Keep Calm and Carry On

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

I think that I can finally say that I am back to normal and there are no more issues with the dreaded wisdom teeth! I felt like SUCH a wuss for having such a tough time recovering from something so minor, but it really kicked my behind.
There's not a whole lot going on in the Cravinho household. Were basically really excited for our Italy move in a couple of months. Well, for me it's more like excitement mixed with worries (what else is new).
I like to plan things. It's just how I am. If I can't plan, I feel totally out of control.
Yea, my husband finds this quite hilarious.
His motto is "you can plan all you want but don't plan on it." This is the kind of attitude you need when your dealing with the military. I've been trying my best to adapt since the moment we started dating.
Anyways, this is going to be a first move for the both of us. The hubs has been stationed at Robins AFB since he got out of tech school years ago. You can bet that I'm constantly looking at the Aviano website. From check lists to packing tips, I want to plan for as much as I possibly can! We have an appointment with the passport office tomorrow to get my no-fee passport (and I imagine whatever else I might need. I don't even have a regular passport).
We also discovered that our car needs to be shipped out almost 2 months before we leave! Right now we only have one car, what are we supposed to drive around during that time?
I'm also currently obsessed with the AHRN website. I LOVE looking at all the possible places where we could live! Last night I found a little (well not so little) pink house that I love. We've heard that it's better to live a little farther away from base and more in the city (Pordenone). But, I get confused because it seems as though there are a ton of different areas within Pordenone.
I'm just ready to get over there now. The more time I have before we leave, the more I'm going to think about things and stress out. Just toss me over there without giving me a chance to think about it :) My mind is my own worst enemy.
For those of you who have done this before, any advice? What did you wish you knew while you were in the process of moving overseas?
For now I'm just going to try to keep calm and carry on.

I'm hoping the laid-back Italian culture rubs off on me a bit :)


  1. I think you have to have your regular passport before your no fee passport...Maybe not though, I can't remember. I don't think I would want to live in Pordenone, we looked at houses in Fiume Veneto (which is in southern PN, that we loved, but it was about 25 minutes away...not including traffic. Americans call the road from Aviano to Pordenone the AP Highway (who knows what it's called in Italian) Most people that live in Pordenone have to take the AP highway and SS13, both roads are AWFUL when it comes to traffic. I live about 20-25 minutes from base (in a town called Sarone), but it's all back roads to get there, so that's all it takes...never stuck in traffic. Here are the towns that I hear people love: Maniago, Polcenigo, Dardago, Sacile (Sacile is BEAUTIFUL a lot of americans live books call it a little Venice because the water.) You will have to scope out the area when you get here, try to get peoples opinion the area as well. San Quirino is nice too, pretty close to base.

  2. I don't think you have to have to have a tourist passport before you can apply for your no-fee. I know a lot of people here who don't even have a tourist passport (not a good idea in my opinion). I agree with everything else Brittney said. I'm not a city girl, so I didn't want to live out towards Pordenone. Driving through that city gives me anxiety haha. If you have any other questions feel free to email me! :)

  3. I lived in Japan for 3 years, and I remember freaking out about moving overseas. But oddly enough, for the life of me, I can't remember the struggles. I think the only struggles we really had were getting our dog squared away to travel. I think I applied for both of my passports at the same time, but my memory stinks so I could be wrong. But I would definitely get BOTH.

    You're going to have such a great time! Try to enjoy every minute of the process. It sounds like you're doing your research so good for you. Wow, I didn't help you at all! Sorry. ;(

  4. Hi! Wow. I feel like I can't write this fast enough, and I probably should've read more than I did (literally just read about three words—Aviano, at Robins) and had to comment!

    Hi...I'm Jessica, we're at Robins right now and most likely/hopefully going to Aviano in August. We're waiting for our RIP right now. Small world, right?

    Okay, I'm going to go read your blog now and find out more about you! I just had to say hi :)

  5. ITALY!? how awesome!!! good luck with the move!! (found you on mili-spouse link up):)


  6. Found your post on the Round Up! I am verrrry jealous of the Italy move! As for a car... consider maybe leasing for two months? Or try looking into Zip Cars, they can be rented hourly/daily depending on the area you live in. Good luck!