well in an effort to um, streamline things around these parts (?) or maybe just to help myself stay on track, i am considering having a daily topic.  something along the lines of : on monday, i will post a photo summarizing the weekend; on tuesday i will post an art project, on wednesday i will post about our dogs, on thursday i will post a consumer(ist) review…etc etc…you get the idea. 

i feel that this would help me to keep on track, help me to find focus, and help me to post regularly (pseudo-deadline and all that), but i fear i may not be able to keep up with it and would just be aghast at myself if i were to let down my 2 readers per week.   mostly aghast at letting my blog down….argh. the pressure!  the humor!  the irony!!

let’s see if anyone out there has any idears, any suggestions, then.   anyone?  (can you hear the echo…echo…….echo………….echo?)

O-meister and i went antique shopping with his grandma, my mother in law, this morning.  it was glorious.  i love spending time with her, with him…with them together.  and the smells and feelings of so many people, over so many years, comingling in one big shop is intoxicating.  all that history in a chair or an antique secretary from 1870.  i love to let my  mind wander (and wonder!) on who might’ve sat there writing letters, and who might those letters have been written to (or about, even…).  did they use a pencil?  pen & india ink? wax stamps?   what were they wearing in 1870?   i lurrrrve it.

upon entering the store (angels & antiques for those of you in the FAY), i make a beeline for the verrrrry back corner of the store.  there, in all its glorious gloriousness, is a new booth.  a new gem amongst all the other treasure to be found here.  there.  is a new booth owned by A String Of Purls.  *cue angelic music aaaaaaaaahhhh*  used to be that one would have to make a trek from FAY to stedman, NC to visit this LYS.  and this is  a great LYS so the 60min or so round trip (not counting store time) was totally worth it, but not always manageable with sir Omeister in tow.  now it seems that ASOP has opened  inside angels & antiques and let me warn you– the yarn room is incredible!  berrocco was calling my name today as i mustered the strength to say “not now….”.  but i will be back!     and the clincher here is that they have knitting circle on thursday nights.  dance of joy commencing……….now.     refer to the 60min round trip drive and you will see why this particular knitting circle gets high praise from me.  thank you ASOP!!

well hubs has been in haiti for 26 days.  i have really struggled with whether i was going to blog about this.  mostly because i didn’t like the idea of putting it out there for the whole world to know that my hubs was gone…a safety issue, if you will.  i’m over that.  we have handguns.   loaded ones.  and i’m a really good shot. 

so now i will talk about how incredibly proud i am of this man.  i would like to scream it loudly from the top of someplace…ah-very high.    this hubs of mine.  this man i have chosen that has chosen me.  i am infinitely proud of him.  proud of the sacrifices he has made, the decision he makes every morning to put on that uniform to defend people he loves, people he doesn’t know, people he doesn’t like.   to defend an idea.  proud of his idealism.  proud of his strength, his integrity, his determination to make this world a better place.  i am proud to be the wife of such a brave man. 

my hubs is a career infantryman.  he has seen a lot of combat…close combat.  when he got to haiti he expressed to me the devastation, destruction, the scene of total implosion.  he described to me the sights, sounds, smells.  the sadness, how his heart weighed heavy for the haitian people, and how he was grateful for the opportunity to help them.  this was combat of a different kind.  these people were [are] fighting…but they are fighting for their own lives, their own survival, here.

so,  the 82nd has been there for 26 days.   which means that these soldiers have been away from their families for 26days.  the whole thing happened so fast really.  my hubs received a phone call that basically said, “pack your gear and be at battalion [headquarters] in an hour. we’re going to haiti”.    me:”WHAT?!!   when will you be back??  will i be able to talk to you??  what’s going on??”

typically we have many months to plan for a deployment.  to get used to the idea of our beloved being absent.  to stock up on memories by spending extra family time together, filing those “extra” memories away for a day when we are really feeling the effects of them being gone.  but not this time.  hubs was *POOF* just, gone.  just like that.  and without much communication for the first several weeks.   it was incredibly stressful and trying.  the communication has steadily improved over the last couple of weeks, but it is still lacking and there are still some wives who haven’t heard from their husbands yet.

but here’s the bottom line of this post (aside from all the gushing about how incredibly proud of my soldier i am)…he’s coming home SOOOOOOON.  very SOOOOOOOON!     ah, these are not details that one can post in cyberspace.  opsec and all that…i want to make sure he actually gets home!    i am ecstatic to be realizing what a whirlwind this deployment has been.  he left so FAST and is returning in the same way.  and then it is done.     then i can get to the business of blogging some more about the horror of haiti, the things hubs saw, instead of being consumed with my own selfish business of missing my brave soldier husband.

hurry home hubs.  i can not WAIT to hold you in  my arms and whisper “welcome home”s to you.   and ollieman misses his daddy.

and then there’s this:


 loving this infinitely.

i really need to get with the program(me).   i want to be  a better blogher.  i want to document and incorporate my photos into this visual account of my life…OUR lives.   however, momentarily OUR lives have been *interrupted*.

i really have gone back and forth about posting this on carolina lane.  my mind has been changed so many times.  i have lost sleep tangling with this, twisted around and inside and out, making no decision which vis a vis becomes one’s decision, and after wanting to post about what the hubs is doing, but hearing a little voice from somewhere over there in oblivion telling me not to post about it-so i refrained, ultimately–   the posting has commenced.       now how’s that for a run-on sentence? ha.

so yes, the hubs is in haiti.  his brigade has been in haiti for 2 weeks today.  i have had some issue with posting this mostly for safety reasons, but i think these concerns have been quelled and now it is time to pronounce to our dear readers just how very proud this momma is of her hubbinest husband.     my heart swells and my eyes get misty and i am filled with so much love for him i can not contain it.   

more on this later as it is the very wee hours of the morning and i should be sleeping.  but at least, this post has brought me to a point of decision finally.     i will be posting, in real time now, about the effect haiti is having on my little family.   

hurry home to me, hubs.  get the job done right, help those in need, but hurry home.  love.

the newspaper in raleigh has a reporter embedded with hub’s unit in haiti: A Co 1/325, 82nd Airborne. they have fantastic coverage of what’s happening, with great pictures and videos (i’m constantly looking at the photos…hoping for a glimpse of the hubs). this is them: http://www.wral.com/news/national_world/world/haiti

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