20 Chore Tuesday- My Kitchen is in My Living Room

Today on 20 Chore Tuesday, I’ll be moving my entire kitchen out of my living room. We had the pest guys come yesterday to spray for ants (again), and unfortunately we had to take everything out of the cabinets and drawers, clear off the counters, and leave the house for 4 hours with the baby, dog, cat, and tarantula. Man, was it a pain.


Here we go:


  1. Wrote this blog post.
  2. Sold a coffee table I rescued from the curb! Free $10!
  3. Loaded digital coupons onto my Commissary savings card in preparation for my next shopping trip!
  4. Wiped off the kitchen counters
  5. Cleared off the upper part of the kitchen counter and filed all the papers in our In box.
  6. Sold a Power Wheel car I rescued from the curb! Free $20!
  7. Made a pot of slow cooker beans. Unfortunately, I started them late and they didn’t cook, so they’ll be for tomorrow’s dinner.
  8. Made a quick dinner of spaghetti.
  9. Organized part of our garage for our upcoming garage sale! Most of the items in the sale were rescued from the curb, which means (say it with me) FREE MONEY!
  10. Did last Tuesday’s homework. It’s not due until Sunday, so I’m not behind yet!
  11. Stuffed some diapers so our baby doesn’t go nekked.
  12. Decided we’ll switch to Virgin Mobile in December. It’s cheaper for us to pay the early termination fee, buy two new phones, and pay for the new plan than it would be for us to stay with our current plan. Plus, with the new plan, we’ll have double the talking minutes and unlimited data.
  13. Did a load of dishes.


  1. Clear off the kitchen table (Seriously, how does so much stuff accumulate here in one week??)
  2. Unpack the box of stuff from the pantry
  3. Unpack the box of dishes
  4. Try to fix our budget after some surprise expenses left us drained.
  5. List some of the bigger stuff on Craigslist in the hopes it’ll free some space in our garage. Otherwise, I may have to bribe Hubby to take the boat out on our yard sale day, and ask Grandma to come over.
  6. Do a load of laundry, lest the family go nekked.
  7. Pick up in the dining room.

Cinderella’s Struggle (or, Dressing for a Ball)

Part 3!

Dressing for the Marine Corps Ball is not like dressing for prom. In fact, you probably shouldn’t wear your prom dress to the ball. There are, of course, other elements to a good style, so never fear! The ball outfit guide is here.

The Dress

  • Short dresses are generally a no-go. Don’t wear anything like this:

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Instead, if you must have a short dress, look for this:

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Notice that your boobs aren’t hanging out, the dress reaches to your knees, and there aren’t any crazy cutouts.

Long dresses are a much safer bet, but again, make sure everything is covered and stay away from those cutouts! Poofy dresses are generally a no-go as well, because you’re sitting or standing all night in a cramped ball room, and they take up a lot of space, not to mention make it really, really hard to pee. If you fall in love with a poofy dress, though, go for it, as long as (say it with me) everything is covered up.

Don’t feel like you HAVE to match his dress blues. It looks nice if you wear a red, blue, or gold gown, but experiment! Just don’t, for the love of all that is holy, wear a dress that looks like a flag, has Twilight characters on it, or is a crazy print. Please. I’m begging you.

Special considerations for choosing a dress:

  • When you’re breastfeeding: Don’t pick something with molded cups. Spaghetti strap dresses are usually the best option, because you can just fold down the cup. Wear a strapless bra if you have to, but make sure you have heavy duty nursing pads in there! And visit your baby to breastfeed right before the ceremony starts and right after it ends, or lordy lordy will you get engorged, and you might leak milk all over your dress and have a few of the more drunk guys staring at your chest all night.
  • When you’re pregnant: Empire waist dresses are super great for this. This is the only time I’ll tell you to wait to get your ballgown until a couple weeks before, because there really isn’t a way to determine what size you’ll be.
  • When you’re on a budget: If you live near a military base, check out the local thrift stores. In my experience, they all have dozens of beautiful, appropriate dresses for sale. Don’t assume that every dress you find there is, though! You can also check clearance racks, eBay, or Craigslist. Be willing to pay for a few alterations- it’s cheaper than buying a brand new dress.
  • When you’re in it for the long run: If you marry your Marine and will be going to the ball for four or more years, I would really suggest getting two dresses with a forgiving fit, and wearing them again and again and again. Alternate each year, and no one will remember. Plus, you’ll probably move once every two years or so, so the people in a new place have never seen it! It’ll save you major buckaroos.


