Monday, September 30, 2013

My Husband Drives Me Nuts

Will had gone to base to get a video game, pick up my library book, and get a quick work out in.

"I was covered in sweat. I was all hot and sweaty. You would have done me right there."

"Really?" Imagine the most sarcastic tone you've ever heard in your life. That's the tone I used.

"Yep. Probably."

"Go shower."

Will eventually walks into the bathroom and wanders back out. "Did you kill a spider today?"

"No, why? What did you find?"

"Oh...nothing. It's gone."


"It moved."


It goes on like this for awhile. I'm asking questions. He's avoiding them. Until finally I caught on.


"It's been there two days."


He giggled and walked back into the bathroom to shower. Then he immediately walked back out asking about his towel.


He starts moaning and groaning, "Why don't you get your own towel? Why do we have to share?"


"Where's yours?"

"THAT ONE IS MINE! You never got one out for yourself."

It goes on like this for awhile before he finally went upstairs to get my towel for his shower.

First of all, I'm 5 feet even. How am I supposed to kill a spider on the roof above the shower? He's the one who is able to do that. Second of all, he knows where the clean towels are kept. He's playing dumb so I'll get one out for him. But I refuse to give in. We'll see who wins this battle.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Checking In

Will's deployment homecoming has been very boring so far. He sleeps and eats a lot. I play a lot of video games. We watch a lot of tv and movies. This week we're going to go on some adventures so stay tuned for that. Meanwhile, this is what's been going on in the Ech & Will house:

- We spent $150+ on groceries on our first commissary run. I wanted to punch him in the stomach and tell him to stop eating so much.

- I was playing video games while Will watched Vines on his iPad. I'm not sure how, but this happened:

sleeping husband

He was all curled up against me and had fallen asleep with his head on my shoulder. I wanted to wake him up and squeeze him, it was so cute! But I didn't. I was nice and let him sleep.

- Will finished in-processing in two days. He's a rockstar! (In-processing basically means registering/checking in with Finance, Command, Medical, etc to let them know he's back)

- Have you played Little Inferno? So pointless and so addicting and so fun. Will and I played a real life version.

Little Inferno

- Will went upstairs to lie down while I watched Grey's Anatomy downstairs. When I walked up, this is what I found:

He thought I had come up while he was sleeping and tried to cuddle it. Scared the crap out of him! Haha! I wish I could take credit for setting that up.

Now he's on base working out and running some errands. It's going to be his first workout in a couple weeks so I'm guessing he's not going to be very happy with his progress when he gets back. Everyone has been complimenting his big new muscles, but he's been feeling blah since he's been home.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Mesothelioma Awareness Day

Today, September 26, is Mesothelioma Awareness Day. Please join me in spreading hope and be a voice for the victims.

Emily Walsh from the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance sent me this article: 8 Things You Should Know About Mesothelioma and asked me to help spread the word and raise awareness. I remember hearing a lot about the dangers of asbestos growing up, but did you know it's NOT banned in the US? It's also the number one cause of occupational cancer in the US. My mind almost exploded when I read these facts! What saddens me is that Navy veterans are most at risk (click here to read why, they explain it better than I can). I have a lot of family members who are veterans and it always gives my a heart a little stab to hear of anything might harm them. Until I received the email from Emily, I had never heard of mesothelioma. It's scary! Cancer is always scary.

I also watched this short video of Heather's story. It brought tears to my eyes to listen to her battle and to see what her family went through.

Please use your various social media profiles to raise awareness today. Visit their campaign page for more information on how to do your small part.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Glued Together

I'm not going to lie. Will is driving me nuts! But I can't get enough of him. I went to base with him to run around and get him in-processed. (His post-deployment leave starts as soon as he in-processes so we're trying to get the checklist done as soon as possible.) We ran around all over the place and I spent most of it sitting around waiting on him. But it was worth it for the time we spent between things.

