Sunday, July 6, 2008


6:45 AM. This seems to be the new time my body has decided to wake up everyday now. It doesn't matter if I go to bed at 2 AM, I am wide awake at 6:45. I've decided that the only explanation for this is my unconscious mind is telling me their is shit to be done and sleep is reserved for after you are dead. Because Sunday is my day to sleep in and I happened to be up at the crack of dawn today, I now have this lovely two hour chunk of time that is all mine and it is time for a blog entry.

I am well aware that the blog has been silent for long periods of time. It's not that I don't want to write... actually it's quite the opposite. This summer I have started writing Life in a Cracker Box - The Book. I started this project thinking it would be rather easy to pull blog entries and fill in some cracks and then *poof* there would be a book. Funny how it doesn't work that way. Sitting down and recalling memories has turned out to be hell. There are so many moments I would love nothing more then to just burn out of my mind. Arguments I wish never happened. Words I wish were never said. As painful as some of these memories are they are still moments in my life that I can't take back. They are moments that define what J.R. and I have been through and how his injury has affected our lives. They're important. So when you see a long stretch of silence rest assured that life is still being documented. It's just at a slower pace with more proofreading.

On top of writing a book this summer I am picking up a million hours of work whenever possible. Cost of food is rising, gas is only going to get more expensive, and I refuse to work a million hours this fall and take 16 credits at the same time. I am hoping by saving my pennies now I will be able to cut my hours back at work once again and focus just on my studies. It's a nice dream.

Now onto the good parts of life.

This summer J.R. and I are welcoming a new member of the family. No, I'm not pregnant. Shame on you for jumping to conclusions. He is furry, has four legs, and goes by the name of Brutus. He happens to be the cutest springer spaniel I have ever laid eyes on and even though he is a giant pain in every ones ass I am completely in love with him. He's currently living with J.R.'s parents as we cannot have a dog in our apartment, but come August we will be in a new place that will allow us to have as many pets as our hearts desire. Currently he has already destroyed one internet cable, one pencil sharpener, and I'm sure a few other objects that we have yet to locate. We're going to have to work on that whole chewing issue.

This summer has also kept J.R. busy with logrolling. He's back at it and better than ever. After weeks of rolling he seems to finally be back to his old style. He looks healthy and he smiles more than he has in the last year. His body has made such a transformation from a year ago when his face was thin and sunken in, his arms were limp and tired, and all of his pants were falling off. The muscle has returned to his legs and arms, his face is full once again, and he now looks like the healthy man I married. It's a relief. Currently he is in Canada competing. I would love to tell you the exciting results of his three competitions but I have a feeling that he will kill me if I spill the beans. So for now my lips will have to remain sealed. As always we encourage anyone in the Wisconsin area to come watch him roll at the Lumberjack World Championships in Hayward, Wi. Come see him July 25, 26, and 27th!

In our spare time when I am not working and J.R. is not rolling, we have been busy sawing lumber. We have sawed thousands of board feet of wet heavy red pine timbers. Because J.R. doesn't trust me running the actual mill (every time I ask to run the mill he mutters something about me+power tools+sharp spinning blade=scary) I get stuck pulling boards. Now I don't know if you've ever had the chance to pull 16 ft long boards of heavy red pine up hill, but if anyone ever asks you to do this run. J.R. has the ability to saw the boards faster than I can pull them and re-stack them on the trailer. Although it was grueling work for both of us we managed to survive the sun and our tempers. And even though I would never admit it to J.R., I actually enjoy sawing lumber with him. It's a great upper body workout for me and I get a tan while doing it.

For now that is all I am able to spill to the world. Of course there is more news to share but once again my lips must stay sealed until a later date and time. It's time to take my coffee, glue on a smile, and head to work for another day of selling clothes to the good people of Menomonie.


Anonymous said...

Your body keeps waking you up at 6:45 a.m. so you don't miss a precious moment of sunshine and warmth during the summer. Just getting ready for the winter that is around the corner! Thanks for the update.

Fire Fox said...

Glad to hear you're still doing well... good luck with the book... let us know when it's headed to the publisher! I'm especially glad to know JR is doing better, enjoying his life and following his dreams...
Brutus is adorable... that's why they're made that way - so when they wreak havoc on all around, the big sad puppy eyes keep you from tossing them out! The difference between cats and dogs? Cats have personalities - Dogs have souls!
The mill work sounds very interesting... do you build things or just cut the wood?

Anonymous said...

I have recently just started reading your blog and I love It. I am from the Atlanta GA area and check back frequently to both of your blogs to see how you are doing. I love your life stories and I'm rooting for you. Good luck to you with your book and JR's log rolling.


Anonymous said...


Glad to see you're back on line. As I noted on Jr's blog, I'll buy a copy of his book when it gets published. I'll buy a copy of yours as well, but only if you promise to autograph it.

I hope that both you and Jr enjoy the rest of the summer, and that the rest of the year goes as well for you. Please update us with how JR is doing with logrolling, as there are a number of people who read your web site that are anxious to find out if he can get his title back.

Soldiers Angels, NYC

Anonymous said...

Good to see your update. That is one adorable puppy! Hope you continue weaving thoughts and words into a book. Take care of yourself, enjoy the sun and days of moving freely in summer clothes! We Wisconsinites know what's ahead weatherwise... Looking forward to the logrolling news.
Cathy B

Mary said...

I won't tell you Brian's comments on this blog, because one of them was very unpleasant and the other would probably make you cry - you should know Brian's best friend of all time was named Cosmo, died while Brian was deployed, and was the same breed as your Brutus.
In other news, just because you can't blog it here doesn't mean you can't tell ME. Tell me! Tell me! Tell me! And you know I won't buy your book. I fully expect proof reading rights. Ha!

this is a test said...

I've been meaning to call and congratulate you on your new purchase!! I heard all about it at the Jackson Family Reunion. Sounds like a lot of work, but your mom said you're really excited. Speaking of the reunion, things have definitely changed. The kids now just aren't as good at water fights as we were! I saw Maura and was in shock for a long while after finding out she's old enough to drive. I never thought the day would come that I would say, " I remember when you were...."

Glad to know things are going well w/ you. Give me some advance warning if you decide to come home this summer so I can make time to see you.

this is a test said...

Ok, quick funny story. I started a blog early titled "this is a test" to show my mom how it works. Apparently I'm still signed in under the test blog :)

Consul-At-Arms said...

Congratulations on the new addition to the family!

Dogs make good people better people.

I've linked back to you here: