navygreen: (Yellow ribbon)
1. "Aren't you afraid that he'll be killed?"
(This one ranks in at number one on the "duh" list. Of course we're afraid. We're terrified. The thought always lingers at the backs of our minds - but thanks, Brilliant, you just brought it back to the front. Maybe next you can go ask someone with cancer if they're scared of dying.)

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navygreen: (Philip - desert camou)
You can tell that af_cop Philip has been away from home for a good, long while.

How?

He's not used to my calling for him down the hall anymore. He completely tunes it out. I have always done this, however, and I'm just not used to him not coming when I call. Eventually I get exasperated and walk down the hall to get his attention.

Just now, after calling for him for the bazillionth time already tonight, he didn't hear me once again. Or so I thought, anyway.

A few minutes later, he came in and handed me a turned-on walkie-talkie and laid it on the desk in front of me. Our new communication.

*laughs*
navygreen: (Philip - desert camou)
af_cop Philip is at the squadron right now, in-processing back to this base. We dropped him off just before 7:45am this morning. He's got lots of little things to do, so I'm not sure how long he'll be gone today. However, he does have 17 days personal time off, so he's all ours for the next couple of weeks. :-)

As he was unpacking all of his huge bags last night, he kept talking about this smell - this particular Iraqi/Kuwaiti "funk" - that all of his stuff had acquired. He gave me samples of two body sprays that he had begun wearing while over there just to help mask the "funk." Myself, I didn't smell anything different about all of his stuff... until today. Now that there's a huge load of darks going in the washer, I can smell the "funk" - and HOW. Ewwww. I'm glad I put in a bit extra detergent. I may even wash these next few loads a couple of times!

Thank you!

Oct. 7th, 2005 08:16 am
navygreen: (Buddy Christ)
Thank you ALL! You have all been so supportive throughout these past 256 days - how could I have made it without you?!

All your comments are so heartwarming. You are truly just as happy as I am that Philip is back home safely. bigbrain61 Bri, you have kept my common sense in check with your humor, and chelelev Chele, you've done the same with your practicality. ALL of you have kept me cheered, hopeful, entertained and distracted while Philip was away. :-)

*hugs all around*

My friend [livejournal.com profile] angelrose made me (and Philip - heehee!) a very special homecoming graphic, and I wanted to share:


a homecoming gift for Philip


Thank you, hon! That was so sweet of you! :-D

HOME!

Oct. 6th, 2005 12:49 pm
navygreen: (Yellow ribbon)

Coming home!

Sometimes a picture is all you need... (even with eyes closed!)
navygreen: (Yellow ribbon)
T-minus 3 hours and 4 minutes until he's home!
navygreen: (Yellow ribbon)
I *just* got off the phone with af_cop Philip's mom, trying to help her pass the time as they wait in Baltimore for Philip's arrival there tonight. As I was talking to her just now, she interrupted some people standing nearby and found out that indeed, the plane had JUST LANDED.

She's been pacing through the soles of her shoes all day. His parents have been in Baltimore since just after noon sometime. And just now, she's so excited and so fluttery about seeing him that she's barely making sense as she talks! :-D

One more leg, baby! One more leg!

*sigh*

Oct. 4th, 2005 08:25 am
navygreen: (CRAP)
I flubbed the date and got confused. Philip won't be home tomorrow - he'll be home on Thursday at 10:30.

24 more hours. Poo.
navygreen: (Cheshire cat)
I called Philip's 1st Sgt. yesterday afternoon to let him know about this second robbery. The squadron has a new 1st shirt now, and his name just cracks me up - Burrito. Yep, just like the food! He seemed very nice. Of course, I'd known the guy who was "acting 1st shirt" at the time of the first robbery, but the new shirt wants me to come in and speak with him personally - put a face to the name, so to speak. Plus, he told me he wanted to actually SEE me and make sure that I was okay (I'd explained to him that I just wasn't the same emotional wreck this time - that I was just more mad at the whole situation). I was supposed to meet with him this morning, but I had to call and cancel early because I kept A.J. home from school this morning.

So I've got to meet with him in the morning, and then I have to go to the Bellevue Police station. Again. To get a copy of the police report and my statement. Again. I swear, I'm going to be dreaming about that place now - I see it so often, it seems!

