storage area, and bedroom which my office would go into. The other door on the left side is the entry into the bonus room.


Here is a better view of the furniture and Milo. The rug is from Lowe's for around $100. Its 8x12 and filled up the space nicely. We still need a table but its good for now.

Here's Mr. Jetplane other love his 55" television. Note the ceramic giraffe..that is his, its name is George and it has to come everywhere with us...unfortunately I'm not joking. The plant was a gift from Mr. Jetplane's family for my grandmother's funeral earlier this year. We're trying to keep it alive..it didn't fair very well during the move in my car.


Right now the walls have some sport and aviation pictures being displayed. The 'look' I think I've gotten him to go with will be similar to a squadron ready room.
We would like to put a bar in the other side behind the couches and an air hockey table. He wanted a pool table, but I've talked him out of that. Plus one of our friends bought a house down the street and they have a pool table in their bonus room, so he's good. The space is very large and he's really excited about the room.
Any ideas? I'm more than happy to hear them.

Pug Friday - Freakin Weekend Edition


Who else is thankful the weekend is almost upon us! Besides me and this lil guy....
Thursday, September 24, 2009

Hi! My name is Mrs. Jetplane and I have a problem...

And here she is... I am addicted to television and my DVR is probably one of my top 5 favorite things in this world. It became all too apparent on Monday night when I had to hurry inside from doing yard work to ensure that the DVR would record all the new Monday night line up...Hello How I Met Your Mother started...


Only to realize that with Monday Night Football (Go Colts!!) I was going to have to delete my pre scheduled recording of Gossip Girl and have to make some additional choices about what was more important to me (or Mr. Jetplane in certain cases).


I know I have a television addiction and I almost refuse to watch 'new' shows for fear of liking them and then having to make time to watch them... like Eastwick and Modern Family...I watched them both...Wednesdays aren't that big of TV night, except for Top Chef.

I know I can't be the only one suffering from this... Thursdays are going to be difficult as well... Grey's!?!


Anyway, I'm not the only one in the house that loves TV, Mr. Jetplane does as well. So much so that he purchased a new television to fill in the gigantic hole above the fireplace in our new house for the downstairs living area. I'll admit I HATE this hole...I feel like these holes are shrines to televisions. And I'm all for loving my television but I don't need it to honored like a Buddha or something...That being said our new TV will fill it up so it won't look so weird. Right now we have our television from our bedroom in it.


Mr Jetplane is so excited about this new flat screen television...you'd think it was a new puppy. Its supposed to be delivered on Friday and he literally won't shut up about it. Sometimes I feel like his loves go in this order... Charlie, his big screen TV, his truck, and then Me... I know I know... I at least come before his TV... But he does love that dog something fierce...


Happy Thursday all... I promise to try to post some house pictures later tonight or tomorrow...
Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Casa de Jetplane in the makin'

So first off, thank you all for your support during my recent 'I suck at this' post about our work on our first home. I greatly appreciate it.

I appreciated it even more when I got a comment from Mrs. Limestone, who is a HUGE inspiration to me, as seen in my home office decor.

We all have trials and tribulations dealing with decorating our homes. Trying to determine what our style is and how to mold that into our partner's style, current home furnishings, lifestyle, budget, pets, kids, etc. etc. etc. Its always good to feel you are not alone in that battle.

A lot has been happening at the Jetplanes' household and I'm pretty excited to give you some details later this week with pictures. But just a lil taste of what's to come...


1. Deck is stained
2. Garage is organized and sealed the floor
3. New Furniture is purchased and arrived
4. Front Yard is almost completed

I think that's pretty good for living here under a month so far, don't you?

Side note: We see this house, while a first house for us, as an investment and will be a future rental property when we get stationed somewhere else. All decisions made (excluding painting my office turquoise) are to be cost effective, value adding, and easily maintainable for future renters.
Can't wait to give you all a peek...
Monday, September 21, 2009

You might be a weirdo if ?

