Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Check-Offs and Countdowns

We're running out of time, friends.  I have fourteen days left and I'm running out of time.  I got my orders on Sunday, and while it was anticlimactic, it did set things spinning.  I wouldn't say I've reached chicken status, but things are definitely getting overwhelming.
  • Positives first!  I sent my orders off to one of our banks and a creditor (for SCRA purposes) and got really helpful folks.  That was probably the easiest experience I've had so far, and unfortunately it was an isolated incident.  I wish some of our other accounts had me as the primary account holder, but alas, no.
  • I managed to finish preparing my lesson plans for the rest of the year, prepare my final exam, and a study guide for the kids.  One less thing to worry about!  I'm just going through the motions from here on out.
  • I'm halfway done with my IEP progress reports for the students, which need to be prepared to send to parents by next Friday.  It's time consuming, and probably one of those pieces of paper that most people toss aside anyway.  I'm not too worried about finishing these, but it's still going to take some time.
  • I've had to pick up some slack around the office, which has resulted in another meeting on Thursday...a meeting that I haven't been given a lot of information about, for a kid that I don't really know that well, and that requires me to prepare three documents that I'm not familiar with.  You can imagine how thrilled I am about this one.  
  • I could write a book on how ludicrous DEERS and Tricare are, in terms of how they handle dual military families.  In order to pay the most economical premium as parents are activated or put on reserve status, you have to keep enrolling and disenrolling the kids, switching between parents.  We're trying to disenroll DH's daughter and put her on my account (since I'll be activated), but they're telling us we can't do so just yet - not until the 31st, the day I leave.  Wonderful.  Since I'm going to be readily available on that day to handle business.
  • I'm running out of room in my carry-on duffle bag for BMT.  I had to pick up a few more things yesterday, and finding out that I can bring more things isn't helping (like makeup).  My bag is going to be stuffed by the time I'm done, especially since I have to pack three days of street clothes.  My bag is just a small duffle, before you start thinking I'm getting crazy over here.  Guess I'll be wearing my running shoes down there.
  • I need to pack a bag for DH and/or FIL to bring down to graduation, of stuff I want during tech school.  This is a last minute to-do.
  • I need to get some items we have stashed in DD's room out, since she'll be moving out here while I'm gone.
  • I need to finish DH's PowerPoint on our finances, and update a few things.  I need to update his bill calendar as well.
  • I need to lesson plan for the first 30ish days of school that I'll be missing when I'm gone - for four classes.  This is the most daunting task I have before I leave for BMT, and a pile of books are sitting next to me, waiting to be cracked.
  • I need to finish packing up my classroom and office.  I've gotten a lot done already, I just need to finalize everything on the last day and bring it all home for storage.
Can you feel me on everything?  When I think of everything that needs to be accomplished, I wish I was one of these 18 or 19 year-old recruits, without a care or an obligation in the world.  Living at home, only a car payment (maybe) and a cell phone bill, etc.  Ultimately, I wouldn't change a thing.  I'm glad I'm a 30 year-old recruit.  I have education, life experience, confidence, and leadership skills that will make my experience that much smoother (or at least I hope).  I may not have youth, but I'm in better shape now than I have been since my first year in college.   

In other news, I finished the Two Hundred Sit-Ups program!  I just have to take the final assessment and I'm golden.  I did 257 sit-ups tonight, but I still have to do my boat-load of pushups before bedtime.  I'm going to be glad when the programs are over, I must say, although I know it's not the end of my pushups and sit-ups - not for a while!  

I was thinking of doing The Incline again this weekend, as my last big hurrah, but plans changed!  Out There Colorado is a division of our local paper, one that covers all outdoor sports and activities in the local area.  They were giving away entry fees into the Run to the Shrine 5K/10K this Saturday, a race that someone had asked me about last weekend.  Long story short, I won!  I'm opting for the 5K, since the race is all uphill, to a shrine built to honor Will Rogers in 1937.  It's located at the zoo, so after you finish the race, you get to bomb around the zoo all day - pretty cool!

So, that's what's going on around these parts, and you can understand if I'm hit or miss these days.  I'm trying to keep up with my blog reading, but even that's difficult.  Hope all is well with everyone!       


Janna Renee said...

Wow! just found your blog! My hubby is in the Army and we live in Fountain! He's only been in for a year, so this is all still new to us, but I can totally relate to the moving/tricare/deers stuff :( Deers won't change my name to my married name, Tricare keeps sending me to the wrong docs and we've moved 3 times in the past year. yeesh. Saw you do the incline too. We just tried it recently and we did not make it all the way yet lol. Good luck with everything!

Noelle said...

Yeah, you're not busy much. :) Tehehehe.

But seriously - all craziness aside - how awesome is it that you WON an entry. Believe me, after doing a handful of 5 & 10k's those entry fees ADD up. And, ending at the Zoo? Stellar! Don't forget a change of clothes so you're not to chilly while you look at the giraffes & think of your really tall red headed friend :)