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20 Feb

Well, it’s official. My classmates and I finished our last night of training last week, our last ruck march and ODX this week, and walked across the stage today. We’re officially graduated 91 Bravos. All that’s left to do now is out process. That may take longer than normal, thanks to all of this random, wonderful snow and yet another 4 day holiday weekend. I’m not gonna lie, I don’t want to go. Let the time pass as slowly as possible. I’m really going to miss this place and all of my battles. But enough of the emotional stuff- I’ll save that for the next post.
I got caught sleeping during the ceremony by a First SGT from another company, and after being chastised for my inability to keep my eyes open through that incredibly dry ceremony, she proceeded to point out that my hair (which is in a fade) is out of regulations. -_- That was the most interesting thing that happened during the ceremony, at least that I’m aware of. It was incredibly dry. Not a tear was shed.
My Platoon SGT informed me today that I’ve been selected to receive the Certificate of Achievement for our class (aww yiss) I was the top all around soldier for class 12. Not to gloat, but I’m glad to finally be recognized. After I wasn’t selected for Honor Grad, I got a little worried. But I earned this and I’m damn proud of myself for it. Brown got the award for Distinguished Honor Grad for our class (ooh, so fancy)! I’m happy for her. She got through the entire cycle with all 1st time goes in every mod. She beat me out by a couple of points, thanks to that stupid 2nd time go I got in D-mod. *sigh* I guess I’ll have to let that go eventually. Stupid timing pin.
Ok, that’s all for now.


Going on off-post leave for the last time


Being stuck ON post b/c off all that freaking snow


Weekend Update with Chari McG: Fishay Fishay, Prom, and Swearing In

23 Apr

I could’ve sworn that I updated this last Tuesday, but I guess I didn’t. Anyway, here’s what Ive been up to.

1. Went to prom. It was awesome! I danced the night away (whoohoo!go me!!) I saw lots of people that I used to go to school with, which was nice. We went to dinner at Bonefish , nad whatever it was I ordered was absolutely delicious! Also, Bonefish now has brown paper coverings on top of their tables, so I got to draw pictures with crayons while we were waiting for our food :D. My mom came and did my makeup before we left the house.  That was the first time I’ve ever worn makeup. Probably the last until I get married. It looked good and I didn’t mind it, but it took forever to get all off.

2. I swore in Monday 😀 That was a very long day @ MEPS since I also had my physical that morning. My recruiter picked me up at 5 and I left MEPS at around 2.  There were two other recruits that swore in with me that day. I met some pretty cool people as well as some people who definitely aren’t going to make it through basic training. I’ll make another post about my experience later. I learned something to: You can take your ASVAB, physical, swear in and ship out all on the same day! For some reason I thought they didn’t do that anymore. Everything went smoothly through the day, with the exception of me almost getting the wrong job. I was going in as a 91b, but my recruiter accidentally pulled a 91p place for me. THAT would’ve been terrible. Fortunately, we caught it before I signed my contract. Oh yeah, and I almost didn’t get to swear in because of my weight. I was literally .1% over the required BMI for my height. The doctor told me that I absolutely cannot loose any weight by the time I ship to reception or they’ll make me wait until I gain it before I ship to basic. So now I’m on a strict weight lifting/protein+carb heavy/minimum running regimen until I ship.

3. I prepared my first Red Snapper for dinner Tuesday. Not a big deal to most people, but I’ve always wanted to make a meal of one and couldn’t afford it. They’re pretty expensive fishies. Like $11.99 a pound expensive. But my mom bought me one after I swore in Monday 🙂 .  I grilled it on the grill stuffed with lemon, ginger, and a teeny bit of cilantro, salt and pepper and it was delicious. I also grilled Blue Fish. We had a fish rainbow theme going on that night.

4. I spent all week (okay, not all week, more like 2 days) studying for a Latin quiz I was supposed to have Friday. When I got to class, my teacher said that she wouldn’t be giving a quiz that day.  -_- When I finally study, then we have no quiz?!

5. We have two more weeks of school left! Which is both terrifying and exciting. Here’s a pros and cons list of the last day of school.


-I’ll be done with highschool forever!!  😀

– I won’t have to write anymore essays for school until January!! 😀

– I won’t have anymore presentations to do for school!!  😀

-I’ll be done with highschool forever!! 😀


– I have a Latin final on the last day of class  -_-

– I have an essay due on the last day of class  -_-

-I have a presentation on the last day of class -_-

– I have so much stuff to turn in on the last day of class!! 😥

I’m currently trying to devise a way to get out of going the last day, thus maing all of my troubles disappear. Maybe I can see if there’s a drill scheduled anywhere for that day…



me about to swear in

Mr. Red, Mr. Blue, and some fixin's

Mr. Red, Mr. Blue, and some fixin’s



What I’ve Been Up To

10 Apr

Hey again folks! (I know, no one reads my blog. But I’m just sure that one day, I’ll be one of those massively popular bloggers that has tens upon twenties of readers! Very ambitious of me. But You gotta stay optimistic y’know? I’ll just pretend for now). Anyways, since its been a billion years since I posted anything new, I’ll just list everything that I’ve been up to lately.

1. I AM SUFFERING a very severe case of senioritis (which is pretty pitiful when you consider that I only go into an actual classroom one day a week). Since I’m homeschooled though, and studied through the summer, I’ll be graduating in May istead of June ;D

2. While we’re on the subject of class, I’m pretty sure that my class this year has met the legal record for most days of school missed. At first, it was due to all of the crazy weather we got here in January. Down here, if we see a single snowflake, school is cancelled.  Then, there were a few classes where we had holiday. But the bulk of missing has been because of “prior engagements” (read as “free day off”).

