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    January 31, 2005

    The Day After

    Well it appears by all accounts that the election in Iraq went quite well. Despite the threat of danger, many Iraqis turned out in droves to let their voices be heard. One can only imagine the fear most of them felt as they headed out to the polls. A while back, I ran across this blog which is written by a young Iraqi woman, living in Baghdad. I have not been able to stop reading the incredible accounts of her life in Iraq. Through her words, she is able to give us insight into her world and culture that you will not find on any news site. In one of her recent entries, she spoke of the fear she and her family has felt about voting in yesterday's election. Her entry yesterday, although very short and to the point, brought tears to my eyes. Stop by and have a read!
    It's been a week now and I am still waiting to hear from B. I was prepared for him to be out of touch for several days, but not for an entire week. I am really hoping now that the roads have reopened, that I will hear from him today or late tonight. I know that I am probably worried for nothing, but I need to hear from him in a really bad way right about now. *Keeping my fingers crossed*
    Quick Update:
    All is well! I received a phone call this evening and he's fine! I'd like to say I knew he would be, but the fact is that I'm a wuss when it comes to this. I'm new at this whole Military & Deployment thing. He's been there before, but I didn't know him then and all I can say is THANK THE LORD HE IS RETIRING AFTER THIS! Oh what a happy day that will be!
    Turns out the phones and internet were down for a few days over there. The base is going through transition with new troops coming in, some going home. Internet equipment comes and goes with each move. To top it off, they had nightly missions that were taking place during hours that he is usually able to call or get online, not that he would have been able to call with the phones down anyway, but there ya have it. Whew! He's fine and I will someday learn not to be such a ninny! You guys are the bestest! Thank you for all the support! YOU GUYS ROCK!

    January 28, 2005

    I Shall Do My Part

    After not talking to him for several days, I finally got to talk to B again on Monday. He has been moved from Kuwait into Iraq. I can't even describe how much I was missing him, but he seemed to be happy that he's finally there. Although he wasn't yet in a more permanent housing situation, he said the conditions are much much better. We were able to spend several hours talking on IM, then he went over to the phone center and gave me a call. He was able to send several pictures, including the one below, with his "Somali Warlord" friend! [LOL, B said that, not me, and he was kidding of course!] Apparently they have become good friends and that is a running joke between the two of them.

    He assured me that it was okay to post pictures. I will, however, always blur or remove names or other identifying information, so just ignore the big blur on Mr. Warlords cammo jacket. One can never be too careful. For all we know, some terrorist could very well be surfing the blog-world, during his coffee break as we speak and far be it from me to leak information to the enemy! Hey, it isn't so far fetched. They do have internet access! While looks may be deceiving, Iraq isn't the third world country it appears to be on television. Never fear Mr. Warlord! I shall protect thee from blog surfing terrorists!

    When I last spoke to B on Monday, they were about to leave on an overnight mission. He said they were told to pack for up to four days in case they ran into road closures or other unforeseen events. I haven't heard from him since. I am guessing that they are helping with election security, or at least that's what I am hoping. All I can do for now is try to keep positive thoughts, pray that he is safe and provide plenty of blog content to keep the terrorists busy during the elections.
    Yes, I know I have a twisted sense of humor, but there are times when humor comes in handy and this is one of them.

    January 25, 2005

    I'm Such a Slacker!

    I admit it! I am a professional slacker. I meant to post this on Tuesday. Why you ask? The answer is simple. I am naming Tuesday's in the world of Sque, Tuesday's Tell-All! It's a Meme of sorts. I will pose a list of 5 questions and you get to answer them here in comments and if you like, you can snag it, post it to your own blog and pose the questions to your own readers! Beware that some questions may be a bit risque at times! Not always, but...On occasion! Hey, if ya can't tell a bunch of strangers the most intimate details of your life, who can ya tell?

    Okie dokie, here goes the Blogworlds first:

    Tuesday's Tell-All! [But we're doing it on Wednesday!]

    1. Describe something you like to eat, that others might find strange.
    2. Name your favorite perfume/cologne.
    3. If you could choose any place in the world to live, where would that be?
    4. How old were you when you lost your virginity?
    5. Name a television show that cannot tear yourself away from.

