Friday, February 4

milspouse fill-in friday is here. cheers!

I'm quietly rockin' my Navy pride by wearing the one piece of Navy flair I own.  Yes, it's true.  We're not a gung-ho Navy household.  It's one sweatshirt for me.  And back in Virginia, I never wore it out of the house.  Mainly because everyone in Virginia is military. But here, we're an anomaly.  So I might get by with walking the dog in it.  It gets better reception than my Oregon State gear - stupid UCLA and USC fans. ;)

But without wasting your time, let's get to my well-crafted answers.  Because I spend hours on my thoughts.  Can't you tell?

1.) Since most of the country has had nasty weather, what has your weather been like this week?
Hahahaahaha, well this week it's been colder.  Like 65 degrees.  Last week it topped out at 75 degrees.  In January.  It was fabulous.  I almost went to the beach. :)  Thank you Southern California!

2.) What is/are your best money saving tip(s)?
Don't buy anything.  Der.

I have a habit of going "shooter on campus" lockdown on my bank account when I'm expecting to halt income (i.e. move to California thanks to the Navy), so the only thing I buy are groceries.  No clothes, no Starbucks, no eating out, not even The Dollar Store.

I'm very stingy with my money.

3.) What was your favorite vehicle you've ever owned?
It was a 2003 Kia Rio.  Silver.  Bought for $4,200 by my parents (the way my parents work is that they'll sponsor one decent car to start our your life - the rest is up to you).  I had an old roommate moving to Japan, so she sold everything.  Car included.

The only thing it didn't have was power steering and A/C.  But my arms were buff, and my hair had the constant wind-blown look.  And it was PAID FOR.

Then I lent the Sheriff my car.  He was rear-ended while stopping at a crosswalk for some pet humans (those are children for those who don't know my lingo).  Car = totaled.  Assclown who hit him.  [Blogged about here]

So I had to take the insurance money on that car, and buy a new-to-me one.  Complete with car payment each month.  Do you know how much that sucks?  [Blogged about here]

And I don't blame my dad.  I blame the jackass who hit him.  Jackass.

4.) What is a question you'd like to see asked in a future fill-in?
What items did you purge pre-PCS that you now secretly miss?
If you could run in any race, which charity would you choose to support?
Where do you secretly wish you could be stationed with you/your SO's line of work (realistically speaking, not everyone can be stationed on NAS Fiji)?

5.) Fill in the blank: You might be a Milspouse if... routinely ask for a military discount because you don't want to give California more money than it deserves.  We did ask to move here, but we didn't ask for a crappy state government.  So we won't be giving more than we have to in state taxes.  Thank you Eddie Bauer for being awesome.  North Face, suck it.

And how do I get around the military discount (since I'm not legally bound and card-carrying)?  Hello, I love me some friendship with military wives.  Then there's shopping with Mr. Wookie.  That's how.


  1. I laughed at the description of your sweatshirt as "Navy Flair." That is kinda what it feels like sometimes..."WHERE'S YOUR FLAIR? Don't you want to show your enthusiasm and pride? How about some bumper stickers and signs for the front yard and every kind of apparel you can think of?"

    I thought about it, and the only piece of Army flair I own is a pin with the emblem of hubby's unit. That's because it was given to me at the wives' coffee. And the real kicker is, if I forget to wear it at future meetings, I will be fined a dollar. Oy vey.

  2. Oh man! That's awful. I got my pin....4 months later. I kinda fell through the cracks, being non-married and they didn't know my devotion to the Group yet (I haven't missed a meeting yet). So thankfully they look over the lack of marriage license and let me in to have some fun too.

    But no fines in my group. That's awful. I'd have to stash it in my purse for unplanned necessity. Good luck with that!

  3. I fall on the stingy side, too. I am incredibly good at convincing myself that I don't actually need this or that. My husband's not a big spender, either, so we wind up occasionally having to give ourselves a pep talk to convince ourselves to buy something we'll enjoy. It's silly.