More days. . .

Ok, so I’ve been pretty bad about writing this month. Now it’s been 3 days. . .

Sunday morning was breakfast with a friend and then church. There were a few new faces there so that’s a good thing! When I got home, I helped the Rock Band and Woodwind Quartet load their equipment on the truck – they had an “out of town” gig. And then after lunch I spent the whole afternoon in my room stitching. That sure was nice! After dinner I stitched some more and called Mom & Dad. I didn’t get to chat with my guys cuz they weren’t home. 😦 I did enjoy the quiet in here – I was the only female because of the gig.

Monday for PT I ran 2 miles – my fastest 2 mile time other than the PT test. There wasn’t much going on all day with 1/2 the band gone, so I cleaned my weapon and practiced my tuba and stitched. After lunch, I got together with my supervisor to start working on my annual evaluation report and we had a nice talk about what I’ve done so far, and he thinks I’m doing a good job around here and setting a good example and stuff like that. Then I went to the gym with my friends and did 6.37 miles on the elliptical in an hour. We were going to lift weights, too, but there wasn’t any open machines and we were hungry and didn’t feel like waiting around. After supper was a bit of downtime, and then we had to go help the RB and WWQ load their stuff onto the truck when they got back to the airfield. They had had quite a day, and in less than 24 hours had unloaded/loaded their equipment ELEVEN times. They were beat and sore and our commander said the rest of the band would load/unload the final time. Not a big deal – I had planned to help when they got back anyway. So we did that, and by the time we were done, it was pretty much time to go to sleep, so I didn’t get anymore stitching in. But that’s ok.

This morning, the other females didn’t have to get up for PT because of yesterday, and I forgot to unmute my computer so I didn’t get up for PT either (my alarm clock is on my computer). It wasn’t a big deal, and my body needed the rest after yesterday’s gym session. So I went to breakfast and then formation. We did BQ rehearsal this morning and sight read some Christmas music and then went through our hymns for Sunday. After lunch we had our weapons inspected by our armorers and mine was pretty good. I had just a couple places I needed to clean a bit more, but that only took maybe 15 minutes. Then I crocheted some and then took a nap. After I woke up, I crocheted and computered more and skipped out on going to the gym. After dinner, my friend Ian and I went and got coffee from the coffee shop and just sat and talked about our families and stuff for a while. When I got home, I finished the snowflake I had started earlier and now I’m ready for bed. I’ve got 10 snowflakes done!

Another couple of days closer to coming home

I really miss my guys. I’ve had a couple of days where I really want to go home. Only 3 1/2 more months. . .

Yesterday we ran to ECP 1 and back – 3.25 miles – for PT. Then we had concert band sectionals instead of full band – we need to get sections playing together before we can put the full band together successfully. Our trombone sectional went pretty well, and we spent a good bit of time on a couple of our tougher pieces, but did touch on everthing we were supposed. After lunch a few of us went to the Bazaar again, and I bought a few Christmas presents. Then it was to the gym and I did 1/2 hour on the elliptical (3.8 miles) and lifted weights for chest and tricep muscles, and of course ended with crunches. After dinner I stitched and chatted.

This morning was no PT since it was Saturday. I “slept in” until 0645 and then got ready and went to breakfast. We had a short sectional again this morning and kept working on stuff from yesterday. The other females cleaned our hooch during that time – we had a little visitor overnight. It’s the second mouse sighting – the guys in the hooch behind ours have one, too. After my sectional was done, I cleaned my room really good, but that didn’t take very long. Yes, Mom, I’m keeping my room clean. LOL After lunch was BQ rehearsal, and we just looked at the hymns for the chapel service next week and then sight read another new piece and played a couple of others in our book. Thanks, Rick, for the page protectors! They work great. Then it was to the gym and I did an hour on the elliptical (6.27 miles) and back and biceps and abs. I always feel so good after working out. Of course, I was really hungry by the time we got to the chow hall, and Saturday nights they always have spaghetti! Yum, but not as good as mine. Then I took my stitching and went and watched American Wedding with my friends.

We have a couple of mousetraps set with peanut butter on them, so maybe come morning we’ll have a “present”. The other girls, although they bought the mousetraps, didn’t know what to do with them. So I got them set, and told them that if we catch anything, I’ll take care of it. I think they think I’m strange sometimes. LOL

Unit APFT and a very good tuba day

Yesterday morning was the PT test for the unit. I was one of the graders, and I had 4 soldiers that I graded – counted their pushups and situps and wrote down their run times as they came in. The whole test went pretty well – only 3 or 4 soldiers failed. The rest of the morning was spent in concert band sight reading stuff for our Christmas concert. After lunch I crocheted on snowflakes and then went to the gym about 3:30 or so. I went 6.4 miles in an hour on the elliptical. It was a good workout! After dinner, I crocheted more.

