Holiday Blues

Merry Christmas to those who celebrate, and Happy Holidays to the rest! Unfortunately, for me, I can’t be with a lot of my family and friends, so it has been pretty uneventful on my end. I’ve resorted to being antisocial and avoiding the crowds today as much as possible. I love the holiday season, but it just doesn’t feel right this far from home. This homesickness, coupled with the mid-deployment blues and stagnation on the transition front have left me in a rather bad mood lately. Hopefully it’ll blow over and I’ll catch a second wind to finish out strong. Just a few more months, and then we can start this thing for real. Head up, eyes forward, and hands out of your damn pockets!

As for the rest of my life, things have been a little more interesting lately as opposed to the past few weeks. While the Pokemon craze has died down, the latest thing in the shop is our Vanilla WoW playing. Yeah, we’re nerds, we know. The servers just launched last weekend, and we’ve been playing a lot. I never played in Vanilla, and the grind is pretty brutal to gain even one level. We’re all in this together, though, so I think we’ll make it through and have a good time, especially when we’re back at home. I’ve been starting to watch shows/anime again a lot, lately. I’m nearly finished with season 2 of Rick & Morty, which is far more entertaining than I could have ever asked for, and I’ve recently exposed a few others to the hilarity. I also started watching Psycho-Pass a few days ago and I’ve been absolutely addicted ever since. I’m a huge cyberpunk nerd, and this is just what the doctor ordered. I really need to start listening to people when they recommend shows to me, since every one that I’ve put off and end up watching has been amazing. It may be a good thing that I’m just now enjoying these shows now as opposed to before, as I need immersive distractions from the day to day grind of the working world. Feel free to send me a message or leave a comment with more recommendations!

I’ve made a bit of an effort lately, as I’ve posted before, to try to be a little more feminine publicly, and I think it’s going pretty well. Most changes are subtle, but I can’t just drop this bomb on everyone at once. A bracelet I ordered a few weeks ago finally showed up, and I’ve been wearing it a lot. It’s a pretty simple band and clasp with the transgender symbol on it. I don’t think anyone has really noticed it yet, though, or else they just haven’t elected to comment. I’ve been wearing my hoodie a lot lately, which I’ve been told not only looks great on me, but I think it’s also kinda cute. Can definitely keep this in my wardrobe for girlmode! I’ve been trying to wash/moisturize my face more lately and I think it’s doing wonders for my skin. I had relatively dirty pores before due to all the dust and a truly filthy environment here, but it seems to have cleared up a lot. Now, if I could just get rid of the rest of this facial hair, I’d be in business! I have some sweats and red Converse on the way, as well, so I can’t wait to make some small changes once again.

In other news, I sang karaoke for the first time ever last night. I was nervous as hell, but according to those I talked to, it wasn’t too bad! I sang a personal favorite sing-along song of mine “Sugar” by Maroon 5, and totally nailed the high notes, or at least I thought I did. I didn’t have any alcohol, so I’m pretty sure I remember it as it really happened. More on these escapades in the future if I decide to do another song next week.

Anyway, after writing this post, I’m feeling a lot better. Just needed to rant to a virtual wall, so to speak. Hope you have a great holiday season and I’ll see you next week for the fabulous new year!

“I’m gonna close my eyes and maybe it will go away.” – “Platinum Blonde Life” by No Doubt

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