I had never had any experience whatsoever with anything military. My knowledge of it was slim to none. I didn’t understand the rules, regulations, customs, behavior, nor the different world that the men and women of the armed forces lived in. In a way, going from quaint girl who dates geeks to a girl who is engaged to a geeky soldier…let’s just say it has taken some getting used to. I can relate Army life much like I can relate it to my move to the Upper Peninsula. I grew up in lower Michigan, relatively close to the city, everything was in easy reach and there was that blessed anonymity. When I moved to the U.P., however, that anonymity went straight out the window. You know those teeny-bopper books and T.V. shows about the ‘new girl in school’ where everyone knew her and her backstory before she even walked through those double doors? Yep, that was me, and I felt like a sideshow freak. Its very unnerving having someone walk up to you, give you the third degree then walk off and tell their friends and discuss whether or not you are worthy of being part of their little clique.