Hollywood Happenings – Volume 7

Hollywood Happenings BannerHello my Hollywood gurus! We have had a slow entertainment new month involving the military but I have managed to get you the dirt on some interesting stories. Calling all gamers, some interesting news about how the military was involved in the newest ‘Call of Duty’ game, National Geographic is highlighting the military once again, and we have some great news for Hot Chelle Rae fans!  Let’s get to it…


Call of Duty gets some help from the Pentagon


Many video games that have a military theme have trouble truly replicating the military experience. In an effort to improve on this front, Sledgehammer Games sought out advice from the DoD when producing their new game, “Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare”. The gaming company received advice on the theme of the new game leading to them deciding on research into the world of private military companies. “We thought that was fascinating and provocative,” Michael Condrey, studio co-founder, said. “What happens when an organization that’s built for profit has access to all the latest weapons and technology–an organization that can operate outside of the Geneva Convention, that can be purchased by the highest bidder? What if that got out of control?” ‘Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare’ releases on November 4th for all major game systems, minus the Wii U.

National Geographic releases “American War Generals”


National Geographic is at it again! After the success of their latest military feature, “Combat Rescue: The Last Stand”, NatGeo is now presenting a show that takes a look at 50 years of military history through the eyes of American Generals, such as Powell, McCaffrey, McChrystal, Patreaus, Clark, and more. The 2-hour special will talk with eleven active and retired U.S. Generals to show us never-before-heard stories and opinions. You get their insight into the war in Vietnam to the exit of U.S. troops from Iraq and Afghanistan.   This is definitely going to be an interesting special you will not want to miss. “American War Generals” premiered on September 14th. Be sure to catch an encore presentation of the show on the National Geographic Channel. You can also visit the website to get a behind-the-scenes look at the show including biographies on the Generals featured in the show. http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/channel/american-war-generals/

Hot Chelle Rae Announcement

Where are my Hot Chelle Rae fans at? Well, hopefully you are in South Korea! That’s right, Hot Chelle Rae recently announced on Armed Forces Entertainment that they will be performing 5 shows on the South Korea peninsula. Armed Forces Entertainment has provided the tour schedule on their website and we have listed it here for you as well so you can check it out. The shows will run from October 13th to October 18th at various installations across South Korea. You can also take a look at some of the other wonderful entertainers working with Armed Forces Entertainment in support of our troops here at home and overseas! http://www.armedforcesentertainment.com/

Celebrity Birthdays

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It is time for our celebrity birthdays! Here are some of the celebrities celebrating a birthday in September! Happy Birthday!

September 1stDr. Phil McGraw

September 2ndKatt Williams & Keanu Reeves

September 4thBeyonce

September 8thPink

September 9thAdam Sandler

September 12thJason Statham & Jennifer Hudson

September 14thAndrew Lincoln

September 15thPrince Harry & Tommy Lee Jones

September 19thJimmy Fallon

September 25thWill Smith

September 27thLil’ Wayne & Anna Camp

That is a wrap for this month’s Hollywood Happenings! Be sure to join us next month for more news from the entertainment world!


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AWTR Show 488: Practical Glamour

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I’m pregnant, and I don’t want to be.

My husband and I had been trying for a second baby for six months when we found out on December 24, 2012, I was pregnant. We could hardly contain our excitement and shouted from the rooftops.

On December 29, 2012, I miscarried. I can’t put into words the dark place I was in after I miscarried. My heart physically ached thinking about who my baby could have been. I tortured myself for months with what, if anything, I could have done differently.

Fast forward to June 2014. In the middle of my PCS from Korea to Fort Rucker, I found out I was six weeks  photopregnant. When I took the test and saw it was positive, my heart sank. I couldn’t go through another miscarriage. I couldn’t put my family through that again. When I showed Tom the pregnancy test, he was reserved and said, “Okay.” I was upset at first, but I quickly understood he had the same fears as I, and that, while heartbreaking in its own way, was, well, okay. I got it. Tom and I were scared to get excited about it.

As I am writing this, I am starting and stopping a lot, because I don’t want to put into writing how I am feeling. It’s embarrassing. It’s not right. I don’t usually write about negative stuff unless I have a positive twist, but this time?  I’ve got nothing.  It is what it is.

I don’t want to be pregnant anymore.

There. I said it.

As of this publishing, I am 17 weeks pregnant, and I hate every single second of it. I’m miserable. I am either unhappy, or I’m sick, or both. I am having trouble seeing the positive in all of this, honestly. I was talking to a friend, and I said I wanted to write about these feelings of defeat, but I couldn’t find the positive. And you know what she said? “The positive is you’re pregnant.” Why did I have to be told this WAS a good thing?

In speaking with another friend, I got the guilt trip. “Think of all the people who can’t have babies.” Yeah. I know. I get it. How I feel is selfish. I miscarried, so I understand the heartache of losing a baby. It took us two years total to get to where we are now – a healthy pregnancy – so I understand trying, seeing doctors, and just wanting to have another baby.

I get it.

How I feel, though, is how I feel. I find myself angry for so many reasons. I’m angry about being pregnant. I’m angry THAT I even feel that way. I’m angry that my body isn’t mine anymore. I’m angry that watching my dog lick himself triggers my nausea in the most horrific way. I want my damn life back. I want to not be exhausted all damn day. I want to be able to take NyQuil when I can’t sleep. I miss the little things, and they are quickly turning into big things.

Look, I am thankful I’m pregnant. I am thankful I crossed that threshold to where the chances of miscarriage drop significantly. I am thankful my son will have a sibling. I just wish I didn’t feel like I had to be a human sacrifice for this baby.

