Thursday, July 10, 2014

Pictures say it best...

We are officially in single digits until we move.  Our stuff has been all boxed up and crated, and we officially said goodbye to being homeowners this week.  Holy crapola...






Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Moving Madness

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As we speak, everything we own, minus two suitcases each, is getting packed up and loaded into a truck, and will soon make it's way to Okinawa!  We will see all of our stuff in approximately three months.  That time always feels like Christmas to me.

We checked into our hotel last night, and will be "homeless" until we arrive in Japan.  God willing, we will close on the house next week, and then we'll have nothing else to do (ish) until we fly out.

This is our cat's first time in a hotel with us, and he is none too pleased.  He likes having the house to roam, and all of his good hidey spots are gone.  But, he'll be fine.  Poor Pugsley, in his old age, gets the nervous trots, and had pretty bad diarrhea last night, but some medicine made him much better this morning.  Gomez is faring the best, but he's none too pleased about the random hallway noises.  He often, literally, voices his displeasure.  Thank God for thick walls.

I'll be sporadic for the next few weeks, so hang in there with me!  I'm super excited to do some PCS recaps, and to start exploring and sharing our new home.  The moving madness has started!!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Vodka and Soda


I confess...that I'm getting really tired of United's terrible customer service and their lack of compassion for military families moving overseas.  I'm just trying to get my cat booked as a carry on during our flight that the military has already booked, but that they won't issue tickets for until days before our flight (that's just the military's policy).  We have a reservation, but United cares not.  Their answer?  You might just have to leave your cat behind.  Thanks for nothing, jerk faces.

I confess...that as happy as I was to receive orders to Japan, now I wish we would just stay stateside.  I have such wanderlust, but the stress that this move has been put on my is frying my brain.  I am on the verge of a breakdown.

I confess...that as much as I will miss my job and my work, I will absolutely not miss the unnecessary drama that goes on here.  Other than the technical folks, half of the people here have no idea what they are doing, and seem to make up policies to suit their mood that day.  I'm tired of it, and smart enough to look up regulations on my own.  Thankyouverymuch.

I confess... that I am really going to miss this area.  St. Louis really has become a "home," and it's so hard to say good-bye.

I confess...that my heart is just not into anything right now.  I'm not putting my full efforts into being a friend, a wife, a military spouse, or an employee.  My mind is in a million directions right now, and I'm ready for a break.


Monday, June 23, 2014

Bad Blogger Award

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Ok, so no tricks are up my sleeve, but things have been so busy around here!  Moving internationally has been no joke.  Here's a quick update on what's been going on, and hopefully after our stuff has been shipped and we are chillin' in a hotel, I can resume regular blog posts.

- We sold our house!  We passed inspection, and are just waiting on the final walk through and closing, which we will do in two weeks.  The movers are scheduled to come next week, so we will be homeless after that.  It will take about three months to get our stuff, so can I get a big "boo" for temporary government furniture?

- We sold both of our cars!  I hand over the keys to mine this weekend, and I am very sad about it.  I love my car, and she has been fabulous to me.  Hardly any issues outside of scheduled maintenance.  I will miss her and our adventures.  I've had her longer than I've known Joel!


Joel's parents actually want to but his car.  We gave them a sweet deal, so they will come by a few days before we fly out to see us, and then they will drop us off at the airport and make their way back to Oregon.  Crazy, but I am so thankful to them.

- We have orders!  And plane tickets!  Without saying exactly when, we have less than one month before we fly to Japan.  So much to be happening in so little time.


- I put in my resignation at work, and have a job interview for a teaching position on base in Japan this week.  I hope it goes well.  With the 14 hour time difference, it might be at 3am, which is when I got the call informing me they wanted to interview me.


- Pugsley is 100% vaccinated, chipped, rabies free, and ready to fly when he's allowed in November.  I'm not sure if I mentioned this, but pugs are forbidden to fly until after 30 September.  I am going to miss my stinkers, but I found a lovely foster to take care of them in the meantime.  Gomez should be good, but the base vet "lost" his medical file, and his information is loaded on his US chip, vice his international one.  We are in the process of figuring out how to change it.  I may lose it at the vet's office in the meantime.  Our vet is fantastic, but Joel just had to get this done on base instead.  Lesson learned.

Jaeger is supposed to be allowed to fly with us, so we have to call and make reservations for him to fly on the plane.  This whole process with the pets is so ridiculous, and has been the worst part of this PCS.  I am about to lose it over all the conflicting and, oftentimes, wrong information that we have received.  Why can't they fly on the plane in a seat?  Hell, buying them a seat is cheaper then shipping them later.  And they'd be much better behaved than some of the hellions I've flown with.


Monday, June 9, 2014

Weekend Update

Good grief, where in the world did this weekend go?  Wherever it went it did it fast!  Gosh, I can't believe it's Monday again.  I know these next six weeks or so are going to fly right by, so I'm going to enjoy all of the time I can here.

First up?  Let's talk about Cyndi Lauper and Cher.  Why?  Oh, I won free tickets to their concert, that's all.  And ever though they were nosebleed seats, it was a fabulous concert.  Joel didn't really care for Cher, but we were both belting out some Cyndi Lauper.

Chere had a costume change after almost every song.  She is certainly a diva, but she worked that stage!  She could have put a lot of younger artists to shams, sans Pink.  No one can outshine Pink at a concert.








Saturday we had plans to go out on a boat with a co-worker of mine.  We went, but it rained a majority of the time, so no new tan lines for me.  Also, did I mention that we drove through a tornado warning?  Because, unaware, we did.  It was quite terrifying after the fact.  Pandora will do that to you.



 

Sunday we took all three pets to the vet to get their records in order for the move.  Two dogs and a cat at the vet are a nightmare, but the place we go is absolutely fantastic.  I will miss them dearly when we leave.

Then it was a night of The Tonys and Game of Thrones.  Of course, the Tonys were fabulous, and it seems like I was a fan of most of the shows this year.  It was fun to see Idina Menzel sing a song from the show we saw a few weeks ago, and Ramin was fabulous in the 3 seconds he actually sang in Les Miz (why couldn't he sing Bring Him Home for me?!).

Game of Thrones, well...let's just say it's going to be on this Sunday during the finale.  We already have the episode penciled in on our girls' trip.