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October 31, 2011

Deployment Photo Shoot

Before Jake left one of the women in his unit, who is trying to build her photography business, contacted us asking if she could do a photo shoot with us before Jake left.
If you have been reading for a while, you know about my not-so-secret adoration of Kama, our wedding photographer.
Jake and I agreed to do the shoot because it was free in order to build her portfolio. 
I felt like I was cheating on my beloved Kama.

Erin, the photographer was super fun and super pregnant, but she had us all over the place for the shoot.

Here are some of the pictures.

Erin did a really great job. I love our family pictures with Asher. 

October 30, 2011

In Home Training

Yes, you read this right. 
Asher and I had a trainer come to the house last night to do an evaluation of Asher's behavior and let us know the next steps in a training schedule. 
Now I want you to know that Asher isn't a 'bad' dog, he's just a puppy. A 9 month old puppy who has a nipping, jumping and potty training problem. 
All completely manageable.

So, on Monday I called Columbus K9 and scheduled a trainer to come out to the house after work and watch Asher's behavior. I'm looking forward to scheduling training sessions in my house because Asher is the most, lets call it rude, at home and when we visit other people's homes. Since everything starts at home and can be taken elsewhere, I figured in home training was the way to go for me. 

The evening was interesting to say the least.

First off, I had forgotten that I scheduled Asher's vet appointment for his heart-worm test for immediately after work.Since I don't have a rocket pack and I hate traffic I knew I couldn't change the vet appointment to any earlier. So I called the vet and rescheduled. KG was home, but I felt weird thinking I might not be there, the dog might nit be there, when this person showed up. 

Asher was horrible.
I mean B.A.D.
He decided that the trainer needed to pay 100% attention to him and that the treats in her pocket belonged to him. She was just there for an evaluation, but ended up doing some treat training for patients.
I was humiliated.

Trying to talk over Asher's temper tantrum was interesting.
I told her how he did exactly what he was doing any time I was preoccupied. Cooking, Cleaning, washing my face, anytime I did anything that didn't involve me talking to him he would steadily bark at me until I was done.

I told her about Asher's potty habits. Perfect in the evening, awful when he was in his kennel and at night.She suggested taking up his food and water at 8, if I was going to be in bed by 11. (Which rewarded me with a 2am  breakfast call from the hungry man) But other than that offered nothing.

I told her about his lack of socialization skills due to his leg being broken right when he was scheduled to go into classes the nest week. His over excitement in meeting new people and dogs... She didn't help in that respect at all.

She told me to take Asher on one hours long walk a day instead of 3 20 minute long potty walks each evening...

Then she told me that he needed 6 obedience classes for a total of $300.

I thanked her for her time.
While she gave me a lot of information, if I buckle down and really work with Asher, I can do exactly what they do in those expensive classes.
Did i mention that she offered a three day drop off training where it would be like doggy day care, only without the interaction and the hefty price tag of $400.
I am still floored.

Needless to say, Asher and I have started working on rewarding positive behavior more often, and his  food and water go up before bed. I'm going to go to the dog park once a week and hope that he learns from just getting out there... Playing the field.

I wanted full circle dog training if I was going to even contemplate spending that kind of money.


October 28, 2011

Jake's Family Pictures

Do you remember when I gave this preview of Jake's family pictures?
Here is the post about them.

SIL and Math have a friend who takes pictures. 
We got him to take some before the boy's going away party.

(My favorite picture of everyone)

(Jake and I have some mad ups!)

 (Of course my husband would join Math in trying to throw me in a nearby pond...)

The Kids 

The kids-in-laws

(Notice me, awkward in the middle, sans baby.)

 Oma and Grandpa J's great-grand kids!

Then we met up at the party house for pictures with FIL's side of the family

October 20, 2011

As Safe as He Can Be

I got the official call yesterday that everyone in the unit is on their respective bases and safe. Twin is on the main unit post while Jake and RG are on a slightly smaller base on the other side of the country.

It's a little hard, knowing that the traveling took so long due to the areas being unsafe... But knowing that everyone is on their posts and not moving for a few months is heartening. There is a possibility of Jake's base shutting down, but it's still up in the air. Part of me wants him to be on the same base as Twin so that they can work on their relationship as brothers (it's a little distant and there is a tiny bit of resentment due to not understanding each others points of view) but the other part of me screams 'don't you dare make him travel!!!!' At this point, it's not something anyone can control.... If it ever was.

On another note, work is implementing the dress code... It was there before, but not being enforced. It basically says that if your not wearing OSU apparel, then your shirts can't have any writing on it.

