Meg Joins the Navy

A new member of the Navy Nurse Corps and a proud wife of a Navy corpsman stationed together at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

23 June 2012

Camp Lejeune, NC, Here I Come!

As if the week didn't start off with enough exciting news, mid-week my sailor returned from a month and a half long training session at Twentynine Palms.  And then he went to work right away and on his second day back, he had the keys to our new house!  So it has been a crazy busy week while I finally started really letting myself pack the things I was putting off in case I needed them.  So in a little over 48 hours I will be pulling into my new house, soon to be home! :)  It is a cute little two-bedroom townhouse in Hubert, NC, only one mile off base.  It has ALL the appliances thankfully so we don't have to worry about that in our budget.  I'll keep posts of how our house is coming along each week to see our progress and the fun things we're doing.

There's some things we had already discussed that we want to do for our home.

We want all our paintings and artwork to be our own.  We are both artistic, but in different ways.  My sailor loves to draw with a pencil.  I absolutely despise it.  I prefer color and paint on canvas or upcyclying items like furniture.

We want to have no TV in our bedroom.  The only TV will be in the family room because we want our bedroom to be peaceful and not have any of the nonsense with falling asleep with a TV on (which really impacts how well you sleep) and want it to be our space.

And, let's face it, we're a young couple, I'm not working yet, so our budget is tight.  It'll be mattress on the floor, clothes folded against the wall, and box table for a little bit, but I could not be more excited!

18 June 2012

FINALLY an update!

I am so very proud to say that I took the NCLEX on Friday and I have officially passed and am now a REGISTERED NURSE!

Thanks to many prayers, inspiration, endless hours of studying... it's over!  Now after over a month, I can start to enjoy my last summer vacation, which by that I mean I can get into serious training mode for ODS, which I will now get a date for and commissioning will be scheduled as well!

I'm also excited because today my sailor is finally making his way back to NC after training at Twentynine Palms for the last month and a week, which means he'll get his hands back on his cell phone :)  And coming in the next few weeks, he's meeting with the realtor to (hopefully) buy the one of the townhouses we have been looking at and I'll be moving down there officially by mid-July, if all goes as planned.

Lots to do now that studying is over!

11 June 2012

Knit Knee-High Leg Warmer Socks

I made this pattern after many, many failed attempts to get all the stitches in the correct pattern to work with the cables.  Let me know if it needs any clarifications.

 You'll need:
2 skeins of yarn
Needles, size 7
Circular needle
Double point needles

  1. CO 14 sts.
  2. Increase 1 st on the lateral side every other row, 8 times.
  3. Knit for size of foot, to beginning of heel, about 5 inches (for my size 7.5).
  4. Decrease 1 st each side every other row, 3 times. 
  5. Knit 2 inches or to end of heel.
  6. Decrease 1 stitch each side on last row.
  7. Bind off.
  8. Repeat for 2nd foot exactly, can be turned over to match opposite foot.
  1.  Cast on 14 stitches.
  2. Increase 1 stitch lateral side, every other row 10 times.
  3. Start cable pattern for length of foot, end on Row 8. (Cable pattern below.)
  4. Add 27 stitches for back and each side, increasing stitches between cables to 4. 
  5. Work in cable pattern to knee.
  6. Finish with K all stitches 10 rows, decreasing stitches.
  7. Bind off.
  1. Sew bottoms to tops, being careful to make sure cable pattern is on top.  Start at toe and work around to heel, and then up to knee.
  2. Add crocheted strings and pom-poms.  If wanted, sew on grippers to bottom of feet.
Cable Pattern:

            Row 1: P2, K6, P1, K6, P1, K6, P2
            Row 2:  K2, P6, K1, P6, K1, P6, K2
            Row 3 & 4:  Repeat rows 1 & 2
Row 5:  P2, slip next 3 onto dpn in front of work, K3, K3 on dpn, P1, slip next 3 onto dpn in front of work, K3, K3 on dpn, P1, slip 3 onto dpn in front of work, K3, K3 on dpn, P2
            Row 6:  Repeat row 2
            Row 7 & 8:  Repeat rows 1 & 2

06 June 2012

Nothing new, but reading my favorite blog...

I have absolutely nothing new to report or blog about.  My sailor is still out in the field, I'm still studying for the NCLEX, still waiting for my leave date, and just hanging out in between it all.

So I thought I'd let everyone know about a blog I found and find it absolutely incredible and inspiring.  You can find it by clicking HERE!  

It's about a couple who's life was interrupted by an unexpected accident leaving her husband with a traumatic brain injury, and their daily life going to occupational therapy, how they get ready through the day, and much, much more.  

It is heart-wrenching and I am often on the verge of tears when I read posts or see the success he is having.  This blog gives me hope that if I was ever presented with this situation that I could get through it.  With my sailor working as a field medic for the Marines and training to go to Afghanistan on deployment in a few months... my major fear is that 1. he won't come home and 2. he won't come in one piece, mentally or physically.  Many soldiers suffer brain injuries, whether severe or minor, from car bombs or other explosions, and this blog makes me stronger to know that if this couple could persevere through a severe brain injury, then I could too and I could be there 110% for my sailor through whatever happens.  

Her faith and love inspire me everyday to be a better fiance and better nurse.  You have to check it out.

01 June 2012

Inspiration by a Magnet

I came across this magnet, while checking out at Wegman's, and I had to buy it.  Technically, I bought it for my mom but it's in our home right now so I still get to look at it. 

I love it because it reminds you during those times when you keep waiting and working for something in the future that you just can't wait another day for and you just want it to get here already, possibly even skip over a few days or weeks to get there...  So as I sit here, at home, waiting to take my NCLEX, go to ODS, move to NC, begin a deployment, and get married, I try to remind myself to enjoy the time where I am at currently because it has an expiration date.

Happiness is a journey, not a destination...
for a long time it seemed to me that life was about to begin - real life.
But there was always some obstacle in the way,
something to be gotten through first,
some unfinished business,
time still to be served,
a debt to be paid.
At last, it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life.
This perspective has helped me to see there is no way to happiness.
Happiness is the way.
So treasure every moment you have and remember that time waits for no one.

  So whether it's a new job, a test, to finish your degree, to get married, to find love, to move, to start a family, or whatever else you're waiting for, don't forget these are precious days in your life. 

Life has started!  The time is now!