Friday, May 30, 2014

hurry up hurry up hurry up and WAIT

i thought I would be updating y'all in june
we got orders!!! 

ken will be making his way to 
come early next year
since this is a remote
meaning he will be going alone
to sit on the big ol' ice cube
emerson and i
we wait
approximately 120 days from our deros
(ie sometime between august and september)
to find where we are going
hurry up 
hurry up
hurry up 

so while we wait
i googled some fun facts about greenland
the average daily tempature
−8 to 7 °C (18 to 45 °F)


that is where i stopped


love love 
from aviano


Tuesday, May 27, 2014

milano in a day

this past easter weekend we went to milan!
i was so excited because it was one city in italy 
i didn't see twelve years ago when i visited as a high school senior 
is it possible to go to milan in one day?
but i highly recommend more than one
let's be honest
you need at least a day to shop
we took the train to milan
it's an easy train ride from aviano 
and the most gorgeous site welcomes you when you get off the train

the train station itself!
it is gorgeous
the prettiest train station i've been in so far!
when you exited the train station 
another gorgeous site 
welcomes you
the duomo
the duomo is a key building in milan
it is the fifth largest duomo's in europe
the seat to the archbishop of Milan
 i could write a short paper on the importance of it 
i encourage you to 
but know this
do not miss it!
go inside because inside you will find
 some of the prettiest stain glass i've ever seen
it is at moments like this that i wish i was a better photographer
another look
but i can not take pictures
so to tease you more
**travel tip: while entering the duomo is free
 it cost two euro to take pictures inside the duomo! 
you pay at the booth that greets you when entering**

next to the duomo is the infamous 
aka "the mall" 

where prada and louis are neighbors
swarovski lives across the street
it really is a wonderful world
while in milan 
you must see 
leonardo da vinchi's 
"last supper"
the "last supper" is hidden inside
the ordinary looking church 
in the
refectory of the Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie 
i was expecting an extremely small painting
similar to the mona lisa
"the last supper"
does not disappoint
it is an extremely large painting
while the tour is brief
(you only get 15 minutes to look at the painting, 
seriously only 15, 
they will kick you out)
the painting is stunning
don't forget to take in
Giovanni Donato da Montorfano 
"The Crucifixion"

more information about "the last supper" can be found

finally we stopped at 

the castle is extremely impressive
it is almost all intact
covers a mass amount of ground

by the time we arrived at the castle
we had a very tired toddler
so we 
didn't venture on the tour
(again why you should do milan in two days not one) 

other highlights of milan
Monte Bloc Gourmet writes a great blog piece about chocolate in milan
read it 
and of course buy some chocolate!!

throughout milan there were wonderful statues and art pieces
below are a few we found
most of the following pictures are straight from my iphone 
so i apologize for quality
since i was totting a toddler i only saw bits and pieces
in between goldfish and juice boxes 
i know very little about what i saw
except it was appeasing to the eye

and finally
the coolest way to order at a mcdonalds yet
 we had never seen something like this before
call us sheltered
but we were thoroughly entertained
such technology

milan was doable in a day 
i recommend
two days
especially if you have a kiddo in tow!

it is a gorgeous city
a perfect combination of
art, history, and modern

love love 
from aviano


Monday, May 26, 2014

around my mind in 80 days

in eighty days we will know where we will be come this time next year
while a lot can happen in eighty days 
one thing is for sure
we will have a rip in eighty days to somewhere
how does a planner
like myself deal with the unknown
honestly not very well...
i make up picture collages of what our 'listing' looked like
so without further adieu 
here is where we may be this time next year 
the af likes to keep things pretty specific.....
our first 'notification' may come as early as middle june
if we don't hear anything then
our next 'notification' 
will be the middle of august.

any guesses where we may end up?

  so for now my mind will travel between 
united kingdom, 
colorado springs, 
san antonio, 
and the entire lower forty eight 
playing the "what if we live here" game 
oh and let us not forget the curveball of a remote...
(oy vey)

love love 
from aviano

Saturday, May 24, 2014

tre anni

we've been in aviano for
three years
tre anni
if you wan to learn italian
while the little one was doing a rare thing called 
i reread my blog
it's been a fantastic three years
i've failed miserably at blogging in 2013
i was having way too much fun
here are the highlights
in pictures

we celebrated a very special birthday!
and ate lots of cake!
 in march we learned to make knives at the maniago knife museum

in april...
we got to punch daddy!
then in May we went to 


 and our first time at the beach!
 we swam a lot 
and in June
mommy and i got dressed up
went to Jenny and Jesse's wedding in Oklahoma!
we came back to Aviano in July
 went to 
then in September we went

 Lake Bled

Munich for Oktoberfest
 and then
Newuschwanstein Castle 
In November we went to
Villach's Christkindle Market

and December was so much fun!

we went to Disney World

I got a lot of 
 Braum's ice cream!!
 From the pictures you can see we traveled a lot in 2013!!

and enjoyed every minute of it!!

love love 
from aviano!


Friday, May 23, 2014

surviving facebook, overseas, and the military

I was one of the original Facebookers.... you know the ones who joined when you had to have a university email address... yep that's me.... (I understand I am dating myself) but knowing that you will understand the following post.

