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We picked it up from El Paso last weekend. It's been called "dainty" and I'm not a dainty person! But yes, it's pretty small and thin and simple. I really like it. Some days my fingers swell and it's tight, but some days it's loose. Today it fits just right.

Diet is still not going well. I've been upset about it, so Justin told me he's doing the diet with me and has been since Monday. He's way more strict about it than me. Today we went out for lunch and got the side salad with bun-less cheeseburger. He didn't eat most of the tomato because of carbs, and then identified the "mayo" as miracle whip and said we shouldn't be eating that too. When I say I want to eat Steak with onion, he says no because it has too many carbs.

I'm all moved into my new place! Already dealt with maintenance problems with the bathroom sink. Got it fixed yesterday. I can't take a bath because I guess the hot water heater sucks. I'm so sad about that. The place is colder, but the kitchen is so nice and has a dish washer, not to mention how much better the clothes washer and dryers are. Overall it's a nice upgrade. I need to find a hot springs somewhere XD.

My boss has been a complete ogre to my coworker and now she's looking for a new job : (. I'm so sad, I don't want her to leave. My boss never appreciates her and treats her with disrespect. She doesn't know how good she has it with her... she has years of corporate experience, is very organized and on top of things, and is great with all the crazy customers. Like the dude who just walked in... demanded a free copy of some article and when we told him we can't provide that, he asked for the author's e-mail so he could e-mail him and ask for a free copy. Then told us the public library would let him check it out... go there then? Copies are 10 cents per copy. Jeez. Anyway, she isn't here today. Texted me that she is "updating her resume and contemplating life.

LJ Idol Week 6: Heel Turn

The tomb guard marches 21 steps south down, he turns to faces east toward the tomb for 21 seconds.
He then turns to faces north, changes his weapon to outside shoulder, and waits 21 seconds. He marches 21 steps down the mat and faces east for 21 seconds. He finally turns to face south, changes his weapon to the outside shoulder and waits for 21 seconds. He will do this from anywhere between half an hour to two hours until the changing of the guard ceremony. The relief commander will tell the large gathering crowd at the Arlington National Cemetery to be silent for respect.

"Post and orders remain as directed."
"Orders acknowledged."

And thus the tomb guard has been protecting the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier continuously, without fail, since 1925, and 24/7 since 1937. He marches in the rain, he marches in the sleet, and he soldiers through blizzards. During blizzards, he is given a small tent, but most guards continue marching on, stating that it is a great honor to guard the tomb and the march must continue. All day and night there will be a specially trained US Army soldier to guard the tomb. The tomb guard must pass a difficult exam and serve for 9 months before being awarded the Guard,Tomb of the Unknown Soldier Identification Badge, the second rarest-awarded badge. He will take an average of six hours to prepare the heavy wool uniform and continue physical training for the duration of their post.

The first unknown soldier was brought from France after WWI. He was chosen by decorated wounded veteran U.S. Army Sgt. Edward F. Younger among four identical caskets of other unknown soldiers. The tomb has since received other "unknown" soldiers from WWII, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. The tomb of one of the "unknown" Vietnam War soldiers was exhumed and DNA tested in 1998 to reveal the remains of Air Force 1st Lt. Michael Joseph Blassie. It is likely that all Vietnam War soldiers can be identified and no longer be "unknown", but not any earlier than that.

This is a good thing, for the purpose of the tomb is to honor veterans who have died in combat. We don't know their names, we don't know their identities, but we know they served their country and died for it and we know that the sentinels will always be there protecting their final burial place.

It is a humid 82 degrees and raining buckets. It is one of those torrential downpours common in the mid-August Virginia climate. The tomb guard is actually happy it's raining because he was feeling way too hot in his wools anyway. He marches 21 steps south as rain splatters on his face and faces east to the tomb. He thinks about the soldiers, mostly unknown that he presides over for the millionth time. He has pledged his life to protect their grave, since they could not be protected in war. He changes his weapon and faces north, continuing the march.

This is a continuation of Week 3's entry, found HERE




"Oh no... no no. Not now," she whimpered when she woke up. This was terrible. It can't happen now. What am I supposed to do?

"Alex, wake up." She gently shook him.

He groggily opened his eyes. "What?" he mumbled, trying to focus on her. Her mouth was set in a frown.

