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Lemongrass Collinses and things

My birthday is Friday, August 10. I'm looking for a place to have a shindig. I even went and ordered this dress:


To be my "pretty dress" since I already have Ugly Dress, and I love it. But it's not suitable for going out.

I was recommended the Lei Lounge on Park under the University Heights sign. Upside: good, stiff drinks, yummy food. Downside: too much pig on the menu (Steve is allergic) and the parking situation is not something I want to subject anyone I like to.

I am leaning towards having Italian food at Florencia's on University and then heading up to Ritual to have wine and beer on their patio. Parking still isn't perfect, but there's a pay lot at worst.

This is my drill weekend. It's also Pride, which normally I shun because I find it offensive that one must PAY to attend the festival. I still felt somewhat interested, but nope, I have Army. What's worse, my brilliant chain of command has decided that first formation at 0645 for PT is a good idea, for both days. So I have to drive up Friday night. I believe I have a hotel room paid for by the unit for Saturday, but I don't know where so that causes my anxiety-prone personality more anxiety.

I'm also plain burned out. I'm well into my seventh year and it's starting to be exhausting to make that 103 mile trip every month. It was okay when I was working at Steve's, because I could take Monday off and leave Friday afternoon to get there, etc. Now that I'm working full time, it's not so easy. I also hate the fact that the Army is judging me so hard for being a bit chubby. I've gained four pounds again since the beginning of July, although judging from clothing fit I *think* it might be muscle weight. My clothes are all loose and a photo taken on Tuesday shows me looking noticeably slimmer. Thing is, the Army doesn't care because they're all about the BMI. I am angry because I'm really happy about being almost 50 and looking this good and being in way, way better shape than most of the women my age. I'm a Leo, and I'm very vain. The Army does not want to let me feel good about it. Uncle Sam is an abusive husband.

Off to set up my coffee pot and get ready for tomorrow.


( 7 comments — Leave a comment )
Jul. 20th, 2012 10:46 am (UTC)
Don't they do the pinch test to distinguish fat from muscle any more, or is it strictly BMI now?
Jul. 20th, 2012 01:23 pm (UTC)
No, they "tape" you.
Jul. 20th, 2012 01:29 pm (UTC)
Oh, yeah. I remember that now. Didn't seem much more accurate than the BMI to me. In any case, good luck with it; I never managed to win the Battle of the Bulge while I was in, either active or reserve. There's better tools now, of course.
Jul. 20th, 2012 02:13 pm (UTC)
That's a cool dress. In green?

Happy birthday in advance, because I"m likely to forget.

How much longer before you can tell Uncle Sam to go screw?
Jul. 20th, 2012 03:35 pm (UTC)
Yup, in green.

I'm on my second contract, and it expires in 2018.
Jul. 20th, 2012 03:50 pm (UTC)
Cool to the green. I need to bookmark that site. Comfy stuff?

2018 isn't too far away, thankfully.
Jul. 21st, 2012 03:07 am (UTC)
I love the dress, I bet you'll look spectacular in it
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