Milspouse [Bliggity] Blog Hop

Aloha! Welcome to my blog and thanks for stopping by!

I feel like I'm doing this a little late, but actually it's still relatively early on this side of the world!! My husband and I just moved to Hawaii, thanks to the Army. =) Thus the reason for the "aloha" instead of "hello".

A little synopsis of Joe & Sarah...

We met in college when I was a junior. He was a senior, but he had two senior years so does that still make him a senior? I don't know. Anyway... We were both attending a Christian ministry on campus called the BCM. We'd actually crossed paths many times before, but never met. When we did meet, he was dating someone else and to be quite honest I wasn't really interested in dating anyone. I suppose I was asking for it by thinking that way. =) A month or two later we were dating, a few months later the "I love you"s were said and thoughts of marriage entered our head. A year and a half later we got married.

Joe was not in the Army.

The Army life came after the economic downturn. We were living in NC at the time and despite both of us having teaching degrees, neither of us were teaching. I was working in a restaurant and he was a computer tech.  He lost his job, and the Army found him.

You can read more about us, our story and why Joe joined the Army on my "About" page. To get there, click on the "About" button above this post.

A little bit about yours truly:

1. I am very random. You know those shirts that say "I'm not ADD, I swear. Oh look! Something shiny!"Yeah, that's me. =)

2. I love to take pictures, but I'm fairly certain I'm not very good at it nor do I have a good camera.

3. I l.o.v.e history. Seriously. I have a degree, but that doesn't really touch the surface of how much I love it. I love to read it, write it, experience it and everything in between.

4. Since I've been out of college, I've been trying to make up for lost time by reading...a lot. There's something about reading what you want to read and reading what you're told to read.

5. I have one tattoo on my left wrist, and I love it. =) It's a small cross. To me, it means that God is always with me and will never, ever leave me...even when my husband has to.

6. I love to scrapbook and I'm trying my hand at sewing...we'll see how that goes!

7. I get stressed out way too easily and constantly need to be reminded by my awesome bestie, Melissa that everything will be ok and that God is in control.

Again, thanks for stopping by and I hope you stick around for a while! I'm sure you've noticed that I'm trying to get to 100 followers so that I can do a giveaway. I'd love to have new followers who love to read my blog, so please don't click that "follow" button just because you want to win something cool. [Not that I haven't done that before...]

If you'd like to join me and other milspouses head over to Riding the Rollercoaster!



Day of Epic Fails

*sigh* What can I say? It's been a rough day.
I know, I know. It's 2230 on the east coast, but it's only 1630 here. Maybe I'll figure out this time difference thing soon.

When we got to our hotel on Monday, I noticed a flier about an orientation for newcomers to the island for today (Thursday) at 0900. I was so excited about it! So, I told Joe that we should go because he's off until Monday. Sounds good right? Get it out of the way, not have to worry about it later because it's mandatory. Good idea, right? Wrong. Oh, so wrong. We showed up [about 5 minutes late] and as soon as we walk in the door we felt retarded. Why, you ask? Every. single. Soldier was in uniform except for Joe. And of course, the table we picked to sit down at was full of captains. *sigh* About 5 minutes into the history of Hawaii, we desperately needed to be out of that place and I had devised a plan. =) I got up first, making it seem as if I was just going to the bathroom. Joe came out a few minutes later. On his way out, he was stopped by another Soldier who told him that he didn't need to come until his class (?) came. Epic, epic FAIL.

So, I apologized about 9 bazillion times on our short walk back to the hotel. I felt like an idiot, and I felt even worse for suggesting we go and then he ended up being the only one not in uniform. When we got back to the hotel, we chilled for a while and had lunch. Then, we had the bright idea to go to North Shore. One of his friends from AIT has been here for 2 weeks and told us that he just takes the bus for like $2. Sounds great and convenient, right? Wrong. Supposedly, this bus comes by once an hour. We headed up to the bus stop at 1300. 5 minutes after we get there this very native looking guy came up and we asked him about when the bus should be there and basically how we'd get to North Shore. Neither one of us could understand him, but we did find out that we needed to grab some cash before we went. So, off we went to get cash. After wandering aimlessly around the PX/Commissary area, getting cash, and realizing we needed to go online to find the bus schedule, we came back to the hotel. We found out that we have no stinkin' clue about public transportation and the route(s) we need to take to get where we need to go. FAIL. So, we decided to wait for his battle buddy to tell us where to go. Hopefully, I'll get to get out of this stinkin' place tomorrow!!!!!

