Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Well thats no fun

So about 2 and 1/2 almost 3 years ago, I dealt with having kidney stones. Those things hurt like you would not believe. I mean it was intense pain. I was not happy. Not in any way shape or form.
So I get that all situated and I think, never again right..... haha... life is not that easy. I am currently dealing with another bout of kidney stones. Awesome right. Grrr. Why does my body hate me. Not cool. I mean I thought I was nice to my body. I feed it, I dress it, I run to keep it in shape... but it obviously hates me. Maybe it was the tattoo or maybe it doesn't like the running, I don't know. All I know is that kidney stones are some pretty crappy things.
Funny side note about kidney stones. When I had the first set, I was in a lot of pain. I was talking to Jack on the phone ( at the time we were just dating) and he decided to put my symptoms into web md. He does this and then tells me ..." Baby um it says you are in labor and to go to the hospital." I almost died laughing. It was too funny.
Anyway I call the doctor. He tells me that there really is nothing he can do to help the stones pass. I just need to wait. He could give me pain meds that would make me loopy, I wouldn't be able to work or take my arthritis medication. I decided it just wasn't worth it. I am just going to wait it out. Hopefully it doesn't take long.
So yeah.. if any one has any kidney stone stories, or tips to releive the pain...would love to hear it.

Hope everyone is doing well.

JMS - I love you and I miss you. Stay safe my heart! It is finally July!!! Almost there.


Sunday, June 28, 2009

Almost July...woo hoo

So it is almost July!!! Yeah for that!! So excited. I needed to update the pictures of the day. so here they are!

June 13th - Day 158
snuggly babies

June 14th - Day 159
pool is all done!

June 15th - Day 160
Kobe my love

June 16th - Day 161
Jonathan looks good in pink...haha

June 17th - Day 162
all curled up... sleepy Nuttie

June 18th - Day 163
Licking up kisses!

June 19th - Day 164
Furry finds odd places to sleep

June 20th - Day 165
Me and my Wallace

June 21st - Day 166
Taking pictures for my monkey

June 22nd - Day 167
Kobe hiding

June 23rd - Day 168
the girls snuggling, Peanut and Scrappy

June 24th - Day 169
Touring the new apt! The pictures are of the model.
Just a few highlights
our apt....3rd floor corner


living room


June 25th - Day 170
Vietnam Wall Memorial

June 26th - Day 171
sound asleep

June 27th - Day 172
"You got a friend in me......"
Peanut and Kobe

June 28th - Day 173
computer... my connection to my love

So I hope that everyone had a great week!!!
JMS - I love you and miss you! Stay safe my heart!

Thursday, June 25, 2009


So I know I said I was going to update the pictures of the day today, but I felt that the post I am about to write needs to be by itself. So I am doing that.
I was talking to my mom on the phone the other day and she mentioned that there was a memorial of the Vietnam Wall traveling around the country. She mentioned that she was going to see the Wall as it meet up with its escort of almost 1000 motorcycle riders, before it traveled to its destination for the weekend.
I thought that this was pretty interesting and mentioned it to my father in law. Fast forward to this morning. My father in law was reading the newspaper and saw that there was also an exhibit here in Orlando. He asked if I wanted to go and off we went.
We pulled up to this hotel and saw a large black wall. We were told that the wall was 3/4 the size of the wall in DC. We walked up and immeadiately I was humbled. There were so many names. So many men and women who had sacrificed so much so that we may live in peace. It was truly humbling. We were told that there are only 8 women on the wall. The rest of the names are men.
They are denoted in two ways, there is either a diamond or a cross in front of the name. The cross symbolizes those that are missing in action. The diamond symbolizes those that have given the ultimate sacrifice and whose bodies have been brought home. The names were listed in the order that they were taken from us.
As sad as it was to see, it was absolutly humbling. It also made me proud. Proud to know that my husband is fighting for our country. Proud that these men and women have the bravery that many others do not. It truly makes you realize that freedom is not free. There is a price and families all over the country are paying the price for this. I realize that I am also paying a price. I spending time away from the man I love, so that he can fight for our freedom.

