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Surgery
01.14.05 (2:29 am) [edit]

Well my surgery went well, mom will be here through the weekend. I'm just chillin, waiting to stop being sore.


Tim made it to Kuwait, now he's waiting for his bags to show up. :cry:


It looks pretty certain that I will be staying here and not going back to Afghanistan, but until I know FOR SURE I will periodically post to the blog. If I stay here I'll prolly still do a blog, but an everyday kick back on one a different server.


Hugs!

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still here
01.02.05 (4:39 am) [edit]

Well my stay in the states has been prolonged. I wish I could say for happy reasons, but it's not.


When I went to the doctor for a pain I've been having in my side for 2 months, he had me get a sonogram, and sure enough I have a 18 mm growth on my right ovary. That's all they will tell me at this point, as I have not seen a specialist yet. I hope to get that appt. make this week and get more information. I'll keep yall updated as best I can.


On a happier note, Tim was able to stay, since we don't know what's going on w/ me, until the 10th. We've had a wonderful visit with family and friends and it's been great to be in our own home again.


If anyone is interested in health updates, let me know and I will add you to a distro list.

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Home
12.20.04 (9:16 pm) [edit]

Well after a LONG trip I made it home. Will write more later on the saga. Tim will be home tonight, folks here tmw.


Happy holidays!!!!!!


Will call shortly!

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heading out
12.14.04 (12:35 pm) [edit]

Well I'm done with my last shift. I am now gonna go pack, watch some movies, take a shower and head to Bagram. I don't fly out of Bagram until afternoon of the 16th. I found out today it may take up to 4 days to get home instead of the 2 I had been told. So I'll call yall when I get to Kuwait, don't be suprised if it's later in the week than anticipated!


I can't wait to see everyone!

:lol:
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Daily Thought
12.14.04 (12:31 pm) [edit]

My dad sent this to me today, thought I'd share:


From Dave Berry

 


16 THINGS THAT IT TOOK ME OVER 50 YEARS TO LEARN:

by Dave Barry , Nationally Syndicated Columnist

1. Never, under any circumstances, take a sleeping pill and a laxative on the same night.

2. If you had to identify, in one word, the reason why the human race has not achieved, and never will achieve, its full potential, that word would be "meetings."

3. There is a very fine line between "hobby" and "mental illness."

4. People who want to share their religious views with you almost never want you to share yours with them.

5. You should not confuse your career with your life.

6. Nobody cares if you can't dance well. Just get up and dance.

7. Never lick a steak knife.

8. The most destructive force in the universe is gossip.

9. You will never find anybody who can give you a clear and compelling reason why we observe daylight savings time.

10. You should never say anything to a woman that even remotely suggests that you think she's pregnant unless you can see an actual baby emerging from her at that moment.

11. There comes a time when you should stop expecting other people to make a big deal about your birthday. That time is age eleven.

12. The one thing that unites all human beings, regardless of age, gender, religion, economic status or ethnic background, is that, deep down inside, we ALL believe that we are above average drivers.

13. A person, who is nice to you, but rude to a waiter, is not a nice person. (This is very important. Pay attention. It never fails.)

14. Your friends love you anyway.

15. Never be afraid to try something new. Remember that a lone amateur built the Ark. A large group of professionals built the Titanic.

16. Thought for the day: Men are like fine wine.. They start out as grapes, and it's up to the women to stomp the crap out of them until they turn into something acceptable to have dinner with.

FINAL THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

There is more money being spent on breast implants and Viagra than on Alzheimer's research. This means that by 2030, there should be a large elderly population with perky boobs and huge erections and absolutely no recollection of what to do with them.

 
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Almost time!
12.13.04 (12:15 pm) [edit]

Well tonight is my last full night. TSGT Brent is giving me a half evening to pack and do laundry before I go so I get some sleep! Tough cookies SSG S!! so there!


I can't wait to see yall, I have your phone numbers and will call when I get to Kuwait and get flight info. Who's willing to take a phone call if it's the middle of the night???

