Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Saltwater Trip *Updated*

Austin and his fellow ensigns are in Norfolk this week calling this ship home:


This is the USS Ashland and is currently anchored at Little Creek Amphibious Base. Austin's entire class at Supply School headed up to take residence on this luxury liner while they tour other types of ships and typical supply operations to prepare them for embarking on their careers.
I heard from him last night and it seems that he is having a great time seeing all of the ships and his rack (bed) is not too bad...he even has waterfront property! (There is a leak dripping into a bucket less than 6 inches from his head)
In all seriousness he does seem to be learning quite a lot. They will be heading back here on Friday and since his 85 person class could not ascertain military transport on a plane back to Athens, they will be on a Greyhound. 
Welcome to the Navy! :)
Greyhound it is! They are on their way and are anticipating a 10 hour trip. 

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Additions to the Blogroll...

Two friends that I have meaning to add for a while are now added to the Blogroll!

Check them out here and here.

Also, I have added a new feature - "Blog Favorites" which are blogs from people that I do not know, but stalk nonetheless.


Thursday, March 5, 2009

Is that...snow?

I apologize for the lack of blog posts recently, but we didn't have internet {or water, or electricity}for a few days after record snowfalls here in Georgia.

I, for one, didn't even know that there was a possibility of snow this past weekend, let alone the amounts that we received. Sunday morning a friend called me and let me know that is was sleeting and that she had slipped off the road. {She and her car are fine}

A little while later, as Austin and I were hanging out on the couch and watching TV we noticed our satellite signal going out, and looked outside to see this:

 {Well, this will never last, we thought}

{Let's just clean off the satellite and head back inside}

But, a little while was still coming down!

{around 1pm}

and later there was this around 3pm:

and this:


and this, around 4pm:


After this it got too dark to take any good pictures, but all in all we got about 6 inches of snow. 6 inches!!! The snow would have been enough trouble for the city to take care of in a place where we barely ever see it, but it was also the really heavy packing sort of snow. This snow, combined with our long time drought {which made the trees brittle} and the recent rainfalls {which made the ground soft} made for trees coming down all over the city.

Which led to wires down.

Which led to power outages. And cable outages.

And in our neighborhood, a tree went down whose roots were conveniently wrapped around our water pipes.

Good times.

In any case, we made the best of it. Austin and I and a few of our friends ventured out {thank goodness for four wheel drive} and headed to one of the only places with power in town. Moe's. We had some burritos, drinks and a few laughs, and by the time we headed back to our apartment the power was back! So was our TV since we have satellite {but still no water}. We settled in for some Rock Band, card games and snacks and had a great Blizzard Party...and stayed up late since we had all received word that both UGA and the Navy Supply Corps School would be closed on Monday. Everyone loves a snow day!

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