13 Free offers from MWR @ Fort Benning

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Here are 13 free offers from MWR:

Bring a friend to the Family Entertainment Center every Thursday in January and you play for free! For more information, call 706-545-4272.

Resolve to get a handle on your finances. Financial Readiness offers a free Checking Account Maintenance Workshop to help you understand transactions records, monthly balancing, and avoiding overdraft fees. This class is offered every Monday, except training and federal holidays, at 9:30am at Building 7. Child care is not provided. To register, call 706-545-5374.

Celebrate National Pizza Week with half-price pizzas between 11am and 1pm Jan 7-11 at the Java Café. That’s half a pizza free, so it counts!

Your Fort Benning Ice Hockey team will play the Columbus Cottonmouth Legends at 6:15pm Jan. 25 and the Fort Bragg Ice Hockey Team at 6pm Jan 26. Games are played at the Columbus Civic Center. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-505-7759.

Kids eat free Mondays at the Huddle House.  Two children’s meals with one paying adult.

All the cool kids are meeting at Sayers Library at 10am Tuesdays and Wednesdays for a wild hour of stories, singing, games and crafts.  This event is always free and always fun! For more information, call 706-545-4911.

Army Community Service offers a Citizenship Study Group free to Soldiers, family members and military retirees from 1-2pm Mondays and Wednesday at Building 7 on Baltzell Avenue. To register, call 706-545-4043.

Because good grades are sweet! Smoothie King will award honor roll students with free smoothies Jan. 16-23. Bring your report card with all ‘A’s or ‘A’s and ‘B’s to Smoothie King inside Smith Fitness Center.

Fort Benning’s Conservation Branch will host a Hog Hunting Seminar at 5:30pm Jan. 23 in room E106, Building 4. Here you’ll learn how to hunt ’em, when to hunt ’em and where to hunt ’em. For more information, call 706-544-7516.

Outdoor Recreation will host a free disc golf clinic from 5-6:30pm Jan. 24 at Russ Park. This event is open to all MWR patrons.

There’s more to camp cuisine that roasted wieners. Learn to cook easy, delicious meals in the great outdoors during the Camp Cooking Clinic, at 5:30pm Feb. 20 at Outdoor recreation on Gillespie Street. Participants younger than 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. This event is free, but space is limited. To register, call 706-545-7978.

Tickets & Travel has the information you’ve been looking for on free tickets to Universal Orlando Resorts. Tickets are available until March 31. Call T&T today at 706-626-7644.

Outdoor Recreation will host a Kings Pond Overnight Campout starting at noon March 16, April 20 and May 18. This event is free and fun for the whole family. Join us for storytelling around the campfire, s’mores, boating and more. Reserve your spot by calling 706-545-7978.

Bridgett Siter
Directorate of Family & Morale, Welfare and Recreation, Fort Benning, Georgia



Weight update

I am sorry to say that things have not been going so well.  I had a lot of baking to do and it was super hard to resist eating.

I sold most of what I baked, but the things I did not sell, like cookies and cakes, were sitting here on my counter.  I ate about 5 cookies and two slices of the cake.  This all happened yesterday.  Well, today I am starting again.  The sun came up to welcome me to a new chance to get it right.  I started the day by getting rid of all the sweets.  I also got a bag of juicing carrots from Publix.  I have ginger, carrots, and green apple juice today.

I am good with this juicing during the day.  It is at night when I am home with nothing to do that I mess up.  I did not eat the junk food all day yesterday, but around 11pm I jumped in.  I think the best thing for me to do is to stop staying up late.  The only problem I have with that is my husband gets off work around 11pm and I have to pick him up most nights.  This means I come home and make him something to eat.  This man can eat, but he gains no weight.  The other issue I have is he never seems to be willing/able to say NO to me.  When I make him something after work it is hard for me not to get something as well.

I’ve got to find a way to beat this urge to eat late at night.  On top of that, once he goes to bed I stay up and eat some more.  This eating will last until well into the morning hours.  I often eat things like cake, crackers and things that are quick to make and eat.  Man, I hope to have this day go well.  I just need to have one full day of success and then I will see the goal.

Aprons, Hand towels, and Brooms

I love watching old movies. In fact, I spend a lot of time watching them.  In many of these movies the wife is always perfect.  She keeps the house clean, the kids are always well taken care of, and her breakfast, lunch and dinner are always cooking or done.  Well, that’s TV, right?

