Friday, April 24, 2009

Not ready to turn the page

So I haven't been in the mood to update the blog. You want to know the truth? I'm sad. Yep, I said it. As much as I've been in denial, I'm sad. We're closing another chapter in the book of a Navy family. It's not easy to end a chapter. Have you ever read a book where there's always a cliffhanger at the end of each chapter? That's how it kinda feels. You're left saying..."What happens next?". Well I'm trying to read the last few paragraphs (weeks!) slowly. So if I update in spurts you'll understand why.

Here's a few things that are coming up:

  • a Dining Out - I've never been to one before but I'm looking forward to going. It's a semi-formal dinner with the service member in choker whites and spouses dressed in cocktail attire. Somehow I managed to get into a skit that will be shown that night. Heaven help me. I'll try to refrain from hiding under the table since it will probably mess my dress up.
  • a Vow Renewal - Mine. It's been something that I've wanted to do. Renew our vows and dedicate our marriage to God since I have not been married in a church with a Pastor (I don't really count the Pastor at the drive-thru wedding chapel in Vegas if he even was a Pastor. I think he doubled as the 'Elvis' as well.). It's going to be a sunset ceremony at our church. Completely casual. Completely us. There will be music, food and if we're lucky, maybe a little dancing!
  • a trip to Yap - Where is Yap you say? Ever watched Survivor? Well Survivor Micronesia was actually filmed here in Micronesia (which is a group of islands to the south of Guam) and one of the rewards was a trip to Yap for a cultural dance where the women are topless. They actually still practice that custom. No I will not be "doing as the locals do" thank you very much. I'll keep my shirt on. My dear friend, Dot won a trip back in October for two. She decided to take me when her husband graciously stepped down from his ticket! How cool is that! It's sort of our farewell trip.
  • a final packout - Done the day I return from my island getaway. Two days after we say goodbye to our house and three days after that we say goodbye to our island as well as our good friends.

As for tonight...we're going to an Earth Night dinner at the school here on base in support of our lovely planet. We'll see lots of things like a brown tree snake and other animals from Guam as well as learn about ways that we can protect the island and the earth.

Yesterday, a new friend, Beth, had us over for coffee. In the short time that I've known her she has made quite the impression on me. I joined her bible study once but wasn't able to continue with all the preparation I've had to do. It's a shame that I will not get a chance to know her better.

From L-R: Barbara (her lil guy is in the carseat), Beth (holding a baby she was sitting for), Amy w/ Mackenzie, Dot, me, Chantelle and who could miss lil Mia in the center.