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without a post from me. Bummer.

I’m not where I wanted to be with the financial stuff at all. I didn’t take into account all the trips we take and all the expenses that pop up here and there. We’ve almost got it 50% taken care of, but I really wanted to have it down more by this point. I’m a little frustrated with myself. Despite all that, I’m considering going home for spring break. As much as I want to save money, I want to spend time with my family more. Besides, I’m going to consider that my birthday present.

Last month was a complete wash for knitting and reading, but it was still an excellent month. Private Pinhead got to come home from Iraq for R&R. Mrs. Pinhead and Spicy also came to visit. So from 2/2-2/23, I had guests. I took them to do all the touristy things and we had a blast. Then 2/24 was Her Majesty’s 16th birthday (the month was also not good for saving money).

Here’s some excellent news…on the ship’s FB page, it was posted that they are finally headed back in this direction. I can’t say exactly when they will get home (opsec and all that), but I can say that I will see Sailor Boy again sometime before tax day. Time is going to drag now.

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I’m back (I hope).

I can’t believe it’s been two months since I’ve posted anything. I just haven’t felt like it. We just got back to San Diego a couple days ago and I miss NM already. It’s so stinkin’ warm here. I really do hate it. I loved being at home and playing with the pups in the snow, snuggling up under thick blankets, drinking hot chocolate, wearing warm clothes, etc…

Not to mention I haven’t been staying on track with my frugal goals at all so there hasn’t been much I wanted to post about. We ended up going to NM for Thanksgiving AND Christmas. That was a chunk of money. Then of course Christmas always takes a good chunk of money. We spent less on gifts for Her Majesty this year than we normally do though. Usually we spend $500-$1000 on xmas gifts for her. This year, I managed to limit it to $250. Yay me.

I did give a couple knits for xmas. Sailor Boy’s grandma saw my knitting and asked me to make her a red hat. I actually happened to have a red cabled hat sitting around. I made it because I wanted to, not for anybody in particular. I gave her that and she loved it. When I went over to say goodbye, she was wearing it while doing laundry. So she is going on my ‘knit-worthy’ list. I made a leaf lace shawl for my mom and am pretty pleased with how it turned out.

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Bleh.

So I’m not back on track.  Sailor Boy’s mom passed away on Tuesday.  He was supposed to leave on the 18th, but due to some problems on the ship, the deployment was delayed.  He got the call about his mom on Tuesday, we flew to NM on Wednesday and the ship left on Thursday.  They’re going to fly him out to it.

I really didn’t want to come for the funeral.  He had already said his goodbyes 3 weeks ago so coming to the funeral just put us another $700 in the hole.   That may sound insensitive, but I’m not big on funerals.  I don’t even want one for myself.  I want to be cremated, scattered somewhere that I loved and afterward I want everyone to go out for margaritas and talk about how awesome I was.   I want my loved ones to celebrate my life and have a good time, not mourn my death by staring at my dead body (which I find super creepy).

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Change of plans.

We’ve decided against the cruise to Alaska.  There are just too many variables.

First of all, he’s supposed to be back a month before the cruise leaves.  That isn’t necessarily when he’ll be back though.  Could be earlier, could be later.  Then if he does get home in time, there’s no guarantee they’ll approve his leave.  Also, we aren’t 100% sure what we’d do with Her Majesty.  I’m not leaving a 16 year old home alone and she’ll still be in school.  The one person I know here that I trust enough to keep an eye on her will be moving soon.

So all that would have to go right.  If it doesn’t, we’d be out a lot of money.  They told us we have to cancel 70 days in advance to get a full refund.  Like the Navy tells us anything 7 days in advance.

We’ve decided to put that money towards the bills so we can get them paid off early and take a shorter, less expensive anniversary trip.  It’s a lot easier to cancel a flight and hotel than a cruise.  With some of the money we had set aside, we got ourselves new laptops though.  So that makes me pretty happy.  I think we’ll probably save the cruise as a 20th anniversary/Navy retirement thing.

