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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Enough about the PCS already!!

I went crazy the last couple days, posting most of the footage from our PCS to Washington on my channel. I separated them as best I could but it turned out to be a whole lot of footage!! WOW!! I am happy that I was able to document it, as many people do not get a chance to see what goes on behind the scenes. It is very challenging to move with the military. People say it's easy, "I mean the Army pays for it so it has to be easy!!!" NO WAY!!
The countdown begins when you or your husband, depending on which is in the military, receives orders to a new duty station. In your brain you're already wondering what the next duty station is going to be like...if you are going to live onpost or offpost...if it is going to be a great place.
THEN IT HITS YOU!!! ANOTHER PCS or shall I say MOVE!!! Yes you now have to prepare for organizing, cleaning, scrubbing, spackling, painting, covering, hiding...sleeping, then cleaning again. If you live overseas and are moving back to the states, you have to think about getting rid of all your European Appliances, you can't take those with unless of course they are dual voltage. We sold most of ours or donated them.
I was determined to start early too!! You know get ahead on some things. YUP...as much as I tried...it didn't work!!
I did get rid of a lot of things, furniture that wasn't going to make it back the United States. Clothes I wasn't ever going to wear again....
Apparently, I didn't get rid of enough. According to the moving company, we went over on WEIGHT!!! HOW COULD THIS BE?? Well you can get a RE-WEIGH stateside...to determine if it is correct.
So what happened with all the footage and why am I annoyingly posting them all at the same time??? Well, my good computer is in our household goods and my husband's computer (3 years old) cannot format HD footage....from my handheld camera. I even tried downloading a newer version of the Windows Live Movie Maker...didn't work.
I used my Iphone to do updates and such but I truly miss my handheld camcorder!! So as we were in Washington (last week duh!) my HP Mini FROZE itself and it will not load!!! This meant no MICROSOFT WORD!!! My husband is in college and he NEEDS that program!! So he invested in another computer...and therefore I could now EDIT all my footage!! YAY!! So that is why they are all being posted now, BETTER LATE THAN NEVER, I hope!!! LOL!!
I enjoy making videos and try to inform as best as possible. A PCS is JAMMMMMM PACKED full of info...I didn't even cover half of went on...but if there are any questions...feel free to ask!!

PCS= Permanent Change of Station/New Military Post
I do like to move don't get me wrong, it is the PRE-MOVING stuff that I cannot stand. INSPECTION of our Gov't Quarters is what get's me so nervous!! I will talk about that in a later video...yeah video...a lot of what I don't say here on my blog will be posted on my channel...

http://www.youtube.com/user/SofiaAlejandra9

I will be back with my normal videos, SKITS, SPIELS, COOKING, THRIFTING, REVIEWS, and much more really soon!! Thank you so much for watching my YOUTUBE channel!!

Monday, February 20, 2012

Military Wives Surprise Me Yet Again!!!

"Why are Asians so mean at the commissary?"