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can't believe it!
12.10.04 (9:02 am) [edit]

Well it's now down to 4 days and a wakeup before I'm headed to Bagram to wait for my flight! I can't believe it! These last 10 days have gone by very slow, but I'm hanging in, all I can think about is seeing my family and friends! Thank you to those of you who have helped Tim and I so much while we're overseas, from letting us vent, helping us w/ home improvement, to taking care of our dear pets. It is truly appreciated and will NEVER be forgotten. I feel truly blessed to have such a wonderful, caring family, and such awsome friends. I can honestly say, the reason I am here and keep getting up every day, is to make sure our home, and our relationships continue. You all give me strength with your friendship.


I can't wait to see you, be prepared for lots of hugs!

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Wreck Pics
12.08.04 (12:51 am) [edit]
Lucky to be alive!
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Any Soldier
12.07.04 (4:36 am) [edit]
I have set up my on Any Soldier webpage, please pass this link on to family, friends, and co-workers!
Thanks!

[url=http://anysoldier.com/WhereToSend/Dynamic.cfm?SEQNO=1747&popup=no]Any Soldier[/url]
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Mission Afghanistan
12.07.04 (1:52 am) [edit]

The donation program at my compound now has a website! Check it out and help out the people of Afghanistan!!


http://www.missionafghanistan.com/


 

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The Taliban
12.05.04 (12:45 pm) [edit]

Afghanistan May Offer Taliban Amnesty Plan


Sunday, December 05, 2004



KABUL, Afghanistan — The United States could cut its forces in Afghanistan next summer if Taliban (search) militants accept an amnesty to be drawn up by President Hamid Karzai (search) and neighboring Pakistan, the senior U.S. commander here said Sunday.


Any reduction in the 18,000-strong mainly American combat force in Afghanistan would relieve the U.S. military, stretched thin by the much larger deployment in Iraq. Still, the force is unlikely to shrink before parliamentary elections slated for April.


"By next summer we'll have a much better sense if the security threat is diminished as a result of, say, a significant reconciliation with large numbers of Taliban," Lt. Gen. David Barno told The Associated Press in an interview.


"That will change the security dynamics tremendously," he said.


Afghan officials have repeatedly urged supporters of the former ruling regime to abandon the fight or return from exile to help rebuild the country shattered by 25 years of war and a debilitating drought.


The Taliban, extreme Islamic fundamentalists who ruled Afghanistan and provided sanctuary for Al Qaeda leader Usama bin Laden, were removed from power in a U.S.-backed invasion after the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States.


But plans for a reconciliation program have emerged only since Karzai's landslide victory in the landmark Oct. 9 presidential election. Such a program could anger ethnic minorities who suffered under the Taliban as well as regional powers, such as India and Iran, who are wary of Pakistan's influence in the region.


Barno said Karzai, who is to be sworn in as Afghanistan's first popularly elected leader on Tuesday, is to produce a list of Taliban members who are considered beyond rehabilitation and pass it to Islamabad.


The government of Pakistani President Gen. Pervez Musharraf would then "review it and make any comments on it, and I think there'll be a collectively subscribed-to list that says here (are those) who we all believe we're going to go after," he said.


"As that list gets finalized here ... we'll see both countries moving forward to look to arrest and bring to justice those individuals," Barno said. He said the final number could be whittled down to less than 100.


Meanwhile, the U.S. military will start a register of lower-level Taliban members willing to return to their villages and live in peace. The step would be a precursor to a reconciliation plan the Afghan government has yet to formally announce.


"There'll be great interest in those first few figures who come in to see how they're treated, to see if they're protected or not," the general said. "If it works, I think that there will be a significant number of people following it up.


"You'll see some of it starting in December, or in January for sure," he said.


The military hopes the Taliban's failure to derail the Oct. 9 vote has persuaded a significant number of the rebels that the insurgency has no future, easing pressure on U.S. troops who have failed to crush a rebellion along the Afghan-Pakistan border.


Commanders say the Taliban are divided internally and that the authority of fugitive Taliban supreme leader Mullah Mohammed Omar is fraying. Supporters of renegade Afghan leader Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, a group viewed as smaller but more fanatical than the Taliban, Barno said, are also signaling their willingness to give up the fight.


"We're in a democratic transition in the country. The presidential election was part one of that. The national assembly elections here in the spring will be part two of it, and that's very much the centerpiece of our military efforts," Barno said.


Karzai has said his new Cabinet, to be announced within a week of his swearing-in, will have new faces. It is speculated that they could include Taliban-linked figures.