"My period started. I don't have any tampons or anything. I don't know what to do..." Her eyes filled with tears.

He sat up. "No, don't cry," he commanded. "We'll think of something. Can't you use ... rags? I thought that's what women used back then."

"Not when I have to lug however many pounds of equipment though the swamp. I can't see that working out. I'm about to have really bad cramps. I can't do it..." her voice raised to a squeak and she started to panic.

"I can do something about that," he replied. He left the tent and came back with a bottle of pills.

She instantly lit up. "Ohhh give me that!" She took two capsules of ibuprofen and sighed. "Still doesn't solve the problem of me bleeding everywhere."

"Think," he said sternly. "What else can you use?"

She played with the pill bottle in her hands and turned it back and forth. "You know... I heard that Native women used to use moss when they bled. Maybe that will work?" She looked at him.

He smiled. "Well we are in a swamp. I'm sure we can find that. I'll go get some for you."

"But it would have to be boiled so I don't get an infection. And they aren't very absorbent. I'd have to reboil them often..."

"Let me find some first, then we can talk about the logistics," he left to search for it while she stayed in the tent and thought of everything that could go wrong. What if it didn't work and she bled all over everything? How could she carry all that stuff another day on her period. She really hated being a woman at that point.

He came back soon and handed her the moss. "I guess you can boil it in the bottled water. But we're running out. We'll have to go to the stream faster than I wanted to."

"Thank you." She walked outside when she realized that one of them would have to make a fire every time she needed boiling water.

"Shit. No stove here..." she said.

He stood by her side, and looked at the burnt out tinder from the night before. "I'll show you how to make one," he said, patiently.

"This is going to slow us way down," she sighed.

"Come, help me to find kindling."

They rummaged through the forest for any dried grass, twigs, and branches. When they assembled the materials he showed her how to construe the kindling to keep up a flame.

"The wood here in the everglades doesn't burn that well, so you have to keep adding to it," he showed her how to place the wood and soon a decent flame was burning and she was able to get the water boiling. She boiled all the moss he had collected and then went back in the tent to put it in.

"It feels funny," she scrunched up her face. "I hope it will work." She decided to use some of it and then when it came time to change it, it would be better to rinse it off and put some sterilized moss in it so they could keep going and not have to stop and make another fire.

"Let's pack up and keep going," he looked at the map. "It'll be about 7 miles to the stream."

Seven miles of hell, she thought. She did pack everything and soon they were ready to go. She picked up all 40 pounds of her bag and slung it over her shoulder. They continues to march on. It didn't take long for her sore muscles and her sore abdomen to start bothering her. She at least remembered to put the mosquito repellent on. The pain worsened as she continued on until she had to stop.

"Alex, I can't go any further," she said. Her eyes were filled with tears again.

He looked at her. "We have to."

"But I'm in a lot of pain," she complained.

"You're going to have to soldier through it..." he started.

"But I'm not a soldier!" She exclaimed. "Why don't you try to suffer though miles and miles of walking with all this heavy shit AND an out of control uterus that's trying to kill you and have to deal with this itchy moss because I didn't know we were going to be trekking through the everglades and I didn't bring any tampons. I can't do this." The tears fell with heavy plops on the damp ground.

He sighed. "Just don't cry..."

"Fuck you!" She yelled, and then took off through the woods.

"Shit," he muttered to himself, dropping his own bag and catching up to her. He grabbed her by the shoulders. "Come on, stop this."

"Let go..." she sobbed, but she didn't attempt to flee.

"You can do this, I'll help..." he said.

"No!" she cried.

He then realized that no amount of talking would calm her down. She was too irrational... and possibly too hormonal. He wrapped his arms around her and held her close. "It's going to be ok," he said gently as she sobbed into his chest. He held her while she cried until she quieted down and only then did he let go.

"Are you ok?" he asked, he looked her up and down. She looked worn out, but no longer hysterical.

"Yeah," she said. She didn't look at him.

"You ready to keep going?"

She sighed. "Yes."

"Here, let's see how much more of your stuff we can fit in my oversize bag..." he walked back to the bags and unzipped them both. She then helped him pack up his bag so tightly that it barely closed.

"Thank you," she said, lifting the bag. It felt a little lighter. She asked for more pills and then was able to continue. They walked until they finally hit the stream.