I'm so incredibly sick of being in this room. It's nice, yeah, but you can only watch so much tv in one day, let alone a week. We are taking a free bus (brought to you by the military) to Waikiki on Saturday, but I'd like to do something tomorrow too. I think it's a little sad that I've been here for 3 days and all I've seen is the Army base and the freaking airport. We need a car. Why do rental car places charge so much?! Even the one on base is ridiculous! I know it's "peak season" or whatever, but really? $40 a day for the tiniest car you have? Really? Not cool, people.

Right now, I'm just hoping to get out of the hotel for dinner. Maybe the hubs and I won't get in an argument about what to watch on tv tonight. *sigh* I think I'm going to have to constantly remind myself that I should be loving and taking advantage of all this time we have together. Chances are that he'll be deployed in the next month or so, and I'll be wishing that I'd spent more time with him - not arguing, but having fun.

P.S. Don't forget: giveaway happens *IF* I get 100 followers by May 1! Only 2 days away!! 


Puppy Fever

Well, my bestie Melissa just got a puppy!!! He's a mini Schnauzer and he is absolutely adorable! She and her husband have decided to call him Oliver, and I think that name fits him. =) So cute!!

Eric & Oliver

So, the "puppy fever" is making me miss this guy:

And it is also making me want to get Jasper an Alice. =) Lol!

We named Jasper after one of the characters from the Twilight books. Originally, we wanted to get a boy and girl at the same time and name them Jasper and Alice. But, that didn't really work out for us and we ended up getting a boy so we named him Jasper. With Jasper still in NC, I'm not really sure whether we should get another dog while he's gone. I want them to get along, so getting "Alice" while he's not here sort of makes me nervous. On the other hand, it would kind of be nice to have some company in the house. 

Joe and I walked to the PX this afternoon and on our way out saw a sign for an adoption fair this weekend. I'm not sure if it's at the PX closest to us or not. I guess we'll find out! I want to go, but again I'm just not sure. Plus, if we find a dog we like we can't even keep it with us until we get a house because no pets are allowed here. What to do, what to do?

I guess you could say that our stay on the island has started out well. Other than the fact that I can't shake this dizziness. I bought some Meclizine at the PX today, but I'm not sure if it's really helping. That and we don't have a car. Seriously, that has got to be the worst part of all of this. *sigh* Oh well!

Don't forget about the giveaway! 11 more followers and 2 days to go! Help me out and get an extra entry. =) {It's all about incentive, right?!}

 Happy hump day!



Aloha - Day One

I have successfully completed my first day here on the island! Woohoo!!! And, can I just say what a relief it is to finally be here! Not just because I'm basically living in paradise now, but because all of the junk we had to deal with is over and done with. =) [Insert huge sigh of relief here.]

The plane ride(s) went way better than I expected. We got up at 0430 on Monday morning and got ready to head to the airport. We made it to our gate an hour before our flight was to take off, which was a good thing because they boarded the plane early. About 30 minutes before, I took an entire Dramamine. Oops. I say "oops" because I am very easily medicated. Very. One Benadryl takes me out of commission. Seriously. Apparently, I forgot this. About 10 minutes after we'd gotten on the plane, I started to feel really woozy. Then I remembered I should have taken 1/2 of the pill. Needless to say I snoozed through the whole first flight. =)

The 10 hr flight from Atlanta to Honolulu was long. 10 hours is a really long time to be on a plane. In fact, I don't think I've recovered yet. I still kind of feel like I'm on a plane. I think it's an inner ear issue, but I'm not sure. Anyway, I made it through the whole flight without getting the least bit nauseous. =D This is a very big deal. I always feel some sort of nausea when I fly. I think the fact that the plane we were on was, uh, huge made a big difference though. I watched 3 movies which definitely helped pass the time. I tried to sleep, but I couldn't get comfortable enough to sleep for more than 30 minutes.

