Skipping Christmas…Again :(

So it’s been a minute since I posted last. I’m going to give you a quick rundown on No Christmas, OSC Drama, and Iwakuni Questions. The Mr. came home safely from Afghanistan about six weeks ago, and since then it’s been a non-stop whirlwind of travel and PCS prep. Did I mention we are moving to Iwakuni very soon? Well, we are and I’m looking forward to it. What I’m not looking forward to is a disgustingly long plane ride (travel total is some 24 hours with a 12 hour flight just from west coast to Tokyo) and skipping Christmas again. 

Last year we missed Christmas because we moved and went to Hawaii for our honeymoon. This year we’re also moving. Sigh. I love Christmastime! I always pictured in my mind that when I got married I would do up Christmas really big every year. Womp-womp! I’m embarrassed about the fact that we’ve never even had a tree to decorate! I did however, finally convinced hubs to let us host a Christmas SLASH Goodbye party, so I guess that will have to do.

Moving onto OSC drama… I’ve kept my nose out of it ever since I found out the president and vice were keeping a FILE of slanderous/negative behavior against them to “take to the general’s wife if need be”. The EFF?? Did these people never graduate high school? Granted, the “opposition” is just as childish–women twice my age posting facebook status’ throwing shade at former and existing spouses. This is what happens when the olds get their hands on technology and didn’t have the chance to grow out of their “posting selfies, inspirational quotes, and cryptic-but-not-really statuses” in college phase. Anyway, crazy thing is the president’s spouse got orders from the get-go so she stepped down early. And then the vice’s spouse also got orders so she’s leaving too! Kinda weird how that worked out. If there’s one thing I’ve taken away from all this it’s that I think when I go to Iwakuni I’m just going to be a casual member and join a club–but no more of this “involved” bullshit. Yikes!

Speaking of Iwakuni… so around the time of the government sequestration and shut down, we were receiving information that all families were required to live on base. I was disappointed because I had always wanted to live in Japan proper, but I talked myself into all the benefits and hassle-free parts of base living, and I was okay again. Then, about a week ago, we got an email saying that due to extensive renovations the average wait time for base housing was 12 months. Is this like 12 months for real, or Twentynine Palms 12 months (more like 3-4)?

There are a couple things I’m concerned about living in town now. One is the feeling of isolation. I felt isolated living out in Twentynine and I speak the same language as everyone else (mostly… still not fluent in meth-head), so I can only imagine how it will be magnified in Japan and once we decide to have a baby. Also, it’s virtually impossible to find a place that is pet friendly from what I hear, and getting a cat was high on my priority list. I’m less concerned with the drafty apartments as I can pretty much get along anywhere, but that still won’t be any fun.

On the other hand, if I find a place near restaurants and grocery shopping, I’d be excited about that. So much is up in the air right now that I really can’t speculate I guess. Just have to wait and see when I get there. Well, this may be my last post this year. The movers come in two weeks, and after that the adventure begins!  

 

Christmas?

It’s only just begun to get cold here. And by “cold” I mean, the cold that the middle of fall usually brings in places that are used to four seasons. It has been really hard for me to get into the Christmas spirit this year. For one thing, the church we have been attending hasn’t been singing any Christmas songs during their services even though it’s Advent (yes this bums me out!).

I have also realized how important the look of bare trees are to signaling winter/Christmas. Even in the South where I grew up, the weather didn’t get excessively cold but the trees were always bare and that seemed to be enough. Out here where there are so few trees and the sun shines down mercilessly bright, it just feels “off” to talk about holiday baking and decorating.

Not that I can decorate anyway.

The good news is that we finally got a house on base and are moving this week. The bad news is we are moving during Christmas season (making decorating obsolete) and the day before we leave for Hawaii (packing for a 2 week long vacation & a house!). I can’t wait to move though. I will have a DISHWASHER! And central HEATING AND COOLING!

Yes, ladies and gents, living in town can be cheaper but at what cost? Not to mention the history of break-ins military homes have had when the service member gets deployed or goes out in the field in this neck of the woods (or should I say, desert).

Alright enough procrastinating, I have some packing to do! It doesn’t feel like Christmas yet, but maybe it will in Hawaii. 🙂

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