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Maybe the end of work in VA?

Well, tomorrow may very well be my last day of work. It’s hard to say for sure, as I might get called in next week (someone has already called out at the Zoo and doesn’t seem to have found a replacement…), but really, tomorrow is my last scheduled day.

If we get extended (which is looking slightly more likely; thank you US Navy), I might work the last week of August at Back 2 Nature camp. Well, except for Monday of that week, which is when the movers come and I have to be here to supervise them.

So there are some definitely if’s associated with it, but the point is I’m nearing the end and so ready for it. This week has been especially exhausting.

In the meantime, our condo is going to start being shown tomorrow, so I have to have it at least mostly clean, while still organizing things for the move. Juggle, much?

I think I’m going to throw a Mathom Party; it’s a bit of freecycling, if you will (though not through that organization). The tentative date is August 14 (or, two Fridays from now), so if you’re local and reading this, come have some of my stuff. It’ll mostly be paperback books, extra DVDs, duplicates of things, lotion I haven’t used, maybe some of my Yankee Candles, some of my winter wear (I have a ton of sweaters!), maybe some of my barely-used shoes… Things like that. If you can use it, please come take it. I don’t want to trash it but I also don’t want to carry it around with me indefinitely.

I’ve got to sign off for now. We have people coming over for dinner in about 30 minutes. I’m making cupcakes in honor of Harry Potter’s birthday tomorrow. I make them every year on September 22, too. ~_^

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Writing in Jello

So… J’s orders may or may not have changed. Thanks to the wonderful US Navy that can’t do ANYthing efficiently, we’re not really sure. We might still be leaving at the end of August, or it might be closer to mid-September. We’ll have to see, I guess. This is why we say that in the Navy, everything is written in Jello.

The second week of nature camp is now over and it was exhausting, but good. I had 21 kids (ages 9 to 12) for the week, and they were definitely a handful. We had fun, though, despite a lot of crazy stuff happening behind the scenes. Imagine showing up to your camp location to find that the port-a-johns you ordered aren’t there and instead you find half a dozen pieces of heavy equipment meant to spend the day tearing out fencing and leveling the parking lot, while you have 41 kids (many of them tiny 6 year olds…) to keep out of their way. Loads of fun, no? It wound up going more smoothly than we thought it would, but still…

Last night we went to a fundraiser for Hope House, which is a local organization that helps special needs adults. They had a raffle and I won a workout tank for J, and he won free yoga for a month for me. We had good food, good music, and a good time with friends.

Today, if we can ever get out the door, we’re heading out to Busch Gardens to play a little bit. We’ve also scheduled one of their behind the scenes days for August 8– we’ll get to meet wolf trainers (and the wolves), see the Clydesdales up close, and meet some of their education animals. I’m excited about that. ^_^

In the meantime, I have at least one week of camp left at the zoo. Might work the first week of August as well, depending on how I’m feeling at the end of this week. Then I’m just about done with everything for work. August is for packing and switching furniture between our place and my folks’ place, and then for getting rid of everything not going to HI with us. Fun stuff.

I’ll be sending out this link to more people very soon, so I’ll also start updating more frequently… and if you’re here for the first time, welcome! ^_^

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Moving dates have been fixed!

Well, it’s official– our stuff is leaving August 25 and we’ll get it back October 20. In the meantime, our car will arrive an entire month before our furniture, but I’ve given up trying to understand how that works exactly.

Anyway, it’s a big relief to know for sure when things are happening. We even got an apology for the lack of communication! Who’d have thought?

That’s about it for that stuff. Now we just have to work out what all we’re taking, what we’ll be leaving, and whether or not to ship the litter box or just buy one when we get there….


Year Three

Yesterday was our third anniversary. It feels both as if the time has flown by, and as if it’s been a long, long time. Things are good, though. I doubt I could be happier. ^_^

We went to dinner at our favorite neighborhood place and had a great meal, J brought me roses, and we generally enjoyed each others’ company. We also pulled out the wedding album and looked at pictures from our rehearsal and reception and showers and laughed about dumb things we did and that was good, too.

Here’s to another 63 wonderful years! ^_^


Independence Day

Happy Independence Day! ^_^

We’re going down to Harborfest for the last time this afternoon. Tall ships and fireworks are a good combination. I’m wondering where we might go for fireworks next year, and if a state that was, until recently, and independent kingdom will really even celebrate. I suppose they’ll have something on base if nothing else, right?

Anyway, I wish you the best, and a very happy 4th of July. ^_^