  • Please don’t buy new shoes. Instead, pull out your comfortable, slightly worn heels, or even flats. You’ll be standing for an hour or more for cocktails, about 20 minutes throughout the ceremony, in line for the dinner buffet, and after the ball for dancing. It’s not appropriate for you to take your shoes off to dance, by the way. I personally like ballroom dancing shoes, because they’re super duper comfortable for long periods of time, and they flex. They are the only exception to the new shoes rule.


  • Claires is your best friend. Find cheap jewelry that looks nice. Don’t worry about it lasting, unless you’re in it for the long run. In that case, find better quality stuff that won’t break the bank, and make sure it matches your two dresses.

20 Chore Tuesday- Ants in my Pants

It’s time for 20 Chore Tuesday again. Today’s list is a little crazier than last weeks, mostly because A) my mother, who normally lives with us, isn’t here, so I have Little Man permanently adhered to my heels and B) we had a major ant problem last week, we think because of the heat.

So here we go.



  1. Wipe down two kitchen cabinets (we had to pull everything out of them to deal with ants, so everything from them is sitting on the couch right now. It’s a good chance to clean them!)
  2. Do a load of dishes
  3. Clean off the back porch, since the exterminator is coming today to spray for ants outside.
  4. Clean dead ants out of the pantry.
  5. Put everything back into the pantry.
  6. Tidy up the kitchen counters
  7. Wipe down kitchen counters


  1. Do last Thursday’s History of Sexuality homework (I’m a little behind, yes. However, it’s not due until this Sunday, so I’m not panicking!)
  2. Do last Friday’s Plant Ecology homework (same deal as above- it’s not due until this Sunday!)
  3. Tidy up the kitchen table, buffet, and sidebar (these surfaces tend to accumulate stuff very quickly in our house)
  4. Do a load of laundry.
  5. Fold said laundry.
  6. Put away said laundry.
  7. Put away everything from the two cabinets I cleaned (like I said, it’s currently on the couch).
  8. Clean out the kitchen drawers
  9. Clean Little Man’s high chair (cover, chair, and the chair it sits on)
  10. Clean the stove
  11. Kitty box duty!
  12. Clean our new (curb find!) dresser
  13. Find some way to get the million pound dresser upstairs. Maybe I can bribe one of the neighbors?

How to Hit A Bunny in an Airplane and Survive


I learned to drive in Wyoming. This means that a road is only considered impassible when you can’t make out where the road ends and the grass begins, or the snow is physically higher than your car. This also means that you perfect the art of hitting large animals in your car without flipping over or swerving off the road. As it turns out, these skills transfer nicely to flying.

It was my very first solo cross country. I was a pregnant student pilot, and I was nervous about my landing since I wasn’t used to flying without an extra 170 pounds of flight instructor as I came into Chino Airport. Turns out I didn’t have to worry about my landing, it was takeoff I should have been thinking about.

I landed a little flat, taxied back to the runway, and called up tower for my clearance, making sure to mention I was “N9897F, Student Pilot”. I taxied out to the runway, took a deep breath, applied full power, and got the plane to within 5 knots of takeoff speed… and saw a bunny run right in front of me.

Time slowed down.

Little Man did a backflip in my belly and started hiccuping.

In that split second, I decided, based on my speed and how close I was to takeoff, that it would be better to just hit the rabbit straight on than try to veer, which would have flipped the plane. I hit it, and the bump was enough to force my plane to take off, a leetle bit too slow. I pushed the nose over, and used my soft field takeoff skills to get to a safe speed.

I called tower. “Chino tower, 9897F, student pilot. Can you take a peek and see if all my wheels are still attached?”

“97F, looks like it. Everything okay?”

I gave him the abbreviated version, and asked, “What do I do?”

“Well… are you flying?” (duhhhh) “Just keep going, I guess. Doesn’t make a difference if you land here or there. We’ll look for the bunny, but if we don’t find a body don’t bother filing a report.”

Turns out the bunny was never found. There was a little bit of fur stuck to my nosegear, but otherwise, not a trace of Little Bunny Foo-Foo.

So, remember- whether you’re in a car or a plane, don’t swerve when a small critter runs out in front of you. It’s safer for you to just run it over.