Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Settled in Norfolk, VA.....

and Happy 40th Birthday Handsome Sailor!

It has been a while since I have had some time to sit down and type or write. There was a lot that happened over the last four months! I will write a brief post here and hopefully will have some time a little later to go into further detail on certain things. Nathan made it home on December 21st. Four days before Christmas. It was a chaotic Tyner Christmas. The first time in 10 years everyone has been able to get together. We had family photos done. December birthdays were celebrated. We watched my dad perform in a play. My parents living room was FULL of presents on Christmas morning. I mean full enough that there wasn't really room to sit in the room to open gifts.

Before Nathan came home he spent a week in Norfolk, VA looking at homes to purchase. We started the process on putting in an offer. We were hoping to close in a 60 day period. We left my parents in KS a little earlier than expected due to a winter storm. What should have taken us two days to travel to VT took us four days. We hit flooding in the midwest and a winter snowstorm in the northeast. We spent a couple of days with my in-laws and then we headed to Rhode Island. Nathan had to report for OIC/XO training in Newport. I was able to go with him. We stayed at the Navy Gateway Lodge. I was able to cook in a crockpot and use the common kitchen. Laundry was free. It was nice to spend a month with him even if it was in a hotel after he had been gone for almost 4 months. We did utilize the gym right across the street from the hotel to get a workout in. It was my second time running on a treadmill. The first time was at one of the hotels we stopped at during our 4 day driving trip. I had gotten so used to warm weather all the time but it was COLD in Rhode Island.

Over Martin Luther King weekend we drove down to Norfolk, VA to check out rentals. Sooo the offer we put in was approved it was the inspection where everything kind of came to a stop. There were some things that needed to be fixed with the house that we were hoping that the sellers would fix and they weren't interested. We reduced our offer so we could fix the things they didn't want to. In the end they were not willing to negotiate on a lower price and they weren't willing to fix things so we withdrew. It was a bummer but that was that. Unfortunately there was no time to put in an offer on a 2nd house because we wanted to be moved into the house before Nathan's report date in February. If we started the process again we weren't going to make that date. Hence research on rentals. While in the hotel I made calls to a dozen places and of those 4 I had appointments for viewing. We show up for the viewings and 2 realtors never showed up at all and one realtor was running 20 minutes late. We never signed an application. We did do some sightseeing while in Rhode Island. We recommend touring the mansions.

I found a specialist or natural/functional medicine doctor that specializes in assisting patients with thyroid diseases. This particular specialist had Graves Disease himself and is in remission. I have been following and finding so many folks through the autoimmune paleo diet. One can find more specialists to help those with Hashimoto's but finding someone that helps those with Graves' Disease seems to be a little harder. I was thrilled when I found this specialists and filled out a patient application as soon as I spoke with Nathan. Once my application was approved there was a series of medical history type forms. I was approved by the doctor to go through his thyroid program. I had my first consultation while staying in the hotel in Rhode Island. An added bonus to being under the care of this specialist, remote care!

End of January we fill out a rental application for a place unseen. There was a link online to view photos, it was close to work for Nathan to bike during the warmer days and it looked in good shape. Our application was approved! We stayed with Nathan's parents for the last week of January until everything was finalized with the application process and to pickup Angel. Angel stayed in Vermont while we were in Rhode Island because dogs aren't allowed at the Navy Lodge.

February we drive down to Norfolk, VA, pick up the keys, check out the rental, schedule household goods delivery, cable setup, gas, electricity, water, sewer and trash. We had almost everything unpacked by the time Nathan needed to report into the new command. Mid-February Nathan has Change of Charge Ceremony. It was my first Change of Command/Change of Charge Ceremony. It was very nice and if you have an opportunity to go to one or if you receive an invite I recommend it.

End of February I have a new primary care doctor. I am working on the side for a military spouse entrepreneur. I am hoping to work with her on campaign marketing or processing e-newsletters for both her and her clients.

March I dig into putting together plans for Nathan's surprise 40th! I am also late in getting MSBA and MSBAcademy kicked off for the 2016 year. I think it will be a relative quiet year.

April is finalizing the plans for Nathan's party. I am grateful for my in-laws and all the help they gave me in the last two weeks. I did forget some things and they not only covered me but they helped run some errands that I realized I couldn't do.

Sunday, December 13, 2015

One Week.....

Until the end of deployment, hopefully!

Back on November 6th I was finally able to get into the laboratory to have another round of tests done.  It meant a near two hour drive up to Fort Leavenworth to have bloodwork done at an approved MTF (Military Treatment Facility).  *Side note to come back to: Tricare Prime when you temporarily live in a remote area may not be the best idea.

My brother Kevin who is totally Awesome made the drive up there with me in case I got lost and for support!  He had the afternoon off from classes that Friday.  On our way up there I learned that he had been up to the base before to play golf.  It turned out great that he came with me because there was road construction at the main gate of base and the gate that I thought that I could use to get on base I couldn’t.  Kevin knew which gate to go into.