Now, I'm an Army wife... A heck of a lot of my wardrobe is Army related. My husband is deployed. Are they trying to tell me that I can't wear my proud Army wife shirts?! My supervisor, aka Dad, is going to Human resources to ask them about my case specifically. (I am in the basement and never see patients.) If I'm not allowed to wear all my Army swag I'm damn happy that I'm only going to be in this job until March.

Damn happy.

That's been my life recently.
Worrying and being angry.
I guess that's to be expected.

On a happier note, Paisley can sit up on her own!!!
Ok, maybe you don't really care about that... But I'm excited.

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October 13, 2011

Job Searching. Aaaaaaand, Begin!

I've been in my current job for the past 7ish years. 
Yay student job!

I'm a secretary for the College of Dentistry.
My job is to write work orders, answer the phone, place and review purchase orders and talk on a walkie-talkie.

Last year, my boss was kind enough to take my student position and turn it into a temp position for 12 months. 
That was in March.

Needless to say, my time is running out. I have under 6 months to find a new job.
A new job that I will hopefully love.
And not be bored with.
That will have benefits so I can work my husband through medical or dental school. 
(Did I not mention that Jake think he might interested in oral surgery?)

The bad thing about being in the same job for the past 7 years is that I have no concept of how I would do any place else. 
I tried retail and didn't love it. 
I tried working at a restaurant and straight up hated it.
My degree is not like teaching or accounting, where you know exactly the positions to apply for that would be relevant to what I went to school for. 
Sports and Leisure Studies;
with a focus on Humanities (reading), Management (like, one course) and playing kids games?

Plus, I'm scared.

Yeah, I know. 
And at least I have a degree...

But I can't help it. I've been in the same job I started with and it is a student's job!
What good is a student job position in the real world? 

Did I mention that I don't want to sit at a desk for the rest of my life?
Yet that is all that I have been trained to do. 
Clerical work.
Call me the ultimate administrative assistant who doesn't really know what she's doing because my job never required me to schedule meetings or update an outlook calendar for someone else.

Allow me a pity party for just a second, because I know this is going to be a hard process.
And any recommendations on how to move forward would be welcome. 

October 11, 2011

Happy Tuesday

So I'm back. 
Hence the post.

Here is a little update:

I went to Seattle. It was amazing. I loved it. Jake didn't like it so much, but that is to be expected. We went to the fish market and to the space needle. I ate sea food. Jake ate sea food! IT was over all a pretty great trip. I would like to go again and do the historical tours and the museums, because that's not what kind of trip this was. With everything within walking distance from our hotel we saw RG & KG a few times. Once to go to this Brazillian steakhouse that was AMAZING. We met up with Twin, TOB and Gabe on the unit's last day off for lunch. We didn't spend much time with the other couples there, instead tried to focus on each other and enjoying our last bit of time together. 

(the computer generated picture from the Space Needle.)

(The Space Needle view at night)

(Me thinking about trying oysters. It didn't work.)

(Me trying calamari!)

(Crab cakes. They looked so good...)

(On the way home, hanging out with Gabe)

(TOB and Gabe sleeping on the plane)

I have minimal pictures because we took them all with Jake's new Olympus Tough camera that stayed with him. Once he gets settled I'll bug him to email them to me, or post them on Facebook so I can gank them.

Coming home from Seattle I got food poisoning. (I'm almost positive it was the crab cakes......) It was pretty mild, but crappy none the less. I ended up staying home from work for two days. That's a very rare occurrance for me, so you know I felt bad. It was a weird thing to be winded going up and down the stairs or having to be firm with Asher's constant leash pulling on our mini walks. 

I'm better now, no worries!

After all of that I went into couch mode.

KG and I have been fighting (not really) over who gets to sit in the overstuffed chair for the past month. Asher usually won while the two of us camped out on the floor to watch Pan Am, The New Girl, Glee, Dancing with the Stars, Up All Night, and Project Runway.

OK, so I usually got the chair for Project Runway.
The dog only begrudgingly joined me for that. 

Am I the only one that still watches that show?!

Couch mode consisted of me dragging Big Sis and KG to furniture stores in search of a perfect couch. 
After three trips out into the couch abyss, changing the color scheme of the living room once, I finally decided.

It's a rough picture. I'll get a better one soon, I promise.

Let the decorating begin.
I'll be posting updated pictures as the living room gets closer and closer to finished.
I'm excited!

Jake is over seas now. I'm not quite sure where, but somewhere. 
He left the states on Sunday.
I'm sad.

It's going to be a long year, even though this month seems to be flying by.

You'll be happy to know that I am currently preparing posts for this old blog of mine. 
You should be.
I've missed you all.