I read a comment on a public forum that said this exact thing and a military spouse wrote it. Was I offended??? YES.
I am not Asian and I do not work at the commissary. The comment was referring to the Korean ladies who work at the commissary as baggers and only work for tips. Some wives believe that they are just plain ol' rude to them. Some wives even went ahead to agree and say that they didn't deserve tips. The one comment that stuck with me was, "I am not going to tip them if they can't speak English!"  SAY WHAT? QUE??
I believe that the post was offensive to begin with. Not many people understand that different ethnic groups have different customs, they act differently, are brought up differently, and adapt differently. Some people may seem rude but for them it may be completely normal.
From PERSONAL EXPERIENCE:
I've never experienced bad service from any of the baggers, I never assume they are Korean, Chinese, Japanese, Mexican, Caucasian or whatever...they are baggers who work for tips. One thing that I always do is start a small conversation with them, asking them how their day is going, talk about the weather. That is the polite thing to do. I always get a positive response. So let's assume they are Korean. SO WHAT??? They are working for tips and if they bag my groceries and load them in my car, they will get a tip. Not once have they thrown my groceries in the car. I have always been handed my bag with eggs and bread in it...so I am not sure what these women are talking about. People are usually rude if you are rude to them first. I don't think someone is going to throw your groceries in your car just for the hell of it. I could be wrong...
Some of the women made complaints that the Korean ladies would stare at their children if they were blond and blue eyed....READ UP ON YOUR CUSTOMS AND TRADITIONS PLEASE!! They are fascinated and not just by blond and blue eyed children, but by children in general. Family is the most important element in their lives and culture. If your child is small (0-6months old) and you are out in the rain with the baby, they will be sure to tell you that your child should be indoors kept warm away from the cold. They will tell you and it will come out rude because they speak directly and consider LESS IS MORE when they speak. Understanding a person's culture is really crucial in the military lifestyle because you as a military spouse are going to travel and be around different ethnic groups, unless of course you decide to stay home while your hubby moves overseas. Even then the United States is a melting pot of different customs and traditions.
My husband was stationed in Belgium for three years at SHAPE NATO, where more than 26 different countries were represented there. Italian, Turkish, Spanish, American, French, Romanian, German, Great Britain, Lithuanian, and MORE!!! That meant studying a little bit of customs and traditions. I went to dinners and sat at tables with other nationalities. IT WAS IMPORTANT to know at least the NOT WHAT TO DO's. You don't want to seem uneducated and trust me if you do something completely rude or out of the ordinary, you may hear about it later. I am by no means ever going to play the "WELL I AM AMERICAN, I DON'T NEED TO KNOW ALL THAT."
I take pride in learning about customs and traditions. I take pride in being open-minded. I take pride in representing my country. I am not a soldier but I am a spouse of a soldier and I am proud of it.
But most of all, I am an immigrant's daughter and I am proud of it.
My father was born and raised in Mexico. He was a migrant worker and that is how he met my mother when he was 20 years old. My mother was born in Texas and raised in Mexico so the Mexican traditions practiced in my mother and father's home will carry on to my household. I may tweak some but overall I am proud of the customs and traditions I grew up with. Some people say that MEXICANS are LAZY and I laugh every time. EACH race has a stereotype...I don't like to stereotype any race because each individual is different. Will I make fun of my culture sometimes?? Yes because I can find humor in it, but for another person to make a generalization like that and not expect a NEGATIVE RESPONSE, is ridiculous.
Some people post things because they believe that the majority will agree. Unfortunately in this case, the majority did agree!! I was not that majority. I believe in standing up for others, even if they are a different ethnicity than me. When one race talks about another race like that...it is offensive. There were no Koreans online at the time but I still felt the need to defend them because I have been a minority before and knows how it feels to be placed in a stereotype. I defended them because they are people too.  A lot of the comments were very ignorant and I accept that some people just haven't learned or were brought up a certain way....what really got me was the younger generation because their views traced back to slavery times, RIDICULOUS!! Commissary baggers are not your servants, yes they perform a service for a tip, but they are not servants.
I am sort of glad that some of the wives finally unleashed their true colors because it helped me weed out the ones I will be staying away from...they are often the ones who complain that they don't have friends to hang out with...hmmmmm I wonder why?? You live in a box.

Sorry there have been so many rants lately but I am just so stunned sometimes at how some women believe it is acceptable to act a certain way on a public forum, a military spouse forum, with names and faces, and think that no one will ever find out that they made rude comments. KARMA.

The group was changed from OPEN to CLOSED as of one day ago. I wonder why??? Truthfully I was hoping that the post would have been deleted right when it was posted and it took over 200 plus comments for that to happen. Maybe it was because a person who was KOREAN saw it and made a statement. I am disappointed ladies...this is not how I like to be represented!!
RESPECT EACH OTHER.

SOLUTION LADIES: Do what my husband and I do at the commissary, group your groceries by category on the belt and you will sure have items bagged the way you want them. Put a little work into something and receive what you want in the end. No complaints and the bagger gets a tip.... both parties win.

"They should learn English before they work in the United States." 

