I've waited so long! That five year contract just seemed like forever. Like it would never end. Let me tell you, I never joined the Army because I really wanted to. I got the idea when I was living in Guam. Wanna hear the story? Of course you do!!
I had been dating this girl for a couple years who was/is an alcoholic (I'll call her "B") Everything was pretty tough. The consequences of B's drinking made it so we could never stay in one place for long. We jumped around from El Paso to Las Vegas and back to our stomping grounds in San Francisco. I was trying to leave for a while, and long story short, there was no way she was going to let me go in peace. I had to formulate some type of plan, which ended up being that I would move to Guam to work "temporarily" but in reality I wasn't planning on coming back.
While in Guam I started seeing another girl who was in the Navy. She seemed like she had her stuff together. Since I really didn't have an idea of what I wanted to do after I left Guam it kind of put a little bug in my ear. The military was an option I never really considered before.
|San Diego nights|
|Studying for the ASVAB|
|Graduation day. That's me ^^^^^|
After Basic I still had to go to AIT, an advanced training for my particular job. Since I got a great score on my ASVAB test I got a petty nice job that required a lot of training. Seven months of training to be specific.
I'm not even gonna talk about Alaska. I slept in snow. Froze my ass off. Sometimes it was cool to be there, especially after I got a car and an apartment with Joe! Anchorage was a pretty cool place and Alaska has a lot to offer. Things started to look up towards the end of my three years there. There was a light at the end of the tunnel, at least.
This training was WAY worse and so boring and depressing and LONG. At least we got to go out on the weekends! We partied hard on the weekends, for sure. I have memories of drinking gin in a cheap motel room and going out to trashy country bars. By the end I was so tired of the lifestyle in the barracks I would get a hotel room by myself and just hibernate away from everyone so I could get some privacy.
|Getting ready for the weekend.|
I specifically remember my last day in Missouri (or "Misery" as we called it.) I had gotten up super early to catch a ride to the bus station. I sat outside on my duffle bag and thought to myself that it was the best day of my life. I was so happy to get out of there. Leaving AIT will forever be in my top 5 best days of my life.
Then I moved to Alaska.
|The radio didn't actually work...|
I started blogging in Alaska as a way to keep my chin up and to look at the bright side of things. I covered our epic road trip, which has been a highlight of my life in the past few years. I've talked about pregnancy and little Ellie. Moving down to Louisiana has been really great. Sure, this town is small and boring, but things really came together here. I'm happy to be leaving but I'll always remember this place fondly.
I am SO EXCITED to find out what's next! TEN DAYS, GUYS!