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Military Spouse Residency Relief Act August 8, 2009

Filed under: Military — Misa @ 2:51 am

If you do not know about this yet read this. This is very important for all military spouses. Imagine no more residency changes every 3.5 years!!

There is also a facebook group that supports this act and sends out information on which senators should be called in order to get this bill passed.


Question for Military Wives August 2, 2009

Filed under: Military,Travel — Misa @ 5:57 pm

My question is about jewelry and how to PCS with it.

Obviously, any nice or special jewelry will be coming with me in my carry-on luggage. That part is easy. However, I’m a bit of a costume jewelry fiend. Costume jewelry is the only thing I allow myself to kind of horde and I have a ton of it. It is way too much to put in my carry on. The question now is to I put it in my checked luggage or can I pack it with my home goods? No single piece is worth that much money, but as a “collection” it has some value attached to it. Lots of this costume jewellery looks like the real thing. I’m worried that someone will steal the lot of it thinking that some of it is real. Perhaps this is a little paranoid, but sometimes paranoia can be helpful. I was thinking I might wrap it in Ziploc bags and tissue paper and then pack it in sealed shoe boxes – along with some of my shoes – and just ship it with my home goods.

I should also mention that I am returning from Europe so I cannot just pack it in my car and drive it to our new base.

Any thoughts will be greatly appreciated. 🙂


My Computer is *almost* Fixed July 28, 2009

Filed under: Irritations,Military,Misa,Travel — Misa @ 1:45 pm

The computer technician should be here in about an hour to fix my poor laptop so you can expect much more regular posting in the very near future. I know you are all excited!

Yesterday my pilot and I made a trip to base. For most military spouses this is not a blog-worthy post, but since we’ve been here we’ve made the trip to base less then 10 times (we’ve been here almost two years!). We don’t have a car here so we are limited to taking taxis to get to base which is pretty expensive – though not as expensive as having and maintaining a car here. In the morning we attended the “Smooth Move” seminar to make sure we are doing everything necessary for our PCS. The presentations were good, but I couldn’t help but thinking that the whole process could be made much, much, much more straightforward.

The one interesting thing I learned is that due to US agricultural restrictions you must be absolutely certain not to have any “outdoor debris” in your household goods or unaccompanied baggage shipment. You even have to get the bottom of your car washed before you can ship it. I won’t be moving my herb garden, but I’ll probably stick the pots in the dishwasher just to make absolutely sure I don’t bring any nasty critters back to the US.

After a quick lunch my pilot went shopping while I had the joy of going to the dentist. Ugh. I am always embarrassed to go to the dentist now because to make a long story short my childhood dentist was awful. I didn’t know this at the time, nor did my parents or obviously I wouldn’t have gone to her. I had braces on for eight years and even though I kept my teeth meticulously clean the bottom line is that teeth really aren’t meant to have stuff glued to them for that long. My molars were severely decalcified due to the braces and the cavities were inevitable. Not a big deal. Most people get cavities. My old dentist filled these cavities and the only problem I realized at the time was that I was no longer able to floss between my back teeth -seriously, I could not get even get the dental floss in! Finally, many, many, many years down the road the air force dentists actually investigated this and believed me when I told them I honestly couldn’t floss back there. They have been repairing her damage ever since. The latest discovery is that she put in a filling that over hangs part of my tooth and makes it impossible to clean and that she used really inexpensive filler material. Ugh. Perhaps I’m more upset by this than I should be, but I only have one set of teeth and because of her they aren’t as healthy as the could be.

I feel really fortunate that the dentists are catching this now as opposed to when my teeth start falling out or something, so that is something positive I suppose.

Do you have any dental horror stories?

PS – I find it quite funny that the spellchecker on word press does not recognize the word “blog.” 🙂


Phew! July 15, 2009

Filed under: Military,Misa — Misa @ 3:51 pm

I had a really great exercise session today! I think it was the swimming that has put me in such a good mood even though my arms are feeling a bit sore. The water was the perfect temperature, the sun was shining and I had the entire pool to myself! It doesn’t get much better!

This will be a short post today. I need to finish updating our home inventory so that we can have everything in order well before our actual PCS date. Also, I’m visiting the US for a month and half in the middle of all this and don’t want my pilot to have to deal with it while he is busy defending his thesis.


Greetings & Salutations! July 13, 2009

Filed under: Military,Misa,My Pilot — Misa @ 5:08 pm
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I am the wife of a pilot in the United States Air Force.

This is a large part of who I am, but it is by no means all that I am.

I had prepared for an entirely different kind of life than the one the military provides. I often find myself frustrated by new expectations (or the lack thereof), military procedures and the opinions of others. I struggle to figure out where exactly I fit in and what I am meant to do in this world. Regardless of my struggles, I wouldn’t change my life for all the stars in the sky.

This blog will be a place to vent, rant, rave, cry, love, laugh, create and connect. Please enjoy!