So today everyone, take a moment and realize how lucky that we all are. How lucky we are to have such brave men and women fighting for us.

JMS- I love you and am so proud of you. Stay safe my heart. I miss you!


Wednesday, June 24, 2009

a few updates

So I have lots of news.

First unfortunately Jack will not be getting meritorious Sgt this month, which stinks. And I think he completely deserves it. But because someone didn't know how to run scores accurately, well long story short, we have to wait till October. The good thing is I will get to pin Jack in October, so well I guess that is good.

The other news going on is that we found and put a deposit down on an apartment that we like. It is a one bedroom in a beautiful complex. In a corner building and the 3rd floor corner apartment. Lots of privacy which is nice. It is also right on the running trail which is a definite plus. We should know tomorrow if our application was accepted. I can't see why it wouldn't be. I will post pictures of the model apartment which I toured once everything is all set.

Also I will updated the pictures of the day soon. I just have to finish uploading a few other things.

So I hope that all is well with everyone.
JMS- I miss you so so much and we are counting down. I love you!


Saturday, June 13, 2009

so proud

I want to take a minute to talk about Jack a bit. I know alot of times I leave messages for him in here and talk about him, but today I wanted to talk a little bit about how well he is doing.

Jack has a job over in the sandbox that is usually given to higher ranking Marines. And Jack is doing an amazing job. His higher ups have told him how pleased they are with him and his work. It makes me so proud.
They put him up for a few awards... 2 of which I know about, the 3rd I have no idea what it is (he won't tell me). So if you guys have a few extra minutes, could you say a prayer that Jack's board goes well and he gets to be NCO of the quarter, and meritorious Sgt. That would be great!

I am so so proud of him to even be considered for all of this. I mean he is doing so well.

We are 63% done with this deployment. Woo hoo!!! On the downward slope! So happy about that! Only 37% left to go!!!

So Jack... I am so super proud of you!! I miss you and I love you!!

Everyone... I will keep you updated with how things go, but if y'all could say a little prayer I would appreciate it!!



Friday, June 12, 2009

Catching up...as promised

So it has been way to long since I updated the pictures... so here goes. Not to many interesting things... but definitely pictures from each day.

The whole picture of the day thing is to document what I do while he is deployed. Honestly I don't do too much, but I do enjoy the pictures. haha. So here they are....

Day 142 - May 28th
Ms Reeses...

Day 143 - May 29th
Jonathan stuff for drill...sea of camoflauge

Day 144- May 30th
got my shirt! yeah I love it!

Day 145 - May 31st
Happy Birthday to my Mommy!!

Day 146- June 1st
me modeling my shrit

Day 147- June 2nd
Kobe snuggled up... so cute

Day 148 - June 3rd
the flag in the wind... I liked it

Day 149 - June 4th
Me and Miss Bubblegum

Day 150 - June 5th
Mr Henry... mad I disturbed him

Day 151 - June 6th

Just me.. being silly...

Day 152 - June 7th
the tiki torches... getting ready for the new pool

Day 153 - June 8th
Miss Furry.. so sweet

Day 154 - June 9th
who knows what Peanut was hunting... silly dog

Day 155 - June 10th
Happy Birthday Dawn!!

Day 156- June 11th
Me again.. taking pictures for JMS

Day 157 - June 12th
the pool getting installed... a few pictures... casuse the whole process intrigued me.

Hope everyone had a great week!!!!
JMS - I miss you and I love you! I am so so so proud of you!!! Stay Safe my heart!


So I am just realizing that I haven't updated pictures in a while. I promise to do that this weekend.

