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Thursday, November 11th, 2010
7:02 pm
I am aliiiiiiiiive
and we are PCSing to Ft Carson in October. Super excited.
Wednesday, July 21st, 2010
1:28 am
This post is self explanatory

Dear LJ,

I love you all and thank you for your support in my endeavors. I will be back in HOPEFULLY no more and no less than 9 weeks as a graduate of Ft Jackson Basic Training.

I know some of you are dealing with your own trials and tribulations, new family additions and family concerns. Please know that I will keep you all in my thoughts in the next couple of months and I hope to return to the land of the internet, to find that your lives are all in a joyous state.

<3 <3 <3
Monday, July 19th, 2010
6:14 pm
So I leave for Basic Training this week. I am freaking out over the DUMBEST THINGS. Like my wedding ring... Do I wear it? Do I bring it and keep it locked away with my personal items? Do I leave it in Germany and just wear a cheap band until I get home? WTF Do I doooooo?

I will be there by Friday and I cant sort out my head. Our Regiment lost the first Soldier this weekend. My new found fear is getting out of BCT to find out that someone I know was killed. >.
Saturday, July 10th, 2010
6:37 am
I pissed off the internet.
A friend of mine from back home is Japanese-American. She is like 2nd or 3rd Gen American. Our area has very little in the way of ethnic diversity. She made a post about how when she went to see a performance at a local theater, the woman taking tickets assumed that A was an exchange student and how stupid that was. I responded with "LOL at White People".

Apparently according to ANOTHER white person that was a very "cutting and unnecessary wide generalization about Caucasians." Whatever, lady. If you can't laugh at how seriously sheltered and pathetic our city is, that just because someone in it is assumed to be a foreign national based ONLY on the fact that she is Asian, then you are obviously not as progressive as you think you are.

Monday, July 5th, 2010
6:18 pm
There is a Wanda Sykes episode on AFN right now....and her guest panel and especially Ms Sykes are pretty much saying ALL Arabs should be subject to extra searches at air ports. Oy.
Wednesday, June 30th, 2010
9:22 pm
So remember me talking about my neighbor who never walks her dog?

8.5 weeks and counting, no walk.

She is ranting about wanting to give the dog away, because he keeps destroying her screens for her windows. He destroys the screens, because he has been trying to ESCAPE OUT THE WINDOW.

I wish she WOULD re-home him. She obviously can't care for him. She obviously DOES NOT WANT TO. The poor Dog has been moved to 3 different homes, hers being the third. God. Damn it.

Current Mood: angry
Thursday, June 17th, 2010
8:45 pm
Sorry I have been absent. I read LJ pretty much everyday, but as far as MY life. I have very little to report.

James deploys in a matter of days, for an entire year. I go to Basic Training in Ft Jackson in a month. I have been in such a slump. I have not been working out like I should. I am not strong enough to pass a PT Test, I feel. I need to get on track in a MAJOR way.

We left Radar with my Aunt in Boston. I would have liked to keep him a while longer, but there was no way that I could be certain I could bring him BACK to the states before I had to go to BCT from Germany. In responsible pet owner fashion, I put his needs first. Fortunately, he is absolutely in LOVE with my Aunt. She takes him all kinds of places, walks him twice a day etc. I call her 3 times a week to check in and she just gushes about him every phone call.
In LESS fun news, my neighbor nonchalantly mentioned it had been A MONTH AND A HALF since she walked her Boxer. Jesus. Christ. No wonder he destroys her furniture. He is BORED AS HELL. Lawdamighty.
Friday, May 14th, 2010
12:56 am
I feel....expensive.
The daily fail says that the average woman's outfit costs about $1000, and the average man's outfit costs about $900.

Itemize everything you have worn or kept on your person today!

Shirt- $15
Bra- $30
Panties- $3
Skirt- $30
Shoes- $3
Wedding Rings-$2000
Purse- $80
Cell Phone- $65


Because I feel an absurd amount of justification is needed on my end... the skirt ended up being roughly 30 due to the exchange rate and my purse is made from hand dyed leather. I bought the bag/wallet from a vendor in Florence and got it for a good deal, all things considered, again taking the exchange rate into consideration. We did not pay full price for my wedding set, but with the going rate for gold/appraisal rate for the rings, brings it to between 2000-2200. YIKES.
Friday, May 7th, 2010
9:34 pm
So after 2 years and some change of saying "I am GOING TO DO THIS". I signed my contract for the Army Reserve today.

I ship to Basic Training in mid-late July in Ft Jackson, South Carolina. After that, I have 10 weeks of AIT in Ft Leonard Wood, Missouri.

My unit is in Graf, so I just need to hop the free shuttle from Vilseck to Graf and BOOM I am where I need to be.
Thursday, May 6th, 2010
12:35 am
Antonio Banderas, you are a sexy motherfucker.
Wednesday, April 28th, 2010
6:03 am
That was then, this is now.

That was me this time last year. I was so excited to be with my BF Liz in Italy. I had so much fun on this trip. But THESE were the photos that made me realize I had gone from a little chubby to fat.

This is me as of 0545 this morning. :)

Even if all of my work was for naught. Even if I can not get the MOS I want in the Army. I have this. I have my health, I have my body back and I have the love of an amazing man. I will think upon these things today.

Current Mood: optimistic
Monday, April 26th, 2010
3:26 pm
My ideal window of chance for joining the Army is usually when James deploys. Being that he will be leaving I went back to the Recruiter.

I was so ready to hear that I needed to lose MORE weight, even though I have dropped like 20lbs.

