Archive | July 2013

Living the Single-Wife Life

**Not entirely a dog blog post. You have been warned.** 🙂sub disapear

Lately I just have not felt like writing much. When I do write, I am penning emails to my husband who is at sea. More specifically, he is under water and out of touch with the real world. The sailors can receive emails and they can write them back but they cannot send them until they are no longer on patrol — you can’t be sending emails and be stealthy at the same time… This deployment we have heard from them a couple of times, which was more than we had expected. I felt like actually sitting down and writing tonight because I miss him. It’s not the same writing an email to him even if I know he is going to read it, it still feels like I am talking to a brick wall. I even told him that in an email and he thought it was funny. His response was, “even if I am a brick wall that you are talking to, I still look better than a brick wall so that has to mean something.” I’m glad someone has a sense of humor.

If he’s a brick wall, I’m a retaining wall. Those left at home have to hold down the fort and make sure to keep everything in working order while the other half is away. The retaining wall may get a couple cracks from the pressure it holds up daily but as long as that wall does not crumble from the strain, it will continue to stand there as long as it is needed. Living the Single-Wife Life makes me create these goofy analogies all day long…

Gwen is not amused. (She was really hot and miserable that day…Corgis don’t really like the hot weather and it was nicer outside than inside! ugh!)

I also talk to my dog. I don’t find anything wrong with this except for today I informed the dog that I was going to take a shower and then looked at her like she was going to say something to me. I seriously need to get out more!

Some of the things that I have done to keep myself busy have been work, work, and more work. I feel guilty not having enough time for either Gwen or Owen (or even myself!). I did take Owen to a horse show where we did pretty well for our first real show together in about 4 years! More on that later though. When I am home with Gwen she gets spoiled (of course!) and she now goes out to the barn with me every day except when it is too hot for her to sit in the car. I’ve been having to go and medicate my horse daily since he has a case of gastric ulcers but those seem to be heeling nicely.

Owen. At the horse show!

One day I went into a little thrift shop near where I work and I found the neatest thing! It’s a bread box! Like one of the old-fashioned roll top ones, so of course I bought it, intending to put my bread in it. I brought it home and cleaned it up and it sat on my counter for a few days until my mom came to visit at which point she put all of Gwen’s doggie treats in it. So now my bread box is a dog treat box but it is a great way to keep all those different kinds of treats hidden! 🙂

I have also started running again. I am not entirely sure why I quit in the first place (got lazy) but I did and now I have to work myself back up to the distances and pace that I previously enjoyed. It’s not easy but in the end it will be rewarding. The past few days I’ve been gimping around on sore feet and legs. I can’t wait for my legs to get stronger and no longer have to look and feel three times as old as I really am! Staying positive and working towards goals — looking at doing a 5K in August! — that’s what will get me through the rest of this stinking deployment!

One last parting word before I sign off: I ask that if you know me or my husband, please do not put any personal info in the comments ESPECIALLY if it pertains to the boat he is on. The submarine in the above picture is not his, it is just an image that I got from another wife who found it somewhere else. Any info regarding the coming or going of his boat is pretty much on a need to know basis so I do not put anything on this blog, facebook, or anywhere. After a certain period of time has elapsed, I am able to say “he’s gone!” but that is basically it. OPSEC (Operations Security) is a real thing and as subs are meant to be weapons of stealth, the only way to keep them and the loved ones on board safe is to keep it hush-hush. I have not had any problems with this to date but I don’t want it to become one. The following is a great little way to remember OPSEC…(click on the image to make it bigger if you cannot read it.) Enjoy! 🙂

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Happy Belated Gotcha Day, Gwen!

Once again I have been a very bad blogger.  Since my last post many, many things have happened that were blog worthy!  The first of which was Gwen’s very first “Gotcha Day!”  That means a year ago on June 29th is when we got our little Fairwyn Gwyndolyn Rose from her breeder and took her home to live with us!  Let’s rewind the clocks a couple weeks and give this little doggie the attention she deserves. 😉

Gwennie on the way home from the breeders for the very first time.

 

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She rode the last half hour of our 4.5 hr trip home on the floor boards under the AC vent. She was so cute and fluffy! And ORANGE!

Since the last post, Andrew has gone back out to sea but before he left I sent some cards with him that I’d made, giving him specific dates to open some of them others telling him to open when he needed a smile, etc.  I made him a Gwennie’s Gotcha Day card and on it I put one of the pictures of Gwen when we went to pick her up.  Recently I got an email (the first in a very long, long time) and he said he really enjoyed the cards and especially the one with Gwen.

We picked Gwen up when she was 10 weeks old — I had finally gotten to see her at 9 wks — and we knew instantly that she was the perfect little puppy for us.  She was (still is) so full of character and was quite adorable!  She rode very well in the car, only puking on me twice before going to sleep the rest of the way home.  We stopped a couple times for puppy potty breaks and also to get lunch for the humans and water for the puppy.  It was a 4.5 hour drive from one side of the state (SC) to the other sine we had to take so many breaks in between driving.  I have tons of pictures of Gwen from those first few days, I just wanted to share a few today.

On the 29th I wasn’t actually with Gwen, she was staying with my parents while I was attending my sister-in-law’s wedding in Pennsylvania.  It was a very lovely wedding, I just wish my husband would’ve been able to attend his only sister’s wedding…such is the navy life I guess.

Proof that I was at the wedding!

Many things to catch up on but I’m going to leave it here for now.  I have since gone back to work (finally!) and have been quite busy trying to keep up with the house (read:  mow the lawn regularly so it doesn’t turn into a jungle), and giving the dog and my horse the attention that they deserve.  Little time has been left for regular blog writing let alone reading!  I have some grand plans, but we will just have to wait and see if those seed are able to sprout with such limited time.