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One Year in Columbus – DONE.

It’s hard to believe that one year ago, this weekend, Nick and I made the two day drive from Omaha, NE to good ol’ Columbus, Mississippi.

Well, it’s not all that hard to believe…

For the most part, the year has FLOWN by. I’ve been busy with work, travel, random stuff and weddings. And Nick’s obviously been busy with flying and studying.

We’ve made some great friends while here and have learned, um, a lot about “southern culture.” We’ve also spent A LOT of time with each other–which I’ve absolutely LOVED. In fact, I think it’s going to be tough getting back into the swing of things again with deployments and “real” Air Force life. It’s not that training isn’t “real Air Force,” I just think it’s a totally different experience than what you get used to outside of the training world.

We’ve also experimented with lots of recipes and tried growing our own herb garden (which is now dying). We also found ample time to get caught up on our HBO and Showtime favorites (Dexter, True Blood, Mad Men, 24, Sopranos, and I’m sure there were others).

Finally, though, I’m excited to say that in ONE month from now, we’ll know the location of where we’ll be moving and in two months we could very well be OUTTA HERE!

Overall, it’s been a great year, but I’m ready for our next chapter to begin–regardless of where it may take us.


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Southern Living & Frizzy Hair

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We’re officially six days into Summer and I feel as though it has already taken its toll on me (though to be fair, it has felt like Summer for the last two months now).

While I love how curly my hair is in the South because of the crazy amount of humidity, part of me wonders just how I can better contain this mess. There’s got to be a better solution than just letting it go ‘au-naturel.’

I’ve tried serum and some other random oils, but I don’t feel like any of them really work. So, for the most part, I’ve been sticking with the ever-trusted ponytail.

My goal however, is to find an AWESOME solution for taming my mane by August. We’ve got lots going on that month and I’d like to look somewhat polished by then…

So to get this process moving along, I did some (online) research and found the following products and ideas–many of which aren’t all that revolutionary, but are worth a shot.

  • Rinse with cold water OR try leaving hair a “little damp”–it will help to “seal” the cuticle–Pretty sure I’ve done this and it makes no difference…
  • Aveda Brilliant Anti-Humectant Pomade ($19)
  • Paul Mitchell Gloss Drops ($15)–This is my current “solution” though I’m not sure it’s working well enough for this humidity and heat (Seattle weather would likely be A-Okay)
  • Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine Anti-Frizz Serum ($7)
  • John Freida Collection Frizz-Ease Hair Serum ($9.99)–with the Extra Strength Forumla
  • Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Serum ($24)–I’m thinking this is the “next level up” for me in the Paul M. line, but have no idea if it’s worth the money
  • Stop swimming in the cholrine (or get a filter for my shower to help keep the exposure chlorine minimized)– Our water here is horrible and I’m just guessing that is a great contributing factor to my unhealthy mass of hair; I’ve also noticed it’s much worse since the outdoor pool opened up last month
  • In a nutshell, wear it in a ponytail–a tip from our very own Southern Living magazine (Um, thanks, hadn’t thought of that one…)

I’m guessing that none of these will create a miracle, but will keep you posted if something works well.

Let me know if you’ve had any experiences with any of the above products or techniques or if you have a trick or two of your own that might work better. I’d love to hear about it.


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Back at it.

It’s 2011 and it’s time to get my stuff together. I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted anything and for that I’m sorry to those of you that have been reading this blog. It’s been a pretty busy fall and holiday season – but I’m ready to get back to my blogging. I also want to send thanks to all of my friends and family that have said such great things about this blog.

2011 is going to be a crazy year. I can tell already. We’re going to be in Mississippi for quite a bit longer, which will hopefully bring many more adventures and some good BBQ. We’re also going to learn what plane Nick will be flying – that’s going to be a big one for us. 2011 will also bring a few weddings along the way (May is going to be busy) and we couldn’t be more excited!!

Most of all, I’m looking forward to some changes. I think I need something new, exciting and different in my life (besides the city of Columbus) — and my mission is going to be finding that source of change and excitement.

What’s in store for you this new year?

I know many of you have lots going on — I’m excited to hear about it!


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Nick’s Solo Flight

It’s been over a week, but I’ve finally gotten to posting about Nick’s solo flight. This means it was his first flight in the T-6 plane flying without an instructor.

I was able to hear a bit of him on the radio during the flight and tried to watch him fly over the building (I have no idea if I actually saw his plane).

Overall he did great and landed safely.

Tradition is that after your first solo here at Columbus AF base, you’re thrown into a dunk tank.

There’s also a tradition that if you make it back to the flight room before they can throw you in, each member of the flight has to buy you a case of beer… Nick went ran for the room and made it! (I’ll try to track down the video, it’s hilarious). We’re still waiting for the beer though!

Here are some pics from right after his flight. So proud!


Done with the solo and on his way back to the flight room.

Gettin' ready to be thrown into the dunk tank.

Being thrown in

Finally done!


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I hate pears.

We had very nice weather here in Columbus last weekend. In fact, early on in the day, it actually felt like fall. Eventually we got back up to 95, but the morning was great.

I went for a run and came home deciding, “I’m going to be productive and get stuff done.”

My first objective for the day was to pick up the fallen and rotting pears on the ground below the wonderful, blossoming pear trees in our yard (yep, that’s plural).

