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