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Lately someone I know keeps coming out with the comment “That doesn’t inspire me.”
She wants to go to certain places to be creative and then when she arrives at the destination isn’t inspired.

Some things that inspire me are:

  • Intelligent People
  • Architecture
  • Music
  • Landscapes
  • Human Behavior
  • Children
  • Food

So I ask the question “What inspires you?”

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The Weekly Re-cap: You met my friend Katie and mourned my good friend common sense.  You heard about the parents sitting near me on the flight to Florida and we talked about being proud of our true age….

The Weekly Music: Kelly has some Sara Evans on  her iPod and I liked her….

The Weekly Downer: Leaving Michael and Isabella.  Being in beautiful warm weather without a motorcycle….

The Weekly New Show on TV That I Like: Romantically Challenged with Alyssa Milano (my birthday buddy!)

The Weekly Schadenfreude: The guy who set the bomb in Times Square.  Good thing he’s bad at building bombs (sigh of relief)

The Weekly Beverage: orange juice at the airport, yummy iced drinks in the sun….


Weekly Food: Burgers with sautéed mushrooms & Claussen hearty garlic stackers, McGriddle

The Weekly Amazing Fact: Each year DOGS kill more people in the US than Great White sharks have in the past 100 YEARS!


The Weekly Birthdays: Lyn Reilly Clements, Shane Allen, Kim Boresch, Dave Trombetti, Christine Reilly Shelton, Heather Rook, Mary Onufer, Megan Boyd, Steven Plac, and Peter Klein.  I hope you all had wonderful birthdays filled with fond memories with family and friends.  Leave me a comment and tell me if you did anything special for your birthday.

The Weekly Craft:I’m still crocheting….

The Weekly Activity: Traveling

The Weekly Shoes: Flip Flops Galore!

Weekly Grand Totals: Time from Albany to Tampa – 3 hours 10 minutes

The Weekly Hypothetical: If you were married with kids and went on vacation (without your kids) would you be in bed early because that’s your routine, or would you be excited to stay up late because you don’t have a schedule?

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The kids are in control!!

So yesterday I was on a Southwest flight.  We boarded the plane.  I sat down, and buckled up.  The plane was only about 1/3 full so I didn’t have anyone sitting next to me.  Their was a woman sitting across the aisle with her 2 daughters.  Her husband was sitting in the row across the aisle in front of me.  She says to her daughter “Tell your Daddy he needs a nice big stiff one.”  After the daughter (who was probably about 3 years old) told her Daddy he needed “a nice big stiff one” I sat there in wonderment.  First off, it’s 7AM, nobody NEEDS a drink at 7AM.  2nd off you’re teaching a very young child that drinking at 7AM is okay.  Then you’re teaching them to say a phrase that can be misconstrued and repeated to teacher, babysitter, grandparent….  Not good parenting if you ask me.

The kids were screamers too!  Not my idea of a good well-rounded child.  You’re movie is over.  Don’t scream at the top of your lungs.  Say “Mommy, my movie is over.”  I know people can’t control everything their children do.  But it was obvious these parents just let their kids do whatever they want and they respond to it by giving the kids whatever they want.  I didn’t see any parenting.  I see a kid in control!!

Oh well.  Glad they’re not my kids.  I’ll remember things like this in the future if I have some as a how-not-to situation.

What’s the worst child/parent situation you’ve ever had to deal with on a plane?

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(And for those of you that got the Kelly Cornick-Crouth interview list email last night.  Please disregard.  It will get posted, just not today.  Stay tuned!!)

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Meet Lisa Bathrick Miller

While brainstorming about what to write blogs about, I wanted to find a way for my readers to get to know some of the awesome people who I know.  The best way I could come up with was an interview series.

This week’s interviews all have a military connection.  Meet my friend LisaLisa and I grew up together in Red Hook, NYLisa is an army wife.  She was a wonderful friend to help out my friend Sara Caraway Kowalski when she moved to TX and needed a friend.  You’ll be able to learn more about Sara in tomorrow’s blog.

Name: Lisa Bathrick Miller

Blog link:
http://miliwifeaviation.wordpress.com

Age: 31…yeah getting old!

