Wednesday, February 29, 2012

My last this, my last that..

When I first started this blog, I was so excited about having my new husband back from war alive, moving to Germany, and sharing all my firsts in newlywed life, firsts with German foods, and events. Now I am winding down to my last weeks in Germany and experiencing all my "lasts".
  Yesterday I attended my last FRG meeting. It was all bitter sweet. We discussed the field training that is coming up, but Steve will not be going since we leave right in the middle of it. We discussed future fund raisers and OPSEC (Operational Security). We also discussed the Deployment that is happening in a few months as well. Knowing I won't be apart of any of it saddens me. FRG meetings and events is something I looked forward to every month. We also had a potluck. I made a new recipe to mark the end of one chapter in our lives and the beginning of a new one. I made Cheesy Broccoli Ravioli Bake. Steve made some of his homemade garlic spread and we also brought a loft of German bread.
The Conference Room, where our meetings were held. I will miss it, I already do.

 I also received March's issue of Military Spouse Magazine. My last issue that I will receive as an Army wife. I have been getting this magazine since I became an Army wife. Once again, it is all bitter sweet.  I am giving the rest of my subscription to my cousin Nicole, her life partner is in the Air Force Reserves. We will be staying with them in Delaware until we get our car from Germany and find an apartment.

  Once we are out of this Military lifestyle, I want a 360 change of my life.. and yes, that includes the magazines I read. I want to start focusing more on my weight loss (I have 60 pounds to lose), getting my degree, and starting my career in the animal care field. We will not have the Army to be paying our bills anymore and the money we make will no longer be "spending money". We need to grow up and get serious about what we are going to do with our lives now. We don't even know how to pay for a electricity bill or what the steps are in getting a contract for an apartment. We went straight from our parents home in to the Military lifestyle where everything is already done for us. We are about to go in to unknown territory called Civilian life.

ETS Update: We got Tubbles' and our flights straightened out. We are now flying with United Airlines for the whole trip. They have a whole different set of requirements for pets riding in the cabin so we are now on the search for a new cat kennel. Frustrating when I just bought a brand new pink Petmate kennel that is USDA approved. Going to check out a few German pet stores this weekend and see what we can find. Maybe the PX has what we are looking for.
   Since my cousin Nicole is picking us up from the Airport, we changed our destination to Philadelphia instead of Baltimore. Its closer for her to drive.
  I also discovered this handy thing called Google Street View. It has been so nice to be able to look up potential neighborhoods and homes. you can actually see the neighborhood as if your in a car driving around. Technology these days is truly amazing.
25 days until we leave.
Organization is key. When I PCSed over here to Germany, I had a binder full of papers that took me 20 minutes to find anything each time I had to look for something. Now, I know what I am doing.

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