"I guess we can stop here for today," he announced. "We can't go far from the stream anymore since we need the water." He put his bag down. "Let's test what you've learned about fire-starting. You can make the fire now."

"Alright," she agreed and went to collect kindling while he worked on setting up the tent. She put the grass and made a teepee just like he showed her, and then borrowed his lighter to start the fire. She fed it sticks until it burned well enough to keep going. "I am Prometheus!" She called out.

He smiled. "You get an A+ and a badge," he said.

"Yay, I'm a real girl scout now. I should also get this badge for this moss concoction too."

"I think that would fall under the general 'Wilderness Survival' badge," he replied.

They sat cross legged by the fire, another Chef Boyardee. She wondered when they'd run out of rations. I'm sure he's got the hunting thing all figured out she thought. She wondered if he brought a cross bow and would turn into a Daryl Dixon.

"You know, I realize I don't even know that much about you," she started. "I didn't even know you had a kid. What's he like?"

He tensed a little. "He's 16 now. I haven't really seen him since he was twelve. I don't know much about what he's like now."

"Oh... sorry," she mumbled.

"But... he liked to go camping out here when he was younger with me. We had a lot of fun..." his voice trailed off and he looked off in the distance. There was a very sad quality to him, something she barely picked up earlier, but was very present now.

"What happened?" she asked, even though she wasn't sure she should.

"Shit happened," he replied, simply. He then got up and began to get ready for bed. She took his cue and didn't ask any further. She began preparing her moss sterilization.

They lay in their sleeping bags in the tent. They didn't speak for a few minutes, but tonight she somehow seemed less exhausted, more preoccupied with what he just told her. She knew she shouldn't ask any more questions because it seemed to make him sad, but she was curious about his situation. Why would he not see him? Did his mother run away with him? She felt sad for him. She knew he wasn't sleeping. She wondered if he was thinking about his kid.

"His name is Dylan," he said quietly. She wouldn't have to wonder for long.

She shifted about in her sleeping bag until she turned on her side to face him.

"He's a great kid... I'm just a shitty father," he continued. "I did a lot of bad things when he was young. Wasn't around for weeks at a time, did a lot of drugs. My wife finally had enough and divorced me. I could see him for a while, take him camping, but then my ex-wife took me to court and prevented visitation. I was very devastated. I ODed so badly my heart stopped... somehow I made it to the hospital in time and they revived me. Maybe that was my wake up call to do better. I stopped taking drugs and took my ex-wife back to court to win back visitation. I got to see Dylan for a while, but then I guess at some point he decided he didn't want to see me anymore. The court takes that into consideration... I write cards and I try to call. After all the legal crap with the courts, my ex-wife is bitter and doesn't want to talk to me and barely fills me in with what's going on with him. Sometimes he'll talk to me. I think he has a step father now, which kills me even more... another guy to do the stuff with him I'm supposed to be doing as a dad. I really do think about him all the time." His voice broke and she could tell that this was hard for him, he was going out on a line to open up to her. "I wish I didn't fuck up so badly, but there isn't much I can do now, and now the world is ending..."

She wiggled out of her sleeping bag a little so she could wrap her arms around him and lay on his chest. "It's ok," she said. "You'll find Dylan when this mess is over and you can tell him how much he means to you."

He chuckled a little. "You must think I'm the biggest asshole. I keep telling you not to cry, and here I am, crying, and you tell me it's ok."

"Because it is ok to cry. And I don't think you're an asshole. You're just very hard on me sometimes, I wish you'd understand I'm not a big strong guy and I have female issues and I can't do as much as you."

"But that's the thing, you are strong, you're very tough and can handle a lot more than you think. You made it through today, even with your breakdowns, and we made it here. I ask for a lot from you because I know you can give a lot and you have a lot to give. You let fear and pain try to control you, but you fight it, and you come out stronger. You can do it because you've done it, and you continue to do it every day."

"Thank you..." she said. "You believe in me more than I can."

"I'll try to be more sensitive," he paused, "but don't expect a whole lot more."

She laughed. "Ok."

He began to shift around, and she thought he didn't want her to lay on him anymore, so she sat up.

"I just wanted to take my arms out," he said, "you can lay back down if you want to."

