I am having an affair….

15 10 2013

….is what I would be telling my sig oth if I had one.

I am head over heels with falltime.  Unfortunately, I live in a place that doesn’t observe the season of fall.  I can’t really complain, as it is warm all year round(ish).  However, when I do get the chance to go home in Oct-Nov timeframe, I am absolutely in love.  The colors, the crisp wind that bites your cheeks ever so slightly, the smell of leaves, the sound of them rustling about the ground, pumpkins stacked everywhere.  The list is endless.  So many colors, sights, and sounds!

We went to the Maple Leaf Orchard in Woodville yesterday.  They have an orchard there where they grow nearly 20 different kinds of apples, they have grape vines, a field of pumpkins, and much much more.

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It was fun to pick out the exact apples we wanted, and we got to traipse through the pumpkin field and even high five a scarecrow.   They also had some apple cinnamon doughnuts that were to die.  If you live in the area, I suggest you check it out.

IMG_6396After the orchard we drove around town to find some leaves to dip in wax.  We collected several beautifully colored leaves and even plucked a couple off of neighborhood trees!  Leaves in hand we headed home with our wax to dip them to use for a cute decoration.

They turned out beautifully…but we didn’t know what to do to decorate, so we ended up placing them in one of the plants at the house. Looks pretty cool =) There’s probably something on Pinterest about it!

Today it is rainy and 50…

Cheers to falltime!





Shukran, Kingdom of Bahrain

30 04 2011

Had a bad dream last night about werewolves… I wonder what brought that on? Certainly not the movie we saw lat night, The Lincoln Lawyer, with Matt Mcconaughey & Ry Ry Phillippe (isn’t it a little excessive to have two L’s and also two P’s?). It was a decent movie, we wanted to see it cause B read the book during our Europe trip. He said the book was way better, as they typically are, take Harry Potter for example. There’s just so much more detail you can put into a book, than a two-hour movie. It did have quite the set list, though. It had the dude from Sweet Home Alabama, William H. Macy, Marisa Tomei, a chick from Bones, a chick from Grey’s Anatomy. The list goes on. OH! And Trace Adkins was a beat-em-up biker dude.

The mall was unusually busy last night. Possbily due to some kind of protest in the area, I don’t know, I’ve never seen it that busy in the two years I’ve been here. We actually had to circle around a few times to find a parking spot since the dumbass locals like to double park in their Range Rovers, Mercedes, and Bentleys. I can’t blame them though.

Today marks my 737th day on this island. I feel it is time to go. I have had some good experiences here, some learning experiences, and some shitty times. But all-in-all, I think I’ve grown from it, which is what anyone hopes after two years. I can’t really say that I’ve learned to respect the culture any more. Being here you would think that the culture would kind of grow on you and you would learn to respect and admire how they do what they do. But the people here are generally rude. The Bahrainis anyway. The other inhabitants, immigrants from the Philippines, India, Asian or African continents are actually very respectable. Even if they don’t know english, they know how to communicate and offer respect to passers-by.

I will be flying via four layovers and four air carriers to get to my destination into a little town in Iowa, where my parents have retired and made their homestead. Why IA you ask? Well, most of Mom’s family is in MO, and most of the step-dad’s family is in MN/WI. So, IA it was. Plus, the weather is more forgiving than the overwhelming humidity and scorching heat of MO, and the nearly unbearable winters of WI/MN. I never know how bad it was there until I had the experience to live in a state without seasons, without winter, without snow. And it was glorious. Yes, don’t get me wrong, I do miss winter. For maybe a couple of days. But that school’s-called-off-due-to-wind-chill days, I do not. Those I-coudln’t-leave-the-house-due-to-being-snowed-in, I do not. And for my next station of duty, I will not be seeing the likes of winter at all. It may be a bit chilly, but rarely snow, and extremely rarely ice. Wind chill? Nuh-uh.