I really should have tried to sleep longer on the plane. Not sleeping was a really bad idea. Yesterday was probably the longest. day. ever. Getting up at 0430 eastern time and staying up until 0200 eastern time (2000 Hawaii time) absolutely sucked!!! And then Joe and I both woke up at 0530 this morning and couldn't go back to sleep. We laid in bed until 0630 and then finished the rest of last night's movie. Then we grabbed breakfast and got ready for the day. It was kinda funny. =) Especially since I never get up that early on my own. Ever.

Joe had some Army stuff to do today so I spent most of my day here in the hotel room. It wasn't all bad. I gotta say, the Army is totally taking care of us. We have a really nice room complete with a flat screen tv, dvd player, mini fridge, microwave, and cabinet space in the "kitchenette". It's a lot cleaner than the hotel we stayed in at Charleston and we had to pay for that one. Grrrr. We went to the housing office today and were told that we could have a place [on post] by the 13th. This is assuming that the house isn't a dump. We have the option to turn it down if we don't like it. And, of course, there's always the option of living off post. Right now, we're going to wait to view the house when it's available and then we'll weigh our options. I have a feeling we're going to go with on post because it's going to be wayyyy cheaper.

After housing [and getting shuttled to and from it], we went to the commissary. Thank the Lord it's a 5 minute walk back to the hotel!!!! I'd thought that it was at least a 1/2 mile away from were we are and I was really worried about walking back with groceries. But, we got enough for probably 2 weeks and were able to walk it all back to our room. I think I'm going to be doing a lot of walking while we're waiting for a house...and our car. I can't believe it could be a month!!!!

Don't forget about the [possible] giveaway! I need 100 followers to be able to do this. Only 12 more to go in the next 4 days! We can do this, but I need YOUR help!



Busy, Busy, Busy

Hi all! This is going to be a short post, but I wanted to let y'all know that I'm going to be MIA for a few days. 

We've had a fantastic time in Charleston and I've particularly enjoyed all the history here! I know that few of you have gotten to experience my love of history, but trust me, I love it. I love the thought of walking where our forefathers walked, down streets they probably walked, stores they might have shopped in, pieces of land where brave men fought for our freedom. *happy sigh*

That said, I wanted to remind you of the possible giveaway coming up. But remember, it's ONLY if I have 100 followers by May 1! I will most likely be back by then, so I'm counting on you to help me meet my goal!! Right now, I have 85 followers which means we only have 15 to go!! I really, really want to do this! And seriously, who doesn't want something from Hawaii [that you can't get anywhere else]?!

Hope y'all have a great week!!!!




I Think I'm In Love...

With Charleston and it's wonderful, amazing, fascinating history. I have been in a historian's heaven today. And most likely will be tomorrow as well. I'm so lucky that Joe appreciates history and its preservation. Otherwise, the poor guy would probably feel tortured. =) I have felt giddy all day!!! Charleston's history dates back to, well, the original colonization of the New World. Oh. My. Word! Like I said, I'm in heaven. Revolutionary War, Civil War...churches, old houses, old buildings...be still, my heart!!!!

Here are the best pictures of the day:

View of Downtown Charleston from the boat that took us to Fort Sumter.

This, my dear friends, is Fort Sumter. Where the Civil War began. *happy sigh*


Inside Fort Sumter. To the left is where the Officer's Quarters would have been if they hadn't been destroyed in the Civil War. Enlisted Men's Quarters should have been were I was standing.

Joe and I standing in what was probably an anteroom to where gun powder and ammunition were stored.

We had dinner at a fabulous Italian restaurant downtown, called Bocci's. 

I fell in love with this place and probably looked like an idiot because I took too many pictures. =)

Me at Bocci's. 

St. Philip's Episcopal Church.
One of the last pics of the day because my camera died. Sad.

Hope y'all are having a fabulous weekend!!!



A Sigh of Relief...Oh, Wait...

We made it to Charleston! Right now, I'm 'broadcasting' to you from our slightly icky wonderful hotel room. Yay for wifi!

