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    10-29-2011, 09:25 PM
  #11
Green Broke
11OCT29

So my friend graduated form boot camp yesterday as Private First Class! I'm so proud of him! I knew he could do it! I debated on congratulating him on Facebook but then thought, it would be better if I did it through the phone. I wish I could tell him in person but that's just not an option, so I told him to call me. Then I told myself that he gets a three day grace period to call me himself before I call him. I just can't explain how happy and proud I am of him. All I do know is that I was so happy I started crying. I can't wait to see him again, he's going to get a huge hug from me and then we're going to talk. Just talk. He may be a person of little words now but I'm just going to listen to him. That is if I can let him go from the hug. I'm just so proud of him! I have his picture on my bulletin board and I'm beginning to cry again. I wish I could be home right now to see him.
     
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    10-31-2011, 12:16 PM
  #12
Green Broke
31OCT11

So on Saturday there was a home football game. Now as a member of the NROTC at this particular school if there is a home football game the NROTC spends the next day's morning hours cleaning the stadium. Can anyone tell me if they know what a stadium looks like after a football game? Well, let's just say it's gross and nasty. Add it being cold on top of that and you have some not so happy campers. Most of the time I won't complain because I know that it wouldn't be good to complain but I do feel the need to say something on here that I feel needs to be heard. The time it takes to clean the stadium varies between 3 and 4 hours.

"So we managed to get the stadium done in 3 hours and 15 minutes. For all you football goers out there. Please keep in mind that there are people who have to clean-up all the garbage and things you leave behind. It would be much appreciated if you picked up at least most of your garbage when you leave and to take all of your personal items with you. Don't buy something just to leave it unopened and please, please, do not, I repeat, DO NOT make nasty little concoctions with your leftover food and drinks. It's not only a pain to clean-up but it's gross beyond belief. And next time you see anyone in the NROTC, please thank them for picking up after you because you sure seem to be unable to."

Okay, little rant over with. I'm sorry but I think what a lot of people don't realize is that there are people who have to cleanup the messes that every sports fan leaves behind. It's not fun and is a tiring and disgusting task. I'm thinking that everyone should have to clean up a stadium at least once in their lifetime. I have to do it 5 games out of the football season. And we don't get up at 9 to do it. No, we're up cleaning the stadium by 6 am and we get done at 9. You would make it a lot easier on some people's lives if every sports fan picked up at least one piece of their trash and threw it away or recycled it when they leaft the sports vacinity.

Like I said, rant over, good day, and I will have more to report later today.
     
    10-31-2011, 06:42 PM
  #13
Green Broke
31OCT11

Happy All Hallows Eve/Halloween/Reformation Day/All Saints Day, whatever your preference is. So I had to do turnover for OOD today. I didn't mess up too badly, all I did was run into a closet door. Nothing says "I'm perfectly capable" like running into a door. I was dismissed and I took my step back but when I went to execute the about face I was too close to the closet behind me. My foot hit the door and when I turned I turned into the closet door. Yep, highlight of my day right there. I was then trying so very hard not to panic the rest of the morning. I head back to my dorm with the intent on changing my clothes and the getting some breakfast but then received a text from my squad leader telling me that I also needed to hang the signal flags up. Okay, I'm not panicking yet, I've still got time before my advising appointment. So I hang the flags up and head back to my dorm. By now I have 7 minutes to change my clothes and get to my advisor's office. And to answer any questions pertaining to why I had to change my clothes, I was in uniform and I'm only allowed to wear the uniform when I'm on duty and on certain days. Today wasn't one of those days and I was "off-duty." Amazingly I manage to change out of my uniform and get the office in 7 minutes. Okay, focus on breathing and relaxing, you're not rushed now. Day works out okay until I get an email from the A 1st Sgt telling me that I need to find a replacement for OOD because I failed my OOD test. I was supposed to do OOD but obviously not now. Luckily, the A 1st Sgt is a nice guy and called my Platoon Sgt and had him find a replacement for me. I should thank him and my Platoon Sgt. Unfortunately, he wants to talk to me about me failing the test and combine that with a horrible PT session, should be fun. And because I failed my test I'll have work detail or party (I don't know) on Friday. *sigh* I know that I'm not a failure, but for some reason I feel like I'm failing a lot more than usual. Maybe I'll talk to my Unit advisor about this. I just may feel better.
     
