Posts tagged “moving

Moved.

Finally!

We’ve moved to on-base housing and love it so much more than off base. Our off-base house was gorgeous and had lots of room, but the staircase was so narrow and steep that we’d been sleeping downstairs since Cupcake was born (and after buying a king-sized mattress in November, sleeping on the couch seemed like a crime!)

So Bagpiper looked into switching us to on-base housing and we moved in a couple of weeks ago and we’re all settled and unpacked now. We have cable TV (we didn’t have that off base) and yesterday the internet was connected so I can play online again.

Our on base house is definitely a little smaller than our off base one, but it’s still plenty of room for us and the best part? AMERICAN APPLIANCES. It feels so so so so so good to have an American oven and American washer/dryer. We’re also a lot closer to Bagpiper’s job. So close, in fact, that he sometimes runs to work in the mornings. He’s even been coming home for lunch! It’s nice and we’re all happy.

Except maybe the dog.

She does really good around the baby, but I think she’s starting to get jealous of the attention the baby gets. Bagpiper and I make sure to give the dog plenty of attention, but Sushi doesn’t seem to think it’s enough and wants more and is acting out….by pooping in the house.

Yesterday she even pooped on the couch!

I was livid.

We take her out just as often (and maybe even more so) than before and she’ll pee and poop outside, but she’ll also poop inside, too. It’s becoming less frequent so hopefully she’s adjusting to having a baby in the house, but UGH! I hate it.

Cupcake is getting so big! We’re fitting into newborn size clothes now and started to smile and even giggle. I keep trying to catch that giggle on camera, but so far I haven’t been able to capture it.

She’s been sleeping through the night for a couple of weeks now and that has definitely been such a blessing. Everyone told me that babies didn’t start sleeping through the night until they were about three months old. Cupcake started sleeping through the night at just six weeks! We’re definitely very lucky!

Since I’ve been getting more sleep it’s given me more energy to get things done during the day. I’ve started writing again — I’m currently working on the first draft of a romantic thriller and I’m also editing a novella that I keep ignoring (I’m not a fan of editing/revisions). I’ve done some knitting — I made a beanie for the Bagpiper, some hats for Cupcake and I’m working on a small sweater for her. In a couple of days I’m starting a Knit-A-Long with Allyson from The Sweatshop of Love. I’ll be knitting a gorgeous cardigan for myself. I’ve ordered my yarn and it should be arriving this week.

I’ve also started a work out program. I started yesterday (Feb. 1) with Zumba 2 for the Wii. It’s a lot of fun and definitely burns the calories. I like that the game tells me how accurate my movements are and how many calories I’ve burned. I’m tracking my eating and work out habits on Lose It! I’ve used the site before and liked it, so I’m starting again. My plan is to do Zumba every day and also walk around the neighborhood every day. Next month I’m hoping to start P90X in addition to Zumba and walking daily.

P90X is a tough, tough workout, which is why I’m not starting with that. I’ve done it before and I know it works, but since I haven’t worked out in a looong time, I figure it’s best to start with walking and Zumba before jumping into P90X. I may not even start P90X in March. I may wait until April. We’ll see.

And that’s about covers the news.

Now that there is internet in the new house, I hope I can get more regular with my blog updates.


Down to the wire…

This week is going to be ridiculous.

Here’s a run down of what my week is going to look like:

Monday

  • Classes from 11a-1p
  • Sift through kitchen, dining room, living room, bathrooms and extra bedroom. Mark what’s going overseas, what’s being donated and what’s being thrown out.
  • Finish cataloging books and movies — If I lose any, I want to know what it was!

Tuesday

  • Classes from 8a-5p
  • Sift through closet/clothes.

Wednesday

  • Class from 11a-12p
  • Go to base to finish overseas screening. Finally.
  • Finish sifting through extra bedroom.
  • Gather books that are for Book Addicts giveaway — pass on to another member of BA on Thursday.

