My Blog, How I have missed thee

Yes, I’m still alive and mostly well!! I started grad school two weeks ago, and have been absolutely overwhelmed. I knew to expect a lot of work, but this is a bit much! My life outside of work has been dedicated to school—no blogging, no writing, very minimal sketching, and even less exercise (boo!).

I feel like I’ve managed my time a bit better this week so I’m going to take a moment to relate some of my recent activities.

On the reading front…

  • I’m almost caught up on Daniel Silva’s Gabriel Allon series. I’m holding off on the next book because once I finish that one, I will have to wait until July to read the next one.
  • I have gone back to the Scot Harvath series, written by Brad Thor. I’m reading Blowback now, and while it is good, Scot isn’t Gabriel, and Brad’s writing doesn’t have the in-depth, smooth flow that Silva’s does.

On the movie front…

  • I went to see London Has Fallen in the theater. I know, it got pretty crappy reviews, but if you’re in the mood for lots of action, this is the movie for you! Also, it doesn’t hurt that two hot guys in suits do an awesome job of staying alive and taking care of the bad guys.

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13 Hours: A Must-See Movie

13hours-finalposterToday I went to see the new 13 Hours movie. I have to say that it was just as good as the book. I’m not sure what movie the critics were watching (they weren’t so positive), but I thoroughly enjoyed it.

I also have to say I was very impressed with my fellow moviegoers. The theater was packed! At the end of the movie, there was complete silence in the theater. You could have heard a pin drop. Even though I knew the outcome, I found the final scene very moving.

Despite your politics, I encourage everyone to either see the movie or read the book. The former special forces soldiers in the movie embody the definition of “hero.” They didn’t have to go help. They chose to fight for those who needed help. In fact, they wanted to go sooner than the CIA Station Chief allowed. Maybe Ambassador Chris Stevens and Sean Smith would still be alive had then been allowed…we’ll never know.

Jack, Rone, Tanto, Boon, Tig, and Oz (shouldn’t forget Bub either) deserve many thanks for going above and beyond…especially those who gave their lives. They were one talented group of men who worked so well together…it’s hard to say how many lives they did save based on their selfless actions.

Thank you! Thank you for your bravery and for making the absolute best of a horrible situation.

Still Alive, Just Away from the Blog

I’m still here…just haven’t made the time to post to my blog. I’m sorry for neglecting it, but it’s been a rather eventful week.

Work was absolutely crazy! I earned my pay and then some! I really hope this week is a bit more laid back than last.

On a better note, I got good news. Woohoo! (Insert happy dance) I found out that I’ve been accepted to Mercyhurst MercyhurstUniversity’s Graduate Certificate Program in Applied Intelligence Analysis. If you aren’t familiar with the program, here’s a link to it. Now, my fingers and toes are crossed that I get some financial aid. Grad school isn’t cheap! I’m going to start in the spring, and it looks like my first class will be Intelligence Theories and Applications.

So what else have I been doing with myself, you ask?? Not writing (sadly). I’ve been working on my Spanish. Thanks to Duolingo, I’m almost 50% fluent. My hope is to finish up Spanish and start Arabic. Yeah, that one’s going to be quite the challenge! If anyone can recommend a good online program/app, I’m all ears.  Continue reading “Still Alive, Just Away from the Blog”