Sunday, August 25, 2013

Under the Sea

My sister always says that I should have been born in late February or March so that my astrological sign would be picses. I am obsessed with the ocean, and swimming in general. I started swimming lessons when I was 4, and swam competively through high school. I love mermaid, fish, and seashell decorations and trinkets. I used to watch the Little Mermaid and Splash daily. It's something I've always been passionate about.

In June, one of my coworkers and I went to Ocean City for a mini getaway. All summer I've wanted to bring Ryan, but we've been so busy with other commitments that we weren't able to. This weekend we finally took a day and went. We originally planned on getting a hotel and staying Saturday night, but after seeing how expensive it would be and realizing most hotels require 2 consecutive night stays, we decided to make a day trip out of it. After all, it's only about 2.5 hours from our home. Not bad at all.

Ryan advertising for my alma mater!
We walked around the boardwalk, went to dinner, people watched, walked along the beach, napped on our beach towels, read books, and relaxed. I, as always, spent a considerable amount of time swimming in the ocean and dodging waves with my goggles. I don't think I will ever grow out of enjoying that! There is something about being fully under water that is so peaceful to me. It's a different kind of silent that gives me a place I can clearly open my mind and explore thoughts. I remember feeling this same way when I was here in June. I feel happiest at the beach. I'm most at peace with my thoughts and worries here.

I am so thankful that God created the ocean and that His plan includes us moving to sunny California next summer. I always talk about how I would love DC so much more if there was an ocean nearby. It's going to be amazing living so close to the ocean, and I fully intend on taking advantage of it!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Back to School

In early July, you can count on stores filling their shelves with school supplies, back packs, desk lights of all colors, dorm room trinkets, and anything else you'd ever need for school. My twitter and Facebook feeds are full of reminders that my alma mater move-in day is today. There's no avoiding it - it's that time of year. The words "Back to School" used to cause me agony and distress when I was a student. Even in college, I always dreaded going back to school. I loved being with my friends, but I disliked all of the stress that came with writing papers, studying for midterms, or working on a group project. As an adult, the phrase has no effect on me... and I love it!

I love working full time. I'm thankful that there is so much overtime available in my line of work, and that my career is transportable all over the country. Honestly, I have dreams of pursuing a master's degree in the future. At this point in my life, however, I'm enjoying the freedoms of NOT being in school. I don't even know what sort of Master's degree I want, but I know I am years away from starting that.

Even though summer is nearing an end, I embrace and look forward to fall. I plan on thoroughly enjoying these last few weeks of summer too. We have a two week trip to Europe coming up next month, and I can't believe how quickly it's approaching. I remember dreaming of what life would be like once I graduated college and finally got to live with my husband, and I can honestly say it's so much more amazing than I could have ever dreamed! Some people say that college is "the best part of your life," but I respectfully disagree. I think the best is yet to come!

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Biking in DC

A couple weekends ago, Ryan and I drove to Ohio to visit his great-grandma. While we were there, we picked up Ryan's bicycle which had been collecting dust since he joined the Navy. This weekend, we finally put our bicycles to use.

Because we're living on a budget, we decided to jam the bikes in one of our cars rather than buy a rack. It was a tight fit, but we managed fitting them in.

We headed to DC and biked around the Georgetown neighborhood. We grabbed salads for dinner since we were on a healthy spree with the biking and all. 

I'm always surprised about the "outdoors" within the DC area. For being a metropolitan city, it has much to offer regarding trails, parks, and nature. Today we biked on the Capitol Crescent Trail, which is literally a stone throw away from M Street. While on the trail, I couldn't help but appreciate the beautiful views, especially along the Potomac. It didn't even feel like we were in the city!

It's hard to believe that a year from now, we will be in California. As much as I can't wait, there are many things about this area that I will miss. I want to continue exploring and appreciating this amazing city while we live here. People come from all over the world to visit DC, and I firmly believe we are so fortunate to have all it has to offer at our fingertips.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Double Date

I have nothing against children, but sometimes it's nice to have friends without kids. Unfortunately, we know very few military couples at this command who don't have kids. I'm always telling Ryan we need to hang out with new couples, so I was super excited when he said one of his coworkers invited us on a double date to Medieval Times near Baltimore.  I've been to the Arundel Mills Mall before (where the Medieval Times is) and always wondered what it was.

It was a very unique and enjoyable experience, and I am so glad they invited us!! I definitely see some double dates with Rich and Kali in the near future. The food was good (and they had a great vegetarian option for me), and the show was entertaining.

The guys enjoyed some fruity beverages, even though their cups may disguise that! 

One of the knights threw a flower to me; it made me feel special! I'm looking forward to the rest of the weekend.

Saturday, August 3, 2013

One year

Yesterday Ryan took off work and came to work with me to celebrate my "graduation" from my nurse residency program. This event marked the completion of my first year as a registered nurse. It also marks the transition from novice to experienced nurse. I am finally not considered a "new grad." I am so thankful for the learning experiences I have encountered over this first year, and look forward to my future experiences. I am so excited to hit this pivotal moment, and for all of the opportunities I had while completing this program over the last year. I worked with a colleague to complete a research project in our field, and was able to present it yesterday.

This week, Ryan got official hard copy orders to San Diego, to begin July 24, 2014. In the military world, orders for your next PCS aren't official until you get these. So this also marks that we have one year left in the DC area. I plan on working as much as I can over the next year so that we can save lots of money in case I'm without work for a month or two during our move. I still can't believe that we are actually moving back to California, but we really are! I am so excited for the next couple of years, and cannot wait to see what's in store for us!