Barno said he also expected to see "significant changes" among provincial officials, some of whom have been criticized for eliminating local rivals by denouncing them as Taliban supporters -- a tactic American commanders concede they have fallen for.


That, too, could help reduce the need for U.S. ground troops, particularly as the fledgling Afghan National Army pumps out more graduates from its American-led training program and NATO looks to expand to the west of the country.


"We're going to maintain our connections to the Afghans here over the long haul ... but we may not need the same force strength if the security situation continues to improve," Barno said.

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Holiday Boxes
12.04.04 (3:00 am) [edit]
Thank you mom, dad, their offices, Aunt Diana, and Aunt Darlene for the wonderful care packages! Everyone is enjoying them!
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Shift Change
12.03.04 (1:20 am) [edit]

Well since we're losing a bunch of folks, and didn't get replacements in yet, I am now working a swing shift. I will work 1500-0300, 3 pm to 3 am for you civilian types.


Hehehe I'm going on 2 hrs of sleep so it should be an interesting night!

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Countdown
12.01.04 (1:15 pm) [edit]


This is Tim and me right now!

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Accident
12.01.04 (9:22 am) [edit]

We lost a guy today. Two of our cars were heading to Bagram to pick up a person and get some medicine. They got pinned in, and went to pass a herd of sheep. The first vehicle that had my roommate in it passed just fine, but there was an oncoming truck carrying bricks. The second car that was carrying an intel guy and a security guy (driver) went to pass, and didn't make it. They swerved to miss, but the truck and them hit head on.


The SUV went off the road and flipped twice, landing on it's roof, and 20 ft. away from a cliff. The passenger was able to get out on his own, but the driver was knocked unconcious. The first vehicle stopped, and they were trying to get the driver out, but he was pinned in.


Luckily some Local Nationals saw it happen and came to help. 15 Afghans helped our guys turn the vehicle over. Our other security guy was able to kick the door open and get the driver out. My roommate was frantically trying to call the unit because they were out in the middle of nowhere. She finally got through, they told her to come back to Kabul Compound. They got Wright (driver) out of the vehicle, and he started coming to. He had a laceration to his neck, blood was everywhere. His leg was messed up and hands were crushed. He has glass everywhere. The passenger, Bruce, was very lucky. He hit the windshield, so he just needed stitches and glass removed.


The group carried Wright to the first vehicle and drove to the compound. They woke me up along w/ another guy because we're combat lifesavers. Wright had a broken wrist and several broken fingers. He was bleeding heavily, and his leg was not bleeding but looked wrong. He was in extreme pain and yelling. I cut open his pantleg, and sure enough he broke his femur. No external bleeding but he was bruising fast, so he was internally bleeding. We splinted his leg and his hands, bandaged his neck and took him to the german hospital in town. They were able to control the bleeding there. Once he was stabilized he was driven up to Bagram, past the accident site. They put him on the torture machine there and realigned his leg. His leg was 6 inches shorter than the other.


He is currently stable in Bagram and will be medevac'd tomorrow am to germany for surgery. He won't be coming back as he will need therapy for his leg and hands.


We are thinking of you Wright, speedy recovery.


I am glad I wear my seatbelt. Photos of the wreck to come.....

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World AIDS Day
12.01.04 (6:36 am) [edit]

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Winter is here
11.29.04 (7:07 pm) [edit]

My! I can't believe it's almost December already! As crappy as it's been, time has gone by fast.


It's supposed to snow here by Friday, we'll see! I'll be taking pics of the mountains and bazaar!

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Counting Down
11.27.04 (1:09 pm) [edit]

I'm going nuts waiting to come home on leave!


I had to counsel my soldier today. SSG made me because he was only 3 min. early to his shift instead of 10 min. Now I have to check on him before I head over each day to ensure he's here at the proper time. Give me a break! The guy has been here 9 months, sleeps in a room w/ day people who are coming in and out. Sheesh!


So I'm recommending moving him to a diff. room or putting him on day shift. We'll see what happens. Apparently if he's 'late' again, I'm going to get counseled. This guy is such an ass!!


Ok, done venting!

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Thanksgiving dinner
11.25.04 (9:12 am) [edit]
just got back from chow. it was horrible. I wasn't expecting much until i came in tonight and the day crew told us how it was. They had everything. Including pies. Guess what we had?

Turkey meat that was canned, instant potatoes, rice, mooshy green beans, and brown salad. Everything else was gone apparently.