Do you ever think to yourself... Wow I sure am a weirdo? I know this is a totally random post, but these are some things that have been floating around in my abnormally large head lately.

#1 I'm short! But honestly I never realize it until I see a picture of myself standing next to someone else. Here are the Jetplanes in Vegas... The crazy Vegas trip this is the only picture Mr. and I have TOGETHER! It was taken right after breakfast the day we left.

#2 I get a strange satisfaction from chopping vegetables. I have no idea why... but I enjoy peeling and cutting things... strange?

#3 I watch Hoarders just to make myself feel better about myself. I'll admit, I can be a bit messy and I hate to clean. That show makes me feel so good about myself.

#4 I secretly dream about winning the lottery, but I have NEVER bought a lottery ticket because I am SERIOUSLY the most UNLUCKY person in the world.

#5 I have an unhealthy love for maraschino cherries. I will eat 2 or 3 out of the jar every day. Also, my new favorite drink... Cherry Bomb (3 Olives Cherry Vodka, Sugar Free Red Bull, Cherry Juice, and a cherry...or 4 if you're me).

#6 I have been out of college since 2002 and still have a love for techno music...there I said it. I love to listen to it during a workout or on a long drive...or driving home from a night out... The Jetplanes might have Dance Party USA in the car on a ride home...just saying...

Well Happy Monday All! I KNOW I'm not the only weirdo out there... what makes you a freakshow?


Friday, September 18, 2009

Pug Friday-Are you ready for some football?

Last Sunday was the start of the NFL football season and that's a BIG deal at the Jetplanes household. We are HUGE Colts fans. Mr. Jetplane also likes the Bears and is still a closet 49ers fan.

Being the wonderful wife I am, I got he NFL Ticket on Direct TV.

And thanks for all your kind words about the home improvement and meeting new people post, I'm glad I'm not the only one. I'll post more about that later. The dinner was a success...

Photo found here...
Thursday, September 17, 2009

How to Win Friends & Influence People

Well what is the one part of being a military wife that literally makes my skin crawl... its probably not what you expect... While the deployments will be horrid, that's not it. Its meeting all the new husbands, wives, families, etc. and hoping that some of them can become my friends.

Everyone means well... we all do...but women, we at our root are judging b*tches, we are, I am. I can't even help it. I'm not too proud to admit it, and accepting is the first step, right?

So last week I had my first meetup with the commander's wife and several other wives within the squadron. It went great, they are all very nice and I look forward to getting to spend more time with all of them. Its just difficult due to having a job and a lot of their meet up and events occur during the weekdays.

That being said, I hope they liked me... in general I have a strong personality. I'm talkative, but I can also be very quiet, and sometimes people take that the wrong way. If I don't have anything to add to that particular conversation, I don't. Mr. Jetplane thinks that I'm rude to some people sometimes...its not true, sometimes I just do n't have anything to say.

Anyway, I'm beginning to ramble... we are meeting a 'new' couple of dinner tonight. I believe they are around our age, she works, and they have 2 dogs (no kids). Crossing my fingers...
Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Home Improvement Blues...

Do you ever watch home improvement shows, read home decorating blogs, obsess over decorating magazines and then feel like a total loser?

Well I do. I feel like full of ambition and ideas...but suck on the follow through. Anyone else?

I feel like I'm stuck in the middle of no where and can't find the pieces that I want. And the stores I want to go to (antique stores) close early.

I love all white rooms but... its not practical for our lifestyle and I adore dark wood.

I also have to do EVERYTHING on the cheap.

I'm a thrifty shopper and a searcher but sometimes I feel like I'm so impatience that I make purchases and then get them home and I'm like.... does this go? I don't know?

I feel like my whole house is blue or has blue accents? Anyone else?

I want navy, white, and green pillows for my living room and can't find them anywhere!

My gray living room will not be happening... it may be transitioned into a gray master bedroom.

