Holy catscans. HOLY catscans. This next month and a half are going to be craaaaazy.
We're moving. Yes. FINALLY. THANK THE STARS!!! HALLELUJAH!!! HOOORAY!!! WAHOOO!!!
Here's how it went down. A couple of months ago I experienced my first, and I think last, "Drop Night." For those of you not familiar with this experience, it's the night where the Air Force officers will find out where their next base and assignment will be once they've completed their training.We had 38 bases (for 38 officers) and had to rank each and every one. Interestingly enough, before we even got the list we were discussing where we would like to go and both Mark and I thought Spokane, WA would be cool. Mark lived there for 2 years while serving his LDS mission and it's the one area of the country I haven't yet lived, plus it's the northwest, about on the same latitude as New England, has 4 seasons, water, and greenery. I was in, though I said Italy, London, or Germany would also be incredible. So we got the list and to our delight both Spokane and Italy were on the list. We had about 10 days to discuss, rank, and create our final list. Mark, as expected, cared more about the job and I primarily cared more about the location. After much discussion and revision, we nailed our top three to Spokane, WA; Charleston, SC; and Italy. I fretted because I REALLY, REALLY, REALLY wanted Italy but then I thought maybe I'm not quite ready for that because I need to get my feet wet in the military lifestyle.
Anyway, drop night finally arrived. Mark told me the Air Force tries really hard to give you one of your top choices and takes into consideration if you're married, have kids, etc. I was anxious and nervous the entire day. The next 3-4 years of my life had been decided and I couldn't do anything about. It kind of reminded me of when I was applying for dietetic internships and waiting for the dreaded day when you find out if you've been accepted or not. It's completely out of your hands and it's terrifying, a bit exhilarating, but terrifying. Each class came up with different ways to find out where they were going. The class before Mark had the officer sit on a stool, drink a shot of tequila and then they flashed where he/she was going on a screen behind them. Mark's class decided to do it NFL Draft style.
WORST. IDEA. EVER. Well, Mark was "drafted" fifth or sixth...to our last choice...some solo tour for a year in the Middle East and I wouldn't be allowed to go with him. I tried really hard to keep a poker face but...failed. The class leader, who knew where each office was going, said he was dying inside watching me after Mark's location was called. I thought surely it was a joke but as the "drafting" continue, he wasn't getting traded and I was getting more and more anxious and depressed. What do I do? Stay in San Angelo by myself? (NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!). Go to our follow on base? MOve home for a year? How CRUEL!!!! That was our LAST choice and come on!!! We just got married! Now I have to spend another year apart from him while he's in the Middle East? I was angry, sad, confused, irate. Well, near the end of the draft, Mark's trader jumped up and said there had been a last minute trade: Fairchild Air Force Base in Spokane, WA traded for Mark. THANK GOODNESS.
I'm pretty sure I was about to faint. And cry. So instead of jumping up and shouting to my heart's content with glee, I stayed in my seat and beamed, trying to remember to breath and cursing the fool who decided an NFL draft was a good idea. I came to find out it was Mark's idea. Ooooh I told him if he EVER did that again....no bueno. Nevertheless, we went home to change before a celebratory BBQ and I had to rest for a few minutes because I was so drained. Thank goodness we won't have to go through something like that again, at least that's what Mark told me.
So, in August...we're moving to Spokane, WA!!!!!!!!!!!!! Friends, I'm SO excited!!!! I'm pretty antsy and anxious to get there. San Angelo has been fun and we've made the most of it...but I am SO ready to bust out of here. So now the hunt for a house and a job, and the (DREADED) packing begins. BUT HAPPY DAY!!! SEASONS! WATER! A COASTLINE NOT TOO FAR! HOOOOORAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Speaking of coastline...over Memorial Day weekend we headed to Galveston, TX. It was a blast. We toured the harbor, saw dolphins, toured an old ship, ate TONS of seafood, did touristy stuff, went to the beach, and ate more and more and more seafood. It was a wonderful vacation and it was delightful to see the ocean again. And the seafood...goodness gracious I could live off of shrimp for the rest of my life. So, we brought 3 pounds back home with us!
Then, two weekends ago I headed to Tucson to see one of my best friends get married!
It was fabulous and so fast! Everything was wonderful! I was honored to be asked to do Clary's flowers for her. Oh my goodness it was A BLAST!!!!!!!!!!! I love floral design!!
And it was SO fun to see lots of old friends!
AND, in exciting news, beginning August 4th, I will be going full-time at the flower shop until we move (which sadly, may not be very long). We're still waiting on final dates of when we have to leave San Angelo and report to Spokane. Regardless, I'm delighted! I'm hoping to find a floral design/flower shop job in Spokane to continue to learn and develop my skills. I love it so!
We'll be heading to Dallas for the Fourth and I can't wait! Then in a couple of weeks I'll be visiting one of my other best friends, Amy, in Myrtle Beach. I'm wicked excited to see Amy and the beach again, and we've already made plans of what we're going to do (most have to do with food! Ha!)!
And, I again can't tell you enough how excited I am to get to Washington. I've already have made plans to see Seattle (never been), Portland and the Oregon coast, northern California, and have made lists of places to see in Spokane, places to eat, and things I'd like to do. Spokane I can't wait to see you!!!!!!!!!!! If you have suggestions of places to see, things to do, etc., please do share!
So, on to house hunting, job searching, and...packing....we go!