As it turns out there were about 500 pears under that tree – half of them were rotten.

It only took about 2 hours (gross) to get these pears from the ground to the large trash cans outside. This mass of pears completely filled three of them. Luckily, my kind neighbor loaned out her rake and shovel which helped to speed up the process up a bit. Regardless, it took way too long and was painful on my hands, knees and lower back (um, that sounded old).

And to top that off, about two hours later, there were 20 more on the ground.

Here’s to hoping this thing only produces fruit once a year and that this stops soon.


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You know you live in a small town if…

  • There was a major University pep rally to kick-off the football season and 60 people showed up
  • The Wal-Mart is my favorite grocery store
  • Restaurants are open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and then again at 5 p.m.
  • Wine has to be purchased at the liquor store (or you’re just in Mississippi)
  • The news anchor is the weatherman on the same broadcast
  • The state fairground parking is right next to the entrance to the actual state fair (you don’t have to walk far at all!)
  • The exercise trail is 2.2 miles in length and has mile markers to prove it
  • Garbage is picked up two days a week (Mondays and Thursdays) – love this BTW
  • Clothes shopping happens at Old Navy, almost exclusively
  • Restaurants aren’t open on Sundays
  • Events happening in the city detract from business
  • Petco, Costco, Target and Macy’s are over an hour away
  • You have no idea where the nearest Starbucks is
  • Traffic consists of being stopped for more than a minute or a five-car line up

I have a feeling I’ll have more to add to this one as the year goes on. Any others we need to add to the list?

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No Eating Out on Sundays.

Nick and I did a great job of planning out our week today. Meals for the week, grocery shopping, our trip to the gulf coast. We also planned out or SEC football game schedule (we’re planning a tour of the SEC – might as well while you’re in town, right?).

After a long day of planning, working and studying, we decided we wanted to go out to dinner and not worry about a thing. Turns out that’s just not possible in the south, unless you’re game for a visit to Chili’s or Applebee’s.

EVERYTHING was closed.

While I realize that Sunday is a family day and that it is a day of rest. There has go t to be a lot of people that still want to go out to a nice meal on Sunday. Just one nice place, with great food, open on a Sunday would make a killing here!

It’s not likely that I’m going to have an impact on the great good of Columbus, MS. with this realization, but I do believe it’s of note.

Instead, we made French Onion Soup by Betty Crocker. When you have a craving – it’s perfect, even when it’s hot out. We also made Oregon Tuna Melts, a recipe out of Men’s Health magazine. This is a tuna recipe with NO MAYO and has tons of flavor. I’ll post the recipes in an update after I’ve had a chance to scan them in or link to them.

Now, add to that a bottle or two of champagne and you’ve got yourself something BETTER than a restaurant can provide (and you can watch “The Sopranos”).


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Back in Mississippi

A welcome back shot

Finally made it back to Mississippi last night and have to admit, it’s nice to be here. Granted, I felt like I walked into a steam room when I got off the plane, but it was still nice to be back.

Now, I don’t know how many of you have been to the Columbus Airport (or Golden Triangle Airport), but I can tell you that retrieving bags from baggage claim is AMAZING. It was there five minutes after we landed. A small perk for being the only plane in the airport at that time.

A quick recap of Omaha, traveling and what I learned while I was gone:

  • Completed a 5K and signed up for a half marathon
  • Found two gems of Omaha (one gem was written about here, the second is to come yet this week)
  • Connected with some very good friends over sushi – I LOVE HIRO
  • I’m a baby magnet on airplanes. It seems like we always share our own section
  • Finished two books during the week – while running, might I add…
  • Penny hates it when I’m not at home. She demonstrates this feeling by throwing up or pooping in the house
  • Learned that Omaha is pretty dang hot in the summer as well

Anyway – I’ve got a few good posts lined up for the next few days, mainly recapping my adventure in Omaha. I was a bit busy so I didn’t get to post them all!

Feel free to leave a comment to tell me what you’re up to! I feel like there’s so much going on this summer for everyone.

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Another Fun Southern Moment

Another AWESOME Mississippi signHere’s a fun one for you. Not much text is needed to describe this.

Nick and I took Penny for a walk yesterday and came across this sign. Now, I don’t know about you, but I would NEVER go swimming in a ditch. Let alone this particular ditch, but just in case that water in the background looked good to you – don’t attempt it.

And on that note, I’m going to leave you to enjoy your Tuesday evening. Only three more working days this week! W00T!


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Another New Day.

Hope everyone had a great Fourth of July! We kept it pretty low-key at our “place” (we’re still in base housing waiting for our furniture).  Penny HATES fireworks so we tried to keep her howling at bay the best we could.

In addition, we spent the day cleaning – which I am now quite sore from and made some great food. Bought the Food Network magazine and made Roasted-Pepper Pasta Salad and Moo Shu Pork. Strange combo, I know, but it was still quite good and was our first non-restaurant food in over a week.

Now this is pride.

We also saw this. Now, maybe I’ve just missed this type of car decor over the years and it’s actually prominent all over Air Force bases across the US, but it’s pretty interesting. This is a guy/girl that LOVES their job. Maybe we should all start painting our cars to showcase our personality a little bit…

Anyway, more work to be done today and hopefully we’ll get our furniture soon. I’m thinking today will be rugs & drapes day.

More to come!

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