Newspaper

Jan. 28th, 2011 09:27 pm
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My hometown newspaper twice a month runs a page of all the local people serving in the military.  I've been keeping them updated on my brother and Dad's whereabouts.  For some reason, recently a lot of people have been talking about it to my mother, even though it says now that my Dad's home and with his Reserves unit.  One woman even came to the door and gave my Mom a big basket of Mary Kay cosmetics.  So she asked me to take him off the list.  She doesn't even get the paper anymore, so she didn't know where this was all coming from.  And where were all these people when my Dad was actually deployed and she could have used someone to mow the lawn?

I'm thinking of canceling my paper subscription.  I read (in the paper!) this guy say it was the worst thing he did for his carbon footprint, even worse than flying cross-country. It would really cut down on our recycling, and Matthew doesn't read it anyway. I could get it delivered to my Kindle for much less, though I wouldn't get the coupons that way.  Then again, I'm very good at cutting the coupons, but do I ever really use them?  I do not.

Newspaper

Jan. 28th, 2011 09:27 pm
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My hometown newspaper twice a month runs a page of all the local people serving in the military.  I've been keeping them updated on my brother and Dad's whereabouts.  For some reason, recently a lot of people have been talking about it to my mother, even though it says now that my Dad's home and with his Reserves unit.  One woman even came to the door and gave my Mom a big basket of Mary Kay cosmetics.  So she asked me to take him off the list.  She doesn't even get the paper anymore, so she didn't know where this was all coming from.  And where were all these people when my Dad was actually deployed and she could have used someone to mow the lawn?

I'm thinking of canceling my paper subscription.  I read (in the paper!) this guy say it was the worst thing he did for his carbon footprint, even worse than flying cross-country. It would really cut down on our recycling, and Matthew doesn't read it anyway. I could get it delivered to my Kindle for much less, though I wouldn't get the coupons that way.  Then again, I'm very good at cutting the coupons, but do I ever really use them?  I do not.

Wow

Mar. 16th, 2009 02:00 pm
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So I just spent 20 minutes curled up in a corner of my classroom sobbing my eyes out. But when you consider there are 24 hours in the day, that means that there are 23 1/2 hours where I'm acting normally. The kids come at 2:30, the other teachers come at 3:15, the yoga teacher comes at 4:15, and we're done at 5:30. I can make it until then.

I've just felt so depressed this last week, for no reason really. Today I just found out that my first Bradley childbirth class is Holy Thursday, and I was planning to leave to visit Mom that Wednesday. So now I can't leave until Friday and I have to be back on Monday. Matthew is so into problem solving. When I called all upset, he told me that we'd figure out a way to maybe have a private class or get the information so I could leave on time. So I hope that works.

I already told Mom I was coming, and she's so excited. I think having had Dad home for two weeks actually made her more lonely now. She keeps calling me all the time. Plus she keeps buying more baby stuff. She hasn't told me what she got yet, I get to see when I go home. She told me that she went to Babies 'R Us and didn't like what we had on the registry, so she bought what she liked. Whatever, I'll take anything. But I'm absolutely not going to go with her so she can "advise" me on changes.

We just made a preliminary one, I know we have to go back and put more stuff on it. I don't think I'm having a baby shower. No one's offered to throw me one and its the height of gaucheness to throw one myself. But there might be a few aunts and friends who want to get us something, so that's why we made one up.

Also, why did I have to go to the bathroom just now when I just went 30 minutes ago?

Wow

Mar. 16th, 2009 02:00 pm
girafferty: (Choose your own adventure)
So I just spent 20 minutes curled up in a corner of my classroom sobbing my eyes out. But when you consider there are 24 hours in the day, that means that there are 23 1/2 hours where I'm acting normally. The kids come at 2:30, the other teachers come at 3:15, the yoga teacher comes at 4:15, and we're done at 5:30. I can make it until then.

I've just felt so depressed this last week, for no reason really. Today I just found out that my first Bradley childbirth class is Holy Thursday, and I was planning to leave to visit Mom that Wednesday. So now I can't leave until Friday and I have to be back on Monday. Matthew is so into problem solving. When I called all upset, he told me that we'd figure out a way to maybe have a private class or get the information so I could leave on time. So I hope that works.

