Becky’s World

A Day in the Life of Becky

A Taste of the Desert

And that was Desert, not Dessert. However, the chow hall here is pretty darn good. They have a larger selection than we are used to and there is a dessert bar. Thankfully, I have been able to hold back, and I have only had dessert once – and that was a bowl of cherries with whipped cream. My eating schedule is a little messed up though since I eat breakfast as my last meal of the day (since I work the night shift), then wake up to dinner and have a late night meal 1/2 way through.
I am currently living in a tent with 10 other females. It’s not bad. I am used to sleeping on a cot and living out of my bags. It’s air conditioned too. We walk to our bathroom trailer and our shower trailer. If you are not in our living are though, it’s usually porta-jons. We move to trailers (2 people per) in a few weeks. I am looking forward to this the most. Time alone is a precious commodity. I don’t even know what I am going to do with myself in my own space. I am sure I will manage though. In the trailer I will have my own internet, so I can communicate more and load pictures, hopefully fill you in a little more on what life has been like in the last month. The trailers are very small, but great none the less. Once we get to the trailers we get the rest of our ‘stuff’ that we packed up months ago. So, I can start putting up all the pictures I have received and see all the stuff that’s been packed away for months. It will be just like Christmas.
The desert is dry, duh. It’s flat and tan as far as the eye can see. The only thing that breaks up the landscape is the buildings we have on base. This base does have some vegetation though. There are some dry, brown palm trees – definately not the ones you are used to seeing. The best part is that there are some birds that live in these trees (I am not sure how, but they do). So, for the first time in a long time I get to hear the chirping of birds. I guess if you can call it chirping since they more or less squaking.
The rest of the base is pretty small. The PX (the store) is small and limited. I have sent out a few wish lists. I sent one to Target hoping they can help some of the soldiers with needs and wants. There is some to do, but I think by the end of the week I’ll have seen everything. What to do next? There is a Burger King and Pizza Hut trailer, which is cool, but I’m trying to limit the greasy food and amount of food I buy.
I would have to say the best thing here is my soldiers. We have a good group that have really bonded. It’s a lifesaver to work, live, do everything with people you trust, have fun with, and most importantly like. We start our PT program tomorrow, so that will keep me busy and healthy. It’s been a while since I have exercised. Shhh, don’t tell.
Thank you all for the letters I have received thus far. It’s been so great to hear from home again. I sure do miss all of you.

April 9, 2006 - Posted by | Iraq Deployment

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