Sunday, May 29, 2005

Memorial Day Weekend

This week was spent job hunting. Friday night we had the Silent Auction for the children of the lost Marines at Kaneohe. Nathan and I bid on some items but were quickly outbid on most items. We had dinner at the O’Club on base.
Today we received an update on the couple. The gentleman has been moved from the Trauma hospital in Honolulu to the Military Medical Hospital in Honolulu. He is up and moving around. He is writing and starting to talk to communicate to everyone. He has an infection that he is fighting off but all in all his recovery is going well.

Sunday, May 22, 2005

Husband Home and Visitor

So like it has been since we moved in it has been another crazy week but in a good way. Monday was a day to myself. Tuesday some of the ladies from the neighborhood were here to hang out with me. The women of the tenant of the house, that had that horrible incident, was here to hang out with me while the cleaners, cleaned out the house. Then in the afternoon Liz made it in from Cali. I was so excited to see her. Our friendship has developed tremendously over the internet and it was nice to have her here.
Wednesday Nathan was home from SDO and Liz went to spend the next two days with her hubby while he had time off. Nathan slept for a couple of hours on Wednesday and Angel and I just hung out. Wednesday evening hubby and I just hung out on the couch. Thursday hubby’s flight was canceled so he was officially home for a 24 hour period. For the first time in 2 months we actually got a full 24 hour period together. We went to the Botanical Gardens, had lunch and then took a nap. Liz brought her hubby over for a quick visit and then I finished cooking dessert for the Spouses meeting. I showered, frosted the cupcakes and then headed to the meeting. Angel got sick that evening. She broke out in hives and wasn’t sleeping.
Friday morning I headed off to a job fair. I was working on finding some connections to get an entry level engineering job. I left my resume with at least 4 different companies and 2 of them were for engineering jobs. Hopefully before the end of the week I will hear something from someone. If not it is ok. I will continue to plug away with the old and new resources that I have. Liz was back in the early afternoon. Angel was still sick and I was washing the entire bed from her throwing up all night. I got some numbers for the vet because I was on the verge of taking her in. Liz headed out and did some shopping. In the evening we headed out to Waikiki for the squadron get together.
Saturday morning Angel was still a little sick but got some sleep. In the morning I took Liz shopping. In the afternoon we came back for lunch and then I laid down to take a nap and she went back out. I got up from the nap and showered. We all headed out and had dinner and after dinner we walked through Aloha Tower.
Sunday morning I took Liz to the airport. It was sad to see her go. I offered for her to stay here for the rest of her hubby’s deployment but she wanted to get back to her fury babies. Early in the afternoon hubby and I headed out to see a movie and then we relaxed on the couch watching movies. He was home for an entire weekend, WOOHOO. I feel like I actually have a husband!

Sunday, May 15, 2005

Organized Chaos

The week was spent helping other neighbors, helping the couple involved and keeping each other informed with the latest news. There were the pick-ups at the airport, preparing dinner, leaning on each other for support and opening our hearts and homes to those whom need it. Then there were the return drop offs to the airport, the phone calls and constant check up on the couple. I had no time during this week to really work on job hunting.
Nathan and I took one of the pets for an evening so that one of the neighbors could get some rest. The evening we had that pet I didn’t get any sleep. The poor dog was confused and upset, although he did get along with Angel. Angel was very good to our quest. She knew when he didn’t want to be bothered and she knew when he was ok with her. She kept him comfortable while he was here with us.
Friday morning was the Change of Command Ceremony. I did not go for I had forgotten to RSVP to the event. It had been such a chaotic time that I had put the Change of Command ceremony at the back of my mind.
Friday afternoon a neighbor and I made a trip to the hospital, with one of the neighbors, to see the couple. The situation was a little more than I had been told or even expected so it was a little overwhelming. But in all everything was going rather well and prognosis was looking promising.
Saturday night was the Change of Command Celebration. It was held on the beach at one of the base cottages. It was a wonderful party and a beautiful view. I didn’t stay very long for I had made plans to hang out with one of the neighbors; pizza and a movie. Nathan also got called in since he had SDO duty. So dropped him off and then I headed back home. It was nice to get together with the neighbor after everything had happened. We hung out while eating pizza and chatted and after a while we sat down and decided to watch “Harry Potter.” I started to fall asleep on her couch while cuddled up with Angel. We were half way through the movie and I decided to head back home. That night was the best night of sleep I had gotten in the last two weeks.
Of course in everything that has happened in the last two weeks Nathan wasn’t home much. He was working on the weekends also so his time at home has been limited. I can’t wait until he is no longer the “new guy.”

Saturday, May 07, 2005

Horrible Incident

At about midnight on May 7 there was a horrible incident with one of neighbors. I was awakened by the sound of a siren. I got up to see that the fire department, ambulance and HPD were at the duplex next door. After standing outside for a couple of minutes it looked like they were going to leave. One gentleman finally came out and waved EMS over to the side of the house. The ambulance backed up onto the grass and a couple of minutes later drove away with the siren on.
I then watched as the neighbors across the street come over to find out what was going on. I saw a K-9 unit vehicle pull up and a gentleman entering the house with an animal Ketch-all pole. The occupants have 2 dogs and 2 cats. At this point I knew something awful had happened I just wasn’t sure to whom or what.
I then watched as the neighbor that came over from across the street, ran by with one of the cats in her hand. She made eye contact and didn’t stop to talk. I passed a quick smile her way I didn’t step out to talk to her. I then watched as she ran back by me a minute later. At this point I decided to go back to bed. Obviously no one was going to come over and talk to me or tell me what was going on.
I laid in bed for an hour and couldn’t go to sleep. I heard more cars arrive with the constant open and closing of doors. I heard people talking. I got up and went back outside. I looked over at the duplex and noticed that it was taped off. No one could get in. There were 3 MP’s guarding the property. I looked across the street to notice that the neighbor, that was doing the running, was gone. At least her vehicle wasn’t there. I stood outside for another couple of minutes and none of the police or the MPs were coming over so I went back inside to watch TV.
About an hour later I looked out the window and noticed that the MPs were still watching the house and that more HPD vehicles were outside. I looked across the street to notice that the neighbor hadn’t returned. I went to bed.
I laid in bed for another hour, listening to cars coming and going, before I finally fell asleep. I slept for 2 hours and then was up again. I thought heck this is stupid I am obviously not getting anymore sleep so, I will get up and get a head start on the side dish that I am scheduled to bring to the picnic. I opened the blinds in the kitchen and noticed that there were investigators at the house; they were walking around the property with rubber gloves. I also noticed that there was a man behind my vehicle taking vehicle information. He noticed that I had the blind up so he came and knocked on my door.
I invited the man in and obtained information about what had happened. He started to ask me questions about my relationship with the neighbor. That is when I went to wake Nathan. I told him what had happened and that NCIS was here to talk to us. I answered the gentleman’s questions and then he asked hubby a couple of questions. The gentleman then asked one final question about the dog and then asked us to please keep the information that he had given us quiet. The gentleman left and I sat down in complete shock. It was nice to finally know what had happened.
Another neighbor from around the corner came over to tell me that the picnic for the day may be cancelled due to last night’s events. I wasn’t too surprised but I was a little disappointed that we wouldn’t be able to meet all the neighbors in the loop. The rest of the day was spent in confusion. Everyone trying to help and get things organized and figure out what was happening next or what the next thing to take care of was.