Today we didn’t have to do PT again – recovery day from the test. It was nice sleeping in again. After breakfast and formation, I practiced my tuba for a while and actually had a really good practice session. Then I spent the rest of the morning cross stitching. After lunch was BQ rehearsal and we had a really good rehearsal, I think. We worked on our 3 pieces for the chapel service we’re playing at in a week and a half, and then sight read a few new pieces we’re adding to our repertoire. They actually went pretty well, and with a bit of work, they will be good for our chow hall gigs. We ended the rehearsal with a couple of pieces that we’ve been working on. Then I came home and stitched and chatted with Ryan and Mom for a while before they went to work and then went to the gym about 4:30. I just walked on the treadmill for an hour because there weren’t any ellipticals available and I didn’t feel like running. I also lifted some weights. After dinner I watched “The Matador” with some friends, and stitched while I watched it. It was a pretty good movie.

Church, Concert, PT Test, and more. . .

Oops – I guess I didn’t think hard enough about writing the past few nights.

Sunday morning I went to my chapel service and that was nice. And then we had our concert in the afternoon. Formation was at 1000 for the 1400 concert 1/2 mile down the road. I knew we’d be loaded, there, unloaded, set up, AND sound checked by 1100, and sure enough, I was right. We were released until 1300 and a group of us went to the Korean Snack Bar for lunch. It was pretty good food, but it didn’t like me very much – I burped it up through the whole concert. After we ate, we went to the PX just to hang out for a while. Got back to the concert site at about 1245, and I warmed up a little and then just sat and read my book (I always have one in my cargo pocket of my pants). There were 40 or so people in attendance at the concert, much more than we expected! The concert went very well, and we got lots of great compliments afterwards. Once we got everything back to the band hall, we were done for the day, and I stitched.

Yesterday morning was a PT test for all the Staff Sergeants (we’re running/grading the test for everyone else tomorrow). I did 44 pushups, 68 situps, and ran my 2 miles in 17:41, for a score (I think) of 261. It’s not my best, but I’m still happy with how I did, especially on the run. The other female SSG here was at BNCOC with me and beat me on the run by like 15 seconds. I wasn’t about to let that happen again, especially since she’s 45 years old. So I really pushed myself, and I came in a good 30 seconds or so ahead of her!! It was a great feeling. The rest of the day was pretty laid back – we could wear our PT uniform all day and you didn’t have to do anything unless it HAD to be done. Of course, we’ve started our 100% inventory, and we did ammo count yesterday. That was in the afternoon, but I had mine done in the morning since I had a meeting with the Chaplain at 1330 to talk about the Reformation service that my BQ is playing at on the 29th. The meeting went well, and we got all the music and stuff figured out. Now I just need to make sure my quintet is ready. Once I got back, I stitched, went to dinner, and then hung out with my friends, and then stitched more.

Today I slept in until 0700 (well, that’s when my alarm went off – I actually got up at 0730). We didn’t have to do PT today unless we wanted to since the SSG’s had our PT test yesterday and everyone else is tomorrow. I had a nice chat with Ryan before I went to breakfast and then formation. I went to the Post Office this morning to mail a few things, and after lunch they were doing the brass inventory so I just told my ensemble to practice during our rehearsal time once their section’s instruments were done being inventoried. So I practiced my tuba for a while and then crocheted some before going to the gym about 4. I did 6.4 miles on the elliptical in 60 minutes, and then I did 125 crunches after. After dinner I took a good long hot (and I mean HOT – I had the cold on almost all the way and it was still hot) shower and then went and watched a movie with my friends and crocheted. I made 1 2/3 snowflakes today.

Dress Rehearsal and a clean weapon

I slept in some this morning since we don’t have to do PT on Saturdays. I had planned on getting up and doing PT since I didn’t make it to the gym yesterday afternoon, but it’s kind of hard to hear the alarm on your computer go off if you have your computer muted. Oops! So I woke up a little before 8 and chatted with Ryan for a bit as I got ready for formation at 9. Concert band rehearsal was a dress rehearsal for the concert tomorrow and I think it went pretty well. Once we were done, we went back and worked on a couple of trouble spots. After lunch I had BQ rehearsal and it went well, too. We played through most of the tunes we’ve been working on, and they’re starting to sound pretty good. We still need to work on keeping the tempos (mostly on me since I’m the tuba player, and especially on marches, it’s my job to “drive the bus”) and dynamics. Once in a while we actually play really soft when the music says to, and it’s really cool when it happens. We’ll keep working on it though. . .

