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”

Well, You Failed Therapy

I finished up my Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) appointments this week. I talked a little about it in Milkshakes and Meditation…it was hit-or-miss on days that felt helpful or not, and days that felt rough or not. In the end I was told I “showed some improvements but the results weren’t what they wanted.” IContinue reading “Well, You Failed Therapy”

Playing Adult

I mentioned in Finally a Trip to Ithaca, NY that I couldn’t wait to get back to Ithaca. That happened much quicker than I expected…my MIL came into town last week so Chris and I decided to capitalize on her being here and make a weekend trip up north. There was a house we wereContinue reading “Playing Adult”

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”

No Really…I’m Speaking

My girls and I stumbled on this awesome crocheted (yes, you read that correctly) banner of the VP with her popular “I’m speaking” quote from the VP debate. Simple but profound. I work in a very male dominated environment. I consider myself very fortunate to have been treated well and respected by (most) of myContinue reading “No Really…I’m Speaking”

Medical, Medical Everywhere!

I’ve had a lot of fun with medical stuff the last few years. It just keeps going too. Doesn’t help either that I have some legit anxiety that leads to a bit of hypochondria, so there is definitely a mix of physical symptoms mixed with psychosomatic symptom…it’s a fun combination 😂 I’m writing this forContinue reading “Medical, Medical Everywhere!”

Tattoos, Baldness, and PJ Pants

I’ve slowly been making this public, but I am transitioning out of the Marine Corps this year. That means a lot of changes for me and the family. There are three things I really, really want to do when I get out that seem a bit contradictory to the average person. I want a tattooContinue reading “Tattoos, Baldness, and PJ Pants”

Happy Hump Day #1

I’ve mentioned Tettohs Coffee a few times in my blog already. If you ever get a chance to visit Okinawa, Japan, make your way to Tettohs Coffee in Uruma. My favorite place on island—relaxing, friendly, delicious! In fact, I’m sure I’ll do a full post on Tettohs at one point. For now, enjoy one ofContinue reading “Happy Hump Day #1”

Teleworking with Kids

If anyone is curious, this is what teleworking with a small kid looks like. On telework days I rarely get much done. I usually set the goal to turn my computer on by lunch…that’s what my work-life has turned into. Not complaining though. I went from 60-80 hour work weeks, 100-150 emails a day, andContinue reading “Teleworking with Kids”

Slap Party for All!

You ever just want to slap someone? I know I’m not a the only person who feels that way more often than not. As a Marine, I can tell you that we are actually not a service full of crayon-eating-body-building-dumb-as-a-box-of-rocks meat heads…but there are definitely a few. And they tend to work in billets thatContinue reading “Slap Party for All!”