…And in with the New.

So it’s that time, New Year’s Resolution time. I haven’t actually made any for a few years now because I never succeed and then get depressed. But these are just some things I would like to work toward this year and even if I improve just a little bit, that is better than none!

So here is my 13 for ’13…

    1. Eating. I really want to continue to improve what I eat. This deployment and the holidays sent me totally off track, and I would like to get back to eating Paleo or clean or whatever you want to call it. Eating real food, no diet, no restrictions, just real food. As someone said, if your great-grandmother wouldn’t recognize it, you shouldn’t be eating it. Although for me I would also like to eliminate most if not all of the sugar and dairy.
    2. Exercise. I am not committing to anything crazy but I would love to get back into running. I don’t know if I need to do C25K again or just get my butt on the treadmill. Football is great but I want to be doing something else as well.
    3. Organization. My mom got me the fabulous organizer I wanted for Christmas (Erin Condren life planner!) and I would really like to be less scatterbrained. It’s very frustrating to me that my memory isn’t what it used to be and I’m juggling a lot of commitments right now. I want to be on top of things instead of a step behind!
    4. The house. Making it a home. That means getting the rest of the boxes unpacked and getting rid of the excess clutter. I want my husband to come home and be comfortable and be able to find what he needs! Watching hoarders is a great motivator and I heard something on there that resonated with me: You aren’t honoring your belongings if they are just shoved unused somewhere. If I am not using it, I don’t need it.
    5. Job. I want a job. I really miss working and have been trying to find something that will work for me as well as something I would really love to do. Trying to work around the kids schedules is a challenge as well!
    6. Internet. I would like to cut down the time I am online. I spend more time than necessary because I am bored/lonely/addicted.
    7. Blogging. While this goes hand in hand with #6 I would like to keep up to 3-4 times a week. When I did my 2012 recap post I had such a great time looking over the past year and I am so glad that I started blogging as a way to journal that.
    8. Kiddos. Without a doubt I can improve my parenting. I have been frustrated and impatient and taken it out on them. So more patience, less yelling. That is my goal here!
    9. Cooking. More new recipes! I am actually pretty good about this, I’ve been trying to cook some of the many, many things I’ve pinned on Pinterest. I would like some new items to add to my staple recipes as well as try to make more of the snacks my kids eat from scratch. (Love this book:The Homemade Pantry: 101 Foods You Can Stop Buying and Start Making)
    10. Keeping in Touch. I am terrible with this and am the worst when it comes to really staying in contact with my friends from the past and present, and family! I am really going to try to reach out more and keep those relationships up because I really do have some awesome friends.
    11. Photography. More pictures! Every day use my camera if possible. I don’t think I will ever regret the pictures I do take, only the pictures I don’t. Also improve in my photography, take a class if I can and get better when it comes to editing.
    12. My husband. I want to keep supporting him as he carries out his mission. I want him to always feel like he has a supporter in his corner and a family and wife who are always thinking about him. So this means keep the emails, facebook messages, cards and packages going… I want to overwhelm him with love!
    13. Me. Specifically my attitude. I have a tendency to be a little bit distant and sarcastic but that is pretty much because I am a giant ball of insecurity! I want to open up more and be me, but better.

So come on 2013

So, yeah, this happened…


I finally went to the doctor today to get my finger looked at. It was the same finger that I had jammed in our last game and I kept telling myself that I just needed to give it time to heal. Well it just wasn’t feeling any better, it was still swollen and every time I tried to straighten it or hit it on something it still hurt like hell.

So off to get it checked, got some x-rays taken, doc tells me that it’s fractured for sure, there is a chip somewhere. So just great. I have never broken anything in my life, but I guess a finger isn’t a bad bone to break! So all was fine up until I got turned over to a corpsman to have it splinted. He made sure that finger got as straight as possible. I. Almost. Died. And I have a pretty high pain tolerance. So now I’m all wrapped up for a few weeks, hopefully my finger is normal after this.

I will say, I never realized how much you use your ring finger until every time I try to use it, it hurts! I can’t put my hair up, type, wash dishes, open jars! It’s terrible! My husband told me I should send his ship a red cross message so he can come home and help me! I can’t do anything, I am broken!

End of the Season

So today was our last regular season game. We lost. Again. Really though I had SO much fun learning to play flag football with a great bunch of lhadies. We still have the playoffs/championship but that doesn’t start for a few weeks. Which is great because I jammed the hell out of my right ring finger on the VERY first play of the game today and it is killing me! It’s all bruised and swollen. Fabulous. One of those things that you don’t realize how much you use a body part until it’s injured. I can’t straighten it or bend it without it hurting. Even though I got hurt missing a flag and my hand hitting the ground I am still proud that I went for it. My whole life I have always been the girl that will not sacrifice her body for the ball. Nope, not me. And now I am regularly throwing myself after people and getting injured and banged up. I am loving it! At the ripe old age of 31 I am on a team for the first time in my life. Yes really. No sports really at all for me period. I’ve told people my whole life that I am not an athlete, I am a nerd. And while I am by no means the fastest or strongest out there, I am pulling my own weight and knocking some big girls on their butts out there!

I love being on the other side, I’ve always been the cheerleader (not literally, I mean that I am on the sidelines) of friends games, my husband’s games, my kids’ multiple multiple sports. I love that I have a team that counts on me to play a part. We have fun on and off the field.  It’s an interesting dynamic and I am glad that I finally did it. I have tried recruiting some of the other women I’ve met on the island to come play with me and it’s been a pretty resounding ‘no thanks, I’m not athletic’. But it’s so much more than just being in shape. I think joining a team is a great thing for every woman to try, especially moms because they very rarely ever have time ‘just for them’.

Off to nurse my poor finger and hopefully get a call from my husband! Another port visit equals LOTS of phone calls (ran out of skype credit yesterday, whoops!) I am trying to get him to ‘guest blog’ his port visits but he’s not too thrilled with the idea. Maybe if I can ever get the pictures I’ll post them!