Get into the Groove Girl
So – crazy life, I’ve been in Georgia since the 18th of July. It was a whirlwind getting out of California and I had a fabulous time with my family and friends. I certainly enjoyed those quiet mornings by my parents pool in the backyard…
A big BBQ at Micke Grove Park, my hope was to have a large enough spot so that my military and civilian friends could gather and I would get the time to see them all. It felt a bit like your wedding reception where you spend the entire time flitting from table to table… it was worth it, some of my friends that appeared I had not seen in YEARS. High School Friends (WOW time flies, class of ’89! the photo of 4 of us where I am facing my daughter and another lovely lady – is actually a photo of myself and one of my best HS GF’s and our daughters as they told us a tale of THEIR adventures… history repeats!) College friends from UOP, my MUSD ladies, and a surprise show from friends of my parents who were like my adoptive parents while I grew up! I even got to meet my little Monkey Man!! He was born after I had gone to Afghanistan, I was in tears of joy holding his sweet little self and being able to kiss that soft little cheek! It flew by … and was wonderful and maddening all in one. There is never enough time…
Next stop, a break to the coast to hang out with my parents and daughter and get in 18 holes at the Half Moon Bay Golf Links (The old course)
We started out with a fantastic dinner at the Moss Beach Distillery – a California Historical landmark, known for its prohibition days where it was a landing site and distribution point for the outlawed liquors that were highly in demand. Also known for its local ghost the “Blue Lady” … while the food was great, she didn’t make her appearance while we were there. Though it definently hits a high point with me as it is pet friendly! On the back patio the had nice warm fires to keep the chilly ocean wind at bay, and the view was fabulous.
I had a red eye flight to take me to Atlanta, luckily no delays! I was able to get off the plane and – oh yea – find out my hike pack had been lost. *sigh* Travel is never without a few bumps… but regardless, I was able to have one bag, get my rental car and head for Augusta. I was going to sign for my new apartment – I had Unaccompanied baggage coming (essentially almost 600 lbs of clothing, office needs, bedding, and a few kitchen items to settle into my apartment until the rest of the goodies showed up) so pretty much it was land, get car, get unaccompanied, then drive to North Carolina where I spent the weekend with my sister shopping and relaxing the weekend away.
I returned to Georgia and found my car would be arriving… PHEW, okay so my sister came to MY neck of the woods and we headed for Atlanta. Instead of it just being a – get the car and go deal, we made a day of it. If you haven’t been to the Atlanta Botanical Gardens – GO! It’s AMAZING.
Upon returning to Augusta, my sister and I enjoyed horseback riding, farmers markets, antique shops, and lazy days at the pool. Just when I thought I wasn’t going to get my household good shipment before I lost her help, I got the call, my household goods – were HERE! We spent all of Monday – unpacking, Thank goodness she was there to help, as it is it took me a few days to get the place unpacked and set up… but oh is it so worth it. It feels so good to be settled. Kitchen fully functioning and cooking, photos up on the wall, desk all ready for printing.
So now that my Leave is over, and Permissive TDY has tick tocked…. I’m back to checking in with the Army Base. PT every morning at the godawful hour of 0550 – this morning was my first run… hill running! I am definitely loving having my butt kicked, It feels good, though it surely didn’t feel good at 0430 when that alarm went off!
I think that photo went to a few of us and it is hitting the “JUST DO IT” – I’ve already linked up with some other class mates, and meeting up with one to run the 3 mile track tomorrow. It’s been busy, I’m tired … but the shifting sand has settled a bit more. School will begin in a few weeks and the CCNA course is supposed to be pretty intense.