This summer seems to have been packed full with things to go, do, and see! Yet sadly some of us have to work during all those fun times. 😦 I missed out on a lot of fun things in July because I always seemed to be working the longest hours during the days of the Lavender Festival, the 4th of July, the Sailboat Race Week back home, and a few other things. I also missed out on a lot of quality time with Gwen and Owen (my horse). Now that won’t be too much of a problem anymore since I will have more free time since I am leaving my current job to pursue other opportunities.
When we moved up here I was looking to see if there might be any Corgi clubs or any Corgi events planned and I did find one in Renton (south of Seattle) which of course was written on the calender right away! Just this last week I found out about another Corgi play day through one of the Corgi pages I follow on Facebook, The Daily Corgi. They had shared a link to the 2013 Pacific Northwest Corgi Picnic to be held in Woodinville (also close to Seattle). The picnic is this weekend on the 10th, but alas, work thwarts another afternoon of Corgi fun… 😦 I was really hoping to meet some new Corgi owners in the area too. If you visit the PNW Corgi Picnic link that I posted you can find out how you can join in some of the other events in the area!
I joined a Corgi Event mailing list and also RSVP’d to the Corgi Fun Day happening at the end of August (31st). If you are a Seattle-area Corgi owner, you should really come! (Info in the previous linky.)
Gwendolyn and I are certainly looking forward to going to some Corgi Events and meet some more Corgi people. Mainly I just love seeing a bunch of Corgis all together! It’s just so adorable!!!!
The Non-Corgi/Navy Wife Life Section:
As you know, husband is at sea. Before he left I made up and sent along with him a half-way package to open on their half-way night (pretty self explanatory: celebrating half way through their patrol). I told my friend Corgi Mum, also a Navy wife and Corgi fanatic, about the way I packaged his halfway package (ages and ages ago it seems). I’m including it here because 1. I’m proud of my craftiness and 2. because I told Corgi Mum that I’d show her pictures and just have never done it. (shame on me, I know.)
At one of the FRG (Family Readiness Group. Basically it’s the PC way of saying “wives’ club”) meetings another wife from the boat told me some good ideas and about the size of what to send since space is obviously limited for the guys on a submarine. Since we weren’t supposed to be able to send them anything we were encouraged to send their half-way package along with them before they left. I took this as an opportunity to Corgi-ify mine, of course!
I used a gallon ziplock bag, decorated using a couple pages from last year’s Corgi calender, and filled it with some goodies. I put in a couple goofy cards, one of which was a Hoops & Yoyo SINGING card, a cross-words book, and some candies. Here’s a couple of them…they’re ransom note style! 😛
I also sent along some cards that I made (some I did buy) with dog pictures and goofy sayings in them. Those I put “open when…” on the envelopes. The one that says to open on June 29th was for Gwen’s Gotcha Day. We have received a couple rounds of email (we get a bunch when we do get emails) and Andrew said that he is really enjoying opening the cards and he especially liked the one with baby Gwen on it. 🙂
Recently, some things have changed so now we are having a mail drop and are able to send things to the boat. So of course all the wives are frantically putting things together and sending them to get them by the due date! We have certain limitations as to what we can send. A large, non-padded manilla envelope or a gallon sized ziplock bag; that is the size that we are working with. There is not a limit on the amount we can send, we just have to keep in mind that a sailor is going to have to carry ALL of the packages, cards, and mail down a ladder on his back. In other words, you cannot send a million things but you are not limited to one thing. I was shooting for 2 packages and ended up with 3…I wasn’t the only one who sent three, a couple of my friends did too! I Corgi-ified one of them too. 🙂 Below is a picture of both sides of Corgi-awesomeness:
I covered the addressee info since I didn’t really want that plastered all over the interwebz. It almost looks cuter with the stamps/stickers from the collage maker app! I really hope husband likes what I sent him… I sent him the History Channel old school style: history magazines!!, a car and a shooting magazine, some more cards/notes, and some candies. I sent Nerds, Gobstoppers, Sour Patch Kids, some little granola bar thingies, and I saved the best for last: Princess fruit snacks! It’s amazing what you can fit into a couple envelope/baggies! I told him to share with his friends if they were not as well off in the mail department. Sharing is caring! I also sent him another stick of deodorant so he wouldn’t offend anyone by being smelly. Officers need to smell good.
For those of you that know my husband, did you notice a theme in the candies? Nerds…Gobstoppers…he’s a nerd and he likes to talk a lot…I doubt he’ll get it but that’s okay, I did that mostly for myself. 🙂
[EDIT:] I did some googling and came across a webpage that said, “In 1938, as the nation struggled to emerge from the Great Depression, a series of advertisements in Time magazine promoted Nebraska’s business climate to attract more commerce to the Cornhusker State. The ads, paid for by the predecessor of the Nebraska Chamber of Commerce & Industry, proclaimed that Nebraska was “America’s white spot” thanks to its unique and positive qualities — low tax rates, a strong manufacturing base and top-notch labor force, and a balanced budget.” Source: http://www.omaha.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20101121/NEWS0802/711219967&template=printart So it all comes down to taxes. Good to know.