Friday, April 8, 2011

Well, my morning started off with "MmmmBop", how bout yours???

With a title like that, I know you are all expecting me to have some snarky remark about Hanson, and waking up to bubblegum, pop music at 6am.

But I LIKE that song. What's not to like about a trio of long, flaxen-haired brothers? It makes you feel good. Actually, it makes me feel like an 17 year old because that's how old I was when it came out. And that's probably the real reason I have a fond attachment to it. Most mornings, I'm not really looking at myself in the mirror when I get ready. I'm mindlessly getting ready and not noticing the deep lines that have started to cut beneath my eyes, and how giant my pores have become. So other days, when I really LOOK, its quite alarming that I've started to show my age.

Don't get me wrong...I know I am "only 31". (I really thought I was 32 already, because I start rounding up halfway through the year.) I don't look 31...I could probably pass for 27 on a good day. Lord help me if I ever lose a bunch of weight, because then my wrinkles will be more pronounced and I will age drastically overnight. My fat is a good camoflage for my skin. There are pros and cons to everything in life.

We are still waiting to hear on whether we got this house in CA. I am too tired to be that stressed about it this week. I don't remember what I was watching or reading, but it said that half the stuff we stress about doesn't even happen and the other half works out....or something like that. That's a really good point. I could sit and stress about whether we will not get paid for the next month, but will we even HAVE a government shutdown?? Will it last longer than a few days? At this point, it seems illogical to get more than irritated at the politics of it. I don't imagine photos of long lines of military families at soup kitchens is what politicians really want floating around during a campaigning year, so if it does happen, I don't see it lasting long.

I do get rather perturbed at people who think government employees make all kind of money...Uh, I don't. I make half as much as I would in the private sector in CA, but more than I would in upstate NY. Its all relative for most government workers that are entry/midlevel. It's good benefits...and *usually* job stability. But both of my familys incomes are government, so my husband's pay will stop too. Sometimes we have money in savings, and sometimes we don't. Right now, we do because we are about to move. But it's not always the case. Many young military families are living on under $20k a year. Sure, you can make the argument that it's your own fault if you choose to have kids and still live paycheck to paycheck, but I don't think you realize that if you think this way, you are unrealistic and an ASSHOLE. Most people live paycheck to paycheck in this country.

Sometimes I want to slap people. (Okay, LOTS of times, I want to slap people. But rarely do I. {cough})

I've gotten rather long-winded this week. And you are all holding back your comments. It makes me sad.


  1. Keri you hit the nail on the head. Most people live paycheck to paycheck. We are seeing a great many people here starting to stress because the last major employer is laying off about 300 people with the rest of us unsure of our jobs. There are people in my office that both work there & the loss of thier jobs is going to be really bad.
    As far as remembering your youth... Keep the goods times close to heart. When we were young we were carefree & the only stressers in our life was school exams & how to dress. Besides they don't make music the same as they used to, too many crappy songs now.

  2. "but I don't think you realize that if you think this way, you are unrealistic and an ASSHOLE"

    LMAO! That sums it up perfectly!

  3. Most people live paycheck to paycheck these days. I don't think people know how much our military is paid. I'm sure they think free housing and all sorts of benefits, but they don't know the reality. The grass is always greener on the other side type of thing I guess.

  4. I LOVE HANSON!!! I still dance around if I hear them on the radio.
    Also we do need to stop bashing others for not having a "nest egg"- unless you are in that person's financial shoes you can't call names- period!!
    "but I don't think you realize that if you think this way, you are unrealistic and an ASSHOLE" Yep you are a MEANIE!!! if you think this way!

  5. Hey Keri! Glad you connected with me on blogfrog, I love your blog! Come and say hi at - who knows, walking the Camino in Spain will be a good way to blow off some of the steam! ;)

    Hitting the 'follow' button on your blog now...

  6. Well Keri you know I will always be here letting you know how much I enjoy having you as part of my blog family. People are going to be people and as the saying goes, "You can't fix stupid".

  7. I've been thinking of American military families a lot this week as my dh and I discussed what would happen to us if he paycheck just stopped coming (uh, we'd last about 2 weeks on savings, cause canadian soldiers live paycheck to paycheck too!)
    And those people who start sentences with 'it's your own fault for...' are the same losers who say things like "if he didn't want to get killed in Afghanistan he shouldn't have joined the army".
    They need a firm kick in the junk so they can think about what they've done.
    I pray there is a quick resolution to this mess for you guys so there is less stress for everyone.

  8. "Sure, you can make the argument that it's your own fault if you choose to have kids and still live paycheck to paycheck, but I don't think you realize that if you think this way, you are unrealistic and an ASSHOLE."


    Luckily we stashed a bunch in savings while I was still working because we figured I'd be unemployed for a year with the baby and with jobs being hard to come by where we were PCS'ing. I guess I could have not had a baby and not married a military guy and not had to quit the job that paid me more than he was getting paid. Stupid me!

    You know, I'd be willing to go without a paycheck or two if that meant my husband was apparently unimportant and could come home to be with us.

  9. I grew up a Navy Brat, and then married a Marine, so I know what you live on. I can hear ya! God Bless you!

  10. It really is amazing what civilians think the military gets for free. Stuff that we actually pay for. That's one of the main reasons I started blogging. I got tired of the misconceptions about military life. I also agree that the people saying "It's your fault for...." are assholes. You can't assume other people's circumstances.