It's a Dog Tag Wife Life

The musings of a non-conventional, soon-to-be Army Wife

MilSpouse Friday Fill-in #22 November 19, 2010

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1. If you had to be shipwrecked on a deserted island, but all your human needs – such as food and water – were taken care of, what two items would you want to have with you?
Well, I’d want the hunny there, but I’m assuming he’d be there with me.  I’d have to say my journal, I’d want to track everything I’m doing and I’ve written everyday since I was 17 years old.  And probably my computer with internet access.  Gotta stay connected somehow!

2. If you were a salad, what kind of dressing would you have?
Hmm, there’s a blush wine vinagarette that I love.  But it can be too overwhelming for some.  It’s a little sweet, a little tart, and definitely can be the center of attention if you let it.

3. If you had to live on a ranch, what kind of animals would you raise/own?
I don’t know why, but I think it’d be fun to raise alpaca and ostriches.  Alpaca have such wonderful coats.  Also, I know they’d never let me, but I’ve always wanted to ride an ostrich. Plus, I hear they taste delicious 🙂

4. If your life was was portrayed as a movie, who would you choose to play you and your significant other?
This one is really tough.  I’d probably say Alyson Hannigan.  When I was a little younger, people always told me I reminded them of her.  Plus, she and I seem to have some of the mannerisms.  As far as the hunny, that’s a really tough one.  Maybe Jake Gyllenhaal. He looks a little bit like him, plus, he can be very serious, but playful when he wants.  That’s sort of how the hunny is.  Serious most of the time, but when no one else is around, very goofy.

5. What was the last thing you put a stamp on (envelope, duh, but what was in the envelope)?
Actually, it was thank you cards from our engagement party.  Well, I did part of them, I’ve been bugging the hunny to do the ones from his family.  I also am part of a program from my university where I’m an alumni where I write postcards to potential students telling them how great my experience is and encouraging them to visit the school.  It’s fun and makes me feel like I am still involved.


MilSpouse Friday Fill-In #21 November 12, 2010

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If you get the chance, hope on over to Wife of a Sailor and join in her weekly Friday Fill-In

1. Were you named after anyone?
Nope.  I am the only girl in my family and my mom had to think hard about what they could name me.  I almost was Rose Marie (yuck!) and Colette.  I think Colette is beautiful (I actually used it as my fake name that’d I’d give to guys at the bar). However, my dad didn’t like it since it’s a French name and our last name in English.  My mom chose my name because it looked very pretty when it was written out.  Now, I have to agree with her.  That’s why I’m keeping all of my names when we get married and just adding the hunny’s on the end.  Yay for two middle names!

2. What color, if any, are your toenails usually painted?
Red.  I love to wear it, but it chips so easily on my fingers.  Plus, not everyone sees it and it gives me that sexy feeling even if no one else knows it’s there.

3. How do you flush a public toilet? Hands? Feet? Something else?
It depends.  If it’s a fancy restaurant hand, but if it’s like a truck stop, totally foot.  I’m a little anal about germs.  At work, I actually use a paper towel to turn off the water.  People turned them on with dirty hands.  I also am one of those people who opens the bathroom door to go out with towels.  It explains why I only get one cold a year (knock on wood).

4. When you were a little kid, which TV character did you have a crush on?
I had a major crush on Kevin from The Wonder Years.  Yes, it was on reruns, but I just really liked him.

5.Let’s say you had to lose one of your five senses (sight, hearing, touch, taste, and smell).  Which one would you choose? Why?
Probably smell, as long as I could still taste.  I love food so I’d want to still taste.  Plus, sight is so important as is hearing.  But I could probably do without smell.  Especially after chili night in our household…


MilSpouse Friday Fill-In #20 November 5, 2010

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You should visit Wife of a Sailor to join in if you’re interested, she does it every week!

1. A different twist on last week’s question. This week, the first question is: what’s the nicest thing a MILSPOUSE has ever done for you? (brought to you from navy_smurfette)
Well, I’m still pretty new but a few months ago, at a change of command ceremony, one of the MilSpouses came over and knew that I was still new to everything.  She sat and talked to me, saying if I ever needed anything, that I could always come to her.  Then she gave me a pin for the battalion that we were a part of.  She was a Colonel’s wife, and it was just so sweet of her to come over and spend some time with me.