Location: Currently Ft. Hood, TX

Lisa & Joe ~ September 20, 2008

Relationship Status: Married since September 20, 2008

Kaleb, Bailey, and Trevor

Children: I have 3. Trevor is 11, Kaleb is 7, and Bailey is soon to be 5.

Occupation: I’m a mom, wife, and everything in between

What is the most challenging part of your job?
Making time for me.

Joe & Lisa

What is the best part of being a military spouse? Being able to live in different places.  Kids get to experience different things. It can be a tough life, but I wouldn’t change it!

How many times has your husband been deployed?
Since he has been in the Army, he has deployed 3 times. Together we have gone through one.

How do you handle it when he’s gone? You have good days. You have bad days. Then you have down right horrible days. I lived on my computer waiting for him to get online. If I had to go out, I would always have my phone on me. Friends are always helpful, especially if they are going through the same thing. Oh and alcohol is always good company for misery. LOL

What advice do you have for a new military spouse? One thing a newbie might have problems with is dealing with being alone…ALOT. They tend to expect their soldier home at 5pm. Well it doesn’t always work that way. There are days my husband goes to work at 7am and doesn’t come home til 8pm.  Some new wives (and even some not so new) will get so mad at their husbands. They have to realize it is not their fault! They have to be able to adapt, be flexible, and be understanding. Oh yeah…  and please don’t be one of those wives that runs to the commander every time you get mad at something.  It’s embarrassing to your soldier, and makes life hell for him.

Lisa

What got you interested in blogging? Boredom I suppose. I just wish I had interesting things to write about.

(except for the deer)

We grew up in a small town in New York State. How different is it living in Texas? Well its HOT during the summer! And summer is about 9 months out of the year. The interstates and highways are way weird here!  They talk weird. Although I am the one always getting accused of that. Real estate is so much cheaper.  BUGS…big ones at that! We have bigger deer in NY though. The trees here are different. I miss the trees back home. Thats just a few things…

Lisa, Keleb & Trevor at Monster Jam!

I know your ex-husband lives in another state. How difficult is it to coordinate visits for your children?
They go for a month in the summer. They are old enough to fly by themselves so it isn’t too bad. My step daughter will be turning 5 next month, so she will be able to fly by herself as well.

Heaven on Earth

When you lived here in New York you used to work at Holy Cow which is many opinions is the best ice cream there is.  Does all other ice cream taste like fluff to you?
There is nothing that tastes as good as Holy Cow ice cream.  Still to this day, my hubby and I can be sitting on the couch and out of no where I will say “God, how I could go for a hot fudge sundae from the Holy Cow!” Maybe next time you are in Red Hook you could send some my way? And yes I am going to be picky…send CHOCOLATE!  {HOLY COW – HEAVEN IN RED HOOK}

We’ve known each other since elementary school.  Do you have any funny or thoughtful memories of us?

One time your mom took us to her friend’s house so we could go swimming. We were in the pool for what seemed like forever, but I don’t think your hair ever got wet. LOL

What are you favorite TV shows on right now? I like Chuck. I can’t wait for Amazing Race to start again. And I am a total HGTV and Food Network junkie! House Hunters and Chopped are a couple of my favorites.

You lived at Ft. Hood during the shootings here earlier this year. What was it like that day?  What were you doing when you heard about it?  How have things there changed since then??
That day was actually supposed to be pretty special for me. It was my 31st Birthday, and since my husband and I have been together it was the first birthday of mine that we were actually going to be together! I was super excited even though we didn’t have anything huge planned. The only thing I wanted for my birthday was to spend it with my husband.  Well, that didn’t happen!

The kids had half day of school that day.  I had just picked up my little one from the school across the street. We were sitting in the livingroom, looking at their papers from their backpacks. My friend either text me or called me, I can’t remember which one. She was the one to tell me what was going on. Funny thing is, I live just about a mile from where it was all going on, and I had no clue.

I turned on the tv right away. As she was getting info from a friend on post, she was relaying it to me. My husband was in a training center much farther away from where the shooting took place. He didn’t know about it till a little later. What was frustrating was there was so much talk going on about there being 2 or 3 shooters.  Some were on the loose on post, supposedly near my house. They told everyone to lock all their windows and doors and close all their blinds. Sirens were going off telling you to stay in your house. It was scary! So many stories were swirling around. Later to find out most of them were not true.

