The countdown has begun. Eric leaves in 12 days.
As silly as it sounds, it seemed like the day would never actually come. And part of me feels silly because he’s only going to be gone for four months – not a year like your average deployment length. It’s just Basic and AIT. But still, the longest we have ever been away from each other has been a few days! It’s going to be an adjustment for sure. Practice for the future, right? *sigh*
Luckily, the first 6 weeks I will be extremely busy. I will be traveling 2 separate times, and working many long days, so that time will hopefully go by quickly. But that crazy schedule ends on June 30th. Then there is all of July, August, and most of September. I did get a roommate for the summer though, so that’s nice. And I have my cat to keep me company. :P
Everything that I have read about "family separation" says to keep as busy as possible. Don't let yourself ever end up just sitting, etc. So, I plan to keep myself as busy as possible!
One thing that I have always wanted to do, but never actually been able to solidify is volunteer at a children’s ward in a hospital. I don’t know why, but I just feel like it's something I need to do. I got really close to being able to do that when I lived in California, but the hospital required an iron clad agreement to specific days and specific hours that I unfortunately couldn’t commit to with a film/freelance lifestyle.
There are currently two hospitals within a 5-mile radius of my house right now and perhaps by putting it on here, I will be more likely to actually follow through with it when I get back in July.
I also really want to volunteer at the Bishop’s storehouse and/or the cannery. I don’t know a thing about how I go about doing that, but I think I would really enjoy volunteering at either place from time to time. I’ll have to look more into that this summer.
It has been a long time since I have written music…a long time since I’ve even had my keyboard out in the open. I think I may try to get back into that again this summer as well. Ooh! Maybe I’ll actually find time to try all those crazy things I’ve found on Pinterest! Haha. Okay, I haven’t actually been on that site in probably a month and a half, but I’ve already acquired plenty of “I want to try this” stuff to keep me busy for quite some time.
Oh and something else I plan to do as well… Our food bill will be cut in half or more this summer! Eric is a bottomless pit and we go through so much food! But with him gone this summer, we will most likely save a ton on regular groceries, but since that amount is in our budget and we have almost zero food storage (we went through most of it last year), I plan to take the excess each month and put it into food storage/emergency preparedness stuff. I’m actually quite excited about that.
The reason for my excitement on something like that is because Eric and I both have this impending feeling that we need to become as self-sufficient as possible as quickly as possible. Do any of you feel that way?? That is a big reason I have gotten so into essential oils and herbal remedies the last year or so. We are constantly told to be prepared, and if I’m around when that day comes that everything hits the fan, I’d like to be rather well-versed in alternative medicinal treatments that I can take care of my family without the assistance of doctors.
Here I go again with my novels. Maybe that’s why I don’t write very often – they always turn into far more than a little blurb. But I am trying to get back into the habit of frequent entries, so bear with me. Too much info is better than no info at all, right?? :)