Pontoon Boats + Family = An Amazing Day!

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I finished the last class required by my orders at the end of July and my report date to my new ship was the last day in August so it was time for some serious Rest and Relaxation. At my last class I learned how to embark and debark marines and we actually planned a fake mission to secure an area of land. It was definitely very cool and new all at the same time. There were even marines in the class so we had to work together which was a totally different aspect then what I am used to.

 

My Seesters and I!

As soon as we received our certificates I was already packed and ready to go so I took one last look at Norfolk and headed for home. My family had already started the drive to Wisconsin where we were all going on vacation to see my Aunt and Uncle and cousins. M was going home for the weekend as well so I was staying with her and then flying out the next evening en route Wisconsin. We talked ALOT. We talk alot in general but we knew it was going to be awhile before we saw each other again so we talked especially long. I talked so much my voice was hoarse the whole next day. We went to Phip’s Conservatory in the morning because I haven’t been there since I was a little kid and then we ate tons of ice cream because that’s something we do very well together, and then she took me to the airport. It was a very sad moment for me. We have been best friends since we met -1 day at WVU (it was the night before the first day of classes when we realized that we had the same first class and decided to walk there together).

I flew into Wisconsin that night and then the fun really began. I family is crazy, in a very good way, and it is always a GREAT time when we all get together. The second day I was there we went out on a Pontoon Boat and sailed all through Milwaukee stopping at The Horny Goat to get mohito’s and Barnacle Buds for some amazing sea food. It was so yummy! We stuffed ourselves to the max and washed it all down with corona’s. It was truly a great day. Throughout the week there were many things planned and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. We took long bike rides, we watched a ton of the summer olympics. This is the first time I even began to understand the olympics. It was awesome I was on vacation and was able to watch so much of it. I even saw my new favorite event which is the rhythmic gymnastics. I watched the rowing competitions, archery, gymnastics, swimming, horse back riding, all of it. Here are some pictures from the first few days…

 

 

 

“This is your captain speaking” My favorite quote of the day, and one I used often.

 

A Weekend of Bliss.

You know that feeling, where you can’t stop smiling because everything seems so right? I felt like that all weekend and it was glorious!

Finally we were able to relax and do whatever our hearts desired. The ship was going no where, everyone I wanted to see was in port and we let the weekend take us like a leaf in the wind, whichever direction it had in store. On Friday I made up my last duty day for another officer and was on the ship, but I didn’t have to arrive until 4pm because I had the last day of the ASWE class and graduation. I openly admit to the fact that went home after the graduation, which concluded at 10am, instead of going to the ship because my orders have me TAD until that Monday so I don’t even feel a little bad about it. I don’t feel bad even more because of the fact that I went home to give my apartment a thorough [and when I say thorough I mean it] scrub down.

After arriving at the ship I went to bed super early because I had the 3am to 8am watch. As soon as I got off one of my guys brought me some homeaid chili to eat and I ran home to cook that up. It was so hott that my mouth was burning, I was sweating, and I had to drink 3 cups of milk while I danced around my kitchen because I couldn’t sit still.

Afterwards I headed over to P’s house to go to a festival but on the way saw that the extremely upscale rich neighborhood that I was driving through was having a neighborhood wide yard sale. You better believe I ran to P’s to get him, but upon arriving found out that he was already over there buying stuff. So together he and I shopped and shopped and got steals from the rich people who were intent on getting rid of their really nice belongings. We, along with his roommate loaded up quite a few things and then headed back to decorate his house. I got a huge picture for only $10 and a bunch of hardback books for only $1. What a great morning!

Then, we decided to go to a BBQ at one of their friends houses from another ship and so instead of going to the festival I ran home with my goods, changed into my bathing suit, and headed back to his house to lay out on their ginormous deck. That’s when the drinking began. haha. At around 1 pm.

At 4 we left for the BBQ and had a great time cooking out and enjoying each other’s company. The ice cream truck came down the street and we all ran out to buy some like the little kids that we truly are and then afterwards we headed to the Jubilee festival to watch some tonic. At this point I was fairly intoxicated and it made the drive over very entertaining, although maybe not for P since he was our DD.

At the festival, we realized that we had missed the concert but we were just in time for the fireworks. Which were Awesome! I somehow decided to double fist a few beers and we jumped a fence to go to the VIP portapoty’s that are locked up. A woman took pity on me and let me go. Then afterwards we decided to jump another fence to take pictures on a caboose. I being the drunk person that I was jumped the fence but ended up falling right on my face and I started laughing and couldn’t stop. We got the pictures and when I went back over the guys helped me this time.

We decided then that it was time to end the evening with a funnel cake. P just dropped me off at my house and came over early this morning to drive me back to my car which was at his place. It worked out perfectly because I made it to church and now we are planning on going back to the concert to see Rodney Atkins and then I’m making an extravagant dinner for them tonight, which will be edamane [japanese appetizer], corn on the cob, steak teriyaki and watermelon. Served with wine that I aquired from the wine festival a few weeks ago. I don’t know how much this all goes together but I guess we’ll have to see.

On a much more serious note I arrived on the ship on Friday with my orders and handed them in, just to receive a new set of orders to go to boarding officer’s school for VBSS which is Visit Board Search and Seizure. The US Navy is able to stop an international ship on the waters and search their vessels for any illegal things. Apparently I’m going to be a part of the team!!! This is extremely exciting. I feel that I somehow received this by chance, but I will take it willingly. I can’t wait!

Last note of the Day: The LOST series finale is tonight which is very interesting to say the least. I’ve just recently got back into the show and will be watching the end of the end tonight. good stuff.