And so is the website! Although,
you wouldn't know it based on the lack of updates recently. I am quite
embarrassed by this lack of activity that has lasted darn near 4 months.
But wait! I have a good reason (excuse?) for this lack of activity
that has lasted darn near 4 months! The first thing is, I got married to
Gwen way back on 19 September. I'm going to have to post some pictures
of the ceremony, it was such a lovely day! However, the week leading up
to the service was jam-packed with last minute preparations, visits,
rehearsals, dance lessons, and the like that I simply had no time to get
it together and post an update.
The week after the wedding, Gwen
and I were on our honeymoon in Walt Disney World. That was an amazing
experience! There is an incredible amount of stuff to do there, and
after 5 days Gwen and I barely scratched the surface. Definitely going
to have to make a return trip there someday! Once we got back from
Florida, however, we had to spend all night packing Gwen's things for
the movers to take to San Diego. With more than a little help from
Gwen's parents, we were able to make it just in time! And then, once I
got Gwen out to California, the little time I had away from the boat was
devoted to getting her settled as best I could before the ship went
underway in early October.
That underway was 5 weeks long,
lasting until the Monday before Thanksgiving. This was my single longest
underway yet, and it was also my busiest. The ship completed many
training exercises and had a lot of notable firsts, including shooting
her first exercise torpedoes in almost 5 years! However, once we pulled
in we had a lot of things to fix on the ship to get her ready to go
again, so between that, celebrating Thanksgiving with Gwen, and
continuing to work on getting her affairs settled, that week we were in
port just flew by. Now, we pulled back in about a week ago after another
3 weeks underway. Gwen and I celebrated Christmas with her Mom and Dad,
who were visiting from Virginia. I've also been standing a fair amount
of duty, since a majority of the Wardroom is on leave at the moment.
However, I have finally gotten enough time to sit down and pound out
this update, catching everyone up to speed.
Oh! As a parting shot, I would
like to announce that I am now officially part of
Facebook, so check out
my profile for the latest and greatest about yours truly. I'm thinking
I'll make the link a permanent addition to the Home Page, maybe next to
the Guest Book link...