It has been ages since I blogged regularly. Months go by and I sit here thinking I should, and then I don’t. So, taking a page from Belghast over at Tales of the Aggronaut, I’m sitting here with my morning coffee and deciding to try and write daily. At the same time, hopefully we’ll catch up on the last several months.
Life In General
We are still in Georgia, and quite happily could stay here the rest of his career if the army would let us. From the day we pulled in here in July 2011 it has felt like home. The heat and humidity can be daunting at times, and there are several poisonous spiders and snakes we share the area with but they don’t make it any less home. It’s been hard to explore as much as we’d like, mainly due to the Drill Sergeant assignment he’s had the last two years. Those guys work insane hours, 6 days per week. When the rest of the military gets a four day holiday weekend, Drills work right through them. 5am to 8, 9, 10, even 11 or midnight six days a week for every 14 week cycle of new privates. Thankfully as of last week, that is over for us.
And even more good news, is we didn’t have to move to his next assignment thanks to the high school stabilization program. My youngest graduates soon, so we got to stay put so she could stay in this school to graduate. Oh that reminds me, my oldest daughter graduated in May!
Now that we have some free time, and he is finally on leave, we expect to do some exploring, mostly on the Harley. As a matter of fact, we are taking a “daycation” to Panama City Beach, Florida tomorrow.
Speaking of School
I’m still working on finishing my education. I start classes again August 26. This semester marks my final class needed for my Associates in Letters, Arts, and Sciences. I’ll also be taking the first three classes for my BA in LAS as well. One of those classes even counts towards my minor in Political Science. My classes this semester include..
- The Mathematics of Money
- Spanish 001
- Introduction to Health and Human Sexuality
- Introduction to Comparative Politics
I’m pretty excited about getting started again. After last semester, I thought I’d lost my enthusiasm for good, but I’m back on track now. And while I still face sideways glances and lack of understanding about my choice to stay in the liberal arts rather than go into Psychology as planned, that’s ok. The math required to enter the Psych degree was far beyond my ability even with tutoring and google. But that may have been a blessing in disguise. You see, with a BA in Letters, Arts, and Sciences I’m learning crucial skills to help me find a job (ethics, research, human relations, public speaking, leadership, critical thinking). I’m not pigeonholed into ONE profession that may or may not have positions available. And most importantly I’m enjoying the classes. Even if my degree does nothing more than hang on my wall…the value of being able to say “I did this” is well worth the investment.
Finally the fun stuff. I finally, although I’m sad to say it, have found a replacement for WoW in Rift. The ability to talk to, group and guild with the opposing faction, personal housing, beautiful graphics, flexible builds and styles that let you play what you want how you want without penalty were too good to pass up. For the first time in 7 years I let my WoW subscription lapse. Maybe if it goes free to play with a model as good as Rift has I’ll give it another go. I’ll probably be posting about my favorite features regularly, to give me daily blog posts actually.
Outside of Rift, I have finished The Walking Dead and thoroughly loved it. It was emotional, and enthralling, thought provoking and harder decisions than I expected with a limited time to make them. I was expecting a bloody, gory, shoot ‘em up game but no. The gore was minimal, and what there was was mitigated by the graphic novel styling of the game graphics. I can’t wait until the next season releases.
I’ve also been playing Dust: An Elysian Tail. I’m not very good at platformers and puzzles, but the story has kept me pushing to see what comes next. It’s also beautifully drawn with generous amounts of humor. And Fidget is just adorable, I can never wait to see what she says next.
I’m still here, and I plan to post something every day. It may not be great, it may be silly, or ragey, or ridiculous but I’m back.