Saturday, January 31, 2009

update

Blueberries and Blackberries are 88 cents a container until Tuesday night at Safeway!
I ran to the Safeway near work and they were out so I grabbed rain checks.

But my Safeway had a few left and I will hunt for more later...

Whew - what a week.
I have to admit it, it was eventful.
I only made it to workout once which is the first time since the beginning of the year I did not have a strong week.
But if all goes well, my neighbor and I are headed to swim class. We have little Michael for the weekend. He is getting more and more talkative each time he comes over. He gobbled 25 blueberries last night at the dinner table which definitely links him to me:)
He is more cognizant of moving from one place to another. Last night he really struggled with the idea of putting his pajamas on at our house, which meant he was staying with us. But after a few minutes and some juice it was ok.

The biggest news is that she officially signed her papers to go into the Army. She is so happy and excited and relieved.
Let the plans begin! Two points of irony.. She signed the papers the day before our 19th wedding anniversary and she and I have the exact same PEBD Jan 28th. Not planned obviously, but it ended up that way. Basically we both joined the Delayed entry the exact same day 21 years apart. Also, it looks like her cousin Val might be in the same area at the same time for her AIT in Texas.

Monday night I went to a local political meeting, that was so political I was shocked. The party is electing officials next month and they are aggressively trying to persuade one another.
Just eye opening. But I think after next month they will focus a bit more. I have drill on the big voting day, so I can escape that mess!
I was a little hesitant about facebook - but I have been able to reconnect with a few people and that is nice.

In the last month I have been invited to two gala events, which really cracks me up. I do not attend gala events for goodness sake. But, I just might start, but only if I can find something to wear. More to follow on that. I mean who would not want to celebrate Abe Lincoln's birthday!

Lastly, I have been reading a book that I received at our church leadership last weekend. I love it.... Craig Groeschel = How Churches and Leaders Can Get It and Keep it
I have been able to go out and listen to several of his weekly messages and read about the strategy and creativity of his church. Very interesting and inspiring. lifechurch.tv

This next week I have a full work schedule, my daughter's 18th birthday, tax appointment and drill weekend.
BUT that means several things will have checks next to them on the list.
If you know how to contact my daughter give her a congrats and birthday wish! 18 OMG!

Thursday, January 29, 2009

a picture paints a 1000 words


She is Government Issue now.

Monday, January 26, 2009

27 Jan 2008

"Denying historical facts, especially on such an important subject as the Holocaust, is just not acceptable. Nor is it acceptable to call for the elimination of any State or people. I would like to see this fundamental principle respected both in rhetoric and in practice by all the members of the international community."
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon,Press Conference SG/2120, 14 December 2006

It decided that the United Nations would designate 27 January -– the anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp -- as an annual International Day of Commemoration to honour the victims of the Holocaust, and urged Member States to develop educational programmes to instil the memory of the tragedy in future generations to prevent genocide from occurring again, and requested the United Nations Secretary-General to establish an outreach programme on the "Holocaust and the United Nations", as well as measures to mobilize civil society for Holocaust remembrance and education, in order to help prevent future acts of genocide.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

..

This morning I went to the late service at church.
I walked in, made my myself to the front and settled in.
I chatted with a few people and then a friendly face came right over.. Ladies... I need your help.
ok... I need someone to teach first grade or I have to close the classrom.
The lady I was chatting with said we would do it together.
Yeah, I taught first grade Sunday School today with no preparation.
Too funny, the kids were well behaved.
Our church has special needs helpers that shadow children while their parents attend church.
We had two autistic boys in our class and every thing went very smoothly.
God had shown us favor!

she used to live across the street from us...

she was a spitfire and loved to always wear heels

Carla Adelaide Frey Oct. 11, 1902-Jan. 24, 2009
Carla Adelaide Frey, age 106, of Monroe, formerly of Newport, MI, passed away January 24, 2009 at The Lutheran Home of Monroe where she has been a resident since 1993.

Carla was born on October 11, 1902 in Roscommon, MI, to Frank and Justine (Smith) Richardson. She married Harold Frey June 18, 1929, who preceded her in death on September 16, 1986.

Carla graduated from Michigan Normal College in Ypsilanti, MI. with her teaching degree, and taught school at Bolles Harbor School and Masserant School, Newport, from 1926 to1929. Her memberships included First Congregational Church in Rockwood and The Ladies Extension Group of Newport. She had been active with the American Red Cross at one time and enjoyed baking, sewing, gardening and canning.

