Do you ever find yourself wondering, "Where am I and how in the world did I get here?" That was me today. Standing in the middle of a soggy football field in the middle of the country, watching my son run for a touchdown, I wondered how in the world I wound up here?
When we first moved to Alaska, MacGyver and I would randomly stop and look at each other and remark, "We're in Alaska...!". And when we moved to Hawaii, it was the same way. The shock of both of those moves didn't wear off for a very long time. And some days, it feels like our time in both of those states was a dream. We've been here a year and I still stop and wonder at the fact that we live where we live. I never envisioned this. Then again, I'm not one to envision much of my future. So this shouldn't surprise me, I suppose.
We move in a week. We're moving a little closer to town (hopefully this will ease some of the strain on my gas budget) and into a smaller place (hopefully this, too, will ease some of the strain on my budget) and I am looking forward to it. Less space to keep up after, less space in which to lose people. A lot of our belongings will be packed and will remain packed until we figure out where we go next. No sense in unpacking camping gear if we're going to be gone before it gets warm enough to camp again. Same goes for the fine china, the American Girls dolls, the scuba gear, and so on. Thankfully, our new place has lots of storage so we can just keep it tucked away. Maybe that will appease my minimal(ish)™ tendencies. Maybe. We've culled a lot. Let me rephrase that, *I* have culled a lot. MacGyver has simply unloaded most of what he has 'acquired' since we arrived here. I'm coming to the conclusion that is why he acquires so much stuff...so that, when I go on one of my minimal(ish)™ tears, he isn't forced to truly get rid of anything substantial. Getting rid of the stuff he's acquired recently makes it *look* like he's getting rid of substance. But he's not.
I'm on to him.
But this time, we are moving ourselves. And MacGyver will be doing the majority of the heavy lifting so I'm hoping this helps him appreciate my point of view...that we have ENTIRELY too much stuff. We'll see.
And in the midst of this DITY move, we will be attempting to keep up with our regular, punishing schedule of swim team, football, PE/art, Awana, and archery. Thankfully, two of those activities are fairly short-lived and they'll be over soon. We've enjoyed them but I'm pretty sure my 'okole is growing roots into the seat of my car.
No news on where we're heading next. I keep reminding myself that it's the end of the fiscal year so things are very quiet. We have heard back from a few places and several of them are waiting on word regarding contracts. We'll see how all of that pans out. I've not heard a peep from any of the National Guard jobs I've applied MacGyver for but I suspect that will change next month. And no news is good news - at least they've not yet eliminated him as a candidate. So there's that.
He gets to start the transition process here soon. I'm sure I'll have lots to blog about once that process gets started. I'm hoping our experiences with the VA aren't the horror show that I've witnessed others contend with. We'll see. He has a few things that will count toward a disability rating so it's time I read up on all of that. In the meantime, we wait, we pray, we wait some more.
One question I *DO* need answered is this: MacGyver will get 'involuntary separation pay'. Basically, it's a payment in lieu of his pension that he would have earned had he stayed in to 20 years. If he accepts a state-funded National Guard position that allows him to continue to work toward his 20-year pension (but doing so in the National Guard, NOT through a federal position), is he then required to pay back the involuntary separation pay? I understand he would be obligated to do so if he took a job with, say the FAA or Forest Service, but the NG is state-funded and their retirement is a different animal than the US Army's retirement system. So I'm stumped. I have a few feelers out with some friends but no one has come back to me with any solid information. Let me know if you can answer this one for me!
I'm out. Time to pick up The Boy and The Girl. I should paint my car yellow and slap a "TAXI" sign on top!