April 5, 2010

Georgia


So, I'm home and settled now, finally! But this won't be home for much longer. This little trip showed me that.

So, here's the rundown. Sorry if this gets long and boring. But you'll get to relive the experience with me in all its glory! :)

Had to leave at dawn-thirty to go to the airport, which doesn't bother me, but my parents (my ride) don't understand why anyone would book a flight that requires you to get up before you normally would. Reason: we didn't know what time SoldierMan would get released; could've been 1700, 1900, 2100....we wanted to make sure I would be there in plenty of time no matter what. But they still graciously drove me to the airport.

I get there and see a large group from Ft. Sill - all asleep, naturally! Sprawled all over the terminal sleeping in the most amazing positions. I never fail to be impressed at the way the Army can fall asleep wherever it lands. :) Of course, they let those guys board the plane first. So I get on and one of them has taken my seat - my window seat! And he knew he had as soon as I sat down, but it was a short flight and he was so tired I couldn't let him switch back with me. Or, I thought he was tired. I started talking to him and it turned out he was a very nervous flyer. Literally, he said, "I hate flying." So I tried to distract him and talk to him. Talked about how I was going to visit SoldierMan at OCS. At which point he started calling me "ma'am." Still not sure how I feel about that. Then the plane starts moving and he gets really freaked. "I don't like takeoff." Poor guy. As soon as we get in the air, he says he's cold. So he turns off his air vent, pulls his sleeves over his hands, zips his jacket up over his head and curls up into a ball inside his jacket. Amazing skills. Amazing.

The drive from Atlanta to Columbus was easy and pretty. I've already shared my interesting first night experience. Seriously, that hotel was NOT what it looked like online. We later saw that they had taken pictures of another hotel in the chain (in the same city) and had used those pictures for that location. False advertising, I think. Literally, SoldierMan walked in the door of the room (6 hours after I got there), gave it a once-over, walked to the phone and said, "We're checking out in the morning." It was that bad. But the hotel we wound up staying at was SOOOO nice. If housing can't put us up for the graduation, we're staying there. (But I hope it can. 11 nights is VERY expensive!)

Apartment hunting was a rousing success - providing they have a unit available when we finally get orders. That's the catch, of course. But we found several places we liked, so hopefully the odds will be in our favor. They are gorgeous! We've never lived in an apartment before, so that will be a new experience. These were amazing. 1400 sq. ft. within our BAH. The same $$$ here would give you about 900 sq ft. maybe. In communities not nearly as nice or well-kept. Major win for us!

In the first day we settled on an apartment AND bought SoldierMan his new pickup. It was the best car buying experience I've ever had (usually very stressful. SoldierMan's dad has worked at dealerships for years, so he knows all the BS routines and is not at all shy about letting the people know he knows they're lying about whatever price they bought the car for and how many they've sold that day, how they aren't "about to get fired" if they don't make this sale...one day I'll tell you about buying my current car. It about killed me). In fact, we plan on buying through them again after we move to get me a new car (those new officer commissioning loans are quite enticing!). They were that good. So here's his new toy:



He loves it!

We spent Saturday and Sunday just hanging out, watching movies and eating Dairy Queen (don't have one in OKC. boo.) and generally acclimating to Columbus. I have to say, I fell in love. It's so much like here that it feels very comfortable.

We didn't do much of anything for Easter. Didn't even go to church, even though I brought a dress. I know, we're heathens. But since it was Easter, we didn't feel like it would be a good day to get a "feel" of any churches around there. Plus, all the churches are very small (compared to what we're used to) and we really didn't want to be noticed. I know it sounds horrible, but we just wanted as much Alone Time as possible, since he had to go back to garrison that evening.

So Sunday evening I was alone again. Watched Amazing Race(!!!) alone. Went to bed alone. Blah. Boo. Hiss. Whine. In just a few days, we got used to being together again. It was wonderful. I cannot wait to be even in the weekends-only phase. I'm so over this.

