Saturday, June 14, 2008
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
The week i got home from NC, Hillary and Carrie and I planned a tourist weekend in Waikiki. That weekend we stayed in a super nice hotel--the Sheraton Moana Surfrider. It is right in the heart of Waikiki--the beach on one side and the busy strip on the other. We shared a room, and even a double bed--because that was the only room they had left. Just like college sleepovers all over again! We ate a wonderful meal at the Cheesecake Factory and enjoyed the market and entertainment on the streets.
On the trolley with our cool shades!
Hillary tying out the minerals
Carrie learning to use the eyeliner
**click on me!**
Also today, i had an interview for a FRSA (Family Readiness Support Assistant) job with 3rd Brigade (the sister brigade to the one we are in). A FRSA serves as a liaison between the military and its families. I would really like the job, plus it would get me into the government's system (we call them GS jobs). Once you get a GS job--and getting in is the hardest part, then you can always move around to other jobs and be transferred when we PCS (move) somewhere else. The interview went well i thought--but i was told by the Lt. Col. interviewing me that he actually has no say so over the hiring process--it is contracted out to someone else--and that these interviews are basically pointless. The hiring company chooses who it hires based on rank (prior military, mil. spouse already GS, military spouse not GS (that's me) and then civilian). So it looks like, no matter how well the interview may have went, I will probably not be offered the job. That is kinda disappointing considering the Col. seemed to be someone I would like to work with, the battalion was fairly small and close-knit, and the FRG's were very active. Now that i know how it really works, i am going to go to all interviews and apply as much as possible, just to try and get in the system--so i can eventually get the job i want.
You may or may not know, but i am 100% addicted to So You Think You Can Dance--if I could do anything, the inner me would most definitely choose to be a dancer--but in my case those who can't, watch.
Anyway, tonight was the opening night and although i did think there were a few very good performances. This one stood out to me.
Right after the boys deployed, Jordin Sparks song "No Air" was released. The song seemed to embody all the words and emotion that we were feeling. Then, tonight it was so strange that that song was put to a dance about a soldier deploying and leaving his wife behind. It seemed that every scene matched perfectly with how it really felt to go through that situation. From finding out the news, to the emotions of fear, anger, sadness and lonliness, to trying to get through it together and then having to be the strength and support when the other person couldn't take it, to the end when being left with just his shirt (cause i don't know one girl who didn't keep at least one worn shirt of their husbands just for the smell).
Obviously, i was very moved with the performance and I just wanted to share. On a lighter note though, you should watch the show--it's my all-time favorite reality show!
*by the way when you watch the video, make sure you stop the radio in the lower righthand corner or you will have a lot of crazy noises going on!
Thursday, June 5, 2008
One of my very good friends Bryan Williams took command of A Company last month which has vastly affected the dynamics of the unit. My Soldiers are re-energized and come to work every day ready or whatever is thrown at them. This new found motivation was needed as moral was starting to go down as the temperatures keep inching their way up.
The school semester is almost over and I have to say my stress level is getting ready to go down once I finish finals week. I have had the opportunity to see just how much I can fit into a day and I have to say this isn’t something I want to do all the time. The Army has decided not to fully fund its educational programs from now on due to the cost of the war on terror so it looks as if I might have to slow down a little bit.
I have been taking financial management classes the past few weeks as I try and make the most of my time here. The classes are based off of a program by Dave Ramsey who a well known financial counselor and syndicated radio host. My roommate Jordan and I go every Monday night in hopes we are able to take away some information that both we and our Soldiers can use.
As you can see I have found many things to fill my time while I am over here. I feel the more that I can cram into a day the quicker it will go by…the quicker these days go by the quicker I can get back home to my wonderful wife as well as all of you…
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
~My beautiful plate from Katie~