Post was on lock down. Some kids in schools that let out a little later were stuck there. Soldiers couldn’t leave to go home. People who lived on post or had kids in schools on post couldn’t even get on Fort Hood. It was a long afternoon that turned into a long night!

My husband finally got to come home around 8pm. Needless to say, I wasn’t in a very Birthday mood! I was very upset! Same question everyone had…how and why could this have happened? Very frustrating that one of our own could do this. Still makes me very angry.

Lisa's Family

Lisa on a weekend getaway in Fredericksburg, TX

Lisa & Joe in Fredericksburg, TX

Joe & Lisa at a winery in Fredericksburg, TX

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I think we all have things in life that drive us crazy!  Pet peeves we’d rather live without….
As I write this I thought about the Festivus tradition of

Airing of Grievances
The celebration of Festivus begins with the “Airing of Grievances,” which takes place immediately after the Festivus dinner has been served.  It consists of lashing out at others and the world about how one has been disappointed in the past year.

From the Seinfeld episode:

Frank Costanza: “And at the Festivus dinner, you gather your family around, and tell them all the ways they have disappointed you over the past year!”
Frank Costanza: “The tradition of Festivus begins with the Airing of Grievances. I got a lot of problems with you people! And now, you’re gonna hear about it. You, Kruger. My son tells me your company STINKS!”

I view grievances and gripes not only as ways I’ve been disappointed but also as things that have annoyed and pissed me off.  So here are a few of my gripes:

People who ride in the fast lane and don’t move out of the way.
Left Lane Drivers of America

People who have parties at their home but have no parking and you end up parking 4 blocks away.

People who start dating someone new and stop calling their friends.

Wait staff who are annoyed when they get a shitty tip when all they did was take my order?  (Which was screwed up by the way.)  Tips are earned, you’re lucky to have gotten one at all.

People who push their cart down the middle of the grocery aisle when they see you’re coming the other direction and STILL don’t move out of the way!

People who don’t hold the door for the person behind them.  If they’re within 3 steps that door should be held.  This is especially important if the person is on crutches, pushing a baby carriage, or pushing someone in a wheelchair.  Let’s show some courtesy!!

People who make strangers “the bad guy” — “You’d better stop crying or that mean lady over there will make you leave.”
Sorry lady, I’m not a “mean lady” but you ARE a bad parent.  Tell your kid to stop their tantrum because it’s not appropriate in public.  PERIOD.  Better yet, teach your kid that tantrums are unacceptable behavior in the first place.

People who leave their brats unsupervised.  – Watch your kids.  If you can’t handle it, hire a babysitter and leave them home.

People who let their kids run up to strange dogs to pet them, etc. – Most of you know that Michael & I have a small dog.  You wouldn’t believe how many parents just let their kids run up to us to pet her.  Just because she’s small doesn’t mean she won’t bite you.  Granted, our dog doesn’t bite, but a stranger doesn’t know that.  Parents should learn to ask permission before allowing their children to approach a strange dog big or small.  They should also teach them to touch the body of the dog as many dogs don’t like to be pet on the head by strangers.

People who leave their pets in parked cars in the hot or cold weather.  I can’t be held responsible for your poor dog parenting.  Don’t be shocked to find my ice tea poured through the sliver you left the window open (as if that helps) for your dog and it gets all over your light gray seats.  I won’t be feeling bad.  I’ve been known to call the police on your sorry ass.

Groups of people who walk  3-4 wide in the mall who won’t step aside when they see there are other people walking toward them.

People who spend 20 minutes in the ATM lane searching for their card and balancing their checkbook.  When I blow my horn at you do NOT flip me off.

Don’t pull my hair and ask me if it’s real.  WTF?  Seriously?
What if it wasn’t and you pulled off a wig?  What would you say then?

Ugh, I get stressed just thinking about these things.

Deep breath!

Now that I’ve got them off my chest, what are your grips?

** I got the idea for this blog from “Nobody Cares What You Had For Lunch” by Margaret Mason **

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