Monday morning, the long drive back to Atlanta. Oh, I forgot to mention: the car rental company drama. Firstly, I need to say that SoldierMan booked the car for me because A) he likes to do those things and B) he found a way for us to get a $100 voucher for this particular company. Go him. When I checked the car out, I turned in our voucher. Yay for $100 off! Unfortunately, somewhere along the line we miscounted and booked it for one day too short. Oh well. $10 late fee. No big. But when I go to check the car in, I see our bill is over $200!! What the crap?!?! Turns out they charged me for coverage I specifically said I didn't want. Unfortunately, since the lady at the counter acknowledged that I didn't want the coverage, I didn't think the read all the fine print of the agreement. So I signed for it. But I did NOT want that coverage, and she knew it! (FYI, check your car's auto policy. Ours, like many, includes rental car coverage, so you don't have to buy it from the rental company.) Anyway, I tell the person at the counter that I was charged for a service I didn't want. She tells me, well you signed for it. Yes, I did, but I didn't see it was on there. The lady checking me out knew I didn't want it. So the person says, "Okay, I can't take the whole thing off because you did sign for it, but I'll deduct half, will that work?" Sure, better than nothing! PLUS, it turned out that they hadn't credited us for the $100 voucher after all. Yet again - WHAT THE CRAP?!?! All in all, the $200+ bill went down to $65. But geez. What a hassle. Other than that, the trip home went without a hitch.

It was great to come back to Oklahoma again, but I have to admit, I cried when I landed in OKC. This is one of my last trips back home for a while. It all started to hit this weekend. I was pretty emotional, not gonna lie. We both were. Both had some important conversations that needed to happen. Both ready to move forward but sorry to be leaving so much behind. I know I say it all the time, but this red dirt is in my blood. I am SO excited to be finally (someday) joining SoldierMan and I love Columbus and can't wait to have our own place again....but there's nothing like home.
I heart my soldier!

14 comments:

  1. Im glad you had a good time in Georgia! It sounds like you all were extremely busy! Oh and his new truck looks very nice! And I know what you mean about the whole coming home for the last time thing. It is a bittersweet feeling! But I hope all is well for you back home! And congrats on getting to see him!

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  2. I don't know what it is about Oklahoma that makes you feel that way--- I love it too! Something there makes me feel so at peace cause I'm HOME. I don't think I'll ever get over that feeling. *sigh*

    Glad you found a truck! Don't even get me started about car salesmen. Bah.

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  3. Glad you had such a great trip together!


    Love that last photo of you two. :) Makes me very antsy to be able to do that myself in a few weeks! :)

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  4. Glad the car situation got straightened out. I spent about 5 weeks in Columbus while my husband was going through BOLC2. I really liked the area!! Although the place I stayed sounds similar to where you spent the first night!

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  5. Ahh I miss Columbus, we are probably going to be sent back there next year for six months so I will let you know when that happens! I'm here for apartment advice if you need it

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  6. We loved columbus. It still feels like home. I'm interested to know which of the apartments you guys liked. We loved ours and thought the price was also very reasonable.

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  7. I'm so glad you like the area and although Joshua doesn't know it yet, we're planning on visiting you two just as soon as is good for you!

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  8. Sounds like you guys have a great and interesting weekend together! You had to wait 6 hours for him to get there?! Ugh, what agony. There's that hurry up and wait thing again.

    I'm with you on the maam thing. It makes me feel VERY old.

    So glad you got to see each other! I know it will be hard for you leaving home, but hopefully you see it as an adventure. Every time we move, I try to tell myself that it's just another part of the country (or world!) I get a chance to see.

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  9. Aww, yay! I'm glad you liked the area so well and that the trip was a success when it came to looking at places to live! That's a great new truck!

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  10. I'm glad you had such a great trip to Georgia and sort of found a new home - very exciting!
    And I can understand the emotions about the last trip home. I am feeling that pressure at the moment and I am so not prepared to leave this place I love...
    But we do what we have to for the bigger things in life.

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  11. Glad you made it back safely, and I'm even happier you had a good time. Y'all were busy! :)
    Nate wants a new truck so bad... sigh. Guess he should've been an officer to get that loan, huh? Lol.

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  12. I am glad you had such a great time!!! Collin and I are thinking of buying a brandnew Jeep (if I get that job!). New things are always fun, may it be new places, new cars, new apartments... I am glad you are liking your Georgia!

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