Sunday, April 18, 2010

Often Wish I had Superhuman Powers

What a weekend.  Started with an infamous military ball.  All-in-all it wasn't bad at all.  Decent food, great people, okay food and some quality time with my hubby.  Dave absoutely hates those formal functions.  They usually have a speaker who talks about space or signal- this tends to be rather uninteresting to the common layman and just about every military spouse.  He had me giggling as he was watching TV on his cell phone while the guest speaker spoke of military satellites and pictures from space. 

Saturday morning was spent at the hobby shop.  I have to make "First Communion Banners" for Kaleb and Brian's first communion which is on May 9th.  I don't think I have a creative bone in my body, but ended up not doing too bad at all.  I went fairly simple-  Banners sit at 26" x 34".  They have their first name going down the side and their last name going across the bottom.  I cut out grapes to make bunches of grapes, a cross, and a chalace.  Now everything just needs to be glued together.  They look like they were put together by a child, but I guess it's the thought that counts.
Kaleb played his second football game of the season yesterday.  They won 36-0.  He loves football.  I hope he sticks with it. 

I took a 2 hour nap on Saturday afternoon.  It reminded me how much I love sleeping.  I think I would accomplish so much more everyday if I wasn't so exhausted all the time.  So much to do all the time and never enough time or energy to accomplish it.

Saturday night, I went to my good friend, Kristen's, house.  I love talking to her.  She gives me perspective on life. She's a great friend and I'll always consider myself fortunate and lucky to have her.  Everyone needs 1 good friend that they can confide in. 

Today was spend catching up on a paper that is 4 months overdue.  I took an incomplete in a class.  Only one paper left to complete the class.  I need to finish it today.  The class is just so boring and time consuming.  The class is "Documentation in Social Work Services."  Very, very boring.  If I don't finish the paper by tomorrow, I will have to pay my Tution Assistance back and that would really suck.  Doesn't help that I'm a god-awful procrastinator. 

Going this week to see the dentist about getting a snore guard.  I snore horribly.  I officially do not have sleep apnea, but it doesn't change the fact that I snore enough to keep Dave awake. 

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

It's A Good Week- and it's only Tuesday

So Gabriel is potty-trained.  I think he is anyway.  He's only had one accident in the last 2 weeks.  Not bad.  So I think that classifies him as potty-trained. I wish I could say what finally did the trick- but I honestly have no idea.  We didn't change anything.  He just started going on the potty.  All those tricks we tried and books we read.  I think the only two things that really helped or made a difference were encouragement and then not getting angry when he had an accident.  When he had an accident, Dave would sometimes get angry with him.  We switched to- "I'm not angry Gabriel, just disappointed."  Or Dave would say, "I'm not angry, just upset."  Gabe would say- "Daddy's not angry with me- he's just upset."  That seemed to help.  Especially since he had gotten to a point where he would go in his pants and then lie to us about it because he didn't want us to be mad.

A conference has started this week.  I was supposed to give a presentation yesterday.  I had typed out my discussion points, practiced and everything.  I ended up only having about 3 minutes to talk 6 points that I had planned on having at least 7 minutes to talk.  I get really anxious and nervous when I speak in front of people I don't know.  I'm not sure why- but I do.  I think it might have something to do with all those eyes and ears critiquing what I'm saying at once.  I hate being critiqued.  I spend enough time critiquing myself.  I know external input is necessary for self-improvement- but it doesn't mean I actually have to like it. 

But anyway- back to this conference.  I call it a meeting of the "oils."  They're the ones that make things run smoothly.  I wonder if these people know how much influence they have on the way things tick around them.  This is where I make my money- so to speak.  If I talk to these people and get them to understand what my team sees- the possibilities for the command are limitless.  I see so much potential in all the people we evaluate.  Some do things well.  Some could do things better.  But the key thing, there is potential.  Just need them to SEE what we SEE.  Potential, discipline, motivation and little "oil" is all it really takes to make a unit great. 

It's a good week already.  And it's only Tuesday...