I am wanted to write a little bit about shadiness today. I mean seriously, why do people find the need to be shady. Just tell people the truth, it is way easier that way.
I work in retail, and for some reason shady people love to come see me all the time. Awesome right. Shady McShaderstien.... grr... not cool.
If you are going to return something you wore... at least try and make it look like you didn't wear it. I mean come on, I am not that dumb.

Oh and if you are going to delete people off of a site, be honest as to why. Don't just deactivate them and then not answer when they ask why. Not cool. Apparently that is how some people are.

Things like this just baffle my mind. I always try to be honest with people. Pretty much the only time I am not is when I say I am okay... cause really I am not.. I miss my husband, but that is another story all together. I mean yes, I do put myself on invisible on my yahoo, but it isnt because I don't want to talk to people, it is because I am waiting for Jack with the computer volume turned up and doing 8 other things at the same time. I do it that way so I know when I hear the beep it is Jack. Just my own little thing. I don't see that as particularly shady.

But other people, clearly have been shady lately. So yeah Shady McShaderstiens.... not cool... just wanted y'all to know that.

Anyway everyone... promise to get the pictures up before the end of the weekend!
Hope everyone is well.

JMS - I love you and miss you so so much... We are on the downward slope now..and I can't wait!!


Monday, June 1, 2009

not cool...nope not cool

So I may have mentioned that I have rheumatoid arthritis. Normally I try not to let it bother me, but today I have decided that I would like to give it back to wherever the hell it came from. Grrr. I got new meds and yeah it isn't really working.
Maybe I should explain.

First for those of you that don't know what RA is visit www.insidera.com. It has a lot of great information. The easiest way I can explain it, is that it is an auto immune deficeny. Basically my body sees my joints as foriegn objests and attacks them. It leads for some real fun times, let me tell you.
Things like putting a key on a key ring, playing a video game, opening a medication bottle, those are all increasingly difficult for me. My hands just don't work as well as other peoples. It happens, I have adjusted and honestly if you met me I would like to think you wouldn't even realize that there was anything wrong. Yes I offer people one hand over the other, yes I tend to hide the fact that my left hand can not lay flat, nor make a fist and yes I hide the fact that my fingers bend outward. But really for me I don't see to much of a difference.

Well until this past week or so. I went to the doctor, who sent me for bloodwork and xrays. Fun right? So I get all that done. And the x rays were to see why my back was spasming. Which is always a positive. The doctor also decided to give me a new medication. So I am thinking, Awesome... this will help. Yeah not so much. I have been on the new meds for a little over a week now. And I know some of you are saying.. Amanda give it a chance. And trust me I am.
See the first few days, I felt amazing! I mean I could make a fist (something I have not been able to do in 3 years) and I was like wow! I mean my stomach was a bit upset, but that is the price I pay. Well now a week into it, I feel no different than I did before the meds, in fact I feel worse. So I am thinking what the heck is going on?

The meds were supposed to work, just like the yoga and the chriopractor , and the water aerobics and all the other crazy things that I have tried to aleve the pain. It doesn't work. Or at least right now it doesn't. And I am annoyed. I can't sleep, cause of the pain. Yuck on that too.

I just want my husband here. He helps with the pain. He always knows when to rub my hands or when he needs to open the bottles and what not for me. I mean seriously I remember a time when I needed my meds sooo bad and I couldn't for the life of me open the bottle. It just hurt to much. This was when I lived on Millenia. Anyway I was in tears. I tried for 2 hours. My roommate wasn't home. I had to knock on a neighbors door, crying and ask for help. After hearing that story, Jack made sure my meds were in ziploc bags that I could open and labeled with what they were. It was awesome.

The pain just sucks right now. And although typing does not really help, I needed to get this out somewhere.

So yeah... this is kind of a vent... nothing to happy here tonight.. sorry guys. I just needed to get all that out.
I hope that everyone had a great weekend. I will update the pictures of the day soon.

JMS - I miss you alot and I love you more than anything. I am counting down the days. So glad May is officially over... another month down. Stay safe my heart.