There has been a fire in the mountains about 10-15 miles south of us since Sunday. They’re calling it the Monument Fire since it started near Coronado National Memorial. Because it’s in the mountains and the wind has been super crazy, they’ve not been able to contain it hardly at all and it’s gotten bigger and bigger over the past few days. Last night we could see the orange glow on the ridge from our backyard. The last I heard, there were over 40 homes lost and about 10 or so outbuildings. It’s SOOOOOOOOOOO dry here and the wind doesn’t help. We sure could use some rain to help the firefighters out. And the smoke from the fire is starting to bother me – good thing we always keep lots of boxes of kleenex in our house.
Monday was a normal work day and I spent the morning in supply and then we had the last of our Comprehensive Soldier Fitness classes in the afternoon. I’m glad that’s done with. Monday night we didn’t have our Bradley Childbirth class as our instructor lives out where the fire is and they didn’t know if they’d have to evacuate again (they did Sunday night but were allowed back on Monday).
Tuesday morning after pregnancy education class I took Robert to the dentist for what I thought was going to just be a check-up. Well, it turned out to be x-rays and a cleaning as well. I was a little nervous since we didn’t do the sedation since I thought it was just a check-up, but Robert did really well with the x-rays, exam, and cleaning!!!! So, no more sedation for him which is good because our insurance doesn’t cover that. The dentist complimented him on his brushing, even, so that’s a really good thing!! In the afternoon, the 36th Army Band was deactivated and we because the 62nd Army Band. The reason for this was that 1AD went from Germany to Ft. Bliss, TX, and brought their band with them (the name, anyway) and because the 62nd’s history (lineage) went back further than the 36th’s did, we became the 62nd (the old 62nd was at Ft. Bliss). Kind of confusing, but it’s an Army thing. It was kind of a sad ceremony. The 36th Army Band was the oldest unit on Ft. Huachcua. But 36th or 62nd, it’s all the same people and in the same place and business as usual.
Wednesday morning I swam 1500 yards at the pool for PT. That was a nice way to start my day!! Then, once at work, we had a ceremonial band rehearsal for our gig on Friday in the morning and then I spent the afternoon working in supply.
Today I didn’t go to work. I went to Tucson for lab work. I redid the one hour glucose screen and they did some other blood work as well. While I was sitting waiting my hour after drinking the glucose test drink, the fire alarm went off, so we had to go outside for a little while. I was glad when I was done in there – I was STARVING since I hadn’t eaten since about 1900 last night (it was a fasting lab). I stopped at Subway for lunch, but ate my lunch in the van as there weren’t any open tables since it was lunchtime. Then this evening, K took us out to dinner at Chili’s and then we all went to hear the Brass Quintet perform in the park. It was a really good concert!! I’m really glad that K is back. We’ve all missed her, and I’m looking forward to running with her at 5 tomorrow morning. I guess I should get to bed.
Today’s high: 93