Thursday, March 17, 2011

Bog of Eternal Stench

Before I get into the story that warrants the title of this post, I have to post up some off topic pictures... I went ice skating for the first time!

I fell down only twice!

I had a good time:)

But I've got a real exciting story, better than ice skating! Yesterday we went through the Gas Chamber.
It was so surreal, I got basic training flashbacks. As I filed in with everyone I was surprised at how clear the air looked. You would think that because it's filled with tear gas it would look smoky, but it doesn't. There is only a small burner on the floor that looks like a hookah, emitting CS. We're all standing in a circle and you can start to smell it. Your skin starts tingling and the guys running the thing are standing in the middle talking, telling you to do jumping jacks etc... All you can think the whole time is,
"It's ok, I'll just breathe a little bit... no, I'll take more breaths but keep them short... no, I need to take a deep breath but I'll hold it in as long as I can... no..."
ALL you can think of is HOW to breathe. Then they made us break the seal by pulling the mask partly off our face, and then made us clear it. Thats when your lungs start to sting. That's when you start to drool. At this point you have to swallow the saliva because you can't spit it in your mask and even your spit tastes like the gas. After that is the big finale: taking the mask completely off. We held them above our heads and waited for everyone in the circle to recite their last name and last four of their social. Your lungs, your eyes, your nose are all dripping with snot, tears and drool and you somehow blurt out your name in between coughs and your lungs are on FIRE. Then the door opens and everyone runs out the door. I was coughing and heaving and spitting and burping. Yuck!
My friend took a bunch of videos of everyone coming out of the chamber. I'm defiantly going to get a hold of some them and post them. Some people shoved open the door and collapsed on the ground, making awful noises. It's pretty funny to see each other looking so crazy.
That is one of the things I like about the Army. Even though mostly it sucks, it's cool to say I did stuff like this.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Sweet and Toxic

It's been a while since I posted (not like anyone reads this, lol) I have a ton of crafts to post! This last month was busy. I spent over a week sleeping outside in tents and carrying around an M16. It was cold and miserable. On a sad note, last weekend a sergeant in my battalion played drunk Russian Roulette and shot himself in the stomach (and no, he's not ok, he's dead) That was pretty bad, and resulted in barracks inspections for all of us, and quite a few briefings on safety. But on a happier note, I've started applying to the University of Alaska and plan on getting my Bachelor of Arts in Art(!) AND... The best news EVER... my little brother is getting married!!! I'm so excited. I get to be a bridesmaid! My brothers fiance is the sweetest and SMARTEST chick ever (also a crafter!)

While I have plenty of new crafts to post, I'm going to update on an old post with some pictures of the pink baby hoodie on an actual baby! Watson's daughter looks so cute and puked on it right away during the photo shoot! Gotta break it in, right?
I'm so glad it fits!!

My second project is a cross stitch I did just for fun. I was thinking about payday, and I guess I felt a little gangster (haha)

Next is a collage I did with a frame I got at Target. I used some pictures my mom sent of my relatives.

Next is a super easy project. I had an old babydoll tee from Urban Outfitters I didn't like the fit of anymore. I just cut out the gra
phic and put it in an embroidery ring. I think it looks pretty clever, and it added some more interest to my BORING ASS barracks wall!

Now for some foodie updates... I can't help it, I love lemon desserts! I made lemon cupcakes with raspberry frosting, white trash truffles and lemon tarts. The truffles were SO easy and I brought some to my battle buddies when we had to work late. I think they enjoyed them.

The recipe is on the blog fresh365 I'm defiantly going to try some variations on the recipe!

Last is my latest project in the making... My first adult size sweater!! I went to the Library and took out a couple craft books, Martha Stewart's Encyclopedia of Crafts, and Pretty in Punk (punk, goth and rock style knits) I'm using Pretty in Punks pattern for a super easy sweater called "The Swindle" and I'm using my special, fancy, expensive yarn that I was saving for a special project. It's a single ply, Peruvian Wool and Tencel blend yarn called Lustra by Berroco in the most beautiful cobalt blue. It's the same shade of blue that so many movie stars were wearing to the Oscars last year... I guess I like color trends.

That's it for now!
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