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December 16, 2010

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10:30 AM-Montgomery Regional Airport:

So….I thought, just because I am at a total lack of creativity on what to post and want to post something while I’m traveling, that I would give you guys a little insight into what’s going on around me as I’m on the move. Right now, I’m in Montgomery waiting on the call to board our plane. When I checked in, they told me it was delayed 20-30 minutes due to the sudden frozen precipitation that has decided to make its appearance today {of all days.} Everyone sitting around me is on a laptop or a smart phone. I guess we can’t function without technology these days. Wi-fi is everywhere and today, because I’m bored, I am grateful. I can’t wait to get to San Francisco. I’m dying to be back with my husband. Six months of separation is a long time. And I miss him like crazy. As I speak, I’m watching four soldiers step off of the plane that’s unloading across from me right now. All of them are being greeted by their families and I’m a little misty eyed watching them be reunited. I can’t imagine spending 12 or 18 months away from my husband. It’s a huge sacrifice that our military and their family members make. Okay. Well. I guess this is all for the installment at MGM [the airport…not the Universal Studios MGM…though that would be fun…] I’m off to visit the on-ground restroom. Bathroom lavatories kind of freak me out. Hope that wasn’t too much information. Oh and by the way…can I mention also that my flight is PACKED? Joy. Hope my claustrophobia doesn’t kick in.

5:55 PM {Central Time}- Somewhere over Utah:

I had intentions of writing a little bit while I was in Atlanta, but the gate got switched at the last minute and then they told us they were going to start boarding early..which they didn’t. So we all kind of stood around with our bags and waited. The flight from Montgomery to Atlanta was bumpy…and crowded. Thankfully it was only about a 30 minute ride or I would have had an issue. Way too many people for my liking. As for the trip so far up here in the giant 767, it’s been pretty smooth sailing. With the exception of a patch of rough head wind we ran into about 30 minutes ago while we were flying over Colorado that forced the seatbelt sign back on and the tray tables to be locked. I attempted a short nap when we first took off but every time I would doze a little bit, I would hit my head. Plus, I have this subconscious fear and paranoia about sleeping in public. Don’t ask why. Maybe it’s just because I’m sitting next to someone I don’t know. She’s a sweet little old lady though. Heading to San Fran on vacation by herself. She’s from Huntsville and she’s a huge Sydney Sheldon fan. She’s almost read an entire novel on this flight and has two more in her carry on for the trip back and to read while she’s vacationing.

As for me, I’m just enjoying the view [when there is one seeing as how to clouds are extremely thick]. I am amazed and how many colors the sky can turn. Random? Yes, I know. But I’ve seen brown clouds today, gray ones, purple ones, and some of the bluest skies ever. Beautiful from this angle. Really, really beautiful. Anywho. I’m about to enjoy the free wi-fi for the remainder of this trip. They are about to bring the beverage trolley around again before we start our descent in another hour or so. Next post will be from San Francisco! And I’ll be back with my husband! Here’s to safe travel for the remainder of this phase of my trip.

Thursday 5:17 Pm: Petaluma, California:

Well, I made it. Safe and sound and in one piece. Hubby and his buddy CJ picked me up at the airport; they were waiting for me in baggage claim. We crossed the Golden Gate bridge last night, and let me just say that it doesn’t seem as big as it is on TV. Oh well. Still a cool experience. I only saw San Francisco from the air and the little bit that I saw while we were on the way back to the base, but we plan to explore it heavily tomorrow. We are taking a Red Eye back to Atlanta tomorrow evening, so we’ll have all afternoon to be tourists. I’m really excited. As for the reuniting with my husband, let’s just say that it was everything I hoped it would be and more. I forgot how much I missed him. Okay, well I didn’t really forget, but the feelings of missing him were made stronger when we got back together. Man, I love that guy. Anywho. Graduation is tomorrow, so we’re going out to eat tonight and then packing our stuff up to head out right after. The official arrival date to Kodiak has been set. We have to be there on January 17, so that will put us saying farewell to Alabama on around the 6th or so. Still not 100% on the actual date we will leave, but I’m excited. Ready for the next phase of our journey to begin.

Thanks so much for all of your prayers and encouragement and support the se last 8 months. You guys have really made my time away from my husband easier. You’ve listened when I needed someone to talk to and you have offered tons and tons of support. And I greatly appreciate it. Some of you have become the dearest of friends and I love you all to pieces! As for me, right now I’m off to go eat supper with my husband. I hope you all have a great Thursday evening and make sure to check out the blog tomorrow for another guest post!

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