Archive for December, 2004

2005 is almost here…

Well, before we can say hello to 2005, it’s time to say good bye to 2004.

It’s amazing how much changes in a year. In 2003 Frank and I were engaged and married and I thought that was a pretty wild ride. This past year, the ride continued – Frank received the good news that he got a job in Milwaukee and I found a job and we moved our entire lives up to Wisconsin and made new friends and started a new life in a new place. And it has been outstanding!

I love my job, I love our new church and our new home. It has been challenging, but still rewarding. God has done amazing things in our lives and I can’t wait to see what he has in store for us. I know that things are going to be challenging – that growing is never easy – but I am working to have faith in God and that He has a plan for us.

So as 2004 is coming to a close, I am extremely grateful for the many ways that God has blessed us, our family and our friends.

I hope everyone has a safe and wonderful new year!

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Yes… it is 10:30 and I just emailed a project that I was working on (which isn’t done, btw) to myself. I am getting into panic mode: work is consuming all my time, I am not done Christmas shopping, I can’t keep up with the mail coming into the house and I can’t stop eating!!! HELP!!

Fortunately, I have my little snuggle bunny of love – Frank. Aw. Come to mama!

Unfortunately this lack of time to do anything has made me mildly bitter and I am definitely not in the holiday spirit. What’s worse is that not being in the holiday spirit is only making me stressed about not being in the holiday spirit. HELP!! It also seems that everyone else around me has oodles of time and can get everything done… How is that possible??? I work 6 days a week and sometimes 12 hours a day… today was 13… or 14… can’t keep track.

I’m such a whiner. Happy holidays!

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I miss the old bugger.

Well, Frank is out of town. He’s in Iron Mountain, MI right now, sound asleep. He has a 4:30 am wake up call and he should be home by 3pm tomorrow afternoon. Hoorah! I guess even though he lies on my blog, I do kinda like the guy. I mean, he’s my best friend in the whole world and all that mushy married stuff…

Work has been pretty stressful and busy. I actuaally need to get to bed, but I hope everyone is doing well!

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What REALLY happens

Hello all,

Before I begin, I should probably say that this is not, in fact, Emily. It’s actually Frank. I, along with all of you, check Emily’s blog daily to read her take on this crazy story called life. Recently, I read a post that supposedly outlined a day in my life. Unfortunely, this post is INCREDIBLY inaccurate.

Allow me to explain exactly what a day in my life looks like.

6:03 am – The alarm goes off. She moves over, hits the snooze button, pulls the covers up to her chin and is back to sleep. This is true. I however, bolt awake, look over at my still dozing yet blushing bride, and gently scratch and rub her back and arms, coaxing her oh so easily into another day.

6:14 am – Repeat above.

6:29 am – “I am getting out of bed. I swear. Frank, tell me to get out of bed.”

“Emily, you work hard. If you need a little more time to sleep, that’s fine. I’ll go and make breakfast for you. Eggs Benedict again? We’re out of fresh oranges, so the orange juice will be store bought instead of fresh squeezed. Is that ok?”

“uh huh.”

6:45 am – “Well, I guess I missed my work out.”

“That’s ok. You really don’t need it. The amount of calories that you burn when you work as hard as you do at the office does more than replace a missed workout. How about I give you one more quick massage and then start the shower for you.”


7:00 am – Emily gets out of bed. She goes to shower and by the time she gets out, breakfast is waiting for her on the table, and Diane (MMMmmm… skirt.) and Charlie are on the tube telling us what’s going on in America today.

7:45 am – While Emily was getting ready for work I go down and do a light 45 min. workout. As I don’t want to strain anything, I keep it below 150 lbs. I come up, take a quick shower, throw some clothes on and then drive Emily work.

8:15 am – I get home, have a quick bowl of cereal and a granola bar, while getting my news by reading the completely and totally unbiased drudgereport.com, snopes.com, and the onion.com.

8:45 am – I begin to do laundry. In order to be as efficient as possible, I’ll wash the clothes I’m wearing now, which causes me to be operating, for a short period of time in the, uh “buff”, to use a well chosen word to describe me.

8:47 am – Phone rings – it is my still subtly blushing bride.

“So, what are you doing?”

“Laundry. Guess what day it is?”

“What day is it?”

“K Family Naked Day.”

“Frank. Please get fresh oranges today. I’m tired of store bought OJ”


“I mean it.”

“Mmhmm, after West Wing. I’m doing laundry.”

“It’s a deal.”

10:00 am – West Wing is on Bravo, or “bruhVO” as I like to call it. It is true that I have a little bit of a thing for CJ. And Donna. While watching the West Wing, I fold and iron laundry. As my gently brushing bride likes to wear an average of four sets of clothes a day, there’s quite a bit of laundry to fold and iron.