This one makes me laugh. Many foreigners know how to speak English properly, sometimes more properly than those born and raised in this country. Most of them can even use grammar correctly. I often make mistakes, forget to use commas and such. I can't criticize others.  Some of the ladies on there can't spell or use grammar correctly. The person who stated that Koreans should learn English wrote: "well koreans should learn english, o well!"



English is a tough language to learn even for us who live here:

http://www.xamuel.com/10-reasons-why-english-is-hard-language/

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I haven't been writing about my home business because I was taking a break from it since I was in the process of moving. Since we are somewhat settled in, not quite, no household goods yet...I have decided to start back up on my business. I started spreading the word!!! I ordered business cards and everything!!
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Along with business cards, I have scheduled my first expo here at Ft.Lewis, WA. It is this coming Saturday and I am super nervous! All week I will be getting ready for it, making sure I will have my display down pat with all the information everyone needs!! I did come down with a bug so I am pumping myself up with extra Shakeology this week! That will sure give me the energy.
People ask me why I started Team Beachbody and all I can say right now is that I believe in their products. I was struggling to lose those extra pounds, you know the ones that are stuck in your thighs and in your love handles...yup those! I managed to lose inches and pounds in just three weeks with Turbo Fire, and with drinking Shakeology, I have maintained my weight! Not bad. I don't like raving or giving a positive review on anything that I don't believe in. I have to try it for myself and if it works, I will tell you it works! BUT YOU, really have to want it! I can sell you workout DVDs and shakeology all day, but if you don't take the initiative to get up and workout, you won't see results. Plain and simple.


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Sunday, February 19, 2012

In SICKNESS or in Health...

My favorite nite time Cold Medicine!!
The vow holds true in our marriage and with sickness in our household right now my husband has been spoiling us!! My husband refuses to ever stay home from work when he is sick. He refuses to ever go to SICK CALL. Sick Call= Where a soldier visits a doctor so he can receive quarters or a day off. He says it doesn't exist in his job. I don't know if that is true but I believe pride plays a huge part in it. In basic training he had his wisdom teeth pulled and showed up for PT the next day bleeding out of his mouth, I think that would have to be the only time he was forced to take quarters...lol!!
When I get sick, I GET SICK. I can honestly say that I haven't had a cold in a long time but since I mentioned to my husband the other day, "that's weird I haven't been sick in a while and you're never sick." My brain triggered a weird thing I call, sympathy pains or sickness. That is what I have. I SWEAR TO YOU, everytime I feel bad for someone who has a cold, I will get a cold. I hope someone can scientifically prove that this happens. I will be the test subject. My two boys were sick yesterday as well and were laying around all day with fevers. I have learned to not freak out anymore when they have fevers, because before I would always have my husband take them to the ER. I am a worry worm!
So yesterday morning my husband brought home some goodies, ingredients for strawberry short cake!! He bought me a Valentine's bear and a rose with his recorded message in it, two pajamas, flowers, a television (we have been without one since we moved in) and a dvd player. He rented Breaking Dawn Part 1 and Real Steel. HE IS THE BEST WHEN I AM SICK. I will say that over and over. I never ask to be spoiled like this, in fact I thought it was sweet that Valentine's came later because that was a HUGE surprise!! (The sales help too!! lol)
Last night, my husband set up our air mattresses in our den in front of our gas fireplace, all four of us laid out watching movies and eating popcorn. I love these kinds of days the most. Everyone together in one place having a great time. Of course if we hadn't all been sick, it would have been better but just to know that my husband will move the moon, stars and earth to make me feel comfortable as possible, makes me love him even more. He does so much for us to make us feel at home.
This morning I felt worse. I slept in and my husband got the boys ready and headed to the commissary and the PX. He set me up first, with a computer, my phone, my phone charger, nyquil, tylenol, powerade, a roll of TP(we don't have kleenex), a book, some seeds to plant flowers (no idea why!), and lots of pillows and blankets.  IS HE SPOILED? Of course!! I will do anything for him as well!!
You won't find me complaining about my husband on public forums, why, well mostly because I don't have any complaints. Sure we have some issues but they are so minor and I sure as hell will not share those over a public forum, we are private in that way with our relationship. It saddens me to see posts from some wives stating that their husbands are a-holes or jerks and blast it everywhere for the world to see. I say many things about my husband in a positive light because after all that is how he is. He does so much for me and our family and is a very giving man. I don't complain about small things like if he leaves his shirt on the ground every now and then, secretly I enjoy it because his cologne is on it and I like to smell it the day after. IS THAT WEIRD?? Nope. LOL!
My husband and I never had an official wedding, we were married by the justice of the peace. Even though, VOWS mean everything to us although we never recited them to eachother. We are aware there are VOWS and we spoke about them before we decided to get married. Of course it wasn't a vow that he has to spoil me when I am sick, but taking care of eachother is important to us. I LOVE that he takes the boys without any complaints, no "ifs ands or buts" at all!! He just does. I hope to see it in many marriages.
Often hanging out with friends in a group setting, I find myself shutting up about my marriage because I can't agree with some of the other husband's actions. I feel bad if I say, my husband doesn't do that, he does this. I often get well you're lucky Sofia that your hubby does all that. I don't really think it is LUCK, I think it is speaking about your expectations, wants, dreams and desires before you marry. Yes I do feel lucky, but I give, receive, and give back. I am not going to treat him like crap and expect to be treated well. It doesn't work like that. SORRY this has turned into a RAMBLED discussion but I had to get it all out there...ANY MORE BLOGS ABOUT MARRIAGE, just comment below!!

