Newport Rhode Island in the Sweet Sweet Summertime!

When my orders officially posted after the new year, I was shockingly excited to find out that I would be heading to 3 classes before being shipped off to Japan to meet my ship. I had not anticipated going to any schools so this was great news. What’s more, is I was being sent to Newport RI for the first 2 months of summer for my first class. Are you serious? Newport during the summer is the best time of the year to be there.

As of right now Newport is where Officer Candidate School is located for the Navy and this is where I went to OCS. It was complete torture for me the first 3 months I was there and having a view the most breathtaking sunset falling behind the Clairborne Pell Bridge, was a most cruel ending to every painful day I was trapped there, which always left me very bitter. Now, I’ve been back on 3 different occasions and Newport has finally started to grow on me in a good way. I enjoy the sunset’s, and after two months of fully exploring the area, I can’t complain.

The summer arrived full of promise and did not disappoint. For the first time all of the rooms were booked on base to stay in so I was able to use government per diem and stay at the Residence Inn Marriott, which was the best idea I ever made. I loved it there!  They provided a hot and hearty breakfast every morning, small gifts for all the holidays, and dinner three times a week. And when I arrived they gave me 10 drink tickets to use at the bar which was open whenever you needed a drink. Great place to stay.

I found out very quickly that my days basking in the Newport summer sun would not come so easily and that the class that I was in was going to be very intense and hard. The first week was the worst since there was a test on Friday and the days were very long. I made friends with a guy whom had been in the navy for a very long time, was just coming off of a steam ship, and was an LDO. That was great because he was extremely smart and fun and had a family with 5 kids all girls! That was the best part. I could only imagine 5 girls in a family. I know how my two sisters and I used to act, imagine two more.

At the Marriott I met a girl working there for the summer from Russia. She was hilarious and we became fast friends. I wanted to brush up on my Russian so we talked often and soon started going out with her other friend and my friends from the class. It was a great time! I hope that one day I’ll be able to visit them in Russia.

The next few excerpts will sum up the summer time in Newport.

A & I. She’s from Russia!

Both A & M. They are great.

Different Day. Haha.

Horrible at Pool but loving life.

We went out a lot. haha.

Back to School, Back to School

If you ever think that you are done with college and classes and then you join the military, you would be shit wrong. You will never stop getting a break and for some reason they think that sending you to 50 different schools will make you extremely competent. Some of the schools, don’t get me wrong are informative, but some of the schools I’ve been sent to are just awful and I didn’t learn one once of information.

Right now I’m in Anti Submarine Warfare School, a one month long course. And well that would be all I can tell you since you aren’t qualified to know more, but not even I am allowed to take notes and take them home with me. All of the studying is done there and it is quite annoying to have to study for the tests in that building and not in the comfort of my own home.

There are many plans to be made in the up and coming future. First of all I want to plan a trip to DC for a nationals baseball game because I love drinking and baseball together. Second of all there is a wedding coming up [this would be the first wedding I’m attending since my college graduation] I guess there’s always a first, but this is damn early. I’m very excited though. & thirdly I have to plan many more trips to Busch gardens since I have a summer pass and I’ve never had one of those to any amusement park and I have to make it worth my while.

Luckily, right now I am sitting here writing this, and I don’t even have to go to the base until 0800 because the class starts later then normal today. They have made mandatory PT three days a week which I can’t say I mind but I definitely have to work out with a whole bunch of guys and it is really taking a toll on my body, trying to keep up with them and do at least some what of the things they can do.

This Saturday is the Kentucky Derby and there is much planning to be made for that as well. I just really really really really want to wear a dress and a big hat to a bar and get wasted because that’s fashionable. We’ll see how that goes.

Back to School.

Back to school
 Back to school
to prove to Dad that I’m not a fool.
I got my lunch packed up, my boots tied tight,
I hope I don’t get in a fight.
Ohhhh, back to school.
Back to school.
Back to school.
Well, here goes nothing.

      So I guess this is it, from the words of Billy Madison I’m heading back to school for my final semester and it couldn’t feel more terrible. I don’t want to graduate. I mean I really want my diploma but I like  life a student. With the economy going to shit a little more every day what is out there??? Pretty soon not much. Maybe I should stay and get three more degrees? ha. I wish. Unfortunately there’s no money for that and I have to move on. With the influx of jobless people rising rapidly, graduate school is another story from hell as well. Since people can’t seem to find a job or they have lost the job they already had, there is a much higher precent of students trying to get into grad school than ever before. Great. I’m so glad that this is happening in my generation.

     As much as I love college though, I know that I am not ready to stay. I’ve got to go out there into the world and I’ve got to see what I want to do with my life. That way, going back to grad school should be much easier and I will have a better direction as too what I am going to get a master’s in. As for now I have just about three more months to figure out the rest of my life and tell the Navy that they better accept me into the information warfare officer program. Damnit!@# ha.

     With that on my mind I am still relentlessly thinking about the Russian Scholarship program. I will just die if I get it. Maybe literally? That could quite possibly be the best thing that’s ever happened to me at this time in my life and learning Russian is a main priority for me right now. Especially with the growing need for American language translators. But unfortunately I will not find out if its yay or nay until March sometime. Hopefully I don’t go crazy by then because you do realize that’s still two months away?!?

    Anyway, back to the fact that classes started today. I have class at 4:30 which should be interesting. It is the forensic capstone senior class for my major. One of only four classes that I am taking. Wow.

    Let’s just say this time I don’t think I’m going to be racing to get done. At the end I am packing up and leaving all of the memories behind. I can’t believe it. The Real World is coming and I have nowhere to run and hide. I’ll be crossing over. Nomore baby talk, no more hearing the bell on Chrismas day, Life as I know it will soon be at an end. I just can’t tell you if I’m ready for the new beginning just yet…

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