Warrior Tasks & Battle Drills

I walked Robert to school this morning and then finished getting ready and headed to work.  After formation, I did a quick check of my work e-mail and then headed to the conference room where BQ was.  We spent the morning and the first part of the afternoon doing Warrior Tasks & Battle Drills (army training stuff).  We’re all done for now and got a lot of tasks knocked out.  During lunch I stitched and I finished the project I’ve been working on.  After we were done with the WT & BD for the day, I did a little bit more work in admin and then I headed home.  I stopped by my higher-ups to pick up some paperwork on my way.  I went home and changed into shorts and then headed to a nearby park to practice my Drum Majoring.  Tomorrow morning at Drill Band we will be practicing a Pass in Review for the upcoming Retirement Ceremony that I will be Drum Majoring, and I wanted to practice PIR before tomorrow morning.  I only had about 20 minutes before I had to go pick Robert up, but it was better than nothing and I got to run through it a few times.  Then I picked Robert up and we headed to the pool for swimming lessons.  He is doing a lot better about putting his head back in the water during the back float and stuff but he still won’t go underwater.  I crocheted on a baby blanket while he was in the pool.  After swimming we headed home and Ryan made "pigs ‘n cheese" for dinner.  Because we got home at 6 and because dinner took a while to cook and because I wanted to eat, I missed Community Band yet again.  I will be there next week – the last rehearsal before the concert.  So we gave Robert a bath and I crocheted on the baby blanket a bit more after he was in bed.

Today’s high:  80
Current:  65

EST and BQ

We were at the EST (Engagement Skills Trainer) this morning and I was one of the operators.  And since I was senior of the three of us operators, I "got" to sign for the range.  It was no big deal.  Everything went well, everyone that was supposed to be there was there and on time, and everyone got some good training, including us operators.  After everyone was done, we made sure everything was good with the head guy and then headed out ourselves.  We stopped by Starbucks for beverages – I had a black cherry mocha.  It was really good!!  I spent the rest of the morning in my admin office.  I got some stitching done during lunch and then after lunch we had a short BQ rehearsal to go over our music for Sunday.  After BQ, it was back to my office to knock out my to-do list for the day.  I actually got most everything done, but one thing I couldn’t do because the web site I needed to use wasn’t cooperating.  Then I headed out to pick Robert up from Child Time and take him to swimming lessons.  He’s doing really well, but he still won’t go underwater.  Someday. . ..  Then it was home for chicken chow mein for dinner and then some stitching.

Today’s high:  77
Current:  63

Click here —-> Pictures of Robert’s swimming lessons

Palm Sunday

It was Palm Sunday today at church.  We began the service outside by the fellowship hall and after the opening, we processed in, singing "All Glory Laud and Honor" while waving our palm branches.  The rest of the service was really good and the choir anthem went really well.  After church, we went to Ivey’s Home Cookin’ for lunch.  We haven’t been there for a while and it was good food.  Then we went to the grocery store for a few things before heading home to not watch the NASCAR race.  Well, we started watching it, but it got rained out and they’ll race tomorrow.  So we watched Extreme Makeover:  Home Edition and worked on getting caught up on those.  By the end of the day we made it to mid-November.  After I had talked to Mom & Dad on the phone for a while, I made some Asian Fried Rice for dinner (from a box).  After Robert was in bed I continued stitching and we continued our Extreme Makeover marathon.

Today’s high:  68
Current:  54

Thunder Mountain 10K and a BQ gig

This morning started early for all of us.  Ryan and Robert left at 0600 to go work breakfast at the Legion and K and I headed out to post for the Thunder Mountain 10K.  We met up with SJ, a friend and wife of one of our coworkers.  She was running her first 10K.  The three of us pretty much ran together.  The very first part of the course was not well marked and we ended up missing a turn.  A guy in a truck came and told us we had missed it, but we still didn’t find it, so we kind of modified the course.  There were a few hills along the way and it was a little breezy, but not bad.  The three of us pretty much stayed together until mile 5 and then K ended up ahead of S and I.  S finished just a few seconds ahead of me.  I finished in 1:10:25 – not bad for six days post-Bataan!!!  We stayed around for the awards ceremony which was supposed to start at 0845 but actually finally started at 0930.  But we’re glad we stayed.  S won first overall civilian female for the 10K and got a pretty neat trophy!!!  Way to go S!!

On our way home, K & I stopped at Starbucks and she bought me a vanilla chai latte.  It was really good and the warm sure felt good!  Once home, changed and put a sweatshirt on because I was SOOOOOO cold and curled up under my covers for a little over an hour nap.  Then I got up and took a hot shower before getting into my uniform and heading back out to post for a short BQ gig.  They had a mock one-day "deployment" for the kids of Soldiers that are deploying soon and we played at the "redeployment" ceremony.  We ended up playing a whole 2 marches.  LOL  But it was worth it to see the look on the kids’ faces when they heard the "band" at their ceremony!!  Each kid got a certificate from the unit’s commander, and they had some cookies and juice for them.  It was pretty cool.

After that was done, I stopped at Walmart and the grocery store for a few things both places and then I headed home and got into my pj’s for the rest of the day.  Ryan had been asked to help with the food for a wedding reception at the Legion tonight, so Robert and I had fish sticks and cheesy broccoli for dinner.  It was really good, but Robert decided he likes plain broccoli but not cheesy broccoli.  While dinner was cooking, he beat me soundly at Mario Kart on the Wii, and after we ate, we finally watched the Opening Ceremonies from the Winter Olympics.  It was pretty good, and Robert really enjoyed it.  I did let him stay up a little later so he could finish watching the ceremonies.  I crocheted.

And now, it’s time for bed.