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Tara Crooks - September 15, 2014 - 3:05 pm

I say, everything is relative not only to what others are going through but to what you have gone through before, too. We are all entitled to our feelings. I am sorry that you feel this way, this moment. I do know that it will change. I applaud you for the honesty and bravery it takes to put yourself out there. Hang in there, mama.

Ayleen Aybar - September 15, 2014 - 5:20 pm

Forgive yourself because there is nothing wrong w the way you’re feeling/ thinking.

Tricia Clarkson Sankey - September 15, 2014 - 5:31 pm

Sounds like some hormones jumping around too! Not everyone’s pregnancy is a glowing, glorious event and it’s fine to just say so. I like the no frills post :)

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What does Back-to-School Mean for Me?

Ever since I graduated from college, I hardly feel summers come and go. I’m brutally reminded of the summers when the temperatures would increase and the amount of kiddos out and about during the weekdays. To be honest, I tend to even vacation on off-periods because of the better pricing. As a recent grad, I’ll take any discounts I can get.

You would never guess it was January, would you?

You would never guess it was January, would you?

So, this time of the year doesn’t really feel any different to me. This year though, I’m looking forward to a very special trip to Arizona to visit my husband. Last month, I mentioned that I’ve been spending my time on my own because of his TDY. My parents actually got to fly up from Texas to spend some time with me. I was very happy that they were able to see my first home with my husband.

Also, we were able to explore the D.C. area as well as just be together at my home. I loved it and it really was the perfect way for me to end the summer, especially with my husband gone.

Now my focus is just ending the year off right at our first duty station. I’m going to be in Arizona for the end of September to watch my husband’s graduation. I’ve seen him hold three different ranks and have yet to be there at an actual promotion and/or graduation from a class. Although this isn’t a promotion ceremony, it’s another Army achievement and I didn’t want to miss it. During the weekend I’m there, we’re going to try and squeeze in an Arizona activity, so it will be like a mini-vacation.

After that our focus will be the holiday season. We want to try and organize a trip before Christmas to a tropical location to close out 2014. I know it’s really crazy to even consider a holiday trip, especially when we have no idea what the next month will bring,  but it gives me something to look forward to for the rest of the year.

We’re trying to bundle our vacation with block leave so it will give us a bit more security. There are lots of amazing deals out there for cruising and that’s actually our vacation of choice. Cruise lines have awesome deals for the military community and booked early enough, you can include other discounts to your price.

Worried about a change of plans? I know that’s my biggest worry. We always include vacation insurance so we can easily change our dates if needed, and cruise lines understand the fluidity of the military lifestyle. Just don’t forget to discuss any concerns with your travel manager. Did you also know that you could also book cruise travel at your local MWR? That might be a great way to start a conversation, especially if you’ve never cruised before.

We cruised during my husband’s leave time for our honeymoon before our PCS, so we know it’s completely doable! Don’t be afraid to ask around in the community if you have any questions and never dismiss an opportunity for a getaway with your family because you’re in the military.

So, instead of the typical back-to-school discussion that other families have, my husband and I are concerned with getting our vacation season started and ending the year with a bang!

Do you vacation at off peak times? How many of you have cruised?

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My First Battle Buddies

Screen Shot 2014-09-11 at 9.59.31 PMOn June 16th, I left my San Francisco home of 3 years and moved to Southern Alabama to be with my fiance, who at that point, was in the beginning of flight school. Stepping off that plane in  the Alabama summer heat, I’ve never felt so many emotions – I was ecstatic that after 4 years apart, my fiance and I would finally have our first home together. I was terrified that I had just quit my job at Google, and didn’t have a clue what I’d do for work. But most of all, I was so nervous about meeting people – would it be difficult to find friends?

After a crazy week of signing for our home, moving in, trying to get settled, ordering furniture, and all those other fun things, I finally had a chance to breath – so now what? My soldier was in class, and I had no friends, no job, and not a clue where to begin.

Cue the Fort Rucker Facebook site – something I had joined a few weeks past, but hadn’t really been actively participating on the site. While scrolling through the page one day, I noticed a girl asking for recommendations for puppy trainers. Now, if you know me, you know I am OB-sessed with puppies, so I clicked on her profile. She looked about my age, and had just moved from a big city to Alabama with her husband, who is also in flight school. I did a little happy dance, and tried my best not to scream out “HI! I THINK WE HAVE A LOT IN COMMON, LET’S BE FRIENDS!” Instead, I sent her a message welcoming her to post, explaining that I was new as well, and asking if she wanted to grab coffee.

A few days later we went on a walk together and immediately hit it off – talking about the enormous change Southern Alabama was from our cities, her recent wedding and my upcoming one, how we were both new to the Army world….right then, I knew I had found my first Battle Buddy!

The next week, my new Battle Buddy and her husband asked if my soldier and I wanted to grab dinner with 2 other flight students and their significant others. My nerves kicked in for a moment, as I was wondering if we would all have things in common, if we would get along, etc. It took about 3 minutes within meeting each other for the 8 of us to feel like we were old friends, and once again, I was overly ecstatic about my good fortune.Screen Shot 2014-09-11 at 10.10.05 PM

We had formed our little crew, and not a moment too soon! My 3 new girlfriends all had their soldiers attending a several week long training, and that’s when I leaned how quickly the Army can bring people together. The girls and I ran errands together, formed a wine club, exercised together, had barbecues, and supported each other through those few weeks. When the boys joined us at home, we had our full crew of 8 back!

Now, I realize that I have been extremely fortunate to make such good friends so soon, especially on my first Army post. But it has truly given me confidence to reach out to other women to make friends, and to cast aside any self-doubt or shyness I may have as my soldier and I continue on our Army journey!Screen Shot 2014-09-11 at 9.58.21 PM

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