Friday, October 24, 2014

How to Do a DITY Move

How to do a DITY move Me and My SoldierMan

I don’t claim to be an expert in much of anything, but in our entire Army career, we’ve now completed 4 DITY moves. In as many years. And while we may not do things the same way others do, we’ve figured out a few tricks along the way that I thought I’d pass along.

DITY moves are intimidating, because they are stressful and exhausting and time-consuming. You are responsible for everything. And even though we’ve done several of them, I still dread them. But there are definite Pros to doing a DITY:

BYou pack your own stuff. You can take extra care with the breakables and valuables and important sentimental things. And since you are transporting your own stuff, you have 100% peace of mind that it’s getting to your destination.
BYou can wait as close to moving day to pack away your kitchen as you want, so you aren’t creating tons of trash with disposable plates, cups, and utensils, and you don’t have to spend the money eating fast food for longer than absolutely necessary.
BYou make money. That’s probably the biggest. The military saves money by paying YOU to pack and load and drive and unload and unpack your stuff, instead of hiring professionals.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Book Review: Ravens Hollow

Me and My SoldierMan Ravens Hollow Jenny Lee Canham Review

After a car accident takes the life of their parents, three sisters find themselves torn from city life and thrust into the backwoods of Bavia, a small town with a deadly secret. A late night bike ride into Ravens Hollow leads them to an abandoned cottage where a tale of treachery and deceit has left its stain. (Amazon)

I’m not normally one to go for spooky YA fiction, but I was very excited when Ravens Hollow was released. Jenny, the author, and I were in the same writing program in college. The nights she would bring her manuscript excerpts for review were some of my favorite classes.

I guess this is the “disclosure” part: Yes, I’ve known Jenny and her husband for (holy geez) almost 10 years now, and I love their work. She didn’t ask me to do this review, doesn’t know I’m doing it, and won’t give me anything for it.

Anyway, I’ve been waiting YEARS to find out what happened to Reina, Ember, and Jilly. And it was totally worth the wait. Now, the creepy factor may have been enhanced by the fact that I only ever got to read this one while I was tending Baby G in the middle of the night. But whenever I’d get to a stopping point, I’d have to shake off the heebie-jeebies before I could go back to sleep.

Friday, October 17, 2014

4 Ways Puppies Prepared Me For a Baby

Me and My SoldierMan 4 ways puppies prepared me for a baby

For years I joked around that Jeb and Achilles were our practice kids. I had no idea how right I was. This is an obligatory opening paragraph with a nut at the beginning to compensate for the quick preview blog reader apps give. I’ve noticed most of these list posts need to have an opening paragraph, but I never read them, because I’m only interested in the list (which is below). I’m curious if this is universal or not. So, if you read this paragraph, answer me this question in the comments: If cows could talk, would you still eat them? Now read below for the actual point of this blog post.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Getting Fit: Day 1

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Hey, remember that old blast-from-the-past graphic? It’s been a while.

Today I officially kick off Project Recovery.

The last year has been quite the rollercoaster for my body. About this time last year we were in the gym daily. I had decent cardiovascular health (you know, “considering”). I was able to do a full unassisted pullup (and 3x5 assisted). I even wore actual “workout clothes” in public.

Then I got pregnant, and my body was occupied, in every sense of the word, with another human person’s well-being. Didn’t go to the gym. Didn’t skip a chance for cake. Don’t regret a single thing.