Well the time has come guys, I can finally tell you where I was for the past few months and why my activity decreased heavily.
I was on deployment aboard america's most prized Aircraft carrier and that's no exaggeration either, we literally call her America's favorite carrier.
It was quite the experience, one that isn't easy to describe in words but I'll do my best!
It all started on January 29th and the journey ended on June 4th, yes just last week. It's hard to understand what a deployment with the armed forces is like unless you've experienced it yourself or had someone close to you experience it. It's actually really hard, it's hard in a way that it's even hard for me to fully grasp. Don't get me wrong though, I feel fine so no need to worry about me, I'm home now so that's all that matters.
So for those who might be trying to imagine what life is like aboard an aircraft carrier I'll give you all a little knowledge.
So life aboard a carrier is interesting, you live quite literally under an airport, there really isn't anything quite like a fighter jet landing on your roof. It shakes everything and sounds like a bomb went off, scared the ever living hell out of me the first time I heard it.
While on board you literally work every single day, Monday to Sunday, the only days off are when you pull into port which is once a month and can vary with how long you're there for, all depends on your captain. Remember those random occurrences where I would randomly upload something out of the blue and go quiet for a while? Well that was during those "windows" when I had the opportunity to go out into a random foreign city and hunt for Wifi. Most of the time the Wifi was completely terrible so most of the time when I tried to upload something I had to try and upload it at least 3-4 times.
Yep that's how much I love you guys, I care enough to sacrifice my only real downtime in order to give out my latest stuff to you. That's not meant to make you feel bad though, if I didn't want to do it then I wouldn't have done it. It was super heartwarming to see all the great stuff you guys made with my stuff every time I got the opportunity to come back online, at least for a little while.
Back to the carrier though, so the best part about living where you work is that you never really have to worry about being late, especially when work is literally up the stairs from where your bedroom is.
Speaking of bedroom, on the ship we call it a berthing and I shared it with 80 other girls. We had a bathroom with 6 toilets, 5 showers, and 11 sinks and we all managed to share the space effectively, aren't sailors amazing?
Now as for bedroom space, we have our bed and our locker. Place your elbow on the table, straighten your arm, now extend your fingers straight, that's how much room there is from my mattress to the top of my bed's roof. We call our beds racks and they are about 6 feet long, not much room and that's your room to keep all your stuff in. Where do you keep your stuff? You can put some stuff in my locker or you can put it under your rack, racks have small compartments under them to put all your clothes in so no worries.
So how about food? Well we had two gallies(cafeterias) on board that would feed us 4 times a day and if you weren't there early be prepared to wait about 30-45 minutes just to get your tray. I thought the food wasn't too bad though, we were feed pretty well and no one ever went hungry. Each meal was open for 3 hours and would effectively feed over 5,000 people every single day. Oh and the people who would clean up the gallies after each meal had jobs of their own so it's important to clean up after yourself.
Everyone on board are the same people that you would see every single day, we eat together, work together, sleep in the same spaces (Male and female respectively), and all maintain and clean our ship.
What did I see? Most of what I've seen I can't actually talk about but I can tell you that I got to visit 4 foreign countries, 3 in the middle east and the last being Australia. The journey was long but it was certainly worth it.
Now that you know what I was up to now you know the answer to my strange disappearance and also why my requests are closed until July. I need time to recuperate and learn how to live life normally again. It's kinda hard going from working everyday to now working and living a normal schedule so please be patient with me.
It's so nice to finally be home.
If you'd like a small taste of what my life was like you can view this video here: [link]