Thursday, August 30, 2012

To Whom It May Concern

Dear Close Friends,
I am so thankful for each and every one of you.  You are all supportive and loving and there when I need you.  In return, I offer my shoulder to cry on and my undivided attention whenever you have issues you need to work out.
However, in the future, can you all please coordinate your issues so you're not calling me on the same day?  I can only hear so many "thanks for letting me vent" within a 12 hour period before I need to find my own shoulder to cry on.  I'm glad I was able to console all of you yesterday, but I had such an unproductive day that I'm going to spend most of my day today playing catch-up.
Sending good juju to all of you,
A Good Listener Who Is Out of Pep Talks

Dear Telephone,
Now that I'm working from home, I'm discovering that you ring ALL DAY LONG.  I try to ignore you because, thanks to caller id, I'm forewarned of the obnoxiously incessant calls from Unavailable, Private Caller, Lower Interest, Insurance Srvc, Election Alert, Faith Prayer, and Wireless Caller from random area codes.  But no matter how much I ignore you, you keep on ringing.
Add this to the friends calling in need of advice (see above), and I'm tempted to disconnect every phone in my house and hide my cell phone in the refrigerator.  So telephone, please stop ringing.  I don't want my kids to witness their mother throwing you against the wall and laughing like a crazy person as it shatters into a million pieces.
In Need of Unplugging
Dear Neighbors,
Please stop sending your kids to my house to play because you need to pressure wash your gutters.  Please stop accosting me in my own garage to beg me to babysit your children while you go to a concert.  Please don't leave your trash cans at the curb for an entire week.  Please RSVP to my daughter's birthday party.  Please tell your son to stop leaving his scooter on my driveway before I run over it with my car. 

And please, someone take MY kids today so I can get some work done.

That Neighbor on the Corner Who Always Says Yes But Wants to Say No

Dear Labrador Retriever,
Thanks for the cuddles. 

Love you,
Your Human Mama

Dear School Year,
I'm begging you.  Please.  Start.  NOW. 
A Mom Who Is So Over Summer


Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Stars Earn Stripes: Mil Spouse Edition

Raise your hand if you've been watching the reality show Stars Earn Stripes.  Keep it raised if you actually like it.  Yeah, my hand isn't raised anymore either.

Wouldn't it be so much more entertaining if the celebrities were forced to endure scenarios that we mil spouses go through every day on the homefront? 

I thought so.  Head on over to SpouseBuzz to read my proposal for Stars Earn Stripes: Mil Spouse Edition, and let me know what you think!

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Piper Reed Giveaway Winners

Thank you so much to the readers who entered the Piper Reed book giveaway!  Now it's time to announce the winners.  Drum roll please....
Nichole C. is the winner of the signed hardback copy of Piper Reed, Forever Friend

KDorner is the winner of the signed paperback copy of Piper Reed, Navy Brat

Elisabeth is the winner of the signed paperback copy of Piper Reed, Rodeo Star
Congratulations to the winners! You're going to love these books.  Please send me an email at to claim your prizes.  Happy reading!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Piper Reed, Forever Friend Giveaway!

I'm always on the lookout for good children's books for my kids, especially books that help them understand our military lifestyle.  That's why I love Kimberly Willis Holt's Piper Reed series. 

Today the latest book in the series, Piper Reed, Forever Friend, is being released.  (Head on over to SpouseBuzz to read my review.)  And I'm thrilled to be able to offer a giveaway for not 1, but 3, signed Piper Reed books!  You can win 1 of the following:

1 signed hardback copy of PIPER REED, FOREVER FRIEND

1 signed paperback copy of PIPER REED, NAVY BRAT

1 signed paperback copy of PIPER REED, RODEO STAR

So how do you enter?  I'm going to make it super simple.  AND I'm going to give you 5 chances to enter.  You can do any or all of the following: 

1)  Leave a comment below telling me a little bit about your own military brat(s) or another mil kid you'd like to give a Piper Reed book to. 

2)  Spread the word about this giveaway on Facebook.

3)  Spread the word about this giveway on Twitter. 

5)  "Like" Piper Reed on Facebook. 

Make sure you leave a separate comment for each entry!

The giveaway will be open until this Friday, August 10 at 6 PM EST.  I'll be notifying the winners this weekend.  Good luck!

To learn more about Kimberly Willis Holt, check out her website

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

I Haven't Fallen Off the Face of the Earth, I Promise!

I know I haven't been hanging out here at all lately, but as I mentioned in my last post (wow, a month ago!), I'm spending all of my blogging time over at SpouseBuzz.  Here are a few of my latest posts...
The Civilian-Mil Gap: Does it Weigh Down Troops?

And one more thing, SpouseBuzz has been nominated for Circle of Mom’s Top 25 Military blogs. Got a minute to vote? Head on over to Circle of Moms and scroll down to find us.  You can vote once a day!

Thanks again for sticking around.  I've missed riding the roller coaster and all my friends who have traveled that ride with me.  Please feel free to leave a comment to say hello!

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