Well, I did it. I was going to use a foul phrase like I popped… never mind. I finally tied my running shoes and went out this morning. It’s been, well almost a month. A month full of among other things, no exercise unless you count walking the kids to the playground or throwing them in the pool. It’s been a month of eating crap… fast crap at the NEX because the kids are starving and I’m trying to feed them on the cheap. Side note, in Hawaii… there is no cheap food. There’s been a month of stress eating, eating because we’re bored and eating to well, eat Hawaiian style food. Not good. Yesterday two things happened… I made an appointment because I need a refill on my meds and I have a new doctor. Ray mentioned the lack of physical activity just as I was preparing another super processed microwaveable meal. Umm. Yeah.

I have to say, when we lived in Virginia I didn’t appreciate our proximity to military life enough. Around here, it’s everywhere. I left and ran by the Utah Memorial. My view included the tip top of the Missouri and a ship heading out of the harbor. Pulling over the bridge, I still get goosebumps as you see both the American Flag and Don’t Tread On Me flying in the wind with the Arizona Memorial in the background. Will it ever get old or mundane? The cost and sheer sacrifice are evident everywhere, including some of the families that we meet here as their family members prepare for deployments. It tends to put things in perspective. It makes me feel like I should go ahead and finish that run instead of being such a whiner.

Anyway… I survived the run. I think it improved my trapped like a rat mood. And the mood caused by the email that essentially said, I know you wanted your stuff delivered on Tuesday and we said we would but we made a mistake only 10 of the 12 crates are actually on the island. We think two are still at sea. We’ll let you know when they get here. Gotta love a good contractor. We’re betting on whether or not our beds that we all so desperately crave made it. If you hear cussing on Tuesday on the mainland, you’ll know that mine did not.

Happy Thursday. We’re off to enjoy life at the pool in paradise!