1. I want Hudson to stop chewing everything up and crying/rattling his crate door trying to escape at 3:30AM, 4:30AM and 6AM. We’re a good family to him. Why can’t he just be happy and non-destructive?

2. I have a hankering for pumpkin chocolate chip bread. Anyone have any good recipes?

3. I wish I had some vacation time coming up; I need a break.

4. I hope we sell more Holiday web packages. The more we sell, the bigger my 2011 bonus will be. And I could really use that to pay down my student loan. Mush! Mush!

5. I wonder if my parents will come to visit us before Christmas. I miss them and I really want to meet their new puppy, Gracie.


1. A word that always makes me laugh is chortle.

2. If you looked in my refrigerator right now, the oldest thing you’d find would be an old piece of cake.

3. If I were written about in the newspaper today, on the front page, the headline would say: Woman Almost Kills Her Dogs Over Knitting Nightmare.

Knitting bag was taken into the yard; scarf, yarn, needles, book and Vera Bradley bag destroyed.

4. The last movie I saw was The Bourne Identity. 

5. The best thing that happened to me in the last few weeks was the new IOS 5 update for my iPhone 4.


1. My plans for this weekend include laundry, but what I’d really like to do is throw out all of my dirty clothes and go shopping for new clothes.

2. I consider the Labor Day holiday a really nice break from work, but not labor (see above).

3. My favorite meal for cookouts is a brat on a bun with spicy brown mustard, a baked potato with sour cream, butter and cheese and a beer, but my scale wouldn’t agree with that choice. 

4. So far, my favorite part of summer has been our new patio set that we got so we can sit and have dinner outside (even though we’ve only done it a handful of times due to mosquitos). 

5. When it comes to deployments, my philosophy is (isn’t it obvious)- keep calm and soldier on.