October 26, 2010

It's Really Me

Sorry about all the meme posts lately. I hope you've enjoyed them. I love sharing my movie and book finds, and other fairly generic topics as well. I've just been so superbusy the last few weeks I haven't had much time for personal updates. And there wasn't a whole lot to say until recently anyway.

But, I haven't given you an update in a while so I thought I'd do that today. :) And this is bullet-pointed, because I don't really have pictures or cute anecdotes. Most of the funniest stuff that happened, I've forgotten. Sorry. Such are the hazards of not consistently updating.

  • The big news is that we finally have a mostly-firm timeline as to when we leave Georgia and head to Texas. Bittersweet. On the one hand, we're ready to go. (That is, SoldierMan is beyond ready to leave TRADOC!) And I'm really looking forward to being back in the land of cowboys (little C) and Tex-Mex.
  • I've done the thing I said I would never do - I've started running. I started Couch 2 5k a few weeks ago and I finally graduated to Week 2 this week. I'm giving my heart a chance to really gradually build up strength. I still hate running, but I hate hypertension more. :) That's my motivation. Oh, I didn't tell you about that? Yeah, my PCM was monitoring my blood pressure recently because it was high. Like in the 140/90 range. So it seemed time to take some drastic measures. And really, I have impressed myself. It is a great feeling to see and feel my body, particularly my cardio, progress so much. I am not going to be on the 9 week schedule, that's for sure. But that's okay. I'll get there.
  • We sold SoldierMan's pickup in consideration of the move. We didn't want to drive that gas guzzler all the way to El Paso. So, we are now a one-car family. And will be for a while, until we get to Ft. Bliss. And we're adjusting. And we're trying to sell my car before we move as well. If we don't get to till after we move, that's fine. But it's time for an upgrade. We are going to need a good long-term car anyway, so why not now, right?
  • And I've got a sinus infection, I think. It feels like a sinus infection. We'll see how the next few days play out before I decide on whether or not to go to the doctor. Yeah, it's free and all, but it just doesn't seem right to me to go to the doctor more than I normally would just because it's "free" (which it isn't, somebody is paying for it somewhere, and since this is gov't healthcare - that means all of YOU are paying for it, and I don't want to abuse your resources that way. End of soapbox). Also, since I don't have a car at my disposal any given day or time, I have to be judicious with what I commit myself to.
  • Speaking of, the last couple of weeks I've been watching a friend of mine's kids during the day. It has been an experience. A great experience, really. They are fun kids. And I learned a lot, too. One is the confirmation that diapers really don't bother me all that much. No, don't get me wrong. My gross-out threshold is still somewhere in the region of -23. But I can't help it, I feel sorry for the kid. After all, would you want to be left sitting in that crap (literally) for any longer than necessary? I also learned how to rely on God and the Holy Spirit a lot while I was there. God filled me with a patience and peace I know I don't have naturally. It was supernatural. I never raised my voice. Only lost my patience a couple of times. I'm not saying that like, "Whoo-hoo, look at me, I'm superwoman." No, because that's not me. That's a total God thing. I also could tell the days I did my personal Bible Study early in the day went much more smoothly than the days I waited till that evening. And prayer works, even in little day-to-day things. Praying, "Dear Holy Spirit, please soothe these children..." and seeing it before your eyes. My faith grew a lot during that experience. I hope I don't forget these lessons when we finally have our own kids.
  • My birthday is this week. I already got my first birthday card! Sarah's card arrived yesterday. I felt like queen of the world. :) Really, it totally was the perfect way to start the week of my birthday. (No, I'm not a "birthday week" person, really. But now it feels like one. :)) She is like my long-lost twin - she even has red hair, only hers is natural. I'm super jealous. :)
  • And by the way, just to throw in there, SoldierMan has been so great the last few weeks. I mean, he's always great, but he's been exceptionally supportive and understanding and helpful as I was dealing with a new schedule and responsibilities. He's just awesome. :)
Sorry about the lack of pictures. It annoys me, but I don't have any pictures to share with you. I'm a loser. :p


  1. I've been wanting to start the couch 2 5k for a while now. I keep putting it off...I HATE running with a passion. Thanks for sharing how great it is working for you!

  2. Happy early Birthday!!! I have always wanted to live in Texas, it should be such a fun adventure!

  3. I went to school in Las Cruces, New Mexico—about 30 minutes from El Paso. I know some delicious places to eat there (I'm drooling just thinking about it) and some fun things to do in the New Mexico area. Let me know if you need any suggestions!

    happy early birthday :)

  4. Good for you on C25K! I did the program with a running group in Tulsa earlier this year. I walk/jogged my first 5K in March. I didn't keep up with it but I really wish that I had because my running group is doing the Tulsa Run this fall! I'm from Oklahoma too! Actually, I'm still here...and probably will be for awhile. Anyway, I hope you get over the sinus infection and HAPPY early Birthday!!

  5. I wrote a big long comment and then it had an error so it didn't post...oh well, happy birthday!! I am sad we are all going separate ways :-(

  6. Hey Jaci! It is exciting to leave TRADOC and I hope you guys love Ft. Bliss. My husband was there for part of TRADOC. Along your journey, be sure to stop for gas at EVERY gas station..you end up being in the middle of no where in the middle of the desert. lol. The land is beautiful though. I hope you feel better..I am also battling allergy issues. I know how irritating it is.
    I hope you have a Happy Birthday!!! :)

  7. 1> you are so not a loser
    2> happy birthday!!
    3> I hope you feel better, fast!
    4> what a blessing to hear you are learning how to patiently love and care for children...it's not easy, and much prayer is always a great place to start!
    5> happy birthday again

    There's a bullet list for a bullet list =)
    Happy Wednesday!!

  8. can't believe you're coming to el paso and we're leaving. we'll be leaving in December. what unit is your husband going to? i work in the G-1 where we place all the officers, but I don't know his name, so I can't look him up myself. anyway, i think you're going to like it here. there is a lot of growth going on here and you're going to love the facilities on post! hope you have a happy birthday this week and that the sinus infection subsides. I have chronic sinusitis, so I know how crappy it is when it sets in!

  9. I'm glad to hear you've been doing well. That's great about the running!!!

  10. J, I'm so proud of you for beginning to run! I remember how intimidated I was but the program really does work! As you can tell by my most recent pics :)

  11. I'm glad it's you. :)

    Happy Birthday week!!

    I hope you're feeling better soon, too.

    And, finally, go girl with your running! It's definitely been a challenge for me, but I know it's so worth it for both of us to stick with it. Rock it!

  12. That's awesome that you're running! I think that's some of the best cardio. Do you have a gym that you go to? I recommend Spin class, as well! It's a low-impact, high-cardio type of class. One of my favorites!

    Hope you start feeling better - I hate a sinus infection. Ugh :(

  13. Sounds like life is treating you well - so glad to hear it!

  14. Lack of witty anecdotes aside, I loved reading this. I like knowing the random little things going on in my bloggy friends life!


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