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The Comic-Con post

Ok, I’m finally getting around to posting about Comic-Con.  For those of you that don’t know what Comic-Con is, here ya go….

Originally showcasing comic books, science fiction/fantasy and film/television (as was evident by the three circled figures appearing in Comic-Con’s original logo), and related popular arts, the convention has expanded over the years to include a larger range of pop culture elements, such as horror, anime, manga, animation, toys, collectible card games, video games, webcomics, and fantasy novels.

Along with panels, seminars, and workshops with comic book professionals, there are previews of upcoming feature films, portfolio review sessions with top comic book and video game companies, and such evening events as awards ceremonies and The Masquerade; a costume contest, and the Comic-Con International Independent Film Festival which showcases shorts and feature length movies that do not have distribution or distribution deals.

Mostly I was interested in the tv show and movie panels.  During the panels, they’ll show previews and some of the cast and writers will come out and the audience can ask questions.   I got to see some really cool panels.   The ones I missed and REALLY wanted to see were Legion, Zombieland, 2012, True Blood, Fringe, Lost and Ray Bradbury.  I also missed the Charlaine Harris autograph signing. 😦  There is just SOOO much to do and see and it all overlaps.  Not to mention the lines to get into anything are ridiculously long.

I got pics.  Not great pics, but pics all the same.  In some of the panels I had to sit pretty far back and I have a point and shoot that is a total POS.  The zoom sucks.  I need a better camera.  Seriously.

The worst pics were of the Big Bang Theory panel.  Which sucks because the whole cast was there.

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One of the more entertaining panels was the Wonder Women panel.  Sigourney Weaver looks fantastic for someone going on 60.

Sigourney Weaver, Zoe Saldana and Elizabeth Mitchell

Sigourney Weaver, Zoe Saldana and Elizabeth Mitchell

Eliza Dushku

Eliza Dushku

The Fear Clinic panel was awesome.   Robert Englund, Kane Hodder, Clive Barker, Danielle Harris and Robert Hall were there.  I got to sit 20 feet away from Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhees.   How cool is that?  Clive Barker was supposed to be the moderator but he got stuck in traffic so the moderator was Spider from Powerman 5000 (which is an awesome band).

Peter Jackson, Neill Blomkamp and Sharlto Copley were at the District 9 panel. Peter Jackson talked briefly about The Hobbitt.

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Jennifer Love Hewitt (Melinda Gordon), Jamie Kennedy (Eli James yuck), Camryn Manheim (Delia Banks) and Christoph Sanders (Ned Banks) were at the Ghost Whisperer panel. Apparently Melinda is going to have the baby and then they’re going to jump the show forward 5 years. Not sure how I feel about that.

Ghost Whisperer cast

Ghost Whisperer cast

Jennifer Love Hewitt

Jennifer Love Hewitt

Jensens Ackles and Jared Padalecki were still filming so they weren’t at the Supernatural panel.  😦  Misha Collins (Castiel) and Jim Beaver (Bobby Singer) were there though.

Misha Collins and Jim Beaver

Misha Collins and Jim Beaver

The gorgeous Tom Welling (Superman/Clark Kent), Justin Hartley (Oliver Queen/The Green Arrow), Calum Blue (Zod), Allison Mack (Chloe), Erica Durance (Lois Lane) and Cassidy Freeman (Tess Mercer) were at the Smallville panel.  I only got decent pics of the guys though.  Heh, don’t know how that happened.

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I did end up getting Sherrilyn Kenyon’s autograph.  She is one of my favorite authors and was super sweet.  She was giving away copies of her graphic novels that she’d sign and Dark Hunter wristbands.  I also got a Dark Hunter bag and Lords of Avalon pin.  She signed my copy of Acheron and she also signed a book for Private Pinhead’s new wife (who happens to be a big fan too).

Sherrilyn Kenyon

Sherrilyn Kenyon

Adrian Paul from The Highlander was there and he signed the case from my Highlander DVDs.

