Monday, July 15, 2013

Day 17 and Counting

I joke that I'm going quietly insane living in this hotel room for dangerously close to 3 weeks.  Do you remember the old Queen song called "I'm Going Slightly Mad?"  That's been playing on a constant repeat in my mind for the last week and a half.  So there you have it.  

I've mentioned it before, but neither one of us has lived in military housing before, so we're both unfamiliar with what a normal time frame would be to be placed in a house.  We were told it's first come, first served, but that's a bunch of BS.  We had all of our paperwork submitted and completed, and hubby went over to the housing office first thing on the Monday morning after we arrived.  A colleague of his went in after him and was put on the mysterious "list" along with us, but he was placed a week ago.  I'm not saying it's wrong, but they obviously place Coasties who have children before a family of just two.  Well, three if you count the furry, four-legged master of destruction and filth.  

At least someone is content living in the hotel
My point is, don't pretend it's first come first served when it clearly isn't.  It creates slightly unrealistic expectations.  We're completely at their mercy.  In this tiny room.  Where I make coffee in the bathroom.  We joke and say we have a Bitchen.  You know, Bathroom/Kitchen.  It's a Bitchen!  If we weren't required to live in military housing - we absolutely wouldn't - and we'd have a place to call home by now.  We're both just frustrated.  If what they've told us so far is accurate, we should hear something this week.  Good Lord, I hope so.

Alright, the complaining portion of the program is complete.  And I'll continue to go sliiiiggghhhtly maaad.  Seriously, go take a listen to Queen's "I'm Going Slightly Mad" if you don't know it so you can feel my pain.  And maybe sing along a little.  It's from their 1991 album Innuendo, and also the Classic Queen greatest hits-type album from 1992.

So, moving on.  We've been able to explore Kodiak a little bit since we've been here, and it's truly beautiful.  We'll just say that the scenery is a little different than Key West!  

Mill Bay Beach

Driving down to Anton Larsen Bay - View of Pyramid  Mountain

Mossy tree hiking through North End Park

I think out of all the experiences and activities we'll do while living here, I'll enjoy hiking the most. It's such a great way to get out in the fresh air and get some exercise.  And you really can't beat the views.  

Hiking in Rotary Park
Tomorrow is my 39th birthday, and I was hoping part of my present this year would involve us diligently unpacking boxes and settling in to our new home.  I know, I need to up my birthday standards, right?  

We have a fun day planned for tomorrow getting out to Fort Abercrombie State Park for a picnic lunch and some hiking with the Cheetster.  It's supposed to be a diverse and beautiful park, so I'm really looking forward to checking it out.  

Our usual tradition is having a birthday dinner at whatever restaurant the birthday-ee chooses, but since we can't leave the pooch alone in the hotel, my birthday dinner will have to wait until we get our new digs.  Until then I'll continue to go slightly mad. 

P.S. - Update!  Just got notified we have an appointment with housing to do a walk through on a place tomorrow.  Two bedrooms, a garage, and a fenced in yard.  Hooray and happy birthday to me!!


  1. Happy Birthday! Would have mailed you something - if only you had a physical home. Sounds like you will have a home to call your own very soon. Enjoy your hiking just stay out of the Pushki. It's still raining at least once a day here in Key West so we're having our version of lush. No where near what you're experiencing. Keeping my fingers crossed that today's the lucky day for a place to call your own. Miss you, Patricia

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