I Think My Neighbors are Serial Killers

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In all fairness, my neighbor is probably just a socially awkward man with a rude wife.  But there is something to be said for those people who you wouldn’t be shocked to have police show up on your doorstep asking you questions about them.  He seems nice enough, but for someone we have lived next to for a number of years, we still don’t know much about him or his family. His son is a royal terror demon child who screams so loudly we can hear him (and that’s saying something because our town homes are pretty sound proof).  And every night I swear they are either moving furniture or they are the rare husband and wife serial killer team picking up hookers on the highway. I’d love to say that they are just moving furniture, but a little part of me thinks they might actually be serial killers.  I Continue reading

Real Conversations with A Girl: What Do YOU Feed Your Pets?

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In case there was ever any doubt as to exactly what I am like in real life, I will share with you a real conversation I had with a friend via text message.  I may joke that A Girl is my blogging persona, but I’m only half joking… ** This is part of a series I started a while ago that are all real, transcribed conversations I’ve had with friends.  They all give their permission for me to share them. Me: I’m so sick of people putting their animals on diets that are based on human physiology. Cats should not be Paleo. Her: My cats are vegetarian Me: LMAO Me: I only feed my dogs the blood of virgins Her: Bahaha.  No wonder it’s so expensive. Me: Yeah, virgin blood ain’t cheap, but, you know, I just feel so much better knowing that I’m doing the best thing for my Continue reading

I Have Lost My Muchness

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Sometimes the tears are just below the surface.  There are days that just updating my Facebook Fan Page with the latest news from my various doctors appointments and medical treatments makes me want to burst out crying.  Sometimes it’s because I want to scream at the universe, “Why me!?  Why are you doing this!?”  Sometimes it’s because just one person comments and I can see that they understand and to be understood in the life is a pretty major thing.  Sometimes, all you need in life is to be understood. When it comes to my family and friends, I feel like I have lost my sparkle.  I feel like I have on my blog too.  So many challenges, constant set backs and constant pain for the last year (between the carpal tunnel and now arthritis).  It just feels like I am often at a loss of what to say.  I Continue reading

Microwave Pear Blueberry Cobbler

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*Microwave Divas will be an on going series during which I periodically host guest bloggers as well as share my own recipes.  I’m a terrible and lazy cook, but have learned to do some pretty amazing things with the microwave and began calling myself a Microwave Diva, and thus the idea for the series was born! This week I’m thrilled to welcome Cassie Celestain from www.TrueAgape.com. She loves being a wife, running and cooking new recipes. Feel free to check out all her other newlywed recipes. You can get her updates at Facebook, Pinterest or Twitter.   Hubby brought 2 pears home from work from a gift basket the office had received. After they ripened up a bit and we still had not used them I set out to find a quick and easy desert recipe! In a matter of minutes I had decided on the Pear Blueberry Cobbler. I liked how it did not have any sugar Continue reading

Online Communities and Military Spouses: How a New Generation is Bridging the Gap

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Last year I was contacted by a lovely woman named Elizabeth who was writing a dissertation for grad school about the military spouse blogging community.  I happily agreed to take part and, once we figured out how to work around the time difference from here to London, we had a rather in depth phone conversation about blogging as a military spouse.  She kindly agreed to send me a copy of her paper once it was finished and I am not kidding when I tell  you that I read the ENTIRE thing and was beyond impressed with her findings and opinions based on what she discovered after talking to a number of us. In short, blogging, Facebook and the entire online/internet phenomenon has changed how military spouses related to each other, connect, form friendships, and even how we view ourselves. If you’d like to read her dissertation, you can do so Continue reading

Homemade Swear Words

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I have a variety of phrases I use in real life that I rarely use on my FB page or here on the blog.  Mostly because not only do I swear like a Marine, I also invent my own profanity.  Most people think the things I say are funny, but I’m aware that not everyone who reads my blog or who marries a Marine has the dirty mind, foul mouth and vulgar sense of humor I do. ALL that said, I thought I would share some of my favorite things to say in real life and their definitions.  Keep in mind that these will be some of the more tame things I say, but those with sensitivities to awesome new swear words should stop reading HERE.  And those who are easily offended should stop reading HERE.  And the rest of you foul-brained suckers can commence with the laughing. Sucks Monkey Continue reading

When “See You Soon” Really Means Goodbye

We Loved With a Love That Was More Than Love // aboyagirlandthemarinecorps.com

In the time that I have been with my husband, he has only deployed once.  He has had extended training missions, but only the one deployment, shortly after we were married.  I remember when we were dating I didn’t really understand what it was like to be in love with someone in the military.  We were in our early 20s, and so much of our life seemed so normal.  We did normal couple things and spent time with our friends.  But then I did the normal “new love” thing and asked, “How long do you think you could be away from me?”  To which he replied, “Well, at a minimum, two weeks.”  Shocked, I asked, “Why two weeks?”  And he replied, “Because that is how long AT is each summer.” That was that.  That moment defined something that, at 22 years old, never occurred to me was definable.  At 22 Continue reading

Bibliophilia is a Serious Condition

Bibliophilia is a Serious Condition // aboyagirlandthemarinecorps.com

So, I’m making awesome headway on my 101 in 1001 list.  I’ve done way better than I thought I would.  Sadly, there is really no hope I will finish it.  It’s not that I don’t want to and I consult my list all the time to see if I can knock something off it today… The problem is the reading. I read… A lot…. When my husband was deployed I was averaging 6 books a month.  That went down when he got home and I went back to school, but I still read a lot.  And lately, I’ve been reading books faster than I ever thought I would be able to.  Between book reviews and all, I’m more than going to finish many of my reading goals.  So what’s the problem? The problem is that I forgot about my addiction to books.  I made one of my goals to read Continue reading

No, I’m Not Southern

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So, one of the super awesome things about being a blogger that despises vlogging is that that none of you have ever heard my real voice.  I like that.  I like that because it means that you all have a strange version of what I sound like locked away in your mind and I bet none of you have guessed correctly. The reason I love this fact is that no one ever knows where I’m from.  I get asked on a regular basis if I’m from this place or that.  It’s rare that anyone guesses I’m from Washington, let alone Seattle.  Between my regular use of “y’all” and my love of the word catawampus, you’d be hard pressed to figure out where I grew up. The truth is I have a strange and muddled accent of a woman whose family grew up in the country, but moved away before she Continue reading

Bloody Marys Count as a Salad Linkup: SAY WHAT?

Bloody Marys Count as a Salad Linkup and Hop

Every week I host this linkup with my pals below.  Every week I create the code and send it out.  EVERY WEEK.  And yet I messed up and somehow forgot all about it this week!  Thanks to the super awesome Kara from Ramblings of a Marine Wife for being more on top of it than I am.  I owe her big time!  Who forgets about their own linkup?  Uh, me.   Welcome to Bloody Marys Count as a Salad #35 What’s with the name?  We named it Bloody Mary’s Count as a Salad, because anything goes in this hop! Need to vent? Go for it! Need to say something snarky? DO IT!  Or do you just want to share your blog and/or a specific post?  We’d love to read it!  Anything you want to share, we want to see it! And introducing a social aspect of the hop!  Each week Continue reading