Sunday, November 29, 2009

Country Roads Take Me Home

This 4 day Thanksgiving weekend has been great. We spent Thanksgiving with Corey's mom, Pamela, at her house in PA. I made dessert and she made pretty much everything else :) It was so good though and I dread the year I have to actually make a turkey. We left the next day for West Virginia to the WVU vs. Pitt rivalry game. We got tickets through Pitt and had to sit in their section so we cheered for Pitt even though we secretly wanted to cheer for West Virginia 'cause they were rowdy and had lots of cool cheers for first downs and touchdowns.
We encountered our first snow storm of the season on the way there and it was freezing! I lasted until the third quarter before I became really uncomfortable. Corey said that the harsher the weather conditions, the cooler the game is...he's a little more hard core than me. The game was really fun though and WVU scored the final 3 points in the last 3.2 seconds of the game for the win and as the crowd stormed the field they played Country Roads by John Denver and the whole stadium sang along. It was really cool. After the calming sounds of John Denver we were quickly reminded that we were in total hickville when all the WVU fans started chanting, "Eat sh!t Pitt, eat sh!t Pitt!" and waving unpleasant hand gestures at us. Luckily we were not hit with any beer bottles or by any fans.
Yesterday we went up to Pottsville, PA to the country's oldest brewery, the Yuengling factory. We took a tour and saw the city. It was pretty cool and not what I expected. It's very small but really interesting. I had never heard of Yuengling 'cause it's only sold in a few eastern states. We couldn't figure out how the oldest brewery in the country hasn't been able to reach states like Ohio or Michigan or any of the cold states where all they do is drink beer. Weird.
We are finally home to clean up the house and get ready for a 5 day work week. It always seems so hard to work that many consecutive days when you've had a few weeks with only 3 or 4. Plus, it's really hard for a lazy person to comprehend the need for a 5 day work week.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Veteran's Day

I would like to thank all the men and women who served in the military and their families. I feel bad that I never realized the sacrifice that so many people made until I joined the Air Force. I guess life is so easy in America that you don't always realize how hard it was for some people to get that for us. Freedom is one of the greatest things we have and nothing is special or valuable unless it was fought for.
My sweet, perfect husband is obviously my favorite veteran and he's off on an Army training in PA for 2 weeks so he's not here to stop me from writing about him :) Corey joined the Army when he was 17 and joined the infantry despite his mom and dad advising against it. They were both in the Army and did not want their son risking his life like that. Since he was a dumb teenager he signed up anyway and he deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq. He got to shoot terrorists and play with guns and grenades and all the things boy dream of so he was pretty happy about all of it. However, he was hit by an IED in Iraq and was sent back to the states to recover. He was hit in the side of his neck and nearly died but thanks to his medic and a lot of skilled surgeons he survived and still serves his country despite all that. Lucky for me he reclassed into the medical field and we met at school in Texas. His code name was 'War Hero' so my friend and I could talk about how hot he was without anyone knowing.
Corey is so brave and a tough MFer. His Army training still comes in handy like when we have creepy people on our porch staring into our home. He also helped me improve my shooting skills and thanks to him I qualified as Expert on the M16 yesterday!
I'm so grateful to all the people who have served in the military and have sacrificed for our country. There is a lot at stake and so many people willingly give up time with their families, their safety and their lives. My brother, 2 cousins, husband, father-in-law, mother-in-law, both grandpa's and so many friends have all done this and I'm so proud of them and so grateful to them.
So go hug a veteran and thank them for helping keep us free from living like Iraqi's or African's. Our country isn't perfect but at least it's not okay for men to beat their wives or for the military to kidnap and rape whoever they want. If you want to learn a little about what's going on in the political world, Corey has a new blog. He's very smart and teaches me everything I know about politics.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Halloween Weekend

Not to brag, but I won 1st place at a costume party last weekend. How? Easy. Texas Hold 'Em!!!

Sunday we went up to PA for Grandpa Ansel's 80th birthday! We had so much fun and it was a great party. We stopped at the Catoctin Mountain Orchard on the way up to get dessert for the party and we got the best peach praline pie I've ever had. I can't stop thinking about it. Check out their cool pumpkin patch. And my cool face cut out :) I love those things!