Hello all! Apologies to those of you who have been incessantly checking this page, waiting on the edge of your seat for a follow up post, yearning to see some beautiful pictures of Italy. The process has stalled, and therefore blogging was not quite as exciting 🙂
RW is still waiting to get into Jumpmaster school. It turns out that he needed to take an airborne refresher course before he is eligible for Jumpmaster. So here we are, three months later. Refresher course done. Oh well! I am working on my patience, remember? RW has completed the refresher course and is now studying for Jumpmaster school, which should start September 2.
The Refresher course is necessary if it has been a certain amount of time since your last jump. It reviews all of the pertinent procedures and safety information. During this entire time, RW has been at Ft. Benning. He has been a little lonely as his 3 roommates are all at Ranger School. Pretty sure he is not envious of them at all, no one wants to do that again.
On the Florida home front, I have been keeping crazy busy. I spent three weeks traveling- first to Switzerland for my close friend’s wedding. Then I flew to Seattle to join my team for an overnight running relay race that started at Peace Arch Park at the Washington State-Canadian border and ended on Whidbey Island. We had a blast- everyone ran well, our van decorations were awesome (you cannot go wrong with a blow up orca whale on the top of the vehicle), and we enjoyed each other’s company before and after the race for a few days of downtime. I can tell you that the thing I will miss the most is the group of friends I have made in Sarasota. The good news is that we have already signed up for another relay next summer- Watch out, Utah! Following the race, I spent some time with RW’s family in the Seattle area. It was really fun to get to meet his cousin and his son, as well as spend some time just hanging out with his Aunt, uncle, and grandmother. After Seattle, I went to see my sister in Colorado Springs, which of course was fun. It was especially exciting now that she is a grown up police person and I got to ride along while she worked!
In other news, I quit my veterinary job and have started working part time at the local running specialty store. So far I do not miss it at all. I love the store, as it meshes the parts of my vet job that I liked (meeting new people, talking to them, and helping them) without the parts that sucked (if you have met me, you are aware of this list). I am interested to see where my interest in veterinary medicine lies when I really have to reflect and figure out the next step. But for now, I will read as much as I can about shoes, running, and gear so that I can be successful in this part of the journey.
Thanks for reading! I will keep you posted when there is more to share. Pictures from some of the adventures below.