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No, I've not fallen overboard...

February 28th, 2009 (12:14 am)

current location: Bringing new blood to the fight...
current mood: drained
current song: Foo Fighters - Pretender

Things are slowly sliding down hill; I just hope that this weekend I can get back on track. Right now I've got the shakes and a bit of bugs behind the eyes going into another twelve hour watch so things are not looking too enjoyable right now. I also need to get started on running and a bit of exercise as well; hoping to get that started this weekend as well.

Before getting underway for deployment I was able to ship a lot of my small items home. Only had a few days to get the apartment in order so I really started to freak out when it got down to the final couple hours before UPS closed. After getting the shipping done I spent pretty much the entire night packing the final items for deployment. Even though it cost me a good night’s sleep I'm glad I was able to bring some jerky from home and get my new laptop up and running, among other things, before I ran out of time.

Was able to talk to the family and girl friend before leaving. Of course it is never enough just to talk on the phone but I'm hoping soon that I'll be able to take trips back home during long weekends if I get new orders to the states again. Still working on getting orders though and I'm hoping that the current snag I've hit works out soon. Started to work that problem up my command chain so we will see.

The ship is slowly starting to get back into shape again. There are a lot of new faces around and this entire week has been one big training cycle. This helps the new people learn the ropes and it seems to be slowly working. I'm looking forward to the time we actually get in theater and start doing our jobs again.

Unfortunately all of the training means that the night shift is worn down the bone. Pulling twelve to thirteen hour shifts and then being up for four more hours during the day for training has the mind scrambled and the body exhausted. Heheheh, though when mid-rats comes up I guess it makes the food go down easier. Adapt and overcome.

P.S. Thanks for the post Boiler, it made me laugh, needed that.