The morning started off rough. We got up, took showers, had breakfast and waited for Mr. Customer Service to call about paperwork for shipping our car. Finally, around 0900 Joe called him to see what the hold up was. He emailed us the documents we needed and we were all set...except to get one of them notarized. *sigh*

Before we headed off to get it notarized, we had to say goodbye to the rest of the family. Last night, Grammy (Joe's grandma) threw a "luau" for us. =) So cute. All of the family that lives in NC was there. It was really fun...and Grammy and my nephew provided entertainment. I'll definitely be posting pictures later. Promise! We said goodbye to most of the family last night, which only left Joe's grandparents and my SIL, Anna, for today. Saying goodbye to them was the hardest part. We packed the car and said goodbye to Grammy and Gramps, and headed off to Anna's with Jasper. By this point, I was already a basket case. We said our sad goodbyes and I hugged my sweet puppy one last time before we got back in the car.

We attempted to get the title notarized at a bank. Apparently, this was not a good idea. She didn't want to notarize it because she wasn't certain where to stamp or sign. She didn't want to lose her notary on something like that, so she told us to go to the DMV. I. Was. Pissed. {Remember yesterday's post about my psycho emotions? Yeah.} I said something to the effect of: Ugh, that means we're going to have to wait for 2 hours, and we don't have that kind of time. Her response: I just don't know where to stamp it and I don't want to risk it. I walked out and left Joe to deal with her. Poor hubby. Then, I proceeded to throw a fit...I slammed the door open while Joe was asking me what was wrong and telling me to calm down. At which point I started crying and said, "It's just one more thing to deal with! I'm so sick of it!" We tried to find out where the closest tag DMV was, but couldn't. So, we decided to go ahead and drive to Charleston and maybe they could tell us what to do.

We (as in Joe) drove like mad people trying to get to the POV shipping place before it closed. It was a fun drive for the most part. I kept thinking Jasper was in the backseat though. =( We stopped at a gas station once and I turned around to talk to Jasper and realized he wasn't there. This is gonna take some hard work! Anyway, we made it to the shipping place around 1520. Woohoo! They close at 1600, so it was perfect timing.

We walk in and they asked for his orders. Joe asked about them needing a copy of the title and a letter of authorization, and she said:

"Oh, you don't need that for Hawaii."

Joe and I: absolutely speechless

*sigh* So, at least we didn't have to worry about all that right?! Woohoo! God is good and took care of all my insane worries for the day! We cleaned out the car, and called Enterprise to pick us up. The kicker: the car may not get there for A MONTH. One. Month. without a car. What the crap are we supposed to do for a month?!

Help! Suggestions? Advice? I have no clue what to do...we're already homeless, and now we're car-less?! Oh, Army, how I dislike you right now....


Roller Coaster Ride

I'm sure all of you ladies have been here before. It comes with the territory of being a woman. It's "that time of the month" for me (sorry if this is tmi...), which is not helping my already crazy emotions. I'm sad that I'm leaving, but I'm happy that I'm going to Hawaii. I'm ticked off because my hubby still needs to call the car loan company to get the rest of the paperwork together; I'm happy because he finally called about temporary lodging.

This has been a complete whirlwind and I think my head is still spinning from all of it. Actually, I have a headache right now too. I feel like I don't know which way is up, and we've still got several things to do...and we're leaving for Charleston tomorrow. Do we have all the paperwork we need to ship the car? No. Can I call to get it straightened out? No, because my name isn't on the account. This is all being left up to my very forgetful hubby who is currently helping his grandfather set up a new HD tv. 

See? I told you - emotional roller coaster. Sometimes, being a woman is not cool.  Did I mention that I totally had a breakdown after I took Jasper to Anna's for the day? I walked him up there to hang out with her dogs for the day and while I was walking back, I got extremely worked up. I'm going to see him tonight, and I know he's ok but I still bawled my eyes out. *sigh* My poor hubby has to deal with my craziness. I'm also probably a little too upset about some family drama...I really want to vent blog about it, but I'm afraid someone would read it and get mad. That would probably just make matters worse and I don't think my emotions could handle that right now.

Maybe once I get on that plane, all of this craziness will be settled and all I'll have to worry about is getting sick on the plane. Yes, I get airsick. I also get carsick. I also get motion sick while watching movies that were hand-filmed, i.e. Cloverfield. Needless to say, I'll be taking Dramamine and snoozing through most of our flight to Hawaii. Ah, drugs....how I need them.