SO THE POINT OF THIS WAS:

When I am sick my hubby is there. If he is at work, he will gladly check up on me to see if I need anything. I appreciate him everyday we are together and apart, even when he is working on his car in the garage. I will do the same for him. I wouldn't have it any other way.

If you have a complaint about the hubby, private message your best friend, sister, mother and talk to them about it. Please do not put it on blast because the majority of women will say, oh yeah he is a JERK, why would he do that??? But I always take it as there are two sides to every story and the next day you may not feel that way and feel bad that you called him names on a public forum. I sure as hell would feel bad.
Love each other. xoxoxoxo Sofia

Saturday, February 18, 2012

I got an M16!!

I could have went with the Bomber but instead my husband went with the M16!! Yeah I bet you're wondering what the heck I am talking about!! Well I am talking sandwiches. On post if you order a sandwich from the Commissary Deli, they are named based on military weapons, terms or vocabulary, I think Subway should do this too! In fact I don't go to Subway anymore because the sandwiches at the Deli are so much larger and 1/2 the price!! Overseas Chris and I used to order 6 inch sandwiches and they were so filling!! I miss them so much. They didn't have any cool names though. Yesterday my husband had CQ (such a military wife thing to say)...stay tuned for that video!!
CQ? Well that is basically where a soldier goes to guard at a barracks...guard. lol. They sit at a desk and checks out who comes in and out at the barracks. It is a duty some soldiers have to do. Comes with the job!
So Chris was at CQ and he had a quick break to go and get some sandwiches, so he comes back to the car and says, I bought you an M16!! SAY WHAT?? Ok so I knew it couldn't have been a real weapon, although they do sell guns on post!!

There was also another half to this sandwich!!
It was a sandwich: Wheat bread, 12 inches (you can feed two adults for only $7.69), Provolone Cheese, Pepperoni, Salami and Ham. With whatever other toppings I love....banana peppers, pickles, and the list goes on. When I first met Chris he was stationed in Ft.Carson, Colorado and he lived off post so I never had a reason to go on post. This was the first time I had heard that the sandwiches were named like this!! I think it is neat...some people may think it's lame. I felt the need to share!! I learn something new every once and a while and still some things intrigue me.

