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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Peace Out Shady J

The Jetplanes are leaving North Carolina today...thank you NC, we've enjoyed our brief time here.


We'll definitely miss all the great people we're leaving behind. The fighter community is really small and we look forward to seeing you all soon again.

We're off on to start this new adventure and are pretty excited about it.... wish us luck :)

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Into the great wide open...

Today is the last work day before the move. The packers/movers were suppose to be here today...Haha...but that appears to not be happening until tomorrow...gotta love Military moves.

So I'll be hitting the road mid day tomorrow to head to Illinois and Mr. will get on the road when the movers finish packing up the truck. Its not ideal, nor what we want, but its the best solution. We'll be staying in Illinois for a few days, so he'll meet me at my parents house.

I remind myself over and over again that very soon I'll be calling this place home...

I'll be able to see the mountains every day...to me that's alittle surreal. I'm a Midwest girl, it took me a while to get used to seeing the water everyday when we lived in Pcola.


See you all on the flipside...I hope to be able to blog alittle over the next 2 weeks, but no promises.

XOXO

Friday, June 25, 2010

Pug Friday - Peace out NC

Today is our last Friday in North Carolina. To be totally honest with you, my life is so crazy right now that I didn't know it was Friday until 10 minutes ago. And to make matters even worse...I wish it was still Thursday or better yet Wednesday, yeah I know I've lost it. This week has moved way too fast for me.


So for today's Pug Friday is my new Twitter picture. If you don't have a Twitter, well its probably better than way. I'm totally addicted to it and spend all damn day on it, so you've been warned.


Anyway....I digress. The packers are going to come today or Monday, yes that is what TMO said. For you non-mil, that the office that runs and oversees all the moving...don't ask me with TMO stands for, I don't know and I don't care. All I want to know is they won't lose our paperwork anymore, computers should be working 5 days a week, and stop giving us lame ass excuses. In our last move, we had an agent come out and access our 'stuff' to determine if we were a 1 day or 2 day pack, then move. Well obviously that's not what is happening here :)


I hope they show up on Monday and can pack everything in 1 day. Honestly, they should be able to, but you never know what type of crew you are going to get in here. Here's to an easy pack/move....


Well I gotta get back to work, I'm taking 2 weeks off for this move so I have a TON of work to do...shoot me now...


Happy Pug Friday!!!
Tuesday, June 22, 2010

In just 8 short days...

The Jetplanes will be hitting the road and leaving North Carolina in our rear view mirror. We're moving to Idaho people...
We're heading to Illinois the first day and spending a couple of days with both my family and his, then heading out to the wild west...
So please forgive me for my current and potentially continued status of MIA, as one could expect its pretty crazy over here right now.
Friday, June 18, 2010

Pug Friday - On the Road

Sorry I've been MIA this week. I am currently in Pensacola for work. I'm back at the corporate office, having to wake up, get dress, and sit in the office all day. I enjoy being back in the office but this waking up and getting dressed stuff is for the birds :)

I'm leaving today to head back to North Carolina and to these guys :) I can't wait!!

Yes, this was an outtake from our family shoot before we moved from Pensacola last summer!

Photo by Oeil Photography
Monday, June 14, 2010

Bite Me...please


Its BACK!! Yeah! Give me more naked Eric!!! Give me more naked Eric!
Yes obviously I'm Team Eric and if you have read the books, then you know why.
Overall I liked the season premiere. I do have to deal with the differences between the books and the show. As long as we don't have another unfortunate Mary Jane debacle, I think we'll be okay!
My Sunday nights just got better...and hotter!!!
Saturday, June 12, 2010

The END but just the BEGINNING!

Friday was a BIG day for us, Mr. Jetplane graduated from flight school. It was the culmination of years of hard work...really hard, stressful work. I have said it before, and I'll say it again...I am so proud of this man that I lovingly call my husband.

If you would have told me 6 years ago when we met that I would be a military wife I would have laughed in your face. But here I am the wife of a guy that freaking flies in fighter jets....yeah I know, crazy stuff, right?

