I think it’s about time for a coffee date! Get your pumpkin spice latte and I’ll have a cold brew. Or maybe you should get a glass of wine since we’re on such a big time difference.
If we were having coffee, I would tell you that we got to Hawaii almost three months ago and I finally feel like I’m settled. Our house still isn’t ready, but luckily, if you have wine, no one seems to mind that there are still piles of things that need to get hung up on the walls. All of the boxes are unpacked and we’re almost organized.
I decided to take my time getting settled because we are going to be in this house for three years. In Connecticut, I kind of shoved things in closets and didn’t really care where I threw up our pictures. Wherever there was already a nail, that’s where I hung stuff up. Even in our last home, where we lived for two years, I didn’t really put any effort into decorating. But I want to make a home. Especially since we have all brand new everything. If that means it takes 6 months, I’m okay with that.
I would tell you that I’ve met some incredible, kind, and fun people here in Hawaii. I’m so grateful to have met such awesome women so quickly. The awesome thing about meeting other military spouses is that you already have a connection even if you’re from completely opposite ends of life. You bond quickly and you know that you’ve met someone who gets it, who will come over and help you unpack and navigate the messes and have wine with you when your spouse is working late and watch your kids if you’re in a pinch. I also think it’s good for you to meet people who are so different from you.
I would tell you that I’ve been working hard to find writing jobs. Even though I haven’t been hugely successful, it’s only making me want to work harder. I think that rejection can be good for you if you take the feedback. I also think that there is room for everyone in the writing/blogging world and I’m not going to give up on my dreams.
I would tell you that Nick’s best friend recently got engaged and that we’re planning to go to California soon to meet his fiancé and help him celebrate. I am so excited and I know Nick is too because he didn’t think he would be able to get off.
Speaking of trips back home, I also booked a trip home after Thanksgiving to see my family for a few days. I really can’t go more than a few months without getting off this island. I don’t get bored, I just miss home. It’s going to be a short trip but I’m so excited to go to New York and get myself into the holiday spirit. Unfortunately Nick won’t be able to join me for this trip, but we’re hoping to plan another holiday trip soon after.
I would tell you that I’m already starting to think about Christmas. I like to be prepared and I don’t like doing things at the last minute because that takes all the joy out of things. I kind of hate how everyone is always getting annoyed when you want to think about the holidays early. I love the holidays and I don’t think there is anything wrong with starting early and savoring the seasons. Christmas music in October? Why not? If it makes you happy, go for it. You do you.
I also think that being a military family makes you start thinking about Christmas much earlier than you normally would, because there are so many things that you need to decide. When you already live near your family you might not have to ask questions like, Will you go home? Will you stay here? How much are plane tickets? Even though we still don’t know what is happening for Christmas because we don’t have Nick’s schedule yet, we’re planning to make seeing family a priority. I also have some fun ideas for gifts that I want to make for people. Last year, everyone in my family handmade gifts for each other. It wasn’t something we all decided, we all just did it. And those are the most special Christmas gifts I’ve ever gotten. So this year I want to make some of my gifts again and that takes some more planning.
What are you up to this fall?