    Okay...Here are my answers!

    1. Describe something you like to eat, that others might find strange.

    Croutons & Thousand Island dressing..Sort of as a dip

    2. Name your favorite perfume/cologne.

    Perfume - Oscar de la Renta

    Cologne for men - Polo

    3. If you could choose any place in the world to live, where would that be?

    I'm a proud Native-Texan...I'd have to say Texas!

    4. How old were you when you lost your virginity?


    5. Name a television show that cannot tear yourself away from.

    Fear Factor! I almost hate watching this show, but I cannot stop watching it once I see that it's on and god forbid that I find a Fear Factor Marathon! Ugh...This show keeps me on the verge of tossing my cookies.
    January 22, 2005

    Sand! Glorious Sand!

    It's been a crappy week! What else can you say about a week filled with sneezing, a stuffy and simultaneously runny nose, hobbling around on crutches, stressing over a new career move, a disconnected telephone because Verizon employees are a buncha nitwits that absolutely refuse to correct a year long dispute over a billing issue that is THEIR OWN FAULT and even though you've paid them, the damn phone won't be turned back on until Monday!?!? We go through this every few months and quite frankly, I am willing to MOVE TO ANOTHER COUNTRY if that's what it takes to put and end to my never-ending dispute with the phone company from HELL! I've had similar experiences with Verizon [SATAN'S SPAWN] Wireless, but hey, their DSL service rocks, so I guess I'll continue to be a disgruntled Verizon customer. I mean it's not like THERE IS ANY OTHER FRIGGIN TELEPHONE COMPANY I CAN SWITCH TO around here, but ...I digress.

    So today I go to my mailbox, where I found my very first letter from Brian, my sweetheart of a guy who is GOD KNOWS WHERE at this point because we haven't talked for several days now. It was post marked January 3rd and it took some 19 days to find its way to me! I sat in my car, ripped it open, pulled the letter out and what do I find? Sand! Yes, you read that right! Sand poured out from the pages, right into my lap. I'm not sure how it got there. Perhaps Brian was playing in a Kuwaiti sandbox whilst putting pen to paper and professing his love to me across the miles. I suppose anything is possible. Maybe the mail truck/camel [?] got stuck in a sand storm or perhaps a really big sand dune somewhere in the Kuwaiti desert. I sat in my car for 30 minutes, with tears streaming down my face, reading it over and over.
    After my tear fest, I went out and paid some bills, then started on a care package to send for Valentine's Day. This will be the first of the care packages I plan on sending over the next year, and it will be the guinea pig of the bunch. There is no telling how long it will take to get there! The last time we spoke, we agreed that I should just send things to his Iraq address since he won't be at the Kuwait address much longer. I'm hoping that he isn't stressed about missing this Valentine's Day. I know that he loves me and that we will have many, many Valentine's Day's to celebrate once he's back. I'll be happy with a letter, and I am thrilled with the one I got today and I have to admit that's the BEST DAMNED SAND I have ever seen!
    January 20, 2005

    The Search Goes On...