11:45 am – Phone rings – It’s the oh so softly blushing bride, the love of my life. I get a little excited when she calls.

“Frank, what’s that noise in the background?”

“Nothing, what’s up?”

“Was that a flush?”

“No, what’s up?”

“It was! Gross!”


“Can you pretty please bring me lunch?”

“Of course. Sushi again?”

“uh huh.”

“OK. I’ll be there in a half hour.”

12:15 pm – I bring Emily lunch and eat with her.

12:30 pm – I drive to the airport to check my mail box, then to skyway HQ to get a bunch of free airplane tickets for Emily and her friends. Sadly I can not go with on these trips because I have a 90 minute leash on me that’s attached to my suitcase at the airport.

1:30 pm – I go to the store and shop for a bit. Chicken Voila and Diet Dr. Pepper, and lots of it.

2:30 pm – I come home and take a brief power nap.

2:50 pm – Phone rings – It is the eternal flame of my heart, the object of my desire, my ever so lightly blushing bride.

“Hey. Watcha doin?”

“I was just getting up from a nap.”

“Have you done anything today besides bring me lunch, take a nap and watch West Wing?”

Not wanting the wife to feel bad I keep my response to “yeah.”

“Ok. Well, I’m going to a rep lunch for the rest of the day. Can you pick me up at 5?”

“Yes’m miss daisy.”


“Nothing. I said I’ll try not to be so lazy. See you at 5.”

3:15 pm – Emily likes to come home to a clean house, so I clean the bathroom folding the towels and clothes “hotel style” the way she likes, scrub and swiff, dust, vacuum, rotate the cushions, do the dishes, scrub the sink, light a few candles and put a bottle of wine in the fridge.

4:45 pm – Leave to pick up Emily.

THAT, my friends, is a day in the life of a pilot on reserve

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Long Days.

Well, not to be a big whiner, I am working today. And I worked yesterday. Today is Sunday. Yesterday was Saturday. I’m a little bit tired. Frank is flying tonight and tomorrow night and will be home Tuesday, so that will be good for him. Hopefully things will slow down with work and I can go with him on his next trip. I have 3.5 days off left to use by the end of the year, so i need to figure that out, too.

So anyway, that’s kind of what I have been up to. Yesterday I went to the Women’s Christmas Brunch. That was absolutely adorable. THe kids put together a Christmas Musical that they preformed – just as cute as buttons, these little kids! I also got to spend some more time with Amy, a girl from my small group. That was fun!

Personally, Frank and I are working to make prayer a bigger part of our lives. Our goal is to invest in prayer before we make decisions and to help us really consider things before we speak. The idea is that through prayer, we will be in the mindset to see and hear what God wants for us and let that drive our decisions.

Well, I gotta get dressed and then we’re going to church.

Hope everyone is doing well!

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A day in the life of Frank

6:03 am – The alarm goes off. She moves over, hits the snooze button, pulls the covers up to her chin and is back to sleep.

6:14 am – Repeat above.

6:29 am – “I am getting out of bed. I swear. Frank, tell me to get out of bed.”

“Emily, get out of bed.”


6:45 am – “Well, I guess I missed my work out.”

“I guess so. Move over.”

7:00 am – She gets out of bed, finally. I take her side of the bed – it’s warmer.

7:55 am – “Well, Frank, I’m going to work, I love you. Good bye.”

“Bye Babe. You want me to drive you?”

“No, it’s okay.”

“Are you sure?”

“Yeah. It’s only 22degrees out. I’ll be fine.”

“I’ll give you a ride.”

“Oh, okay.”

8:05 am – The house is empty. Begin morning ritual. Pour cereal. Scratch. Pour orange juice. Stretch. Watch music videos – this is the only time of day that they play those things. Scratch.

9:00 am – Scratch.

9:15 am – Phone rings – it is wife.

“So, what are you doing?”

“Nothing. Guess what day it is?”

“What day is it?”

“K Family Naked Day.”

“Frank. Please at least shower today.”


“I mean it.”

“Mmhmm, after West Wing.”

“It’s a deal.”

11:59 am – Phone rings – it is wife.

“Please tell me that you have showered?”

“Even if it is a lie?”


“You know, CJ really sells herself short sometimes. She’s really attractive.”

“Okay, Frank, CJ is not a real person. Did you see the check list I left for you?”


“Please, please, do something on it.”


“Is that flushing I hear?”


“Gross. I have to go. I have a meeting.”


4:45 pm – Panic has settled in. Shower. Dress. Shave. Brush teeth. (well, rinse)

Oh, to be a pilot on reserve 🙂

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