Merry Christmas, Welcome To Iraq

Well, we’re here. I’m sharing a chu (containerized housing unit) with my husband, there’s hot showers and real toilets, what else could a girl want in a combat zone. No internet, however, so blog posts will be somewhat more sporadic for a few weeks...

A fun escape

So, the other day in my shop we were scrounging for a power cable to a VoiP phone. We managed to find one down at Arifjan, a two hour drive away. I told the boss that Scott was heading to Ali Al Saleem and I could ask him if he could scoot a little further down the...

My Muse is On Strike

So I was going for the gold with Saving Trent. I was on a roll. On the flight back to Texas, I wrote 5000 words and was on track to keep right on going until the end. And now? Nothing. Okay, not really nothing. I’ve written about 800 words this week, when I...

1 Week Down, 51 To Go

So the first week has given new meaning to the phrase Hurry Up and Wait. Troops are arriving and training is underway. All in all, I give the training camp here in Kuwait a thumbs up so far. They have a lot of soldiers to deal with here and they’re only here for...

Let’s talk about the S-word

No, not THAT s-word. Stress. Too many folks over here are already starting to show signs of breaking down. It’s day 5. One thing I’ve learned from my husband’s two previous tours over here is that a year in Iraq is a marathon, not a sprint. If you...

Made it!

Made it safe and sound to Kuwait. Did a little work today, but the major grind starts tomorrow. Pretty jetlagged but can’t seem to get used to sleeping. It’s just like being at NTC, as far as the sand and the 5 minute combat showers, so all in all,...

The Packing Is Done

So tomorrow is the big day. I’m off, the packing it done (okay 80% but pretty dang close) for the most part and all that’s left to do is get up and go. And I won’t say that I’m not nervous. This isn’t a training exercise, it’s real....

oovoo my friend

So, I’ve discovered a handy little thing to help me keep in touch with the kids. Oovoo. It’s video teleconferencing via the web and it’s FREE. You can download it here. The big plus was that it only takes two steps for my computer illiterate (I mean...

Home for a minute

So the leaving is over, at least for now. Nothing can describe the feeling of having your four year old look at you and ask why your sad and then having to explain that you’ll be gone for a while. But she’s a smart kid. She said, “But you’ll...