Years Passed

Fall Adventures

Good morning all! I just picked up our love children from the kennel, they need a bath but are so excited to be home! Seriously. They ate their breakfast, made a bee-line for the back door, and immediately grabbed their favorite toys & started running around crazy… I can’t even make this stuff up. Now.. they are both passed out next to me & I’m so glad we are home with our love kiddos.

September 2, 2013


A beautiful day for a walk for the four of us. It was beautifully chilly when we started our walk, which was perfection! We walked the canal for a little while, veered off the path & walked the back roads filled with little farms and cute homes. A nice 3 miles, which was a great start to the day. We ended up doing some cleaning and relaxing the rest of the day.

September 18, 2013

My friend/co-leader with Girl Scouts & I had our Investiture and Re-dedication ceremony with our lit581621_660723417271514_629674021_ntle ladies!!! My first Girl Scout ceremony, & it went really well! We had the girls hold daisies as we recited our promises, they placed their daisy in a vase with the other daisies and we gave them a certificate of recognition. We made them our own version of tie-dye shirts, using permanent markers and rubbing alcohol- which didn’t turn out quite like we imagined, but hey they liked them!

I’ve also decided to be the official Cookie Manager for the entire North Atlantic Overseas Girl Scouts… something I’ve never done before, but I think it will be fun to help as much as I can. Always learning, right…?

September 19, 2013

Alright- when J. originally told me about this particular event, I was sort of like.. haha- ok whatever. We’ll go. This excerpt is from an email I received in regard to the RULES of said event…

Rules of the Mess:

  1. Thou shall not question the decisions of the President (The President is always right).
  2. Thou shall be present at the social hour before the President arrives.
  3. Thou shall make every effort to meet all guests.
  4. Participants will enjoy themselves to the fullest extent allowed within military law.
  5. Thou shall be in the appropriate combat attire at all times.  (ABU, BDU, flight suit, any combination a person may have previously worn during their career.)  Camo paint and bandanas are authorized.
  6. Thou shall not take his/her place at the table until the President so directs.
  7. Thou shall participate in all toasts unless thyself or thy group is honored with a toast.
  8. Thou shall ensure that thy cup is always charged when toasting and thou shall only toast with water in memory of POW/MIA.
  9. Thou shall not talk while a toast is being made or when the President or Distinguished Guests are addressing the mess.
  10. Thou shall sit down to eat when the entire table returns from the line. Do not prop elbows on the table when eating.
  11. Thou shall be permitted to “arm” thyself with water weapons.
  12. Thou shall initiate combat when ever alarm red is declared and prepare to defend your “combat area”.
  13. Thou shall cease combat as soon as alarm black is declared.
  14. If a member of the mess calls for a “cease fire”, respect their wishes.   
  15. Thou shall request the permission of the President to be excused for any portion of the Combat Dining-Out.  Protocol overrides all calls of nature.
  16. Thou shall not be late for dinner. Should a member be late for dinner, he/she must go to the President, offer his/her apologies and request permission to take a seat.
  17. Thou shall express approval by tapping thy silverware, dog tag, or fist on the table. Clapping of the hands will not be tolerated.
  18. Thou shall keep toasts and comments within the limits of good taste and mutual respect. Degrading or insulting remarks will be frowned upon and may earn you a trip to the grog.  However, good natured humor is encouraged.
  19. Thou shall not rise to applaud particularly witty, sarcastic or relevant toasts unless following the example of the President.
  20. When the mess adjourns, thou shall rise and wait for the President and head table to leave.
  21. Thou shall not be admitted with water balloons filled with anything other than water.
  22. Thou shall not throw food or any other projectiles with thy hand and shall not aim thy water munitions at thy targets’ head at any time.

Grog Bowl Rules of Engagement, persons being directed to the grog bowl will:

  1. Without talking, proceed directly to and quickly thru the “Obstacle Course” which will end at the grog
  2. Station thyself in front of the grog bowl facing the head table
  3. Salute the President of the Mess
  4. Pour thyself a full cup of grog; about face, raise cup and state “TO THE MESS”
  5. Drink the contents of the cup without removing the cup from thy lips
  6. Show the cup to be empty by turning upside down over thy head
  7. About face; replace cup; about face again; salute the President of the Mess; return to thy seat

Omission of any of the above steps will demand a repetition of the entire procedure.


Did that make sense? We all managed- but it was cold and wet, but definitely a memorable evening. I really didn’t know what to expect, but it certainly was nothing like I’ve ever been to. I was the only person from the communications flight to go to the grog, and I actually went with the person I sent to the grog for hitting me in the eye with a water balloon. (He was very apologetic, but I had to send him!) The grog…. they had the barrels positioned under toilet seats, and each flight added their own items to the grog. A few examples: coffee grounds, tums, cheerios, mt. dew, hot sauce, crazy amounts of alcohol (in the alcoholic grog-which I refused to drink from), ice cream, raisins… it really was disgusting. Absolutely disgusting. I downed it, didn’t think about it, and just went on with the festivities. I kept meaning to send J., but we ran out of time. We had fun & I wish we would’ve taken more pictures- specifically BEFORE we got drenched and dirty.

26 September, 2013
Italian cooking class!!!

I had a blast during this class. I was so ready to get my hands dirty & get my cooking learn on. Our instructor was amazing, and a perfect Italian gentleman. We made Italian Lasagna, with ingredients he grew there at the restaurant or ingredients he had shipped from Italy, from his second cousin. He had oregano bushels & fresh pressed olive oil, and what a huge difference it made in the final taste. We also made focaccia & pizza, it really was an incredibly delicious afternoon!


September 29, 2013

Our GS hike!!! The girls had been really excited about this hike since we mentioned that we were doing it… I can’t lie, my co-leader & I were just as excited!!

September 29, 2013

We had a late flight for our Spain adventure, which was actually a nice change to our usual crack-of-dawn flight. I’m also thankful, given the fact that we had to make an ER trip that morning. I’m not sure if it was the pizza or the hike that had me breaking out in an allergic rash, very itchy, very red, and a little scary. Not something I had not anticipated, before my morning coffee. The ER visit lasted no longer than 35 minutes, the Dr. came in & said- yep it’s an allergic rash- take this-here’s a script- good bye. Swift and to the point. WOW! By far the fastest ER visit I’ve ever had. It was a relief to know that I had medicine and we were ok to travel…




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