Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Jobs, Houses, & Family...Oh My!

Life this summer has been in a constant state of whirlwind.  Just when I get some type of routine down and feel mellow, KABOOM!  Life laughs at me....again and again as it would seem.

Phil found out our next duty station and it is.....right here at Fort Sill, OK!  So we will be seeing all that OK has to offer for the next few years.  That being said, since we found out early in the summer (mid June),  I decided that I will look for teaching jobs.  Why be unemployed when I didn't have to be?   I accepted a position at a Middle School as a Direct Instruction teacher for Language Arts and I am so very excited to get started! It will be a shift from teaching my high schoolers, but I am ready for this challenge! :)

Oh and we also found a house to rent:


This all happened in a week: Phil found out on a Tuesday night that we were staying and by the following Tuesday, we had signed a lease and I had signed my teaching contract for the upcoming school year...see,  there is that KABOOM I was talking about!

I have been able to fit in some reading which has been like a lifeline!  I am an avid reader and I can usually tell when I haven't been reading enough actually, so I have been making use of summer vacation!



I've been completely immersed in the written word and it has been lovely.  I also think I may be addicted to thrillers...

My parents came and visited OK for the Fourth of July!! It was so wonderful to have them here and show them OK and just spend time as a family.  This year was particularly special because due to trainings and deployments, Phil and I had never actually spent a Fourth of July together!


My parents left for home and Max and I decided to catch a ride on the Big Rig (my dad drives a semi truck) and rolled with them down the road.  Max is the ideal trucking dog: he sleeps, chews his toys, and whenever we slowed down, hopped up on my lap to take a look at what was happening in the outside world.  He is the epitome of chill, and when you aren't looking, he will steal your seat:


It always feels good to go home, it allows me to recharge and gear up for the school year.  Max is happy being back in the hills of Western NY as well


Max has regained some spunk as it is much cooler here and the poor frisbee caught the brunt of the excitement...power chewer indeed.

I hope everyone has a wonderful rest of the week and upcoming weekend!  Anyone got any big plans?

Does anyone use the Audible App?   I downloaded it and my first book for free (another thriller because I'm clearly addicted) and I am deciding on if I want to continue.  Is it worth the money each month?  Thoughts and opinions are greatly appreciated!  :)

6 comments:

  1. How exciting!!! We have a few friends headed to Sill in the coming months. :) My husband did some training there when he was a LT and enjoyed his time there.

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    1. I actually really like it there :) Besides being slightly terrified of tornados, I think it's actually quite pretty...and HOT!

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  2. That house is cute. You'll have to post pictures of the inside when you're finished unpacking.

    Also, I think ALLLL of the midwest is tornado-prone (and most of the south...and here too), so I try not to focus on that when picking a place to live.

    I do like Audible...$14.95/book plus discounts and access to sales is worth it if you read a lot. It's pretty much the only way I read during the school year.

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    1. I can't wait to unpack our stuff and decorate! You're right about the tornados, but I would rather a blizzard any day of the week!!

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  3. Can't wait to see you soon. I'm headed to Lawton today!! Woohoo! I'm listening to audible for the road trip, too. I am a huge audible fan because I have a lot more time to listen to books than to sit down and read them. I think it is worth it if you are purchasing longer novels most of the time. I am usually listening to 20-30 hour long books, which is totally a deal on audible.

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    1. Can't wait to see you too!!! That's what I'm thinking too, I wonder if I would like to listen to them while I run too...I may just have to try it!!!

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