I remember watching my mom as a child and she seemed to have it all under control.  My dad went to work and she cleaned up after breakfast.  By noon my lunch was ready.  My home was clean and I always remember watching her clean.  The house always seemed to smell of dinner cooking after lunch was done.  My mom even baked bread.  Man, I get tired just thinking about it all.

I wonder what happened to women today?  Like our parents or grandparents, we have the same amount of the time in a day to get things done.  With 2 kids and your husband at work all day, why does it seem impossible to have dinner ready, the house clean, and the kids bathed and in bed all by 8pm?

How did our parents do it?  I sat down one day and made a schedule for my day.  It went something like this:

  1. 5am breakfast
  2. 6am clean up the kitchen and make lunch for husband
  3. 7am take husband to work and go to the grocery store
  4. 10am make my lunch/wash clothes/clean bathrooms
  5. 12 noon eat lunch and clean up afterward
  6. 1300 start dinner/complete washing and sweep floors
  7. 1500 complete dinner/clean the kitchen
  8. 1700 pick up husband from work
  9. 1800 have dinner and clean up dinner dishes
  10. 2000 time with husband
  11. 2200 bedtime

Wow. I get everything done.  Now lets get started.  This is how the day really went:

  1. 5am turned off alarm and went back to sleep
  2. 6am took husband to work and returned to bed
  3. 9am got something to eat and put a load of clothes in washer
  4. 10 am watched TV/facebooked
  5. 1200 ate some lunch
  6. 1300 more TV/facebook
  7. 1500 cleaned the kitchen/facebook
  8. 1700 picked up husband
  9. 1900 made dinner and ate/facebook
  10. 2100 cleaned up the kitchen
  11. 2200 more TV/facebook
  12. 2300 bed

Can you see the problem with today’s women versus the women of the 40’s?


Update (weight)

As you know I’ve been working on losing weight.  Well, I started cooking baked goods to make a little extra money for the family.  I forgot that I was not supposed to eat the baked good.  oppps.

I went to my doctor’s appointment and got on the hated scale.  I hold my breath, and wait for the digital number to post……here it comes….what the hell, I gained 17 pounds since August…crying.

I am now a very big girl unhappy.  I was so upset that when I came home I fasted for 24 hours.  Now I am getting this done before the summer.  There is no way I am going to be at 300 pounds this summer.  I need to lose 120 pounds to be at my goal of 130.  I will post my YOUTUBE again and keep updates on how things are going.  I am going to get back to juicing again starting next week.  For 60 days starting December 23, I will drink nothing but juice.  Well I may have dinner on Christmas with the family but that will be it.  At the end of 61 days (since I’ll eat Christmas dinner) lol I will post my new and old weight.

I’ve tried this in the past and it did not work.  I cheated so many times on that diet.  Well, now I have an insensitive I did not have before.  My first video will post on Sunday, December 23 at 3pm.  I will make one each day showing my juice and the changes.


Another day, Another………

So today I am feeling a bit upset.  Today was payday for my husband and we have a lot pulling on our pay right now.  Trying to complete school has really put a dent in our income.  I am budgeting a home on little to nothing each month and now even less than last month which was impossible to do.  My dear, sweet husband looks at me and says, “I know you will pull this off,you do so well every month”…….

I need some help in how to budget a family of 3 on less than 1,000.00 a month.  This amount is for food, supplies for the home, gas for the car, and any other curve balls that come up this month.  On top of all that it is the holiday season and I have family coming to spend Christmas with us……what a mess.

I’ve gotten all the gifts, the decorations are done.  All I need is the Christmas dinner, which will cost more than $200.00.  I’m working with limited funds.  I need God to come and give me a miracle to work it all out.



My love/hate relationship with my stove

I love that my stove is “self cleaning” but I hate that it heats up to the point the house smells of it.  When it is done, I still have to wipe it out and I also have to put up the loud noise of the microwave when it is nearing the end of the cleaning cycle.

It is easier than what my mom use to do.  She would buy that oven cleaning spray, Easy Off, that stuck.  That mess could kill a cow.  🙂  I suppose I shouldn’t complain, I don’t have to deal with that smell.

All in all, it is better than having to get down on my hands and knees and scrub the stove.