Friday, August 22, 2014

Life Update: August

August has been pretty low-key and hermit-y for us.

Will has been working long and hard hours (as usual), including more and more last-minute weekend shifts (unscheduled). He had an unexpected little TDY. It was only 4 days, but it was torture because we were woken up on the day he left with a phone call. The gist of it was: "Pack a bag and get to the squadron as soon as you can." It was so unexpected that no one knew exactly where he was going or for how long. At first it started out as a possible overnight trip...then two days...wait three...okay four, no seriously this time four. Each update an extra day was tacked on for one reason or another.

military homecoming
Will: "Can we go? How many pictures are you going to take?"
Ech: "Shut up and smile."

I finally know the meaning behind the #sherlocked and I feel so cool for it. I've been told over and over again that I'd love Sherlock since I love Doctor Who. I've been putting off watching it though. Not because I didn't think I'd like it, more because I knew I'd be obsessed and wouldn't be able to stop. I was waiting for Will to go on TDY, but I caved now because of Will's current work schedule. He's only around to sleep so I needed to indulge in a new show obsession.

In family news, Leetle is a swim champ. She got 7 ribbons in the 7 events she swam. 4 1st place, 2 2nd place, and 1 3rd place. She posted qualifying times for 3 of the events which means she's qualified to enter state championship meets. I'm so proud of her!

And Beebee just turned 8. 8!!! How can she be 8 already? (How can I be 28 already? Ugh!)

Ech's family

As I was writing this post, I got my latest test results back. (For those of you don't know, I have cervical dysplasia) I was expecting the usual "Come back in for a colposcopy". But this time I got all good news. The tests came back normal! The last time this happened, I had to repeat the tests because the margins (or something) were too iffy to be conclusive and it turned out it wasn't normal. But this time I don't need to come back until next year for repeat testing! Yesss!

Monday, August 4, 2014

Bridge of the Gods

Bridge of the Gods

I laughed when my mom handed me Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed. Me? Read a book about hiking? I never turn down a book recommendation, though. It took me almost a year to get around to it. A big motivator was the Semi-Charmed Summer 2014 Book Challenge. It fit in one of the categories so I read it on the plane on the way to Oregon.

I kicked myself for waiting so long to read the book. There's a good reason it's so popular. I'm not really great at giving book reports or reviews, so I'll just say that I highly recommend it and leave it at that.

Anyway, so the Bridge of the Gods connects Oregon to Washington and that's where Cheryl ends her journey. I jumped at the chance to see it. I love it when I can make a book and reality meet.

Cascade Locks Trail Head
Bridge of the Gods
Bridge of the Gods
Bridge of the Gods
Bridge of the Gods
Bridge of the Gods
Pacific Crest Trail

Saturday, August 2, 2014

10 years of 20's

I saw this quote on Pinterest and it made me realize that I'm still trying to grow up too quickly. I have two more years of my 20's to be reckless and stupid and ridiculous and impulsive. Lately I've been so caught up in growing up and settling down and buying a house and all that.

Will and I had a long talk about what his career goals were in the military. He has been struggling with the question of staying in until retirement or not. I was pushing him to get out because I want to move back to Portland and buy a house. I cried because I realized I'll be pushing 40 by the time we'll have the option settle down. Will should have slapped me. I keep trying to be the older version of myself who's ready to settle down. I keep forgetting that I'm only 28.

I think being in my late 20's should mean I know my limits and I can make smarter decisions. But I think being in my 20's in general means I should still be doing things purely for the sake of "why not?" If you take away the obnoxious teenage mindset of "YOLO" and strip it to its basic meaning, it rings true.

I don't really have a specific idea of what I'll be doing to take advantage of my 20-something year oldness. But for now, in this moment, I'm going to go take shots while playing video games with my husband in our underwear. Why? Because it's past noon. Because it's a Saturday. Because we have no obligations today. Because why not?

Friday, August 1, 2014

11 Questions

Liebster award
The lovely Miss Heather over at The Life of a Traveling Navy Wife nominated me. So sweet!

The Rules
- Each person must post 11 things about themselves by answering the questions that the nominator has set for you.
- Create 11 questions for the people you’ve nominated to answer.
- Choose 11 people (with less than 200 followers) and link to them in your post.
- Go to their page and let them know (or contact them through social media).
- No tag backs!

1. What question do you hate to answer?
"What do you do?" It's always said with a bit of unintentional snottiness and disapproval. Apparently if I don't work, I have no meaning in life.

2. If happiness was the national currency, what kind of work would make you rich?
Spending time with my family and friends is kind of a given answer so I'll add to it. Traveling the world with my husband. We always have the best times exploring new places, I'm always planning our next trip.

3. How did you choose the title of your blog?
It's nicknames we had for each other when we first got married and needed usernames for our video game characters. I don't think we ever actually called each other Ech and Will though, just our characters.

4. What is your favorite charity (and please tell us why)?
Libraries. Reading and books are a huge part of my life and always have been. I think it's important for emotional and mental health to have a place to escape to and books do that for me. I also think it's essential for grammar and vocabulary development which, by the quality of my social media feeds, we need a lot more of.

5. Most daring thing you've done in your adult life?
I went on a month-long trip to Tanzania for a college class. It was the first time I'd ever used a passport and I was so out of my element with lots of camping and a week-long trek up Mount Kilimanjaro. I'm not an outdoorsy type and I'm definitely not a hiker so everyone was shocked. But I went, I camped, I trekked, I survived (despite a bout of altitude sickness that put me out of commission on the summit day), and I thoroughly enjoyed myself. It was of my best life experiences.

Mount Kilimanjaro
My tentmate and I on Day 1 of the Mt Kili trek. You might recognize her as Clark from Captain and Clark.

6. What is the best meal you've ever had?
Wow, I don't even know how to answer this question. I've eaten so many amazing meals. I have to say my favorite were the meals at my grandparents' house growing up. Both sides of the family had big get togethers and everyone would cook and I would stuff my face all night.

7. Craziest thing in your refrigerator right now?
It's kind of tame right now. Just the usual...milk, eggs, cheese, spam, condiments.

8. What one book would you recommend to your readers?
It's like asking a mother which is her favorite child. One of my biggest favorites is Possible Side Effects by Augusten Burroughs.

9. Road trip or airplane? (caveat: given you can choose between the two to get to your destination)
That's another hard one. I think airplane so that Will doesn't have to stress about directions and I don't have to stress about his driving.

10. Sweet or salty?
8 times of 10 I'll pick salty. But sometimes I get in those moods and I'll devour a mountain of chocolate or ice cream.

Belgian chocolates
Can't say no to Belgian chocolates!

11. What is your favorite indulgence?
Lazy days watching movies or our tv shows in bed all day with my husband. It's good for him to unwind when he's had a hard work week and I like the cuddles. And we both like being lazy.

I'm going to cheat a little and nominate all the bloggers over at Milso Bloggers, minus Heather and me since we've already been tagged. I know there's more than 11 bloggers there, sorry.

1. What is your favorite part about blogging?
2. Recommend three blogs.
3. What's your favorite way to treat yourself?
4. If you could settle down anywhere in the world where would it be?
4. If you had to re-name yourself, what would you choose? (first name)
5. Is there any meaning behind your middle name?
6. What are your go-to care package items?
7. When you're having a rough day, what calms you down or centers you?
8. Outside of your family, who is your personal hero and why?
9. Are you a sports fan? Who do you root for?
10. What's on your duty station wishlist (any duty station regardless of whether or not your military member can actually be stationed there or not)?
11. What's your favorite thing about being a military spouse/significant other?