It was too dark for him to tell she was smiling. She lay back on his chest and he wrapped his arms around her.

"Night, Viola," he said. He closed his eyes. He briefly wondered if this counted as sharing a bed with a woman? He missed how it felt. He liked her laying on him, her weight was very comforting and it made him relaxed and sleepy.

"Night, Alex," she replied. She was happy and content. She tried not to think about tomorrow and who knows how many more miles he wanted to lug them. She would try to believe in herself as much as he believed in her.

Secret Santa Stash

I participated in a Secret Santa organized by ikel89 and i got some very lively things from Germany.

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Thank you Pia! I love it all. Though my mean mean fiancee went and hid all the chocolates from me because I'm on a diet and refuses to tell me where they are. I still got a little bite out of the Santa before he did that. And that's not why Santa's head looks wonky, he got a little crushed in transit because he's hollow : ). I found the Team Valor sticker hiding later. I am on Team Valor! The calendar is funny because it's half English and half German. Thank you for translating it.

I'm back!

Came back from vacation late last night. Justin arrived three hours after me so we got home at 2 am. I'm back at work now and wasn't as late as I thought I'd be thanks to Justin waking me up.

The biggest news is that I've been on the Keto diet for these two weeks now. A bunch of you on my flist are already on the diet so I thought I'd join the bandwagon. I really shouldn't have looked at the scale, but when I did, it showed I'd gained 15 lbs. I started the day before I left on vacation which maybe was a stupid idea, but somehow managed to conform to the diet all but one day: New Year's Eve because my mom and grandma worked hard to make a very delicious dinner for our family and friends. I lost five pounds initially that first week, but didn't lose any more after that because I guess I haven't gone back to Ketosis yet after the one day I didn't diet :/. Actually being away from Alpine and doing the diet was easy. I could go to nearly every restaurant, including all our favorites, and modify meals so they are low carb. There aren't really restaurants I can go to in Alpine... there are about five and they're Italian and Mexican. We went to this Hooters-type place his friends like to go to and I ordered my burger with no buns and they happened to have a soup that looked low carb to me. Even most soups have high carbs in them. The pros to this diet is that I like steak and eggs and you don't go hungry on it. The con is that it is very restrictive and you don't really eat anything besides meat and SOME vegetables. For fruit, you're only allowed to eat berries so I've grown accustomed to blackberries which are the lowest carb out of all the fruits. No apples, no oranges, and most importantly, no bananas : (. I love bananas... You can also eat some nuts so I picked up a massive amount of brazil nuts which are the lowest carb. You learn very quickly which non-meat foods contain the least carbs... I picked up a cookbook that is all low-carb recipes so I hope to try them out. I think if I didn't like steak so much, I would not like this diet. I have 10 more lbs to lose, but I'm more looking at losing another 25 lbs and then I will change to a calorie-based diet. I hope it won't take a long time to lose this weight. When I am serious about diet and exercise mode, I lose a LOT of weight. I think I can definitely do it!

EAC went out of business and they're turning it into a commercial center. Tom actually called the day I got into Florida and wanted to wish me a "Merry Christmas and Happy Hannukah". I told him I was in town and there was one day he said that I could stop by. I did and got to talk a little bit with everyone and give Tom a very big hug that he didn't complain about lol. I think he liked working at EAC better and he was very busy there. At EAC he would spend most of the time talking instead of working and he doesn't get to do that at the larger prestigious business. So as a result he didn't get to talk to me much. I followed him around a little and he told me what he was up to. I did try to invite him to lunch, left a message but he didn't respond. I think actually he didn't get it because he seems to have a hard time figuring out missed calls and messages. Or maybe he just didn't want to go with me and was trying to hide it LOL. Whatever it was, at least I got to see him for a few minutes. I have no idea when I'm going back to Florida, so it's going to be a long time before I get to see him and everyone else again : (.

We spent Christmas with Justin's family which meant a lot of sitting around in Justin's parents' apartment which I get very bored of. His mom gave us a ton of Christmas presents, all around a theme. Mine was warm items. I got a very nice shawl, some hand warmers, and some very nice wool socks. Justin got cooking items.