Carla is survived by a daughter, Arlene C. Gedelian of Newport, 6 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren and 3 great great grandchildren. In addition to her husband she was preceded in death by her parents, one infant daughter, 3 brothers, 7 sisters, 1 grandson and 1 granddaughter.

Family and friends may visit Monday January 26, 2009 from 2 to 8 p.m. at the Ford Chapel-Martenson Family of Funeral Homes, Rockwood, where services will be Tuesday at 11 a.m. The Rev Charles Packer of Rockwood First Congregational will officiate. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to First Congregational Church Rockwood.

The family would like to express a special thank you to the nurses and staff at The Lutheran Home of Monroe for all of their compassionate care and support.

Online condolences may be offered to the family at www.martenson.com

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Baked oatmeal this morning – May have been the best ever.

Raw steel cut oats
Skim milk
Splash of vanilla
Cinnamon – several dashes
Allspice – dash
Handful of almonds
Bag of Cascadian Farms Organic Strawberries

Bake for about 30 minutes
I had a small before I left for work and had a small bowl during manager conf call!

A Good Dog by Jon Katz

Is a pretty good listen.
Article from Slate with excerpt from the book.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

odds and ends

I spent over an hour reading this blog Green and Crunchy
I am fascinated and easily distracted.

On another topic - I found a pastor and a church from Charlotte, NC that I listen to the weekly messages to online. I figure the more I learn, the better I can be.
There current series Come Home - is amazing.
I have heard the Prodigal Son message many times before.. but never like this.
If you are interested - check it out...Elevation Church
I think I am learning to sweat.
I know that sounds weird, but the first few times in hot yoga it was minimal.
But the last few times I leave soaking.
The rooms was 104 degrees tonight and it was amazing.

I am trying to master Sasangasana Rabbit Pose and of course Tree.
I think it is odd that Hot Yoga does not use Child's pose, my personal favorite.

BTW - I am alone that I do not understand Lost.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Happy Sunday
The events are not earth shattering.
Yesterday the daughter and went to Hot Yoga and then later to the Arc for 50% thrift store shopping. We picked up a shirt for my brother, a sweatshirt for my husband, an outfit for my nephew, she found a pair of asic wrestling shoes, two shirts and two pair of black pants for her work.
Later I went out to Kimball Theatres to see Slumdog Millionaire. Very well done. I really liked it. I would recommend it to mature audiences. There are a few spots that I had to look away, but for the most part it was great.

I am working on a small scarf for niece. At this point I am only using yarn we have here at the house. But, I have a goal that I would like two hats done by the end of the months for gifts in early Feb. So, I will head to Green Mountain Weavers. I am excited about heading over there it is owned by a previous HP employee, so I would love to pass along some business and friendship now that I have the skills! I am going to pick up some yarn. I noticed that some can be very expensive, but I want to stay in the moderate range since I am in the beginner status.

I found two online tutorials and checked out one book from the library. I think I should be able to make something that resembles a hat. How to Link-

I am glad I have a three day weekend! Tomorrow I want to hike a bit, the weather is suppose to be awesome. The Zonta club meeting is tomorrow. I still need to weed through books, I want to pare it down to maybe just two book shelves!
I also need to get busy on the taxes. I started filling out my daughters FAFSA and I realized I need all of the numbers from the 2008 taxes. The site mentions something about extra benefits for students interested in becoming a teacher.

Last night I dreamt of making bread, very odd.
Happy Sunday
The events are not earth shattering.
Yesterday the daughter and went to Hot Yoga and then later to the Arc for 50% thrift store shopping. We picked up a shirt for my brother, a sweatshirt for my husband, an outfit for my nephew, she found a pair of asic wrestling shoes, two shirts and two pair of black pants for her work.
Later I went out to Kimball Theatres to see Slumdog Millionaire. Very well done. I really liked it. I would recommend it to mature audiences. There are a few spots that I had to look away, but for the most part it was great.

I am working on a small scarf for niece. At this point I am only using yarn we have here at the house. But, I have a goal that I would like two hats done by the end of the months for gifts in early Feb. So, I will head to Green Mountain Weavers. I am excited about heading over there it is owned by a previous HP employee, so I would love to pass along some business and friendship now that I have the skills! I am going to pick up some yarn. I noticed that some can be very expensive, but I want to stay in the moderate range since I am in the beginner status.

