Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Why are you running?

If you're a runner.... read on.
If you're not a runner... read on.

Tomorrow, June 1st, is National Running Day. This gives me an excuse to blog about one of my passions. First let me say, it's something I used to avoid like the plague. What changed? I figured out a few things:

1) Running is a quick way to get in shape. If you're lacking time to go to the gym, tie on some running shoes and devote 15-30 min in the mornings to a run. Ideal for busy parents that want more time with their families. Moms, I highly recommend the book, Run Like A Mother.

2) Waking up early to run is good for the soul. While you're spouse is sleeping, and before the kids and the morning commuters get up and going, you can have some peace and quiet all to yourself and maybe your favorite ipod playlist. And before the sun comes up, you'll avoid the scoarching summertime afternoon heat. Don't forget the boost of energy you'll get to prepare you for your day.

3) It's cheap. Gym memberships? Who needs 'em.

Of course there are also the health benefits of burning calories and getting in shape, but there is something about the freedom of running that makes it stand apart from other means of exercise.
Are you one of those people that refuse to run unless you're being chased? You can still use running as a way of helping others, even if you're not actually the one pounding the pavement. Support a runner that is running for a charitable cause. Volunteer your time with an organization like Girls On the Run to encourage self-respect to preteen girls in your area. Or donate an old pair of sneakers to an organization that will pass them on to the less fortunate, natural disaster victims in need, or to recycle and use as as sports surfaces for basketball or tennis courts or playgrounds around the world.

How will you celebrate tomorrow? Make a lap or 2 around Barton Field? Visit MapMyRun.com for tracks and courses in your area, whether on base or off. Me, I'll be up at 5am, doing my daily run while the family sleeps peacefully at home. Then I'll register for my first half marthon coming up in November, where I will be running to raise money for Children's Miracle Network. (not an official charity of this race, but one that is near and dear to our hearts here at FGFCU.)

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Frugal Fun

Many of us are about to have a three day weekend, but many of us are also on a tight budget. So how will you fill up your weekend with non-stop fun that you can brag to your friends about on Facebook? Time to get resourceful. Luckily for you, I've already done some research....

1. More family time, less money spent

Members of FGFCU have access to discounted movie tickets, as well as discounted Six Flags and Carowinds tickets. So take the kiddies to see Kung Fu Panda 2 or ride the Rockin' Tug and high-kick your summer off to a thrilling start.

2. A beach trip that won't wash out your bank account

Pointes West ... forget the road trip this weekend. Take a short drive to this Army Resort and feel the sand between your toes. Added bonus: Beach Blast will be going on this Saturday!

photo obtained from newstimes.augusta.com
3. Don't pay a lot of money... but do pay tribute

Light up the sky at Columbia County's Red, White and Blue Celebration ... music by the US Army Signal Corps Band and fireworks at dusk. Also free is Augusta Concert Band's 20th Annual Memorial Day Concert on the River. Military can attend the Augusta Choral Society's Memorial Tribute Concert for a discounted price of $10 per person.

Decoration Day

I'm not sure why I can be a totally impulsive buyer when I shop at a place like Walmart or Target but when it comes to some things I cannot seem to make a decision, not matter how many options I have... like wall art. I've been in my office for going on three weeks now, and I did manage to hang up some (probably too many) photos of my kids, but there is a big white wall behind my desk that is driving me crazy. I searched online and in the stores, but I cannot find something suitable. Why is this so hard??? Perhaps I need a Wall Art Wal-Mart.
Over the weekend I finally made a purchase. I took my HomeGoods gift card and marched into the store on a mission. I headed straight back to the art section (took all the self-control I could muster not to deviate to decorative accessories or serving dishes), flipped through some frames and canvases... found a few possibilities. Oh, there's the clearance section.... and SCORE! Found something I actually liked, fit my criteria and (my favorite excuse to buy something) it was on sale. As I brought it out to the car, my husband remarks, "That's pretty big". Doubt begins to set in.
And what happens... I get it in my office and I immediately dislike it. It is too big. And why didn't I realize it had so much orange in it? Bleh. I could return it I guess. But the nearest HomeGoods is 2+ hours away. And because I'm such a frugal shopper, I'm not even sure I can return my clearance art anyway.
So it's just sitting on the floor, propped up against the wall. I'm hoping if I stare at it some more it will start to grow on me and then I'll be inspired to hang it.
Well, this wasn't what I was going to blog about today. I was going to write something about Memorial Day. I Googled it to see what interesting tid bits I could find and share. Here's what I found....

-Memorial Day was first observed on May 30, 1868. This date was chosen because flowers would be in bloom all over the country.
-It was originally called Decoration Day.
-In 1915, Moina Michael was inspired by John McCrae's poem "In Flanders Fields" and wrote her own poem:

We cherish too, the Poppy red
That grows on fields where valor led.
It seems to signal to the skies
That blood of heroes never dies.

Michael conceived of the idea to wear poppies in honor of service members who had lost their lives serving the nation during war.

I read this and suddenly felt inspired to hang that painting on my wall. It's a little big, and a little orange, but in honor of Memorial Day, my wall will now be decorated with poppies.

Monday, May 23, 2011

That's Boss

UrbanDictionary.com defines "Boss" as "Cool; impressive".  When talking about Better Opportunities for Single Soldier (BOSS), that sounds about right.
Combatives Tournament... pool parties.... Six Flags trips...car shows... skydiving... or how about the upcoming Summer Daze Party on June 4th?  Bringing together single soldiers for fun, fellowship and giving back to the community? Yep.  That's boss!
Want to join?  Email SGT Sullivan at ft.gordonbosspresident@yahoo.com or visit Fort Gordon's BOSS website for more details.

Beach Blast 2011

Memorial Day weekend... it's hot... you think, "Let's go to the beach!"  Great idea, except filling up your car with gas right now makes you want to cry.  MWR has the perfect solution for you: Beach Blast 2011.  Load up the kids and all their beach neccessities (is it just me and my family of 4, or is it not ridiculous how much stuff you find yourself dragging out onto the sand?). Take a short drive to Pointes West and get ready for some fun on the beach with about 1000 of your closest friends.  MWR has pulled out all the stops to make this the best beach day you've had in a while... horseshoe and volleyball tournaments, watermelon seed spitting contest, inflatable jumping castle, children's giveaways, hotdogs and hamburgers.  Sounds like something for everyone, even those that just want to lay in the sand or cool off in the lake.
Call (706) 541-1057 for more details.  See ya there!