My BMI has constantly been around 36%. My weight has been the one thing that has kept me out of service. I went in there today to get measured and my BMI was at 29%. I needed be at least between 32-34% to pass MEPS. I am at 29. BELOW THE MAXIMUM. Holy. CRAP.

The Recruiter said if all goes as it we would like... I could sign a contract with in 2 weeks. Not sure it will go THAT well. I still need to get my job that I want, build some muscle etc.
Wednesday, March 31st, 2010
8:19 am
How long have you been a Military Wife?
2 years.

How many deployments have you gone through?
1 Deployment to Iraq, 1 Deployment to Afghanistan in a couple months.

What do you like about being a Military Wife?
Free trip to Europe? Maybe the Healthcare...sometimes.

Do you live on base?

What is your favorite base so far?
Well, we have only been stationed in Vilseck, but I enjoyed my visits to Ft Sam Houston and Ramstein AFB A lot.

What's the hardest part of the military life?
Being away from my family

Do you go to the grocery store or commissary?
Commissary, the exchange rate for Euro is too awful to make economy shopping worth it. If price wasn't a facot though, I would prefer German groceries.

Do you prefer Dress Blues or Dress Whites?
Err. I prefer ACU's or the new Army Blues

Do you have a lot of Military Wife friends?
They are pretty much the only people I meet anymore.

Do you prefer wal-mart or the BX/PX?

Did you marry him after he joined or before?

Any kids yet?
Radar the Yorkshire Terrier-ist

kids yet to come?

Is your husband one of those "I am Marine hear me "OORAH"?
I don't imagine my husband is too overly fond of the USMC... but I think he is pleased on a base level with being a Soldier.

How many bases have you lived at?
Lived on 1

If you could change one thing about the military what would it be?
Make them more organized, you think the government could get their ducks in a row right? lol (STOLE THAT FROM KATY)

Do you like military balls?
Going to one in a couple weeks.

Where does your family live?
North Shore of Massachusetts for both of our families.

Do you have a job?
No. :(

Name something you do when your husband is gone?
Genealogy, knitting, reading etc. I would like to get into volunteering.

Do you think other wives do that too?
Probably some do.

Where did you and your military man meet?
His parent's house

How old were you when you two met?
I was 18, he was 20.

How did you feel about him being in/joining the military?
I was kinda shocked/jealous.

Did you have to wait for him while he went to Boot camp?
I didn't HAVE to, I CHOSE to.

Did you attend his boot camp graduation?
Yeah it was...enlightening.

Where did you get married?
Legally, Salem Beer Works.

How old were you two when you got married?
I was 21, he was 22.

Did he wear his uniform on your wedding day?

Was he home the full first year of your marriage?
No, we say each other 2 months out of the first year of our marriage.

How long were you married when you had to go through your separation?
2 days.

How old are you two now?
I'm 23 and he's 24.

How long have you been married to one another?
2 years.

What branch is he in?

What does he do in the military?
68W/Health Care Specialist/Combat Medic

Do you send care packages?
I do... although his last deployment was hard to shop for. He bought every damn thing he wanted online.

Do you go to the commissary on payday?

Do you own any Military wife stuff?
J bought me an "atta girl" bracelet for my 23rd birthday (www.attagirlgifts.com) I like it because it was subtle.

Do you know your husband's branch hymn?
I can sing you the Marine Corps Hymn and recite you Corps factoids. Don't ask me shit about the Army...cuz I don't know.

What's some advice for a new wife going through their first deployment?
Work, go to school, get a hobby, visit family, whatever you do just make sure you're busy. Get Skype and a webcam and set some personal goals to help pass the time. (STOLEN FROM KATY!)

Aren't you glad you married your hero?
My personal hero was Benazir Bhutto...but I am glad I married James?
Tuesday, March 30th, 2010
10:26 am
Thank you for the icon Jared

I have been on hold for 20 minutes. I just want to see a Doctor! waaaah
Thursday, March 25th, 2010
4:07 am
Radar Love

This freakin dog is one of the great loves of my entire life. Something about him makes my entire day better. From the moment I wake up with him curled into my side, to when I go to sleep at night with him wrapped around my ankles. It doesn't matter to him if I have been out of the house 5 hours or 5 minutes. He is always happy to see me. Some days I am not sure what I would do with out him.
Monday, March 15th, 2010
4:15 pm
Moar MRX lulz
"Lauren, NO! Radar is your battle buddy!"
"Oh yeah? Who is your battle buddy?"
"Me? Oh, I don't have a battle buddy. I have my penis and my weapon. Together we make a fire team!"

Saturday, March 13th, 2010
1:58 pm
More text messaging from the field
"Wake up! I miss you!!!"

"I'm here!"

"Hang on, we are under attack."

If you are under attack...THEN WHY ARE YOU TEXT MESSAGING ME?!

Oh, Life.
Friday, March 12th, 2010
3:05 pm
Text Message lulz
"psst. I want your attn. NAO"

"In a bit. Lemme just finish this mortar attack"

"Be sure to bring me home a prisoner so I can eat his flesh and absorb the strength of my enemy."

"Roger that, sweetie."

He comes home from the MRX next sunday. CANT WAAAAIT :D
Thursday, March 4th, 2010
10:23 pm
Friday, February 19th, 2010
11:39 am
WHELP. So much for that sweet 6K I was supposed to get for school. *grumble*

I had a delicious Breakfast this morning. German yogurt with strawberries, OJ and Kashi with Soy milk. numnum
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