I already told Mom I was coming, and she's so excited. I think having had Dad home for two weeks actually made her more lonely now. She keeps calling me all the time. Plus she keeps buying more baby stuff. She hasn't told me what she got yet, I get to see when I go home. She told me that she went to Babies 'R Us and didn't like what we had on the registry, so she bought what she liked. Whatever, I'll take anything. But I'm absolutely not going to go with her so she can "advise" me on changes.

We just made a preliminary one, I know we have to go back and put more stuff on it. I don't think I'm having a baby shower. No one's offered to throw me one and its the height of gaucheness to throw one myself. But there might be a few aunts and friends who want to get us something, so that's why we made one up.

Also, why did I have to go to the bathroom just now when I just went 30 minutes ago?
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I'm back at work this week, but the kids are still off, so I was all alone on the second floor. I was able to unbutton my pants. Aah. My maternity pants are still pretty loose, but my regular ones aren't cutting it anymore.

I found out yesterday that there are lj communities for every month of the year that mothers are expecting. So I joined the July09 group. I also applied to the cloth diapering community, but I think I clicked "join" twice, so I'm back of the line again.

I was looking at the features of the hospital I will be giving birth at. It sounds very nice.  They have water birth facilities. I don't know anything about that, so I should look into it and see if it might be for me. And a neonatal intensive care unit, if needed.  I'm almost at the stage when I can start taking pregnancy classes there.

Liam came down yesterday to spend a few days with us before he goes to Montreal. His advisor is going on sabbatical there, and since he's the only other one who understands what Liam's thesis is all about, he's following him there. I played him in Scrabble tonight. I was doing pretty well until he lay down all seven tiles of his twice in a row. He helped put our new futon frame together. Hooray! Matthew no longer has to sleep on a box to prevent our old one folding on us in the middle of the night!

Christmas was nice with my family. I hadn't seen Emerald in six months. In the interim, she has really gotten into High School Musical and says "Sweet" all the time. She was disappointed that I didn't have a big belly yet. I showed her my Pregnancy week by week book to have her see what the baby looked like inside me. She started to act really babyish when we were at the fabric store picking out pieces for my grandma to make into a quilt. I think she's a little jealous that the attention is off her now somewhat.

On Christmas Day we called Dad. He got a half day off. He got the fruitcake I had ordered. I didn't realize it was made with brandy, which is against the rules, but they ate all the evidence. It was sad seeing his empty stocking on the fireplace. I got a new maternity outfit and Ghostbusters 1 &2 from Matthew, and five voluminous nightgowns from Mom, as well as some soft ornaments to put on our tree next year on the low branches.

Driving back was miserable. There was fog the whole way, and Pennsylvania roads were not kind to my nausea. I managed to make it all the way home before throwing up, which was nice. It would be no fun puking on the side of the road.  I've gone two, almost three days without puking now.  A new record!  I'm almost afraid to announce it.
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I'm back at work this week, but the kids are still off, so I was all alone on the second floor. I was able to unbutton my pants. Aah. My maternity pants are still pretty loose, but my regular ones aren't cutting it anymore.

I found out yesterday that there are lj communities for every month of the year that mothers are expecting. So I joined the July09 group. I also applied to the cloth diapering community, but I think I clicked "join" twice, so I'm back of the line again.

I was looking at the features of the hospital I will be giving birth at. It sounds very nice.  They have water birth facilities. I don't know anything about that, so I should look into it and see if it might be for me. And a neonatal intensive care unit, if needed.  I'm almost at the stage when I can start taking pregnancy classes there.

Liam came down yesterday to spend a few days with us before he goes to Montreal. His advisor is going on sabbatical there, and since he's the only other one who understands what Liam's thesis is all about, he's following him there. I played him in Scrabble tonight. I was doing pretty well until he lay down all seven tiles of his twice in a row. He helped put our new futon frame together. Hooray! Matthew no longer has to sleep on a box to prevent our old one folding on us in the middle of the night!