Adrian Paul

Adrian Paul

I’ve always thought that Her Majesty has quite a lucky streak.   For example, a couple months ago she wanted to go see Great Northern, which is one of her favorite bands.  It turned out the concert was at the House of Blues and she’s not old enough to go.  She was really upset.  A few weeks later, she found out they were playing a show that was going to be brodcast online and they were playing it at a radio station that’s just a couple miles down the road from us.  She got to go and hang out with the band.  They remembered her from MySpace so they gave her t-shirts and signed them for her.

One of the main reasons she wanted to go to Comic-Con was for the Gerard Way/Umbrella Academy panel.  Gerard Way is the lead singer of My Chemical Romance and also writes a comic called The Umbrella Academy.  For Her Majesty’s 13th birthday, we were living in NM but flew down to San Diego to take her to an MCR concert.  For her 14th birthday, we got her a limited edition Umbrella Academy poster signed by Gerard Way and Gabriel Ba (this is how much of a fan she is).  So she was thrilled to go to the panel.

Mikey and Gerard Way

Mikey and Gerard Way

After the panel, there was a raffle to get Gerard Way’s autograph.  We had gotten 3 of the raffle tickets (one for each of us) and to nobody’s surprise, we had one of the winning tickets for her.  So here she is with Gerard (that’s the back of her head because she wouldn’t turn and look at me).

Gerard Way

Gerard Way

Then we were bummed because we missed the True Blood panel.  Yes, Her Majesty likes True Blood.  Yes, I’m probably a terrible mom for letting her watch it.   Well, on Sunday, we saw a bunch of people with True Blood bags.  As I stopped to take a picture of something, I saw a couple with the bags.  I told Her Majesty to go ask them where they had gotten them from.  They told her they had gotten them at the panel.  She chatted with them for a couple minutes, then as we were walking away, they stopped us.  The man handed her the bag and said they didn’t really need two and that she could have his.  He said she had to make him a promise though.  She had to promise to watch Psych on USA because he was one of the co-producers.

Then as we finished talking to them and were walking away again, I noticed the bag looked full.  I asked Her Majesty if there was something in it.  She opens it up and inside is more True Blood stuff.  A card, a notebook, the first novel of the series (which we already have though) and a t-shirt (which I swiped from her because I gave her the 2012 t-shirt I got).  I wish I remembered the guy’s name becaue that was pretty cool of him.

Aside from the True Blood stuff, they give away tons of free crap.  T-shirts, bags, posters, bookmarks, lanyards, cards, trading cards, matchbooks, books, pens, pencils, keychains, buttons, stickers, etc…  We even got Zombieland hand sanitizer (which cracked me up).

And here are some random photos from my wanderings around the exhibit hall.

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Tyrese Gibson

Rob Van Dam and Christy Hemme

Rob Van Dam and Christy Hemme

Nichelle Nichols

Nichelle Nichols

Thomas Jane

Thomas Jane

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50 Odd Things

50 ODD Things

I swiped this from Marissa’s Blog. It’s not actually 50 things though. Numbers 22, 44 and 46 are missing, but I don’t care enough to make up my own.

1) Do you like blue cheese?
Love it.

2) Have you ever smoked heroin?
Hell no.

3) Do you own guns?
Not yet.

4) What flavor do you add to your drink at sonic?
Cherry and chocolate in Dr. Pepper.

5) Do you get nervous before doctor appointments?
Depends on what the appointment is for.

6) What do you think of hot dogs?
I can take them or leave them.

7) Favorite Christmas song?
Merry Christmas Wherever You Are by George Strait

8.) What do you prefer to drink in the morning?
Dr. Pepper. I prefer my caffeine in the form of soda.

9) Can you do push ups?
Yes

10) Can you do a chin up?
Nope

11) What’s your favorite piece of jewelry?
I have 4 favorites, but the one I get the most comments on is this bracelet…

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12) Favorite hobby?
That’s a tie between knitting and reading.