My window seat up in the bonus room is no longer... Mr. Jetplane put a desk there for his studying.
I also have a husband that looks at me like I'm an idiot when I say... "Let's paint stripes in the guest bathroom!"
Anyone else is the same boat? Anyone else day dream about someone from HGTV coming to your house and decorating it for you?
Tuesday, September 15, 2009

"Adios, Amigo!"

To quote Point Break and the late, GREAT Patrick Swayze.

2 wonderful men passed away yesterday, Patrick Swayze and Jim Carroll. Most of you, I'm sure are well aware of the first but some may never have heard of the later.


I've discussed my love for Jim Carroll previously on this blog. I became obsessed with all things Andy Warhol in high school which led to my love for Carroll, so much so that I did my entire research project my senior year research class on him. I was trying to prove he was the last real beatnik... I was a very deep 17 year old girl, who listened to punk rock, loved guys in bands, work doc martins, may have had purplish hair at one point, wore a pair of boys jeans, along with being an honor student and cheerleader... Yes it was an interesting mix... my mother was heartbroken and swore I might be a lesbian...but that's another story for another time...

And now... Patrick Swayze, I am truly saddened by the news of his passing. He was a wonderfully talented man who I first fell in love with in The Outsiders and North & South. (FYI- We lived in Baton Rouge during the filming of North & South and my mom was supposed to be an extra...another long story) Mr. Swayze thank you for bringing us all some wonderful movies and characters that will live on forever.

To me you will also be Johnny Castle... and maybe Dalton...yeah always a lil Dalton.

Thank you Mr. Swayze, you will be forever loved and forever missed...

Thank you for giving us this...

Monday, September 14, 2009

Disappointed...

There I said it, I'm really disappointed in the season finale of True Blood. Why you ask?

****Spoilers AHEAD***** And discussion of book details****

1. Maryann - I hated her character, she was a waste of shape, and her death... ummm she should have sensed it was Sam (1st off) and she shouldn't have been killed that easily. I get she is at her weakest during the ceremony, but still come on...

2. Bill - I am beyond annoyed with him. And I am really not liking the deviation from the book.

3. Eggs - another character I did not like. I'm glad they killed him off but seriously... Jason...come on (and one other thing, if Sookie isn't all 'human', neither is Jason, he shouldn't have been taken over by Maryann)

4. Eric... more Eric please...

So, I won't be a total Debbie Downer there were a couple of things I liked about the finale.

1. The Queen didn't suck as bad as last episode. ERW was much better. Thank God.

2. Sookie was great in the whole episode. However, if Maryann has been around forever she should have met someone or something like Sookie before. Not the mind reading but the other thing...

3. Read that Season 3 will follow the third book... bring on Alcide, Debbie Pelt, and the King of MS... Club Dead... yeah!

So who kidnapped Bill? Eric? I think that's too easy... I hope it follows the book...

What are your thoughts on the season finale?
Sunday, September 13, 2009

TONIGHT is the NIGHT

Is anyone else excited?
Here's what I'm hoping for...
1. MORE Eric... naked preferably (well we can wish, can't we...)

2. The END of MaryAnn... she is a totally unnecessary to this story line and unbelievably annoying. This deviation from the book has be the one gigantic black mark on the entire season for me.

3. Hopefully we find out that Bill isn't as 'great' has he is believed to be. (I believe the seed was planted...The queen knows of Sookie. For all you non-readers of the books... you'll be in for quite a treat if the show plays true to the books... PRO-ERIC all the way.)

Can't wait for tonight! But I'm also sad because the season is over... Boo... there better be some hot ass Eric action tonight!!

P.S. I'm also excited for Design Star tonight, does anyone else watch that?
Friday, September 11, 2009

Pug Friday - Chillaxin Version


Picture found here
Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Does Anyone Else Hear That Loud SUCKING Noise???

Yeah? That's my hard earned money being sucked out of my bank account... Don't get me wrong I love our new home (that we own). I love picking out paint colors, drapes, rugs, etc. I love deciding where the mirror should go, how to arrange my pantry, and sleep in our brand new room.

