We are at just 10 weeks until I'll be sitting on a lawn chair and watching my belongings get packed to travel 8000 miles away. It's that time in the moving process where emotions start taking over and I get extremely sentimental and well, let's just say it-sappy.
This happens each and every time, even at the duty stations where I may not have the best memories. I always make some good friends and it is definitely hard to think about not seeing them on a regular basis.
Now is the time that I plan and relish in lunches, get togethers, coffees, girls night outs and just plain chatting with someone. Somehow most of my recent outings have been planned around cupcakes!
I really value these true friendships and will miss them so much, especially during those first weeks of a new move when I don't know anyone and have no connection yet. And it's these true friendships that I try to focus on during these last weeks and not those friendships that are there out of convenience. I've been burned more than I care to count from women who pretend to be my friend, then ditch me as soon as something better comes along. Those I can do without.
Lots of plans are being made for getting together before I leave and quite frankly, just hanging out with my friends is all I need. Lots of laughing, talking and maybe a fair amount of wine too! That's what I'll miss-just being with those that matter.
What I'm looking forward to the most is having our family together, in one house, and not through a computer screen.
After 8 months of being separated during the week, it is definitely taking it's toll on us, especially a certain 7 year old someone who has taken to acting out recently. we are so ready to be together again, have dinner at the same table, and just giggle and share together like we do best.
I'm ready to go, but also doing that super slow walk to the finish line and grasping every bit of friendship along the way.