Its not like I need reminding but when I am at a military event I get overly emotional. Sitting in a room full of high ranking military personnel, listening to 'war stories', and receiving sage advice for our futures.... I can't help it, I CRY!

I cried during the prayer before eating....I cried as a retired general spoke about what we can expect....I cried when Mr was awaiting to graduate...I almost cried when they gave all the wives bouquets of flowers as a thank you.

Its a scary world out there folks and my hubby is going to Afghanistan, he's going to be flying in hostile air space and protecting the lives of the folks fighting on the ground. This ISN'T a movie, this is real life...this is going to be my life. Everything got "real" real last night...yes I'll admit that I might have been living in denial, but its kinda easy to do when you've been in training for almost 4 years.

But as this big, heavy door is closing, we're walking into a whole new world. We're heading to Idaho. We're heading to our 1st operational squadron. We're heading to our 1st deployment. We're heading into this new chapter of our lives excited and obviously a little nervous. But I know we can do it... But now onto more important things....Pictures!

Here is my hunky husband awaiting his graduation certificate. Sorry the lighting was horrible, luckily they had a photographer there.
He is receiving his certificate from the Squadron Commander. Here is the whole class....don't they look happy?
But don't worry folks it just wasn't all pomp and circumstance...there was free booze.... Here I am with a fellow wife and Crud team member. That's our trophy and picture behind us!

And with a lot of free booze and a big, blue, beautiful limo driven by a DD...you get pictures like this one...Congrats to all the guys and their families... We'll see you all again in Idaho, England, or back in the Shady J.... Once an Eagle!
Friday, June 11, 2010

Proud Day

Sorry folks, there is no Pug Friday today but there is something way better....Its Mr. Jetplane's graduation day.

Mr. Jetplane finally graduates from flight school. We've been through pvt pilot classes, Primary, Advanced, IFF, EWO, and now the B-Course.
I am so unbelievably proud of this man. Its been a tough road. There have been plenty days, weeks, and to be honest, probably a whole month, he hated everything that had to do with flying. The past couple of years have been hard not just for him but for US.
But I've been happy and proud to stand by his side through all of this.
Congrats babe, I love you!
Thursday, June 10, 2010

The Ridiculousness of my Marriage

Is that we get into full on arguments about the dumbest things. I mean REAL dumb sh!t. We'll argue about whether the actor in a movie was in another movie or television show. We'll argue about whether or not we have chicken nuggets in the freezer. We're argue about where we we're going to eat dinner.

You see these aren't life or death issues here... well to be honest we got into a HUGE fight right after Hurricane Katrina and we were driving to a wedding in St Louis from Indianapolis. Let's just say that I didn't speak to him for almost the entire drive. But other than that, we agree on most 'big things' and create WW3 on seriously stupid crap.

So what's our LATEST fight.... This sh!t....I thought for sure we'd be on the same side of this issue, but sadly we are not. I'm uber pissed off that Will Smith has a big enough head to think that he and his young son can remake a CLASSIC. I find it appalling and will not give them ANY of my $. Mr. thinks they might be able to remake it and it be good. Oh and he insists on seeing it...insists!

I find that incredibly hard to believe...Jackie Chan people....Jackie Chan is no Mr. Miyagi and Jaden Smith is no Daniel Son.



I mean this is a classic don't mess with a classic.... FYI - this song played on our pre-wedding video shown at the rehearsal dinner for Mr. Jetplane's section of pictures. That's how much this man loves some Karate Kid...
Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Casa de Jetplane #2 Update

Well, we're in full swing over here preparing for the upcoming move and future renters in our current abode.

And with all this, I have been day dreaming about future house and what it will look like (when we're done with it). Can you tell this house was built in the late 80s....


The top cabinets on the right will be going. Pendant lighting will be going in its place. Of course the lighting will be gone as well.
This is the view from the family room. The counter top is new as is the sink. Those will be staying (for cost reasons) but the back splash will be leaving. They are individual pieces glued to the wall. Subway tile will be going in its place. The counter is actually fairly short, I'm looking for shorter metal stools. I think I have found some on Overstock, but I need to measure.

