What a fun night. Got to go with some of my classmates to a very cool French cafe, and then we went to the musical Avenue Q at the Dock Street Theatre in downtown Charleston. My classmates and I shared a box right above stage right, and it was great to see down into the pit where the orchestra was. I had a clear view of the clarinetist who reminded me of my brother, Tim, who still plays clarinet for the orchestra at our church back home. It was fun to finally see Avenue Q for myself, especially after hearing references to so many of the songs from my college roommates who saw it together, but who I didn’t join, probably for some poor reason (like studying), however important it may have seemed at the time. I’m really trying to focus on enjoying Charleston and while still prioritizing my studies and maintain a perspective on what’s most important.
I also had a chance to see Act of Valor, and it was…pretty disappointing. Poor cinematography all around and a plot and script that just left you feeling like it totally lacked depth. Some of the technology (especially the submarine) was cool, but that didn’t make up for the rest of the movie that felt more like a recruitment advertisement than an actual movie with a story line. The producers had so much potential, and I wanted to like the movie so much because of all the men and women it portrayed who deserve our utmost admiration for the sacrifices they’ve made, but the movie just didn’t do them justice.
What an great birthday. I had an awesome time with some of my classmates downtown in Charleston. We went to the Patat Spot for some falafal and then checked out the Charleston night life. We ran into two bachelorette parties and won them over rocking some awesome bow ties – classy but unique. We got to dance with the bride-to-be and had some fun twirling her around on the dance floor. I also received some great birthday cards and a few unexpected treats – baked goods sent priority mail from home and some homemade cookies from my neighbors! What a blessing to have such great friends and family in my life.
One down, twenty-four to go. The first test at NPS was definitely challenging, but it feels great to have it behind me and officially be making progress towards graduation. The routine is already starting to get solidified, and I’m liking it so far. Waking up way too early, getting on my bike and cycling in, and getting in a couple hours of studying before class starts has been really nice. It’s cool to get infinite miles per gallon and also get a little PT in before a long day of classes. I always bring my lunch, so it’s also great to save time and get a little of studying in during the time we have allotted for lunch. I usually head home (via bike) after classes are over and either do some mandatory group PT by running with one of my classmates in the woods behind the RV park or just take some time to catch up on life. Then it’s back to NPS for an hour or two of studying and preparing for the next exam. It’s frustrating to not be able to study at home but just part of the way it has to be. Then home and dinner consisting of whatever I can find to cook-up and enjoy (usually lots of rice and veggies). I try to stay creative, but it’s tough only cooking for one person! After dinner I usually get things squared away for the next day and head to bed early to start the next day fresh and ready to absorb all the new material we’ll have taught to us and be expected to ingrain in our minds. It can be challenging, but who doesn’t like a challenge? I hope I continue to enjoy it.