Sunday, June 30, 2013

Jane Wayne Day 2013

Yesterday I participated in Jane Wayne Day to get a taste of what it's like to be a Marine. We started out with shooting M4s at the Range. I ended up getting 2nd place out of the 40 of us! I was so shocked because I had never shot a gun before! As a prize I got a unit coin. 

Next, we went and had brunch at the Chow Hall. The food wasn't all that bad. Reminded me a lot of the food offered at college, but at college we had a much bigger selection. I settled on a salad and some fruit. It was pretty good!
Next, we went and saw a Fire Rescue Demo which was awesome to watch!

After that we went over to the Military K9 Training Facility and got to see the dogs in action. This was my second favorite part of the whole day aside from shooting the M4s. These dogs are so well trained and they told us a lot of interesting facts about their training and career as a working dog. 

We ended the day with the flight simulator. We got to operate an Osprey and fly it all around San Diego! It was so fun!

At first I was really nervous to participate in Jane Wayne Day because I wasn't sure what to expect and I had no one to go with so I was afraid of being alone. However, all the women were very nice and I latched onto a group and ended up having a really good day! I am very glad I decided to go through with it and I will for sure do it again in the future! 

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Duty Night =[

The husband has Barracks Babysitting Duty today. Which means I have spent all day and all night alone and for the first time since moving out here I have to sleep all alone too! I know, could be way worse. Many spouses have a deployed husband so I should quit my bitching. I can handle this one night apart but doesn't mean I have to like it!
So today was a boring one. Took a trip to Walmart just to get out of the house. Bought myself some sponges, muffin tins, random food items, a pair or shorts, and some snacks for Hubby's long boring night. I then returned home and made some Muffins, also for Hubby. It was really hot out today in Cali so I refrained from taking the dogs to the park. Normally I take them every day but not with the heat. It wouldn't have been safe for them to be running around outside even with a good supply of water. So instead we had a lazy cuddle day in the cool air conditioned house!
Oh almost forgot! On my way to Walmart, upon getting into my car I noticed that my car had been broken into! I'm not sure if I left it unlocked or they got in through the cracked windows but when I got in I noticed my glove box, and center counsel box open, papers all over the passenger seat and floor, and my tupperware full of change was gone! Except my GPS and other car cables were all still there which I didn't really understand! I would have taken the GPS not the tiny container of change! My guess is that it was some kids or teenagers trying to feel badass....maybe they didn't take the electronics because their parents would find out? I guess I'm not sure...but there has been about 6-7 other car break-ins throughout the neighborhood recently and it was partially my fault. The housing company warned us. I must have forgotten to lock it and I should have made sure the windows were closed. However, I consider myself lucky I don't keep anything of value in my car and my GPS was at least left (not that I ever use it anyway). 
With Hubby gone I was on my own for dinner and had no will to cook just for myself so I pigged out on McDonalds while the dogs sat and begged me for a taste. I couldn't resist so they got a treat tonight too. 
After dinner I watched some Netflix. I am currently hooked on Dr. 90210. A documentary series about Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeons doing various operations on people! It's an old show that I used to watch on regular TV but decided to refresh my memory on it. Around 8:00PM I went to base to bring the Hubby some food and snacks. He and his duty-mate requested Jack in the Box so that's what I brought them! I better mention that this was the first time I had ever driven to, around, and off base by myself. I was quite proud that I figured out where I was going and made it there and back in one piece. Especially since I had to drive home in the dark on roads I am not familiar with. Right after getting on base I had to call the Husband to figure out where he was, so I held my phone down as low as possible, put him on speaker, but STILL managed to get pulled over by the Military Police. God damn it! Luck was on my side because he let me go without a ticket!!! I was shocked. From what I hear, the Military Police are really strict and take their jobs a little too seriously. He told me the only reason he was letting me go was because he had another call he had to get to immediately. So lesson learned. I will not touch my phone while driving on base ever again! After that little scare I made it to the Barracks that Hubbs was working at. I met a few of his friends, delivered his food, drinks, and toothbrush, chatted for a bit then I was off again. Aren't I such a great wife?

Now I'm back at home, watching some more Dr. 90210, bored out of my mind!!! I miss having that goofy Husband to harass and tickle and make fun of and wrestle and talk to! Now all I have to look forward to is going to bed alone with the puppies tonight. 



