Monday, February 20, 2012

Are You Happy Now?

While relaxing on the couch watching Hunter play call of duty for the umpteenth day in a row, he begins stating "Are you happy now" over and over at his brother through the microphone on his headset.  What he said got me thinking.

Am I happy now? 

Of course I'm happy right now.  My belly is full of yummy tacos and 7 layer bean dip with a frozen margarita next to me.  I'm curled up on the couch looking at clothes and whatnot online while my man is playing video games next to me.  This is a perfect night to me. 

But am I truly Happy now?

Often I find myself saying when I lose 15 pounds or I finish this project then I'll be happy.  It is always, always after the next big small thing happens that I'm saying to myself "I'll be happy after I drop some weight" or even more recent "I'll be happy when I find a job." This makes me wonder.

Why does the next thing have to happen for me to be Happy?

Why can't I be happy right now.  There is absolutely no reason why I shouldn't be.  The next thing doesn't have to come along for me to enjoy this moment.  At this moment I have a smile on my face.  Not because of  the 1/4 glass of Margarita sitting next to me but because of the fact they I have more in my life right now then I ever dreamed I would. 

I'm healthy.

For the first time in my life I have been eating right and exercising on a daily basis.  Man do those endorphins feel amazing.  My time running is feeling great.  I may have started at a 15.32 minute mile but I'm definitely not there now.   In 2 weeks of running I'm down to 10.41 minute mile.  For those of you who run, you will know I was greatly out of shape and way out of practice, but I'm getting there.

 Things are falling into place.

I may not be exactly where I want to be right now, whoever I can see where I want to be.  That goes a long way when you can see the end.  It gives you that drive and determination to keep going.  No matter what it is... the wedding, jobs, health all of it is falling into place.  It's amazing how things can seem so out of place and then all at once they snap right back together.

I urge everyone to take a strong look at their life and see that they can be happy right where they are.  Even if it is only the small things like being curled up on the couch next their significant other.  There is not reason to be unhappy.  These are moments lost.  Moments you might not be able to get back.  So enjoy today.  No matter what you're going through... 

"This too shall pass." 

I know this is starting to sound like a cheesy ABC special with all the be happy where you are stuff.  I know that it's easier said then done.  "this too shall pass" is something that my grandmother used to say to me.  Not only in the bad times but in the good as well.  Nothing lasts forever.  It made me rational when in bad times and try to cherish the good.  

So, Are you happy now?

Wednesday, February 15, 2012


Today is my 725 day in Alabama.  It is also our very last day here.  At least for now, who knows where the Army will send us.  The house has been packed up, the cars are loaded, and the keys have been turned in.  I am not sure how I feel about leaving here.  I a mixed bag of emotions.  One day I am happy and ready to get out of here.  The next I am tearfully remembering how the puppies couldn't climb up a single step or looking back at the nervousness I would get in the pit of my stomach when I drove around town those first few times by myself.   All of these come with living the military lifestyle.  You will move.  You will miss the places you were at.  You will treasure the memories you build in each and every location.

As you read this I am in route to our new home in Louisiana.  I look forward to the new experience.

Louisiana Here we come!!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Mentally I am already...

...In Louisiana that is.  Since we found out where we are going I have searched for rental homes, job opportunities, and mentally checked out of Alabama.  I am beyond ready for this move.  Bring on gumbo, crawdads, Cajun / Creole cuisine.  (Can you tell I'm hungry while writing this??) Bring on the Gator parks, Mom and Pop restaurants, and of course New Orleans.  We honeymooned there and are excited to go back!!!  I'm excited for this new adventure we will soon be starting.  I leave you now with some random facts about my soon to be new state of residence.
  • Fort Polk was established in 1941 and named in honor of the Right Reverend Leonidas Polk, the first Episcopal Bishop of the Diocese of Louisiana. On March 12, 1993, Fort Polk officially became the home of the Joint Readiness Training Center.
  • bayou: \BUY-you\ n. a French name for slow-moving "river"
  • In Louisiana, biting someone with your natural teeth is considered a simple assault, but biting someone with your false teeth is considered an aggravated assault.
  • Louisiana is the only state in the union that does not have counties. Its political subdivisions are called parishes.
  • The first Tarzan movie was filmed in Louisiana in 1917
  • More than one-half of the species of birds in North America are resident in Louisiana or spend a portion of their migration there  (I'm sorry Mrs. K)
  • Because of its many bays and sounds, Louisiana has the longest coastline (15,000 miles) of any state and 41 percent of the nation's wetlands.
  • Louisiana's wild alligator population is estimated at roughly 1.5 million animals; another 500,000 live on alligator farms.

Barbie Hair Fixes Part 1

Let's jump right on into it.   Every doll hair fix tutorial I could find started with brushing out the dolls hair.  It may look worse...