Sunday, February 17, 2008


OK...I'm having a pissy day.

Nothing with my computer is working. The "get-it" people don't seem to...LOL

I still need training classes scheduled. I have no SAP access. I have a lot of things to do and I can't do any of them because of it.

It has been blowing dirt for three days ...and even though I dust my office (where I spend most of my life) everyday...there is still dirt everywhere. My sinuses are acting up because of it. I am on my second large box of Kleenex in a week. I feel like I am getting sick and I am tired of fighting it.

The gym is making me crazy and pissy ipod is's not making me crazy, I'm just bored.

I need a hug and a night with a warm body (where are ya sweetie, when I need ya?) and I am tired of BEIGE. WHY is EVERYTHING in this country BEIGE????? I need some color. Hook me up. Someone send me a blue sky, some sea green water, hot pink bougainvillea and a few hugs. Oh...and don't forget the "poor pitiful me" box of Kleenex.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

getting there

OK...back to getting into shape. I have been here two months. Since getting has been CRAZY. I have worked (except for last week which was ONLY.. 97hrs) over 100 hrs a week the entire time. We have been short handed and when you are supporting troops in a war zone, you do what is necessary to get the job done.

I have had no time to write, exercise, and have a life...whatever. Hence the sad look of my sorely neglected blog and my fat butt. AS you can see, at least the blog is changing!! AND because YOU can't see (oh, I know, I could post photos...HA!, I don't think so!) ...I feel inclined to tell you. I have lost weight. Yes dear readers, yours truly, paula big butt, has lost weight.

When I arrived here, I was disgusted with myself. All the pants I brought with me (because I positively refused to buy anything only encourages you to get comfy on the sofa with your fat self) were too tight. I couldn't get my hands in the pockets...because I could barley get the pants closed.

I have been walking to Air-Ops (about half a mile there) almost every morning to give the briefings. I give the briefings and walk back to the office. I then walk (another half mile, maybe) to the DEFAC (dinning facility for you non-military) at least once a day. The other day I was standing in the DEFAC and they had Rip-it's...I love these little energy drinks (they are the same dimension as a coke can, but short) and they don't always have them, so I wanted to get a few. I had take out boxes for my co-workers and no coat on, hands were full and no pockets, in other words. Hard to carry all this stuff. So I shoved four of them in my pants pockets. I'm standing there when all of a sudden I realize, I have FOUR cans of soda in my pockets and my pants are still loose. I could have grabbed a few more. LOL. Well, I about fact I did, my buddies were all looking at me...probably thinking I had lost my mind....haha....that happened the day I signed the contract here...TO LATE!

The big news is that we have two new employees in our dept (the posse has arrived) and we now have help....we might actually get a real life. One of the newbie’s is an ex-drill sergeant and came out here as an MWR coordinator (moral, wellness and recreation) and he does the best ABS class around. He started to drag us all out to the gym. He has me on a plan and is my personal trainer. As well as personal trainer for everyone else in our dept. But they are slackers and this blog is not about them....LOL...IT'S ABOUT ME damn it!...tee hee

SO to the gym everyday, sometimes twice a day. I have muscles I didn't know existed before. Is there life in there inside those layers? You bet...I'm feelin it!

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Desert Haiku

windy night
the howl of a dog
from somewhere

sunless morning
sweeping the desert dirt
into a cloud

north wind
my nose running faster
than my feet

orange clouds
a taste in my mouth
of dirt

blue skies
little birds beneath
the date palm

Iraqi night
satellites prettier
than stars

witching hour
music laced with
the whir of a treadmill

bunker time
a fly on the wall

desert moon
tilting the hour glass
with a sigh

New Years Haibun

I received three packages on New Years day. I don't know how my family managed it. It was fabulous. Freshly ground blue mountain coffee (my favorite) and French vanilla powered creamer. Cookies (my Mom makes the best!) and other baked goodies. Socks, sweaters and my coat. Why I thought it wouldn't be "that" cold in the Middle East, is beyond me. Temporary loss of sanity I guess. It has been in the high 30's and low 40's here (I'm from the FL was 85 on Christmas) and I am freezing. Most of my things have not arrived yet and I am still in the "living out of a suitcase" mode. Nothing feels like home, everything is new. Setting up house is not that easy in a foreign country when you don't know your way around yet.

New Years Day
Grandma's war cake
plump with raisins

What I'm missing....

working Sunday

the view from home

on screen

We work seven days a week...that's what you get for getting 21 days off every 120 days.

Christmas email

Christmas eve
on the desert wind
a call to prayer

Christmas morning
the smiles generated
opening email

My trip to Baghdad

I am not going to post the picture of me and Mairtin (my son) in front of the "Victory Palace" in beautiful downtown Baghdad. We are standing across the lake from it and in front of Saddams children's palace "the Flintstone palace". I wish you could see the opulence of this compound, the size (bigger than Marathon...similar to the size of the inner loop of Houston) never mind the fact that the palace behind me is one of so many I lost would boggle your mind. He spent Billions here on himself and his friends. The boat house alone is bigger than any home I have ever seen...and I have seen a bunch. Many of the palaces have been bombed, by both US and Iraqi forces. I was so saddened by this display of the face of so many despondent and truly poor people in Iraq. The thing that struck me is that he used his money for all the wrong reasons....he could have been beloved by his people, he could have changed the face of his country and ....well...I just don't understand. These people have nothing and he flaunted this in their faces.

Sunday afternoon
a butterfly paused over
the Flintstone palace

Here are a few links if you would like to see photos (from other people) of what I took a tour of. I didn't take my camera and this is the only one I have a copy of right now.

The palace (Al Faw) I went to for the media party and Saddams Chair are on the third link but the first two have some really nice photos and some good commentary.

As for my trip to Dubai....OMG...what a blast! I sat at the foot of the ski slope eating sushi and watching the skiers haul butt down and slam into the glass....made for much amusement during dinner.

What a great place. When I get time I will post photos up on the easy share site and send y'all the link.

That's all for now! I'm going home to bed.....goodnight all!