I began my list of PLACES I WANT TO GO pretty easily. These places have been on my mind for a long time. I knew that making this list would be easy. It would also be a short list. Right now, in 2015, since my hubby and I just returned from Charleston, South Carolina these are the 13 places I want to go (not in any particular order):
1) Ireland. After seeing my Mom and my brother and my sisters photos of Ireland, and it has long been on my list of desirable spots to visit, it is a place I would like to vacation.
2) Israel. I asked Jeff if he'd like to go to Israel, since our pastor from our church takes a group every other year, and he said in a couple of years. So, that's a maybe in my book.
3) Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. While I am not necessarily naming desirable vacation spots this has been at the top of my dream place to visit for very long now. Ever since Anne of Green Gables...and because it is different.
4) Paris. I've been there - once. For a day. I would love to go for two weeks or more. See Paris very slowly. Enjoy Paris slowly.
5) an international mission trip.
6) Washington D.C. Seriously, I've never been.
7) an African safari. I just sounds amazing and adventurous!
8) Speaking of adventurous - white water rafting!
9) New York City. Seriously, I've never been.
10) a Caribbean cruise (somewhere beyond the Bahamas)
11) an Alaskan cruise sounds fantastic also
12) Hawaii. Yes, it's common, but wow!
13) Lastly, Equipping the Saints. It is the mission we support and to go I would need to be in remission for the strength to work because it would be a working trip.
Just 13 dream vacations, places I would love to go visit.
Completing Weather Observing School in the dead of winter I headed to my first duty station - Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska. I did not, however, continue training as an observer. Instead, I began working in an old hanger where the Enola Gay had been built - the airplane used to drop the Atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan, training as a weather specialist (which is what we were called instead since we weren't observing) making maps used by meteorologists around the world.
The old hanger was home to many offices including Air Force Global Weather Central, which is where I happened to each day for my weather specialist job. It was a secure facility. I worked with a team of 60 people, mostly weather forecasters, some officers most NCO's, and as a new airman never imagined I'd ever become one myself. As one of the weather specialists, we were basically the map builders, the acetate cleaners, the floor buffers, in other words, the errand airman, getting the short end of the stick all the time. The weather specialists fell for any of the weather forecasters who would take over buffing their section from the specialists on Sunday night shifts.
In no way shape or form did I ever like my job - except the people. I had an amazing Colonel (who made full bird Colonel shortly after I left) who always had time for me, or I should say always made time for me. When I would walk in for my shift he was always already on shift and when he'd see me he would yell across the entire floor (our work office was a very large opened area a few thousand square feet), "Sue - how do you do?" Which I in turn I would laugh. Smile real big. Turn red every time. And feel like part of the team. Always.
And then there was that time our team had a party at one of the NCO's house (who happened to be my supervisor). About ten of us played strip UNO...and that is all I'm going to say about that. Except, thankfully, I won!
We've fallen hard for the card game Apples to Apples and will play whenever we have more than just us in the house. It's always a good day when we end it with Apples to Apples. One just cannot go wrong! I will not lie when I tell you I absolutely love the game best when we are playing with Ashley. And it is even better when Ashley and my Mom are playing at the same time with us. And even better when Jeff is playing also.
I told you I wasn't going to lie about these things. They are just to important.
So, when my Mom came to visit over Christmas and New Years we played a couple games of the laughing to your stomach hurts game of Apples to Apples with my Mom and Jeff's mom who'd never played before (so there was quite the learning curve). Nonetheless, it was a grand time! If you have never played the game, find some of your bestest, riotest friends, go buy the game and play. You'll be so happy your did!
Besides the story I love (I am pleased) how this page turned out. I used Paislee Press digital products as well as Sahlin Studio (I've acquired a few of her products these past couple months).
Last year in June, Jeff's company brought the entire company, offices from three states, via buses to Ashville for their 25th anniversary and put everyone up at the Grove Point Inn, where the celebration would take place, or the Biltmore Plantation. We stayed at the luxurious Grove Point Inn which was just fine with us; the rooms were modern and extra large and best of all the celebration was at the Grove Point so when we were ready to head to our room we wouldn't have to wait on a bus to take us.
The company offered a free afternoon outing. One of the choices was a tour of the Biltmore Plantation which is what we chose. We were provided with individual listening devices and thus, took a self-guided, leisurely tour of the plantation. It was everything we'd heard about it and we enjoyed it immensely.
