Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Fort Sill: Pros and Cons

We've been at Fort Sill for almost two months now (minus the time we went home on leave) and we are getting settled in.  We are still waiting on our household goods, our storage from Louisiana and our car to get here. Needless to say I'm ready to have all my stuff!  So, I wanted to give my two cents so far about what I think about Fort Sill


The post has a lot to offer and is large. At least larger than the previous two posts we've been at.

The commissary is open 7 days a week (huge plus!) and has a good selection

I like our house. It's big for 2 people and the biggest house we've had while in the military. I even have bushes out front!

The library is good with lots of great choices and services. Libraries are always one of the first things I check out at each post.

People are friendly and generally very helpful. This was not the case of most people, at least in the customer service capacity at our last post, so the change is nice.

I love the old historic buildings and homes that are on post. Can we say photo time?

There is a decent mix of classes at the gym, athough I wish they offered more yoga classes. And all the classes are free, which is a huge perk.

Lawton is a decent sized town, with lots of antique stores, restaurants, two Goodwills (squee!) and pretty any other store you need. No Target yet, although that is rumored to be on the way, along with a TJ Maxx.

Lots of nice walking paths on post. I've been taking Boomer on walks in the evening and we've both been enjoying getting out and about.


As with any post, I've noticed wives like to complain about being stationed here.  "Oh, we don't have fill in the blank in this town, I hate it here."  Listen here toots, you pretty much have all the basics, plus lots of extras. If you can't find it here, drive an hour and a half to Oklahoma City or trek three hours to Dallas. I'm sure you can find it there. Sometimes I want to tell these wives they'd never make it stationed in Europe when they can't even find the basics they are used to, or try Fort Polk where you had to drive 45 minutes to the nearest mall or chain sit down restaurants. Grow up!

We have roaches in our home. I haven't had to deal with roaches since college in some of the apartments I've lived in. I'm currently trying to get rid of them, even though I realize I'll probably never get rid of all of them.

The speed limits in the housing areas are kind of ridiculous. I understand why they are low, but at least set them to 20 and not 15mph. I pretty much have to ride the brake the entire time.

The PX customer service does need improvement. For starters the PX is split into two different stores. One has most of the main things and the food court, the other has furniture, garden tools, toys, etc.  When you're new, it's a pain if you're trying to find something and then realize you have to go to the other PX to get it.  Also, we tried to buy a couch and loveseat from the PX and it turned into a huge mess and we finally just said forget it.

There you have it! My take on Fort Sill so far. I really like it here told Sean I was kind of disappointed we weren't going to be here for more than a year, because I'd like being stationed here for longer.

Oh....and before I forget, to thank you all for being such great blog readers, I'm giving you a code for 15% off in my Etsy shop. Just use the code blogfriends when you check out.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Photography Opinions Needed!

I'm currently in the process of revamping my Etsy shop: Around the World in 80 Frames. If you haven't been there, there's a handy link on my left side panel to my shop.

For the last year I've been selling 8x12 prints because I like the way they look. There is no cropping done to the original image like there would be to fit the dimensions of an 8x10. The only problem is that you don't normally find 8x12 frames, which I think is why I haven't been selling more prints.

So, I'm going to change the default size I sell to either 8x10 or 9x12.  With those sizes I know you can easily find frames to fit them.  Less cropping occurs with 9x12 which is my obvious choice, but I'm not the consumer. You are.  So what's your opinion? Which would you be more likely to buy?

Keep in mind, I ALWAYS have the option of offering both sizes, but I normally put most of my listings in one specific size and then give the customer the option in the listing of different sizes and what the price would be.  For the record, I also have listings for larger sizes.

I welcome your feedback or suggestions and please vote in the poll below.  For all your help I'll be offering a discount code for my shop in the near future.

Thanks a bunch!

Thursday, August 2, 2012


Sorry for the sporadic posting folks! Sean and I are on leave and visiting my parents' and our hometown and I'd rather be out doing things then stuck on the computer.

So...if you want to keep up with our adventures, I've been posting a lot on Instagram. You can find me under (where else?) but Newgirlonpost.

Hopefully I'll be back to regular posting soon!