Saturday, October 31, 2009

I promise to update more...

I will try to update the blog at least twice a week. I think I was pretty good about it, but I've really let it slide to the bottom of the list of things to do.

To prove that I really have been knitting, here is a cute little project I made yesterday:

It's a drum. Really cute and quick pattern. These pictures don't do it justice... it's really adorable. I made it for Chris, my best friend, who plays drums in his band (Halfmast). Maybe he can hang it in his rearview mirror or on his Christmas tree or something.

>I used size 4 needles and Patons Classic Wool Merino scraps I had. I like it

Second form of proof of knitting activity:
I've been in love with the Vineland Mitten pattern for a while now and have finally started on them. I'm using Lamb's Pride Superwash I got during the Shop Hop (oh, by the way, I won an awesome prize of 4 skeins of Jade Sapphire Mongolian Cashmere! Pics to come...). This is my first time using this yarn and I really like it. Very soft and sturdy.

The mittens are going to be a little big, but that's Ok. I'll probably wear them over cheap gloves from Walmart or whatever.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

I'm still here...

Still alive! LOTS of changes, but I'm still kicking.

One, the biggest change, is that Shawn and I are just friends for now. I did some major thinking and realized that I am not ready to settle down. So, we're just friends. Not sure what's going to happen with us, so we'll have to see.

Two, I am rehoming a lot of my animals. We're going down to just one horse (Rowdy). My dad is taking Handsome Rob and a neighbor down the road is taking Acorn. A friend took the hamsters. Crunchy the rat died (my boys are getting up there in age) and I'm not replacing. I might find a home for my bearded dragon if someone is interested. Don't get me wrong... I LOVE my animals. They are a huge part of my life. But, at this point, I'm not able to spend the time and money on them that they need and deserve. I am leaving soon and will be gone for half a year. Just can't do it right now. I'm still keeping most of them, just getting rid of the real money/time-consuming ones.

Three, my mom is starting school in December. She's going to a local cosmetology school. I'll be taking over some of the bills to help out (another reason for number two). I'm really happy for her.

These are the biggest changes. I have been knitting some, but not much lately. Most of my time not working is spent with my friends in Fayetteville. I usually hang out with Chris and the others 2-3 times a week. I've also been in contact more with my brother, Arthur, which is cool. Life is tough, but I'm loving it.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

I'm in the Army now...

I did it!

Monday evening I arrived at the hotel (the military has a contract with them) and hung out with all the other MEPS people. Mostly guys and mostly 17-18 years old. I think I was the oldest one there. The next morning I was up at 0330 to get ready for the 0400 wake-up call. Breakfast and then waiting (wait was the word of the day). Bus ride to MEPS and then I did all my processing.

It was so boring. Hurry up and wait is how it goes in the military. I took the ASVAB (I made a 93 and did great in individual sections) and then did the physical and exams. Overall, it wasn't to bad. Just boring and if anyone is caught sleeping, talking too much, etc. you get sent home and have to come back another day.

Then, the bad part. The computer system was messed up, so all but one of us for the National Guard were held over another night. The boss wasn't too happy since he had to cover my opening shift, but oh well. The same routine at the hotel and the next morning and the same wait (I waited about 5 hours straight). FINALLY, I got my contract and got sworn in. So exciting! I'm now a member of the Army National Guard!

It was a rough 2 days, but so worth it. I am leaving for Basic Training (boot camp) January 19th and will be spending 10 weeks there in Fort Sill (Oklahoma). After that I'll be at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas, for 16 weeks of AIT. I am going to be a "Health Care Specialist" (formerly known as Combat Medic). My unit will be at Fort Gordon (Augusta, Ga)... a good 3 hours one way, but my grandparents live out there and my grandmother actually works at Fort Gordon, so it's not too bad.

I could have commissioned and become an officer right off since I have my degree. I chose to go enlisted instead to feel it out first and to gain that experience for when I am an officer (which I plan on doing in the next few years). So many that commission right out of college aren't respected as leaders because they don't know what it's like to be enlisted or even in the military first. I'm a Specialist going in rather than just a Private because of the degree. I'm happy for the better pay and head start in rank, but I also know that I will be picked on at training... I'll be put into the leadership positions (even though I don't know anything) and will be rode a little harder since I went to college and the drill sargeants probably didn't.