Photography was not allowed in the plantation so all we had were the outside photos.
In a few years I would return to Chanute AFB, IL for weather forecasting school. One essential fact I am proud of as a meteorologist: I never discounted the essentiality of the weather observation to a meteorologist and to aviation as a whole. I always appreciated the role of the weather observer when I was the weather forecaster, working along side a weather observer. We are imperative!
Unfortunately, these days, first the weather observations have become more and more useless, and the live weather observers are being replaced far to rapidly by technology, so much cheaper, but far less accurate than the human weather observer. When, once, the weather observation could tell the weather forecaster what type of clouds were present, now the weather observation gives an rounded percentage of how much of the sky is present and how high they clouds are (unless a live, human is present to augment the automated weather observation). Sad state.
It has been quite some time now that I have worked on my Meteorology Story Book (I have renamed my project) and when I recently returned to my story telling I found I was uncomfortable with the pages, in particular the type font that I had been using for the scripture verses and the journaling.
So I made some changes. And when all is said and done and the book goes to print I still may make even more changes, but this is pleasing to my eye right now. While I am using two different types of font they are very close together in style but different in size, highlighting both the scripture verses, which are all verses related to meteorology, and the journaling which is my meteorology story.
Each page, except a few story pages where I am considering adding small stories, include a photo of clouds in the sky taken by me (and maybe a couple photos taken by Jeff).
Did you know that long used folklore tale, "Red skies at night sailors delight; red skies in morning sailors take warning" isn't actually a folklore but straight from the word of God? Yep, it's in Matthew 16: 2-3. It makes my heart smile, and dripping with pride, to know God was the very first meteorologist! And, to think He's allowed me to be on his forecasting team!
I began my meteorology career in 1982 at Chanute AFB, Illinois. Chanute AFB isn't even a base any longer. This is an awesome website called On Broken Wings - Chanute Air Force Base | The Art of Abandonment It's gone now. As are the barracks/dorms I stayed in. And the Airmen's club I frequented. And White Hall where I was taught weather observing and a couple years later Weather Forecasting...
Weather Observing school was my first taste of the world of meteorology and only a small, but essential part of weather forecasting. In observing school I learned the states of the sky, the cloud forms and types, weather elements and taking weather observations. So interesting from where I began I would be doing again - today.
Another story from the files. Magic moments. Magical day.
We love Christian music. It is what we listen to on a regular basis. When we needed a rad gift for John and Jarrod's 17th birthday a day of Christian music was just the ticket. Magical moments galore on this day were found: John and Jarrod raising their arms in praise to our Lord, dancing in the seats, seeing Mercy Me in concert and hearing so many of our favorite songs. Building 429 was simply magical, the girl sitting next to me with Downs Syndrome was such a joy to watch - well - her contagious joy! Meeting Mercy Me in person. Magical moments, collected moments of pure, unadulterated joy found in the simple, the heart warming, the amazing. September 2014.
enjoying the sight and smell of 21 roses that Jeff gave me for our anniversary. We will be celebrating with a weekend trip to Charleston next weekend.
studyingthe Beth Moore Bible study, Jesus, the One and Only with John, Jarrod and my mother-in-law. We each complete the weekly study on our own then come together on Monday's to discuss the weeks work and watch the next video.
snacking on Reece's Peanut Butter Cups. A chocolate candy that I can, surprisingly, still eat.
struggling with the pain in my body. While some days are much better than others, even on the good days with no debilitation and no pain I still move so slow and hard. It makes me sad so often.
seeing two Eagle Scouts in our very near future
reading The Princess Bride (because we are finished with the Return of the King)
planning one Eagle scout ceremony for two up and coming Eagle scouts
For John and Jarrod's elective class, Bible, we completed four Beth Moore Bible Studies, Daniel, James, Esther, and David. Each one offered a unique experience and understanding. Esther was lighthearted and fun, but we saw God move so mightily throughout Esther's story and James, well, we memorized the first Chapter of James. I am still going to attempt the entire book of James, and still have time if I buckle down hard.
David was tough. They learned so many lessons of what-not-to-do through the life of David and so many more for the very reason David is a man after God's own heart. And then there is Daniel. I think this book challenged us all but let me tell you, when John and Jarrod shared with Mom what each chapter of the book was about and the take away lesson, well, let's just say it made this momma proud.