On the agenda for the rest of the day is just organizing, straightening, cleaning, etc. Not that Philip will even care (because he wouldn't care if the house were filthy, I'm sure), but just because then I won't have to do hardly anything for the first several days that he's home. I really deep-cleaned before my Pampered Chef party last Sunday, so I've really just "maintained" the status of the house since last week. I don't have much that needs to be done, but I would like to clean and vacuum out the car. And I need to move back into "my" spaces again. See, with all the empty space in the closet and dressers, I sorta took over. Now I've got to make sure there's room to put all of his things again. Oops. ;-)

T-minus 35 hours, 53 minutes!
navygreen: (Yellow ribbon)
The last batch of chocolate chip cookies are in the oven now, and I'm debating making some snickerdoodles later. Philip really loves both of those - and he deserves them, doesn't he? ;-)

It surreal, you know. It's just hard to actually believe that he's going to be home in such a short time that it's now actually okay to start baking for him again. Crazy! The wait was so long, but the end has been moving so fast!

We made a big banner today, and folks have been coming over all afternoon to sign it. He's got some major artwork to appreciate when he gets home! If any of you guys would like to add something to the banner, email it to me - I'll print it out and stick it on there for you. :-)

In less than 22 hours now, Philip will be back in the good ol' United States! (He will be spending the night in Baltimore tomorrow evening, but he won't be home until Wednesday morning.) Yay!
navygreen: (Yellow ribbon)
T-minus 47 hours, 27 minutes until Philip is home!
navygreen: (Yellow ribbon)
251 days and counting... but we're finally getting to the end!

Philip just called. October 5th just might be my new favorite day! (Who says "Sweetest Day" is on October 15th? - Bah!)

High.

Sep. 27th, 2005 11:58 pm
navygreen: (High)
Today has been a day of flying unbelievably, absolutely high. I've been on a cloud all day. I don't think I've ever smiled so big, nor smiled through so many happy, happy tears.

He's coming home!

The phone has rung off the hook all day long - they've been good phone calls. :-)

Jack and I went out for lunch and then went to my friend Jan's house for a playdate this afternoon. Jack played with her son Cole, and they got along well. They'll be coming over here on Thursday for another playtime, providing that the weather is nice that day.

It was just such a wonderful day.
navygreen: (Yellow ribbon)
"Sometime next week I will be home."


*cries happy, happy tears*

I received this message in my email inbox this morning, and I've been crying happily ever since. Nothing more, nothing less - just those seven words. I don't know anything more, but I am just so, so, SO happy right now. Look how many words it's taking ME to express this!!

I feel so much joy. I feel alive today, just hearing from him. It's been a month or more since we talked on the phone, and I've only had a handful of emails from him in that time as well. I am just so happy for communication, but it's SO MUCH MORE wonderful when the communication is telling me that he's coming home.

I've called a few people on the phone now, and they've all cried with me. :-)

"Sometime next week I will be home."

*cries*
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY TINA!


I hope you are having a great Saturday birthday, dear [livejournal.com profile] taryns_mom! :-D



I'm at work today. There are tons of people next door working on McDonald's right now, and I'm so glad to see them. I want that McD's back up and open for business again so bad - the traffic they bring in will really help to put me at ease while I'm working here...

The zoo field trip was during the day yesterday, and then at 6pm we were back at the school for the annual PTA carnival. We didn't make it to the school carnival in either of A.J.'s first two school years, so last night was the first time. I spent $20 on tickets (80). The pizza, nachos and popcorn had to be bought with tickets as well, but even so, we had plenty. hetterrific Heather had brought in 50 box tops for tickets, plus she also bought some and gave them to the boys for games. The boys did the first 5 games or so together, and then Jack just wanted to play on the playground while A.J. tried everything else. They received little prizes at each booth, but Heather and I were the most excited when A.J. won a small whoopie cushion in the 'Toilet Toss.' He played a few games 2 or 3 times, and we all shared some cotton candy (though Jack was still playing away). We still had tickets leftover, so the boys tried the 'Lollipop Draw' a few more times, in hopes of winning Heather a big pixi stick. A.J. won one for her, and then it was time to get going - all the booths were packing up. It was a fun time, and the popcorn was much too salty, but hey - that's what school carnivals are supposed to be like, right? ;-)

I cleaned up the kitchen and gave the boys a bath and put them to bed when we got home. I continued filing papers in the office, and I cleaned several things off of the kitchen counter. I wanted to get lots of things done last night in preparation for my Pampered Chef show on Sunday afternoon, knowing that I'd be at work all day today.

