Happy #Thanksgiving from down in Georgia! We are #thankful for many things, to include each of you 🙂 Enjoy your feast today (and remember how #blessed we are to be able to do so!) (at Greystone Falls)

Proof that I don’t solely eat Mac n’ Cheese and cupcakes for #dinner. #salmon #broccoli #healthy #nutrition #latergram #thishappensmoreoftenthanyouwouldthink (at Somewhere In Georgia)

My new sporty shoes came in the mail over the weekend, and yesterday I got to break them in at the gym. Those of you who know me well are aware that I’m a high-heels and pretty shoes kind of girl, but these are rather fabulous. I love the shock of pink.

I am very sore today! Yesterday we worked on legs and butt. I love it when I can FEEL it! Chuck has focused on perfecting my form and style, so that I do the exercises correctly as we add more weight. This means that generally, I feel tired after a work out, but not that sore. Today is different, and I’m loving it!

Anyway, I am headed out shortly to do some Christmas shopping, because next week is DECEMBER! (Holy cow, when did that happen?) Shopping here is rather limited, so I hope I can scrounge up at least a few goodies…

William & Mary helps launch State Department’s Diplomacy Lab

“William & Mary is one of just two universities piloting a new program for the U.S. State Department that will help policy makers address pressing world issues.

Under the Diplomacy Lab program, faculty and student teams collaborate to tackle complex, real-world, diplomatic challenges.”

Man, I wish this program had been available when I was studying IR at W&M!! So cool!

William & Mary helps launch State Department’s Diplomacy Lab

My ideas come to me with a vengeance… late at night when I’m already in bed. When I try to open up my writing project during the day, I stare at it like a zombie and then eventually give up.

How does that even happen? That late night inspiration? It’s so terribly inconvenient.

Fresh Day, Fresh Perspective

So, today I’m thinking I overreacted to the news of us potentially moving to Okinawa. Now that I’ve allowed it to digest, I’m starting to see it as more of an adventure than a lost opportunity. Everything has its pros and cons, but I think it could be fun. It could certainly be better than moving to another dead-end American town, that’s for sure.

As for that “day-to-day” experience I was worried about – it may be a great time to finally pursue an online Masters degree. That way, when I re-enter the work force in 3 years, I won’t have totally lost my relevance…

Of course, I really shouldn’t be putting so much thought into this anyway. The military is notorious for changing its mind, and we don’t even have orders yet!


… we are moving to Okinawa.

Actually, we don’t have orders yet, so I am trying not to freak out more than I already have. In an unexpected, early announcement from Chuck’s monitor, we found out we are “slated” to move to Japan in the spring. This is not great news for either of us, but especially for me. What the heck am I going to do in Okinawa? 😦

There is still hope though – Chuck is going to call the monitor and see if we have any other choice. This was not even remotely on our list of preferences, and we are still wondering why we weren’t given any options in the first place (like everyone else we know has.)

I’m just… tired. Twice this year I’ve had my hopes up for something a little better around the corner, but things just keep getting worse. I hate to be dramatic – and yes, I’m sure I’ll find things to love and experiences to value in Okinawa, just like I did in NC and GA – but I don’t particularly want to spend the next three years of my life on a remote, isolated little military base in the middle of the Pacific…

Giant chocolate cake is in the oven…

Currently coveting the Lexus RX 350, either in Starfire Pearl or Satin Cashmere (would have to see in-person first), with a Parchment Leather Espresso Bird’s Eye Maple Luxury Package for the interior.

I don’t even care that much about cars, and I love my little roadster Scarlett, but I’m always unwittingly attracted to Lexi – unfortunately. They may be just a tad outside of my price range… 🙂