I am supposed to have drill this weekend, but I won't be able to make it because of work. The notice was too short. The future drills and such will be no problem.

I'm so happy! I really wanted this and I got it. I worked hard to lose weight, get into better shape, and all that and now I'm in. I'm nervous about training, but it's a ways off and I'll be drilling to get prepared for it. I think that I will go active eventually so that I can retire and get those wonderful benefits.

Monday, October 5, 2009

The Haul

The prizes of the Shop Hop. We still have one more shop to visit on Saturday since they were closed today.

* 4 skeins of Noro Kureyon Sock Yarn
* 2 skeins of Lamb's Pride Superwash (for a pair of colorwork mittens)
* 8 ounces of roving
* 2 skeins of Berroco Ultra Alpaca Fine
* 2 skeins of Malabrigo Lace in the Cadmium colorway
* 1 hank of Noro Daria
* 2 hanks of Atacama (100% alpaca)
* Aslan Trends Santa Fe sock yarn (2 skeins)
* 3 skeins of Talinay in a pretty reddish and purplish colorway
* 2 hanks of ecru sock yarn to dye (enough for 2 pairs at least)
* Some notions including a mini crochet hook for picking up dropped stitches, yarn needles, needles for Moma, and others.

It was really fun, but a LONG day! We drove nearly 300 miles today trying to visit everywhere. And, I only got 2.5 hours of sleep yesterday night since I didn't get back from hanging out with the boys until 0430 (yeah, time got away from me!) and had to be up at 0700.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Mixed Feelings

I'm just having a lot of mixed feelings right now. I think that too much is changing in my life and it's taking me a minute to get used to it all!

A close friend is making life a little complicated, but in a good way. It's nice to actually have friends. I've been friendless for a long time and I really missed having someone to talk to and hang out with. Shawn is my friend, of course, but I can't go complaining about him to him, ya know? My only real problem is that I don't have girlfriends. My friends are all boys. My best friend is a boy (fortunately, Shawn's not the jealous type). I just relate so much better to guys than I do to girls; it's not a real problem, I guess, but it would be nice to have a close girlfriend.

I think it's that girls are mean and complicated. Guys seem to be so much more "this is me, take it or leave it" and are more open and honest. I can deal with that and appreciate it (even if it's annoying sometimes). I just can't deal with the way so many girls my age are. Not all are like that, but enough that it makes me not want to even try to make friends.

Anyway, that's one thing. The other thing is work. I started at Barnesville today. I was so excited earlier in the week, but it really hit me yesterday... I won't be working with my friends anymore. I know, I'm a manager and they are employees... fraternization isn't good. I agree with that. BUT, I spend most of my time with these people and they are the same age as me, so they aren't "just" employees to me. I really care about them and hate not seeing them everyday. It was a little sad to say goodbye. But, I realized that I can still see them whenever I want (and I won't have to see the witch anymore!).

Barnesville is DEAD. I remembered that it was slow, but I didn't think it was this slow! We're trying to find things to do, but you can only clean and straighten so much, right? It's a huge change and is kind of nice, but I see myself being bored a lot. Maybe I can sneak in some knitting time...

I kind of wish that I were back at Fayetteville, but I think what I'm really wishing for are the people I worked with. I guess I just can't be happy with what I have, huh? Really, though, I think the transfer was a good thing for me; I just need to adjust (something I'm not good at).

Anyway, that's about all I have right now. Not much knitting has been happening around here. Moma and I are going on the Shop Hop Monday (we hit up 10 stores and each spend 10.00 at each one to be put into a drawing for 1000.00 worth of giftcards (100.00 from each place) and other prizes). I can't wait for that.

Plans for tomorrow... a run, dropping off my keys at Fayetteville, lunch with Chris (the best friend), working to about 2215 or so, then off to hang out with some people from Fayette. Can't wait to get the work part over with since I'm off Monday and Tuesday.