Sunshine in the South

Monday, March 21, 2011

This past weekend was one of those wonderful, relaxing weekends that I can never get enough of.
I don't know if it was because the weather was so awesome or what, but Jacob and I were in fabulous moods and completely content.
Friday Jacob got out of work super early. He took it upon himself to go to the grocery store, and picked up some steaks and other yummy treats (including some Ben & Jerry's for me, Yum). That afternoon we basked in the sunshine for a while, and my freckles came out of hibernation. Then we enjoyed some beers and grilled steaks for dinner.
Saturday morning we decided to go play some tennis, since once again it was such a pretty day. I haven't played tennis for well over a year, and I'm still sore.
Jacob had lots of homework to do, so I ventured out to the nearby used bookstore, where I wandered each and every row of books, easily spending over an hour in there. There were many that I wanted to take home with me, but settled on just two. I can always go back right?
I finished reading Something Blue on Sunday, which much like I predicted, was just as awesome as Something Borrowed. These were the kind of books that I could have easily finished in a day if I had wanted to. I cannot wait to read the other books by Emily Giffin.
I have an appointment on base for Wednesday afternoon to finish my medical clearance. Finally!
Now that it's almost April, reality is finally starting to set in that we are actually moving to Italy. We are in the process of planning a trip down to Orlando to spend time with my parents.
That is for sure what I'm going to miss the most, seeing my parents often and speaking to them on the phone whenever I please. I don't think I've ever gone more than a couple of months without seeing them, so this will be an interesting adjustment. Even Jacob said that he was really going to miss spending time with my parents, and wished we could take them with us, lol.
:)
That's all for now, hopefully this will be a great week!

It's About Time!

Friday, March 18, 2011

Oh my goodness, I cannot believe that it's been 2 weeks since my last blog post.
Honestly, I took a bit of a break from blogging because a) it was becoming way too distracting for me, and b) I haven't really felt like there were many blog-worthy things going on in my life.
So I guess this post is going to be a random accumulation of what's been going on these past few weeks.

As I've mentioned before I've been trying to get into the doctor for an appointment so that I could get medical clearance forms filled out for our Italy move. Yesterday was finally the day of my appointment, and I'm in excellent health.
Now I have to sit in front of a military health board where I guess they'll ask me questions and determine if I am medically and mentally fit to live overseas. I don't see there being a problem there, so Italy here we come! Also on the topic of Italy, we picked up my no-fee passport yesterday. Now I just need to get my visa and my regular civilian passport. We are still looking at a mid-May departure date. I am ready to get over there already! We've been waiting for this since November, it's just too much build-up for me!

On another note, I want to give a shout out to one of my best friends, Lindsey, who was sworn into the Army on Wednesday.
She decided to join the Army Reserves in order to pay for nursing school, and I couldn't be more proud of her. After college she had a bit of trouble trying to figure out what she wanted to do with her life (don't we all?), and I'm super excited that she has made a decision and is now making moves toward her future. I also have to admit, I'm pretty thrilled that this is one more thing that she and I will have in common- military life.
I love you girly and I am so excited for you!

Besides practicing my domestic goddessness I've been doing a lot of reading. Last week I read (in like a day) Something Borrowed.
LOVED this book. It's a great easy breezy read. Fun and entertaining. The second I finished it I immediately ordered the sequel, Something Blue. I haven't started it yet but I will soon, and I'm sure it will be just as amazing.

I've been obsessed with interior design blogs lately (I'll share more on that later). I think it's partly because I can't wait to get over to Italy where we'll have a house. Right now our one bedroom apartment is getting quite cramped. Our dining room has turned into a makeshift storage room / my craft room.

I hope everyone has an awesome weekend. We don't really have any plans, but hopefully I can come up with some way to entertain myself.

MilSpouse Friday Fill-in

Friday, March 4, 2011

Wow, I don't know about you guys but my week sure flew by!
Anyone have exciting plans for the weekend? We sure don't. We were going to try to go golfing, or play tennis, or just something outdoors. But they are predicting rain. All. Weekend.


1.  Do you or your {spouse} ever wish your {spouse} was in a different branch of the military? submitted by The Turner Family 

Nope. My hubs is happy to be in the Air Force, and I don't think he would have joined any other branch. I don't know a whole lot about the military, but from what I've heard I really can't complain. Were happy to be Air Force :)

2. What duty station(s) are on your “No Way, Hell No, Not Going, Have Fun Unaccompanied” list and why? submitted by Every Branch 

I'm afraid if I write them down  it will jinx me and I'll end up in some horribly boring place.... lol. Let's just say very few places in the mid-west interest me...