But as much as I love to shop and spend money... I hate to spend money... and spend money is what we've been doing... a lot of.

1. Buying all new blinds for the house. It was new and had none.
2. Buying lawn stuff... the yard was a little sad and it costs a lot to get all the crap we needed for it.
3. Buying new curtain rods. We have several windows that are much larger than our previous houses. Which also led to some new curtains...
4. New furniture... we assumed we'd be buying furniture for the downstairs living room since our sectional would go upstairs in our new bonus room. Ha Ha! Sectional won't fit up the stairs. Luckily we sold it to a friend (for quite a deal for him). We have purchased new furniture for downstairs and upstairs. Yeah!!! Did that sucking noise just get alot louder all of a sudden??
5. Food... having to buy all new condiments, oils, etc. You wouldn't think would be a big deal, but it seriously adds up.
6. Garage crap... Mr. needed to build a work bench, have shelving, and is now coating the garage floor...
7. Still need to buy 2 rugs, one for downstairs and one for upstairs...why are rugs so expensive? Speaking of which... why are baskets so expensive... and curtain rods? and pillows? ugh...

Oh and the list goes on and on...

Sorry for the rant...
Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Now we're WORKING....

Hello all... and welcome to my home office. 1st things 1st, we aren't completely done here. The shelves aren't organized properly and I still need to hang other things on the wall. I also still have to find something to put my printer on. But I wanted to post a couple of pictures.

This is the view from the door. I'm a little disappointed that the color isn't showing up quite as bright as it does in person. I selected Weathered Glass from Eddie Bauer at Lowe's. Please ignore the mass wires, we're still working on that. Can you spot a lil puggie?


On the wall is actually an art piece I did myself. They are all pieces of cards that we received from our wedding. We had tons of cards and I was saving them for some reason. I wanted to make something out of them but I couldn't figure out what.
I used an exacto knife and cut strips, lots and lots of strips. Then did a basket weave with them them and glued them to canvas. It might not be for everyone, but I love it.


And I lil more pug had to get in there....

I'm not finished, but I'm at a good stopping point for a couple of weeks. I still need curtains and to hang more pictures.
Some FYIs for you
Desk - JCPenny
Lamp - TJ Maxx
Bookcases - Walmart
Rug - Lowes
Pug Painting - TJ Maxx
White Table - Target (forever ago)
Friday, September 4, 2009

Pug Friday - Home Office Edition

Well since this is my 1st full week at the Casa de Jetplane Home Office I thought this could be a fitting tribute. Enjoy!!



FYI- Paint and Rug were purchased last night. This office will be totally different by Tuesday! I will admit I did chicken out a little bit, its not as turquoise as I had originally envisioned, its a little more greenish/blue sea glass color... I got to the paint counter and lost my strength. But no fear its still going to be bright as hell in here...

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Home Office is Becoming a REALITY

This weekend the transformation is happening....

My inspiration is coming to life, I'm very excited and Mr. Jetplane is a little weirded out. He can't believe I want to paint my office turquoise and I can't believe he doesn't get it. Oh well...

Here is the inspiration...
My new desk from JCPenny is working out great and as of yesterday we have blinds up throughout the house. Thank you GOD for privacy...Mr. Jetplane kept telling the lady at Lowe's that he needs blinds in his house so he can walk around naked... yeah that's my hubby...quite the funny guy.


I've even found a 'cheap' zebra print rug that will be going down as well. I am so flipping excited... now can someone come over and paint... I'm not looking forward to that part.

Room inspiration from here...
Tuesday, September 1, 2009

I'm ALIVE...sort of

Sorry to be MIA but with the move and getting my home office up and running, its been rather overwhelming.

Today is my 2nd day at my home office and I still don't have long distance. Its been quite an adventure, luckily I don't have any projects due this week so we're not in too much trouble.

I'll follow up later with pictures of the house, bare in mind, we are not even close to it being where I want it to be. I think we'll be painting my office this weekend.... yeah!!!

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