Sunday, May 27, 2007


Tonight's 60 Minutes was so hard. So incredibly hard. That unit 1-133 Iowa National Guard is in the same BCT with my husband's unit. When they showed the reactions of the families to the extension... one thing they forgot, was that we all found out from the news... that the meetings with the General etc., were after the fact. We knew from the media. Guess they didn't want to show that part, huh?

They talk about us being part of the small groups that are carrying the load alone. Yeah, that's us. And the people saying "it's not fair"... and the depression... it's common. Very common. and the questioning about the war, that's common too. The questioning by the troops, that's hard to see. The questioning here at home, is building and getting louder and louder. Is anyone out there listening? I don't think so. They are all so busy running for office. So busy wanting their own voice heard, so busy wanting all that power..... The last election said something, or so we thought. But it's not working, no one has the guts to stand up and do something. so we'll sit here, and wait. and want, and hope.


Friday, May 25, 2007

migraine & massage

After the last very stressful 24 hours, it was so wonderful to go for my weekly massage therapy. She found that muscle that was knotted and really worked on it. And ... although while she was doing it I wanted to jump off the table, she got it. not completely, I'm too tense and stressed out, but she stopped the migraine that I walked in with.

So if you are tense, stressed and hurting, find a licensed massage therapist..... it will help, no drugs, and the dopamine released by the touching will also help lift your mood.


Friday, May 11, 2007

It's OUR day today!

Happy Military Spouse Appreciation Day to all of US. Not just spouses, but all the family members who hold it all together. The ones who keep the homes and families going, who manage on a budget that would make Trump cringe, who cry in private for what could have been, who listen to the news and send a silent prayer for the family of the fallen (and pray it's not theirs), who answer the questions and fears of their children, who answer the insensitive and ridiculous questions of their families and strangers alike.

Happy MSAp to the families who try to make Christmas, Thanksgiving and Easter as happy as possible, with that empty chair at the table; to the spouse who sits alone in the house while friends celebrate; to the spouse, mom or dad, who waits by the phone, carries the cell phone clipped to the belt at all time, jumps at every "you've got mail" announcement.

Happy MSAp to the spouse who supports their soldier, when they don't believe in the war, and to the family member who does believe. Happy MSAp to that small 2% of the American public, for whom the news from Iraq isn't academic, for whom the latest casualty announcement is "one of us".

There's a line in a movie (Gardens of Stone) It's a toast I think fits today. "Here's to us and those like us" We deserve it.


Wednesday, May 09, 2007

I'm fine, thanks. really.

I have had a couple of my blogfriends ask me if I am ok, since I haven't been here in a while. I'm absolutely fine, I just had to clean the house (and I mean CLEAN!) the house before the Open House this weekend.

So thanks for worrying.. I'm here, I'm still waiting for DH to get home...and hoping it will end soon.