I've been playing Pokemon Moon. I don't know, I'm very disappointed where they're taking the series because of how vastly different it continues to be since the original one on the game boy. They keep adding all this stuff to make the game easier. If your pokemon are happy, they earn bonus XP which makes them super beasts early in the game. If your pokemon have a status ailment, you can poke them and it will go away... your pokemon now just do extra crits and don't KO all based on happiness. Man playing Pokemon Red and then Gold back then was such a different experience.

Although there is this new pokemon that looks just like Donald Trump, which I find hilarious.



At home I got to see Wei-Chen and Jennifer. And then my family of course. My parents were back from the Galapagos and showed us their pics. Dad got the stomach flu and was out of commission most of the time I was there. Wei-Chen and I went to Japantown. It was really hard finding a place I could eat at, but we managed to find some place that served hamburger steak. I think Alexis is mad at me so I didn't bother trying to contact her.

I got to see more movies during the break then I have in a long time. Moana, Fantastic Beasts, and Rogue One. I liked Moana the most. It was so stunning and the songs were so amazing! I really loved it. I guess they're making another several movies.

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Day 13 → talk about hobbies this year

DOTA 2... till I quit! Then back to WiiU games. Reading. Hiking. Same old... stopped board gaming : (. Very sad... I'm not sure I will have the time and dedication to run my own club. That's the only way to play board games here in my small town... Maybe I'll do that sometime.

Day 14 → something that made you proud this year

I moved to Texas! Maybe something that makes me more proud is doing my best to deal with my crazy boss who was really horrible for a while. Sometimes she still stresses me out, but I try not to react and just ignore her.

Day 15 → something that made you laugh this year

Justin is always so silly. He tickles me every day and it's very annoying because he likes me to do my very goofy laugh which sounds like Goofy >_> HYUUUUK. I hate it lol. I'm sure there was some silly video that made me laugh too.... maybe like this one XD.





Day 11- A song from your favorite band

Ok, I already posted a song from Journey on one of the first days, so instead I'll post a song from my second favorite band, Depeche Mode.



Policy of Truth... there's a good song.

Day 12- A song from a band you hate

I don't hate many bands so this is hard. Can I do singer instead? I really don't like John Mayer at all. I especially hate that song "Waiting on the World to Change". It's the stupidest message. Instead of waiting for the world to change, how about doing something to change the world.



Day 13- A song that is a guilty pleasure

I don't like Genesis very much, much to Justin and his mom's indignation since they love that band. I'll go with Invisible Touch because it's very cute and catchy.



Day 14- A song no one would expect you to love

People tend to think I only like dad rock LOL. I actually like some modern singers like Adele, Lady Gaga, Pink, and even Katy Perry.



This song is good and sends a very nice message about not underestimating yourself, and not letting others underestimate you.

Day 15- A song that describes you

This is so hard!! I don't know, I just wanna go with "Baby got Back" since I got a big butt and I cannot lie lol. instead, I think I'll go with this Pink Floyd song...



I guess it's about keeping the lunatic subdued when he shows up places... hah.

LJ Idol Week 3: Brushback Pitch

She stormed off angrily after him. She would not hold back this time. He was so irritating. She found him when he already had a cigarette lit.

"You know what your problem is?" she asked, fuming.

"Can you not bother me when I'm on my smoke break?" he replied.

"You are a SLAVE DRIVER. You show up whenever, you're always behind and then bust my ass trying to catch up. I'm so sick of it!"

"Maybe you're the only one who doesn't get along with me, so instead of blaming me, try taking a look at yourself..." his words cut off as a shrill whistle erupted and suddenly everything was in flames. The explosion was overwhelming and it threw them back about 10 feet into the air. Their office building was aflame, the next door quickie mart was in rubble and somehow they had survived. She sat up to crawl to him.

"Are you ok?" She asked when he sat up himself.

"Yeah... um... I think we need to go." They quickly got up. He hesitated for a second. "Do you need a ride?"

"That would be nice," she replied. They got into his truck and sped off.

"I don't think we should take any of the big roads," he mumbled. All around them people were on the streets, many in hysterics wondering what was happening. Maybe it was the apocalypse. He turned on the radio to find it in silence. Things were still exploding in the distance. Where was it coming from? Everything was on fire. Some houses were being destroyed, but whatever the attack was, it was centering on buildings.

