This song makes me cry.

You can read the lyrics here, but they are not hard to understand if you listen.

- Antiope

 
I started this post, then saved it as a draft... came back to it, added some, saved it again... came back a day later, deleted some, got distracted... here I am four days later. I have nothing of value to add at this point and I lost my train of thought so here is my crappy, disjointed post. I just want it to go away. :(
     
 
I've been away - you probably noticed. A number of trains were rushing toward me and after the resulting, continuous, obvious train wreck, I mentally walked away. I had no other choice. I'd never felt so overwhelmed, so completely drained, so physically tired, so naggingly sick.
    
 
Decided to keep my thoughts to myself.

Turned the television off; focusing on the present, and the future.

- Antiope

 
I'm trying to be positive today, but --- if there is no progress in the next 6 hours or so, Theseus' paychecks will stop. Actually, they have already been preemptively halted, which is a real great sign, right? We'll be ok for a little while, with the money we have in savings, but this is just ridiculous. "Freedom isn't free," except when there's no budget and servicemembers are in Iraq and Afghanistan with no paychecks. We're sent around the world to advance the country's interests - whatever those may be - and then we're left hanging out to dry because our leaders can't agree on anything. Thanks a lot, dickheads.

3 years, 5 months and 9 days until I ETS (leave the Army)...

- Antiope

 
Oh, did I tell you? I was asked to join the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, which recognizes the achievements of two-year college students. My college's chaper is Chi Iota. I'm very excited about this! I've worked very hard for my 4.0, and it's going to feel great to wear the PTK stole with my graduation gown next spring. :)
    
 
Plus: it's only a 1-day drill, I don't have to go in until 9 a.m., we're having our holiday party (and I have a guest: T!), I don't have to participate in the Class A inspection, oh and I'm getting promoted finallyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

Minus: it's still drill

- Antiope

 
Happy Sunday, happy August 1st and happy first-day-as-a-civilian-in-4-years!

Oh and happy 1 month, baby! :D

Today I want to talk about a few companies that support deployed Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen. This is by no means an exhaustive list, just some companies I have come across in my travels. Please take a look and if something catches your eye, please share the link!

There's a lot of information ahead - consider yourself warned! :)
    
 
Cleared housing, cleared admin, got my DD 214 - I'm free!

...so now what?

- Antiope

 
She gave me my plaque, wrapped in gold paper, and suddenly her face was red and her eyes were wet and she was turning away from me.