13) Ever been in a car wreck?
Just fender benders.

14) Do you have A.D.D.?
I’ve never been diagnosed but Her Majesty’s psychiatrist (she does have ADD) told me he’s certain that I have it.

15) What is one thing that you hate about yourself?
My weight. Other than that, I’m pretty damn awesome.

16) Middle name?
None of yo bizness.

17) Name 3 thoughts at this exact moment?
My eyeball hurts.
John Wayne has an annoying voice.
This formatting is pissing me off.

18) Name 3 things you bought yesterday:
Nothing. I didn’t leave the house yesterday.

19) Three things you drink regularly:
Water is the only thing I drink every day.

20) Current worry?
Am I going to feel well enough for Comic-Con next week?

21) Current hate right now?
Things not going the way I want them to.

23) How did you bring in the New Year?
Party at Buddy T’s!

24) Where would you like to go?
Alaska

25) Name three people who will complete this?
Nobody!

26) Do you own slippers?
Yes, I own a pair.  I only wear them if I’m going in the room where the cat litter is.

27) What shirt are you wearing?
A maroon Eddie Bauer tee.

28) Do you like sleeping in satin sheets?
Dunno, haven’t ever done it.

29) Can you whistle?
Yes

30) Favorite color?
Green

31) Would you be a pirate?
If a cashier gives me too much change, I give it back.   So probably not.

32) What songs do you sing in the shower?
I don’t sing in the shower

33) Favorite girl’s name?
Krysten

34) Favorite boy’s name?
Tristan

35) What’s in your pocket?
My cell phone, military ID and some money.

36) Last thing that made you laugh?
Her Majesty

37) Best bed sheets as a child?
Dunno.

38) Worst injury you’ve ever had?
Ummm, probably when I was a kid and was running and tripped over a speed bump. Tore my knee up. Still have a scar.

39) Do you love where you live?
Not at all.

40) How many tv’s do you have in your house?
6 (7 if you count the one that’s in the closet because we have no place for it.)

41) Who is your loudest friend?
BFF A

42) How many dogs do you have?
Don’t ask me this. 😦

43) Does someone have a crush on you?
Don’t know, don’t care.

45) What is your favorite book?
The Stand by Stephen King

47) Favorite Sports Team?
Kansas City Chiefs (what can I say, I like the underdog).

48) What song do you want played at your funeral?
I don’t want a funeral.

49) What were you doing 12 AM last night?
Reading

50) What was the first thing you thought of when you woke up?
“Can I put off grocery shopping for one more day?” The answer was no.

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On Friday when we were at the pier waiting for Sailor Boy, we see people coming off the ship wearing masks.  The captain’s wife is standing with us and informs us that there were some cases of swine flu on the ship.   Great.  Sailor Boy was sick and Her Majesty and I ended up getting sick on Monday.

I don’t think it’s swine flu though.  I’ve had the flu before and it kicked my ass.  Even so, whatever I have still sucks.  It doesn’t feel like a cold but it doesn’t really feel like the flu.  I’ve had a sore throat, cough, headache, body aches and fatigue.  No runny nose, sneezing or congestion, which I always get with a cold.

I had to drag my ass out of bed to go grocery shopping today though.  I’ve been back almost a week and it needed to be done.   We were out of pretty much everything.  I definitely miss the days when it was just me, Sailor Boy and Her Majesty.  I still would have had to go shopping when I got back, but I wouldn’t have had to buy so much.  Since my stock of meat was gone and we were completely out of all condiments, I ended up spending $232.40.  That leaves me only $17.60 for the next 2 weeks.  That sucks.

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I do have some happy news.   One of the things I hate about it here is that it’s warm, so we have to leave our window open to get air going through.  That means I get to hear sirens, helicopters, and people while I’m trying to sleep.  Not to mention that there is a street light right outside our window.  So I finally broke down and bought and AC and some blackout curtains.  Now my bedroom is like a cold, dark, quiet cave and it’s so much more peaceful.

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