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Archive for July 2009

Rebecca: 0, Jillian: 1

Thursday, July 23, 2009

As I've mentioned before, I'd had to do a bajillion of training for my internship. My favorites so far have been How to Spot a Spy and the What To Do If a Terrorist Tries to Break Into Your Hotel Room training. Those are the Rebecca titles, not the Army titles for the training.

I learned one very important lesson from these trainings: I am a complete and total wimp. Actually, I knew that before the training. I'm not the type of person who gets in a motorcycle accident, gets her leg amputated, and immediately starts saving for a new motorcycle. No, siree

What I learned from terrorist training is that I would never survive a terrorist hotel break-in, and it doesn't help that I don't even remember what the training said to do. Since I'm pretty screwed if a terrorist attacks me in order to figure out what furniture the Army is ordering, I decided to start small and let the terrorists have this round.

The training got my brain athinkin' about what I would do if a janitor wrestled me to the ground to steal my CaC card, hack into my computer, and find out what desks Ft So-and-so is getting. (I have quite the imagination.) I realized that I probably wouldn't survive an attack from the overweight janitors anymore than I would survive a terrorist attack.

That's when I got the great idea to start working out. Not only is working out good for you, but I could learn how to defend myself against the janitors.

Step One: research and buy a workout DVD. After reading tons of reviews I decided to go with Jillian's No More Touble Zones

Step Two: get up the nerve to play the dvd and do the workout.

Step Three: borrow Megan's wheelchair because I'm unable to walk the next day.

I'm telling you, the workout was HARD! And I only did half the DVD! I might have to put my Defeat The Janitors Plan on hold...

Show me the money

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

The Army's fiscal year runs from October to September. As of July, we are now in the 4th quarter.

What does this mean for me? The furniture orders are poring in because different garrisons are trying to spend all their money before the end of the year. This means long hours, but most importantly - OVERTIME!!

Overtime is amazing! I love getting paid extra. How did I ever survive without overtime? How did I ever survive without a government job?

I love my job and the money, and I really, really, REALLY hope that I get offered a permanent job!

Megan Walks!

Monday, July 13, 2009

Back in March, my sister Megan was in a motorcycle accident. She ended up getting her leg amputated at the end of that month. After her 4 week stay in the hospital, she was able to go home. She used a wheelchair and walker for a bit. But walkers are "for grandmas" and using a wheelchair makes her "feel like a crippled person." So Megan worked hard at therapy, and learned to walk with one leg using crutches.

She's been waiting several months for her residual limb (which she named Aiden) to heal enough to get her prosthetic. Last Wednesday, the wait was finally over! Megan couldn't decide which leg to get, so she tried two out. On Wednesday she tried the Plie and on Thursday she tried the C-Leg. They're both microprocessor leg. Here's an easy to understand explanation from a prosthetic newsletter, "In real time the decision-making chip signals the swing-phase control to react so the limb will be ready for heel strike at the appropriate instant and place. Then at heel strike, the microprocessor signals the knee to restrict flexion until late stance phase, providing needed stability for full weightbearing,then gradually allows flexion in preparation for toe-off. Smart knees can further detect danger of falling or slipping and react to keep the knee from contributing to a fall."

Showing off her personalized socket-the part that her thigh goes in to.

She spent hours and hours getting her leg adjusted.

So, so happy!

Better Late Than Never

Sunday, July 12, 2009

My mom says I'm the worst about updating my blog, and I would have to agree. My birthday was last month, and the day started off great. The girls at work surprised me with cupcakes!

Lauren decided to draw on a mustache with the cupcake icing. After seeing this photo, she has decided to be Johnny Depp for Halloween.

After work, I had my birthday dinner at PF Chang's.

Enjoying my birthday dessert shooter and my new watch.

Being 21 was great, but I can't wait to see what 22 will bring.