For now, I'm going to try and breathe. I feel like I've got so much going on that I don't have time to just relax! Maybe I'll just relax in Hawaii... =)



Time Flies...

When you're havin' fun. Or in my case, having fun with family.

I can't believe how quickly the last two weeks have gone. I spent them the way any of you probably would.

Cuddling, spoiling, and giggling with this little cutie:

And watching her do lots of this:

{Isn't she just the cutest little thing?!}

There was time with family:
{I have to brag that this was taken with my iPhone. I was impressed.}

A Soldier and his niece. =) *love* it!

Shopping with one of my besties {aka my SIL =)}:
{No, I don't have an actual picture of us shopping. Oh well.}

Moving and lots of boxes:
Soooo glad to be out of that hell-hole ridiculous place.

And then there was the vet's office today with this guy:

I felt sooooo bad for him! They had to draw blood to send off to the DoD for testing. Which means she had to use a bigger needle than usual. =( He was ok for the first minute and when he got tired of me holding him and that needle being in his arm, he let us know by squirming. So she decided to take it out and see if that was enough blood for the test. Nope. She had to stick him in the other arm. And when she did, oh. my. word. He yelped really loud, tried to squirm away and I about cried. Pathetic, maybe but he's my baby!!! =( So, blood work, a money order, heartworm meds and a mountain of  paperwork later we're back. The 2 hr drive to Ft. Bragg wasn't as bad as I thought it would be and in my very limited opinion, Bragg seemed really nice! On post, that is. Off post...was a little scary. I think the combination of being in the car for 4 hours and the blood work really wore Jasper out. This is what he did all afternoon:

That, and he was super clingy. I wonder if he knows that we're going to be leaving him here for 4 months on Friday? {Ok, maybe I'm clinging to him a little bit too...} I am not going to be a very pretty sight Friday when we leave. I'm gonna miss my cute baby puppy. =(

Suffice it to say I have mixed feelings about moving to Hawaii. I can't wait to get there, but I'm going to miss my family and my puppy.



One Step Closer

To Hawaii, that is! =D The packers came and went within 4.5 hours yesterday and the movers took about 3 hours today. Record timing, I do believe. The only issue we've had so far is the breaking the lease issue. I don't really want to go into it right now because, frankly, I'm tired of talking about it. Long story short, we had to pay to break our lease and it has seriously ticked me off.

I'm soooo glad that this part of our move is over with! This has been the biggest. headache. ever. I thought the last move was tough....uh, no. I've had a headache on and off for the last 2 days because of all this junk. I still have to get up early tomorrow and take Jasper to the vet too. *sigh* This week sucks, but it's all getting me one step closer to paradise!!!

Here are some pictures from the last two days [for your viewing and PCS pleasure, if that is such a thing].

Most of my unaccompanied baggage pile. I so should have put more in. *sigh*

Living room all packed and ready to go!

Oh my [packing] goodness. Lots of boxes.

(I have NO idea why this picture is retarded...)

The rest of the bedroom...

Spare bedroom. Yikes.

Jasper being his cute self this morning while I was snapping pictures. 
I'm gonna miss him sooooooo much!




Oh. My. Goodness. I am so tired!!!!

I drove down to GA today (woopee) and almost as soon as I got here, started getting stuff ready for unaccompanied. *sigh* I had no idea how long it was going to take!!!! I so should have put my foot down and made Joe wait until last Saturday to go to NC. We could have gotten a lot taken care of. Oh well. Too late now.

Joe and I did Skype for a while before I started working on this heap of stuff, so I suppose I can blame him for my lack of working. He did help me with the list while we were talking, so I can't complain too much I guess. "The list" ended up being a little over a page long, which I thought was really good. Now, there's a big 'ole honkin' pile of our stuff in the floor of the living room. I have no idea where else to put it, so that's where it's staying.

I'm getting a little nervous too. I don't know when the unaccompanied baggage people are coming, though they should be here tomorrow. I feel certain that the lady from transportation told us that it was a different company, and we haven't heard anything from them yet. :S Then again, I did talk to a guy last Tuesday I believe about all the moving and packing and he did mention unaccompanied baggage, so maybe they'll just come get all of it at once? Oh, that would be soooo great!