Christmas was nice with my family. I hadn't seen Emerald in six months. In the interim, she has really gotten into High School Musical and says "Sweet" all the time. She was disappointed that I didn't have a big belly yet. I showed her my Pregnancy week by week book to have her see what the baby looked like inside me. She started to act really babyish when we were at the fabric store picking out pieces for my grandma to make into a quilt. I think she's a little jealous that the attention is off her now somewhat.

On Christmas Day we called Dad. He got a half day off. He got the fruitcake I had ordered. I didn't realize it was made with brandy, which is against the rules, but they ate all the evidence. It was sad seeing his empty stocking on the fireplace. I got a new maternity outfit and Ghostbusters 1 &2 from Matthew, and five voluminous nightgowns from Mom, as well as some soft ornaments to put on our tree next year on the low branches.

Driving back was miserable. There was fog the whole way, and Pennsylvania roads were not kind to my nausea. I managed to make it all the way home before throwing up, which was nice. It would be no fun puking on the side of the road.  I've gone two, almost three days without puking now.  A new record!  I'm almost afraid to announce it.
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I had to share this e-mail my brother Trev sent.

I just wanted to share this story with everyone to try and brighten your day.  I was at an FRG meeting, talking to the wife of a soldier who seemed really heart broken that she needed to cancel her vacation.  I had already approved the soldier's leave (time off) so I asked why she felt that they needed to cancel her vacation.
 
 
 
She said," Because we were planning to go to Atlanta and the Russians are bombing Georgia".

True story.
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I had to share this e-mail my brother Trev sent.

I just wanted to share this story with everyone to try and brighten your day.  I was at an FRG meeting, talking to the wife of a soldier who seemed really heart broken that she needed to cancel her vacation.  I had already approved the soldier's leave (time off) so I asked why she felt that they needed to cancel her vacation.
 
 
 
She said," Because we were planning to go to Atlanta and the Russians are bombing Georgia".

True story.

Kansas

Aug. 14th, 2008 11:18 am
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Today is Matthew's 34th birthday.  I didn' t realize until this year that he's almost exactly 10 years older than Trevor, whose birthday was on Monday.  Brian's birthday was yesterday, so this week is full up.

I keep reading how Americans are driving less this summer and going on "staycations" because of the price of gas.  So of course I go on the longest roadtrip I have ever taken last week.  I drove to Kansas, about 1200 miles from Baltimore, to see my Dad at Ft. Riley.  At least gas went down 15 cents before I went.  He had a four day pass and I was finished with Peace Camp, so it was a good weekend to come. 

I stopped by in Columbus to see Amy on the way there, and I couldn't get over how different it was to Baltimore.  The sidewalks were wide and smooth, there were big glass windows in the shops that weren't covered in bars at night, and the park was clean!  It also had an awesome playground with a spinny thing on it.

spinny

I realize that I am the way I am in large part due to my father. Like my love of museums, baseball, and board games, that's all him.  My sarcastic sense of humor, too.

 We went to the Eisenhower Complex in Abilene (Childhood home, museum, library, and final resting place).  I got an "I Like Ike" button and  this song stuck in my head for several days.  One of the greatest political ads ever.

A lot of people discount Eisenhower because he didn't do much during his presidency, but I think not doing something sometimes takes more energy than doing it.  There were a lot of people in the US at the time who were gunning for war with the USSR, and Eisenhower, after seeing the horrors of war, wanted none of it.  There was a quote at his museum saying, "The United States never lost a soldier or a foot of ground in my administration. We kept the peace. People asked how it happened — by God, it didn’t just happen, I’ll tell you that".

We also went to Kansas City to see a Royals-Twins game.  They're refurbishing Kaufmann stadium right now, but they still have the fountains, which are pretty cool.  I was impressed to see a full house and so many people wearing Royals fan gear after they've spent the last few years in the basement.

Dad's living with 15 other guys in a barracks in a recreatement of a Forward Operating Base (FOB) in Iraq.  These will be the guys he'll be living with for the next year.  He leaves mid-September.  I found out that he volunteered to go, because he wanted to serve in Iraq before he retired, and they asked him to do something that he has experience doing.  I'm going to miss him

Kansas

Aug. 14th, 2008 11:18 am
girafferty: (Default)
Today is Matthew's 34th birthday.  I didn' t realize until this year that he's almost exactly 10 years older than Trevor, whose birthday was on Monday.  Brian's birthday was yesterday, so this week is full up.