Some streets were blocked with rubble, but he managed to get her home to find her apartment building in ruins. She didn't know where her husband was. He wasn't supposed to be home. "Maybe I should stay here..." she told him when she got out of his truck.

"I don't think that's safe," he replied.

"Ok what should I do then?" she asked.

He was quiet for a few seconds before he replied, "just come with me."

"Where would we go?" she asked.

"Back to my house, to see if it's still there, and then we'd need to leave..." he replied. "This is some kind of attack, we can't stay here."

She wondered why he even wanted her to come with him. She didn't think he even liked her. He fulfilled his responsibility by taking her home, now that her home was destroyed, he could just have left her there. She had no where else to go but with her coworker to wherever it was he would take her. She climbed back into his truck. She had no choice.

They slowly and carefully made it to his house. It was still intact. Less people panicking on his street.

"Come in with me," he said, "you should help me pack."

She followed him through the house, into the garage. He handed her lamps, sleeping bags, ropes, other wilderness equipment she had not seen before. All it went in the back of his truck.

"Wow you're outfitted for the end of the world," she said.

"Sometimes I can be prepared," he replied. They went into the kitchen and piled up as many nonperishables as they could and took that back into the car too.

In 15 minutes they were ready to go. "We need to make like the Seminoles," he said before turning on the engine.

"What?"

"Do you know about the Seminole Wars?" he asked.

"No..."

"Ok well back in the 1800s when they were trying to send all the Indians to Oklahoma or wherever, the Seminoles refused to go. They just went further and further into the Everglades. The US military spent millions of dollars and thousands of soldiers to go in there and root out the Seminoles, but they weren't very successful. The Everglades can hide anyone, that's what they're good for."

"Is that where we're going? Into the Everglades."

"Yes."

She didn't really like the thought of that. Living out in the swamp. She remembered at least that he handed her mosquito repellent. She stared out the window as they headed down Alligator Alley. She turned around to find fire overcoming the city. The Everglades were clear to all sides. She guessed whatever it was, they didn't care to target the jungle.

He turned off on a dirt road. "I used to camp here with my kid a while back," he said. "It's a place to start." The dirt road ended and they stopped. Where he took them to wasn't even a camp site. "Let's go," he said, "We have a lot of walking to do. There are even more remote places out here... this is still too close." They packed the stuff into two large duffel bags. It was heavy and she doubted she could even walk one mile carrying that.

"Let's go?" he repeated, looking at her.

She sighed. "Ok, let's go." She made it for six miles and then asked to stop. "How much further do we have to walk?" she asked.

"A lot further. Do you know how big the Everglades are?"

"No," she looked pleadingly at him. "I don't think I can make it another six miles. It's so heavy."

He got up. "Then we walk until you collapse. It isn't safe here," he extended his arm to help her up.

She felt like crying. She was in the middle of a swamp with a drill sergeant who wanted her to die from exhaustion. She didn't complain anymore. It was useless. He didn't care. She took his hand, took the bag and continued to follow him, deeper and deeper into the jungle.

It was nightfall when they finally stopped. "We can stop here for the night," he announced. Strangler figs were on all sides of them as mosquitoes buzzed around. There were no Australian Pines out here to soak up the waters. "But tomorrow I think we have to go further..." He brought her the tent. "Do you know how to set this up?"

"I think so," she replied. Figures that when he stopped their exhausting trek he wanted to continue to work her.

"I'll start a fire," he said and began to look for kindling.

She went camping once... when she was a kid. She fiddled with the tent poles and began putting it up. She was actually rather proud of her work. She hoped that he wouldn't have more for her to do. She wanted to sleep and wake up and not find the world in ruins. Maybe that would happen. She found the fire burning when she stopped daydreaming. She was filled with mosquito bites... why had she not put on that repellent?

"Um... I have some Chef Boyardee" he said, handing her a can.

"Who over the age of 12 still eats this?" she asked.

He frowned. "It's better than starving."

They put the cans into a pot of boiling water over the fire. He'd managed to find some swamp water nearby. It was murky and brown. At least they wouldn't have to drink from it.

She found herself missing her husband. Maybe he was alive and he didn't know that she was. She didn't know what she was doing out in the middle of the Everglades with Kit Carson, eating gross raviolis. She began to sniffle as tears came down her face.

"Look, I'm doing my best..." he started.