I found two online tutorials and checked out one book from the library. I think I should be able to make something that resembles a hat. How to Link-

I am glad I have a three day weekend! Tomorrow I want to hike a bit, the weather is suppose to be awesome. The Zonta club meeting is tomorrow. I still need to weed through books, I want to pare it down to maybe just two book shelves!
I also need to get busy on the taxes. I started filling out my daughters FAFSA and I realized I need all of the numbers from the 2008 taxes. The site mentions something about extra benefits for students interested in becoming a teacher.

Last night I dreamt of making bread, very odd.

Friday, January 16, 2009

The weather was really nice today.
Of course, I spent zero time in it.
Unless, you count the drive and back to the commissary.
I made a purposefully effort to get organized and head for the grocery.
I used a list and many of my coupons that were expiring at the end of the month. I spent a chunk of change, but I feel I have enough for almost two weeks.
I will have to run out for fresh veggies and fruit, but we should be good.
Agenda is shaping for the weekend. I am trying to stay away from the media. I am just all too emotional about next week. I will miss Sean McCormick's State Department Briefs and Condi's poise and class. But it is, what it is.
I have books to read, crochet to master and the home to clean. Plenty of stuff to do!

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Well spent 35 minutes

progress

On Tuesday night I attended the Task Force to end Human Trafficking in Colorado. That was good and very insightful.
Wednesday night was the first night I was able to head to yoga. It was very relaxing and powerful. My shins were sweating, I kid you not.
the cool thing is that my co-worker taught me the basic stitch for crochet! Woo Hoo. So right now I have created a 3 inch X 3 inch thing. I am going to practice for awhile and then attempt a scarf and baby blanket.
This weekend should be one of relaxing and activity at the same time. I need to go grocery shopping for the next two weeks and I need to organize my coupons before I leave. I am really trying to be more frugal and less impulsive. I need to plan on buying dog food, laundry soap and other random things so I am not running out to pick things up! I am hoping I can pick Valentines and work on them!
My daughter is registered and ready to go for her college speech class and ceramics class. I am so thankful for the program at her high school. They are paying for two classes this semester and we only had to help out with the ceramics class. What a blessing. We are still waiting to hear back on her waiver package with the Army. Hurry up and wait.
There is a lot of activity with the Guard in the state. So, I am praying for God's will and complete direction. Please do the same.
Next Monday is the monthly Zonta meeting and I will be talking about the movie A Powerful Noise http://www.apowerfulnoise.org/index.html which will be in theatre's one day only on March 5th. We might plan a dinner and meeting place and then have a large group of ladies all see the movie together and then coordinate a follow up event to discuss impacts and maybe even grass roots projects.
I need to scoot for the day.
Enjoy

Monday, January 12, 2009

ideas

Last week I took an H20 Fitness Class.
I followed up with a second class today.
I like it.
We are secretly calling it "senior water aerobics". I am the youngest in the class and I am not that young.
I took my daughter tonight just for fun. She liked it and might come again. They have a whirlpool and sauna.

Ideally, I would like to learn how to swim and do graceful laps. Maybe.

Ideally, I would like to have my own lap pool, but that is not going to happen either.

The weekend went by pretty quickly. Drill was successful. I know. odd. I split trained with another unit and I have to say it was one of the best drills in awhile.
On Sunday night I caught a quick movie. I could have done laundry and house work, but needed to de-stress a bit. I watched Bride Wars and if was pretty cute. The nice thing, when you go to chick movies alone, you are not usually the only person sitting by themselves!

This week should be pretty busy. I have plans to attend yoga and swim class, but there is Republican meeting and a Human Trafficking meeting. More of the same next week. I plan on doing two yoga classes on the big day Jan 20th, I just want to be free from the hype and the media.


My friend's husband finally came home the hospital on Friday, please continue to pray for them. They have an appt on Wednesday to determine next steps.

Friday, January 09, 2009

a moment

President Bush gave a speech on Jan 6th at the Military Appreciation Parade with Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates.
I read through the transcripts and these words moved me...


As my time in office winds down, the days bring a series of "lasts." I made my last overseas trip on Air Force One. I have delivered my final college commencement as President. And after much consideration, I pardoned my last Thanksgiving turkey. (Laughter.) These have all been wonderful experiences. But nothing compares to the honor of standing before you today, and addressing America's Armed Forces as your Commander-in-Chief.

