Thursday, October 2, 2014
Here I am again, though. In a new place. Not just physically, but in a new place in my life. Some pretty big changes are happening that I'm not ready to talk about quite yet. One cool thing, though...is this blog and the Texas Lady Facebook page.
It seems like, no matter what I have to talk about, it relates to someone. Shoot,even some of the things I don't talk about. I get to meet and visit with new friends. A lady today sent me a link on Facebook to help my sweet friend who recently lost her husband. That think had some great posts. Some I related to. Now I have a new friend.
Not long ago I almost deleted this blog without telling any of you. I'm glad I didn't. You folks are some really great friends. You make me smile. Thanks for being here.
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Today I wish I could ease the pain of my children. Their grandmother is on her way Home. She only has a few days left on this planet and their "goodbye" with her was unfulfilling since the stroke took her consciousness, so they were not able to have that last conversation with her.
As a mother, I want to always protect them but some things just have to be felt and grown through. I want to take their pain and shield them from all of the hurts. That, though, would be an injustice. Life will make them who they are going to be through these trials - as well as their triumphs.
So my sweet daughter and darling son, I love, love, love you. I am so very proud of the people you are becoming. While I would love to take away the pain that you are feeling, instead I will help you to process and work through it. I will give you tools to grow and learn. I will make memories with you. I will guide and direct you. I will cry with you. I will dance with you. I will be here. As it says in our favorite book right now "Pain demands to be felt," and I will feel it with you, even if it isn't my pain. You are part of me and your pain IS my pain. I may not be able to stop the storms in this life from coming, but my sweet loves, I promise to walk with you through the rain. I love you.
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Today I dropped my coffee, and thankfully the mug I have now didn't break, but she was frantically trying to get as much coffee as possible before I got it all cleaned up.
Before you send hate mail, understand I am not in the habit of feeding caffeinated beverages to animals. It is merely an anecdotal look into the day that I am living today, as well as a welcome back of sorts.
Thank you all, my readers for being here. Lady's life is a crazy place right now, but I promise to get back to writing. I am working on some great reviews of survival shops, shooting ranges, and new women's holsters and gear. I love you guys and I love being here.
To kick it off: Please drop a comment here for a chance to win a Remora Holster Gift Certificate!! Let us know in your comment what your favorite shooting events are now that cooler weather is upon us. Will you be doing more plinking, hunting, or sport shooting?
Monday, June 23, 2014
Body armor has long been an absolute essential when in combat, but it’s only in recent years that the armor was actually created (and fitted) with a woman’s body in mind. In 2012, the Army began testing body armor that was specifically geared toward a female body. Before then, they’d been using the same armor vests as men, which brings about a seemingly obvious point, made succinctly by Beverly Kimball, “females are not small males.” Women had previously been wearing a men’s vest; and while those technically fit, they do not fit well. In fact, according to Time magazine, the men’s extra small vest is too small for 85% of female soldiers. The advent of this new body armor seems almost obvious, but it was so revolutionary that it was considered one of the top inventions of 2012 according to Time Magazine.
One of the main problems associated with wearing a vest made for males is the lack of support it offers the bust. In an article about women’s body armor, Myke Glaze tells Police Mag that “[when] you put a male vest on a woman with an ample chest, the sides of her breasts are pushed out to the side and she has no coverage on her chest.” The solution to this problem has to do with the darting of the armor. With additional darting shaping the material of the vest, you can ensure that the vest is correctly contoured to a woman’s body, allowing for optimum protection.
In addition to the problem of not being able to fit properly around the chest, there are a multitude of other problems associated with an incorrectly fitted vest. One of these problems is the length of the vest: Interamer’s body armor sizing guide suggests that this is also a problem for men. When sizing for men, two inches should be taken off the measurement of the torso, to account for movement. A vest that is too long will either hit the throat or belt when sitting down. The sizing guide shows that the length of the torso of the vest goes a long way in providing comfort for the wearer. As women have considerably shorter torsos than men, the length of a men’s vest would be too long to provide any such comfort. The vest hitting the hips causes considerable bruising while also raising the vest above the shoulders, meaning that it doesn’t offer the protection that it should at all times.
Body armor has come a long way in a short period of time, and the timing couldn’t be better. Last year, the Pentagon ordered that women should have the same opportunities as men when it comes to combat jobs. Additional jobs should open up by the thousands by 2016. This created a pressing need for women to be adequately protected when defending our country, which the Army is working toward fulfilling.