Friday, March 19, 2010


It is Friday movie night in our house. Colin is still at school enjoying his sleep over in the library that is the conclusion of Book Fortnight. The other two little ones are watching "The Pagemaster" which I thought it would be the perfect ending to the week. David, Cody and I are all playing on our laptops which brings me to my first conclusion:

1. There is such a thing as being TOO connected.

However you will notice I am still here blogging. I have seen this movie so many times when Cody was younger I can do long passages of the dialogue. We are at the part where Tyler says "Boy I thought you two were goners." and Fantasy replies "We almost were until we discovered this enchanting fellow (that would be Horror) can float." Meanwhile Adventure is locked in a treasure chest. David must have read my mind because he just put up his laptop and is now stretched with Gray on the couch, both of them with their ankles crossed and the hands behind their heads. Too cute.

Tomorrow is the SeaBee Ball. Cody's JROTC team will be presenting the colors at the ball. I am very excited to see him in action. I am also excited to get to dance with my baby at a ball. I am mostly ready but I still need to paint my nails which brings me to my second conclusion:

2. It was a lot easier to get ready for the ball in Jakarta. Cheaper too!

In Jakarta I would call Mil and Mat's for an appointment the day of the ball for hair, nails and makeup. A team of wonderful women would pamper the stuffing out of me and after a couple of hours I would leave feeling and looking like a princess, around $50 dollars for the works. A bit more if I decided I needed a facial (an of course I did!). If I needed a dress I would just have a seamstress make one up. I had a silk corset made while I was there to go with my black satin skirt and it was a whopping $35. I probably overpaid. If a dress I had needed alterations no problem the seamstress could handle that too. So here I am doing my own hair, make up, and nails. So far I have spent $40 last week for a haircut, $20 something for a bottle of nail polish and some hair products another $30 for some makeup. Plus I spent far too much for a new dress downtown it was in euros and I really don't want to do the exchange rates because it will just depress me. It is a really cute dress though!

I have made two trips to the base today (one for groceries and one for gas and all the things I forgot to buy the first time) and three trips to school (one to drop off kids, one to pick up kids, and one to deliver the forgotten music book and instrument). Good thing traffic here moves a bit faster than Jakarta or Bandera Road back home for that matter. Which brings me to my third conclusion:

3. I am gonna get a heck of a speeding ticket this summer if I don't learn to slow down!

Contrary to what you hear back home a lot of the autobahn does have a speed limit. The stretch between here and Wiesbaden has a speed limit of 120 km/hr or around 75 mph and just like back home the traffic always seems to move just a bit faster than the posted limit. I tend to average around 85 mph in the middle lane which means I am passing the people in the slow lane but the cars in the fast lane are wizzing past me. I am hoping to make a trip to Houston this summer to visit my cyberfriend Kolbi and I can just see me forgetting that Texas has a bit more restrictive speed limit and opening it up on I10. That could be really expensive.

Whoops Tyler is asleep in the treehouse and the credits are starting to roll. I better go kiss my little ones good night and tuck them. Which brings me to my last conclusion:

4. Kids grow up too fast! I can't believe Cody is going to the ball tomorrow!


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Monica said...

I love conclusion lists. So fabulous. I especially love the last one. Awww! So sweet. Love, love, love this post. Can't WAIT to see pictures!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Connie said...

So do we see photos of the ball?! :)

Anonymous said...

Oh yes, I was going to come on here and politely request (actually, DEMAND) photos!

And you don't have to come all the way to Houston! Maybe we'll go to San Antonio? James has never been there, and it's been a good 20 years since I've been there, myself! When you figure out tentative dates for your being back here in the US, let me know!