3. I’m almost done with my enlistment process. Its taken longer than I thought it would, but I don’t mind.

4. I STILL don’t have my liscense -_-. But, its not just me anymore! I found out while out with my best friend on her birthday, that out of the group of the 4 of us, not one of us has our liscense! And we’re all 18 now. I know, sad. We made a bet back in January to see who could get their liscense first. So far, no one has one. It’s frickin’ April, and none of us are driving -_-. One of the girls has a 16 year old sister who is driving for cryin’ out loud!

5. I won tickets on the radio again 😀 hehehe. Matchbox 20 this time. Now all I have to do is learn all of their songs by the concert in August and I’ll be set.

6. I really want to take up self defense or a martial art and now I’m at a place where I can. I’m specifically interested in Krav Maga and Boxing right now. I have been searching for a half decent gym that isn’t trying to rip me off and has legitimately qualified trainers that know what they’re doing, but I haven’t found one yet.  It seems like everybody and their grandmother runs an MMA/BJJ gym. I literally counted seven within a ten mile radius yesterday. So if anyone knows of any in the Charlotte metro area, hit me up.

7. I’m going to prom now. Which, y’know, kinda sucks on account of the fact that I have a very serious condition called chorophobia aka fear of dancing. (Its real, I searched it on Google. I blame my parents for this). Since I’m homeschooled I almost got off scott free this year! Then, my best friend asked me, on her birthday, if I wanted to go with her. x( Well, of course I had to say yes! It was her birthday for Pete’s sake! So now, I am headed off to face that night. On the plus side, I found an awesome dress, since she wouldn’t let me wear my t-shirt/ Also a plus, I get to wear whatever shoes I want :D. At first, I was gonna get some sequins Chucks to match my dress, but they only sell them online and I waited too long. Plus, when am I ever gonna wear sequins anything again? So I went with some simple black vans with pink shoelaces (because wearing tennis shoes just wouldn’t be drawing enough attention to myself already).

8. To get over my chorophobia, I’ve been doing a lot more of it lately. I’ve done the Electric Slide, Cha Cha Slide, and Cupid Shuffle more times in the last 2 months than I care to count. I’ve also come to realize something during these last few months: I dance like Ellen DeGeneres. It works for her, not sure if I’m pulling it off though. Ah well. At least I know that once I get past this, I’ll never have to dance in public again.


this is what Concord is like when there's snow

this is what Concord is like when there’s snow

On First Posts and First Impressions

19 Sep

My name is Charity. This is my first blog post and my first blog. I’d been wanting to start one for a while now, but there was always one thing stopping me. The dreaded First Post. The hardest thing to write, like the first paragraph of a paper (I’m starting to see a theme here).

My fear of the First Posts might be due to the overly-romanticized idea I’ve created of how a First Blog Post should be. It should be epic, with a touch of humor, and end on such a powerfully moving note that grown men all across the world would rather read that Post than catch the last few minutes of the Big Game, unashamedly shedding tears at the beauty of it. (In what situation a guy would be reading some random person’s first blog post during their favorite team’s Big Game, I don’t know).The First Post is the first impression and who doesn’t want to make a great first impression? But how does one do that without repeating everything said in the “about me” section? What if I say something that sounds incredibly witty in my mind, but completely stupid to whoever reads it? What if there’s only one person in the entire world who ever finds my blog, then they decide, based entirely on the non-epicness of my First Post, that I’m a terrible blogger and never read anything I write again, leaving me once again, alone in the blogoshpere??

I was so freaked out about this that I spent a week and a half surfing the web via Bing and Google for ‘first blog posts.’ My search didn’t turn up anything helpful to me, only a bunch of advice and workshops on “How to Write Your First Blog Post” that freaked me out even more. According to these “helpful” workshops, the First Post was the most important, because it set the tone for your blog’s entire existence. Yeah, no pressure there. What I didn’t find was what I was actually looking for- the first ever blog posts of other bloggers. Usually, the oldest post in their archives would say something along the lines of “I changed blog sites because I have more control here” or “this site is more flexible.” But I know the real reason they started fresh; they’d all found a way to erase the memory of their first, badly drafted posts. (Why do we hide the imperfect things in our lives from others?)

In between that huge gap of time that I spent freaking out about the First Post, I experienced so many amazing things, but no way to share them with the world other than Facebook (who I have a sometimes like/mostly hate relationship with). I was increasingly frustrated whenever I went to the computer to share these experiences, only to realize I would first have to write The Post. Yesterday, I read something that helped me finally make the step I needed. A friend shared a quote from C.S. Lewis about first impressions. “Even in social life, you will never make a good impression on other people until you stop thinking about what sort of impression you are making.” You see, all of my anxiety about my First Post were really my insecurities about whether or not anyone would care about what I write. Everyone, even the most rebellious person, has an innate need for validation and approval from others. It’s why we try to hide our imperfections from one another; for some reason we want to seem like we’ve got it all together (which is very exhausting). That need for approval is part of what makes us human. The key to finding balance in this is realizing that, while the approval of others is important to us, it’s also important that we aren’t ashamed of our imperfections as well. In the case of blog posts, the early ones are nearly never perfect, but having something to look back on to see how much you’ve grown is important.
At this point you’re either experiencing an epiphany and think me very wise, or you’re thinking “what does any of this have to do with your first blog post?” Regardless of whether you got any of that or not, that’s alright. It all makes sense in my head.