Over the past eight years, I have seen the valor of the American military time and time again. I saw your valor on September the 11th, 2001, in service members rushing into smoke-filled corridors to save their colleagues at the Pentagon -- and in planes patrolling the skies above New York City and Washington. I saw your valor in the days after the attack, when Americans crowded into recruiting centers across our country, raised their hands to serve, and pledged to defend our people and our freedom.

I saw your valor in the forces who deployed to Afghanistan. Within weeks of September the 11th, you closed down the terrorist training camps, and you drove the Taliban from power. I saw your valor in the fearless troops who stormed across the Iraqi desert -- and destroyed a regime that threatened America. I saw your valor in battle-tested warriors who signed up for a second, or third, or fourth tour -- and made the surge in Iraq one of the great successes in America's military history.

The valor of America's Armed Forces have made our nation safer. Because you've taken the fight to the terrorists abroad, we have not had to face them here at home. And the world has seen something that almost no one thought possible: More than seven years after September the 11th, there has not been another attack on American soil.

The decisions I made as your Commander-in-Chief have not always been popular. But the cause you have served has always been just and right. The missions you have carried out have always been necessary. And the work you have done has every bit -- has been every bit as courageous and idealistic as that of any generation that came before you.

In the years since the war on terror began, America's Armed Forces have led the largest military liberation since World War II. Because of your actions, more than 50 million Afghans and Iraqis have seen the chains of despotism broken -- and are living in the liberty that the Creator intended. The new wave of freedom in the Middle East has made America more secure at home -- because it is undermining the culture of tyranny that fosters radicalism.

There will become a day when your grandchildren will ask, what did you do during your time in uniform? And you'll be able to say: We made the military stronger. We made the world freer. And we made America more secure.

You'll be able to tell them the story of the first decade in the 21st century -- their early days of a generational struggle against terror and extremism. It is a story of a global coalition led by the United States that is dedicated to eliminating the forces of oppression and fear. It is the story of the Iraqi people proudly holding up ink-stained fingers to show that the threat of violence could not break their commitment to liberty. It is the story of young girls going to school in Afghanistan after years when educating a woman could be punished with beatings or imprisonment. It is the story about the character in men and women who volunteered to leave the comforts of home to defend freedom and keep our nation safe.

On behalf of the American people, I thank you for making that sacrifice. I know you have not shouldered the burdens of military life alone. You've had the support of strong and loving families to sustain you. And this morning, I want all of you and your families to hear your Commander-in-Chief loud and clear: We appreciate you, we love you, and we honor your service. (Applause.)

We also honor our wounded warriors -- and those who never returned home from the field of battle. In their sacrifices, we see one of the extraordinary legacies of our Armed Forces -- the willingness to give everything to secure safety at home and liberty abroad.
As the Admiral pointed out, we saw that selfless spirit in people like Petty Officer Michael Monsoor, a Navy SEAL who served in Iraq. In the fall of 2006, on a rooftop in Iraq, Mike threw himself onto a grenade in order to save the lives of his teammates. As Admiral Mullen mentioned, I had the honor of presenting Michael Monsoor's parents his posthumous Medal of Honor in the White House. On that day, I saw the deep sadness that is familiar to anyone who has lost a loved one in the line of duty. But I also saw the pride that comes with such noble sacrifice -- and the recognition that our freedom and our security only endure because of the acts of bravery like Michael Monsoor's.


That kind of courage, character, and devotion defines our Armed Forces. So this morning, I cannot accept your kind tribute unless I'm allowed to return the favor. To the men and women of the Army, the Navy, the Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, and all those who serve in the Department of Defense: You have the respect of a grateful nation that you have kept safe. You have the admiration of millions around the world who would have never tasted freedom without you. You have the undying love and respect of a man who has been proud to call himself your Commander-in-Chief.

Two weeks from today, Laura and I will take our final trip back to Texas -- or, as you Texans understand, back to the promised land. We have the honor of doing it onboard a 747 piloted by the United States Air Force -- Colonel Mark Tillman will be the lead pilot. This brings a fitting symmetry: The military brought me to Washington eight years ago -- and on January the 20th, the military is taking me home.