    American Idol has started it's 4th season! I haven't missed a season yet and if I can make it through the first several weeks of torturous audition shows, this season will be no different! My friend D and I usually watch it together or we hang out on the phone and critique the performances! I totally need to get a life, but since I've royally screwed up my ankle, that isn't gonna be happening anytime soon!
    A number of things have been going on as of late. I am still on the lookout for the perfect job! I've been searching internet and want ads for something, anything really, that will spark some interest. Since blogging doesn't seem to get the bills paid, I suppose I'll have to keep looking. I was toying around with the idea of becoming a Doula or perhaps a midwife. I have always been very intrigued by the whole birthing process. I've been to a birth or two. Of course that doesn't make me an expert or anything, but the interest is there. The only recurring thought I have on that particular profession is that it probably wouldn't take much to change my mind about having a baby of my own someday. I mean, I can handle the pain of childbirth just fine, as long as the pain belongs to someone else!
    I freely admit that I'm a wuss. I've been on the verge of screaming every day this week with my latest round of mid-winter allergies. I can only thank god that Brian isn't here to watch me as I slumber with my nose plugged full of Kleenex! I'm sure the thought of me hobbling around on crutches, with Kleenex hanging out of my nose is just more sexiness than he could probably stand! At this rate, I may never have to use birth control again!
    Speaking of Brian...Their plans to make the move into Iraq on the 15th were cancelled. He seemed a little disappointed about it. I'm sort of torn about it. On one hand, I feel like he is a little more safe in Kuwait, but I also know that the conditions at Anaconda will be better than the camp in Kuwait. The good news is that he had a couple of days to try and recuperate from the Flu! My phone is on the fritz so I didn't hear from him yesterday [Wednesday], but last I heard, they had no idea when they would be headed to Iraq.
    I can't believe he's only been gone a few weeks. It seems like he's been gone forever and this year is going to just drag on forever...I can just feel it! Oh well, at least I'll have American Idol to keep me occupied until the end of May.
    So the search goes on for the next American Idol and a new career path for Sque! Hmmm...I'd make a helluva AI judge! Now there is a job I could totally live with and that would kill two birds with one stone!
    January 16, 2005

    Who Say's You Can't Have The Best of Both Worlds?

    Want to work off those excess holiday pounds with a free fitness-club membership? Ya gotta chow down on some fast food first.
    In an unusual marketing plan with New Year's resolutions in mind, Bally Total Fitness is teaming up with Louisville, Kentucky based - Yum Brands Inc. to offer an unlimited number of four-week memberships at Bally Fitness Clubs.
    The only requirement: Buy burgers, fries, pizza or the like at one of Yum's more than 18,000 U.S. restaurants.
    Customers who eat at any of five Yum restaurant chains - Taco Bell, Pizza Hut, KFC, Long John Silver's or A&W Restaurants - during the month of January can obtain a membership to one of Bally's more than 400 nationwide facilities simply by presenting a proof-of-purchase receipt for any amount.
    The passes must be activated by Feb. 7, 2005.
    Figures! There isn't a Bally's where I live, but I thought I'd pass on the information!
    January 15, 2005

    Hide-n-Seek in Iraq

    Regardless of which political party you happen to agree with about the war, this article is worth reading. We could argue all day long about whether or not the war was justified, but the fact of the matter is that arguing over it is pointless. We are now at war. I think the article linked above helps put things in perspective.
    January 12, 2005

    Be All You Can Be on Tylenol & Fishticks!

    I spoke with Brian yesterday morning. After he got back from his weekend training expedition, he and his tentmates woke up to find water dripping on them and several inches of water inside the tent. Lovely! Now he seems to be coming down with the Flu. Apparently the only solution for the Flu around there is Tylenol. Whats that? You have the Flu? Nooo problem! Here's a Tylenol, now go load that truck!
    The more I learn about the military, the less impressed I become. It has been shocking to find out that our government doesn't take better care of its military personnel! These men and women give up so much to serve their country, put their lives on the line and all they get is fucking TYLENOL for the FLU??? Even during his two month stay at Ft. Dix, I was stunned to hear that they were served baked fish for lunch AND dinner EVERY fucking day until he left for Kuwait. I mean what the fuck? I find it difficult to believe that we cannot do better than this for people who have put their lives on hold and are about to walk smack dab into the middle of a war zone! I can't help but wonder about the quality of treatment he might receive should GOD FORBID, Brian ever become seriously injured. It amazes me that most of us have been unaware of things like this and I'm even more amazed that we haven't heard [at least I haven't] complaints from military personnel regarding these issues. I don't suppose we'll be seeing any segments about this on any future edition of 60 Minutes.
    Brian will be leaving for a 1 day mission this weekend and then he and his company will be headed to the base in Iraq. The good news about this is that they won't have to risk life and limb just to get there. They will be flying!
    Conditions at Anaconda should be much better. From what Brian tells me and from all the research I've been doing, they will be living in air conditioned 12x35 foot trailers that are separated into 3 rooms and 2 people are assigned to each room.
    Four cafeteria-style dining facilities are on the post, run by civilian contractors. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and midnight dinner are served. A variety of food is served including hot meals, fresh fruit, and beverages. There is also a PX where soldiers can buy canned goods, snacks and other various items.