I introduced him and one of the other guys to f'real milkshakes. I was introduced to them a couple weeks ago and I had to share the 600 calories of deliciousness. I originally wanted a coffee, but then I wanted a milkshake...and then I couldn't decide. So we got one of each and were supposed to share. I'll tell you right now, that didn't work out at all. I forgot that my fatfat of my husband is a terrible drink sharer so I only got a couple sips of milkshake. I had to protect my white mocha or else he would have drank all of that too.

f'real and Starbucks

I forgot how much Will eats. I made him breakfast, but he was starving again by 10 so he had to have a Subway sandwich. Then he ate again at 1 with me. I think by the end of the day he had eaten at least 6 full meals.

I dropped him off at the command building to do paperwork and I went to the laundromat. He had put a bunch of dirty laundry in the basket without my knowing. I was blindsided by all kinds of stinky boy smells when I started loading the washers. Thanks, Babe. I loaded everything and settled into the hard plastic chairs to wait. I looked up and there was my husband standing in front of me. It was one of the most confusing moments of my life. I guess the person they need wasn't in so one of the guys drove him to meet me.


While we were waiting for the laundry Will suddenly yells out, "I just saw a Backstreet Boy!" He was glued to the tv and was starting to doubt himself when when suddenly Nick Carter's face appeared. He was so proud of himself for being right. Life's little victories I guess.

We got his new iPhone set up and turned in our new gas coupon card before calling it a day. It wasn't until we were in our pj's and fully committed to lazy mode that I realized we still hadn't taken a picture of the two of us together. So I scooted over to his side of the bed and forced him to smile. We were laughing at how forced and awful our smiles were so we tried again. I think we both just wanted to lie in bed and watch movies. It's the best we could do at the time. Maybe we'll try again today when he gets back from his briefing and paperwork.

Lazy Mode

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

He's Home!

I'm too excited to sleep.

First, I was too excited to sleep because I was excited to see my husband.

Now, I'm too excited to sleep because he's finally home!

I was so excited to see him at the airport, and it was all such a blur, that I forgot to have someone take a picture of us. I only remembered once we were in the car. Shoot. Military wife blogger fail.

The best way I can describe our homecoming is that it was like a scene from the movies. Everything around us blurred. Everyone disappeared. All the sounds were muted. It was just him and me for two minutes. I only felt two emotions: joy and relief. He's back!

He's tired, but happy to be home. Dirty shoes upstairs, stinky boy things EVERYWHERE, extra dishes, less food, no personal space, and a big huge bed that is suddenly feeling a lot smaller. And I'm happy for all of it!

Again, I have to thank both our families, our friends, and all the wonderful bloggers who helped me through this deployment. All your encouragement, sympathetic ears, love, prayers, and messages got me through every step of the way and I honestly would have broken down without you. You kept me strong and you kept me sane. Thank you!

Monday, September 23, 2013

Stop Soldier Suicide

Today I'm lending out my blog to a really awesome cause. I did not receive any compensation for this post. I chose to share because I have lots of veterans in my life. After reading about the cause, how could I not share? I bought my husband an Air Force tie to wear with his new suit. I'm so excited to see him all cleaned up and looking good AND supporting a great cause!


Suicide Sucks. Over the years I've seen how it severely damages the people left behind. While an active duty Marine I had 2 friends take their own lives. A few years ago my little sister died by her own hand. Yeah - this cause is personal.   I've struggled for years as to how to grieve these losses. But recently I've found my form of release is to use my business to raise funds for causes which I feel are force multipliers for the fight against suicide. I give them a dollar and they stretch it to ten by passionately reaching out and assisting those who need it.


Today I'm looking to bring attention to Stop Soldier Suicide, a group of veteran/active duty volunteers looking to raise awareness of the fact that 20+ vets a day kill themselves and the government isn't doing enough to help them. They are working hard to raise awareness of military suicide and increase the resources available to help veterans in need of help. But they need more resources. That's where we come in.

My team and I are committed to donating $20,000 to help Stop Soldier Suicide reach veterans who are suffering.

To do this I need your help.   Click On The Video Below To Learn About My Story & Why This Matters From now to Veteran's Day (November 11th 2013) I'm selling 400 limited-edition military inspired neckties. All of the profits (and then some) are going right to Stop Soldier Suicide. Each branch of service (Marines, Navy, Army, Air Force) has 100 ties made in it's historic colors, using a classic regimental stripe pattern I helped design. Here is a chance for you to look good & feel great about supporting veterans and active duty soldiers/sailors/Marines/airmen in need.

