…or nearly seven thousand….to JAPAN!
Yep, Japan. Holy crap.
About seven weeks ago my husband Matt, who just finished his emergency medicine residency and is in the Navy, received a call telling him his military orders had been changed, from Jacksonville, NC to Yokosuka, Japan. Only SEVEN weeks ago. So much has happened since then and so much is still to come in the next few weeks. We will be traveling to Japan in less than four weeks and I still can’t entirely believe it. I’ve had so many different feelings about everything, sad, excited, stressed, confident, overwhelmed, angry, just to name a few. Though I also feel like we’re about as ready as we can be.
The movers came 2 weeks ago and packed up all of our things. One load to storage, for the next two years. One load of stuff in a sea shipment, and one more load of our air express shipment. Talk about a mess. It definitely did not go how we were told it was going to. I shouldn’t be surprised and I should have been prepared for that, but I wasn’t. We’ll see just how unprepared I really was when our stuff finally gets there.
Ten days ago we left Lexington, KY. Though neither of us are from there it has been our home for more than 3 years. It’s where we met, fell in love, and got married. We left behind good friends and some sentimental places. It was definitely emotional, but I handled it better than I was expecting to. At least so far. Matt went from there to Officer Development School (ODS) in Newport, RI and I headed to Houston, with our dog Bourbon, to stay with my family. I will meet him there in Newport for his graduation in a few weeks and then we will head straight to Japan.
For me, the last week and a half has been packed with random and somewhat mundane things. Like trying to get the dog to feel safe and comfortable in his new environment and to get along with his new canine companions, my sisters sort of elderly Ridgeback and my dad’s 8 month old Rottweiler puppy. Figuring out all of our travel for getting to Japan, and for me getting to RI. Keeping up with all the little things that were previously taken care of by Matt, setting up our insurance, and getting ready to sell our car. As well as reading lots and lots of stuff about the base in Yokosuka, thank you social media (it definitely does have its positives).
Besides all that I’ve ‘had to do’ I’ve managed to spend some great time with my family, and to work on building this page. I hope I actually use it. I’m not much of a writer, and definitely not a natural one.
So, this is kind of a big little moment for me.
My first blog post! Yay!
And I have no idea what I’m doing…