"How about you stop thinking about yourself for just a second," she replied angrily. "I'm not upset at you, just the situation. I'm in the bug-infested swamp. I'm so exhausted and I don't know if any of my family is alive." She wiped her tears.

"But you're alive," he said quietly.

She looked at him. He was at least 10 years older than she was, but he looked older. He smoked and drank a lot and never wanted to take care of his health. He fiddled with a stick and drew shapes in the ground. It was moist and soft.

"I am..." she said reluctantly, "thank you for keeping me alive."

He looked at her for a second before looking back at the ground. "I forgot to pack my cigarettes..." he mumbled.

"I'm sure you'll be pleasant for the next few days," she sighed.

He shrugged. "I've done it before, it's not too bad."

"Listen, I wanna go to bed," she said getting up and taking out one of the sleeping bags. "My legs feel like they're about to fall off.

"Yeah..." he said, "we have a lot more walking to do tomorrow."

She crawled into the tent. It felt nice to lay down. They had brought a radio with them. She hoped out here they could pick up some station somewhere and it would tell them everything was ok. She closed her eyes. A minute later, she heard him come in and lay down.

"What do you think happened?" she asked sleepily.

"Who knows... we didn't see anything, no aircraft from the skies dropping bombs. Who knows where it came from. No country has that kind of technology."

"I think it was aliens."

"Aliens?" he repeated.

"What else could it be? They want to conquer earth to harvest its resources."

"I think you've watched too much sci-fi," he mumbled, but the thought didn't leave his mind. If it were aliens, they probably had advanced technology. They would be able to find them, but they first needed to know where to look. They had to go deeper into the Everglades, that was for certain.

"Alex?" she asked when he said nothing else.

"Yeah?" he replied.

"Do you think they'll find us out here?"

"It's going to be very hard for them to try, but we have to go deeper."

"Seminoles, right," she said.

"Good night," she finally said, stretching out. She couldn't stay awake anymore.

"Good night," he replied. He closed his eyes and drifted off to sleep. He was glad not to be alone, even if his companion was kind of whiny. He would still keep her safe. Tomorrow they had a lot more walking to do.

Memes and stuff

Finished my papers, got an A+ for both of them!! Already starting on my midwinter class... doing a paper on the Comanche Tribe. Midwinter is supposed to be a two week class where I have to write about 5 chapter summaries and then write a 20 page paper. I'm starting early because my professor already gave out the syllabus and said we can hand in the assignments.

In other news, Justin and I took a trip to El Paso this weekend and we got my wedding ring! It is so pretty. It's simple and has a nice design. Unfortunately I can't show anyone because it'll take 6 weeks to make it, so sometime in mid-January we'll have to take another trip to El Paso to pick it up. While there, we also went to the Border Patrol Museum. It's a small free museum but it had a very interesting look on the history of the Border Patrol. Formally organized in 1924... my favorite exhibit was about the dogs that work on the border. It had their stats... how many criminals they apprehended and how many pounds of drugs they found.

Day 09 → talk about art this year

I don't know much about art. This year I went to my little town's Art Festival. It was fun... lots of free wine. Some interesting artwork... none I could really afford, but the whole town came out for it. Very crowded.

Day 10 → a photo of you taken over ten years ago

I have some sitting around photobucket....

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Me and my precious Weisse... I was about 9 here.

And here is another of me and Weisse when he's much older

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Day 11 → talk about volunteering/charity this year.

Donated to wikipedia again for their fund drive. I use it so much and figure it's nice to help it out in some way. Haven't done much else. I think it would be nice to do some volunteering events next year. My school has stuff going on.

Day 12 → talk about this year in medical news

My biggest medical "crisis" is that I got ringworm from those dirty dirty feral cats. I had it in just one area, but then it popped up in another area twice. I hope it goes away for good this time.



Day 6- A song that reminds you of somewhere

Let's go with Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville. It reminds me of Florida in general because they play it all the time down there.



Day 7- A song that reminds you of a certain event

All that's popping to mind is Adele's Someone like You when I was depressed jobless before I moved to Maryland. I used to go to the park and listen to this a lot.



Day 8- A song you know all the words to

The Little Mermaid's "Part of Your World"



Day 9- A song you can dance to

Hah nothing! I'll just say "the Macarena" and be done with it... although in Jr. High I think I also knew the Chicken Dance XD.

