Friday, January 25, 2008

TGIF? Not really

Today's Friday and I was really looking forward to it. Mainly because Sean has been gone since Tuesday for funeral detail in Mississippi and he was supposed to be back later tonight.

He called me this morning and said they were going to stay in Louisiana tonight because they had a funeral to do tomorrow, so they won't be back until Saturday sometime. I'm disappointed. I was so ready to get to spend some time with him and that went right out the window. Obviously I'm not mad at him or anything, just a little bit sad that I'm going to be starting the weekend on my own.

I should be able to get in some good reading though. I checked out The Great Deluge by Douglas Brinkley from the library the other day and I just love it. I had started reading it last year, but never finished it. Now I started back at the beginning and I'm making good progress through it. If you are interested in Hurricane Katrina at all you should really check it out. It's very in-depth and discusses not only New Orleans, but also the Mississippi Gulf Coast. It also talks about what happened before, during and after the hurricane. It's one of the best non-fiction books I've read lately.

Other than reading I've watched a lot of TV and let me just say in the last year that I didn't have cable, I've sincerely missed all my favorite reality shows. Everytime reruns of America's Next Top Model episodes come on MTV I have to watch. It's pure addiction. Sure I get tired of Tyra Banks having to one-up the girls everytime one of them has a crisis, but my favorite parts are always the photoshoots. I love seeing what their pictures look like. Plus, there's always the mute button to shut up Tyra. I'm really enjoying the Snoop Dogg Fatherhood show on E! also. It's funny to see what he's like with his family. Today's episode involved Snoop Dogg getting some training for his delinquent dogs. Too funny!

I don't want everyone out there to think watching TV and reading is all I do. I have been job searching as well. I actually had an interview at a car delearship yesterday to be their Internet Department Director. The job sounded interesting, but very involved. I also had the corporate office of Picerene Military Housing call me and talk to me about my resume and a job I had applied for on their website. Both jobs have salaries where I would be making more than I have ever made at a job. Needless to say I'm excited about a new job.

So, I'm in the library computer lab right now and there is a small child wailing in here. This child's mother insists on repeatedly telling her child to, " sit back in the chair and be quiet." Alright.....if your child is crying in the LIBRARY then take it outside for the love of GOD!!!! I don't want to hear your child crying for ten minutes just because you want to get on Yahoo Messenger and chat with your hoochies. ARGH! People are so rude.
Well folks, I have a few errands to run so I'm going to jet out of here, have a good weekend!

Thursday, January 17, 2008

The Search for Friends

I think one of the hardest things about moving down here with Sean is my lack of friends.

In Oklahoma I was very blessed to have amazing friends that I could confide in or just have a good time with.

Here in Louisiana, besides Sean, I am alone. No friends, no even real acquaintances. The only other people I come in contact with or people in places like the grocery store or our neighborhood center and I'm talking about the people that work there.

I'm so ready for an FRG meeting or something like that where I can actually meet some other women around here. I'm also thinking about taking a kickboxing class in the evenings, so perhaps there will be some other women there too.

I'm lonely and I hate being that way. I'm a very friendly person and have always had friends. It's not hard for me to make them, but so far it's been hard for me to meet them. One of Sean's friend's wives just wants me to hang out with her so I can chauffer her around. She's an ok girl, but she's much younger than me and lives her life in a way that I'm not comfortable with. I don't want poor quality acquaintances, I'm looking for high quality women that I can identify with and share things in common with. I really don't think that's too much to ask in this case.

I do have some good news though. My job searching seems to be going well. I faxed a couple of resumes yesterday and when I did the girl at our Neighborhood Center suggested that I come work for them. She gave me the website for the job application and postings and I applied for three of them last night. I'm hoping that one of them pans out. It would be nice to not have to drive off post everyday.

I'm really trying to soak up the culture down here. I told Sean I was going to buy a King Cake for Mardi Gras. I have some idea of what they are, but I think I need to research them a little bit more. I'm very eager to go to Baton Rouge and New Orleans too. Sean keeps telling me that New Orleans isn't the same since Katrina, but I don't think he understands my need to see these places. I've never been there and so I really want to experience all that Louisiana has to offer. I want to make the most of my time down here. I'm very eager to try some authentic Cajun food and take advantage of all the fresh seafood that is around here. Why not enjoy the places you are stationed to the fullest?

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Settling In

Well, I am here at Ft. Polk. Sean and I officially moved in to our home in the North Fort section of post last Friday afternoon. By last Sunday afternoon I had all the boxes unpacked and almost everything put up. Now I'm working on weeding out things that I really don't need. I'm sure sometime this spring we will have to have a garage sale.

I have to say that I'm really enjoying it here. The weather down here so far has been amazing. I can go out in a t-shirt, jeans and flip-flops, that I love! Sean says it's usually cold down here this time of year, so it must be unseasonably warm this year. Oh well, I'm not complaining.

This next week I'm officially starting my job searching. I'm ok with just a part-time job for now. Ideally I would like some sort of government job here on post, but until then I am fine with working as a receptionist or something like that. My next order of business is to sit down with Sean and come up with some sort of budget for us. I still have a lot of paperwork things to do with getting my car registered in Louisiana and things of that nature and sometime I need to fit in a visit to the doctor so I can get some medication that I need. Once I get all of that done I'll feel much better.

Hopefully sometime in the near future I can put up some pictures of our new house. I really like it, it's a cute duplex and we live on a cul-de-sac so we have noone behind us. Just some pretty trees. One of these days I want to maybe do an accent wall in a couple of rooms and maybe some bordering in other rooms. I think it would make it look more cozy inside. Just white walls get boring after awhile.

Well, I need to do some other things in the computer lab before I run to the PX and commissary. I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!