    11-03-2011, 06:26 PM
  #14
Green Broke
3NOV11

So yesterday was a pretty good day. I had an emotional break down on Monday night, was so very tempted to run the 415 miles home, but I didn't because that wouldn't solve any of my problems. I hate being a girl sometimes. Darn hormones make me so dang emotional when I get stressed out. But after about a half hour of spilling my guts to a guy from the Unit who just so happened to care about making me feel better, I felt better. Not perfect or great, but better. On Tuesday I had to run an inventory PFT, it was extremely cold out. I lost all feeling in my hands. No problem on the running and flex-arm hang, crunches still an issue. So I'm still on REM/FEP. I'm feeling better, I almost threw up on my way to the Unit because I was so nervous about the PFT, but I'm okay. At least it was before and not during like the last couple of times.

Wednesday was a good day, I woke up in a relatively good mood, PT was good, a little easy, but good. Push-presses and burpee buddy jumps. Now I had no idea what a burpee buddy jump was, but it turned out to be just doing a burpee and then jumping over your buddy. No big. 7 rounds of 7 sets. I wasn't really tired when we were done. Which was strange and makes me a little nervous. But that was okay I was the guinea pig for another Freshman's workout plan. That one hurt a little more.

So today (Thursday) I realized that this week has been more of a "Let's see who isn't going to be angry at me" sort of week. Ugh, so much fun. So we had a Unit POW/MIA/KIA ceremony today. Wasn't too bad. I've discovered that I enjoy the SDBs a lot better than the Khaki uniforms. So much more comfortable. Oh, I also found out yesterday that the guy from A Co that I haven't seen for a week but really liked is leaving the Unit because he got kicked out of the OCS and the Marines for sleep walking during OCS. Great, it seems like everytime I start to find someone I'd like to be friends with who is older, they leave. Well, I knew that not too long after Freshman O I slept walk a few times, so I decided to ask my roommate if I was still sleep walking. I am. That isn't good. But hopefully this is only temporary. I hope.
     
    11-09-2011, 01:11 PM
  #15
Green Broke
So today we had another 6 mile hump. I have decided that even though I've done some pretty difficult events before, but today's really dimmed all those other things. For once my pack fit pretty good, but the pace was much faster than last time where we walked most of it and only around the 4.5-5 mile marker did I start having trouble. I was having trouble from about the mile marker. Most of the time the entire battalion was jogging in order to keep up. So basically I jogged/ran six miles carrying about a third of my overall weight. So instead of 140 lbs I was hauling around a total of 170 lbs. Much more difficult than just jogging six miles. I fell out twice for long periods of time. I never got put into the van though so technically I finished the hump, at least that's what I've been told. My injuries aren't too bad. My back is bruised again, my shoulders are bruised, feet blistered (of course), and it's hard to walk. When I stopped walking my calf muscles started spasming. Fun stuff. I hate how I had to fall out. It's so irritating.

I learned a lot about the Well of Fortitude, which apparently my Well isn't very deep. I was determined not to fall out but unfortunately my body had other ideas, especially when my knees kept trying to give out. Stupid physical limitations and stupid mental blocks. I hate how I'm one of the weakest people there. I'm not making any apparent progress. My push-ups have been getting worse despite doing them a lot. Maybe I'm not doing them right. I don't know. I'm fine doing crunches in my dorm room but when I get to the PFT I can't do very many. Do I need to start practicing going from the flex-arm hang to crunches? I don't know. Probably. Most people don't realize this but the flex-arm hang does work a persons abs, not a lot, but you do use your abs when doing this workout. So I might just have to work on that transition.
     

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