Hey y'all! First off, there have been some questions as to what 'checking out' means. Sorry for the military lingo. 'Checking out' means the check out process of a command. When you leave a command permanently, you have go around to the various parts of that base (i.e. medical, dental, travel office, etc) and have them make sure you are out of their database, pick up med/den records, you don't owe them any money, you didn't check out any gear that hasn't been returned, you have your flight itinerary, various things. You get a check-out sheet, and every different department signs off on it. So, when I said I was 'checking out' it meant I was running around base getting that sheet signed so I can leave on Thursday. :)
Today's portion of my check out process will be turning in all the (not used ONCE!) gear they gave me. I have three sea bags (huge green duffel bags) full of this gear they issued that I didn't need. This is awesome that they are letting us turn it in here instead of Norfolk, because those bags are heavy, and now I don't need to carry them around. :) Haha. I'm also hitting up the post office to mail all my crap home. I have a huge trunk and about 8 boxes. It's pretty ridiculous how much stuff I have since I was only here 7 months.
Yesterday was super fun, though! I went out with a group of friends to French Beach. It's this beach out here that they have tables with 'shelter' type tents for shade, and you can grill. It was super fun. I ate so much! We had hot dogs, hamburgers, BBQ chicken, and it felt like I was back in Hawaii for a few hours. (Unless I looked behind me.... I had to stare out at the ocean!) It was amazing. We're going out to dinner tonight for mine and my friend Murphy's going away, since we both leave on Thursday.
Murphy, the guy on the left was obsessed with chasing down these crabs out here. He couldn't sneak up on them though, and anytime he got too close, they would scurry into their holes in the sand. So he went out and collected hermit crabs and brought those back to the table.
I even went into the water, which if you remember this TTT, I am deathly afraid of sharks, and usually won't go in the water. I definitely did catch myself scanning the water a few times, but I was ok. It was the perfect temperature, and felt amazing! We played Frisbee, and I am awful at Frisbee. Haha. It always went in the opposite direction of where i was trying to throw it.
We stayed out there all day, and it was wonderful. We came back to base and I had enough energy to shower, and pass out. Haha. So sorry for no blog yesterday, I was beat! Thank goodness I ate my weight in food at the beach, because there was no way I had the energy to walk to the galley last night for dinner! :)
Well, I hope y'all had a great weekend! I'm off to enjoy my Monday, get some things done, and basically be one step closer to leaving! :) Have a great day!!