Homeschool Trip #2: Philly

We are 2/2 on homeschool trips accompanied by winter storms. That has not helped my attempts at turning the kids into travel seekers. The trip to Philly was fun (minus the kids fussing about the cold). We were able to get in family time, museums, historical sites, and food. The Franklin Institute on our firstContinue reading “Homeschool Trip #2: Philly”

(Re)Tired Ramblings #1

It’s been almost two months since my official retirement date and I finally started on my retirement checklist, per my post Tattoos, Baldness, and PJ Pants. Decided to modify the “baldness” a little bit and went with super short vice baby-butt bald. I like it! I also submitted my tattoo idea to a local tattooContinue reading “(Re)Tired Ramblings #1”

Therapy Again…

Just finished up my intake at the Syracuse VA so I can start working through trauma in the PTSD Clinic. Some days I just want the shit in my head to go away. It’s so weird thinking that I’ve been stuck in a similar mental state for 13 years. There’s a chance I’ll be 75Continue reading “Therapy Again…”

Medical Retirement Confirmed

FINALLY got my ratings back from the medical board—I will indeed be medically retired. Amazingly, they rated me higher than I was expecting, which means I’ll be making significantly more money monthly which is huge because we had estimated our family income dropping 60%, but it’ll only drop 40% (at least for the next fewContinue reading “Medical Retirement Confirmed”

Afghanistan Rambling

I caught myself thinking “at least I don’t have to worry about that anymore” when I heard Marines were being sent back to Afghanistan to assist in the evacuation. I was immediately heartbroken and embarrassed to have even thought those words. I trained for years to go to Afghanistan. I “grew up” into the MarineContinue reading “Afghanistan Rambling”

From Hero to Zero

I’m a Marine. I decided I wanted to be a Marine when I was 12 years old, and I worked unbelievably hard to make it to where I am (more on that in a later post). I put the Marine Corps ahead of pretty much everything else in my life for well over a decade.Continue reading “From Hero to Zero”