Friday, May 21, 2010
Thursday, May 6, 2010
Yes, I am excited to move to Japan. Yes, I am completely ecstatic to go home to Texas and see friends and family. Yes, I cannot wait to fly to California and see friends from Pensacola on our way out of the country. However, none of those things make it any easier to leave behind such great people here in a place, that for a short time, Nick and I have called home!
But as they say in the military, “it’s never goodbye, just see you later!”
…Now for the yucky cleaning L
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Moving day (or should I say week)! The movers are coming in THREE rounds this week. Yesterday the first set of movers took our things to be put in permanent storage, the things that either 1- we won’t need in Japan or, 2- won’t work and/or fit in a Japanese house. Those things will be stored for three years while we are over seas….I already get the feeling that we stored things we will need/want while we are in Japan, however we are not allowed to get our things back until we have been stationed stateside again (of course, unless we want to PAY to get our own things out of storage…um, no thank you!). Today the movers are coming to box up and ship our things that we will need right away in Japan, our “Express Shipment”. This so called express shipment will not arrive for at least a month, in fact I have heard that some people get their “express” shipment at the same time as the rest of their belongings arrive! Nonetheless, we had to set out things for the movers to pack that we would need to “survive” in Japan until the rest of our things get there (such as bedding, kitchen essentials, clothes, etc). Finally, tomorrow the last movers are coming to pack up everything else in our house, and then it’s nomadic living for a month for Nick and I!
Knowing we will be living out of a suitcase for almost 2 months (or more) made it difficult to pack. Nick and I will be stateside for another month, going from Florida to Texas then to Oklahoma, then finally to California before we begin our journey to the land of the rising sun! All of the different places made it that much harder to decide what to cram into suitcases, which we will be lugging all over the world! (Seriously, I would rather do just about anything than pack…it is a dreaded chore for me!) However, I am almost finished packing (Nick hasn’t started) and I must say, I did a pretty good job! Nick even hugged me when he saw how “little” I had packed (I say little because I packed about 25 outfits and 10 pairs of shoes, but for me that is not much!)…I got everything into one (Giant) suitcase, and didn’t even have to sit on top of my suitcase to get it to close! On the other hand, I plan to do lots of shopping when we finally get to Japan to make up for the “lack” of clothes I packed! (This is not my fault, all I have heard since we found out we were moving to Japan, is that Tokyo is the “fashion capital,” and we will be living right by Tokyo! Not to mention that all my girlfriends who already live there have told me that as soon as I get there we are going shopping!)
So packing is almost finished, movers are doing their thing this very moment, and soon it will be Sayonara Jacksonville and Hello Japan! (It’s the saying goodbye to my family that I am dreading…)
Saturday, May 1, 2010
“I’ve got a couple dents in my fender, got a couple rips in my jeans. I try to fit the pieces together, but PERFECTION is my ENEMY. On my own I’m so clumsy, but on Your shoulders I can see, I’m Free to Be Me!!!!”
…A line from one of my favorite songs by Francesca Battistelli, which was my motivation song that got me through the last race I ran!
Some people might not enjoy running, but do it for exercise nonetheless; others don’t enjoy it, therefore don’t partake in this activity whatsoever; I on the other hand, get some kind of weird adrenaline rush from putting a couple miles under my feet daily! Weird I know, but it is like my nicotine fix, I just gotta do it!
I speak highly of running because there are worse things in life that someone could be addicted to! I have even convinced several people to love running as much as I do. This last weekend marked the year anniversary of my very first half marathon. I ran the Rock and Roll half marathon last April in Nashville, Tennessee with 3 other friends. And I have to admit, that even though I have been running since junior high, nothing could prepare me for the fulfillment that came from running a half marathon! Crossing that finish line felt like such an accomplishment and one that I could not wait to do again. Almost 2 months ago, I ran my second half marathon, and it was even better! I beat my previous time by 20 minutes!!! (This could have been in part, due to the fact that it was chilly outside, versus the blistering sun that I ran in during my first race in April! The heat always slows me down.) The second race I ran was the Disney Princess Half Marathon in Orlando, Florida. It was a perfect excuse to take advantage of Disney World one more time before we move from Florida.
Not only did we have two days of Disney park hopping and site seeing, but the actual race was a run through Magic Kingdom! The race was for “princesses” only, meaning it was thousands of girls!!! Many of the runners were dressed like Disney princesses, which was fun to witness and kept me entertained throughout the run. Also, as we ran the 13 miles, there were Disney characters all along the way for the runners to stop and take pictures of and with!
I have been meaning to post pictures for forever and have promised the two girls who went with me that I would.