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The Family
This is us about 6 hours after Elijah arrived. I'm happy because the phenergan had worn off and no I'm not on pain meds here.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

A few things that chap my buttocks

So, again I have been set off....I know what you're thinking...not Lindsey!!! So first of all there was the Special Olympic comment made by no-bama! Honestly, I was floored!!! I thought there you go trying to win cool points by going on Leno and you say that, what a douchetard!! I was PISSED to say the least and then I watched CNN where a mother of a Down Syndrome child spoke how her son had to bowl a 139 or 140 to qualify for the Special Olympics. She just smirked and said, he was so wrong he can't even make the points to go to the Special Olympics, now what!!! Shows how much he really knows!! I thought you go woman!! And of course I added my own amen sista in there.

So, tonight after mine and Kristen's gym "date" we headed to subway to grab some dinner for us and Blake. We are on our way back to post when she realizes she doesn't have her driver's license on her. The Barney Fife rent-a-cop at the gate said no she can't come on post without ID. So, I left Kristin at the gate while I came to the house, got her ID, and took it back to her. THEN her flippin ID wouldn't scan.....of course the old man looked at us like we were terrorist!!! uuugggghhhhh I mean half of the time they barely glance at your ID and tonight they wanted to be pricks about it! Just another douchetard!!

My last one is I went Saturday and bought a big, nice, bookcase for over 300 bucks to get it home and pieces were missing. So, me thinking Blake can't count I looked it over, not only were we missing 2 pieces one of the anchor, hole, thingys is stripped....uuuuggggghhhhhh They are only open half of the week, so tomorrow when they open I am going to be calling!! To me, thats alot of money to spend on something that ends up to be faulty. I don't want my money back, I look the book case, I just want to swap it out for a new one....and they better let me or I just might judo chop someone. hehehe

This is all that has irritated me so far this week......well except for the migraine I have been fighting for 3 days now, and now its getting hard to read and drive I am so dizzy. Damn I sound like a freakin Jerry Springer episode!!! Well I am off to wash the gym stink off of me and try to rest some.........I hope I can get the bookcase and entertainment center before mom gets out here next week....keep your fingers crossed!!!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

An update from the other half

As you all may know, I made a few posts on here a while back talking about my trials in Balad. So much has changed. To get you up to speed, after my month or so in Balad, I was sent to Tikrit to finish out the rest of my tour. Little did I know that my tour would be cut short. We basically trained to come to Iraq to train some more. It wasn't much of a deployment when compared to others I have done. We had time to not only practice for football games, but to play them. Doing sports in your spare time is one thing and is a good stress reliever, but having time to practice for them? you have way too much time on your hands. I pulled a lot of duty, that's for sure.

I won't go into detail about everything I it would be fairly boring. I came back to the states Jan. 25th mainly because of my new promotion put us over strength and overmanned. I understand why the BC did what he did. At the time, I was pissed, but later on I grew to understand it. Looking back, I don't regret a thing. While coming back closed one door, it opened many others. I got promoted finally! Now I look at the army as a possible long term career opportunity instead of feeling like I was in Specialist Limbo. Also, I can start learning how to lead and train other soldiers. Not only this, but I get to be with my boy Elijah. He is something else, lemme tell you. You can't put a price on being with the kids. For kale, I am finding that I am starting to know and understand him. Going through the tough things with him makes you want to love him and appreciate him more. He is usually the easier of the two to deal with unless he gets sick. Even though he doesn't talk and doesn't always show me affection, I can not see how someone could not love him once you have been through hell and back. He is a walking miracle.

While all this is great, coming back has shown me that it can be more difficult than I thought to adjust. Things haven't always been hunky dory between everyone in the house. I don't want to get into all kinds of details, but people who are in the know understand what I am talking about.
Along with this is my lazy, inconsiderate, pain in the butt (and that's being super nice) ex, D.
She fills Eva's (my daughter) head with lies and makes it difficult for me to see her. Now...lets see. what am I leaving out? My job. What I have noticed is that things are in full swing and haven't really slowed down any. I deal with a lot of stress and high expectations...some of which I put on myself.

So, for all of you out there who have any questions or concerns or what have you, just post them in the comments. You can email me via contacting Lindsey.
I don't plan on posting a lot on this blog, but every now and then I'll show up.
P.S. Fireproof the movie may have some bad acting, but it is a great movie. Go see it.
Peace out!

SGT Edwin B. Brietz
U.S. Army

Monday, March 9, 2009

Things I have noticed........

So it has been 5 forevers since I have blogged.......between Blake coming home, our trip to Arkansas, and getting readjusted to Army life things have been a little crazy. So I am sick with a horrible cold and hope I am not getting strep throat. A little warning about this blog-I am under the influence of cold goes....

I was watching CNN and saw how everyone is cheering for Obama about the AWESOME job he is doing and he hasn't been in office 100 days yet and this and that. Well I was half listening when I heard how he is bringing 20 thousand troops home by Sept of this year. I know what most civilians are thinking...You rock Obama.....but think about this. Out of those 20 thousand how many were suppose to come home anyways because their tour was ending. I know of three batteries here at Ft Sill that are due home by then, and that is just off the top of my head. So my thing is he isn't bringing anyone home, their tour is ending as scheduled...don't be blinded by this. BUT at least I got a good chuckle about on to the next.

I was reading out FRG(family readiness group) newsletter when they announced the Saint Barbara ball on March 26th. To make long story short its a ball that its an honor to be invited to because it usually means you are getting some kind of award. Saint Barbara is the patron saint of artillerymen. Here is the problem I have.....The feast of Saint Barbara, or celebration if you will, is actually on Dec 4th...sssssooooo why are they having the ball in March?? AND in case noone noticed it is Lent...Are you really suppose to be feasting during Lent?? hhhmmmm At least it isn't on a Friday and they don't serve fish.......

Just a couple things I have noticed over the past couple of days. I know I know I am so weird, but am I really the only one to noticed these things? Probably so...haha The boys are doing great. Kale is still walking up a storm and is even getting better walking up and down an incline and switching surfaces...which is a HUGE step. Elijah is walking more and saying no every now and then.....he also has a temper on him. I wonder where he gets that?? Blake and I are doing OK for the most part. I hope its just the adjustment period, but we shall see. The Army gives these classes to the wives of returning men and basically teach you to bite your tongue and deal with them being an ass-hell they get a free pass. I want to know where my free pass is?? I get bitchy around Aunt Flo's visit and I never live it down, but you are looked down upon if you ruffle the feathers of a returning soldier....uuugggghhhh Sometimes military life bites BIG TIME. Well I will step down off of my soap box and let yall get back to your life. One last bit of business I have a new email address is SO, hit it up peeps.....outie