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Recent trip to Belize

Recent trip to Belize-Caye Caulker

Hello! Just a quick update post. Hope you’re doing well. It’s a typical Wednesday night for me–perusing old Facebook pictures and blog posts, reminiscing on fonder times. Actually, it’s consisted of reading cringe-worthy statements on this blog and seeing pictures that should be erased from internet memory, Google did you get that? Please accept this as my “right to be forgotten” application, I can give you specifics later. Nah, I like the memories, they make me smile and laugh, it’s funny how time flies. So much changes, yet a lot stays the same. Enough of this. Speaking of gooey (I didn’t say it? Well, I was thinking it), I’m loving this song. Ah, The Foolish Wagon, I’ve missed you.

I’m in the midst of a major life transition; I’m getting out of the Army, pursuing a career on the outside, and weeks away from moving back to the United States! I couldn’t be more excited, anxious, and READY! Truth be told I’m not as ready as I’d like to be but, my excitement to start something new makes up for it. For the last six months I’ve been reading business books, cleaning up my resume, talking to friends outside the military, and for the last week and a half I’ve dived head first into a documentary series on modern business culture and life. You may have heard of it, “The Office”, it’s a great documentary, I’m on season 6 right now. I’m learning a great dealyes, I’m procrastinating, but only for another day.

On a separate note, here are a few things that I want to share, mainly just to fill this post:
John Legend’s “You & I (Nobody In The World)“. John (and Chrissy) can do no wrong. This video had me in tears.

Amy Schumer & Broad City also had me in tears, the laughing kind, and reminded me of how much I hate Germany’s block on YouTube/comedy central channels (thanks Hola).

I was browsing career guidance articles yesterday and came across this site: The Muse. I like its clean layout and mission; they believe that you can and should love your job*, as do I. I’ve read a lot about the importance of culture in a workplace and it’s shaping to be a determining factor in my job selection, along with location and whether or not I’m interested/passionate about the job.  I appreciate the Army and the military as a whole, but I wasn’t happy, and I discovered that I put great value on my level of job satisfaction. I believe you can be successful, however you define the word, and be happy in your job/career. Finding what you’re passionate about and working with your strengths and talents is my idea of having job satisfaction, and I believe with time and experience I’ll get there. The security of a military career was hard to leave, but if you’re not happy, then what’s the point. Over the last few months I came to realize another important truth, albeit through a different lesson–you are the only person in charge of your happiness. No one else. I choose to surround myself with positive people, so others make me happy by default. And I love comedies, so thank you genius comedy writers, you are also making me happy.  (If scary movies make you happy, that’s great, I get nightmares–I’m not joking, I avoid them at all costs ) However, in the military I lacked control of my career, and now with my service commitment fulfilled, I’m ready to take it back. There’s a lot you can control in your life, and a lot you can’t, so why not make the controllable work in your favor. I understand some may not have the luxury of changing jobs due to life circumstances/choices, fortunately, I’m not one of them. I’m in a place in my life that gives me the freedom to be flexible and try new things, and I’m ever so thankful.

Hmm, I went off on a tangent, a smug sounding tangent, my bad. Anywhoo.my point was this, or now it is–I’m venturing into the civilian world soon and I’m excited and optimistic for what this chapter holds–here’s to new beginnings and challenges!

And now, two compilation videos of my favorite character on “The Office”, Creed. 1 and 2

Here’s another song that’s getting a lot of playtime, in my home and car: Niykee Heaton’s “Bad Intentions“. Last one, Sam Smith. I love his whole album, especially “Like I Can” and “Reminds Me of You”, as well as “Nirvana“, which is an older one not on his recent album.  I love singing on my commute, and between these songs and the ‘Power Ballad’ playlist on Spotify, I’m nearly hoarse by the time I get to work. Few more: Hozier “From Eden“, Iggy ft. Rita Ora “Black Widow“, Chromeo “Lost On the Way Home“, Banks “Brain“, OK Go “The Writing’s On the Wall”, Sir Sly “Gold“, Panama Wedding “Uma“, and I’m listening to all of Bastille’s albumBad Blood. Okay, finito.

I apologize, this post was all over the place. It’s late and I’m beat. I’ll regret revise tomorrow. Good night!