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Monday, June 24, 2013

Myths: Finding Civilian Employment







In today’s economy, military personnel returning to the work force face many challenges. Whether you’ve spent a lifetime in the military, or simply served the minimum commitment, crossing the bridge back to civilian life requires a solid effort. The days when you could count on a guaranteed paycheck are over, but that fact need not be a bad one. With hard work and good decisions, the guaranteed income can soon be back and the paycheck might be better than you expected! What may appear daunting at first glance, often will prove to become a dream come true.


When on active duty, stories are often heard about work related issues facing returning servicemen and women. Many, if not most, are myths. In an effort to help your future efforts in the workplace, I’d like to outline some of these myths and also provide you with the truth behind each one.

Myth #1: There are no civilian jobs that will allow me to do the same work as I did in the military.
Truth: Nothing could be further from the truth. One needs to look no further than TV commercials found on many popular shows. These advertising segments highlight the ever-increasing demand for traits offered by people transitioning from military life. Not only is the same type of work available, but retired military personnel are often actively recruited by large civilian companies and various government agencies. Military life has gifted its members with valuable training and leadership abilities not often present in the typical job candidate.


Myth #2: Asking someone for permission to be listed as a referral takes up too much time and can be seen as an inconvenience.
Truth: In almost every case, people who know you, both as a great worker and a great person, are more than happy and willing to help. For them, it’s no inconvenience at all. In today’s tech-savvy world, companies such as JIBE, a mobile recruiting company can do the work for you by using social media. On your behalf, they will reach out through media sites such as LinkedIn and Facebook. In 2013, asking for and receiving a referral is a snap.


Myth #3 No programs exist that help military spouses find employment.
Truth: The Department of Defense offers a program titled Military Spouse Preference. This program is designed to not only assist non-military spouses, but to give preference to their employment efforts. The program also provides assistance in areas such as with resume preparation and interview skills and understands that service men and women are not the only ones affected by a life in the military.


Myth #4: I have a service-related disability so no one will hire me.
Truth: Many programs exist for helping veterans with disabilities. The U.S. Department of Veterans has a number of programs designed to assist veterans in finding employment. These programs also help with things like on-the-job training, rehabilitation services, counseling and more. With a resource like this at your disposal, you will be well-equipped to go after the job of your dreams.

This post was graciously provided by Emma, a mid 20-something year old with a passion for life, love, fitness, and helping others. She loves to be active and get involved in as many sport and community activities as possible. Emma is currently studying to become a Career & Life Coach, and loves to network with people from around the world! Check out Emma’s blog at http://smileasithappens.blogspot.com/


Monday, June 17, 2013

Point Loma Tide Pools


In celebration of Father's day the Husband and I decided to get out of the house and go site seeing. Since we don't have kids (besides our fur-babies of course!) we wanted to do something together to pass the day! We decided to take an adventure to Cabrillo National Monument on the the western side of Point Loma and take a look at the Tide Pools. It was an amazing experience. We walked around searching for interesting things for over an hour. Ended up seeing a lot of plant life, fish, crabs, and hermit crabs. I was a little bummed we didn't get to see any starfish but maybe the next time we will see some! We also saw some California Sea Lions swimming around not far from shore. There was also a little history museum we went and toured as well as an old lighthouse! From the history museum we could look out and see the Naval Base as well as Coronado Beach which was where Jake proposed last year! Overall, we had a great day and learned a lot!




Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Strawberry Grilled Chicken Salad (Homemade Dressing)


**Recipe is for a two person dinner. Please adjust portions to fit your family size

Honey-Balsamic Vinaigrette
1/4 cup Balsamic Vinegar
1/8 cup Honey
1/8 cup Olive Oil
1. Whisk Together

Salad
2 Chicken Breasts
1 6oz package Spinach Spring Mix Greens
Shredded Cheese (Parmesan and Cheddar is my preference)
6 large Strawberries
Peanuts (grated)
1. Grill chicken breasts after adding desired seasonings
2. Apply desired amount of greens to plate
3. Sprinkle on desired amount of cheese
4. Cut chicken at angle and lay on top of greens
5. Slice strawberries and place beside salad
6. Drizzle homemade vinaigrette  on top of chicken, salad, and strawberries
7. Grate a few peanuts on top to add some crunch
Viola! Now Enjoy!

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