Thursday

  • Classes from 8a-5p
  • While I’m in class, Bagpiper is taking the dog to the military vet in order for her to get a microchip and the first rabies shot.
  • After class, it’s my writer’s night — I’m choosing not to skip this, because I feel like I’ll need a break by Thursday, and my writing shouldn’t have to suffer just because we’re moving!

Friday

  • Class from 11a-12p
  • Pack up the essentials into two suitcases and a backpack.
  • Call electric company and make sure they’re cancelling service as of Tuesday, April 12.

Saturday

  • Go through the rooms once more and double check that everything left is stuff to be backed.
  • Double check suitcases — make sure I remember to have all my school stuff set aside.
  • Write and schedule Book Addicts reviews for May — If I don’t do this by the second week of April, it ain’t getting done and the other BA members will have to cover for me…

Sunday

  • Rent truck and take bed, extra couch, washer and dryer, food stuffs and a few other things over to Mom’s.
  • Take suitcases and school stuff over to Mom’s.
  • Take dog — plus food — over to Mom’s.

Monday

  • Class from 11a-1:30p
  • Movers come over at some point (Bagpiper will be home, if I’m not) — EVERYTHING in the apartment gets packed and taken to military storage facility.
  • Stuff gets weighed. Hopefully we’re not over weight (we can only take a certain amount of lbs overseas — everything extra stays in storage for the next three years). We estimate that we’ll be fine, since we’re not taking the bed, extra couch or washer and dryer, but you never know.
  • Double check the nooks and crannies and make sure nothing is left behind.

Tuesday

  • Turn in keys to apartment complex.
  • Commence living out of suitcases for the next two months

The rest of the month through May will also include things like:

  • Taking Sushi to vet for second rabies shot.
  • Bagpiper leaving. (April 21?)
  • Going to base for final immunization (April 28).
  • Finals week (May 9-13)
  • Graduation (May 15)
  • I leave (May 18?)
  • Stuff arrives in Japan (by May 31)
  • Sushi goes to Japan (end of May, early June?)





Sayōnara, Texas! Kon'nichiwa, Japan!

The Bagpiper is getting his orders by the end of the week, but we already know where we’re going and when.

*drumroll*

The Bagpiper’s orders say we’re going to Okinawa, Japan. We’ll be there for at least three years. Bagpiper leaves April 1 — one month from now!but because I’m about two months shy of graduating, I’ll stay behind and follow mid-May. Basically, as soon as I walk across the stage at graduation, I’m hoping a plane and headed to Japan.

Okinawa is the most southern of the 47 prefectures in Japan and is made up of about 160 islands (only 44 of which are inhabited). It’s also a tropical paradise. This will be my new home:

Living here for three years is going to be HARD. 😛

Aside from gorgeous beaches, there are lots of other cool things to see too. Like Katsuren Castle:

How cool is this?!

And the Sakura (cherry blossom) Festival (which I will arrive too late for this year, but I’ve got two other years to experience it):

Too bad I'll miss the festival this year!

So the next two weeks are going to be insane. The Bagpiper is setting up appointments for physicals, shots, the personal property office and even stuff for the dog. All in all, it looks like we’ll be out of our apartment and staying at my mom’s for awhile by Spring Break. Once he’s gone to Japan, I’ll stay with my mom until it’s time for me to follow.

We’ve known about Japan for awhile, though. We knew about a month ago that it was a very high probability that we would be headed to Okinawa. Now it’s official, so I’ve been given the green light to announce it to the world.

I can’t wait.

For those that know me, I’ve already done some research on local yarn shops. I’ve found two in Okinawa. 😛

 

 

ETA: Ignore the spelling/grammar mistakes. I was way too excited when I wrote this that I didn’t do a good job of proofreading. I’m finding things little by little and editing them as I find them..but yea…my fingers don’t type very well when I’m this excited. LOL