Just recently I have finally discovered something that I’ve had for a very long time, but never took advantage of — podcasts. Wow, this is definitely one of the coolest things around. Not only are podcasts cool, but I can download TV shows onto iTunes, and then eventually onto an iPod. Hmm … it seems it might be time for me to upgrade to the new iPod with video, since mine is just a little out-dated. ;)

I’ve had a lot of time over the last few days to find things out like this. I’m usually so busy working and trying to relax, that I never have time to do random things I wish I had time to do. Monday I had gum/tooth surgery … I’m having my fake front teeth redone (I knocked them out on an ice pond when I was 15 and it’s been a struggle ever since then to get them to look good) and on Monday they went in and had to move my gumline up and chisel out some bone so my new teeth will fit better. So, I’ve been SIQ the last few days so it will heal up, and I’ve had a lot of uninterrupted time to relax.

The weather here has been great … it’s been rainy everyday for the last few weeks! I am getting so sick of the constant sunny, hot, humid weather and welcome this change of pace. You all might think I’m crazy, cause I’m sure that for at least half of the people reading this it’s freezing or snowy where you are and you all wish you could be in Hawaii. Trust me, you don’t know how lucky you are!

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These are some of our many attempts to get a “cute” photo of us while at the Cheesecake Factory last night. And, in the end, we succeeded :)

Good Times

Last month Ace and I ran the Great Aloha Run for the second year in a row. It’s an approximate 8-mile run starting off in downtown Honolulu at the Aloha Tower, and it finishes at the Aloha Stadium. We took our time and just ran at a steady pace … both of us finished at 1:32:34. I love stuff like that. I’m seriously considering running in a half-marathon this summer, too. I better start training!

Things seem to be going well overall, almost. It seems like everything is going great, but then there’s that one area that can just put a downer on everything … but then again who is completely satisfied with their work environment and leadership? This place is so odd and complicated to me. I hate work politics. Hopefully things will take a positive turn for me in the near future — I put in for the fitness-leader job at the command, and with a little luck I might actually get it. There are some forces working against my chances (mainly my division trying to keep a tight grip on all of their workers and not letting anyone leave), but ya never know. I should find out next week. That will improve my quality of life sooooo much if I land that position! I hope karma doesn’t work against me on this one … I’ve accomplished everything I’ve gone after this year so far, so I’m thinking that maybe I’ve reached my limit on fortune. I sure hope not … wish me luck!

The Verdict is in …

The whole past year of studying and busting my butt in class really paid off. Not only did I pass my test (yay!) I got a 2+/2+!! (The actual numbers only really have meaning to my past- and present coworkers … but trust me, it’s an extra $150 in my pocket each month so it’s definitely a good thing!) This is the first time I have ever gotten scores like that. I went from a 2/1+ (43/38 respectively) to a 2+/2+ (46/46). I think I’m in shock … it hasn’t quite sunk in yet. I’m so happy that I have a whole year of so much less stress, plus now I have even more motivation to keep on studying. Life has been so blessed this year for both me and Andrew, in many ways, and this was just the icing on the cake :)

(I took the above photo in Pusan, Korea back in 2003. I thought it was appropriate, given the topic of my blog.)

Judgment Day

Today I took my dreaded language test. I don’t find out until tomorrow how I did, but I feel like I did alright. It’s hard to tell, though, cause I usually feel okay after that test but it doesn’t usually mean anything when I get the results. I even bought myself some pink roses to brighten my day and make me feel better, cause I’m real anxious about finding out my scores tomorrow. Oh well, I’m glad it’s over with at least! Now I can just relax and give myself a well-needed break from language for a few days :)

I’m down another few pounds from my “diet”. I feel so healthy and energetic … I can’t wait to see how I look in another few months! I can definitely keep this up. It’s so easy, and the rewards from doing it are so much greater than just eating my heart away to lardness :) Hee, hee, hee.

Tomorrow is the start of getting my teeth fixed. When I was 15 I broke out my two front teeth on an ice pond, and I’ve had them re-capped since I’ve been in the military, but I need to have them redone again. I can post photos of the before, during, and after if you want … maybe not the “during”, though … I look kind of scary with a metal rod instead of a front tooth when they have the caps off!

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