I'm really sorry if I'm rambling. I'm tired and nervous and I needed to get all this off my chest...so to speak. =) I still have a few things to get together in the morning...which is quickly approaching. Oh, I have a feeling tomorrow is going to be a VERY long day. I hope that they'll come at a decent time and get the heck outta my house so that I can get some other things done...like, uh, breaking my lease. I'm really nervous about that too. I wish we could have given them more time, but Joe thought it best to "ambush" them since there wasn't much we could do while we were in NC. *sigh*

If you think about it tomorrow, please say a prayer for me. I know God is in control, but I feel very out of control right now and just need some peace about everything. There's also a lot of drama going on in my family - on both sides - so I think that is just adding to my stress.

And don't forget: I need 100 followers by May 1 so I can do a *fabulous* Hawaiian giveaway!!!!! Help me out, and you get an extra entry! =)



I know, I know. I've totally been MIA for several days. But, be on the lookout for a regular post or two this week. =)

This week is going to be extremely psycho, so I probably won't be around much. I'm trusting you guys to keep this "follower drive" going so I can do a giveaway!!! I've decided that any follower who gives me a shout out [or two] will get an extra entry for the giveaway. =) So, y'all better get to workin'! Just make sure that when we actually do the giveaway you leave me a little reminder. I'm probably going to be scatterbrained for a while. My week is going to look like this:

Sunday (today): Head back to GA and prep for packers/movers to come
Monday: packers come/ break the lease
Tuesday: movers come, head back to NC
Wednesday: take Jasper to the vet at Ft. Bragg
Thursday: breathe, get ready to head to Charleston, SC for the weekend
Friday: say goodbye to everyone. =( head to Charleston, ship the car

Meanwhile, I'm trusting my hubby to get everything ready for us to ship the car. Please, please, please be praying for us!!!

Oh, and if you love anything about Kirkland's, head over to The Survival Guide for the Young, Fabulous, and Newlywed for a Kirkland's giveaway! Better hurry, it ends tomorrow!!!!



Sunshine on a Cloudy Day

Well, it feels like it's been a long time since my last post! I know it's only been two days, but it feels like forever because I usually post every day. Such is life when you're in between houses. I'm afraid it's going to get much worse too. Next week, I have to deal with movers. Then, I have to take Jasper to the vet to get his blood test done. $60 down the drain. *sigh* And more money to go down the drain later. But, let's not talk about all that junk. Let's talk about a little something that brightened my day!!!

Thanks to Mrs. S at The Adventures of Superman and Mrs. S for giving me this award!!! Yay! Have I mentioned how much I *heart* getting awards?! Totally brightened up the yucky day. It's chilly, cloudy, and just generally gross outside. I have a feeling it's going to rain later to. Bleh!

Oh, I should probably pass this award on! Lol! Some of these are blogs I can't live without and others I just found and love! =)

Ok, here are the lucky winners:

1. Sara @ Welcome to the Blog of an Army Wife {if only you knew how hard it is to type your own name...wrong! lol!}
2. Ashley @ Raising Brats
3. Nicole @ Mrs. Muffins
4. Mrs. G.I. Joe @ ACU's, Stiletto Shoes, and Pretty Pink Tutus
5. The Undomestic Army Wife @ The Undomestic Army Wife {because she just found out she's having twins! yay!}

This little one also helped brighten my day. =) We took a walk with her mommy this morning. Even though it was chilly, we had a good time.

I hope ya'll have "a bright, bright sunshiny day!" =D

**Edit:You may or may not get extra entries for the giveaway by giving me a shout-out {aka shameless plug} on your blog to help me reach my goal!!**



After my total freak out post on Saturday, I was reminded of how awesome my lovely readers (and some fellow milspouses) are. =) I think I replied to most of the comments I receive through email because I was so touched by the out pouring of love all of you sent me. I felt like I wanted to hug each and every one of you! So, here's a virtual (((hug))) from me to you! =)

It looks like we're well on our way to that Hawaiian giveaway! I have 70 followers (as if you couldn't look to the right and see that...), so that means only 30 more to go! Remember, I'm only doing the giveaway if I have 100 followers. Thanks to all of you who have already given me shameless plugs, shout outs, and have added my button to your blog. You guys rock!

