Friday, February 26, 2010

Upcoming Formal Events

I love getting my hair, makeup and nails professionally done and I love going to formal events!  However, most weddings are semi-formal which doesn't give me the opportunity to wear a beautiful ball gown.  I checked online for "formal events" but all I get are these weird tuxedo sites.

So I have decided to upload a few upcoming formal events all over the US.  Feel free to add more events or let me know where I can find more events!

Dallas, TX:
- Dallas Military Ball, Date: April 17, 2010 - Time: 5 PM to 1 AM. Location: InterContinental Hotel Addison, TX.  Hosted by: US Army. Tickets: $35 - $175/pp

Greensboro, NC:
- North Carolina Army and Air National Guard Military Ball, Date: March 27, 2010.  Location: Sheraton Greensboro Hotel at Four Seasons.  Tickets: $48 - $73/pp

Philadelphia, PA:
- Philadelphia Fur Ball 2010, Date: March 27, 2010 - 8:00 PM to Midnight.  Location: Loews Hotel 12th & Market.  Hosted by: Morris Animal Refuge.  Tickets: $99/pp

Los Angeles:
- The Masquerade Ball 2010, Date: March 21, 2010 - 7:30 PM to Midnight.  Location: Los Angeles, somewhere....  Hosted by: Ay Que Productions.  Tickets: $75 - $250/pp

- 2010 Atlanta Human Rights Campaign Gala Dinner, Date: May 1, 2010 - TBD. Location: Hyatt Regency in Downtown, Atlanta.  Hosted by: Atlanta Human Rights Campaign.  Tickets: $100 - $200/pp

Austin, TX:
- Paramount Theatre's 94th Anniversary Gala, Date: May 15, 2010 - 6:00 PM to Midnight.  Location: Paramount Threatre, Austin, TX.  Hosted by: Paramount Theatre.  Tickets: $200- $5000/pp

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Scabies Scare!

I have the weirdest allergies; I am allergic to all melons, mangos, bananas, apples, sunflower seeds, nickel*, and MSG. The usual symptoms include a mild irritation to severe contact dermatitis.

Lately, I have developed these strange looking, very itchy, red bumps on the back of my hands.  My friend (a med student) took one look at my hand and exclaimed "OH MY GOSH, you have SCABIES!  Get away from me!"  I was seriously offended at her tone, mostly because I had no idea what scabies was.

As it turns out, it's a really contagious skin disease.  So for two days I scratched the crap out of my hands which only seemed to itch at night and right after I washed my hands under hot water (symptoms of scabies).  After being awake half the night, I went to the doctor and what do you know?  I am allergic to the blue dye in my dish washing soap.  Yup, blue dye.

So what does she recommend as the remedy?  Bag Balm - a salve created to sooth irritation on cow udders.  I wish I were kidding here but nope.  Cow Udders!  It's not even approved by the FDA for human use... However, many exclaim how they love the product;  it can be used on diaper rashes to cracked skin and of course squeaky bed springs!

The Results: So I was a little freaked out when I bought it but found that Bag Balm has a slight medical smell but seems to really work.  I woke up this morning with beautifully smooth skin.  Two thumbs up to my doctor =D

* I was allergic to my first wedding ring because it had too much nickel in the gold.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

My First Giveaway - My Cats!

My First Giveaway will be my cats.  Yes, unfortunately my DH and I need to give them away before moving to California.

Risky is my four year old, female cat.   She was hit by a car when she was just a year old but has recovered beautifully!  All her wonderful black, gray, white and orange soft fur has grown back magnificently.  Paired with a set of gorgeous green eyes she is just the world's prettiest cat.  Risky is an attention seeking whore though (I know, I know... but why censor myself on my own blog?) and will do anything to get you to pet her and scratch her belly.

Lucky is my two year old, male cat.  My DH and I got him when he was just four weeks old!  He was so little that we fed him cat formula with a little spoon.  He has soft black hair with just a tousle of silver on his belly.  He is so unique with his bright yellow and green eyes.  He has a very spunky and fiery personality but he loves to cuddle up into my armpit and sleep with me at night. 

My Giveaway Rules
1. Please help me find a good home by linking my blog to your blogs, facebook, twitter, or any other messaging site and please flood it out into the cyber world. 
2. Email me back to if you are interested in my cats.

So easy right?  Thanks everyone!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Moving Qualms

My DH and I had a little argument about our move plans.  We are planning on moving into an apartment on a short term lease before moving into a more permanent residence.  The argument begin with the best way to approach finding a short term apartment.

Enchante's Plan:  I want to research online, find an apartment, put in a deposit and move in as soon as we move to California. 

DH's Plan: He wants to move to California, move into temporary lodging, look for an apartment for a couple of weeks then move in.  He wants to make sure the area is safe before we rent an apartment.

The compromise should be that we both research apartments, ask one of our friends to find scope out the area then move in when we get to California.  My DH doesn't know about this compromise yet because we haven't spoken today but he'll be notified when he calls (just like the Army).

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Here Today ... and Gone Tomorrow

I am back!  I have had a tough few weeks including problems with my parents, my sister, and of course my DH.  However, most of these things are calming down which in turn causes me less stress and allows my creative juices to flow once more.

So much has happened in the last few weeks.  First, my DH and I are moving to California.  We have finally received our orders* and my DH has been assigned to be a ROTC recruiting officer.  I asked my DH what the job entailed and he said "You know, I just get kids to sign up for ROTC ... and I do whatever else they tell me to do."  *blink, blink* Alright honey... whatever you say...

This means that I have to quit my job, find a new job, find an apartment, get someone to adopt my cats, change my drivers license, change all my professional licensure information and move our stuff to California in the next few months.** 

Second, I am looking to become pregnant.  Ahh!  Scary!  I never thought that I would be ready at 26 to have a child.  However, my DH and I are very excited about starting our own family (as are my closest friends... they are more excited about the prospects of my pregnancy than I am).  The earliest we could have a baby would be next January ... that is if we get pregnant right away.

As a mental health professional, I can't help but look for signs of PTSD in my DH.  The onset of PTSD is usually around six months so we will be waiting a couples months before trying to get pregnant.  The first six months will help my DH readjust to life back in the States, allow us to readjust to becoming a married couple and work through any martial redeployment issues that might arise (and they always do). 

I will be updating my blog more frequently in the next couple of days so please keeping reading and checking me out!

* See how I said 'our' instead of 'his'?  I am really maturing as a military spouse!

** I actually used to work for militaryonesource **** and I seriously learned so much about free military resources. The DOD has a great program called Plan My Move which helps military families plan their next PCS move.  I have been using the program and it shows me when I should talk to my transportation department to when I should bring in all my dry cleaning.  I love it!

*** I picked an Asian baby instead of the classic blond hair, blue eyed baby.  Yes, this has a lot to do with the fact that I am Korean American and because I was tired of seeing Aryan babies photos.  I don't know the name of this baby but props to this person.

**** A really great resource for military personnel and spouses.  They have information about everything!  Call them and they will give you information about everything from buying a house to free counseling sessions for you and your spouse (even kids) for FREE!  You can order free books and cds about how to deal with deployments to fiction novels.  You can spend HOURS on their website and learn everything about the military.  I promise that your military personnel spouse will be asking YOU for information about the military.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

A brief hiatus ...

I am taking a brief hiatus from writing on this blog.  I will be back as soon as I have my head on straight again.  There is too much going on in my personal life right now.  I will be back ... soon.

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