Why yes, it has been way too long since my last blog post. I’m not very good at whipping out posts especially when I have nothing to talk about. My days have been much of the same for the past month since we’re down to the last weeks of A being almost to the point of rotating off of his current boat. We’ve been a one-car duo since his return from deployment and that has been rather interesting. Other than that, if you follow my Instagram and Twitter, you know how eager I am to officially be off of this island.
So, what’s it like being a one-car duo? It definitely took some time to get use to since we both had cars before deployment. And believe it or not, I didn’t stay home all day, I was out and about, running errands and going on adventures. But since we’ve been sharing one car for the past two months, it hasn’t been too bad at all. It forced me to make use of my day and try new things, which involved lots of baking, cooking more, and just saving money. Now that we barely eat out anymore, we’ve been cooking a lot of our meals, which means we’ve been eating a lot better and I love it! On weekends, we’ve been doing the grocery shopping together, it’s a nice change since I was the main shopper for this household. Prior to deployment, A loved his Diet Coke and since his return, he hasn’t really had any and that makes me extremely happy. I wouldn’t say we’re health nuts, but we eat much better and it feels great.
What have you been baking/making? Bagels! I won’t say that I’m a pro with making them, but A loves them and it’s all for him, anyways. I rarely eat them except when I’m super hungry and too lazy to make food. They’re so easy to make, which is perfect since I don’t have a lot of patience with recipes that are time-consuming. I really have to be in the mood for a time-consuming recipe. Other foods I’ve made :
- flour tortillas
- pita bread
- granola (by the way, everyone should make some, your home will smell amazing!)
It’s safe to say that I’ll probably never buy bagels, tortillas, pita bread and granola from the store again. And it’s so much healthier since you’ll know what’s going inside of each. We’ve had to be careful with not buying too much since we’re moving so soon. Like just last week, we made some burgers because we were craving them and we had zero condiments! It was a womp womp moment, but oh well? It still tasted delicious without them!
How’s the road trip planning? For the most part, we got our loose itinerary done, well A did most of it. He’s the better trip planner, I have too much of a go with the flow attitude to try and plan a trip. We’ll be starting in California, making our way to Washington to see my family, and then making our way east to D.C. We have several stops along the way after we leave Washington. We’re working with USAA with securing a car when we arrive in California, did you know you can do that? They have a lot more services than I thought! Our road trip will take about 2 weeks.
Do you have a house yet? We don’t, we’re going to search for one while we’re there. My house hunting dreams were shattered, so it’ll be an apartment for us since we’ll be there for less than a year. We’re looking to live in Virginia and there’s so many apartment buildings to look at, we’ve been active with the search and will narrow it down once we get there. Trying to lease a place before we got there hiked up the prices a ton, it was ridiculous, so we decided to just way. It’s better that way because it’ll give us a chance to check out places before we decide on one.
Any major plans before leaving the island? Not really, but we did book a 2-hour ATV tour at Kualoa Ranch for A’s birthday, there’s a group of us going and we’re both excited for it. Since we’ve tried to steer away from some of the tourist spots on the island, we figured this would be the thing that we HAVE to do if we were visiting. It’ll be our last hurrah because the day after, we’ll be on a plane and out of here.
How are things with A’s Olmsted Program? They’re great! A’s been doing vocabulary flashcards, reading the Slovene Newspaper and I’ve dabbled in the vocabulary, but my motivation is very minimal. Slovene is not an easy language, it’s a lot like Russian, actually. Today, I’m taking the Defense Language Aptitude Battery (DLAB), which will be the deciding factor if I can attend language school with A or not. I’m actually pretty nervous about this since I haven’t taken an exam in 6 years or done anything school-related. However, it’s not the end of the world, if I don’t get the score I need because the program provides funding for me to get a tutor. But I want to pass so I can take the course with A.
It’s crazy to think that around this time next year, we’ll be at our new home in Europe! A few of the fellow Olmsted Scholars are already in their country and it’s been amazing to see all their pictures and hearing about their experiences so far.
Anything else? To be honest, not really. I’ve been getting my volleyball in and played in tournaments the past few weekends, I’m hoping to get one more tournament in before we leave. Hanging out with my friends and hitting up some amazing breakfast spots have been on my agenda lately. I have a couple more places I want to try, Hawai’i seriously has some awesome breakfast spots and they’re not all in Kailua!
I recently bought a shutter remote for our trip since I want to take some photos for time-lapse and get a shot of the Milky Way. Seeing and capturing a shot of the Milky Way is on my hypothetical bucket list, I was hoping to see it here, but the best spot to see it (on-island) is way out on the west side like Ka’ena Point. We bought some camping gear since we’re planning on doing some camping/hiking at National Parks along the way. I’m actually kind of nervous about this because the wildlife scares the crap out of me like bears! We don’t have those here in Hawai’i or any animal that can tear your tent down and eat you to pieces. I’ve already mentally prepared myself to just sleep in our car if I’m too terrified 😉
I think that’s all for now, I’m not sure when I’ll do another post, maybe long our trip as we make ways to our new home, but I can’t guarantee anything. However, I’ll be active on Instagram and Twitter, so follow me on there for any updates !