    In June 2004, a health clinic opened on the post where most illnesses can be treated and they also provide dental and eye services.

    For entertainment, there are two swimming pools, which were built by the Iraqis before the war. Also, a first-run movie theater and fitness gym are operated on base. Religious services are provided regularly by military chaplains, and there are smaller events run by individual units. I have also been told that mini versions of Burger King and Pizza Hut opened there in mid-October, 2004. Other amenities include wireless internet and telephone banks.
    Apparently Anaconda is the largest support base in Iraq, and has been nicknamed "Mortaritaville" because of the frequency of mortar/rocket attacks on the base. As of mid-October 2004, an article in the Seattle Times reported the facility, home to roughly 22,500 US troops and an additional 2,500 contractors, had been on the receiving end of roughly two attacks per day since July. [EEEEEK!!]
    Now don't get me wrong here. Mortar attacks aside, I am thrilled that Brian will have all this to make the next year a bit more bearable for him. I'm just trying to understand how a camp in the middle of the Iraqi desert, under mortar attack, can provide so much, yet here at home all we can feed them is fish sticks!

    January 10, 2005

    Just Curious...

    Is it just ME being anal retentive and totally O.C.D. and overly territorial when I just about have an aneurysm big enough to explode my entire head over the fact that one of my colleagues used MY desk at work to eat his lunch and then proceeds to leave bits of chocolate and spaghetti sauce on my desk planner AND in my middle desk drawer?!?

    I know that was a huge run on sentence, but during times like this who has time for proper sentence structure?!? Not that I even know what that is. I'm just sayin'.

    100 Things About me

    1. I like to cook.

    2. I like for things in my life to be consistent.

    3. My favorite color is Red.

    4. I have a difficult time with those who aren't decisive. For Pete's sake, just tell me where you want to eat, what movie you want to see or shut the hell up when I make the choice for you and you are unhappy with it.

    5. My oldest friend and I met in first grade.

    6. I adore authentic-Mexican food.

    7. I find most [not all] women too be very catty.

    8. I have absolutely no patience for bullshit.IE...People who can't drive, those who waste my time with details I do not need, people who refuse to listen, general stupidity, that kinda thing!

    9. I obsess about germs and washing my hands.

    10. I hit a cow when I was a senior in high school. It landed in the bed of the truck, I took it home with me and my parents butchered it.

    11. I have recurring dreams about my teeth crumbling.

    12. I think people take political correctness entirely too far. I cannot stand the fact that some of us think the world should conform to our way of thinking!

    13. I am a Christian. [I originally typed "I am a Christina" LOL]

    14. I'm an animal person. [When I'm not hitting or running over them with my car]

    15. I think people who do not like cats are very insecure.

    16. I am not a morning person.

    17. I am a compulsive list maker, but I usually forget that I made one. My purse is full of various lists for groceries and things to do, but I never look at them after I make them until I decide to clean out my purse!

    18. I hate playing 20 questions first thing in the morning. Playing this game with me any earlier than 1 hour after I wake up is a sure fire way to see me breathe fire and reduce you to a pile of ashes.

    19. I love to laugh and make others laugh [when I'm not reducing them to little piles of ashes].

    20. I have a very warped sense of humor.

    21. It is very difficult to offend me with humor.

    22. I tend to overthink things. A LOT!

    23. I'm not sure how this happened, but I kinda like doing laundry.

    24. I hate to clean house, but apparently there is no cleaning fairy. I do clean on occasion, but I plan on hiring someone to do that for me in the future.

    25. I hate dating.

    26. For the most part, I like being single.

    27. I frequently fall asleep in the bathtub.

    28. I am a conservative minded person.

    29. I think it's a good thing Darwinism exists.

    30. I love to BBQ and I grill some mean Ribeye Steaks.

    31. I will never divulge the secret recipe.

    32. I can be very sarcastic and I enjoy bantering with people that are fun and quick-witted.

    33. I am missing that shop til you drop gene that most women tend to have. I hate shopping. I go in, get what I need and leave. Don't ever ask me to go shopping. You will hate me!

