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Thursday, March 26, 2009

Not sure where to start on this. I have almost finished the first week back at school after spring break and am feeling I am going into brain overload! (Spring break wasn't a break for me; I went to a weeklong phase of a sergeant school to work towards my promotion...and ended up spending the plane rides and evenings studying for both schools. I did complete it as part of the top 20% of the class too.) Only 7 more weeks left of this semester after tomorrow, but am not sure what is going on with me. I have extra homework to get done because of more military obligations that will take me out of class most of next week also. Plus I'm trying to workout considering I have a physical fitness test April 11th. I'm the Detachment Sergeant (basically like a First Sergeant) for my unit and can't allow myself to fail. I like to set the example for my soldiers.

I am getting even more stressed/discouraged with housework quickly accumulating and being neglected a bit. I don't know which subject I should be studying more, whether I should be at the gym working out, spending time with Brad (he's being a saint with this), or taking time to get the house together, or focusing on issues with my unit/soldiers/military career. This isn't even scratching worrying about getting fired from my part-time waitressing job for all the time I have had to take off lately for my military obligations.


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DDOORN 3/27/2009 8:02AM

    Housekeeping should be LOW on your list of priorities as you should be having OODLES of support from your partner during such times...speak up for yourself! You need relief YESTERDAY! :-)


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CBSPECIAL 3/27/2009 7:33AM

    I think it's harder on Reservist because they seem to have more to juggle and being a detachment sergeant is not easy! I can remember working full time, getting my masters degree and doing all the things I needed to do for my military career (reserve, but you still have to do the same things to be prepared as active duty, physical fitness, professional development courses, prep for deployments, etc). You will get thru this and when you do, take and do something nice for yourself!

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GMACAMI 3/26/2009 10:47PM

    If Brad is a saint, ask him if he would mind filling in as chief cook and bottle washer for the next few weeks so you can concentrate on the other things you have listed. I would think that he wouldn't mind if you ask him to fill in for just 7 weeks. And if he does mind, then you need to set priorities and decide what gets done and what doesn't and what doesn't- don't fret about it. There are only 24 hours in a day and as much as you try, you are not superman (gender not specific).


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Ever feel like a referree???

Monday, February 23, 2009

Ok, mostly the military folk will understand this. I have a junior enlisted driving me crazy!!! I am the acting 1SG for my unit and this Specialist keeps putting me in the role of referree. First it was a guy she dated in the unit that she said kept harrassing her with phone calls after she broke up with him and went off and married some other guy. Now she sent an email to a non-participating soldier threatening to send her to jail for not showing up to drills. (Not the SPC's department anyway to be doing.)


Sorry, needed to let that out. (But yes, I did give the Specialist's Squad Leader permission and actually an order to write her up for her actions.) I can't keep a cohesive team if I have someone like her flying off the handle like that to the other enlisted.


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CASSAGC 2/24/2009 5:28PM

    I completely understand where you're coming from. As a section commander for three years I've experienced several similar situations. I just try to think of them as excitement for the day.

Good on you for taking control of the situation. Hopefully the specialist straightens up when she receives paperwork on her actions. emoticon

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CBSPECIAL 2/24/2009 8:30AM

    Been there, done that! Some people just like to create drama!

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Disgusted at fellow students

Friday, February 06, 2009

I am in a medical assisting program and have been an Army Medic/EMT for about 10 years now. Well, in one of my MA classes we are being evaluated on performing CPR. On a break today, most of the girls were saying how useless that training is and that they might call 911, but never do the CPR themselves. THEY'RE GOING INTO THE MEDICAL FIELD!!! Sorry, but this is disgusting, very lousy, and very scary! I know most of them don't care to learn more than what they need to know to pass tests, but eventually they may be a contributing factor to someone living or dying. Had to vent a bit about this and don't know whether I should talk with the instructor. I wouldn't want these women to have to assist physicians I am seeing.

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CBSPECIAL 2/7/2009 10:45AM

    They may say that, but what if it was one of their loved ones! It is scary - why would they want to go into that field if they don't really want to help anyone! You have to do what you feel comfortable doing!

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Update on Diet

Monday, February 02, 2009

Ok, I know that I haven't been dieting for very long but have already dropped some pounds and inches and am already noticing a lot more energy throughout the day! Had to share, I'm pretty excited about the progress so far and want to keep it up!


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CBSPECIAL 2/3/2009 8:29AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon keep up the good work!

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1st "Real" Diet Attempt

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Ok, I'm not too dissatisfied with myself but I know I need to lose a little weight, especially with being a soldier. (I keep telling my unit's weight control officer that it's not polite to ask a woman her weight or be critical about it. LOL!!!) I am not into the diets that tell you to completely eliminate this or that from my diet so I chose to try the Flat Belly Diet from Prevention. Hopefully I will succeed with steady and safe results. I am kinda excited about it and am seeing it as a challenge. Being a soldier, I am not big on failure. Well, wish me luck and I'll try to post more on yeas and naes about it.

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CBSPECIAL 1/29/2009 10:34AM

    Good Luck, hope it works for you and will be watching to see how it goes!

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