Here are some of my favorite things:
MRE's (these have really improved since I remember eating them years ago)
water filtration bottles (it's a water bottle with a filter built in)
extra tiny blankets
Technology has really come up with some nice things. We are now debating buying an emergency generator. A family in our ward was without heat during this last storm which would be horrible. Also we have a large freezer full of food that would be wasted without power to keep it cold.
Kudos to Josh for receiving his CCAF degree in Aircraft Maintenance Technology. Ironically enough, his graduation ceremony coincided with his last day (ever) working on the aircraft. Starting M0nday, he is officially an Agent in Training for OSI. For those of you who don't know what OSI is, watch NCIS which is basically what he will be doing, but for the Air Force. He is excited to:
1. Not wear a uniform
2. carry a gun
3. do something "worthwhile" for the Air Force
I can understand his frustration as I have been here with him during his 6 excruciating years as an aircraft maintainer. He has worked long hours, been called in on so many weekends I can't even remember, and deployed yearly, not counting his numerous TDY's. Just last night he was called 3 times between midnight and 2 AM by someone out on the flight line who needed help to do their job. I'm sure he will come home tonight and breathe a sigh of relief that it is over.