    34. I have never had a one night stand.

    35. I really miss my grandparents!

    36. I love pulling pranks on people.

    37. I am adopted.

    38. I've always felt like I was just given away like an unwanted pet.

    39. I have 1 sister, 2 step brothers, 1 step sister and 2 half brothers. 3 mothers and 3 fathers. I am also the oldest, the middle child and an only child! Now figure that out!

    40. My parents are the mom and dad who raised me and nothing in this world can change that.

    41. That's the most important thing I have ever learned.

    42. If my tennis shoes get dirty, I trash them and just buy a new pair.

    43. I see no real use for pubic hair.

    44. If someone tells me I can't do something, it makes me want to do it even more.

    45. I am totally in to kitchen gadgets.

    46. I am a Dr Pepper freak.

    47. I don't drink coffee, but I adore the smell of it.

    48. I hate the fact that abortion even exists.

    49. My favorite flower is a Gardenia.

    50. Water is soothing to me. The sight, sound and smell of it just totally relaxes me.

    51. I have a hard time being honest with people when I know I may hurt their feelings, but I always try to tell the truth.

    52. I am not a very good multi-tasker.

    53. Thunderstorms, rainy days and over-cast days are the best days in the world!

    54. I hate clutter.

    55. My taste in home decor changes like the wind.

    56. I can't stand to be hot and I prefer to sleep with the a/c set at 65.

    57. I have a huge fear of abandonment.

    58. I should probably seek some therapy for that, but it ain't gonna happen in this lifetime.

    59. I hated piano lessons.

    60. It drives me nuts when someone loses their train of thought, and I have to sit through 14 other stories before they ever get back to the end of the first one. My mother is very guilty of this!

    61. I'm not much on drinking.

    62. Plus I cry when I toss my cookies!

    63. I refuse to cry in front of others.

    64. I am very ~in~ to big boy toys...ie, vehicles, large screen TV's, top of the line audio/video equipment, camera's, pc's, etc. Keep the diamonds. I like toys!

    65. I am a closet NASCAR fan.

    66. If you're gay, I don't need an announcement. In all liklihood, I already know or I will figure it out when you introduce someone as your date. I am not so dense that I need to be told. Really...I never announced my heterosexuality. People eventually figured it out on their own.

    67. I don't like to give unsolicited advice, but that doesn't often stop me from offering it.

    68. I hate drama. Spare me please.

    69. It is my hope that I will never find myself in front of a news crew describing how the tornado sounded just like a freight train, because 1. I don't prefer to ever see a tornado and 2. I do not wish the fact that I sound like a southern hick broadcasted on the national news!

    70. I despise adultery and if you are committing adultery, I am not the person to confide in.

    71. I talk and sing in my sleep quite frequently.

    72. I talk open and freely about anything that comes to my mind.

    73. I hate it when men come on to me like they have a raging hard-on.

    74. When someone has feelings for me I am usually clueless unless they flat out tell me. I am that dense and I definitely need an announcement for that.

    75. Although I am a decent swimmer, I'm a little paranoid about drowning.

    76. I'm gonna be needing a boob job. *smirks*

    77. I don't often message people on my IM lists because I feel like I am intruding most of the time.

    78. I am very competitive.

    79. My family is not very close.

    80. I am however, very close to my daddy and his side of the family.

    81. I am a certified florist.

    82. I am looking to change careers and I am not interested in pursuing anything I am trained to do. Go figure!

    83. I am 100% committed to having a fabulous relationship with my future husband.

    84. I will only marry if that person can commit 100% to the same.

    85. I don't hold a grudge.

    86. I love to country dance.

    87. I prefer action movies.

    88. I have a very weak tummy and gag at anything even remotely foul smelling. In fact, you can just talk about something gross and I will start wretching.

