Tuesday, April 17, 2012

What A Week!

  1. I know that I don't often share much about my personal life on my blog, but last Monday I put my boyfriend of 5 years on a shuttle van to begin boot camp for the US Air force. So, I'm officially a military girlfriend. If you would have asked me 5 years ago (or even a year ago) if I'd ever thought I'd be a military girlfriend, I would have laughed in your face. Even though I have many friends that have spouses in the military and my younger siblings both participated in the US Army, I had always considered myself more of a pacifist and never imagined dating a military man. However, early in our relationship, The Boy had told me that he very nearly enlisted in the US Air force immediately after high school, but instead opted to attend college (which I'm very glad he did, or else we would have never met). More recently, The Boy began to revisit his earlier aspirations of joining the Air force and began to discuss the possibility of pursuing it before he's too old to do so and because I love him and am secure with our relationship, I encouraged The Boy to pursue his dreams rather than live a life of "what ifs" and regret. Anyways, I'm very new to this whole 'military girlfriend' thing, so if any of you have any experience, information or advice on how to maintain sanity while your loved one is away I'd love to hear it.
  2. Also, on Saturday, April 14, the storm prediction center kept repeatedly reporting that my city had an extremely high probability of large, long-range tornadoes. And as predicted, around 10:30pm an EF-3 tornado passed through my hometown, striking one of the neighborhoods that I work at and just missing my parent's home where I was taking shelter by 18 blocks. Needless to say, I did not get very much sleep all weekend long! Although many people lost their homes, received storm damage, and lost power that night, miraculously, there were few injuries and no deaths reported from the tornado in my area.You can read more about the tornadoes here, and if you want to know how you can help the victims you may contact United Way (here). 
Hopefully this week is a little less stressful. How was your week?

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