Monday, November 28, 2005
Thanksgiving at my parents house was quite nice. I got to relax, eat a lot, watch some football, and spend some time with my family. My aunt's sushi and potstickers were amazing, that was reason enough to go home right there.
Rent was WONDERFUL. It was a little different than the show, but it was still almost dead on when it came to the music and the plot. They always have to change a little bit, but for the most part it was perfect. I wanted to sing along, but I refrained. But once I get that DVD... watch out!
Closing on my house is today. I can hardly wait. Tonight I may not have a bed, but Im sleeping in MY HOUSE! Such a nice feeling.
Its amazing the things you learn while on watch. I stood my first inport deck watch in over a year the other night, and I had the ship's Career counselor standing under me. She has quite a personality, and she was talking a lot, but one thing she said really hit home for me. She was talking about the religious plays that the black churches put on, and how they always have a moral. She talked about one in particular that really hit home, especially after what went on this week. She talked about letting go. It was more in the relationship setting, but the idea was that you can go around holding a grudge and feeling bad and thinking about it, but the person that hurt you sure isnt feeling bad about it, theyre living their life doing whatever theyre going to do, so why bother? Its better just to let it go. And you know what? Shes totally right. So talk away girls. Cuz I dont care anymore.
Wednesday, November 23, 2005
2. Still debating the Philly thing. My friend Jaime is supposed to be going, and I havent seen her in ages, and this is my last chance to see the boys before they open for Bon Jovi and get HUGE. Oh the decisions I have to make... its probably going to come down to how I feel on Friday. We shall see.
3. On another note. What the hell is it with girls? Not all girls (in fact, this is truly about one in general, although Ill never say who in this public forum), just the ones who cant seem to get past high school. Honey, get over yourself. Youre not special, and thinking youre pulling the wool over my eyes is just stupid. Ive been around a little longer than you have, and Ive seen it all. Grow up. That is all. Just needed to vent a little. Im done, I promise.
4. RENT comes out today. Yay :) I think Im going to see it tonight, and I cant wait.
Yeah, thats all. Have a great long weekend!!
Monday, November 21, 2005
But let me back up a little. I went this weekend with Molly and her church/Coast Guard friends (who, I guess, are becoming my friends as well- its nice to go up that way and actually have some people to hang out with up there!!) to the Navy-Temple game. We had a great tailgater thanks to James's parking pass, complete with food, beer, beer pong, and a rowdy Mid tailgater right next to us. There was quite a crowd of us, and we had a great time. After the game, some of the girls came back to Nana and Nonni's house and we napped and cleaned up before heading to Armadillo's, which somehow has become the new Mid hangout the last couple of years. Some of James's friends had a band while they were Mids, and they had a little reunion show upstairs. It was a good time, and would have been even better if I had not had duty yesterday and could have stayed all night. But, since I always have duty tomorrow, I had to head out a little earlier than I would have liked and head home. But I had a blast.
Yesterday was catching up on the sleep I didnt get when I was driving home. Im supposed to be going to Philly on Friday and driving back overnight again, but Im really not sure I want to do it. I was supposed to have my duty covered in the morning, but my CDO isnt so cool with that so I think I still have to be here at 630. A 10pm show in Philly with a 630 liberty expiration... Im not so sure that would work... So sorry Snoozebox, I love you guys, but I love me too, and I dont want to be UA or die.
Thanksgiving should be a good time. Its my brother David's last week before he heads off to boot camp, and apparently he's a little nervous about it. But if he can do NAPS and part of plebe summer, he can survive Great Lakes. Hes as smart as they come, so that part will be easy, but he also already knows how to play the mind games, and thats all it is.
Off to go pretend like Im working... Hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving!
Oh, and PS- what IS it about short weeks that always makes them feel longer???
Wednesday, November 16, 2005
Yes, the ceremony went quite well. After spending a couple of hours Friday evening babysitting the CO's 6 year old son (it wasnt bad- we watched the first half of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Now I need to watch the rest.) I was able to get a good nights sleep before what I knew was going to be a long day on Saturday. And long it was. Starting with duty section turnover, into usher muster at 815 for an 1100 ceremony. I spent most of the ceremony doing crowd control of sorts- there were not enough chairs for all the people that showed up, so we were trying to keep them to the sides, not blocking the whole "fire escape" area. Immediately following the ceremony, I went over the reception, where the food ran out in about 30 minutes but there was plenty of beer. My old navigator, who is from Fort Lauderdale and moved back after he got out of the Navy, came to the ceremony with his girlfriend, Alsi, and took pictures for me, so once I get them up, all the pictures from the ceremony actual can be credited to them. Then I went back to the ship and got roped into giving a tour for some Lockheed Martin VLS builders, then my GMCS reenlisted. Finally I was able to get off the ship, sometime close to 4, and just about everyone was gone. Luckily, we had a JO car that noone wanted, so I got it to myself. I went out and had a drink with GMCS at his post-reenlistment thing, then headed out to Brian and Alsi's apartment for dinner and an eventual trek to Miami to a club. I had a lot of fun- those of you who know me know Im not generally a club person, but I actually enjoyed this place- the music wasnt all the normal booty-shaking club music. There was actually a room that was playing a lot of 80s, which was fine with me :)
Sunday another gentleman from the Alumni Association took a few of us out on his boat. We were supposed to go offshore fishing, but a small craft advisory nixed that and we just went up the intracoastal waterway a while, stopped and got some food, and went back. It was awesome- really relaxing, got a chance to get some sun, no stress... just what I needed to end out the week. Now we are on our way back to Norfolk, not getting near enough sleep, and packing a much as possible into these few days. Almost there....