I keep reading how Americans are driving less this summer and going on "staycations" because of the price of gas.  So of course I go on the longest roadtrip I have ever taken last week.  I drove to Kansas, about 1200 miles from Baltimore, to see my Dad at Ft. Riley.  At least gas went down 15 cents before I went.  He had a four day pass and I was finished with Peace Camp, so it was a good weekend to come. 

I stopped by in Columbus to see Amy on the way there, and I couldn't get over how different it was to Baltimore.  The sidewalks were wide and smooth, there were big glass windows in the shops that weren't covered in bars at night, and the park was clean!  It also had an awesome playground with a spinny thing on it.

spinny

I realize that I am the way I am in large part due to my father. Like my love of museums, baseball, and board games, that's all him.  My sarcastic sense of humor, too.

 We went to the Eisenhower Complex in Abilene (Childhood home, museum, library, and final resting place).  I got an "I Like Ike" button and  this song stuck in my head for several days.  One of the greatest political ads ever.

A lot of people discount Eisenhower because he didn't do much during his presidency, but I think not doing something sometimes takes more energy than doing it.  There were a lot of people in the US at the time who were gunning for war with the USSR, and Eisenhower, after seeing the horrors of war, wanted none of it.  There was a quote at his museum saying, "The United States never lost a soldier or a foot of ground in my administration. We kept the peace. People asked how it happened — by God, it didn’t just happen, I’ll tell you that".

We also went to Kansas City to see a Royals-Twins game.  They're refurbishing Kaufmann stadium right now, but they still have the fountains, which are pretty cool.  I was impressed to see a full house and so many people wearing Royals fan gear after they've spent the last few years in the basement.

Dad's living with 15 other guys in a barracks in a recreatement of a Forward Operating Base (FOB) in Iraq.  These will be the guys he'll be living with for the next year.  He leaves mid-September.  I found out that he volunteered to go, because he wanted to serve in Iraq before he retired, and they asked him to do something that he has experience doing.  I'm going to miss him

Kansas

Aug. 14th, 2008 11:18 am
girafferty: (Default)
Today is Matthew's 34th birthday.  I didn' t realize until this year that he's almost exactly 10 years older than Trevor, whose birthday was on Monday.  Brian's birthday was yesterday, so this week is full up.

I keep reading how Americans are driving less this summer and going on "staycations" because of the price of gas.  So of course I go on the longest roadtrip I have ever taken last week.  I drove to Kansas, about 1200 miles from Baltimore, to see my Dad at Ft. Riley.  At least gas went down 15 cents before I went.  He had a four day pass and I was finished with Peace Camp, so it was a good weekend to come. 

I stopped by in Columbus to see Amy on the way there, and I couldn't get over how different it was to Baltimore.  The sidewalks were wide and smooth, there were big glass windows in the shops that weren't covered in bars at night, and the park was clean!  It also had an awesome playground with a spinny thing on it.

spinny

I realize that I am the way I am in large part due to my father. Like my love of museums, baseball, and board games, that's all him.  My sarcastic sense of humor, too.

 We went to the Eisenhower Complex in Abilene (Childhood home, museum, library, and final resting place).  I got an "I Like Ike" button and  this song stuck in my head for several days.  One of the greatest political ads ever.

A lot of people discount Eisenhower because he didn't do much during his presidency, but I think not doing something sometimes takes more energy than doing it.  There were a lot of people in the US at the time who were gunning for war with the USSR, and Eisenhower, after seeing the horrors of war, wanted none of it.  There was a quote at his museum saying, "The United States never lost a soldier or a foot of ground in my administration. We kept the peace. People asked how it happened — by God, it didn’t just happen, I’ll tell you that".

We also went to Kansas City to see a Royals-Twins game.  They're refurbishing Kaufmann stadium right now, but they still have the fountains, which are pretty cool.  I was impressed to see a full house and so many people wearing Royals fan gear after they've spent the last few years in the basement.

