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.

30 July 2012

Happenings this Week

It's a busy week, and only going to get busier for the next.... 3 months?  This is what's happening right now:
  • It's my last week in North Carolina till I return as an officer in uniform.
  • Preparing myself physically and mentally for Officer Development School, where I will be in exactly 2 weeks.
  • We have my mom's dog with us now as a trial run for after my training because she has to give up a pet because she's moving and only allowed 2.
  • Constant watching of the Olympics.
  •  My sailor's 21st birthday! (Yes, I am 20 months older than him, and he doesn't let me forget it!)

25 July 2012

How to wear free XL shirts that are piling up

As a recent graduate of college, and one who stockpiled the many free XL shirts that were given away at sporting events, club events, blood drives, etc., I have about 2 crates full of XL shirts that I wear to bed because there is no where else to wear them!  I seriously have not ONE college tshirt that is actually my size.

There's a fun way to make the shirts you actually like wearable, whether they're too small, too large, or have been damaged by washing or yellow pit stains!  All you have to do is:

  1. Cut out the logo, leaving a good inch around the border.
  2. Cut closer to the shirt's design, making it a more precise cut.
  3. Go to Walmart, Target, or any other store and buy a cheap shirt (one made of the same material) that would match.
  4. Wash the shirt in case it decides to shrink.
  5. Pin the logo onto the shirt, making sure it is straight and centered.
  6. Sew, by hand or machine, the logo onto the shirt.

And you have a shirt that fits, with a logo you like, and that no one else will have!  It takes less than 30 minutes.

20 July 2012

3.5 Weeks in NC

It has been 3.5 weeks that we've  been living in North Carolina now, minus a few days back home in PA for the 4th and a week long vacation in the Outer Banks, but still not much progress on the house.  I've finally gotten all the stuff organized as far as possible, while having no desk, no dressers, no shelving, or anything besides the bed and table we purchased the first weekend.  We both want to be there to buy the big things so Monday through Friday is out while he works and I play at home until I leave for training (which is in 3 weeks and 1 day!!!  I have to say though, I am ready to start making that salary and getting my nurse back on).

So here's a few pictures of our home as it is this morning... nothing exciting unfortunately because we want to make all of our artwork by hand and I refuse to have a bunch of mismatched items decorating the rooms.  So until we make all the large furniture purchases, we're living with white walls and box furniture!

Our boring bedroom... for now.
Our make-shift box desk until we get that and shelving.

My bathroom has unconsciously turned into a Mexican themed room.



Our living room futon!

Our bookshelf for now :(

At least the kitchen is decorated a little bit!  It's my favorite room so far!

15 July 2012

Outer Banks Family Photos

The last week I spent a fun week in Nags Head, Outer Banks, NC with my family.  It was a lot of fun!... Minus the 2 days it rained on us but we were still able to do a lot together.  While we were there, my mom wanted to get family portraits done on the beach so here's a few to show.  They were taken by Coastal Shots Photography and were fun and fast.

 The boy cousins should be brothers, and the girl cousins look more like sisters than the actual siblings.







06 July 2012

Will You be my Bridesmaid? Hand-Painted Wine Glasses

 So as I have been unable to do any wedding planning until recently when my sailor came home from training at Twenty-nine Palms, I wanted to do something related to it so I made fun wine glasses to give to my bridesmaids when I asked them to be in my wedding.

Oh, and I made one for myself :)
I made mine have a heart shaped dress neckline
Painting wine glasses is actually a lot easier than it seems.  This was my first time trying it, and I loved it!

You will need:
  • Glassware
  • Paint brushes
  • Paint designed for glass (the bottles will specify, usually an enamel)
  • Alcoholic beverage it test it out ;)
  1. Clean your glasses.
  2. Practice your design on paper before going to town.
  3. Paint your glasses!  (The paint will thicken after you put it in the oven.)
  4. Let dry over night before adding a second coat or before setting it.
  5. Bake the glasses at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.  (I know this sounds weird, how can the glasses not break or become easily breakable during this? I don't know.)  Use a flat baking sheet and turn glasses upside down for a wider base so they don't fall over.  Start the 30 minutes when you first turn the oven on before it is preheated with the glasses already in the oven.  There may be a strange odor.  This was odd to me so I periodically had to check on them to make sure nothing was burning, melting, or had fallen over.
  6. After the 30 minutes, turn the oven off and keep the glasses in  the oven as it cools.
  7. When glasses are completely cool, remove from oven and enjoy!  The glasses should be top rack dishwasher safe or hand washable.  I'm going to stick with hand washing in case anything happens to mine.
 I also added a fun note to ask my bridesmaid to be a part of my wedding...



01 July 2012

Moving Day!

What a week!  My sailor and I both took the 8-ish hour drive down to Camp Lejeune, NC last weekend to start setting things up.  It was a fun week!  The first night we unloaded the cars and ate pizza on the floor (by delivery! If those of you do not have the pleasure of delivery to your home, you know how exciting this is.) and then set up some blankets and slept on the floor because we had nothing to start out with.

Here's some pictures of our new home.
Everything unloaded from the cars




Our backyard... pinetrees, pinecones, and sand!

Deck
At the end of the week, we had our kitchen all set up!
A boat access & dock, 1 mile walk from home
Things I have noticed since I have been there... the mosquitoes love me, the beach is a 10 minute drive, I'm not going to be in traffic going to work because I'll go through the back gate, I like the left side of the bed, there's not a large population of elderly there, it's not so hard getting used to the people in uniform everywhere, and never go to the commissary the day after pay day.

We have a lot more to do around the house!  But still trying to get all the basics, we did get a kitchen table and mattress thankfully so next on the list are couches and bedroom furniture!