Going along with the "awesomeness" of the weekend... I spent most of my time with this adorable little girl.

 I finally figured out the settings on my camera and got some great shots this weekend. =D

I was going to share more pictures with you but apparently my internet connection doesn't want me to upload anything today! So, I guess I'll start this week off with a short post...and get to workin' on the last few details of PCS-ing while my hubby is off doing the recruiter thing. Yay me!




Well, here we are in NC! We made the 3.5 hr drive yesterday and arrived safely around 2100 (9 p.m.). I thought that this was going to be a relaxing weekend where I wouldn't have to worry about anything but playing with my niece. I now stand [or sit...] corrected.

I realized several things about our moving situation this morning.

1. The place where we have to drop off our car is only open Monday through Friday from 0800 to 1600. Our flight leaves on a Monday at 0730, which means we have to be there at 0530. Seriously?! So, we're going to have to get a hotel in Charleston and rent a car for the weekend. Grrrrr.

2. After all the stressing out I was doing yesterday about having Joe there to sign papers to break our lease, I completely forgot to go by and tell them! Now what?! I'm probably not going back until the day before the movers come!!!!

3. I don't think that the shelter we got Jasper from sent me the correct rabies vaccination form. They sent me one that was signed, yes, but it looks absolutely nothing like the one I got from the vet's office on base. So, if Hawaii doesn't accept this one, Jasper is going to have to get another rabies shot and only then can he get blood work done. Which tacks on about 90 days to the already extremely long 120 day quarantine period. Which is more time my baby is going to be spending several thousand miles away from me. I am not happy.

So, I have butterflies in my tummy because of all this. I'm nervous about flying to Hawaii, nervous about shipping our car {and getting the necessary paperwork together}, nervous about leaving Jasper, nervous about not getting our things when we need them, nervous that our apartment won't let me sign the paperwork to break the lease, and the list continues. Am I the only one that gets worked up like this about a PCS? Or is it just because this is my first "real" PCS? Or maybe it's because we're PCS-ing across the Pacific?

This has turned out to be more involved than I thought it would be...



Master Procrastinator

Hi. My name is Sarah and I have a problem. I am a procrastinator.

Do you know what I should be doing right now? Laundry. And Packing. Washing clothes, drying them, and packing them for the 2-3 weeks we will be in limbo. Instead, I am here blogging my time away. I don't really want to be doing laundry or packing. We should have picked up a roll of quarters to do laundry on our way home, but we didn't. We came home and planted our butts on the couch like good little procrastinators. =)

Would you like to know what I've done today? Shop. =) Not much, but I did get some things that I needed and desperately wanted.

First stop: Old Navy

New sunglasses and flip flops!! Woohoo!

My favorite part of summer/warm weather. I *heart* flip flops. I'd buy a pair in every color if my hubby would let me =)

This is me, trying to be gangsta cool in my new sunglasses. 

I desperately needed new sunglasses. I don't ever, ever leave the house without them. Even on a cloudy, yucky day like today. I need them. I have serious astigmatisms in both of my eyes. Translation: the sun, or glare of the sun on the clouds, HURTS my eyes. I tried to drive without them the other day...and squinted the entire time. *sigh* At least I look cute in my new sunglasses! 

 Next stop: Hobby Lobby

Oh, how I love Hobby Lobby! I needed to get some scrapbooking paper for a Hawaii album and a scrapbook for Joe for his Army stuff...AND for a binder for all the Army stuff I need to keep up with. I should also mention that there is NO Hobby Lobby in Hawaii. *sad faces*

This is what I came home with:

Paper for the Hawaii album

Paper for all the Army stuff I wanna do.

And finally, my $3 journal. Be jealous.

Total cost @ Hobby Lobby: $10. I. Am. Awesome. Lol!

Now that I've updated you on my mini shopping spree, I'm off to procrastinate some more with my hubby!

Don't forget to go here and check out Melissa's Cash & Coupon Organizers!