So good thing I didn't get my hopes up.... 18 days and a wakeup til I can get some real food in Kuwait!

Oh well, at least it was food, and it was hot!
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Happy Thanksgiving
11.24.04 (3:42 pm) [edit]

I am thankful for:


My wonderful family


My amazing and strong husband


My comforting and supportive friends


My crazy love of animals


Being born an American


 


Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

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Message from Commander
11.24.04 (3:38 pm) [edit]
From: LTG James R. Helmly
Commanding General, U.S. Army Reserve
Chief, Army Reserve

"In the midst of a civil war of unequalled magnitude and severity," President Abraham Lincoln saw the need for Americans to pause and give thanks for the "blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies."  His original Thanksgiving Day proclamation was issued on October 3, 1863, the same year as the bloody battles of Chancellorsville, Gettysburg and Chickamauga.  In the depths of despair, Lincoln's thoughts turned not to bitterness, but to gratitude.

Once again, our Nation is at war and families and friends of our Army Reserve Soldiers face a holiday season with a loved one far away from home.  Yet in the midst of this Global War on Terror, we have much to be thankful for.

We live in a free and prosperous country, a Nation "dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal," as Lincoln remarked at Gettysburg in 1863.  Since September 11, 2001, our Nation has not suffered a major terrorist attack on our soil.  For most of our citizens, food is cheap and plentiful.  We can travel easily around the country and even abroad.  Several weeks ago, we freely went to the polls and expressed our opinions about who should lead our country.

Perhaps most importantly, we can be thankful that we live in a time of great heroes.  On this Thanksgiving Day 2004, more than 51,000 Army Reserve Soldiers are mobilized around the world, sturdy sentries in the defense of freedom.  We are successfully waging a war on terror - without a single draftee.  Citizen-Warriors have voluntarily left behind their civilian pursuits to take up arms in the cause of liberty.  We are thankful for their service and sacrifice.

And, as Lincoln wrote, we commend to God's "tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable à strife in which we are unavoidably engaged."

To all of you, the dedicated men and women of the U.S. Army Reserve -- uniformed and civilian -- we offer special thanks for the difficult and dangerous work you are doing for the citizens of our great Nation. We wish all of you and your loved ones a safe and happy Thanksgiving holiday.  May God bless you and may He always bless the United States of America.
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military doctors suck
11.23.04 (7:35 am) [edit]

Well I didn't go to Bagram. The doc put me on another antibiotic, and I have to try that for 7 days before he'll refer me to Bagram.


I have to say I am feeling a little better today, so it may be working.


On another note, my asshole NCO has pulled the last punch. He cussed out our team tonight for 'talking over' the COL and not just taking orders and moving out. He's way off base, she asked our opinion on something and we gave it to her, along w/ some products we had done. So he told us basically that we're not to give opinions or say anything unless spoken to. It don't work that way in Intel! I will be talking w/ the COL tmw to make sure we're ok, and ask to be reassigned to a diff. section, but if I don't I will more than likely end up losing rank or getting an Article 15 w/ this guy. He's an ass!

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Hostages
11.22.04 (5:35 pm) [edit]

We got the hostages back.


Safe and sound.


 

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New pics are up
11.20.04 (1:31 pm) [edit]

Thanks to hubby, I have additional photos in my albums. I will be adding some more tomorrow, but in the meantime, enjoy!


http://photos.yahoo.com/gurlfrdy


Let me know if you get locked out of any of the albums.


24 days til I get to go to Bagram and fly to the U.S. for leave!

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$#&^% NCO'S
11.18.04 (4:06 pm) [edit]

This place is eating me alive. Well don't be suprised if I come home a SPC again. I have a 'hooah' NCO who's tough shit and thinks everyone should be robo NCO overnight. I told him I was working on my PT and had in fact lost 20 lbs, but recently stopped because of being sick. He honestly doesn't seem to care. Just said, you ahve to be able to pass a pt test. There are no regs for PT while on deployment according to the local command, it's on your own. I don't have to have a PT test for my rank or for anything else. He's just being an ass.


I'm so sick of being here, sick of being sick and run down. It's days like this that I feel I'm living in a bad dream and can't wake up. I know I know things could be worse, I've been told. But when you feel like shit and are homesick, it can't get much worse.

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