Friday, August 20, 2010

Just smile...



I think he said something to the effect of "Just smile and she'll quit taking our picture."

I seem to have a thousand pictures of each pose, which is one downfall of a digital camera.  They aren't all bad, they are just different, and I can't seem to get rid of them.

In my "Great Downsizing 2010", I am purging pictures too.  My delete button is getting a workout, and when I am not doing that, I am ridding my house of extra beer glasses (three and a half years in Germany gave me enough, I don't need any from the States!), belt buckles (Gunner doesn't even wear belt buckles, so why am I carting this around?), wax candles of animals (do I really need a walrus in my shrunk?), and more and more clothes.  If you were to visit my house now, you wouldn't know I come from a long line of hoarders!  I told Gunner he would be shocked.  

I haven't gotten to my overflowing garage (boy do I miss my basement), but my neighbor was telling me that because of our location there have been mice that have gotten in the garage.  Eek! My goal now is to have the garage purged before the first snow, so I can park my car inside.  Wish me luck, especially since I now have to figure out what to do with all these bikes we own.  I'm sure there is some kind of mounting system I can use.....any recommendations?

I've heard from Gunner several times over the last couple of days, and all is well in the land of the Taliban.  He's in a very small location, not so good conditions, and is still smiling.  The shower shack had been broken since he arrived, but it was fixed the other day so I am hoping he was finally able to shower.  I can't imagine sharing a tent with 23 other guys smelling that gross.  Another reason I did not join the Army, I like my showers.

I'm back on the workout bandwagon and am in the process of completing my training sessions that Gunner was unable to finish.  My abs are killing me.  I got a quick two mile run in the other day, and am hoping CYS doesn't drain me so I can get another few miles in today.  Tomorrow is the one mile Walk for the Fallen here, and in two weeks is the 5K for the Fallen.

My random question of the day--What's your favorite part of back to school?  Mine has to be picking them up after the first day and hearing what happened.  It's kind of like a Fox News ticker in that they tell me once and then repeat the same thing over and over.  It's my favorite time of the day.  
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13 comments:

Crazy Shenanigans said...

I don't have kids but my favorite thing about back to school was the shopping! Glad you got to hear from Gunner!

Julie the Army Wife said...

I too love hearing about his day :) Then he asks me what I did. Very cute!

I need to declutter too...

Just Another MilSpouse said...

OK, sure, I love to hear about their days and how they LOVE their new teacher (they always love the teacher the first week, after that, who knows). But I'm going to be completely honest here... right now, what I am looking forward to the most is having a few hours a day of peace and quiet. A few hours where I can run errands alone, clean the house (and it stays clean), a few hours that I can watch what I want on the TV. Yeah, selfish, I know, I'll never win Mom of the Year for that admission. lol.

Jessica said...

My fave time is pick up time too...love hearing about the day =)

I too am working on decluttering...what is it about deployment that sets me into nesting mode???

annoyed army wife said...

Sucks to hear about the showers - hope he can get one soon. OccDoc is ordering a solar shower because he's a nerd and doesn't like to be smelly. I'm right there with you - I could never be in the Army. I love showers and privacy too much.

Vintage Love and Photographs said...

They have hooks you can buy to that you put into the wall to put your bike on. I'll trade my hooks for your garage, I have no garage lol :D

Kanani said...

Fave part of back to school is being able to go to work without having to wonder if the teens are leaving bowls of cereal around the house.

Uncle Dan said...

There are many types of hangers for bicycles on the market. We have the horizontal hooks that screw into the wall as well as vertical hooks that screw into the roof framing. I have also seen some that have ropes and pulley's but this only works if you have a high ceiling line.

The Burton Family said...

Nothing like cleaning house to make you feel good. I loved de-junking.

Amber*Renee said...

I love that he comes home and is so happy to see me :) He cant wait to give me a hug and tell me all about his day.

Since I had alone time and was able to workout and clean the house and do other things I have 100% focus on him for a few hours and its the best feeling ever!

Allison @ I heart Change said...

I'm glad you're enjoying your purging. I can say if I had heard of a 'mouse problem' I'd been tackling our garage, too.

ThatArmyWife said...

I desperately need to purge...our last PCS I was very pregnant so the house didn't get it's usual move de-cluttering and boy can I tell!

McMGrad89 said...

We have hooks in the ceiling and we have rack that holds a couple of bikes at my mother's house, too.