See you soonmaybe

K

*taken directly from their “About Us” page, hope that’s okay

Happy Mother’s Day

KC- “Mom? Master”
Ziggy- “I love my Mom…and food…and sleeping”

Happy Mother’s Day to the most beautiful, patient, compassionate, devoted, smart, witty, nurturing, funny, strongest, I can go on forever…woman I know. I hope to be half the woman she is when I grow up! Happy Mother’s Day Mom, I love you!

 

BREAK: There’s absolutely nothing new to report. Work is same old, same old. And the past two weekends I’ve relaxed in Bamberg, enjoying the nice weather and local company.

In two weeks I’ll be traveling again, and I can’t wait. To start, for Memorial Weekend, we’ll be heading to Malaga, Spain, venturing out to Gibraltar and maybe even Morocco, if we have time. Three days after that I’m heading to Rome for two nights, then departing on a Mediterranean cruise.  We’ll be hitting Messina (Sicily), Italy; Kusadasi (Ephesus), Turkey; Piraeus (Athens), Greece; Chania (Souda), Crete, Greece, and then back to Rome. I’m ecstatic and I can’t wait to get started! For the July 4-day weekend, J and I will be going to Cinque Terre, where we’ll be hiking, swimming, and biking around the different cities, should be quite the experience! He’s coming in less than two weeks, for a solid two months, before he ventures off to his next duty station…I sound like a broken record…I can’t wait for him to get here!

Alrighty, I’m off.

Again, Happy Mother’s Day to all the Mother’s out there, especially my lovely Mom!

Take care,

K

RHCP for Easter

Hello,

Other than an amazing Easter weekend in Columbia, SC, I don’t have much new to report.

Went to visit J for the short weekend and we were able to fit in a lot of fun activities. One of the greatest highlights from the weekend was seeing the Red Hot Chili Peppers. I’ve been wanting to see them live since I can remember and I finally got to see them Saturday before Easter Sunday! Santigold opened for them and she was amazing as well. Both performances were top-notch and I’d highly recommend if you get the chance to see them, to save the date!

The weather was gorgeous, much better than what Germany is experiencing right now–rain, gray, yuck–and Columbia has a great river-walk on the Congaree River which we took advantage of, I also took advantage of the stores and shops–no online shopping!

Work is going, same old same old. Had a project that I naturally procrastinated on…reminded me of being in college…fortunately, I was able to pull it off.  I’ll probably have to make adjustments and work on it a little more this week after they take a closer look and find my errs.

Travel plans in the future include a Mediterranean Cruise exploring the Eastern side–Croatia, Greece, maybe Turkey! Hopefully booking this week! Then we have a 4-day for Memorial Weekend, and a 4-day in June, both of which I have not made plans for yet. J will be here for both so I’m looking forward to enjoying the early summer with him.

Alright, kind of bland post, nothing major to report or talk about. Take care.

Enjoy the video. Found it on my quick nightly browse before bed.

Adios,

K

Rock Tumblr

I’m hooked.

Now I get all the jokes referencing tumblr, and how it’s just a black hole–sucks me in and it’s relentless, it won’t let me go. It’s not that bad, but it is a great time-killer. Here’s my favorite site:

http://whatshouldwecallme.tumblr.com/

Just finished Game of Thrones, pretty impressive show, looking forward to the premiere this Sunday, and of course The Killing also premieres (which was very good, TMC– so you know it’s good), so naturally I will not get much sleep on Monday when I catch-up.

A very generous person has sent me a couple GRE, GMAT, and MCAT test books so instead of killing time and watching tv before I go to bed (n/m right after work, that’s a different story), I’ve been skimming these books trying to remind my brain how to study. Hopefully muscle memory will start to kick in, though it wasn’t that strong before…

Off to bed. Tomorrow is FRIDAY!! Looking forward to the weekend, I hope you all are as well, enjoy, and I hope the weather is nice!

-K

Happy Belated Leap Day

Saturday Night--Thunderstruck & Roxanne

I guess I’ll get the bad news out first, I didn’t get into the program I wanted.

Alright, enough on that topic.  Moving on.

I’m in training for another two weeks in a small German town just north of Frankfurt. Pretty easy drive, which was nice, and the hotel is pretty snazzy. It’s for SHARP again, I’m not quite sure what else I could learn, but I’m sure there will be something new.

