Thursday, June 7, 2012

Having a GREAT Air Force Day!

A popular phrase you'll hear in my beloved branch is, "Have a great Air Force day!"  Well folks, we're having a phenomenal Air Force day!

I know I've been quiet on here lately, and it's not because I don't want to post, trust me.  I didn't imagine that seasoning training would have me busier than my normal full-time job, but it does.  I'm at work by 0730 every day and I'm released at 1600.  Pretty standard stuff there, but every day I go to the gym after work for at least an hour.  Once that's done I head home, make dinner, clean up dinner, then try to get motivated to clean or do something productive.  Normally that's out the window and I play on the computer and watch TV.  I'm sure part of it has to do with the fact that I'm at my desk all day long, versus moving around like I do in the classroom.

Always aiming high, I've always got a number of projects in the works.  I'm studying for a CLEP in Principles of Management for this coming Tuesday, which will put me one step closer to my CCAF.  Once I take that, I'll book my last test for that AAS degree.  I'm already scheduled for my AFOQT, which I'm taking in mid-July.  We've been eating better at home, minimizing snacks and junk foods, eating more fruits and vegetables, and drinking Shakeology for breakfast.  My PT test is in August, hence the extra emphasis on health and fitness.  Plus, who wouldn't want to get back to that BMT body?  ;)

I mentioned above that as a Personnelist (3S0X1), my job is mainly confined to an office, with the exception of days like today!  Today was my first time out on the flight line, something that's old hat to DH (a crew chief).  I got to climb into a C-130 and a C-17.  These planes are just beautiful, and even more so up front.  It makes you proud to be a part of the Air Force, it really does.  I joked with two co-workers that we picked the wrong AFSC.  I even did my diligent duty and partook in my own FOD (foreign object damage) walk, picking up three pebbles.  On a flight line, you have to ensure that there is nothing on the flight line that could find its way into the machinery and cause damage or harm to your people.  This includes rocks and pebbles.  Definitely wouldn't want one shot out of an engine at anyone.

PhotobucketI'm also being featured today on Rheanna's blog, Cammo Style Love!  She's doing a series on military lifestyles, and featuring the challenges and unique experiences of bloggers in a variety of branches and service statuses.  If you'd like to read more about my journey as a milspouse and then a Reservist, check it out!  I'm a big proponent of the belief that you can have a life and a career as you follow your spouse wherever the military takes you.  Heck, you can even serve yourself!  I really don't see myself as exceptionally stronger than others.  When you're a milspouse, you just make it work.  Not because you particularly want to [be separated or alone], but because you have to.  That's life, there's no other option.  That's life and I wouldn't take any other option.  I love my life!

DH got his tech school date today!  He leaves sooner than expected, and will start school at the end of this month.  We couldn't be more excited.  He's eager to get going and learn how to do his job.  We're both glad to have him on active duty orders during this time period, since we'll reap all of the active duty pay and benefits.  This is a great thing, especially when you've just...

BOUGHT A HOUSE!  Yes!  This has been a goal of ours for a while, but we knew we had to clean up our finances prior to jumping in.  I didn't imagine that 2012 would be the year we made it happen.  When I made the decision to commission, it changed the "Grand Master Plan," which keeps us here in Colorado for an undetermined length of time...maybe forever.  We'd found a short-sale home that we were interested in buying, but it ended up falling through.  I temporarily gave up on home buying, but another house lead us to our current one.  This one finally made me fall in love, and it's move-in ready with some fantastic amenities for an older home (built in '75).  It was a flip and the sellers did a great job at outfitting it with everyone most folks want in a home (stainless appliances, granite, etc).  There is nothing that I will have to do when we move in - no immediate needs whatsoever.  You noticed I said the word "I?"  Yes, that's because in true military fashion, DH will be at training and I will be moving us by myself (with the help of my FIL and friends).  Luckily this house is close to our current rental and we'll have an overlap of seventeen days in which to move.  Back and forth we'll go, little by little!  

So, can you see why I've been a busy lady?  I wouldn't have it any other way - thankful for all of the blessings in my life!  Thanks for your patience, readers, I'll be with you shortly!


Bikegirl said...

Hi Erin

I recently came arcoss your blog and I really enjoy how enthusiastic and passionate about your career in the USAF! It's very inspiring! Though there are so many acronyms (especially with the Air Force) and sometimes I am wondering what they all mean, you need a glossary! LOL!


Erin said...

Thanks Michelle! I agree, I do need a glossary! I've had that on my to-do list for a while, and I probably need to get around to it! Thanks for visiting!

Fran said...

Congrats on the house!

Mrs. Duh said...

You have been a busy lady! I'm still sending good vibes on the house!

I nominated you for "One Lovely Blog" because I just love reading your blog! Thanks for all you do for our future Airmen (and MTI's) on here!

Erin said...

@Mrs. Duh - Thanks mama! The house ended up falling through. Thanks for the nomination - I'm still trying to catch up on my blog reading!