Monday, March 30, 2009


Well, I've made it home. I left Balad on the 26th and flew on a C-130 to Ali Al Salem in Kuwait. We then convoyed on busses over to Kuwait City and flew out to Lipzig, Germany from there. We had about an hour lay over for refueling then back on the plane and we flew directly into Atlanta. I then hopped a plan to Indy where Karen and Karis met me. The new airport in Indy is up and running and is very nice. I had forgotten that they were due to open that while we were gone.

Yesterday, I spent the day hanging out with Karis. I went to the gym and worked out then spent a couple of hours swimming with Karis. Her spring break ended yesterday so we made the most of our day. After swimming we came back home made peanut butter balls and then Karen, Karis, and I, played 'Apples to Apples'. Karis finally went to bed about 10 p.m. an hour and a half past her required bedtime. It was nice to have a relaxing day and to do normal things again.

As far as the peanut butter balls go, I am sending you guys in Iraq a package of them. Ashley's mom thinks that she has the market cornered on 'Buckeyes' and she is the big hero around the clinic because she sends these delicious tasting peanut butter delights, but I am here to tell you that she is about to be dethroned. So, you should be receiving prime quality, A-1, peanut butter, chocolate balls from an expert.

I got a great deal on a large vat of peanut butter. Apparently, there is a company trying to get rid of a ton of peanut butter because the government says that it is tainted with Salmonella or E-coli or something like that. But you know how the government is and I have been assured by the company that the peanut butter is safe...So enjoy. :0).

Anyway, I will update you as I near the end of my leave. Thank you to the guys in Iraq for covering for me and I will see you soon.



Leslie said...

I'm glad you made it home alright and are having a great time with your family! Let us know when you want to grab lunch. Mary is in New Orleans (her husband is doing an Iron Man competition). She'll be back next week. I hope to see you soon!


mroscoe said...

Jeff...Just to let you know that since you been gone we received a batch of peanut butter balls from LTCM's mom...pretty good! Miss you here! Be safe, enjoy the family and we will see you soon. Your Balad crew!

Jeff said...

Ashley's mom is trying to undermine my efforts to establish a foot hold in the Iraqi theater. I might have to send a few of my boys over to break her mom's thumbs. Mine treats will arrive soon and then you will see what a professional can do.
I am glad that things are going well. I have been at the gym trying to bench press 420 lbs. to see if I can give myself a hernia so that I can stay here a little longer have surgery and take thirty days con. leave. But so far, all I have is a bruise in the shape of a bar on my chest and a letter from the gym owner telling me that I am no longer welcome. He somehow thinks I'm a liability. On to my next plan.

I hope you guys are well.