Dad's living with 15 other guys in a barracks in a recreatement of a Forward Operating Base (FOB) in Iraq.  These will be the guys he'll be living with for the next year.  He leaves mid-September.  I found out that he volunteered to go, because he wanted to serve in Iraq before he retired, and they asked him to do something that he has experience doing.  I'm going to miss him

Peace Camp

Jun. 24th, 2008 10:25 pm
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My brother Trevor got his next orders.  He's going to Iraq in May.  That means it will be 2010 at the earliest before the Raffertys are all together as a family again.  I suppose it was going to happen anyway, even without the war.  Two of us are married now, three are out of the house entirely, and Reagan will be out soon too.

I finished the second day of summer peace camp, and I am already beat.  I worked all weekend.  Saturday was the fundraiser, and I met some lovely ladies who started a peace studies center at their church, so I visited them on Sunday and raided their library for stuff.  Next weekend I'm going to take it easy. Its going well so far, although I've already had to suspend one student for hitting another.  We're trying to discourage violence at the peace camp.

We're going swimming twice a week at the public pool down the street.  The lifeguard asked that some of the counselors get in the water next time, since we're bringing over 30 children on top of all the other people there.  I went out and bought a nice grandma bathing suit at Kmart today.  I don't really feel appropriate wearing my halter-top two piece in front of all the kids.  Not to mention the creeps that hang outside the pool.  Every time I go to a public pool in Baltimore, there are all these guys hanging on the fence just outside the pool, watching. 

One of the guys asked me how old my kids were.  "The oldest ones are ten," I said, hoping this would stop him from leering.  He seemed nonplussed for a minute, but then apparently made peace with the fact that he's a pedophile and was back the next day.

Peace Camp

Jun. 24th, 2008 10:25 pm
girafferty: (Default)
My brother Trevor got his next orders.  He's going to Iraq in May.  That means it will be 2010 at the earliest before the Raffertys are all together as a family again.  I suppose it was going to happen anyway, even without the war.  Two of us are married now, three are out of the house entirely, and Reagan will be out soon too.

I finished the second day of summer peace camp, and I am already beat.  I worked all weekend.  Saturday was the fundraiser, and I met some lovely ladies who started a peace studies center at their church, so I visited them on Sunday and raided their library for stuff.  Next weekend I'm going to take it easy. Its going well so far, although I've already had to suspend one student for hitting another.  We're trying to discourage violence at the peace camp.

We're going swimming twice a week at the public pool down the street.  The lifeguard asked that some of the counselors get in the water next time, since we're bringing over 30 children on top of all the other people there.  I went out and bought a nice grandma bathing suit at Kmart today.  I don't really feel appropriate wearing my halter-top two piece in front of all the kids.  Not to mention the creeps that hang outside the pool.  Every time I go to a public pool in Baltimore, there are all these guys hanging on the fence just outside the pool, watching. 

One of the guys asked me how old my kids were.  "The oldest ones are ten," I said, hoping this would stop him from leering.  He seemed nonplussed for a minute, but then apparently made peace with the fact that he's a pedophile and was back the next day.

Peace Camp

Jun. 24th, 2008 10:25 pm
girafferty: (Default)
My brother Trevor got his next orders.  He's going to Iraq in May.  That means it will be 2010 at the earliest before the Raffertys are all together as a family again.  I suppose it was going to happen anyway, even without the war.  Two of us are married now, three are out of the house entirely, and Reagan will be out soon too.

I finished the second day of summer peace camp, and I am already beat.  I worked all weekend.  Saturday was the fundraiser, and I met some lovely ladies who started a peace studies center at their church, so I visited them on Sunday and raided their library for stuff.  Next weekend I'm going to take it easy. Its going well so far, although I've already had to suspend one student for hitting another.  We're trying to discourage violence at the peace camp.

We're going swimming twice a week at the public pool down the street.  The lifeguard asked that some of the counselors get in the water next time, since we're bringing over 30 children on top of all the other people there.  I went out and bought a nice grandma bathing suit at Kmart today.  I don't really feel appropriate wearing my halter-top two piece in front of all the kids.  Not to mention the creeps that hang outside the pool.  Every time I go to a public pool in Baltimore, there are all these guys hanging on the fence just outside the pool, watching.

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