2. How often do you drive faster than the speed limit?
I grew up in the Midwest, and it was always 70 mph and where we are now, it’s 65, so I almost always drive at least  5 mph over the speed limit.  Except in the 25 mph area, the cops stake those out.  Oh and never on post.

3. Did you have a nickname in school? If so, what was it?
I never really had one, most people called me by my real name, they just shortened it.

4. If your life was a book, what would the title be and how would it end?
Probably something like “How Did I Get Here?” because my life is sooooo much different than I envisioned it.  But it would end, “and then they started the rest of the journey, together.”

5. Look back (in your planner if you have one) to September 14th… what did you do that day?
I actually had a Dr appt that day.  I’ve been working on my stomach issues and we determined that stress was a major factor.  Also, later that day, the hunny and I went to pick out wedding bands.  Although, I was a bit irked because of course, there was an emergency at his work so we ended up shopping two hours later than I expected.  Which stunk because I had to drive half an hour to get there and had left work a few minutes early.  But we picked out our rings and they are awesome!


MilSpouse Friday Fill-In #19 October 29, 2010

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1. What’s the nicest thing a stranger has ever done for you?
A few weeks ago, we went to watch the hunny race (he crews for a stock car team).  Anyways, as we were walking in, my dad was talking with this gentleman.  After a couple of minutes, the guy asked my dad if he had tickets to get into the race.  He said “No, we’re just going to buy them at the door.”  This gentleman had extra ones and gave us three.  At $20 a pop, I thought it was REALLY nice 🙂

2. If you are having a hard time going to sleep, what do you do to help yourself?
Although I don’t consider myself a religious person, more spiritual, I pray, every single night.  It makes me feel better and it helps me unwind from the day and reminds me to be thankful for all the wonderful blessings I have in my life.

3. Name something that makes you wish you were a kid again.
Walking past a park.  I miss riding my bike to our local park and going down the slide, playing on the swings, and not having a care in the world.  Don’t get me wrong, I still play on the swings and go down the slide, but now I have bills to pay and dinners to make.

4. What is something you never believed until you experienced it?
Wanting children.  I know that sounds strange but I had never wanted children, my whole life, even when I was a kid.  I had people tell me that when I met the right person, that it would change.  And surprise, it has.  I’m not ready this minute, but I am so excited to start a family with the hunny.

5. What can’t you say “no” to?
Trips.  Even if it’s an hour up the road.  Especially if they are with the hunny.  I love being on the road and being with him.  I traveled a lot as a kid and I need to go places every now and again otherwise I get stir crazy.  I haven’t been out of the country in about three years and it’s driving me nuts.  Good thing I have that little thing called a honeymoon coming up!


MilSpouse Friday Fill-In #18 October 22, 2010

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Brought to you by Wife of a Sailor.

1. Are you a night owl or an early bird?
It depends.  I used to be a night owl, especially in college.  I’d stay up until 2 am my first couple of years.  Slowly I started to transition.  Now, I love to be up early.  There’s something about early morning that I love, the smell, the crispness, the start of a new day, the lighting, etc.  However, getting out of bed is extremely hard for me.  Especially when the puppy jumps on the bed and wants to cuddle.

2. What makes you jealous?
When people say that their husbands are just going to be gone for a couple of days for work, or that they’re planning a trip six months from now.  I know it’s how it is, but people where their job isn’t the number one decision maker and can actually plan a life rather than waiting to see what the Army has to say about it.  I know one day we’ll be able to do what we want, but now, it’s hard, especially going from the lifestyle I used to have.

3. Have you started Christmas/holiday shopping yet? When will you finish? (There’s only 63 days left!)
Yup.  Every time the hunny and I find something that we think someone would like, we buy it then because we don’t know if we’ll see it again.  We went to Monticello over the summer and bought a few things that our moms will like.  We also found a book for my dad.  I’ve always been like that, when I see it and think it’s a good idea, I get it.  I don’t have everything, but I try to know before December 24th!

4. What would you have a personal chef make you tonight?
Hmmm, probably my mom’s braciole.  If you don’t know what it is, I highly recommend looking it up.  It’s good and I can make it, it’s just really time-consuming.  My mom makes an amazing recipe.  Plus, a nice salad (especially with avocado), and my Grams’ kruschiki.  They are a Polish cookie that looks like a bow-tie, is fried, and topped with powdered sugar.  They are my favorite but I get them very rarely.

