Archive for deployment

Kicked the Gremlins in the A**

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on February 20, 2010 by juliannah

We took the car to the dealer and they replaced the battery, which BTW went bad all on it’s own. Not driving it had nothing to do with it. The car is still under warranty so there was no charge! All is good here in deployed son land. So far. I am up early waiting for a call from said deployed son.

I missed a call yesterday. I saw it was from an unknown number and just knew it was him. Plus, I had a feeling he would call about his car. That has been a major stress for him. But, it is all good.

I am hoping for homecoming dates. Should be soon. I will update when I find out. Of course, I can not say for sure on here, but I will verbally tell all who need to know what is happening. Stay tuned. I am attached to my phone. Waiting.

Thank God, he does not have a Toyota!

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Military Monday – We Have Contact Again!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on February 8, 2010 by juliannah

Well, after a month of no contact I finally received a email from Cpl Honda. Yes, it is Cpl Honda. He was promoted on Feb 1! He said he feels like he can get on with his career now. Career is an important word because depending on the day you ask he would say he might want out or he might stay in. I’m sure other military families reading this will agree with that statement.

He also said they are making their way back to this side of the world and that makes this mommie very happy! There is nothing better than homecoming! I have only been to one and that was for my nephew, Sgt. Red. You literally can feel the happiness and excitement in the air.

So I guess I can start thinking about what I need to get done. Here’s hoping the deployment gremlins will leave me alone. So far, so good. Knock on wood. I think threatening to unleash the cat on them may have worked.

So, yes I will start the thinking!

Deployment Gremlins

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on January 14, 2010 by juliannah

I have read on a few military wives’ blogs about deployment gremlins. I am assuming they are problems that only crop up during deployment. My gremlins definitely inhabit that damn car. Yes, LCpl Honda’s car.

Just when you think, all is well the curse of the car strikes again. LCpl Honda emailed me on Sunday night. This is what he said:

Subject Car Registration stuff… again đŸ˜¦

“Hey I know we thought this stuff was done but I need you to check on something for me. I got a letter yesterday from the ****** DMV about my car not getting registered and being late, they said I owe them $500 some odd dollars. Anyways I need you to contact the ****** DMV and tell them that my car is registered in ****** now and make sure that I don’t owe any of that money. Thanks Mom, love you.”

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!

Breathe Juliannah.

Once again, images of Power of Attorneys flying back and forth and people refusing to speak to me go through my mind. Why, why, why?

I decide to wait until I get home from work to call because I do not need to be standing in a parking lot begging some unknown person to help me. When I called, I get a computer telling me that the wait for a human should be less than ten minutes. Ok, I can do that. After a few minutes, the voice comes on and says the same thing. After 10 minutes, the voice comes on and says the wait is now longer than 10 minutes and I should hang up and call back later or another day.

I. Don’t. Think. So!

Sooo, I just put the phone on speaker, sit it on the table and take a seat on the couch. I figure there is no way I am going to hang up and call back. I am still trying to figure out how less than 10 minutes can turn into more than 10 minutes. I really do not think you can take cuts on a phone line. Nope, I think it was a ploy to get people off the phone. I never had much love for the DMV anyway.

Now this is the real funny part. 30 seconds after I put the phone on the table, a woman answers. That’s right. Gotcha DMV! So I brace for the worse and start to explain the situation. She tells me I need to mail the original letter and write on it that the car is registered in my state. Ah, I explain that the letter is floating somewhere in the middle of the ocean and besides that I just received a Christmas card from LCpl Honda postmarked Dec. 15 yesterday. That is not happening.

She thinks for a minute and then tells me to send a copy of the registration along with a letter stating the car is registered. She also asks me about LCpl Honda and his deployment and says to thank him for his service. Finally, an angel amongst all the devils I have spoken to throughout this deployment!

So another car problem solved. Except the car battery is dead again, but that is Corvette’s problem.

I am sure the gremlins had something to do with that too. Because I am sure, when I am gone they are rocking out to the radio and playing with LCpl Honda’s GPS.

Sunday Brunch – A New Year

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on January 3, 2010 by juliannah

I am praying for a better year. I am looking forward to watching Cinderella walk down the aisle on her father’s arm to be given away to a most wonderful man. I am so happy to welcome Tango to our family. I am also happy to become part of Tango’s family. More peeps to love.

I am so looking forward to my son, LCpl Honda returning from deployment. I never knew how hard this could be. Maybe if communication had not been cut off for so long it would be better. Maybe if I could have actually understood him on Christmas Day it would be better. Maybe. I just received an email from him today, finally after two months. He sounded so down and just wants to come home. He said he was sorry about the car fiasco and sorry for sounding grumpy on Christmas day. It is ok son. I understand.

