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Thursday, March 3, 2011

My New Commuter Life, Part I: Getting There is Half the Battle

I might have mentioned it, I might not have, but I kept my Reserve position at Offutt AFB, Nebraska even though I now live in Florida.  I've received dozens (yes, dozens) of inquiries about why I would want to do that.

Three reasons why I kept this position:

1.) There's very little else for me to do in weather in the AF Reserves.  I could switch to something non-weather, which is okay, but I preferred to stay in weather.  Call it the Geek in me!  I expect there will more options if Dave ever gets assigned to the Washington, D.C. area after this.  I'll also only have a couple years left in the AF before I'm retirement-eligible by then. (How time flies!)

2.) This position has a lot of flexibility.  I am known as an "Individual Mobilization Augmentee" type of Reservist (or "IMA" for short).  In other words, I'm like an understudy-type capability to an active duty staff element.  If something were to happen that the active duty element needed more people, I could get called up to help out.  In my previous position in South Carolina, I was a member of a Reserve unit, and I was expected to be present one weekend per month.  As an IMA, I'm presented with times on the schedule that my help would be appreciated, and I balance their schedule with my own...and I'm allowed to stitch together several "one weekend per month" equivalents and not have to travel monthly.

3.) I'd only been in the Nebraska position for about 1 1/2 years.  It took nearly a year to receive all my training for this position, so I was trusted "unsupervised" only since last summer, and I feel that I owe more fruitful time to this position and the team I work with.

Therefore, around Christmastime I worked out with my active duty boss that I could give 4 work days to my shop in late Februrary, and I bought a plane ticket.  For these "one weekend per month" type work periods, I'm expected to supply my own transportation, so YES, I'm eating the transportation costs in this case.  Thank heavens for credit card reward points!

Right after the President's Day long weekend, I kissed my boys goodbye, put them on the school bus and set off for the airport.  Fortunately, there was nothing hindering my trip TO Nebraska, a small snow event was putting itself together for a couple days later.  I picked up my rental usual they were "out" of the super-ultra-mini-sub-compact cars I usually reserve, so I was offered this Ford Mustang.

I've always wanted a Ford Mustang, and this one was a lot of fun to first.

After I got my rental car arranged, I then went to collect my suitcase. Yes, I checked a suitcase on Delta airlines. But I traveled in uniform, in part so I didn't have to pay to check the bag, no questions asked!

It was a good thing I was in my suitcase never showed up. Even though I flew from Fort Walton Beach to Omaha via Memphis, my suitcase flew via Atlanta and hadn't arrived. I filled out the appropriate paperwork, and the luggage office clerk assured me that the suitcase would be delivered that night. So I stayed up till about 12:30am waiting for it, but then it didn't arrive. Boo!

So with my gracious hosts providing me some sleeping clothes, toothpaste and soap, and Delta airlines providing me a cute little toothbrush and a flimsy comb, I had JUST ENOUGH stuff to sleep, clean up and be presentable for work the following morning.

Did I mention my coats were in my suitcase? Uniform yes, coats no. Fortunately, it wasn't that cold, about 35F.

While I was at work, my suitcase was delivered, hooray!

Coming next...Part II: The Ford Mustang...Worst. Winter. Vehicle. Ever.

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The MilSpouse Friday Fill-In #32

I recently discovered Wife of a Sailor while wandering through the Blogosphere looking for....well I can't remember what.

She has helped bring together dozens and dozens of other military spouse bloggers.  I had sent "Wifey" a note a few weeks ago expressing my appreciation for this project she does: "MilSpouse Friday Fill-in".  It's been fun to read others' responses, but this is the first week I'm taking part.  On Thursdays she posts the questions, then you post the answers on your own blog and then send her your post with the answers.  It draws all these other military spouse bloggers together.  Very clever!

So here are this weeks' questions, and my answers.  It's going to be worded somewhat formally since a several new readers will be seeing it.

Do you or your {spouse} ever wish your {spouse} was in a different branch of the military?

Funny this was asked, because my husband actually inquired into transferring into the Navy in the late 1990s.  The Air Force made some significant changes to our ("our", since I was on active duty at the time) career field in the late 1990s, and a lot of opportunities to be stationed overseas and in more parts of the country went away.  Ironically, the Navy did similar consolidations with their weather career field about 7-8 years after the Air Force did, and the issue became moot.

What duty station(s) are on your “No Way, Hell No, Not Going, Have Fun Unaccompanied” list and why?

I can't think of any place that we absolutely wouldn't at least try.  Especially overseas.  If we can come along, we certainly will!  Fort Hood, TX and Fort Irwin, CA are high up on an "almost No Way" list, but it doesn't look like he'd get stationed there.

If you could be one age forever, what age would you choose and why?

27.  I felt like I was on top of the world when I was 27, for some reason.  The only things missing were the kids, I didn't have my first son till I was almost 28.

If you were a breakfast cereal, which one would you be?

Life.  Yummy AND nutritious!  The name says it all :-)

What is your morning beverage of choice and why?

About 16 oz. of homemade coffee, with 2% milk and 2 TBSP. of sugar.  I had a couple years where I made this for myself EVERY morning, but I've been cutting back to just 1-2x per week.