Archive for January, 2010

Quarterdeck Ball

Saturday, January 23rd, 2010

Ok, before we get started I’m going to lay down one ground-rule: you are not allowed to read this post and not comment (in some fashion or another, you can comment on my blog or you can e-mail me, either way is fine). You have been duly warned. If I hear you gush about these pictures next time I see you, but you never actually commented on them, grrrrrr. Ok, I’ll make an exception for anyone over 70 years old. People that old shouldn’t have to be forced to use *adopts creaky old-person voice* “these here new-fangled thingy-ma-watsits that young people these days spend so much time in front of. Hmph, these dern youngins, don’t know how to hand-write a decent letter every once-in-a-while. They’ve gone hog-wild about all this new tech-ni-ol-ogy. Now when I was a youngin, tech-ni-ol-ogy was puttin a penny in the candy machine and then out comes this here piece of candy!”

Ahem….sorry, that was fun to write, hopefully you found it slightly amusing and not at all insulting 😉 Gotta love the old days. The point is that my grandparents are exempt, but I’m pretty sure all the rest of you need to comment on my pictures :}.

So….drumroll please….Quaterdeck was a BLAST!!!! I had tons of fun, mostly because this year I knew everyone there and so I was surrounded by friends. We had a great location, at the Columbus Athenaeum (built in 1896 no less) and the ceremonies went off without a hitch. I was actually part of the ceremonies, I carried the Coast Guard cover for the POW/MIA table. Fortunately I managed to not mess up. The food was pretty good, not as good as the MC ball back in Nov., but nothing to turn your nose up at. And, they had cheesecake :0!!!!

Of course, the other reason it was so much fun was that this year, I did something totally unexpected (to myself as well as my family), and definitely breaking from my past image of aloof disinterest in all things girly and feminin. Sigh, I might as well fess up….I bought an evening gown…..and wore it….to the ball. And you know what I found out? Acting like a girl is a lot more fun than I thought it would be *lol, sheepish look* I guess I’m finally growing out of my younger, rebellious, teenage stage when all teenagers have to have something to rebel against or else they’re not teenagers ;)> To be more serious, I believe that God has worked in my heart and mind the past few years to help me mature and grow into the godly woman he wants me to be instead of staying the rebellious girl that I wanted to be.

So, the point is that last night was a big deal for me, a kind of “coming out and admitting that, yes, I actually am a woman and, dare I say it, aspire to be a lady.” A Butt-Kicking-Devildog-USMC lady, but a lady none-the-less. (and if you thing those things a mutually exclusive, think again). So here’s the point where you are allowed to say “I told you so!” and snicker over my abrupt about-face (are women fickle or what?)…………………………………………………………………….alright, moment over, now be quite and stop teasing me, or I won’t post pictures *gleefully dangles pictures of me in an evening gown over a large crowd of begging fans….ok maybe not*

So, I had a great time, danced with some guys, some girls, and a lot with myself, took some pictures, talked to people, and did not drink anything since I’m obviously not over 21 (though a couple guys tried to convince me that it doesn’t really apply to military functions, which I believe was true in past years, but they’ve become more strict now-a-days. In any case, I don’t like alcohol). After about an hour of dancing, hanging out, and taking pictures, most of the older mishipmen and all the MECEPs with their wives/dates (for those of you who’ve forgotten, the MECEPs are the older, prior enlisted Marines who are now getting their degree and an officer billet), left to go hit the bars. I stayed (of course), danced some more with my friends, and then caught a ride home with a couple other car-less midshipmen.

Upon arriving at my dorm, my room-mates jumped me (well, sort of) and demanded a retelling of the night and pictures. Did I mention that I have a new room-mate? Her name is Sydney, and she’s pretty amazing. We all get along tremendously well, and I’ve never had such fun before with any of my past or current room-mates. So we got to bed around….1:30 am. Being the disgusting person that I am, I woke up all on my own about 8:30 and got up, because sleeping late is obviously such a waste of time ;)> Oh yeah, and because I had this really long post that I was basically commanded to make (with pictures) and I want to get at least SOME homework done today.

What? What is that I hear? Oh, you want to hear about the dress do you? Yes, I suppose I did forget to tell you about it, how silly of me >:). You’ve already heard the first part of the story, where Kirsten, the girlfriend of another midshipman, heard that I had not yet bought a dress and determined to find one for me. We went to a thrift store and I tried on a few. There was one really pretty black and white one that I wanted, but there was the little problem of it being about six sizes too small. Among the six or seven I tried on, there were about three that fit me or could be altered to fit me and that I might actually consider wearing. Two were red, and nothing really exciting to look at, and the third was an olive drab green (not the best color for me, says my mom) dress of a simple, but elegant style. For anyone who cares, its a Daniel’s bridal dress, which new online costs 155$. I bought it for 25$ *smiles smugly*.

It was about two sizes too big, so Kirsten very graciously offered the use of her apartment and sewing machine so I could alter it. It took me about five hours, but with help from Kirsten and her mom (who makes costumes for some kind of drama club), I took it in, replaced the zipper with a lace-up back, and hemmed it. It worked! (yeah, I was so worried I would mess it up horribly).

It was quite a hit, mostly because I have a reputation of being decidedly un-feminin and this is the first time I’ve worn a dress to any NROTC function (so its the first time any of those people had EVER seen me in a dress, period). It also might have something to do with me looking good in it, which everybody said I did. I’ve always had this mental block against the idea that I was, or could be, pretty (don’t ask me why, I don’t really know), so I’ll just leave it to you all to decide. I am who I am and I don’t really care to think of myself as pretty or not pretty, because then I’ll get all stressed out about it and that’s a waste of time.

So now I will finally post the pictures, and I >:)> eagerly await you’re comments. (more…)

Another week

Monday, January 18th, 2010

Whatdoyaknow! I’m writing again. Don’t get spoiled. I am actually half watching a documentary on Chinese wildlife. Wow. Its pretty amazing. I don’t suppose I even need to say “Waaaa, want to go and see it!!!” And my Chinese wouldn’t even do me any good talking with the animals ;)>

Ok, so nothing particularly exciting happened this week, except perhaps for my excursion on Friday night. (more…)

Wow, I’m lame, but now I’m finally posting

Monday, January 11th, 2010

How’s that for a title?

I have no excuse for leaving my poor, huge mass of fans out in the dark and I just know you’ve all been pulling your hair out and threatening to go on strike if I don’t post more updates! Kidding. Mostly I have been busy, and the times when I could have posted I was busy doing other non-essential things like reading 😉

I’ve thought about posting often, and I’ve just never gotten around to it. Well, now I am. Hopefully this year I can keep up with at least a short post every couple weeks. We’ll see.

Lets see, brief summary of the Fall. (more…)