We will take with us many fond memories that we will cherish for the rest of our lives. We will always remember that you answered the call to serve when your nation needed you most. We will always remember that you did your duty with honor and dignity. And we will always remember the debt of gratitude that each of us who lives in freedom owes to each of you who has protected it.
May God bless you. And may God always bless the United States. (Applause.)
END 10:49 A.M. EST

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

I love my new shirt.
How can one shirt make me so happy?
Well, it starts with a certain company Ex Offico.
Now, to be real with you I cannot really afford to buy these items full price. I wait for sales.
I bought a few things from Sierra Trading and I even found a piece from them at Goodwill before my trip last year.
I love their underwear, but only have a few...
this is the latest addition and I love it...
Dillard's had a GREAT sale and I picked lt rosewood up for $12.
I should have bought all of the colors.
It has a cool Security zip sleeve pocket to hold ID or money when you're traveling light!
ahhh the simple things....

I found this new blog and Love it. Use Real Butter
Recipes, pics, stories, a cute dog and Colorado!

mid week

I have been keeping busy.
I went to Hot Yoga on Saturday, Tues and tonight.
I could go everyday if I had time and at $12 a pop - more money. I am contemplating buying the month plan and seeing how that goes. I just need to know that means commitment.

Tomorrow, I have a meeting at church, so I think I might try a swim class. It is a bit more economical and I think I might enjoy it.

To my suprise I won some thing from one of my favorite blog's. foodie farm girl
A knitting book.
I have tried over and over to learn how to knit, but 2009 will be the year I get it down. My friend Beth from Vermont sent me a gorgeous scarf for Christmas. It has inspired me and now I will have a new book to help the process. A co-worker promised she would teach me.

Two weeks vacation is making it hard for the daughter and I to get up and moving in the morning.

Safeway has blueberries on sale this week.

save the date March 5th

A POWERFUL NOISE

On Thursday, March 5, 2009, in honor of International Women’s Day, A POWERFUL NOISE Live will appear in 440 movie theatres nationwide. This one-night event will feature the acclaimed documentary followed by a live town hall discussion with experts and celebrity activists broadcast from New York. Tickets go on sale Jan 30 at FathomEvents.com.

movie:
Hanh is an HIV-positive widow in Vietnam. Nada, a survivor of the Bosnian war. And Jacqueline works the slums of Bamako, Mali. Three very different lives. Three vastly different worlds. But they share something in common: Power. These women are each overcoming gender barriers to rise up and claim a voice in their societies. Through their empowerment and ability to empower others, Hanh, Nada and Jacqueline are sparking remarkable changes. Fighting AIDS. Rebuilding communities. Educating girls.

Background
Women and girls are the most impoverished, discriminated-against group in the world. Consider the following:
Of the 1.3 billion people living in absolute poverty around the globe, 70 percent are women and girls.
Women work two-thirds of the world’s working hours, yet earn only 10 percent of the income.
Women produce half the world’s food, yet own only 1 percent of its land.
Women make up two-thirds of the estimated 876 million adults worldwide who cannot read or write; and girls make up two-thirds of 77 million children not attending school.
In most societies, women face discrimination, exploitation and exclusion that limit their access to resources and assets. This disempowerment is a universal factor in extreme poverty. Rather than working with women as victims of poverty, more and more non-governmental organizations are working to empower marginalized women to challenge and change the contexts in which they live.

If you live in Colorado Springs stay tuned - it is showing in three locations.

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Finished reading

THE THREE OF US
A Family Story.
By Julia Blackburn.
Illustrated. 313 pp. Pantheon Books. $26.