Click here to see the limited collection


For each tie sold I am donating $50 to Stop Soldier Suicide. 400 x $50 = $20,000 You do not have to be a veteran to buy these stylish neckties! I know many of you would like to buy them as gifts or have a connection to the military and would like to have one in remembrance of a friend/family member/to add to a collection.

Click here to check out the limited edition neckties.

Not in the market for a military necktie? That's cool - but I would greatly appreciate it if you share this page with any veteran/active duty military person who might be interested. Please Note - there is a $30 discount available to all veterans/active duty/military spouses who buy a necktie. Just type the word "military" into the Coupon Code box at checkout! You'll see the discount applied before you purchase.


If you have any questions - email me here.   Semper Fi, Antonio Centeno

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Three Years

Will and I might not be celebrating our third wedding anniversary in person, but it still feels like a special day. I got to Skype him early this morning and I'm happy with just that.

Check out my list of hidden gems in Italy at Yammering Yankee.
Yammering Yankee

Monday, September 16, 2013

My Family is Awesome

I wasn't asked to share or promote this book. I want to because my great uncle is a veteran of the 442nd, whose story is depicted. He is still active in veteran events, which I think is amazing!

Comprehensive, historically accurate 30 page manga about the 100th/442nd
Regimental Combat Team, the most highly decorated unit in US military history.
The 100th/442nd RCT was a segregated army unit of WWII, made up of Japanese Americans. Most were originally from Hawaii. They were discriminated against because of their ethnic heritage, but fought and died to prove their loyalty to their country, the United States of America. They were not wanted and not trusted, but soon won the respect and admiration of others with their extraordinary guts, fighting prowess, commitment to each other, and humanity.

Their story is the story of America.

JOURNEY OF HEROES was created to raise awareness of the Nisei soldier, most specifically the exploits of the 100th/442nd Regimental Combat Team, and to do so in a modern, engaging, and accessible format for a wide audience. It is a comprehensive, historically accurate, 30-page book highlighting the achievements of the United States' most highly decorated unit for its size and time in combat through 70 years of history, from pre-WWII to present day. The book is internationally acclaimed, having been in the media in Italy and Japan as well as the US, and has made appearances at numerous Japanese American and/or Nisei veteran museums and cultural centers, army museums and historically significant sites, and has exhibited at the prestigious Comic Con International in San Diego in 2013.

I just ordered my copy and if you'd like to get one for yourself here's the site: 442 Manga

Have you entered for a chance to win a shirt? Go now!

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Red Shirt Friday

High Heels & Combat Boots

Ladies sizes S-L
a Rafflecopter giveaway

I plan on hosting giveaways for those who aren't directly involved with the military but want to show support for the men and women who serve. Keep an eye out for that. I also want to do something for expecting mothers whose husbands are deployed. I'm thinking a nomination type of deal. If anyone has ideas or would like to collaborate, let me know!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

My 9-11

Today is a day of remembrance for Americans. But it has even more weight for my family and me. My grandpa passed away on September 11, 2000. He was a great man and a big part of my life. I needed a way to release some emotions so I wrote this open letter to him:

I bounce my knees just like you did and it drives my husband and friends crazy; but I don't care because it reminds me of you. I tried to drink Budweiser because you always did, but I didn't like it. How do you feel about Jack Daniels? It's still my lifelong dream to go to Japan because of what you told me. You didn't tell me specifically where to go, but I'll figure it out and it will be amazing. I think about you all the time and 14 years with you wasn't enough. I've had so many milestones since then and I wished you were there for every single one of them. I love you and I'll always miss you.

12 years ago our nation was attacked and thousands of Americans were killed in a vicious terrorist attack. One year ago, 4 Americans were killed in Benghazi. SHARE this image and pledge never to forget!

Friday, September 6, 2013

That's all folks

So we've reached the end of my pre-written posts. If you don't follow me on Twitter, my posts and Tweets have been scheduled ahead of time for the past few weeks. Why? Will is coming home a month sooner than originally projected!

My thought process:
"YAAAAAAY...oooh wait. That means all those house projects I started and fizzled out need to be finished sooner rather than later. SHOOOOOOOT!"

