It’s January! The longest month of the year, or so it seems. Isn’t it like January 39th by now? The winter months can be rough. They can be dark, and cold, and just unpleasant. But at least they don’t last forever unless you live in like Antarctica or something. And YOU do have the Sip to brighten those long winter days.
MilSpouseFest is headed to Texas! We will have two events on March 10th in San Antonio and two events on March 12th at Fort Hood. We have day and night events with tons of encouragement, fun, food, prizes, and new friends 🙂
You can register here today! And make sure to share with your networks and friends! Then make plans to come!!! You will be glad you did 🙂
We are also looking for volunteers as well as veteran and spouse owned businesses for the event! Email Emily at [email protected] for more information.
If you can’t make our Texas events, we will also be in New York in June, Virginia in September, and North Carolina in November.
On January 28, 1986, the space shuttle Challenger launched after many delays from Cape Canaveral, Florida. 73 seconds later, the shuttle broke up in a plume of smoke and fire. There were no survivors 🙁 What added to the heartbreak was that the flight included the first ordinary US citizen to travel into space, high school teacher, Christa McAuliffe. We will never forget that tragic day so many years ago.
WANT TO KNOW
Ever been so cold you just want to fall on over? Iguanas have! Say what??? Last Tuesday, the National Weather Service warned people in South Florida of falling iguanas. Falling iguanas? Yes, falling iguanas. The weather is unusually cold for the area and as the lows dip into the 30s and 40s, these cold-blooded animals slow down or become immobile. Since they rest in trees, they can potentially fall from them when this happens. Watch your step if you are walking around Florida this time of the year.
What would YOU do if you found $40K??? A man in Owosso, MI was faced with this exact question. He had bought a footstool at a resale shop, took it home, and when his daughter unzipped the cushion, they found $43,170! WOW! The man then started the process to find the former owners feeling it was the right thing to do. The family who had donated the furniture was relieved to have the money back as it belonged to their grandfather who had recently passed away. You never know what might be hiding in your second-hand furniture.
Message in a bottle, message in a bottle…nope, not talking about a Police song right now, a woman in England found an actual message in a bottle here in modern times. Can you believe that? The bottle had been tossed in the water by a man in Quebec, all the way across the Atlantic ocean. The note was in French and it took a year and 5 days to travel to England. Talk about impressive! And quite a bit romantic too. Maybe the start of a new romance novel?
NEED TO KNOW
It’s time for the Super Bowl!!! The San Francisco 49ers and the Kansas City Chiefs are headed to the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida for Super Bowl LIV, the 54th Super Bowl. The game starts at 6:30 PM on February 2nd, 2020. Who will YOU be rooting for???
For some happy military news, The USS Abraham Lincoln returned home after 10 months at sea on January 20th, 2020. The ship docked in San Diego after 294 days at sea! The ship was originally supposed to arrive in San Diego in October, however, the deployment was extended through the holidays. The ship broke the Navy’s record for the longest post-cold war carrier deployment. We are SO excited for the service members and families as they have been able to finally be reunited after so much time apart.
Time is moving forward with Trump’s Impeachment. Right now, they are in the Senate Trial. The rules for the trial were set on January 21st, and the opening arguments began on the 22nd. Senate rules state that the trial needs to happen 6 days a week until a vote to convict or acquit the President happens. It starts at 1 pm each day and goes through the evening. The shortest the trial can probably be is 2-3 weeks. President Bill Clinton’s trial lasted five weeks if you were curious. Due to the timing of the trial, it will overlap with the start of the election at the Iowa Caucuses on February 3rd, and the State of the Union on February 4th. Whew…that’s a lot to take in and not sure what it will mean for the start of this hectic election season.
Nominations just closed for the 2020 Armed Forces Insurance Military Spouse of the Year (MSOY). We will meet the candidates on January 31st, and base votes will be from February 3-7th. We are excited to see who will be nominated this year!!!
Our thoughts and prayers go to the families of those killed in the helicopter crash on Sunday. The victims included basketball legend, Kobe Bryant, his 13-year old daughter, Gianna, John, Keri, and Alyssa Altobelli, Christina Mauser, Ara Zobayan, and Sarah and Payton Chester.
READING WHILE YOU SIP
I think it got down to 18 degrees here in Tennessee last week, which I KNOW isn’t as cold as it gets in other places but still. It’s cold! This article by Military Spouse Magazine gives us reasons to be excited about the cold, at least if you are stationed at the 7 duty stations they mention in the article.
Raise your hand if you are an introvert, wait no you don’t have to raise your hand if you don’t want to. But if you are one and want to make friends, here is The Introvert’s Guide to Making Friends at Your New Duty Station.
We love this piece on reintegration and finding your rhythm after deployment from our friends at Military Families Magazine. Homecomings are exciting but readjusting can be quite difficult.
WATCHING AND LISTENING WHILE YOU SIP
Need a new podcast in your life? You know you do! Make sure to check out Army Wife Talk Radio by Army Wife Network, which is a radio program to empower you in your military life journey. Their latest episode is, “The Weight of Honor,” which kicks off their new season. Their special guest is Stephanie Seldin Howard, director, and producer of, “The Weight of Honor,” which is the first comprehensive documentary to chronicle the lives of families caring for their catastrophically wounded returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
LET’S GET SOCIAL
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