Happy Birthday to the U.S. Marine Corps!

And Happy Anniversary to my wonderful Grandparents as they celebrate 63 years of marriage.  That is sooooooooo awesome and when I grow up, I want to be just like them.

My day started out with another Brass Quintet gig as we played for the Marine Corps Birthday Celebration at the Palace.  It was a really cool ceremony and I got goosebumps at one point when all the Marines there let out a big oo-rah.  They have so much pride in their Corps and their traditions.  It was really neat being able to celebrate with them. 

Once we got back to the band hall, I was finally able to read my e-mails and answer what needed to be answered.  Then at lunch I was going to meet up with CB at the chow hall for his final lunch, but I couldn’t find him in the zoo that they call a chow hall.  So I sat with my friend CR instead – remember my buddy from basic training??  Yup – him!  It was nice seeing him again and catching up on the last month or so – he’s been on leave, and I’ve been to Balad and Kuwait and we just haven’t been able to get a meal together.  Then after lunch it was back to the band hall and I got ahold of the armorer at Battalion and SFC JN and I were able to go up to the arms room to finish off the inventory for the month.  Then it was back to the band hall for a little bit before heading back to Battalion for a Unit Movement Officer (UMO) meeting.  That lasted an hour and then I had some supply stuff to take care of as long as I was over there.  I finally got back to my office about 1700 and I did a final check of e-mail before heading to dinner with BD for her final dinner here (well, with us anyway).  We were meeting at 1730.  We waited and waited and waited and one of the guys went to her tent even and she wasn’t there.  So we had her final dinner without her.

Then it was home to change into PT’s and headed to DG’s for our last night of stitching together.  We watched a movie called The Cutting Edge.  It was a really good movie – D couldn’t believe I’d never seen it before.  It’s one of her favorite movies.  We didn’t get as much stitching done as we usually do, but we were sharing pictures and talking.  Saying goodbye wasn’t too bad – we didn’t say goodbye.  We just said see you later.  Hopefully I’ll see her again someday!

Off to bed now – before midnight for a change!!

Today’s high:  77
Current:  61

Relay for Life

Today was an early morning.  I was up at 0445 and met MD for breakfast at 0520 (chow hall opens at 0530, so by the time we walked there, it was just opening).  We ate with a few others from the band and then I headed to formation at 0615.  But I got to the band hall early so I could get a good warm up in.  After formation, we headed over to the stage here and got set up.  We played pre-music and the National Anthem for the Relay for Life event here.  And then when they recognized the 16 or so cancer survivors we played Eye of the Tiger.  Then they headed off on the 3 mile walk and we had some down time.  Then when they came back, we played some more before the Closing Ceremony.  The Relay for Life group over here raised over $5000 – really cool for a deployed group!

After we were done, I headed home and did stuff on my computer for a little while and one of my Soldiers came over for me to tape her and see where she’s at.  Then I went back to bed for a short nap.  Well, short turned into 4 hours and I turned my alarm off in my sleep and managed to sleep through prayer shawl time.  Oops!  I guess I needed the sleep.  Once I was up, I crocheted until it was time to head to the chapel for pre-service warmups.  The service went really well, but it was sad as well.  It was DG, BD, and CB’s last night with us and there were special presentations during the service.  I cried a little during that, but it was right after the service that really got to me.  We had just finished our last song and BD looked at me and she started crying and then of course I started.  So she and I just hugged each other and cried for a little bit.  We took some group pictures after the service and some other ones.  And finally we headed to the chow hall for dinner.  Then it was off to Green Beans with my usual stop on the way.  I called Ryan & Robbie and enjoyed talking to them for a while.  Robbie was having too much fun playing, so I didn’t get to talk to him as much as usual, but that gave me more time for my sweetie!!  Then off to Green Beans for combat Uno.  I actually won a hand this week so that was nice for a change.  Of course, it’s always fun whether I win or lose.  It’s just the fellowship with my fellow praise band members.

Now it’s bedtime.  Past bedtime actually.  So good night!

Today’s high:  77
Current:  57