Day 10- A song that makes you fall asleep

No music ever makes me fall asleep. Not even tired. I don't operate like that. I'll just list something by REO because I regularly listen to them right before I go to bed and nothing they play is even remotely relaxing lol.

Check out this music video. It is so incredibly stupid haha.

December meme

I am so bad with these memes. I need to go back a year and finish off that music meme I was working on! I was doing that with another LJ friend, but then she up and disappeared : (. Let's see if I can complete this one

Day 03 → talk about movies this year

Oh man I hardly watched a thing this year. I don't even remember... The TV shows I remember a little more. Uh... Ok I just googled the movies released this year and I found one I really liked! Zootopia! I wasn't very excited about this at first, but then Justin said I would like it and I loved it SOOO much. It's so engaging because it's a kids movie, but it's about racism. The characters are so cute and funny and the story is so good. Highly recommend!

Day 04 → talk about television this year

Finally watched Season 6 of Walking Dead. Started watching Gilmore Girls, rewatched the first couple seasons of Deep Space 9. One of the best shows this year was Hum4ns... this British/American drama about robots! It's not getting any press but it's really great. Also loved Stranger Things. 80s sci fi... wonderful.

Day 05 → talk about books this year
Day 06 → talk about food this year
Day 07 → talk about music this year
Day 08 → talk about games this year
Day 09 → talk about art this year
Day 10 → a photo of you taken over ten years ago
Day 11 → talk about volunteering/charity this year.
Day 12 → talk about this year in medical news
Day 13 → talk about hobbies this year
Day 14 → something that made you proud this year
Day 15 → something that made you laugh this year
Day 16 → something that made you sad this year
Day 17 → something that made you happy this year
Day 18 → your favorite photo this year
Day 19 → what you learned this year
Day 20 → a picture of you taken over 20 years ago
Day 21 → your favorite websites this year
Day 22 → new items you’ve added to collections this year
Day 23 → travel you did this year
Day 24 → Something which caught your interest this year
Day 25 → a photo of you and your family
Day 26 → talk about politics or current events this year
Day 27 → 3 goals for next year
Day 28 → your plans for New Years Eve
Day 29 → talk about things you are excited for next year
Day 30 → a list of what you got for your winter holiday
Day 31 → best moment of the month

December meme

A few of those floating around this year, I'm taking this one from becofoz

Day 01 → a picture of you taken this year

Hm... I posted that one taken on my bday a couple entries ago, so I guess I'll find another one to showcase my purty purty face XD. Ah here's one...

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This was taken a few months ago when myself and my wonderful coworker, Miranda, went hiking on the hill above campus :D. It was hard to get up the hill, but once up there, it was fun hiking on the top of the hills.

Day 02 → your holiday wish list

I don't really celebrate Christmas, or any other materialistic holiday. I do not like them... my wish for this year is to simply finish my papers this weekend and get a good grade for my classes. I have a lot of work to do this weekend! Oh ok, I also want a Samsung Galaxy s7... even though the s8 is coming out. My S5 is getting kinda crappy and it's time for an update!! I love the galaxy line.

Day 03 → talk about movies this year
Day 04 → talk about television this year
Day 05 → talk about books this year
Day 06 → talk about food this year
Day 07 → talk about music this year
Day 08 → talk about games this year
Day 09 → talk about art this year
Day 10 → a photo of you taken over ten years ago
Day 11 → talk about volunteering/charity this year.
Day 12 → talk about this year in medical news
Day 13 → talk about hobbies this year
Day 14 → something that made you proud this year
Day 15 → something that made you laugh this year
Day 16 → something that made you sad this year
Day 17 → something that made you happy this year
Day 18 → your favorite photo this year
Day 19 → what you learned this year
Day 20 → a picture of you taken over 20 years ago
Day 21 → your favorite websites this year
Day 22 → new items you’ve added to collections this year
Day 23 → travel you did this year
Day 24 → Something which caught your interest this year
Day 25 → a photo of you and your family
Day 26 → talk about politics or current events this year
Day 27 → 3 goals for next year
Day 28 → your plans for New Years Eve
Day 29 → talk about things you are excited for next year
Day 30 → a list of what you got for your winter holiday
Day 31 → best moment of the month