    89. I am a very picky eater and I hate for people to try and convince me to try something I know I don't like.

    90. I despise being startled awake...Hence, my disdain for alarm clocks!

    91. If you send me a chain letter or some other email to which I "must" respond or something terrible will happen to me, I will permanently block you from sending me email. WTF is your problem anyway? I don't need more bad luck!

    92. My favorite actor is Tommy Lee Jones.

    93. I love backyard cookouts...Barbecues...whatever you wanna call them. My house, your house...doesn't matter.

    94. I like to watch Bull Riding.

    95. I like fishing.

    96. I was born in Houston, Texas and lived there until I was almost 6.

    94. Eventually, I would like to build my dreamhouse and live in the country.

    95. Patience is not one of my stronger virtues.

    96. I don't really like making plans. I'm more of a spur of the moment kinda girl.

    97. I think the smell of Polo Cologne is orgasmic.

    98. I laugh uncontrollably when I see someone fall and I really wish I wouldn't do that.

    99. I pray frequently and silently before each meal...even if I am alone.

    100. I am chronically late and my dad says I will be late to my own funeral, which is okay because they really can't start without me can they?

    101. I despise drinking and driving and more often than not, I volunteer to be the designated driver.

    102. I don't need to drink to have a good time.

    103. I adore cats and could very easily wind up becoming some weird old cat lady if I'm not careful.

    104. I totally dig dogs too, but not as much as I dig cats.

    105. The most watched channel at my house is Animal Planet.

    106. I love to watch the show "Cops" because I think nothing is funnier than reality.

    107. I would never have enough patience to be a cop. [See numbers 8 & 95]

    108. Halloween is my favorite "holiday", followed closely by Christmas.

    109. I am entirely too sensitive for my own good.

    110. I am very proud of my Texas heritage.

    111. I really want to learn more about html and CSS, but I don't think I have the patience to learn it. [Again, see number 95]

    112. I would love to witness the power of a really strong hurricane, but only if I could view it in guaranteed safety!

    To be continued...

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    January 08, 2005

    You Might be a Liberal If...

    [As a public service, and with apologies to Jeff Foxworthy, here are the early warning signs that reveal if you, or someone you care about, just might be a liberal.]

    * You think that protestors outside nuclear power plants are dedicated activists, but protestors outside abortion clinics are dangerous zealots interfering with a legal activity.

    * You believe that more federal regulations will make your life better.

    * You believe that even though the top 20 percent of taxpayers pay 80 percent of income taxes, that the rich are not paying their “fair share.”

    * You think that Rush Limbaugh’s listeners are mindless “dittoheads,” but you have never doubted anything that you heard from Michael Moore.

    * You believe that the network news is a better indicator of what “real” news is than talk radio, Internet news sites, and blogs.

    * You believe that there was never, ever a problem with biased news coverage until Fox News went on the air.

    * You believe that Mikhail Gorbachev deserves more credit for losing the Cold War than Ronald Reagan deserves for winning it.

    * You mentally subtract 100 points from someone’s IQ if the person speaks with a Southern accent.

    * You think that Dan Rather got a raw deal.

    * You think that the phrase “separation of church and state” is in the Constitution.

    * You pride yourself on your global awareness, global sensitivity and global outlook, but can’t name your state legislator or school board representative.

    * You are dedicated to helping the poor, the downtrodden and the less fortunate, but you have never given blood.

    * You believe that a woman should make it on her own, without depending on her husband (except for Hillary Clinton).

    * You believe that professional, working women should never be judged on their appearance (except for Katherine Harris).

    * You believe that rich people should not be allowed to contribute so much money to candidates for office (except for George Soros).

    * You feel a deep sense of common cause with oppressed groups, such as Hispanic immigrants (except for Cuban Americans fleeing Castro).

    * You believe that a mother’s wishes for her child, especially a mother’s last, dying wish for her child, should outweigh the wishes of a father who had long before deserted his family (unless the child is named Elian Gonzalez).

    * You have no problem with Hollywood movie starts flying around in private jets to give speeches on the evils of SUVs.

    * You think that raising taxes will reduce the budget deficit.

    * You are more concerned, more often, with the rights of convicted felons than you are with the rights of small business owners.