Today’s high:  62
Current:  45

BQ and the Installation Awards Ceremony

I got up this morning and had breakfast with Robert before walking him to school.  Then I came home and finished getting ready and headed to work.  After formation, we went out and cleaned the courtyard area.  Then we had Brass Quintet rehearsal for about 1/2 hour and then we were done for the day.  I went to the gym and picked up me and K’s race packets for tomorrow and then to the allergy clinic for another allergy shot.  I stopped at the cleaners on my way home and picked up my Class A pants.  I had planned on taking a nap but I didn’t have enough time for one.  I played on my computer for a little while, and then I redid my hair and got into my Class A uniform and headed back to post for rehearsal for the Installation Awards Banquet.  My job as part of the award detail made a lot more sense when there were actual awards.  Before the rehearsal, however, I went and helped SSG B pick up all the awards and stuff and then once at the banquet location, we got the tables set up with all the stuff.  Then we had the rehearsal.  We went through everything twice.  Even without talking things over, the PFC (the other half of the award detail) and I were very much in sink with each other and were making our facing movements together and everything.  It was nice not having to practice that!  We were done about 1545 and I headed home for a little while to relax before having to be back at 1730.  The Awards Banquet went really well, although the food wasn’t the greatest.  Our part was after we ate, and it went very well.  Afterward, we both got lots of compliments on how professional we looked up there.  And someone who knew me and knew what unit I was in (he was in civies, so I don’t know who it was) said that he was going to let my Commander and First Sergeant know how professional I was.

Then I headed home and Robert was just going to bed when I got home so I got hugs from him and got to talk to him about his day for a little while.  Then I crocheted for a little bit after I got out of uniform.  Now I’m heading to bed.

Today’s high:  68
Current:  51

BQ Ceremony, Farmers Market, Rehearsal

This morning started off with a ceremony that the BQ played at.  The ceremony went well, but it was long.  After the ceremony I headed back to the band hall and got changed from Class As back into ACUs.  I did some admin work and then I headed out for lunch a little early.  I stopped at the shoppette to get money from the ATM and then at the cleaners to turn my pants in so they’re good for tomorrow.  Then I headed to the Farmers Market where I met up with K.  We enjoyed browsing all the stuff that local growers had for sale.  I bought some Prickly Pear Cactus Jelly, the makings for a salad for dinner (mixed greens that were growing yesterday, a tomato, a cucumber, a green pepper, and some onions).  I also got a spinach feta tart, which I took home for lunch (it was really good!!) and 3 pasties!  I told the guy that was selling them that I’ll be seeing if they taste as good as Mom’s.  After we were done shopping, we came back to the house for lunch – my spinach feta tart and she had a pizza tart.

Then it was back to the band hall.  I only had about an hour and I got some NCOER (NCO evaluation report) "shells" done up for upcoming NCOERs.  What I do is take the NCOER form and fill in all the admin data on the form and then sent it to the rater and they’ll do the rest.  Then I headed to the Thunder Mountain Activity Center (TMAC) for rehearsal.  It was almost a waste of time today as it wasn’t really a rehearsal – more of a briefing on what we’ll be doing.  I’m part of the award detail for the Installation Awards Banquet tomorrow evening.  Without awards actually on the table it was kind of hard to figure out what we were to do.  But we were given a general "this is what you’ll do" and then we were done.  Of course, we were there for an hour.  But at least it wasn’t the two hours as it was scheduled!

I was able to head home early and change out of uniform before Ryan and I went to get Robert from Child Time and go to the pool.  It was Parent Observation Day today, so we were able to be up close and take pictures and stuff while Robert was swimming.  I got some pics and some videos, but I’m too tired tonight to upload them.  Look for them this weekend.  After his lesson was done, we headed to the grocery store for some much-needed groceries.  Then it was home and got all the veggies and stuff ready for our salads, and we had some really yummy chef salads for dinner!  After Robert was tucked into bed, I crocheted for a little bit, but I got really sleepy all of a sudden so I didn’t do as much as I had hoped to do.

Today’s high:  73
Current:  59

Good day!

I got to sleep in some this morning – on a work morning!!  Robert had Donuts with Dad at school this morning, so the guys got up early and headed to the school for 0645.  I slept until about 0730-ish, and boy was that nice!  I headed to work, and after formation, I headed to my office and did some stuff that needed to be done and checked up on some things and did e-mails and stuff.  Then I actually stitched at lunch and then after lunch we had Brass Quintet rehearsal.  We were released a little early today, and that was nice.  Of course, I was still there past when we were released, but I left way earlier than I usually do!  I had time to go home and re-write my Easter Medley on Finale since I can’t get my old laptop to "hold hands and play nice" with my printer.  It didn’t take me very long – maybe 20 minutes.  I needed to get it done so I could bring it to choir tonight to give to F.  She’s going to work up an accompaniment for it and I’ll be playing (possibly prelude) at the Easter Services.  Once I was done with the music, I went and picked Robert up and we headed to The Cove for his swimming lesson.  He had a great time again, and is getting less fearful of the water.  He still won’t go underwater yet, but that will come.  After that was done, we went to Little Caesar’s Pizza to get dinner.  Ryan had Legion meetings tonight – special executive board first and then general membership, so it was just Robert and I for dinner again.  Our pizza was good, and after we ate and cleaned up, we headed to the church for choir practice.  We ran through our cantata with all the narrations and everything and then our anthems for Maundy Thursday service and Palm Sunday.  Rehearsal went well.  Then it was home to get Robert ready for bed.  I think he fell right to sleep.  I’m having a little bit of ice cream and I’ll be heading to bed also.

Today’s high:  62
Current:  49