NYT Book Review

This was an odd book =- but felt compelled to finish it.
First Chapter more...
This is the story of three people. It is the story of my two parents and the three of us together, but it is also the story of the tangled fairy-tale triangle, which took shape between me and my mother and the succession of solitary men who entered our lives after my father had left.
My father Thomas Blackburn was a poet and an alcoholic who for many years was addicted to a powerful barbiturate called sodium amytal, which was first prescribed for him in 1943. When the cumulative effect of the drug combined with the alcohol made him increasingly violent and so mad he began to growl and bark like a dog, he was tried out on all sorts of substitute pills, including one which he proudly said was used to tranquillize rhinoceroses.
He had two divorces and several breakdowns, but then at the age of sixty he had a vision of the afterlife, which made him happy because he realized he was no longer afraid of dying. A year later, in the early morning of 13 August 1977, he finished writing a long letter to his brother with the words 'I am now going to lie down in a horizontal position and breathe long and deep.' He then went upstairs and died from a cerebral haemorrhage, just as he was getting into bed.
He was disastrous in so many ways, yet I never felt threatened by him. I could be frightened of the madness and the drunken rages, but I never doubted the honesty of his relationship with me and that was what really mattered.
My mother, Rosalie de Meric, was very diverent. She was a painter by profession and she rarely got drunk and didn't use prescription drugs, and she was sociable and sane and xirtatious, and I was always afraid of her. Right from the start I was her sister and her conwdante and, eventually, her sexual rival, as the boundaries between us became increasingly dangerous and unclear. The battle we fought reached a crisis in 1966 when I was eighteen, and that crisis never really passed, the scent of rage and adrenaline hanging in the air as sharp as gunpowder.
On the first day of March 1999, when she was eighty-two years old, my mother was told she had only a short time to live and she came to stay with me for what proved to be the last month of her life. Something crucial happened and the spell that had held us for so long in its grip like an icy winter was finally broken, and we were able to laugh and talk together with an ease we had never known before. 'I have never been so happy in all my life,' she said. 'How curious to be dying at the same time.'

Monday, January 05, 2009

1st work week, 2009

Ok - and we are off.
This should help me... and it does.

Sunday, January 04, 2009

One more day of vacation left...
Yesterday was nice.
I went to 90 minute hot yoga. Nice.
Came home and took down the Christmas Tree and sorted through several bins in the basement.
My daughter and I were able to sort out three grocery bags of shoes and three bags and one box of books for Goodwill. We still have a ways to go, but we are making progress.
I left up the nativity set and stockings, I will leave them up for awhile longer.
After I dropped off the stuff at Goodwill I headed to the movies and saw Four Christmases. It was cute. There are about four movies I would like to see, so I might catch one more before work picks up again this week.
The weatherman was calling for snow overnight so I went to 6:30 church service last night. I occasionally go to Saturday night service. It is convenient when plans collide or on weekends that I have drill. That was a pretty good decision, I have about four inches of snow on the car.
I want to organize some paperwork today and get things semi-aligned for taxes. After last years debacle, I will be going to a tax accountant.

Over the two weeks we have watched some great TV Boxed Sets - Eli Stone and October Road. Both of them were really good. Borders had a 30% off sale so we took advantage. Eli Stone was fabulous. If you get a chance check it out.

Saturday, January 03, 2009

Yesterday, we had a bit of relief.
Chelsea visited two ophthalmologists and both of them conducted a series of tests. According to both offices she is not color blind. So, early next week we need to prepare a waiver and send it up the channels. I am not sure how this process works, but as right now we have all the needed documentation.
Our friend Mark was moved from ICU to a regular room. Please continue to breathe a prayer for him. In the next few days they should be moving him we hope to Ann Arbor.
I was able to get the oil changed and get a haircut. All of which I really needed. I have drill next weekend and it was at a stage that was neither staying up or back.
Yesterday, we attended the funeral for our friend. It was well attended and she was honored.
Today, I plan to just relax I hope to be headed off to yoga soon.
I cannot believe it is Jan 2009. I have made a few personal goals, but they are not for every one to take in and understand. I plan to be more active in the community and will probably take another major trip.
We have major milestones in 2009. Chelsea will graduate from high school, and head to either college or military. She is planning on taking a trip to Italy in July. My brother and his wife are expecting their second child and he turns 40 in April.

Thursday, January 01, 2009

Few updates:

Please pray for my friend Mark - he is the hospital and has a very bad week. He makes progress and then loses to some other weird issue.
I am contemplating heading to Michigan after next week to help out. I love that family with all my heart. Airline tickets are high, but they might come around.
Funny you can fly to London cheaper than Detroit.

Today more of the same, I am taking down the tree and cleaning. We are headed to my sister in laws for New Years Day good luck foods.
Tomorrow we have an early eye appt and then the funeral later in the day.

Yesterday I did some additional researching on the Chaplain Assistant position for my daughter. It looks like she will not need a waiver, we just need to work a little harder with the recruiter.
I am sure they were not expecting me to call TRADOC and get additional details and facts. Whatever, I say let education/facts be the guiding decision. It was a total God thing, the LTC that answered the phone was very helpful and he helped connect me to the SGM right away. I have the facts and answers in email.