Worst part is paying for the internet. I’ve been out of the loop on everything, with my move and my phone out of service, I’ve been disconnected to the world outside of work hours. Naturally, with German customer service, I have no idea when I’ll be getting internet in my new apartment. Beer-good, autobahn-good, customer service (in general)-worst.

Speaking of the move, that went well. Lost a little bit in the security deposit for my old apartment but that was expected with the old landlords and their anal-attentiveness to their floors and walls. Sorry, I’m still a little peeved but I’ve considered it a sunk cost and again, moving on. Needless to say last week was pretty stressful with the move, training, and anticipation of cst.

Well March was the beginning of a new month and I’m ready to keep moving.  Trying to make concrete plans for a visit to the states, and on my 4-day weekends in Europe.

I have to go stretch and move around so I’m going to go explore the hotel (it’s huge) and the town. Hope all is well.

-K

For Presidents Day Weekend I was flown to Charlotte, NC and spent the weekend in Columbia, SC & Gatlinburg, TN. I enjoyed a beautiful hike on the Appalachian Trail and delicious beer samples at the Smokey Mtn Brewery (seasonal one was the best)! I would say the person I was with was, by far, the best part.

I’ll post pictures soon.

Back to work. Now I’m a certified SHARP rep for the Brigade, which will be an additional duty. However, this new duty is slotted for a Captain. Where as the one I’m in now, I’m technically excess (I’m filling a Senior NCO’s spot–but any LT will work). This extra duty may work to my advantage on filling a higher ranking role. We will see. Best part, next week I get to attend a two-day training session in Western Germany and the week after that I’ll be exploring Garmisch, Germany for a week. Garmisch is one of the most beautiful spots in Germany. Wait for it…Uniform is business casual. Long hair don’t care! So I’m really looking forward to March, job-wise. And hopefully by then I’ll have an idea of whether or not I’m attending the CST Assessment & Selection. Which will mean a better idea of where my life/job can take me this upcoming year. Keep your fingers crossed…

Okay, back to watching “The Good Wife”…pretty good. Did I mention how much I loved “Homeland”, sooooo gooood!!!!!

Night,

K

Well Helllooo There…

Bernkastel-Kues: Mosel River Cruise w/ Josh

Morning, Afternoon, Evening,

I realize I haven’t written a post, in what seems like forever, and I’m sorry for my absence.  A little bit has changed; I have a new job, I’ve been promoted, friends have PCS (permanent change of duty station=on to their next job)…yet there is a lot that’s still the same. I am still traveling whenever I can, I’m very happy (maybe more so than before), I have great friends and family that are fun and supportive. All in all I’ve had a great year and the New Year, though early, is off to a great start.

I saw most of you (most readers) over the holiday and enjoyed seeing you all! It was a nice long break and I got to see most of my family, sans a sibling and Aunt or two, and most of my good friends.

I came back on the weekend of the MLKJ holiday and took a trip to the French Riviera with a couple of friends. We stayed in Nice, took a day trip to Ezé, Monaco, and Cannes. It was absolutely beautiful, weather was low 60’s, and sunny! But enough bragging…

I’m not writing a long post. It’s one of my resolutions and goals to write a post bi-weekly, at minimum, and more and likely I’ll get side-tracked on a future post and fill you in then.

Quick update:

  • Promoted to 1LT, 06Jan2012
  • Moved to Brigade Headquarters (same higher command I was under in the company) to be the Public Affairs Officer. The Deputy Commander of Brigade, who was the Battalion Commander when I was in the Company, pulled me over in November. It’s a great opportunity and it will be quite a learning experience. For one I’ll be able to work on my writing skills…much needed! I know!
  • Tried out for the CST in September but was medically dropped for mononucleosis (couldn’t I have gotten that in high school geesh!), and recently I broke my big toe in a little wrestling accident…I immediately heard my Mom in my head “stop horsing around or someone’s going to get hurt”. But I’m determined for this gig, I’ve put in my application to try out for CST, again, last week. When I hear news I’ll relay it here.

Actually those are really work-related updates…I don’t like delving too deep into my personal business but most of you that are reading this know from recent talks and pictures that I am very happy in my personal life. : )

I’ll write soon, my main goal for this post was to shoot out a quick update and hello.

*I’ve really enjoyed some of the Shit ____ Says videos

Take Care,

K