E Plurubus Unum, Rex Montis

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Merry Christmas!

It's Christmas morning. I am now "that" dad who tries to sleep and the kid comes in bouncing off the walls because it's Christmas morning. I was slowly pursuaded out of bed.

Finals are over and I have a nice break before spring semester.
This sure beats last Christmas hands down. Christmas in the desert sucks and is rather depressing. I made a decision not to be depressed last Christmas. I did it, but it was tough. I found a little itty bitty Christmas tree in the trash and set it up. A couple people had sent me little wrapped presents that I put under my little tree. Unfortunately I spent Christmas laying in a sniper hide out in the desert. It's hard top put those emotions into words at all.
I volunteered to be there...yet I hated being so far away on a day that means so much to me.

Now I'm back and loving life. I am home with my family this Christmas. However, I still have a tinge of sadness, as my little brother is over there right now, just as miserable as I was, if not more so. Every time I think about him I get a little choked up.

So, to all of my brothers reading this, and all my brothers that can't, have a very merry Christmas...

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Semesters end

The semester is almost over, finals are upon us. Too bad we have a 4 day guard drill right before finals week. I can only hope to bring some books along and find some down time to study.

It will be so nice to have a month without studying. 21 credits to go. Can't quite manage that much in a semester, so it looks like I'll be going back to school next fall for a class or two before I get my AA. Then who knows? On to a bachelor degree in....? Biology? Environmental science? Geography? Who knows. We'll see, I have plenty of time to decide.

I entered a writing competition...we'll see if this last ENG class helped at all. No prize, just a publishement of your material in a newspaper, which is reward enough.

Our new 3 year old black lab is snoozing away on my arm chair as I avoid finishing my term paper. I am just not feeling it tonight. I shall forge ahead with vigor nonetheless!

That's all, just an update really...not a day goes by that I don't think about Iraq, or dream it and I wish it would stop already. 4 months later and I just want to be home in every sense of the word.