Where to start? I can’t believe it has been that long since I checked this thing. If my work wouldn’t block this site I’d be much more likely to read others post. Would I post more myself if I could do it during work time…..I don’t know, that is just asking a lot…. ( The PastCollapse )
Okay okay already. As hopefully everyone knows, I’m back safe from Iraq. As always the Army made things a little more painful than they had to be with the whole moving out of trailers into tents, then moving from tent to tent three different times in a one or two week period. In addition I spent a lot of late hours at night working with the person who replaced me. My group was replaced by a National Guard unit and it was difficult getting to a point where they were comfortable with their handover. But they are doing an exceptional job now, I still check on them from time to time. Unfortunately someone I knew well passed away my last few days over there and it hit me harder than I wanted to admit but I have moved on with life. The actual trip back from Iraq to the U.S. was pleasant, I managed to sit next to people I like so I had good company the whole trip although it felt like we were flying for an entire day. Random note, don’t watch the Adam Sandler movie “Click.” It was one of several that played during the flight. It was more memorable than all the rest but it dragged on and actually managed to depress me, it depressed me and I was coming home from a War. I was fortunate enough to have angelkizzes
in TX when I got back. On a broken foot she drove herself and her toddler to TX to help me settle in and readjust. With her help I was able to find an apartment, get my car back and get it running, get my stuff moved out of storage and basically start life all over again. I’m sure it wasn’t easy on her with me being all maladjusted, moody, anxious, tired, unsettled, emotional and confused but as always she was there and her help and friendship snapped me back into reality.
Things got very very busy after that. On a good note youphoric
came for a visit to see the new apartment and welcome me home. We had a blast and I got to introduce her to one of the crews I hung out with in Iraq. We visited a friends house, and went out to eat and she heard stories of our exploits. Terra has moved on and is no longer working with me in TX but she was one of the few people that made the year in Iraq bearable and I thank her and her peeps for welcoming youphoric
with open arms. Also while youphoric
was in town we did dinner with another of my good friends who I worked with in El Paso. The entire visit was fun and showed me and likely youphoric as well that she could live here and have fun, which boded well since we had already planned for her to move.
I was lucky enough to get to go home for Christmas and Las Vegas for New Years. Yea I know that was two months ago so I shouldn’t go into too much detail. As always I did the last minute Christmas shopping, I had a great time with family, and got to spend quality time with friends. My Grandfather went into the hospital during this time for major heart surgery and came through doing well so for that I’m thankful. Unfortunately during that same time angelkizzes
' husband's father passed away. Both her and her husband are close to me and I wanted to help them out in anyway I could. I already had time off so I cut my visit home a little short and went to visit them. During that time we managed to drive from TN to MS back to TN to NY and pick up all their household gear and move them along the way. Before I had to go back to work I was able to see them pick out there new home and start settling in.
That sums up my holiday. After that I went back to the grind at work. I still work for the same person I did when I was in Iraq. Very nice guy but unfortunately doesn’t push back on tasking requirements from anyone and after the deployment 75% of our section got out of the army or moved to another section or unit so I’m stretched pretty thin but working as hard as I can, but nothing like the hours back in Iraq. ( The PresentCollapse )
My next venture was going home for a friend’s wedding. A friend whom I’ve known since before 9th grade married about 3 weeks or so ago and I was lucky enough to get to go home for it. Beautiful wedding, and no surprise beautiful and happy bride. youphoric
accompanied me to the wedding and after spending a day with my family her and I made the drive from MI to TX. We made the trip safely and in two days and she is now comfortably moved in with me. The two of us had a good Valentine’s Day together (she cooked me a Valentine's Day dinner, don't let her fool anyone else into thinking she can't cook!) and are enjoying learning more about each other as we start to put together our future. Right now I’m settling back into work, every day is a joy there, and Brandi is job hunting.
During our free time we’ve managed to go out with a group of my friends from work, and she has humored me by going to play D&D once as well. Aside from that we are mostly watching TV, catching me up on 24 (now that I have caught up on Grey’s Anatomy), playing video games, and just enjoying going out and spending time together. Playing Pool and catching a Movie was last week, this week we are trying bowling. ( The FutureCollapse )
That pretty much catches everyone one up on me. Last thing is I’m working on getting a different job (still in the Army just with a different unit with a different boss). I hope to take Command of a Patriot Battery in the next 3 months. More to follow.
P.S. We both suck at bowling but I bowled 110 which means I broke a 100 so I achieved my goal...all about the baby steps.