Thursday, March 22, 2018

Adventures with Angel

I am thinking that we should start a series to this blog called the Adventures with Angel.  Tonight would more specifically be, The Things Angel Gets Into.  I fed Angel her dinner at 4p.m. this afternoon.  She actually ate all of it before I sat down to eat my dinner at 5:30p.m.  I wash the dishes, clean up the dining room, and put everything away.  I head into my "office" to check social media and respond to some work emails.  As I am sitting here I suddenly hear Angel digging at something.  At first, I thought okay maybe she found her treat puzzle.  Then I realized that is on top of her kennel and I would have heard it fall first if that is indeed what she is playing with.

I walk to the sound and I find her in the corner with her dog food container.  It is a container that originally contained Nathan's workout protein powder but was cleaned out for Angel's food.  We keep it in the corner next to her dog food dish and water container.  She is scratching, digging at it and trying to chew through it.  This morning I refilled that container with "newer" dog food.  Nathan and I bought a 15.5lb bag of Science Diet Small and Toy Breed Age Defying for dogs 11+, about 1.5 weeks ago.  She has been on Science Diet Active Longevity Small Bites for dogs 7+ for a little while now because we honestly thought that was the only dog food for older dogs.  Hence we realized we were wrong.

I am not sure what is so different and mouthwatering to Angel about this newer dog food but I have now moved the dog food container off the floor and onto the sink counter.

Monday, January 01, 2018

Happy 2018

It is January 1st 2018!  I hope that you all had a Wonderful Holiday!  I have to say, baby it is cold out there, everywhere!  Please stay warm!

Okay now that we are done with the weather I know I have been horrible.  I haven't posted to the blog in a long time.  It is not that there aren't things to write about because there always are, it is just that I haven't had the time or the opposite I have had time but sitting at home moping and stewing don't help my frame of mind.  When I think or ponder over things I almost always lead to negative or bad thoughts which spirals into looking through a black hole.  It wasn't healthy and it wasn't helping me.

The last year and a half Nathan and I resided in Norfolk, VA.  Funny to think that 12-15 years ago we were in Norfolk.  Things have changed.  We lived out in town this last time instead of on or in base housing.  I think it was the best decision for us.  It was great for me.  I got to connect with the local community and I loved my neighbors.  Nathan was home for the most part for the last two years which was nice.

I got off my butt and volunteered at the Norfolk, Navy Marine Corps Relief Society office (NMCRS).  Like all things new I was nervous but getting out of the house was important and necessary.  I beat myself up whenever I make mistakes and that was clear in my volunteer work too.  I put a lot of pressure on myself to be and do the best.  Not a bad thing but I learned that I might take it to the extreme.  While volunteering with the society I became a Level II Caseworker.  Pretty proud of myself for that.  After volunteering for a couple of months with the Society an opportunity came up to be an AmeriCorps member.  You all know what the Peace Corps is?  Volunteer overseas for a year or so in a certain field or area.  AmeriCorps is the same thing only you volunteer here in the states.  As an AmeriCorps member I "worked" at the NMCRS Norfolk office to provide financial support and education to military, Veterans and their families.  The minimum requirement for me for the year of service was 900 hours.  I completed that and then negotiated a second contract in my year term and completed an additional 450 hours.  In total for the year, I completed 1416.5 hours of service.  Below is a picture of Nathan helping out with an AmeriCorps community project.  The first picture in the next row was of opening ceremonies for the year kickoff event of AmeriCorps 2016-2017.  In the picture on the screen, you will see the AmeriCorps oath.  The folks in the photo themselves are the directors for each of the AmeriCorps branches.  My director is the last one from L-R.  In the last picture are some certificates and goodies I received at the end of the year of service.

Right after my contract was over with AmeriCorps I obtained a remote job.  On August 1st I was the Administrative Assistant for a new department/division at Norwich University.  I worked part-time which meant I was still able to volunteer at the NMCRS Norfolk office.  On November 12th, just three and a half months after I started the job, I was promoted to Project Manager for the same department/division.  I officially for the first time since marrying my sailor have a salary and a possible career!

In September 2017 Nathan received orders and was promoted to Commander (CDR).  We did have a little party to celebrate at our favorite local pizza spot.

Orders are to Fayetteville, NC at Fort Bragg.  This is our first time on an Army post.  We thought about buying and we even looked at homes.  However we decided that it would be best to live on base and reside in base housing.  Our logic was that yes, a mortgage for a house out in town is cheaper than renting on base.  However, we thought about after we move and what we would obtain for rent and since we know that rent out in town is so low we wouldn't make anything after paying the property management company and the taxes.  So we chose to live on base.

In mid-November, I said goodbye to NMCRS Norfolk and by the end of the month, we were moving.  We made the trip to Vermont during the move.  It was for my job and worked out to be perfect timing.  I assisted in planning a conference for the new division/department at Norwich and it was a two-day event.  I can't give enough props to Best-Western Plus Waterbury Stowe for what they did.  Outstanding service for the conference and outstanding rooms!  Nathan and I were able to visit with his family while in VT and we also saw my sister for an evening.  After 5 days we turned around and headed back down south.  We moved into our 13th home on December 5th, 2017.

Below are some pictures of me at NMCRS through the year and a half I volunteered.  October 2016 Halloween, December 2016 a farewell, March 2017 I believe Nathan and I at a baseball game with NMCRS, August 2017 receiving my pin for over 1500 hours volunteered with NMCRS and the final picture is of the Chesapeake Knitting Guild group in November 2017.


On Christmas Day Nathan and I learned that we are going to be Auntie and Uncle to the first Tyner niece or nephew.  Very exciting!

Here is to a wonderful 2018!  Live more in the moment and appreciate what we have.  Those are my New Years Resolutions.

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 of 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 specialist 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 pick up 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 relatively 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.