Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Scenes From a Shopping Visit

With a ton of 20% off coupons in hand, I went to Bed, Bath, and Beyond.  I was looking for curtains in the clearance section, and found some.  Happy Dance!!  I also saw this number there:

Oh, no.  Surely they would draw a line somewhere before shower curtains.  Right?

No, they do not.  Sigh.  Moving along to the next store...

Oh, Bill!  You rapscallion, you!  

The boy and stopped at the deli within the store for some tasty chocolate chip cookies and popcorn.  They did not disappoint.  While there, we looked at the healthy snack selections offered at said deli.  Apple chips, sweet potato chips, and granola bars were there for the taking.

But then I looked at a small section within the rack that appeared to be devoid of any offerings.  What healthy treat was missing from it's rack?  

Oh.  $1.00 Doritos chips.  Ah, well.  How can "Food Should Taste Good" Multigrain chips compete with Doritos anyway?  

Still, who am I to criticize?  I was there for the chips and popcorn anyway (but did drink bottled water).


Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Conflicting Information

Hi folks!

I hope that you are all doing well.  SpouseBuzz (A website) gave me the awesome opportunity to blog for them.  Here is the link to that:

Reserved for Rank: Can Spouses Park in "Special" Spots?

It is a fun piece about parking that involves real research, an argument with my husband, and the promise to make him walk far the next time we go to Target (and I'm driving).

Still, I understand that it conflicts with this piece that I wrote for Military Spouse Magazine:

Respecting the Uniform

I will go on ahead and will highlight the conflict between both of my pieces.  Wives need to behave better, because service members (and other spouses) are not very forgiving when it comes to our lapses in judgement, and our loose tongues.  That is my "argument" for the Military Spouse Article.

For the SpouseBuzz article, I flirt with the idea of parking in a parking spot that is meant for my husband.  (IMPORTANT side note: My husband is not entitled to a special parking spot).  Personally, I am a-okay if a Captain's wife wants to park in an O-6 and above spot to buy groceries.  I'm not envious at all.  I don't think that she thinks that she is better than me if she parks there.  Actually, I don't care what she thinks.  Good for her for getting a good parking spot.  Lord knows that she'll have to contend with long lines once she gets to the cash registers.

Do other people disapprove of spouses parking in spots meant for active duty folks?  Yes.  They are entitled to their opinion.  Would I park in a spot meant for my husband (if I was entitled to do so)?  You have to read the article to find out.

Still, if you have a problem with either one of my stances, feel free to drop me a line.

Cyndia Rios-Myers

Friday, March 14, 2014

Respecting The Uniform - An Article About Military Bearing for Civilians

Oh, the uniform.  As some of you may (or may not) know, along with being a military spouse, I am also a veteran.  Both of those experiences exposed me to good and bad behavior when it comes to dealing with military folks (and civilians, too).

If you would like to read my article on Military Spouse's website, follow the link below:

Respecting the Uniform

Things I Wish I'd Known Before Buying a House - for Military Spouse Magazine

Hi Folks!

Every month or so, the wonderful folks at Military Spouse Magazine let me write an article/essay or two for them.

This article is one that I wrote about my family's two experiences with home buying, what I learned each time, and I think others should look out for.  Give it a gander!

Things I Wish I'd Known Before Buying a House

Cyndia Rios-Myers

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Another Cemetery Visit - Fort Rosecrans National Cemetary

So, our son likes visiting cemeteries.  Because it amuses me, we go.  He likes to comment on the ages of people when they die, the names, and how sad it is when he sees the graves of babies and children.  I agree.  I also like to use the opportunity to explain to him that life is short and so very fragile.  I hope that the lesson resonates with him.

A beautiful view for a final resting place.

What we discovered is that spouse and dependent tombs face one way, while veteran/active duty service member tombs face the other way.

The tomb of a female service member.  Do I want to be buried in a national cemetery?  I do not know.  

I love how much this interests my son.  More cemetery visits to come!

Saturday, March 8, 2014

More Gorgeous Skies

I do love taking pictures.  One of my frustrations with driving is that I cannot steer my car and take pictures at the same time.  There are so many funny things out there!  There are so many moving things, too.  Luckily, the skies around our home provide great scenes for me to photograph:

I was going to make up a blog post that discussed the types of clouds and weather that might come, but decided to settle for writing a post that talks about pretty skies.  Here they are.  They speak for themselves.

Getting a Bit Personal...

I try to keep a lot of my personal life off of this blog, as I want this blog to represent my works as a writer, and not my private life.  I used to have a blog where I featured events about my private life, but then acquired a creepy blog stalker.  I couldn't shake him, so I had to delete the blog.

But I thought that I would show you all a pictorial about something that happened in my personal life.

I am good. I am fine. We weren't planning on an addition, and weren't even "trying."  Still, it would have made for an interesting development in our happy little home.  

Thursday, March 6, 2014

San Diego Central Library

I have a confession to make.  I am not much of a library person.  I know, I know...  How can a writer say that?  E-Books, I tell you.  They are wonderful!  You can get great books for cheap or even free, and you don't even have to leave your house!  But of course, leaving your house is a good thing to do.  How else would anyone become inspired?  

I used to be a very avid library patron.  I had tons of books on hold and I constantly had new ones at home.  Some library systems are great.  The Anne Arundel County Public Library System is one of the best.  They always had every single book I wanted (even if I had to go on a waiting list here or there).  The San Diego Library is not that bad, either.  Still, we aren't huge patrons of it.  My husband loves e-books, too, and loves to buy reference books instead of checking them out.  And of course, we made a little boy who feels the same way about books - he likes to buy them instead of borrowing them.  Still, here's a few pictures of our visit to the wonderful downtown library:

I checked out a couple of magazines on homeschooling, and my son checked out a couple of books about Braille (a topic he is currently obsessed).  We walked around the gorgeous, three floor building and then left.  
It is definitely worth checking out.  

Gorgeous Skies

Hi Folks!

I know that it's been a while since I lasted updated my blog, so I thought that I would do so today.

What has been inspiring me?  Well, the interviews I've had for the book series I'll be writing soon.  That's exciting.  Other than that...not much.

But still, there is always something gorgeous to see if one simply chooses to take a moment and look:

So, stop and have a look around.