Friday, November 11, 2005
Today Im on duty, and I got tapped for babystting duty for the CO's 6 year old son. Thrilling. The big commissioning reception is tonight, and I would have loved to have gone but oh well. Not so thrilled about being stuck with the CO's son- apparently last night he was beating the hell out of his mother, just let him try to do something like that to me. Tomorrow is the ceremony, and I think Im going out with my old boss afterwards. Then on Sunday is a little boating/fishing trip with a guy from the Alumni Association. This week has been a blast, and Im looking forward to the rest of it!
More pictures are up, take a look on the link posted earlier.
Tuesday, November 08, 2005
I knew there were still high society organizations in America, you know, like the Hibernians in Charleston and things like that, but I have never had any contact with any of them until tonight. On board the ship tonight, we had an organization called the Chaine des Rotisseurs, who trace themselves back to 1248 in France. It was originally started by some artesian chefs who devoted themselves to presentation of the King's table or something. They existed until the French revolution, and kind of disappeared until 1950 when it started up again. Now they pride themselves on good food and good wine and good fellowship. They have 4 rules: 1. No smoking at the table until after dessert. 2. Speeches are not permitted. 3. Hot courses are eaten immediately upon being served. 4. (My favorite) Water will always be served upon request. Basically its a bunch of rich doctors and lawyers and the like. Tonight they were inducting new members, and worked something out to have their induction dinner on the ship, with 10 crew members invited as guests.
I just ate the best meal of my entire life, I think. Here is the menu, verbatim, no joke. Theres a picture of it on my Photobucket.
Passed Hors D'Oeuvres: Jerk seared tuna, callaloo stew, coconut Yucca cake. Leg Duck confit cakes, mango salsa, berry demi glace. Basil seared scallops, truffle mushroom crostini, carmelized shallot relish. Mumm Cordon Rouge Brut Champagne.
Dinner. Course 1. Chilled and grilled "Courtesy of Wilma" Mango wood prawns, spicy yellow tomato cocktail sauce. Nicolas Joly Savannieres "Les Clos Sacres" white wine. Course 2. Rare seared beef carpaccio with shaved regiano, caper and herb confetti, Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Crostini. Chateau La Dominique St. Emilion Red Wine. Course 3. Wattle Seed dusted quail, pumpkin-porcini mash, spicy candied hazelnuts. Archery Summit Pinot Noir Renegade Ridge Estate Red wine. Course 4. Grill Braised Lamb Osso Bucco in Red Wine Sauce with soft polenta and roasted baby carrots.
Cheese. A selection of artesian cheeses. Vall Llach Priorat Red wine
Dessert. Spiced Pear Creme Brule "pot pie" layered with chocolate ganache, macadamian-hazelnut crust, spiced fresh whipped cream. Recioto di Soave Campo Monte Croce dessert wine.
And finally Ron Zacapa Centenario 23 year old sipping Rum.
Yeah. Best meal ever. Stretched out over about 3 hours. Now I need to go to sleep.
Monday, November 07, 2005
Saturday, November 05, 2005
On this ship, I dont have that. Its just me. The only other female officer is the Engineer, and she lives across the hall and doesnt want me to move in with her because she doesnt want the women to have to move around any time a rider comes aboard. I have some great friends on the ship, but none of them are like having a girl to vent to, and none of them are my roommates. Therefore, I have come to rely on the internet, namely this blog and email, as my outlets. They say you dont really know what youve got til its gone, and lemme tell you, these past 4 days Ive known what I was missing. We have had no internet, no email, not even any secret email. No phones. But we did have our DirecTV. Funny how that works. We couldnt get any business done, and noone could communicate with the outside world. I just came off of watch (10-2) to find it all back up, and Ive missed it so much Im sacrificing sleep right now to catch up. And those of you who know me well know how rare it is for me to sacrifice sleep.... So welcome back internet. Ive missed you!!