I've got a few days off from the Army before we leave to complete our pre-deployment training. There is plenty to do, but I haven't really been motivated to do any of it. The three weeks I spent in the Idaho desert exhausted me. I have enjoyed spending time with the wife and the boy, though.
The National Guard and the community set up a picnic for the Guard personnel who are deploying with us. The news media were there in force, and we had an interview with a reporter that made it onto the local evening news. It's not anything earth-shattering, but I think we did all right for being such introverted people. One of the guys at Hobbytown recognized us and mentioned it when we visited the store the other day.
I got a neat package in the mail today. My shoe order came in after being on backorder for a few weeks, so I got my pair of Nike Trainer 1.2s in the Bo Jackson Kansas City Royals colors.
I'm pretty happy with them. The blue is certainly very bright. I think they would go down a lot better if I had a KC jersey or sweatshirt to wear with them, but either way I like them a lot and they are a good complement to the brown leather Bo Jackson's my uncle got for me. They sort of form a shoe mullet, the brown shoes are the business up front, and the blue ones are the party in the back.
As far as the hobby goes, I haven't done much aside from reading through White Dwarf and reading the first seven books of the Gaunt's Ghosts series by Dan Abnett. The books are page-turners for sure, and of course they make me want to build my Imperial Guard army. I also got the original Warhammer 40k Dawn of War computer game with a couple of the expansions. It should be a good distraction so I can play with Space Marines and Orks without hauling around ten boxes of figures with me. I've got more than I can fit into my allowed bags anyway, just with all of the gear the Army issues us. Prepping for a deployment shows just how dependent an army is on a long supply and support chain.