Archive | September, 2013

The government shut down: Will the military be paid?

25 Sep

Great explanation of how the military will be affected if the government does shut down and/or we reach the debt ceiling.

They Call Me Dependent

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Normally I wouldn’t write about this, but spouses and service members are concerned (rightfully so) once again. I was going to answer the most popular questions, but Military Spouse Magazine beat me to it and did a nice job. 

Click here for the full article from MSM.

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14 away!

23 Sep

As an extra little note today, I’m 14 followers away from 200! If you enjoy the posts, please start following or if you already are, please share!

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Active Fall Date Ideas

23 Sep

It’s hard to believe that it’s been almost a year since hubby and I got married!

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We’ve decided for our anniversary we’re going to stay around D.C. Since moving back hubby has barely been home and we want to be able to actually enjoy the area we live in. Plus, it saves some money on hotel and gas etc.

My physical therapist finally said I can start running intervals and building my time up that way (so working toward 20 min of 1 min jogging, 2 min walking for now). So that’s super exciting and it encouraged me to try to find some active date ideas for our anniversary weekend. Now, I still can’t do anything like rock climbing or a 5k run so some of these are more active than others…

1. Corn maze- get outside and try to run (or walk) through a corn maze! Plus you have to work together to get out 😉

2. Apple picking- same idea, just get outside and move around!

3. Bike tour through the city, or just rent bikes and make your own tour!

4. Rent a canoe or kayak and go enjoy the fall colors out on the water– find a river or lake around you and go enjoy the fall colors

5. Hike- we have the Blue Ridge Mountains pretty close by and I have the optimistic idea that in another month I may actually be able to start hiking again

What active fall date ideas do you have? Is there something you do every year or something new you’re trying this year?

Happy Fall!

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Hey September…where’d you come from?

17 Sep

So, I don’t know where August went but it seems like I looked up and it was gone and I haven’t written anything in a month! We had some unexpected travel last month which threw off my sense of timing but things are starting to settle back in now 🙂

I’ve been at my new job just over a month now and so far really like it. It’s challenging but I’m always on the go and learning a lot so I think after a month that’s all I can ask for. As of last week I’m settling into my 3 days a week schedule (I don’t know how most of you work 5 days a week… I love my 13 hour shifts) and hopefully that means on days off like this I can get back to writing again.

Hubby was gone most of August which meant my exercise was mainly taking Maia on her walks. She’s gotten  a lot better about pulling and I like to think she’s fully “adopted us” by now. But, she’s still a big dog which means I try to take her on at least three 20 min walks a day… there’s my hour of workout time. The past week I have been able to do more at home workouts so between that and physical therapy twice a week I’ve hardly been sedentary, just haven’t had a lot of strength workouts to post :-/ I am going to start using my crockpot more again since I’m on the 12 hour shifts now so look for those recipes this fall!

Other than that, we’ve finally got a contract on a house so hopefully we’ll be moving out of the apartment and Maia will have a yard by the end of November! We’re just settling into the new pace of both of our new jobs and life together back in the states. How was August for you? Any big news for the fall?

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