Here is the eat in kitchen. There are 3 large windows on the side. Its actually fairly large area. I would like to have a built in window seat and a large built in china cabinet on the wall. New lighting...obviously.

The flooring in the entire house will be replaced, that's the first thing that is happening...oh so exciting. That right there, will change the entire look of this dated house.
Below are my inspiration pictures. I apologize that I don't have the links for the credits. I have a bad problem of not keeping track especially on my work computer. If you know the link, please let me know and I would happily give credit where credit is most definitely due.

Lovely pendent lighting, white tile, great metal stools... what's not to love. Right?Yes, there is an obviously theme here...
But my favorite is this kitchen by LAKBdesign, posted by House of Turquoise last week I believe. I had an immediate reaction to this kitchen, and those red stools....TDF, am I right?? This new house is truly going to be a labor of love... So much is going to be happening to the Jetplanes in the next 3 years as we live in this house... a deployment, holidays apart, easing into a life out West, and hopefully having a child... Its an exciting and scary time.
Tuesday, June 8, 2010

This is how we roll...

1st things 1st, thank you all so much for the kind comments and tweets about our 2yr anniversary. That was really sweet and I appreciate it so much. We didn't really blow it out this year, with our recent Vegas trip and upcoming purchase of the 2nd house, we were low key.


We went out to dinner, hit up Lowes* for rock for the backyard, and then home. I had purchased a lil champagne earlier in the week.

Yeah baby...that's a clearance sticker on a bottle of Veuve Clicquot, I guess people over here don't like champagne. I got it for $35 from Target. Oh yeah...I'm not too proud to show you how we roll over here. But to be honest, I'm not a champagne snob...especially since moving here and the pickings are sparse. I do miss me some Sophia...that's my favorite champagne.

Too bad Mr. Jetplane doesn't really like champagne...oh well more for me right?

Well in honor of our cheapness, this song comes to mind.... Happy Tuesday.



*If you want to get some customer service at Lowe's where a low cut dress and heels...you'll get plenty of service.

Monday, June 7, 2010

2 Years Ago Today....

I became a wife...2 years ago today I became the wife of Mr. Jetplane. I'm not going to lie to you all and say that these past 2 years have been easy peasy, because they haven't been. We've had plenty of struggles like any young couple do, and plenty of hiccups along the road thanks to Uncle Sam and the great USAF. But I love this man.
This man is cheesy, handsome, lil cocky, and a deep down a softie (don't tell him I said that). This week he graduates from the B-Course, his final section of flight school, and I don't think I could be any prouder of him.

So thank you Mr. Jetplane for making me...the crazy, messy, neurotic basketcase that I am, your wife on that fine June afternoon 2 years ago.

I love you....always.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Pug Friday - Summer Loving

Hello all...can you believe its Friday already? I'm not complaining but wow, this week flew by. I don't know about you, but this weekend in NC is going to be a HOT one. So in honor of summer most definitely being upon us, I give you this week's Pug Friday...Enjoy!


Picture found here.
Thursday, June 3, 2010

Status of the Jetplanes Real Estate Empire...

If you read this blog, you will know that the Jetplanes are moving to Idaho and we put an offer in that was accepted on a house. We had the standard inspection done on Tuesday and there were only minimal issues, the house was built in the late 80s, so we anticipated some small details.

The house has a wooden shingled roof, a roof that we had never seen before, so we had a roof inspector come out and do an inspection. It was only $50. A general inspector will not provide you a detailed roof inspection, so we chose to pay for an additional inspection. Well it turns out this inspector actually did an inspection on this roof for the home owners last year and replaced several of the shingles. He gives the roof a 5 years or more (with maintenance) rating. Well, that is not good enough for us.