    * You uphold a woman’s right to choose, unless a woman chooses adoption, chooses to be a stay-at-home mom, chooses to homeschool, or chooses to start a business.

    * You are more concerned with Vice President Cheney’s links to Halliburton than with Saddam Hussein’s links to international terrorism.

    * You have used the phrase, “in Europe, the government pays for health care and vacation,” without irony.

    * You are worried about how the French view Americans.

    * You believe that nativity scenes should be banned from public view, but that anyone objecting to pornography "only has to look the other way".

    * And finally, you are almost certainly a liberal if you refuse to admit that you’re a liberal, and accuse anyone of calling you a neo-con.
    January 06, 2005

    Oh What a Relief!

    I talked to Brian again this morning. So far we are averaging about 1 phone call per day, which is A LOT more than I ever expected! I can't tell you how happy I am about that! There is a 9 hour time difference between here and Kuwait, so phone calls come either around midnight or between 8 and 9 am! At least there is a pattern to this madness! lol He had some good news of sorts. The commanders and some of the troops were able to speak with several of the people that Brian and his Company will be replacing. It was a huge relief to hear that they haven't had much of a problem with the IED's [Improvised Explosive Devices] that we read about here daily! Apparently there is a trained crew that goes ahead of the Convoy to sweep for these things to make sure the Transportation Company is safe. He said the convoy moves along at speeds of 65 MPH and pretty much everything that could house these IED's [guardrails, trees, sign posts, buildings, etc] have been removed, so other than on the road itself, there really isn't any place to hide these things. The sweepers come through and get rid of anything that could possibly contain explosives and then the Convoy can move through safely! I don't know of these people are just really good at what they do, or if there just isn't a lot of action happening in the area he will be working in, but in any case, I am happy happy happy to hear this news! In the year that the current Transportation Company has been there, they have only had one incident involving an IED. It exploded and one guy was injured, but he drove like hell to get out of there and kept going until he made it to help. I guess everyone behind the explosion wasn't allowed to pass or something. I'm guessing, here so...Um, yeah...We'll just call it an educated guess after all the crap I've read on this stuff!

    I probably won't be hearing from Brian for the next few days. He is leaving on some kind of training mission on Friday and won't be back until Sunday. He will still be in Kuwait, in fact they're only going about 30 minutes away from the base. They will be doing military training...Stuff..Like shooting and tactical type national guard ...Stuff. Yeah..Something like that! Heck, I dunno what it's called. Most of our conversations are a blur since they usually occur in the middle of the night, or shortly after I wake up! I just realized that we haven't gone a day without at least talking to each other since the day we met!
    January 03, 2005

    Time to Blow off Some Steam

    This article makes me want to cry. Not only is this crap happening in Iraq, but also in Kuwait?!?! And here I thought Brian was relatively safe for now while he is waiting to go into Iraq. Oh no, we can't have me believing that now can we? I understand why we're fighting this war, I support it and I understand why Brian is there, but part of me wants to say to hell with it it, why bother. In my heart I want to be as much of a support as I can be to Brian, but its so fucking hard to muster it up when I know that there are so many who want to blow him to pieces simply because he's THERE!

    I have no clue how I am going to get through this next year with my sanity. Every time I talk to Brian I'm thinking it may be the last time. I have no idea how military wives and families keep from going insane reading things like this. I have no idea where they pull their strength from and I have no clue how they can manage getting through it more than once when a family member goes back for a second time. I guess all I can do is pray for his safety, pray for enough strength and courage for both of us and hope for the best.

    Perhaps I should just stop reading and watching the news! Now there's a spiffy idea!
    January 02, 2005

    Under Construction

    I am attempting to add a little flair to the template I'm using for this site! I know dick about web design, but if all goes well, you will soon be seeing a button that will allow you to email me...Should you even want to. I will also be adding a colored scroll bar, a clock...Indicating the time and date here in Central Texas and I am changing the text colors and sizes. Hopefully it won't look like my blog exploded when I'm done. If all goes well, maybe I'll try some really cool stuff! Yeah right!
    Jack LaLanne Juicer

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