We did manage to have a nice New Year’s Eve. I made a ham dinner for a bunch of people who are basically hamed out this season. Me and Corvette have only had turkey so we wanted ham. Needless to say I have a lot of leftovers. That’s ok, ham salad, ham and eggs and of course ham and beans which I made yesterday. We had Butterfly for the weekend. Grandma M and Grandpa DingDon, Hippie Guy, Flower Girl and the twins came along with a good friend of mine and her daughter. I don’t know how I did it but I made it to midnight and we blew off confetti poppers and made a bunch of noise. We were also treated to a fireworks show via our neighbors.

So, as I said we hope for a better year filled with a wedding, good family times, homecomings and maybe some more grandkids! Yes, that would be wonderful.

Happy New Year and the recipe for today is, of course Ham and Beans:

1 pound of Navy Beans

1 pound of Pinto Beans

A ham bone with lots of ham attached

1/2 teaspoon of onion powder

1/2 teaspoon of pepper

Put all the ingredients in a crock pot and turn on low for about five or six hours until the beans are soft and the ham is falling of the bone. Remove and give the bone to your dog. Lucie, my big red dog enjoyed the bone this year. Buddy my chihuahua enjoyed a few ham pieces.

No More Deployment. Mom Says No.

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on December 29, 2009 by juliannah

So after trying to figure out how much it would cost to register LCpl Honda’s car we finally went to take it to the DMV a couple of weeks ago. I was happy thinking, alright this will be done, and we will not have to worry about it anymore.

So. I. Thought.

I get in the car and go to start the car and…nothing. The battery is dead. Ok. So, we will jump it, except it is in the garage parked next to a boat, so we cannot get close to it. Corvette says it is ok because he has six-foot jumper cables and they should reach.

They. Do. Not.

We tried with his truck but the cables would just not reach. So, we tried with my VW. After inching my car right up behind Local Honda’s car and pull hard on the cables, we finally have success and get the car started. Peace and happiness again.

So. We. Think.

We head off to the DMV and get inside feeling lucky because there is hardly anyone there. I walk up to the desk and explain for the umpteenth time since this deployment started that my son is serving in the military and currently deployed, I have Power of Attorney and we would like to register his car. She asked for the car title. Now you see, the car is leased. The leasing company has the title.

Holy. #%@$%*&.%@*&.

The woman tells me I need a Power of Attorney from the leasing company. All I can think is the nightmare I already went through with the leasing company concerning his car payment when LCpl Honda first left. I envision the company refusing to speak to me again and me having to fax my POA AGAIN and wait AGAIN for several days while the POA gets to the correct person and they agree talk to me. Not only that, I have no idea if they will even agree to send me their POA.

Well, we go home feeling defeated again. I pick up the phone. I make the call. I speak to a very nice young man. Insert drumroll here. He agrees to send me the POA!!!!

Fast forward to today. The car is registered and I am happy once again. I am so done with this deployment though. But I have learned. Oh yes, I learned.

Thank Goodness I Answered

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on December 15, 2009 by juliannah

My cellphone rang yesterday and I did not recognize the number. Most of the time I do not answer it. I hate being bothered by salespeople and such. But for some reason I felt compelled to answer the phone. Thank goodness I did because it was LCpl Honda calling from somewhere on the other side of the world. Oh happy day!

He told me he only had 10 minutes to talk and then launched into a myriad of OSPEC rules and how he can’t say much. My replies to all that:

“Yea.”

“Gotcha.”

“I know.”

“I won’t.” etc. etc. etc.

My thoughts were let’s just talk here. I have not talked to you for 2 months. Anyway we finally had a real conversation and he is well and happy. Finally got all his financial business taken care of and he was really happy to find out I was successful in acquiring his high school transcripts that he needs for reenlistment. I do not know but I think that is coming up soon.

Anyway the call was a great surprise and he also told me I would get another one real soon. So I’m guessing it will be a very Merry Christmas for this deployed Marine’s mommie!

This Little Light of Mine.

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on November 20, 2009 by juliannah

It has been ten days since I heard from LCpl Honda. Normally I would not worry too much but I need to communicate with him on some financial issues. I believe they are out of range for communications and I am sure they are involved in some intense training exercises. Still I need to talk to him.

My cellphone has a light that flashes everytime I get an email. So of course I practically lunge for the phone everytime I see it flash. This includes the middle of the night if I happen to be awake. Since Buddy needs to go outside quite frequently (small bladder) I check the little light several times a night.

When I am at work my phone is on vibrate so along with the flashing light my phone buzzes everytime I receive an email. I do not know how many co-workers I am driving crazy but I think they know better than to approach the deployed Marine’s mommie!

Even Corvette has gotten in on all the fun as when he sees the light before me he has taken to announcing, loudly, “Your phone is flashing!” What can I say. He is a deployed Marine’s daddy.

So it goes. We are living for the flashing light. Now if my dogs start bringing me the phone when it is flashing it is going to get scary.

I had an even scarier thought. What if I did not get email on my phone? I fear I would be walking around with my laptop strapped to my body!