My first leg will be on Lufthansa air, which I hear is quite nice. I think it’s the largest carrier in the world. So I’m interested to compare it with the likes of Qatar Air, Kuwait Air, and Emirates Air. I just googled Lufthansa, and this is what came up:

If that’s what my plane looks like, hell yeah. But I doubt that hunk of metal exists in the real world. On the chance it is real, there may or may not be an alien abduction in my future. Stay tuned.

Hey, has anyone seen that movie Paul? It's pretty hilarious.

Mista B is just about done with his hot stone massage (a February VD gift…), but the next time I’ll be talking in your face, I will be an American on American soil. You don’t know how good it is to say those words.

I think my mom has my homemade meals all lined up, she says the first stop once I hit ground is the grocery store. =) On my list are all the usuals: hot wings, won tons, mac-n-cheese, creme de menthe cake…I’m going to be so sick. The upside is that me and the B will be starting a little friendly competition, The Biggest Loser, once I arrive to Pensacola. SO my week home will be my last week of shit-food eating. Plus, beach season is right around the corner…or is it here already?





WTF Weds: Ed. 003 Werrrrrk

20 01 2011

The following are excerpts from our Shop Quote book. In order to keep anonymity, I will refrain from using names. These are way dirtier without the context of the story, but I believe it is needed.

“I remember Boot Camp, I had to kneel.” Reminiscing about the good-old-days back in Chicago. Pretty sure he was talking about doing urinalysis at the night of arrival to Great Lakes.

“So…Montana is right next to Wisconsin, right?” This was about 5 seconds prior to a re-education of what the midwest is all about…a little geography. Funny story is this girl was taking a Geography class at the time. Things that make you go hmmmm….

“Just like a greased up pig!” No clue what this was in reference too, but it’s creepy. Coming from a guy who’s from Kentucky whose dad is a taxidermist. Weekends consisted of mom slaughtering a pig for dinner out back and daddy gouging the eyes out of animals in order to ‘dermy them. Also, from someone who brought their five-year-old son gator feeshin’. Yup, straight from the horse’s mouth.

Let me preclude this with a little backstory. So there we were, going about a typical day in the shop and a new guy shows up telling us he’s been sent from another building to come train. Not only did we not know who he was, we had no idea we were getting a new analyst. So we get into conversation and a little snooping around and come to find out he was booted from a different shop and sent here because he was a D-bag. Anywho, he would come in and “train” but basically sit at the table and talk all fucking day. ALL DAY. About nothing. Nothing that mattered, and finally someone spoke up and said: “I don’t like banter, work banter I don’t mind. We can talk about work all day. We can talk about work so much I’ll make you so smart your head will explode…” Followed by silence…and then crickets.. Did the trick though.

Male 1: “Yea, we ran the dickens in Boot Camp.” Male 2: ‘Like, Charles Dickens?” M1: “Yeah, ‘Tale of 2 Cities’ is actually about San Diego and Chicago.” Male 3: “Actually, Charles Dickens was a Recruit Division Commander at the time.”             Let’s just say Male #1 went to boot camp when there was a male boot camp (San Diego) and a female boot camp (Chicago)..a lonnnng time ago.

Female 1: “Where is the Great Barrier Reef?” Very High Ranking Senior says from over the cubicle, “In the water.” F1 replies (thinking it was a smart-assy navy guy) : “REALLY? DUMBASS” High Ranking Senior slowly stands up and F1 realizes who it was…Commence jaw drop and blood rush to the face. “Oh shit..”

“I dropped to my knees and said ‘You can choke me, Sir”. In any context this is creepy

Open scene: visiting female analyst (who is married to a minister mind you)  is kneeling in front of her computer diligently working on a report. Male 1: “You know, we have chairs here, several of them.” Fem Analyst: “It’s okay! I like being on my knees.” M1: “Really?” FA: “Yeah (flips blond hair back). Wwwwwait..don’t put that in the quote book.”

“It’s way bigger than I had initially planned. If I wear shorts it sticks out the bottom.” Speaking of her new tattoo =)

…The end.

These are very much so entertaining for the folks who work here or were here for the statement, but I feel like this should be out in the world for all to enjoy.