Friday, August 22, 2014

Life Update: August

August has been pretty low-key and hermit-y for us.

Will has been working long and hard hours (as usual), including more and more last-minute weekend shifts (unscheduled). He had an unexpected little TDY. It was only 4 days, but it was torture because we were woken up on the day he left with a phone call. The gist of it was: "Pack a bag and get to the squadron as soon as you can." It was so unexpected that no one knew exactly where he was going or for how long. At first it started out as a possible overnight trip...then two days...wait three...okay four, no seriously this time four. Each update an extra day was tacked on for one reason or another.

military homecoming
Will: "Can we go? How many pictures are you going to take?"
Ech: "Shut up and smile."

I finally know the meaning behind the #sherlocked and I feel so cool for it. I've been told over and over again that I'd love Sherlock since I love Doctor Who. I've been putting off watching it though. Not because I didn't think I'd like it, more because I knew I'd be obsessed and wouldn't be able to stop. I was waiting for Will to go on TDY, but I caved now because of Will's current work schedule. He's only around to sleep so I needed to indulge in a new show obsession.

In family news, Leetle is a swim champ. She got 7 ribbons in the 7 events she swam. 4 1st place, 2 2nd place, and 1 3rd place. She posted qualifying times for 3 of the events which means she's qualified to enter state championship meets. I'm so proud of her!

And Beebee just turned 8. 8!!! How can she be 8 already? (How can I be 28 already? Ugh!)

Ech's family

As I was writing this post, I got my latest test results back. (For those of you don't know, I have cervical dysplasia) I was expecting the usual "Come back in for a colposcopy". But this time I got all good news. The tests came back normal! The last time this happened, I had to repeat the tests because the margins (or something) were too iffy to be conclusive and it turned out it wasn't normal. But this time I don't need to come back until next year for repeat testing! Yesss!

Monday, August 4, 2014

Bridge of the Gods

Bridge of the Gods

I laughed when my mom handed me Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed. Me? Read a book about hiking? I never turn down a book recommendation, though. It took me almost a year to get around to it. A big motivator was the Semi-Charmed Summer 2014 Book Challenge. It fit in one of the categories so I read it on the plane on the way to Oregon.

I kicked myself for waiting so long to read the book. There's a good reason it's so popular. I'm not really great at giving book reports or reviews, so I'll just say that I highly recommend it and leave it at that.

Anyway, so the Bridge of the Gods connects Oregon to Washington and that's where Cheryl ends her journey. I jumped at the chance to see it. I love it when I can make a book and reality meet.

Cascade Locks Trail Head
Bridge of the Gods
Bridge of the Gods
Bridge of the Gods
Bridge of the Gods
Bridge of the Gods
Pacific Crest Trail