So I've been busy. I'm going to be busy. I'm also going to be procrastinating with Skyrim. Gotta down those dragons ya know?

As a consolation prize for my absence here's a picture of my new dress. My dad and stepmom got me a Nordie's giftcard for my birthday and I finally found two dresses I liked. This one I love. The other one...meh. I like it enough to keep it though.

Ech & Will

If you follow my Instafeed, you've seen the top square of this picture. It's too fancy for a homecoming dress, but the mister got a custom made suit made by an Afghanistan tailor so we're going to get a group together and have a classy night out. Obviously we're not used to being classy so it'll be an adventure for sure.

On that note, Will requested that I get dolled up and wear a dress for his homecoming...but then said no to buying a new dress. WHAT!? I can't even comprehend that! Sure, I bought a bunch of dresses in the US and in Slovenia...but I've been seen in them already! They weren't bought for him, they were bought for sightseeing and weddings and girls nights out. I'm going to try my hardest to resist shopping. But seriously...if I look in my closet and none of those dresses calls out to me for the occasion, I'm not going to be able to stop myself. I just won't.

As another consolation prize, here's a picture Will was tagged in on Facebook.

Air Force crew chiefs

That's my guy, the one smiling and waving while everyone else is being serious.

Anyway, I'll be doing my best to keep up with your blogs and sending some Twitter love. But my life really won't be very blog worthy for awhile. 

This week, I want to introduce you to some bloggers I know in real life. The ladies behind the blogs are all good friends of mine from college and I really can't say enough nice things about them. If I had to sum them up in a simple phrase: They're the kind of women I want my hypothetical daughters to be like and my hypothetical sons to marry.

life of love JP Photography Seattle Bloggers

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Story Time

I opened my eyes and smiled because the sun was shining and I actually got a good night's sleep. I decided right then that I wanted to have a productive day. So I jumped up and I walked into the bathroom to get ready for the day. Will had been working late (totally normal for deployments) so I wondered to myself how much time I'd have out of the house before I had to be home to catch his call. My mind wandered to making to do lists and I zoned out. Mid teeth brush, I paused.

Something had caught my eye.

I scanned the room trying to place what was wrong.

Window was closed. Towel was hanging where I left it. Toilet seat was down. Hmm...what was it?

Suddenly, it registered.


I stood there in frozen panic. I don't remember spitting out the toothpaste. I don't remember rinsing my mouth. I just remember staring (because they're like the Weeping Angels, if you take your eyes off of them for one moment they'll get you or disappear).

For a split second I thought, "Well maybe I can just leave and pretend I never saw it."

Followed quickly by, "But then what if it decides to leave the bathroom to find my bed?"

Obviously I had to do something. I know this is horrible, but I followed my first impulse. I ran downstairs for the vacuum and sucked it up. I felt so guilty about it and I was genuinely sad about possibly killing it. I put the vacuum next to the front door and ran away.

Will chose that moment to call and laugh at me. He kept saying, "You have to take it out. Just empty the vacuum outside."

But here's the problem: The reason why the vacuum was so accessible was that I had just taken it for its maiden voyage around the first floor. (I just bought my first Dyson vacuum. *SCREAM*, I know! I'm just as excited as when we bought our Kitchenaid mixer.) It was full of my hair, dirt, and shredded paper (I had an accident with the shredder). I couldn't just empty all that onto the ground outside.

Long story short, I took a wastebasket and emptied the canister into that. The lizard survived which lifted my guilty conscience, but also scared the crap out of me. So now the wastebasket is still sitting outside. And of course a thunderstorm hit that afternoon. I'm hoping that when the time it comes to take out the kitchen trash the lizard will have left and I can return the basket to it's place inside the house.

Or I'll just leave the basket where it is and Will can check it when he gets home.

In all honesty, that's probably what will end up happening.

Monday, September 2, 2013

Will's Room

Want to see where Will has been living? Short answer: In a box.

deployment room
Will's bunk
deployment room
His makeshift desk, it was already like that when he got there.
deployment room
The view of the door from his side of the room + his roommates side.
deployment room
View from the door + what their lockers look like + his roommate's side.

There can be four to a room, but the guys lucked out and got two per room...for now. There's always that chance that they could move in two more guys.