I am a Marine staff sergeant currently serving in the reserves after almost seven years on active duty. My MOS is 3043 Supply Administration and while some find it unbelievable, I like my MOS! Right now I’m stuck in a bizarre limbo in which I am a member of a unit because I’m waiting for a pay issue to be resolved, but I can’t drill with them because females are not supposed to be there. Once the issue is fixed and I get my back pay, I’ll be dropped to the IRR or transferred to a new unit.
My first duty station was 7th Communication (Crime!) Battalion in Okinawa, Japan and after that they sent me to Albany, Georgia for a year and a half. While I was assigned to Albany, I deployed to Iraq for six months and worked in the Forward-In-Stores on Al-Taqaddum Airbase issuing out combat-replacement weapons and vehicles. When I got back in 2006, I went to Marine Security Guard school and then I was posted at the embassies in Finland, Honduras, and Egypt. I got off active duty in October of 2009 and joined my reserve unit the next April.
Before I joined the Marine Corps I went to three different colleges, worked at a garden center, did some overseas volunteer work, and a lot of traveling. I was raised in Montgomery County, Maryland and after I got out I came back to the same area and finished my degree. I graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Geographical Sciences with an minor in Arabic. I’m currently working as a part-time GIS consultant at a national non-profit organization.
My main hobbies are reading, writing, photography, languages, and working on my various website and photo projects. I like cheese, bread, chicken, hugs, cats, sharks, books, and throwing snowballs at unsuspecting folks. I don’t like octopuses, brussels sprouts, rye bread, being bored, and being cold. I have two cats: Caroline and Jackie, aka Chubby Cat. (One of my brothers has two cats named Jack and Bobby, a total coincidence)
This journal originally began because I like to write and share my photos. I like to write down the things I do or things that happen to me or things I notice during the course of the day. I am easily amused by little details, like how my grandma keeps a Taco Bell chihuahua sitting on top of her Bible, so I try to write them down and sometimes take pictures of them. Going back later on and reading what I wrote makes me laugh.
The other reason I started this was so faraway friends and family could read it and know what I was up to. Even though I’m back home now, a major reason I try to keep it alive, despite extended periods of slacking off, is because there are so few visible female Marines writing on the Internet.
I used to keep an online journal years ago, years before I ever heard the word blog or knew about blogging software, and I added those entries to this site too. I also have lots of old-fashioned paper journals and I might add some of those one day.
I don’t like the word “blog”.