After rehearsal was done, I came and played on my computer and stitched for a while before I remembered that I was going to clean my M-16 after rehearsal. So then I went out and cleaned my weapon and chatted with the others that were out there. A couple of others were cleaning their weapons as well. It didn’t take much to clean – just mainly dusty since I’ve not fired it. We’re doing our required maintenance checks and stuff on them in the next couple of weeks, and for one of the steps, they have to be clean. Of course, it’s a good idea to clean the dust off them once in a while anyways just to keep them in working order. Once I was done with that, I went and took a shower, and boy that felt good!

The rest of the evening was dinner, and then a few of us went to the coffee shop just to hang out and we talked about our families and stuff, and then it was home to stitch a tiny bit more and I chatted with my brother some. Off to bed now. . .

Crab Legs!!

I ran 3 miles this morning for PT. Tomorrow my PT buddy and I are going to walk the route with his GPS and see if it actually IS 3 miles. From the times I’ve been running it in, I think it might be more like 3.1 or 3.2. We’ll see. . . Then we had concert band – did a run-through of the concert music. Things are starting to sound pretty good. I took my trombone home to my room after rehearsal so I could practice one of the pieces some more. I did a little before lunch and some more after lunch and I have it down much better now. Then 5 of us went to the Bazaar, I mostly just looked. I did buy something for an exchange I’m in in one of my online groups. I stopped at the chapel on the way back to talk to the Chaplain about the service my BQ will be playing at, but he wasn’t in. I guess I’ll just have to talk to him on Sunday. When I got back from there, I practiced my tuba for a while and then just let the rest of the afternoon slip away. I had planned on going to the gym, but that didn’t happen.

Dinner was steak and crab legs – Friday nights are usually steak and seafood, but they haven’t had crab legs since my first day here. I don’t ever get the steak – they’re pretty tough from what I’ve heard. But I got the crab legs tonight, and despite the work, they sure were good. Have you ever tried to open crab legs with nothing but a plastic fork, a plastic knife, and your fingers? It wasn’t easy, but I managed. And then it was movie night tonight, so I went and hung out and watched a movie and stitched.

Off to bed now – I’m getting up and doing PT in the morning since I didn’t get to the gym this afternoon.

Hooch Meeting and more. . .

Oops – I thought I wrote last night, but I guess I didn’t. Sorry about that.

Yesterday was a pretty uneventful day. A few of us did a mock PT test just to see where we were at before the real deal next week. I did 34 pushups, 68 situps, and ran the 2 miles in 19:13. It’s passing for sure, but certainly not my best. I’m sure I’ll do better at the real thing. Then we had concert band all morning getting ready for Sunday’s concert, and after lunch I took a nap. We didn’t even go to the gym in the afternoon – just kind of lazed around. After dinner I did more of the same.

This morning was lazy morning for PT. My PT buddies and walked the 2 mile route and called it a morning. Then we had concert band again – went over the National Anthems of Afghanistan and the U.S. and the Armed Forces Medley. That was pretty much all we had time for since Chief and 1SG had a meeting and didn’t get to “work” until about 10. Well, we had a little more time, but at the end of the Armed Forces Medley, we go back to the Army Song and play the end of it – not our usual ceremonial version. Well, there’s a tag ending on it, and Chief forgot and he gave us a cut about 8 bars from the end and some of us cut and some didn’t, but he tossed his baton behind him and said “S@&#”. We all laughed and reminded him that he’s supposed to keep conducting until the music stops. At least we ended rehearsal with a laugh! After lunch, my quintet couldn’t rehearse due to other things that needed to be taken care of and medical appointments. So I told them just to practice when they could. I got the parts to my arrangement of A Mighty Fortress printed out and to the members of my group so they can start looking at them. I still need to get Lift High the Cross. I guess I’ll have to go talk to Chaplain tomorrow. About 3:30, we went to the gym and I got a good workout in on the elliptical and then lifted weights – back and biceps and abs today. Dinner was chicken tenders and those are pretty much always good, and then it was home to my room to relax and stitch.