ADEPT. — Early this month, Mass Effect 3 was released for XBOX 360. Now, Mass Effect is pretty much one of my favorite video game franchises, and I’ve been looking forward to each of the three releases for a very long time. The final installment of the game! In Guam, we are a day ahead of everyone else, so I technically picked up my game a day earlier than everyone else. That being said, I flew a 19 hour mission the day after its release, so I had little time to play it the first day. By the weekend, I had completed the story. I was a little surprised at the short length of the game; the other two were 40 hour or so games. This one I completed in about 26 hours. But, all this what it is, the Mass Effect games are over. Say it ain’t so! I will most definitely miss Commander Shepard, as Larry will also miss the time he gets to himself while I play these games. Oddly enough, he missed both the epic releases of Skyrim & Mass Effect 2/3, so he might be able to have some attention upon my return home. Maybe.
COMBAT SLIPPERS. — I am very close to my time to return home, as I mentioned, and it’s only a few short weeks away. I have been informed I’ll be riding the commercial troop transport back home, instead of the B-52. This means I can sleep, wash my face, use a sit-down toilet, and wear slippers on the long journey. When I was flying commercial up to Red Flag Alaska last August for that multi-national air exercise, upon takeoff, I slipped out of my combat boots and into some fuzzy slippers. That’s how I roll.
Larry is catching a plane from Baltimore to Minot today for his return home. He gets to go to the neatest places to stay overnight or longer. Like, actual cities. I joined the Air Force to travel, but I’m doomed to bounce back and forth between North Dakota and Louisiana my entire career, err, however long I choose to stay. Kind of a let down. But nonetheless, Larry is going to be home and visiting his family soon. I’ll be right on his heels, rolling in the first week of April. The commander mentioned there are “reintegration briefings” for the spouses to attend to “get used” to living with their husbands again. I guess people have real problems with it. I know it’s always go and leave with Larry and I, having only spent a few months under one roof in the past three years. Amie says her fiance (who also works in our squadron) and Larry should go to the briefings together and be the only two military dude spouses. Reintegration… after four months? That’s the time the men here have been away from their wives, it was nine for me and my husband. We’re just like… whatever. It’s the military. Get over it.
FIVE K. — Yesterday I ran my first public 5k. The only question I have is: “Do people usually do this for fun?” It’s Guam’s largest 5k, with over 2,700 participants. The fastest runner clocked in at 16 minutes. I clocked in at about 30:00.
Lastly, can I get a hell yes for the Mad Men premiere on the 25th? The music and fashion are getting corny, but the characters have my attention! Team Betty! Who are your favorite characters & why?