Say What??
With so much terminology in the military I am not surprised that some people forget what acronyms are..I get tongue twisted a lot when trying to repeat acronyms...I mean there is CYS, ACS, DEERS, BAH, OCONUS, CQ, and many more! ACS itself has 20 or more different meanings!! What the heck! There are websites created just to find out the meaning of acronyms I will list some down below:
http://www.fas.org/news/reference/lexicon/aca.htm

http://www.dtic.mil/doctrine/dod_dictionary/

http://www.militaryacronyms.net/

Just to be a smartie pants I think I am going to start talking to my husband in acronyms!! He actually gets very annoyed at how many there are. A question for my military spouses, have you ever picked up one of your husband's training manuals and actually read it?? I am guilty. I have and seriously those are JAM packed with information!! I think I actually know the correct procedure to clear out a room. You know in case of an emergency!! Wait, am I even supposed to be looking at that...don't tell anyone!!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

The Plane Ride Home

Hello Everyone!! I am so sorry I have been completely missing from my blog, things have been quite hectic since we arrived in WA!! Yeah we are here now. I want to talk a little about the few plane rides home and how they went....
I am always a worry worm when it comes to riding planes, but I will deny it if anyone asks...I will simply tell them, "oh yeah I love to fly!" I get nervous!! Anxiety, headaches, and I cannot and will not sleep the entire night before. Let's rewind and talk about Brussels, Belgium. That was our original flight out straight to Chicago....and we had about 11 pieces of luggage with us, two car seats, a stroller and our dog Dexter. OOPS, two little boys as well!! The night before our flight out of Brussels, I told Chris (the hubby) that the flight may get cancelled since the weather in Chicago was supposed to be snowy and icy. Oh yeah did I fail to mention that the hotel shuttle to Brussels from lodging was going to cost $120.00! That was an hour drive so understandable...but whatever happened to someone in your unit volunteering to take you to the airport? That doesn't exist anymore...or maybe it does just not in Belgium. Luckily our wonderful friend Andrew volunteered to take us to the airport (so it does exist!!) and I was able to ride in the back of a police car!! Awesome!! I wasn't under arrest, I promise.
We made it to the airport on time, and that is a BIG DEAL, especially for my family because we are ALWAYS LATE, even if a party or dinner is at a neighbor's house. So this time we were extra early and so relieved that we had the time to relax and breathe!
That didn't last long...
We walked up to our line with both carts of luggage and our two little ones and that was a challenge...and the guy said, "where are you flying to?" And we said "Chicago" in our happy voices..."well" he said..."your flight is cancelled."   WHAT???!! In my mind I was repeating every curse word imaginable. We were on a roll and then that happens. So it wasn't the snow...it was a mechanical problem. All the anxiety I had worked on getting rid of, came back in a hurry.
We were re-routed to Frankfurt, Germany...and the plane was going to leave in 45 min!! It was GO, GO, GO time. The lady with Luthfansa Airlines was so annoyed at our luggage because she had never seen so much!! She didn't understand military orders either and that made it so much more complicated. Luckily we only paid for the dog to travel...and cheaper than United Airlines!!
We made it through security, running!! We were the last ones to board and hardly anyone was on the plane. Our flight was only 45 min with a 3 hour layover..that meant we were going to be late a couple hours into Chicago...but how would I get ahold of my mom??
That was a challenge and even with a credit card they wouldn't transfer a call. I was hoping for the best...thinking that my mom would ask for information at the desk in case we were late and she sure did!! She said she wasn't going anywhere until I arrived at the airport. I love my mom.
The two kids....well....it was a challenge!! They used to be the most amazing kids when traveling...but this time around was different. Everything that could have gone wrong...did. Our seats were separated too so neither one of us could sleep, we each had one child. We tried to entertain them with a portable dvd player, books and toys. It didn't work...some mommies have told me to give them Benadryl but I can't.
We arrived in Chicago and it was SNOWING!! The first big snow of the season. It was bad! But I felt good to be home!!! We stayed for two weeks but I will talk more about that later...
The last plane ride from Chicago to Washington State was really not that bad...4 hours and a little turbulence. I was NERVOUS and sad because I had so much fun at my parent's house. Nervous because we were going to this new duty station completely BLIND. No phone calls or emails from anyone in the unit. Chris didn't know who he belonged to and I was nervous inside. Oh and we had to meet our new property managers two hours after landing...MORE in the next blog!!


<------- Who can resist these faces?? Don't let them fool you!! At the Chicago O'Hare Airport...