We have arrived in the Lower 48.

I have arrived in the lower 48.  However, it is imperative to note that those who live in the lower 48 do not call it the ‘lower 48’. How long did I live in Alaska?  My family was waiting for us in our new neighborhood when the caravan of trucks, U-hauls, boats, and motorcycles approachedContinue reading “We have arrived in the Lower 48.”

How a sandwich is one of my favorite memories of being deployed.

What is my favorite summer food? I went through all the classics- watermelon, pop cycles, street tacos, Costco hotdogs, ribs, mac n cheese, and of course peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. All of them are great contenders. All of them taste like summer. BUT… As I reflect on my life, I think of one foodContinue reading “How a sandwich is one of my favorite memories of being deployed.”

Battlelines have been drawn between me and my dryer.

I have terrible luck with washing machines and dryers. Choosing between the $250.00 tried-and-true and basic model or the $1,300.00 model that does all the folding, putting away, and washing for you is up to you. No matter what- they’ll only last about a year in my house. The most recent victims have been aroundContinue reading “Battlelines have been drawn between me and my dryer.”

Was I the issue? Maybe it WAS me?

The adventure continues… For all of you keeping track, I am now up to 65 applications submitted. Five rejection notifications, three interviews for one not selected position, and one interview today for a company and position I want, leaving 58 possibilities open. I am not worried. Experts say there are plenty of jobs, but noContinue reading “Was I the issue? Maybe it WAS me?”

The joys of job searching…I have aged 10 years in the last 12 days

Welcome back to my adventure of having to move myself for the first time in 23 years. I now have more respect for the movers that the military hired for me- bless you all. Let’s talk about a new career path that I have discovered- applying for jobs! The pay sucks. I am a nervousContinue reading “The joys of job searching…I have aged 10 years in the last 12 days”

My dad…the backstage manager.

I talk a lot about my mom. In addition to being my mentor, she is my sounding board, cheerleader, and friend. But… my father is my backstage manager. We haven’t always had the most harmonious of relationships. I was a girl, he was a father… it was like Oreos without the milk sometimes. The intentionsContinue reading “My dad…the backstage manager.”

21 days until moving day. I am not stressed at all!!!!

21 days until moving day. We started this process 8 days ago. 8 days ago, the decision was made to uproot the family and travel 2,084.9 miles to Mount Vernon, Washington from Fairbanks, Alaska.  There is never a right time to move. There is never enough money. You will always have too much stuff. HotelsContinue reading “21 days until moving day. I am not stressed at all!!!!”

I am out of here… another Great Adventure awaits!

Friends, Mums the word. I haven’t told my boss yet…I am leaving Alaska! Yes, I have decided to leave Alaska for a place where the air doesn’t hurt your face half the year, and mosquitoes keep you indoors the rest. The first time I started blogging was in 2018 when I moved to Alaska forContinue reading “I am out of here… another Great Adventure awaits!”

Another Challenge- Chapter 1

Thank goodness for writing challenges- sometimes they come exactly when I need to flee the yuckiness of reality and embrace a world of my own creation. This challenge was to write the first chapter of a book with the first line being- There weren’t always dragons in the valley. Tell me what you think… ThereContinue reading “Another Challenge- Chapter 1”