12 December 2012

Thankfulness

It has been a very long time since I done any blogging.  I married my beautiful wife this year and after being overseas for a while, I am in our apartment.   She is preparing a delicious meal downstairs.  And I am using the desk I acquired for $15 dollars a couple months ago.  I need to get caught up on some school work.  I am currently taking a class on international organizations.  How this will help me, if at all in the future, I don't know.  I know that I am missing a whole week of assignments, because I chose to focus on studying hardcore that week for the promotion board.  I performed really well in front of the Sergeant Major and First Sergeants, and got the promotable status.  Now I'm just waiting on the points I need to get published.  I was ahead for this month, but the requirement could go up.  I'm not in too much of a rush though.  I'm glad my work paid off.  My wife was a big help.  She quizzed me and listened to recordings I made over and over!  She and I both were glad that was all over!
So I have a lot to be thankful for.   Obviously being married to a lovely woman who truly makes me happy tops the list.  Getting myself in better physical shape is great too.  The army had a lot to do with it at first, but this year starting when I was in Korea, I started running and lifting to get in even better shape.  For being over 30 now compared to some of the young guys, a couple years removed from high school, I hold my own.   I have a couple running routes, but I haven't looked for bike trails yet.  I should get my wife a bike too.
I have a lot of goals, but I am not the best at using my time.  After work sometimes I just want to take a nap or watch a movie with the wife; I don't want to study or workout!  But this is an area I will continue to work on.  Back to being thankful- I'm glad I can spend time with my wife in person and not need to Skype date real late or early.  We have no debt, outside of some student loans that I am paying off.  We both have cars that are 5 years old and running well.  We found a great place to live near where I work and in a nice area.  We have been attending a non-denominational church that we both really like.  We are getting spiritually fed.  We have a nice little Christmas tree and lights up.  We decided to celebrate Christmas in a better way than the general American public.  We will give 1 or 2 meaningful gifts to each other and that's it.  We realize that Christmas roots are not in Christ but in the Festival of Lights and other mostly European traditions celebrating the Winter equinox.  I think it is fun though :-) I've always celebrated it to some extent, but my wife's family did not for the reasons I mentioned.  I refuse to tell my future children that Santa brings them gifts, but I will tell them about the Santa message of giving.  But more importantly, I will tell them about Christ's compassion and love.  We participated in filling a few shoe boxes full of good stuff to send to less fortunate kids this year.  I hope it brings someone joy.
I'd like to concentrate on learning more Argentine-style EspaƱol, because they use vos instead of tu, which sounds cool to me.  I thought about learning Brazilian Portuguese but it is so much more difficult.  Anyway, languages fascinate me but so do cultures and people.  This all loosely ties into the degree I'm working on- International Relations; I like the subject, but I also have an AA degree in Drafting and Design and have always liked engineering, science, and math.  So maybe I should find a school to concentrate on that, because there are no online schools that I know of that offers engineering, except Computer Engineering, maybe.  All I know is I got excited while I reading an article in Foreign Affairs magazine about 3-D printing and fabricating.  I don't know.  Just wanna make sure I am focusing on something that will be useful and make me happy.  I was asked if I plan on re-enlisting today and I don't know until I see and do more.  I know that I want to make a positive difference and be creative.  I wanna see some of my ideas transpire into something tangible.  D'ya feel me? 

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