Facebook means something totally different to me than it did in college.  When you HAD to have a university email address Facebook was way to be a part of the "cool club". It was a way to proclaim "YES I attend college!!"  Facebook has since evolved..... and boy have I had to "catch up with the times".  After college I rarely got on Facebook. In fact during college I didn't get on Facebook often. I mean I didn't have an iPhone (they really weren't around then, again dating myself) and my blackberry didn't have a Facebook app (yes, I proudly sported a blackberry that I really had no need for).  Fastfoward a  few years (you can do the math based on the few timeline clues I have left you) and a different lifestyle than college.  I am now living this life known as a "Military wife" and man oh man... Facebook is something else! It's can become a breeding ground for drama, instability, and pure evil. I figured to make life easier for future military wives, I would comply a list of 5 ways to survive Facebook, living overseas, and the military.

1. Join the spouse page/group but rarely post! troll troll troll.......

Every base has a spouse page/group. Some have multiples.  Heck, at the base I am at, there is a group if you are left handed or have a mole over your right cheek.... just kidding, but there is seriously a group for EVERYTHING! Join the group. Utilize the little search icon and search your questions.... DO NOT POST!!! Well I mean you can post but more than likely you will get 100 different answers or 100 of the same answers or somebody saying please refer to the post made three days ago about topic x.

See that nice highlighted magnify glass... Utilize that!!!! And of course troll the page, because frankly if you are overseas, TV entertainment is limited to AFN and this will bring you more laughs and "oh mys" than any Real Houswives episode.

2. You DO NOT have to be friends with everyone in the squadron

Seriously folks it isn't necessary to send out friends requests with everyone you meet on base! You MAY learn you don't want to be their "friend" then defriending becomes awkward. Privacy is a thing of the past these days so protect what little is left!!!

Get to know the base, give out your phone number, email address, anything but take time to get to know people before you start clicking that "add friend" button!! 

3. You DO NOT have to be friends with the Active Duty Members in your sponsors squadron! 

This is something that baffles me ALL THE TIME!!! Ok, so I understand you want to be friends with the spouse because that means you get invited to all the 31, Pampered Chef, Mary Kay, etc parties BUT why do you feel the need to be friends with the Active Duty member? The military was founded on the lines of respect, rank, etc.... I feel (again this is my opinion, it is my blog) that these lines have become so cloudy and mucky! Is it so hard now a days to keep work and friends separate?  I can almost guarantee you that if the spouse posts pictures or a status update she/he will tag the Active Duty member in the post so there really isn't' a need to be friends with EVERYONE! And then this gets back to what if you really DON'T want to know what's going on in someone's marriage and you are friends with both.... again defriending = awkward situation! There is NO need for me to be friends with any active duty member in my husband's squadron.  He's friends with them so if I need to get a hold of someone, I ask him too.  I get so tired of military talk anyway, I don't want to see it on my newsfeed... but again, maybe that's just me.

4. People are CRUEL! They WILL use Facebook against you.
There are some people out there that are just plain mean and Facebook doesn't have a "mean detector" unfortunately.  Mean people take screen shots and send to people that have no business seeing screenshots.  We all "air our dirty laundry" at some point or another on Facebook. It's easy to do and it's instant. We LOVE instant gratification BUT people DO NOT know how to keep their nose in their own business!!! 

TRUST ME FOLKS!!! This reverts back to the whole watch who you are friends with business.

5.  Restricted Profile, Lists, Blocking= HALLELUIAH!!! 
 Ok, so you made a bad choice in accepting or requesting a friend and you do not want to go through that awkward phase of defriending because well you didn't listen to number 2 or 3 and befriended your sponsor supervisor and supervisor's wife. Well, folks, facebook has answered another one of our cries for help!! Learn to use restricted profile! You still "appear as friends" but they have limited access to your posts! If you are REALLY daring organize your friends into "lists" and only allow certain "lists" to see certain posts. BUT remember whose on these lists because you could post something on the wrong "lists" (I prefer restricted profile, simpler, and I don't have to remember anything). The of course if there is that one "friend" that just won't leave you alone (we all have met him/her) you can defriend then block! This is a little extreme, but trust me folks, sometimes it has to be utilized!!

Facebook can be GREAT!! I love the fact that I can stay in touch with my college and high school friends back home (the cool club that had Facebook when only university email address holders could get it) and that I can stay in touch with my parents, grandparents, cousins, etc.  I post too many pictures of my daughter, too many surveys, and too many news articles.  Facebook, overall has been good to me, BUT Facebook has also taught me a lot about what society is turning or has turned into.  If you delay friend requests, you may actually sit down and TALK to people, enjoy coffee, get to KNOW the person from their mouth, not simply from there 50 plus photo albums on Facebook. For those future military spouses or current military spouses, seriously the cheesy AFN commercial is our reality.  Safeguard your privacy! Very little is left in today's society!!  And enjoy being "old school" and MAKING friends by conversation, not just clicking "add friend".

Now I must go enjoy a glass of wine and troll our spouse page because frankly nothing is on AFN right now!!

Love Love from Aviano!