Thursday, September 29, 2011

First Bootcamp Letter (9/26/11)

Learning the chain of command is a bitch but I have a few down and no one taught me and the other 7 who arrived on the same day have been learning by observation...yay. As it stands graduation is on Nov 18 but don't make any arrangement yet, never know what can change in a few weeks. T_T

Boot will only get harder our Chief says, but I think we're pulling together. Our commaders, Chief and our 1st and 2nd Petty Officers are clearly impressed and proud of us. On the flip side that means they expect more from us.

As hard as boot is, I find it's actually fun, just don't... don't... DON'T fall asleep >.< not that I have.

My address is:
SHIP 02 DIV 901
GREAT LAKES, IL 60088-7105

So for those who remember 'lil' old me, write me something!! or I will hunt you down and you'll be staring down the barrel of my shotgun...Bwahahaha

So yeah, was a bit of a shell shock and mornings are probably the hardest. It's not easy to fix your bed to Recruit Division Commander (RDC) specific instruction when I've never been instructed and without glasses. I could have sworn I dreamed about friends last night but abrupt revalee makes me quickly forget. I was kind of down at one point but I remembered Bittner, Stephan's encouraging words and felt better. Overall, it's hard but fun and I'm starting to connect with people. Can't smile or laugh, military barring almost makes you forget yourself. Thanks to this letter I feel myself returning. There's a time and place for everything. Morale is rising and there is talking, laughing and smiling again... when we sneak it in.

Well, I'm going to go take my 1st long shower now.

Seaman Recruit Corsair over and out.

Love you all

Write Me!!!

Monday, September 26, 2011

Mailing Address

Hi, this is Elena'a mom.

I spoke to Elena's recruiter today and was able to get her mailing address. I know Elena would love to hear from all her friends. Letters are very important while a sailor is in bootcamp. For those of you interested here is her address:

SR Corsair, Elena
Ship 02 Div 901
3600 Ohio Street
Great Lakes, IL 60088

Please only send letters in plain white envelope. Nothing crazy, no sound cards; the recruits can get into trouble.

That's all for now.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Pre-Boot:: Last Day

Yesterday was my family's farewell party for me. it was nice. Mom surprised me with an awesome Teddy from build a bear where she made a wish on his heart and put him in a cute navy outfit. She named him Seaman Corsair as a representation of my future. Loving him so much I nicknamed him Mr. Bear. He's absolutely adorable. (check Facebook for photos)

I had been mad nervous last night. It just hit me that this is finally going to be a reality. It had seem like a distant dream, but now it's in my face, right around the corner. I'm very excited. I'm not so nervous anymore.

So now I'm trying to chill and enjoy my last day, taking it slow. Allowed myself to sleep in, once I got some business taken care of at 8 something in the morning. Trying to keep it free of stress...of course Grandma doesn't always make that easy. ^_^
but it's all good. Talking with friends, watching TV, taking a long shower for the last time in a while, these are all things I want to enjoy before the bustle begins.
Everything is quite right now and it's only 2:13pm. Not sure what I'm going to do with my time. it feels like it's ticking away faster than I realized. My anticipation rises, my heart swells with nervous excitement and...I'm slightly bored at this moment lol. Maybe I'll start reading a book or pace around outside.
I shouldn't be surprised, people are usually busy during the day. Ok loved ones, going to head up stairs, do some last bit check ups on the bit I'm bringing before I'm officially chilling out and just enjoying the day free of obligations.

I love you all, even if I am a bit of a pain in the ass, but it's because I love you guys so much. <3

To every end, brings a new beginning. With my head high, turned away from the past, my eyes look favorably on my future, and I see new horizons.

Peace and love to all.