So even though I am taking today and tomorrow for myself and doing minimal things on my oh so long to-do list I am beginning to feel a little frantic. Even though I am not moving myself and the only thing I really need to pack up is the essentials in my car and drive, like any wife does, I have automatically put the things on Jake's to-do list on mine as well even though I can't physically complete a single one. Yes, yes I know that I need to let his things go but they are so essential in the whole scheme of things that I can't help but put them on my list to ensure they get done...
Just so everyone (including myself) knows how long this list is, here it goes:
Paint Guido's sign (it is going to be awesome at 3' x 24' but I can't wait to see the final product!!)
Paint the rest of the floor numbers that I started in the building.
Paint the wedding direction signs for the wonderful soon to be Mr. & Mrs. Sloan.
Edit the photos from the shoot I did yesterday (although, I am going to work on that tonight)
Laundry (another thing I'm working on tonight too)
Cleaning e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g. When these movers come I don't want to them to find dog hair on anything which means I have to hold off until the last minute for this (Cooper sheds like a maniac)
Clean and get the oil changed in my car for our long trip
Load the car
Make sure Jake goes to the housing office once he checks in at Twentynine Palms
Make sure Jake goes to the TMO office (the people who are in charge of moving us) and gets all that set up...that part makes me kind of nervous because this is the first time and what if it goes wrong? (prayers please)
Find a place off base that we can stay at while we wait for a house on base
And last but not least say good-bye to everyone.
Whew! I told you it was some what long. This whole experience is teaching me to be flexible and patient, neither quality of which the military it's self consists of, and be prepared for everything. I am so antsy to get out there to be with Jake and finally be together but there are still things that I want to do while I'm here and not take them for granted. Yes, it has been 6 months since I have spent longer than 2 weeks with my counterpart but at the same time I think it will be even longer until I get a chance to do some of the things here at home.
If there is one thing that I feel I am going to take from this it is to not rush things. Yes, I want to be there but I can't be happy out there knowing that I didn't get to do or see some of the most amazing people in my life here in Michigan, the place I've called home for 6 years and a place that has been so good to me. I know I will be back but this is the last time I will consider this place 'home'. I think taking the time to say goodbye will help me say hello to our new (desert) home a little easier.