Crash & Burn….Hard

I’ve had my laptop since about 2010 and over the past couple months I’ve been considering upgrading it. Well, I was almost forced to upgrade whether I want to or not. The other night Crestani spent the night and I was talking to him as I went to get up from the chair I was sitting in and managed to launch my laptop full force onto the floor. Needless to say it hit pretty hard. I remember making a comment about how I probably broke it, but didn’t really think anything of it. The next day while the guys were playing xbox I cleaned up a little bit around the house and then sat down to work on some of my homework. My laptop wouldn’t let me get past the boot screen without going black on me. So I tried to enter it in safe mode, which failed. I tried to reformat the hard drive and save my files, but all of my files were corrupted so I just wiped the hard drive and started over. I spent the next couple days after this trying to get my hands on a copy of Microsoft Office, which I ended up getting from my parents and trying to figure out which website I had purchased my textbook answers from.

At this point I’m just starting to get so burnt out that I don’t even know where to start when it comes to the pile of things on my current to-do list. I know in the long run it’s going to be worth the effort, but my body is currently taking some hard-core abuse and I’m doing it myself. However, I do think it is interesting to see just how far one can push the human body before it starts to rebel. On top of everything else that has been going on I received a $0.50 raise at work, which is definitely helping me out, and I have renewed permission to use keys and get whatever hours will work with my schedule. This is making it so that there is no reason for me not to get 40 hours a week, so I have been. It’s a lot to take on, but I guess I put myself into this situation, so all in all it’s my problem to deal with.

Sweet Potatoes Apparently Aren’t So Sweet Anymore…

Up until recently I’ve never had any problems whatsoever with eating sweet potatoes. It didn’t even matter how the potatoes were prepared, it was always fine. Well, while I was in New Jersey at the Unit Management Conference and I had the turkey burger and sweet potato fries from the sports bar at the hotel I ended up having some pretty bad stomach pain not long after eating. Then last night for dinner I made John regular baked potatoes and I prepared some baked sweet potatoes for myself. I didn’t even finish eating or make it up from the table before the pain kicked in. This was some of the most excruciating pain that I’ve had in a long time. Which led me to question why it started to happen. I’m really upset to know that it came from the sweet potatoes. I LOVE eating sweet potatoes and I always have, so knowing that I can’t have them makes me borderline devastated. Sometimes there are foods that I know might upset my stomach that I occasionally chance eating because I know that even if they do make me sick that it’ll be manageable, but that’s not the case with the sweet potatoes at all. They are now officially on the list of foods that I cannot eat AT ALL. That rarely happens, and I’m so sad to see it happen to something that I really love.

I hate that with the gastroesophageal reflux my stomach seems to be changing over time. Things that I used to be able to eat with no problem are slowly making their way onto my ‘caution’ list and in that same regard some things are jumping straight to my ‘never able to eat’ list. I am just so frustrated with the way that I feel all the time. I wish there was some way that I could just not have to eat anymore. Most days I really  consider switching to a mostly liquid diet, but I love eating and I love food. I am slowly just starting to be plagued by the constant wonder about whether my eating real food is even worth it for me anymore.

Pumpkin Carving!

Sunday I spent about an hour carving a pumpkin. It wasn’t exactly the most practical use of my time but I enjoyed myself, so honestly I don’t care. There was a test that I should have been studying for, but I blew off studying in exchange for hanging out instead. In my opinion the pumpkin actually looked better when I had just punched the puncture holes from the stencil into the surface of the pumpkin. I mean the after math still looked good, but I guess I have a more simplistic taste. Plus, everyone carves their pumpkins and I thought that the intricate puncture holes looked innovative and pretty.

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Unit Management Conference!

I left Friday afternoon to attend a Unit Management Conference for Young Marines. It was about a four hour drive from home to the East Brunswick Hilton in New Jersey. The weather both down and back was terrible. It also continued to pour the entire time we were at the hotel. However, the rain was the bearable part of the weather. The wind was so strong because of an impending hurricane that was starting to hit the area pretty hard. I was a little concerned about getting there because I wasn’t driving and the person who drove, our unit adjutant/commander’s wife, is a terrible driver. This was magnified by the weather and that she wasn’t the greatest with following the directions that she was being given. Needless to say, I’m grateful that I didn’t have to pay to drive down by myself, but I was pretty terrified for most of our car portion of the trip.

The hotel was actually really nice, a lot nicer than I expected. As soon as we got there we checked into our rooms and went to the sports bar to get dinner. I ordered a plain turkey burger and sweet potato fries. This was apparently too complicated to make and they ended up giving me regular fries, sweet potato fries, and a turkey burger with lettuce, tomato, and onion. I didn’t bother complaining since I wasn’t paying for dinner anyway. After dinner I hung out for a while and watched the rest of the game that was on and then finally went back to my room, got a shower, and talked to my roommate for the night, Chris.

After that I went to sleep and got back up the next morning. Our group ended up going to the wrong place within the hotel for breakfast because we weren’t given any sort of schedule or any decent directions before going on the trip. Either way, breakfast was decent and then we went to the conference room, I got some free coffee, and then started in with the meeting. I had the opportunity to meet the new, as of January 2016, CEO of the organization, who is a big deal to say the least. He’s a retired Colonel from the US Marines, currently 50, and basically the epitome of a DILF. I’m definitely looking forward to working with him during his rein as CEO. I was a little concerned about the direction that he might take the organization when I first heard about him taking over, but now that I’ve met him and gotten to know him I’m not concerned at all.

Lunch was pretty good and then on the way home we stopped at a Cracker Barrel for dinner. It was a freezing inside and I didn’t have a way to effectively get to my jacket that was in the car so I wandered around until I found one that I liked and just bought one before dinner. I probably overpaid but taking supply and demand into consideration, it was definitely worth it. I plan to basically live in it this fall/winter to make up for paying so much, haha. Once I got home I worked my way through some Project Alert training for Young Marines that I probably won’t ever use, but it didn’t hurt me to have it either. They then emailed the certification to me so that I could print it about 24 hours after completion.
Then yesterday John and I went to my aunts for my other aunt/uncle’s going away party. They have decided to move to Florida. I’m glad their moving if it makes them happy, but I wish they were being smarter about it. They purchased a house down there, but neither of them will have jobs when they get down there. The situation just makes me uncomfortable from a financial stand point.