Friday, November 8, 2013

Four months into our UAT

We are in the midst of an unaccompanied tour with my husband's first R&R fast approaching. It has been four months since he left. The boys and I are excited to see him. This four months has been an overwhelming time for me as I struggled with working on my MBA, driving the boys to school and back as well as getting them to after-school activities (swim team, robotics, tae kwon do), and just trying to keep the house functioning. On top of that, we may need to move houses. I know I need to go to the gym more, it actually does help my mental health. Yet, some days it is all I can do to drag myself out of bed and get everything else done.  Let's be honest, some days it is all I can do to drag myself out of bed, period.

We do see family and friends, but between our busy schedule and theirs, it just leaves limited time. And, though they are willing to help when I ask, I hate to ask. I so need to get over that!

My friend Susan told me to think of every day we make it out the door as a success, and I am taking that to heart.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Just doing a little math, the daily total cost to our economy from the 2013 government shutdown.

Just doing a little math here. . .

According to Brian Kessler, with Moody’s Analytics, a three- to four-week Federal government shutdown would cost the economy about $55 billion. (Isidore, 2013).

According to Republican Representative Tom Price, “Obamacare” will cost $1.76 trillion over 10 years. (Price, n.d.).

So, that is $176 billion/year or $482 million/day for healthcare versus $55 billion per three- to four-week period for a government shut down. Let us assume that $55 billion is for a four week period giving us the least cost/day estimate of a shutdown. Even still that is about $1.96 billion/day.

So, which is really more expensive, affordable health care at $482 million/day or a government shut down at $1.96 billion/day?

Let the government run and have this argument without putting our country in the hole by $1.96 billion/day for an argument that does NOT need the government to shut down to occur.

Common sense people, common sense!!!


Isidore, C. (2013, September 30). Shutdown: A multi-billion dollar hit to economy. CNN Money. Retrieved from

Price, T. (n.d.). The cost of Obamacare threatens America’s wellbeing. (Press Release from Representative Tom Price). Retrieved from’s-wellbeing