I slept so soundly last night. I didn't stay up too late, and I crawled into bed just a few minutes after midnight. My feet were so tired by the end of the day. I swear, I must have really wimpy feet. :-P

I think I may have accidentally hung up on af_cop Philip this week. Possibly twice, even. See, he tries to email me beforehand that he's going to call on a certain day or at a certain time, and I do everything I can to be there for that phone call. But earlier this week, the phone rang at some point, and after I answered it, there was a forever long pause. I decided that the person/machine wasn't going to answer back, so I clicked the 'off' button as I moved to put the phone back up. In that millisecond of time before the connection was actually cut off, I heard a voice that sounded a lot like Philip's say "Hello?" It was too late, though - I'd already pushed the button.

And then the same basic thing happened again yesterday morning. Again, I wasn't expecting a call from him, and we were in a rush to get out the door and get to the zoo. I answered, waited a bit and then hung up. Again, just a split-second before the phone went off, I heard a "Hello?"

I hope I didn't hang up on him - especially twice - but I do worry that I did. :-/
navygreen: (Yellow ribbon)
Said today:
Jack: Mom, remember when I was a baby and Dad still lived at home?
navygreen: (Yellow ribbon)
I realized tonight that it's been about 2 weeks since I last logged in to Philip's email and cleaned out the spam and stuff. When I realized this, I was ashamed for having forgotten to do so, and I immediately jumped to the task.

While doing so, I accidentally found something I'm sure I wasn't supposed to find. In his webmail, I noticed that the Drafts folder contained a message - this is the first time I've seen that. Curiosity compelled me to look...

I wish I could turn back time. I really, really do. This heart will never forget that awful message.

Philip wrote me a goodbye letter. One to me and his mom. In case he doesn't come back.

I'm bawling. I'm numb. I'm sick. I want to erase it from my mind forever, and yet... I'm so touched that he thought to do something like this. And I'm so scared that he thought it a real enough possibility that he would need to.

*sobs*

Labor Day!

Sep. 5th, 2005 09:12 am
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af_cop Philip and his convoy were the target of another explosion yesterday. However, this time his truck was not damaged at all - the bomb actually missed the truck and landed near to them on the ground. He did say there was still debris and rock everywhere, and to quote him, he was "still pissed" about it.

*sigh*

It's a two-edged sword, really. I know that if I wish with all my heart for him to come home soon, I'm also wishing for someone else to be sent there in his place. And I would never wish for someone else to be separated like this, to be put in such awful danger on a day-to-day basis. But still - I want my Philip home.


Yesterday as the boys and I were pulling up to the base, two cops were out there lowering the 50 flags at Kenney Gate. When I reached the guy checking IDs, I inquired as to why the flags were going to half-mast. The guard told me it was because Chief Justice Rehnquist had passed away. I thanked him for the information, and he then went on to tell me, "You'd think they'd have been lowered already - for all the Katrina victims and people."

As I drove away, that got me thinking. Bush *did* order the flags at half-mast after September 11th. If I remember correctly, they stayed that way for about 2 months or so, even. Not only that, but they are ordered to be lowered each year on that day. Why aren't the victims of Hurricane Katrina just as important? Why doesn't our flag care about them as well?

Grr.


The boys and I are meeting hetterrific Heather at Golden Corral in just a few minutes. I love breakfast buffets, but GC usually only has them on Saturdays and Sundays. Saturdays are out because there's not time to get a full breakfast like that in before I have to work, and Sundays are about the same - we can't function early enough before church. However, GC is having a special full breakfast buffet for today - Labor Day - and so I asked Heather a few days ago if she would breakfast with us. She said, "That would be delightful!"

And we're off. Happy Labor Day to you all! :-)
navygreen: (Yellow ribbon)
af_cop Philip sent me three new pictures today. There were all taken between July 28-31st, and I'm just going to put my favorite one here. You can see the other two in his journal here.)


Philip and his truck crew - SrA Therrien and SrA Fabella.

205.

Aug. 14th, 2005 10:18 pm
navygreen: (Yellow ribbon)
Out of curiosity, I counted again. As of tomorrow, Aug. 15th, af_cop Philip will have been gone for 205 days.

No sure words yet on an 'end date' yet, but we're definitely on the downward slope now - yay!

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