Friday, December 16, 2011
This will go down in the record books as the longest work week in history because I spent most of it in anticipation of tonight, when we will be leaving for Ohio. I’m so, so excited to see my family, and to celebrate the holidays. In honor of those things, I’m going to list some of my favorite things about Ohio (and the holidays!)
*My family (duh!): Because they love and support me unconditionally, because they make me laugh, and because JD thinks our endless list of inside jokes is extremely strange.
*Graeter’s Ice Cream: It’s local to Ohio so most of you probably haven’t had the honor of tasting it. It’s homemade… and amazing- totally worth a trip to Ohio.
*Christmas shopping: I LOVE buying gifts for other people. In fact, I find it harder to stay on budget when I’m shopping for other people than when I’m shopping for myself. I just like finding things for people that I know will make them happy… and shows that I know who they are and what they like :)
*The Ohio River: When you cross the border into most states, all you really get is a sign that indicates you are crossing some invisible barrier, but when you cross into Ohio (from the south and part of the east at least), you cross the river. There’s something that makes the border crossing extra-meaningful when there’s a visible indication of the state line.
*White Christmas (movie) and any Christmas music sung by Bing Crosby: It’s what I grew up watching and listening to. Bing Crosby reminds me so much of my grandpa (they even sound the same when they sing).
*Cincinnati Chili: Some people think it’s weird that we make chili with cinnamon and chocolate and put it on spaghetti. Those people are wrong. It’s delicious.
*Gift wrapping: I LOVE wrapping presents so much that I hand-make all my bows. I’ve even offered to wrap presents for other people… for free. In a recent Facebook conversation, my sister and I decided that I’m the pimp money present wrapper. I think I found a new name for the blog…
*Wine: Especially delicious when enjoyed with your family in front of a warm fire.
*Big breakfasts: In NC, my breakfast is usually fruit and some granola, but when you’re home celebrating the holidays, breakfasts (my favorite meal of the day!) are usually large and over-indulgent.
And last but not least, I love that most of my list is bragging about how amazing Ohio is or how much I like to eat while I’m there.
Happy Holidays everyone :)
Sunday, December 11, 2011
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
It’s not often that I get excited about a gadget. For the longest time, I resisted getting a data plan for my phone because I thought it was a waste of money. In fact, the only reason I finally got data was because the phone JD upgraded to required unlimited data for all lines associated to the account. I figured, if I had a data plan for my phone, I might as well have a phone that allowed me to take advantage of it. Slowly but surely, the monster was unleashed. I now check my phone approximately 80 gazillion times a day for important things like Facebook updates and Words with Friends games. I mean, what would we do without this technology?!
I’ve been using JD’s hand-me-down, beat up HTC phone for about a year. I knew there was an upgrade rebate on my line, but didn’t care enough to spend the money on a new phone… until the best news ever came out. Sprint was getting the iPhone, and it came with a companion named Siri. As soon as I saw the commercial where people were barking orders into their phones, demanding that Siri send messages, set reminders, and check the weather, it was love at first sight. She is a multi-tasker’s dream- a beacon of hope to those of us who obsessively use the reminders in our phone, but panic when something comes to mind while driving because we can’t type and drive.
I had to have her in my life.
I was one of those geeks at the Sprint store only an hour after the official announcement came out. I was so early, they didn’t even have all of the paperwork detailing the pricing on the phones and other contract information. I didn’t care. You can’t put a price on love.
So, they put me on the list. The very first one on the list, actually. After weeks of patiently waiting, I received the call I’d been waiting for. She was here.
I’m happy to say that she’s everything they promised she’d be- beautiful, witty and intelligent. As I cradled her lovingly in my hands, I said, “Siri, tell JD he’s jealous of my phone.” She composed the message and politely asked if I’d like to send it. I did. So she did. With that, a friendship was born.
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Everyone has their own holiday traditions and routines. My family always spent Thanksgiving at a cabin. JD’s family always opens 1 present on Christmas Eve- a pair of Christmas pajama’s that they wear to bed that night. I have a feeling that there will be nothing traditional about my holidays with JD. How can you have a family tradition when you may or may not be together?
Of course, my office is closed for 4 day weekends on both Thanksgiving and Christmas, but JD is scheduled to work both of those weekends. As long as we get to celebrate together at some point, it doesn’t really bother me (especially since he gets paid extra for working holidays), but it does seem like a waste for me to have that time off and not be able to spend it with him. *Sigh
Looking at the bright side, he was able to get time off in mid-December so we can go home to Ohio and at the end of January so we can visit his family in Michigan. We’ll have plenty of time to visit both of our families, which is a huge relief. Plus, the idea of cozying up at home over the holidays, not having to deal with holiday traffic, canceled flights, or 14 hour detours with a sick dog, is extremely appealing. Maybe THAT can be my tradition :)
Friday, November 11, 2011
It takes a lot of sacrifice to be a police wife, but my sacrifice doesn’t even compare to the sacrifice of the men and women who work to protect our country every day. Nor does it compare to the sacrifice of the families that support them. I may sleep alone sometimes, and I may go to social events without JD, but I will never have to be without him for a full year. I will never have to spend a year watching our children grow and change without him. I’m humbled by the bravery and self-sacrifice it takes to serve our country.
Today is a day to thank those who have served and those who are still serving. We are so, so lucky to live as freely and safely as we do, but I think that’s often overshadowed by our complaints about the economy, politicians, or Lindsay Lohan’s latest arrest.
I have clean water, plenty of food, and the freedom to leave my house without fear of violence. We take for granted the things that so many others are lacking. I have my husband to thank for that. I have friends to thank for that. I have the families who are left behind so their loved ones can protect our country to thank for that.
Whether you support the wars, the politics, and the intentions of our leaders or not, you have to remember that the intent of our troops is pure. They step up to serve their country, protect their loved ones, and help those who are unable to protect themselves.
That is why we celebrate them today. Thanks for all you do.