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January 19, 2010

Working 2 jobs

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Big news; I got hired at Plato’s Closet as a keyholder (which is essentially a supervisory position). I had an interview last week, but I didn’t want to write anything about it in case they decided not to hire me. I am nothing if not a proud sort, and I didn’t really want to embarrass myself by getting excited about a job prospect that had the bottom fall out of it.

I have spent several hours working there, and am going back tonight to help close. Eventually, I will need to be able to close the store without the manager or the other keyholders there. The training has been pretty intense, and we’re all working fast. Things move quickly, and there is always something to do. I am even learning how to work a cash register! So far, that is one of the most terrifying tasks for me. If someone approaches the counter with a few items and asks to check out, I agree to ring up their purchases. However, my knees tremble wildly and my armpits spring leaks. Attractive, no?

Funny story; another girl working there is a newlywed who married her Marine right after his graduation from boot camp. Yesterday, I was working in the guy’s section when she came up and asked if I was a military wife. I told her yes, and she asked, “Where do I get my ID?” I was suddenly, for the first time, experiencing the dynamic of officer’s wife and enlisted’s wife, trying to help out however I could. I want to write a post about fraternization, because it’s something I have been wrestling with ever since Kevin and I started dating, but since I am about to leave for work soon, this probably isn’t the best time to start it. Rest assured, I will write one and it will be awesome.

January 15, 2010

At least I don’t have to do THAT again for a while…

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Last night, after weeks (maybe even months, who knows), Kevin finally forced convinced me to watch “We Were Soldiers.” If you have ever had doubts about the utter depravity of mankind, this movie will forever and ever embed itself in your mind whispering, “Dude…people suck.” There might be other friendly and helpful messages, like “Man, do NOT mess with that napalm stuff,” or “Don’t go wandering off so that your platoon can be cut off, because that is bad.” (You will note that the last 2 messages are particularly useful to me…tutoring is heavy on the napalm.)

Another side effect of this particular film is the knowledge that General Patton (at least as portrayed by George C. Scott a.k.a. Scrooge; I think the man only played one character in his entire acting career) was completely out of his flippin’ mind.

I’m not a complete wimp about manly things. Kevin and I have been watching an abnormal amount of monster truck rally-ing goodness. Definitely an unusual occasion for us; neither of us are really into the “Hey Cletis! Hold mah beer; watch this!” arena of so-called “sports,” but there is something really addictive about watching a vehicle decorated like a big ol’ hounddog launch itself over cars that have gone to the junkyard in the sky, land cockeyed, and have a gigantic wheel break right off the axle.

And for all the ladies out there, Kevin starts work on Tuesday. He will be wearing a lovely outfit classified Service Charlie, in a skin-flattering neutral palette. And I will (hopefully) post pictures. After all, a big reason I married him was his awesome assortment of incredibly sexy uniforms.

January 12, 2010

Total shock and amazement

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The MOI for the NROTC here at the university just called Kevin. We have been anxiously awaiting Kevin’s PTAD orders to finally come in, since he can’t start working until all of the paperwork has been done. The MOI here is a quality guy; married with two adorable daughters and loves the Lord. After Kevin got off the phone with him, he told me that his orders have come in, he starts work on Tuesday…and PTAD has just been discontinued. When I say “just been discontinued,” I mean the orders showed up today, and then another email came that discontinued PTAD a few hours later. The MOI told Kevin that God must be really looking out for us.

Of course, with this said about God’s provision and whatnot, I am already wondering about all of the midshipmen Marine options who will graduate and commission in May. TBS is seriously backed up, and I cannot see any of them actually getting to report to Quantico in a timely manner. This roughly translates into, “hey guys, you are graduating and will not receive any income for the next, oh, 6 months, give or take.” For those who are doing a hat trick and getting married at the same time, I do worry for their wives. I know I’ve really struggled to stay positive when we were waiting on orders, and when the plans changed…and changed…and our paycheck seemed to recede on the horizon. Maybe this whole thing just takes practice. Oh, and prayer.

Quick review

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I realized that I haven’t actually written about the “big things” that have happened in my life lately, and there are quite a few of them!

A few weeks ago, Kevin and I graduated from college! That was completely thrilling and wonderful. The moment of reflection was awkward. In such situations, I never know if I am supposed to close my eyes and bow my head, except no one is actually praying. It feels like it’s supposed to be a prayer, except the “reflector” never actually references any Supreme Being of any kind, but he isn’t really talking to us either. The choir always sings an “Amen” at the end, and this makes it even more confusing. I compromised my tilting my head to the side and closing the opposite eye.

The next morning (seriously, I got up super early so I could shower and actually spend the necessary time to style my hair…and nobody really needs to know how long it takes me, it’s truly shameful) was Kevin’s commissioning ceremony. Side note: what is it with the military and their obsession with early hours? For everything, even celebrations, which I think justify sleeping past 6:30 for? Up until Kevin and I got married and I had to at least pretend to be awake when he got up for PT, I would’ve considered myself a morning person; I feel seriously disgusted with myself if I’m in bed past 9, and I prefer to be up before 8:30. But this…even their celebrations occur at the butt-crack of dawn. Gag. But Kevin looked truly and absolutely drop-dead gorgeous in his dress blues, and other than a brief panicky “OMG we forgot the bars” turn-around-and-drive-fast-back-to-the-apartment-so-I-could-run-up-in-heels-get-the-bars-and-then-fall-down-the-stairs episode, the morning went swimmingly. I was so proud of him, and I could not be happier to be a Marine officer’s wife.

Fast-forward to Christmas Eve. Kevin and I went to a Midnight Mass at St. John’s. I’ve never been to a mass, and the Catholic church really outdoes itself at Christmas. There were some cultural differences between the Catholic and the Protestant church. The biggest one was singing. I love Christmas carols, and I think “Elf” really got it right: “The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.” (I do think carols are better than songs about an old man spying on you at all times when it comes to true Christmas cheer, but that is neither here nor there.) So, in the spirit of Christmas cheer, I sing Christmas carols loudly. The Catholics in the church treat the whole thing a little differently. A Catholic blogger that I frequent and think is rather funny said one of the rules of the Catholic church is “I can sing softer than you can.” I thought it was a joke. It wasn’t. (oops.) Kevin, whose familiarity with the Catholic church was my absolute lifeline from embarrassment, had to keep nudging me in order to keep me from completely exposing myself. It is really, really hard to rein in “Oh Come All Ye Faithful,” for the record.

By the way, it is cold, snowy, and BRRRRR. I am dreaming of spring, and green grass and leaves on the trees, and being closer to the ocean than I’ve ever been in my life.

January 8, 2010

Holiday madness

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We finally are able to relax now that the holidays are over. My husband and I spent our Christmas with my parents, and New Years with his. I loved the hospitality, the food (oh the food), and the old friends we got to catch up with. This was the first holiday where I was actually busy. In years past, when my parents took care of everything that could possibly cause stress, finals were what stressed me out, and Christmas was the time to relax. Now I have my own household, so I was responsible for Christmas cards, gifts, bringing food to family events…Kevin helped, of course, but life was so much easier when I didn’t have to do anything.

Tomorrow I start my first post-graduation job. I am working as a tutor for a high schooler in precalculus/trig. It has been 5 years since I have studied the material. God is good, though; I already got a raise and haven’t had my first day yet! My driving skills (and not so fabulously-handling car) will be put to the test tomorrow, as this town received serious snowfall. Fun for me to watch, because I was inside cleaning the apartment and studying material for Sunday School. Not fun for the drivers outside; our intersection is dangerous enough (there is at least one angry honk’n’squeal every day).

Stay warm!

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