So needless to say, we've submitted another amended offer on the house last night. This might be a deal breaker if we can't come to some compromise. We've been up front and honest with our agent telling her we have concerns about the roof. I think our agent thinks we're crazy or delusional or something. It feels like she thinks we're too demanding or expecting too much. That's fine, but we're not buying a house that will need a new roof in 5 years, that my friend just ain't happening...unless you show us some money...

Oh and THANK YOU all so much for the birthday wishes, I really appreciate it. And on a total side note...guess who got carded while ordering a drink at dinner last night...this lady!!!

UPDATE: The seller has agreed to put on a whole new roof. Ask and you shall receive... we are SHOCKED and so HAPPY!!!
Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Peace out 20s....

Today I am 30 years old...I am no longer in my 20s, nor my late 20s...I am 30. I'm not going to provide you with this in depth introspective post about what turning 30 means to me or anything but I will say this...I'm freaked out about it.

So in honor of this stupendous occasion I'm going to provide you with 30 random and perhaps totally insignificant facts about myself.

1. I won't drink 'white' milk.

2. I used to be really into NASCAR, but to my defense I worked for a company that sponsored one and I called on Home Improvement stores...hello I needed to know about NASCAR.

3. Milo was 'this close' to be named Bogart.

4. In high school, I was into punk rock and ska music....I may still have ALL that music.

5. I am a AGD.

6. I have a ridiculously small pinky toe, with an even smaller toe nail on it.

7. My childhood nickname is Pooh Bear.

8. I still haven't legally changed by name....yeah I'm really bad.

9. I was on the quiz bowl team in junior high and high school, and I freaking loved it. I also was captain for our sorority team in Greek Week.

10. I took tap, jazz, ballet, and toe shoe ballet. Obviously, being 5'2" a ballerina was not in my future.

11. My mother let me name my lil brother or at least she let me think I did....after my favorite television show in 1984 - Heart to Heart.

12. I have OCD when it comes to closing the garage. I will turn around and come home to make sure I closed it, I do it ALL the time.

13. I used to have a thick southern accent when I was 4-5yrs old. When my parents were still married we lived in Natchez and Baton Rouge for about a year or so.

14. In 1st grade I went to a speech therapist and she got rid of the accent.

15. My favorite book I think will always be Dante's Inferno. I read it for Honors English senior year. For our class gift to our teacher, we made a plaque for above his door that read, "Abandon All Hope Ye Who Enter Here"

16. I have a deep love for techno music....thanks to college.

17. Mr. Jetplane and I often call each other by our last names.

18. Freshman year of college, I dated 2 guys and they knew about each other - One at home and one at school.

19. My favorite color is any shade of blue.

20. I know almost every word to Pretty in Pink, 16 Candles, and the Breakfast Club. John Hughes was God!!!

21. I also may have watched Howard the Duck every single weekend with my lil brother, on a VCR we rented with our videos.

22. My brother and I used to set up Double Dare challenges in our backyard.

23. I am messy. I hate to clean.

24. Dr. Pepper is my favorite soda.

25. Up until the 8th grade, my mother made me get perms. She used to give them to me in the kitchen sink...I used to say to her...give up I have straight hair.

26. I participated in beauty pageants, and I won some. My talent was tap.

27. I haven't spoken to my biological father since I was 20, and that was just by mistake when I answered the phone and he wanted to speak to my brother.

28. I curse alot.

29. I love Party Pizzas....like LOVE them.

30. My favorite smell in the world, honeysuckle.... It takes me right back to being a kid, playing with my cousins in my grandmother's backyard.

So there you go....30 totally random things about this 30 year old lady. Oh and one last thing...



Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Notice Something Different About Me?

Yes this lil blog has gotten quite a face lift, its still a work in progress...so please bear with me if not all the links are working properly. I'll talk more about the 'new look' later this week...

On a much different note....We got back from Vegas last night, many stories to tell about loathing American Airlines, loving Chelsea Handler, and meeting a great fellow blogger.

Let's us say one fellow blogger got to meet the Jetplanes in all our drunk glory. Oh yeah! Hot mess alert...

Oh and on even bigger news...TODAY is the last day of my 20s....we pause for a moment of silence...

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