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.

27 May 2013

DIY Coffee Table Into Cushioned Bench

I always wanted a cushioned bench but never found one I absolutely loved in stores.  So I took a trip around to thrift stores and found this lovely coffee table that I could use to turn it into a big one!

Most of the damage to it is a bunch of scratches on top of the table, and luckily, I won't even have to bother sanding them out since it will be covered.

First thing I did was buy my supplies.  I picked up some foam and fabric from Joann Fabrics and spray paint.  The legs were in good shape so I didn't need to sand anything down so I got right to cleaning it and spray painting.

I used a staple gun to position the foam and cut off the extra length.  Then I centered the fabric and folded under the frayed edge to keep it secure.

And that's it!

14 May 2013

Deployment: 99% complete.

It's going to be 4 days short of 7 months that this deployment lasted... and believe it or not, we are finally 99% DONE!  It's hard to imagine how long 7 months is (but also how quick it can be) when looking in hindsight.  Think about all your major primetime shows... Grey's Anatomy, Once Upon a Time, etc. (those are the ones I like) and how long they have dragged their seasons out. Yeah, that's a shorter time frame than 7 months. 

I am so excited to see him get off of that bus and get the biggest hug!

Things I learned this deployment:
  1. Have all passwords & usernames to every. single. thing. written down, just in case.
  2. Keep busy.
  3. It's possible to make it without broadcasting on facebook how sad & lonely you are. In fact, if you don't, you won't need to check your facebook and remind yourself how lonely you are.
  4. Make friends (especially if you're staying on/around base and family is far away) and actually go out with them continuously.
  5. Go stay with family for the duration if possible or have them come to you.
  6. Get a pet to keep you company. If it wasn't for my dog and cat to welcome me home everyday and who relied on me, I would have been much more depressed.
  7. Allow yourself sad days and then the next day get over it. You can only shed so many tears and worry so much before life calls you back.  Watch your favorite sad movie, get it all out, and march on.
  8. Don't bring up how sad & lonely & how much you  miss them every time you talk.  It's much worse being on that end.

11 May 2013

Happy Nurses' Week!

In honor of nurse week & celebrating 1 year since I graduated from nursing school...! & my 1 year mark as an Ensign in the great US Navy!

Nurse Corps ODS Class 12100

Pinning ceremony
 I've already found from being a nurse for only a year that fellow nurses from school and from work will be the greatest friends and influences in my life.


04 May 2013

DIY Peek Hole Shoulder Shawal

You'll need:
  • 2 skeins of yarn
  • Knitting needles size 12 or larger
  1. CO 20 stitches, EXTREMELY loosely.
  2. Work all rows knitting and keep working EXTREMELY loosely, this will create the large peek holes.
  3. I made mine to be 5 feet long, which ended up being about 40 rows.  Remember to keep it all very loose.
  4. When at your desired length, BO.  
  5. To make fringes, using a book or piece of cut cardboard the width of the fringe you want, wrap yarn around 5 or 6 times.  Pull off of measuring object and holding one end, weave through edge of the shawl and pull opposite end to secure.  Cut end of fringe.
It's great to wear around your shoulders, as a scarf, to pinned around your shoulders like a shawl while you lounge around the house needing just an extra layer or with a dress for a night out.