After bloodwork I took him to the commissary with me.  The commissary carried Pumpkin Spice pop tarts and he stopped momentarily when he saw them.  I picked up a box and put them in the cart.  Kevin is a pumpkin spice freak.

After the commissary we walked through the Exchange.  He was impressed with all the stuff that they carry.  Kind of like Walmart only nicer; his words.  Our last stop on base was to fill up Nathan's truck with gas.  Gas was under $2 and after coming from the West Coast I just couldn't help but fill up the truck for that price.

Results came in the following week:
Tapazole reduced to 2.5mg on Sept. 16th
Diet, 5mg tapazole and cod liver oil pill (started August 10th)
Diet only but 5mg tapazole restarted on July 24th
Diet only
Stopped pills March 18th and started diet March 1st
10mg tapazole
10mg tapazole
less than .005
Started 10mg tapazole December 18th
less than .005

The last couple of weeks have been rough.  There were some issues with both of our homes.  Things that needed to be repaired, replaced and of course paid for.  Nothing too horrible to be honest but it made me realize that we will need to adjust verbiage in both leases when our current tenants move out.

It rained here for a couple of days in Kansas which was much needed however one night all the rain froze because the temperature dropped.  That following morning I had to get the truck down to Firestone to check and see what was going on with the maintenance/check engine light.  It had been on for the last week or so.  Anyway I turned onto a road and did a 360 in the truck.  I am fine.  I was just shaken up by the incident.

When I took Nathan’s truck down to Firestone it was determined that the oxygen sensor needed to be replaced.  The tech was great and answered my questions.  I was a little surprised though that the part was going to cost over $300 to replace.  The very next day I brought the truck back in to Firestone however I waited until the afternoon in case there was additional ice.  The part was replaced in an hour.

Nathan hasn’t received tickets for his flight to Kansas yet and unfortunately tickets may not be received until a day or two before he is scheduled to fly.

I burned my parents’ kitchen counter-top and somehow caused a bow in the oven door!  Yup my parents are going to be thrilled when I leave!  So I was cooking boxed Au gratin potatoes and put them in an aluminum pan.  As I was putting the pan in the oven I spilled half of it; on the oven door, on the floor and in the oven.  I was a little surprised the pan couldn’t stand up with all that liquid.  Note to self, next time put the aluminum pan on a cookie sheet.  This spill is what lead me to disassemble the oven door and clean it out.  Apparently when I put it back together it didn’t align appropriately and was causing a bow.  It took three people to fix it; myself, my brother David and my dad.

The burning of the kitchen counter-top was from cooking my morning breakfast.  I fried my plantains.  Went to put the pan in the sink but got sidetracked by something else that morning, I can’t remember now, and placed the pan on the counter-top without putting an oven mitt down first.  When I went back to clean the pan and lifted it off the counter not only did it burn it but the laminate had bubbled.  I tried to glue it and fix it before my dad got home but I was unsuccessful.  When my dad got home we rigged a weight and glued it.

How was your fall?!

Monday, October 19, 2015

1/3 The Way Through Deployment

The last couple of weeks I have been busy.  I have been helping my parents organize and cleaned out.  I think that they both can admit that they have some problems getting rid of things.  They aren't hoarders by any means.  They keep broken things that they like and know they can fix but they seriously just don't have the time to fix them.

An example of some projects I have been working on.  Hanging up a curtain.  When I arrived there were new curtains for my window with almost all the tools to put them up.  My father was getting to this but just didn't have time to finish it.  So one weekend while my parents were away traveling I finished it.  It took the use of power tools that weren't pulled out but I knew where they were so after checking that it was okay to put an additional hole in the wall, I took care of it.
Window before the curtain was put up
Window with the curtain up
My brothers spent another day with me outside organizing the garage.  Again we purged out what wasn't being used or not fixable.  Here is what Friday trash day looked like after that project.  It took us all day to do that.

Trash day after cleaning out the garage

It hasn't been all work and no fun!  We have been apple picking

Family selfie while apple picking

David & Kevin picking apples
Beautiful and delicious apples

Still picking apples
Pome on the Range
Picking apples
Pumpkin picking which also happened to be at the same place we went apple picking:
Going back deep to find the perfect pumpkin
Tough decisions with lots of great pumpkins
They are good to go!

To the mall up in Olathe (I believe that is the town the mall is in) and up to Baldwin City for the Maple Leaf Festival.

Baldwin City Maple Leaf Festival
Beautiful fall colors in Baldwin City
While up at the festival I cheated on my diet and had some local donuts to celebrate 1/3 of the way through deployment.

Nathan and I have been emailing each other every day for the most part.  He did pull into port early this month.  While in port we did get an opportunity to Hangout, which I wasn't expecting at all.  I thought a phone call might be possible but I didn't think we would be able to use Google Hangouts and have video calls.  I was thrilled!  If all goes well he will be in the next port soon and we will be able to Hangout again.

Hopefully the rest of deployment goes by as quickly as the first part!