Monday, July 28, 2014

The Week Ahead - July 28

Outside my window...The forecast for the week (moving week!) is mostly sunny.  It's 76 degrees here, 52 in Poulsbo, Washington.
I am thinking...that the to-do list is getting smaller every day.

I am thankful...for the local transfer station where we can drop some old furniture - 1-800-GOT-JUNK wanted a ridiculous amount to haul things away.

From the eat up the meager offerings from the fridge or to eat out - out will win I think.

I am hearing...the air conditioner.
One of my favorite things...dinner with friends, even if it was a farewell dinner.

I am STILL reading...Crocodile on the Sandbank by Elizabeth Peters...I think I'm going to have to start from the beginning again.

A Few Plans for the Rest of the Week...taking the vehicles (Vic's truck and Sophia's car) to the transportation terminal today so that they can be shipped, packers arrive on Tuesday and have allowed two days for packing but I'm not sure they are going to need that second day since I have many, many filled totes, loading the household goods on to the truck on Thursday, cleaning the house for the final inspection Thursday afternoon and evening and then we move to the Navy Lodge for two nights, final housing inspection Friday morning and then Vic checks out of his command with manicures/pedicures for Sophia and I in the afternoon and then early on Saturday morning, farewell Virginia, we are on the road. 

College Update...Sophia and her roommate received their residence hall allocation.  It wasn't their first choice but it was one of the halls on their list and, in hindsight, they think it might be a better choice than the hall that had been their top pick.  We booked a campus tour for a week after we get to Washington.  Sophia is so excited.

Volunteer Update...I'm done!  I worked for two hours on Saturday and said my goodbyes (well, they are "see you laters" in the Navy since you never know when your paths will cross again).

Travel and Family Field Trips Update...We had a final family field trip (in two parts) on Friday - Sophia and I toured the newly-renovated Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk along with a stop to watch a demonstration at the Glass Studio and then in the evening, we went to the Mermaid Factory where Vic and Sophia painted mermaids.  We ended our family field trip day with dinner at Small's Smokehouse and Oyster Bar which was delicious.

Sophia named her creation "Alana" - she has a magenta glitter tail, sand dollar bra, starfish in her hair and a tiny seahorse is suspended from her hand.  Vic's masterpiece is "Pamela" (his take on a Navy wife, perhaps?) and she has a blue tail, gold bodice, and proudly flies the Medical Service Corps insignia.

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Friday, July 18, 2014

Christmas in July 2014

I just stopped by where you normally find me in July, the Magical Forums of Magical Holiday Home.  They are in the midst of Christmas in July and I missing it all!  Just not enough hours in the day this month to have any Christmas fun - I'll be doing double duty next year.

Moving plans are chugging along - I'm busy with my home inventory (love the MyStuff2 app!) and packing totes so that things aren't chaotic at the other end.  We found a house, I've planned the cross-country route, arranged to ship our vehicles, and I'm cleaning as I go along.  Sophia's plans to attend Western Washington University are going well and we're even going to try to squeeze in a weekend visit to see my sister and her family in Oregon before Vic starts work.

Busy, busy, busy...that's my July.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Mid-July Update - July 16, 2014

I've been really terrible about updating over the last month so the catching up begins now!

Outside my window...a high of 79 degrees forecast for today with scattered thunderstorms and a high of 85 forecast for Bremerton - ok, that sort of weather has to stop now!
I am STILL thinking...about everything that has to be done before we move.

I am thankful...for an amazing home inventory app - MyStuff2 for my iPad.

From the kitchen...Vic's cooking tonight so it's chicken adobo.

I am hearing...the clock ticking.
One of my favorite things...all the methods we have for keeping in touch with friends, no matter how far away we may be...e-mail, Facebook, Skype, Christmas cards and newsletters, not to mention phone calls.

I am STILL reading...Crocodile on the Sandbank by Elizabeth Peters...not far to go now but there never seems to be a moment to pick it up.

A Few Plans for the Rest of the Week...meeting a co-worker at the Tidewater Collection sometime this week as her sister from Washington is in town, eye appointment for Sophia tomorrow and haircuts for both of us on Friday. 

College Update...all quiet on the college front.

Volunteer Update...all volunteer positions are turned over although I am filling in this week since the new Volunteer Coordinator is out of town and I'm on call to make change as the Bookkeeper is gone as well.  They just won't let me go!

Travel and Family Field Trips Update...I should call this the Moving, Travel and Family Field Trips Update so I can bring you all up to speed.  The move is all planned - packing July 29 and 30 with loading on the 31st.  Vic will check out of his command on Friday, August 1 and we will turn over the house keys on that day.  We'll be on the road on Saturday, August 2 and proceed via Ohio-Illinois-Nebraska-South Dakota-Montana to Washington, hopefully arriving on August 9.  We pick up the keys to our new home on August 10 and aim to have everything (vehicles and household goods) delivered during the week of August 11.  The house is about 60% inventoried and Vic is sealing up the Rubbermaid totes so that the lids stay secure.  The oven is clean so that can be checked off the to-do list.  We will take the furniture that we are not moving to the transfer station on Sunday, July 27 and drop the two vehicles (Vic's truck and Sophia's car) to be shipped on Monday, July 28.  Things are coming together.

Enjoying last weekend's Bastille Days celebration en famille

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