3. If you could be one age forever, what age would you choose and why? submitted by Three Krakens

I'm not sure! Each year just keeps getting better, so I haven't reached an age yet that I've wanted to stay at (I'm 23 right now). 

4. If you were a breakfast cereal, which one would you be? submitted by the C.W. 

Lucky Charms. I'm sweet, colorful, and look very Irish. :)

5. What is your morning beverage of choice and why?  submitted by NH Girl Displace 

Green tea because I love tea, unless I'm really dragging. In that case I'll have a cup of coffee.

Battle Wounds from the Kitchen

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Thank you all so much for all of the wonderful comments I received on my last post!
Typing is slightly more difficult than usual thanks to a battle wound from last nights dinner...
I got this great recipe for carrot ginger soup from Bethenny Frankel. I don't know about you guys but ever since she got her own T.V. show I've been a huge fan. I think she is hilarious. I've made a few of her recipes before and they are always fantastic and full of FLAVOR! Not to mention healthy.
Photo from Bethenny.com
While shredding the carrots for this yummy soup, I ended up shredding my finger. Ouch. It's the deepest cut I've ever had, and the bloodiest. Luckily my mother assured me that blood adds flavor :)
AND I ended up ruining the soup. The recipe doesn't call for cayenne pepper, but the hubby and I both love some spice. It was definitely a great addition, I just added a bit too much.
Note to self: 1 tsp of cayenne pepper in a soup is wayyyyyy too much.
Other than that it would have been delicious, so I am determined to make it again. Hopefully tomorrow night, and hopefully I won't lose anymore fingers.

A New Outlook

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Yesterday was a good day for me.
I've done a lot of thinking about life lately, my life in particular. I've looked at my experience here in Georgia, and seen a lot of things I wish I had done differently.
Basically I'd say I've learned a lot.
My husband has been stationed here in Georgia for almost four years now. I would spend weekends here occasionally while we were dating, but he usually came down to see me (I was in Tallahassee at Florida State, way more fun). I finally moved here this past summer, so Georgia has been my home for about 7 months now.
And I have learned a lot.
Since I moved here I have complained a lot about this place.
I vow not to do that again, regardless of where we get stationed. Because you know what, life is what you make it.
I did not make the most of my time in Georgia. I can honestly say that.
There are a number of things that contribute to my lack of effort. Not excuses, just reasons why I think I didn't try to make the most of it.
Being a brand new military wife is tough, especially when you know nothing about the military. Until recently, my husband never planned on making the military his career, so I never bothered to learn. When we got married he had a year left of his enlistment, and I thought that was going to be it. I didn't look into military life much, I just knew they had taken my husband from me and sent him away for the 6 months before we got married. You could say I was a bit anti-military for a while. I just associated this career with deployments, with my husband being torn away from me for extended periods of time.
Since I have been here in Georgia, I haven't really made any friends. Some of the women I have met were just plain unfriendly (I don't understand this), and others I had zero in common with.
BUT I haven't tried that hard.
I never tried to get involved in anything. I didn't put myself out there. As we get older making friends becomes tougher, and requires much more effort than it did when we were younger.
After receiving orders this past winter to Italy, the plans for him to leave the military changed. We decided to jump at the opportunity to live in Italy for a couple of years. So my husband re-enlisted for another 4 years.
Then, last month my husband discovered that he was a lot closer to finishing school than he had previously thought. Meaning, in about 2 years he could become an Officer. This then led into discussions about making the military his career.
Was I on board at first? No way.
My first reaction to ANYTHING is to freak out.
But, I calmed down and did a lot of thinking.
Not having any friends who are military spouses made things tough. I felt like an outsider, not knowing what I would be getting myself into.
The military blogging community saved me.
Reading the accounts of other women living this very unique lifestyle gave me a look into what my future could be like if my husband decided to make this a career.
It helped so much.
Learning how families make it work was really important to me.
My outlook on things has changed dramatically.

Yesterday I made my first friend here in Georgia.
I had a lovely coffee date with Jessica from Jesstagirl and Her Officer.
We are both stationed at the same base right now, and are both moving to Italy in the near future! Very exciting.
Talking to her was wonderful. It was so nice to be able to relate to someone.

Basically, I can't wait to get to a new base and start off fresh. I want to make the most of everything. I want to get involved, I want to volunteer, I want to make friends!
I have an entirely new attitude about everything, and I think this blogging community has had a lot to do with it.
Right now, it's looking like the military is going to be a part of our lives for quite some time.
And I am very optimistic about it.