5. Where was your first kiss?
Well, first real kiss, or reeeaaal kiss?  I was a late bloomer.  My first kiss was when I was 18 on an overlook of Lake Michigan.  It was pretty but very awkward, it was too planned, but then again, we were 18.  My first reeeaaaaal kiss was in the hallway of my dorm, right outside my room.  It came as a surprise and I had no idea what to do.  To think about it now, it’s pretty funny.


MilSpouse Friday Fill-In #17 October 15, 2010

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  1. What are some things on your bucket list? (from New Girl on Post) I have a few things I really want to do but I’d say my biggest one is to visit all the continents.  That includes Antarctica.  I really want to see the penguins.  Also, learn how to drive a manual transmition car.  I got too frustrated in driver’s ed so I gave up.  Also, own my own business.  Not sure what it’ll be but I keep thinking about a Personal Concierge company(aka, people pay me to run their errands for them).
  2. How long have you been a MilSpouse and where have you been stationed so far? (from Raising Roscoe) Technically, I’m not one yet, and I haven’t been stationed anywhere since I met the hunny in the same place we are now.
  3. What is a list of songs that sums up your life so far? (from Confessions of a Sailor’s Wife) Hmmm, this one is a little tough.  But “God Bless the Broken Road” by Rascal Flatts, I found out a week after saying “I Love You” to the hunny that I had to move for work.  “It’s Your Love” by Tim McGraw, the hunny proposed while this song was playing.  “It’s My Life” by Billy Joel when I was out on my own for the first time.  I was tired of hearing how I should live.  “My Way” by Frank Sinatra from College because the song just seemed to get me during a very weird time.  And I guess for the future “Remember When” by Alan Jackson for the future.  I know it seems odd, but I can see all of those things happening in our life.
  4. What is your favorite kind of pizza? Hawaiian!!!  The hunny doesn’t like pineapple (he’s a little crazy) so we don’t get it often.  Although, there is this little Italian restaurant around here that is amazing.  They have this unbelievable white pizza with fresh mozzarella andricotta with spinach and weadd homemade Italian sausage.  It’s freaking fantastic!
  5. What are three good things in your life right now? There’s a lot good going on right now, but here are the top ones 1) The hunny and I are getting married, and soon! 2) Two of my closest girlfriends from high school live within a few hours of me and I’m so excited that I can see them. 3) Me and my whole family is healthy.  This is even more exciting since I appear to be having less stomach problems and feel like I’m living a normal life for the first time in a long time and not being controlled by the tummy.

Happy Friday!  I can’t wait for this weekend, we’re planting mums, carving pumpkins, and looking at new dishwashers and countertops.  This kitchen needs a serious makeover!


MilSpouse Friday Fill-In #16 October 8, 2010

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1. What is the longest road trip you’ve ever taken?
When I was younger, both of my brothers lived in Texas while me and my parents lived in the midwest.  We drove from point A to point B, in a terrible snowstorm.  It took us something like 23 hours. I love my parents and it’s a good thing I was in high school, because I will never ever do that with them again.

2. Do you collect anything? Tell us a bit about it.
Not really.  Every time I go to a foreign country, I like to collect some small knick knack, but usually I like to get something useful.  A makeup bag from Japan, a satchel from Austria, a scarf from Prague.  If it’s foreign, I usually love it.  But I do have a strong fondness for my Kokeshi doll.

3. What is your favorite part about being an adult?
I love having freedom.  If I want to take a trip, I can.  If I want to stay out all night, I can.  If I want to eat cupcakes for dinner (which I have done but paid for it later), I can.  I love being able to control my own life and destiny.

4. What song brings a tear to your eye?
I have to agree with Wife of a Soldier, “If You’re Reading This” by Tim McGraw.  I also get that way about “It’s Your Love” by him and Faith Hill.  That’s the song that was playing when the hunny proposed and it just makes me so happy.

5. Describe your first plane ride (how old you were, where you were heading, etc).
I was only a few months old.  We were going to Florida to meet my Dad’s parents.  And considering I was so young, I don’t remember anything about it.  But I remember my first solo flight (with many in between).  I was visiting my oldest brother in Austin, TX and was 19.  I was so nervous but have never looked back.  Since then, I’ve flown to Europe and Japan on my own.


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