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You're About to be Redirected to the New Home of Ground Control to Major Mom: 1/30/11 - 2/6/11

Saturday, February 5, 2011

The Runner Girl Returneth!!!

I'd like to thank the kind young Marine pilot candidate for taking this nice picture.  I gave him my 3 beer coupons in return.  Like the bling?  They were handing out Mardi Gras beads near one of the water stations.
Today was the 15K race I'd mentioned last month.  I was feeling pretty discouraged going into it this morning.  I don't know why -- perhaps I just started doubting myself or something. Perhaps I was bummed from awakening at 4:45am.  I trained appropriately, I wasn't in (much) pain, I brought enough the appropriate clothing for the weather.  Seeing everyone else suffering in 15-20 knot north winds, 45 degree temperatures, on the waterfront brought some comfort that we were all in this together.

My goal was to complete this race in less than 90 minutes and I'm so proud that I was able to meet my goal! Just under 86 minutes!

My Twitter and Facebook friends saw an obscure status early this morning about worrying about my bladder more than whether I could finish the race.  Would I drink too much and have to go to the bathroom every mile?  (Or worse yet, would I drink too much and die*?)  Would I not drink enough and really slow down due to dehydration?  What's that perfect balance?  Luckily, I was able to go about 2 minutes before the Star Spangled Banner, and made it out the starting gate with a nice empty bladder!  I did fine, I was able to have water along the route, along with these nifty "Extreme Sport Beans" by Jelly Belly.  A gal I was standing near waiting to start offered me a couple.  I ate one before each of the two bridges...I can't say if they worked any wonders, but they were yummy just the same.  I might have to pick up a pack for upcoming long runs.

*Note: It takes an inordinate amount of water for it to kill you, I was semi-joking there.

I made it just fine without even thinking about finding a bathroom.  Phew!

But I did notice a guy hit a Circle K restroom at mile 2 (really?  after just TWO miles?), and a few women were in line at an Exxon station restroom at about mile 6.  There were a couple port-a-potties scattered along the route, but I think they were actually designated for construction sites, not for us runners.

Next up?  I got to see what the medals for the Gulf Coast Half Marathon look like, and I think I want one!  Click the link, scroll down and look closely. They're bottle openers, how cool is that?

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Thursday, February 3, 2011

How to Be an Air Force Wife, 1957 Style...

(Click on the pictures to see closeups of the text in the pictures).

Several years ago I received this book from my father-in-law.  He got it from a friend who sells antiques.  Dad thought I'd be intrigued by it, and gave it to me as a tongue-in-cheek gift.

I read the book the same weekend that Dave's dad gave it to me and it put a lot of smiles on my face.  The book has been sitting with our other "old books", and I discovered it again last month when we were unloading/organizing our bookcases in our new house.  I'll share some of the tips and tricks here, but know that my intent here is NOT to be like the infamous 15 Minute Lunch post from 2007 (<--click it, if you haven't seen the old Penney's catalog blog posts, they're AWESOME!).

Amazon offers the book, as you can see from my link on the left, but I absolutely have to share with you the typeface of the cover of my own copy.  It's pretty cool!

A look at the back cover to learn a little more about the authors...

....wait a second!  They aren't even AIR FORCE wives????  Actually these two ladies brought in several USAF wives for the various chapters, and they're credit inside the book.

The forward was written by Mrs. Nathan Twining, the wife of the then-Chief of Staff of the Air Force.  That's very nice -- seriously, it was nice of her to endorse it.  Not sure if I would have bought it otherwise, especially after learning the authors were Navy wives.

I didn't feel like scanning in the whole book, so I took photos of some of the funnier topics to share with you...

First of all, there's this notion of calling cards.  According to this book, you need to ensure you have the proper stationary made up at a reputable engraver.  The sizes of the cardstock, paper and engraving type are recommended here:

Here are some examples of what calling cards should look like.

The book then goes into page after page about where and when to leave calling cards (Hint: you leave them when you "go calling"), what to write on the fronts, on the backs, and whether or not to use envelopes.  And PLEASE, no children!!!

The next picture stunned me.  May women wear Air Force insignia?  My first instincts is "WTF?  Don't you get put in jail for doing that???"  But according to the book:

And if you go calling and the servant answers the door?  The servant?  Wow, I am definitely an AF wife in the wrong era:

Here's something I've always needed help with.  And don't forget that hot bouillon on a cold day for the early-arrivals :-)

Now, here's a tip that I know is still true 60+ years later!  Many of these military spouse functions fall by the wayside when you're stationed in Washington, D.C.  I'm definitely glad the President no longer requires officers to call upon him.

To me, this paragraph is timeless.  I'm even going to make the picture bigger for you.  This is precisely why is probably wasn't in the best interest for Captain Honor of the USS Enterprise or General McChrystal of US Forces Afghanistan to do things they did.  Believe me, I've said my share of things over a few beers at the club that I would never wanted recorded!  I have my opinions about publicizing those things that were recorded. Nonetheless, the cat was let out of the bag and the general public was left with a poor taste about our military leaders, who are trusted with our nation's sons, daughters, husbands and wives.

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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

We're Rooting for You Leia!

"I was a Geek Pinup Girl!"

Who out there has seen the recent Jenny Craig ads?

My husband saw one of them this past weekend -- I think it was a "targeted" online ad on a health website -- and he couldn't believe it was Carrie Fisher!  We didn't recognize her!  Seriously.

Then this morning during the Rachel Ray Show I saw my first television ad featuring Carrie Fisher.  The commercial, which was a simple interview with Carrie (similar to the video below), was actually kind of dark, but it got me inspired to root for her.  She's brutally honest!

Today, I found a video on YouTube's Jenny Craig channel, and it's worth sharing.  She talks about how she was the Geek Pinup girl of the mid-80s, and has declared that she's going to fit back into that gold metal bikini with Jenny's help!

So who's with me!  Go Carrie! Go Carrie!

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