Wednesday, June 1, 2011

We're Not in Italy Anymore . . .

Well, where to begin? First of all, Wendy is no longer in Italy. MOH (My Other Half) retired from the US Navy in May (after 30 years of service), which means we had to leave. Truly sad. This also means that I had to leave my job, which I loved and paid very well. We brought all four dogs and both cats back (I will not even tell you how much THAT cost) and though it was an ordeal, it was definitely worth it. Screw you to those who won’t even try to bring one pet back and dump them instead. If you need to ship your pets internationally, unaccompanied, let me know and I will tell you who I worked with.

We are now in the Pacific Northwest which is my favorite part of the country. MOH had already found a job (weenie) and I am looking. Thank God Washington allows military spouses who had to quit their jobs because their spouses transfer to collect unemployment – a true blessing! We are trying to get back to Italy. MOH is applying for government work there as a civilian, unfortunately I can’t because I was “just a spousal employee” which completely sucks. Apparently my four plus years there do not count as real government employment. Whatever.

So here I am, trying to figure it all out again. I hate the thought of starting over work-wise, but know it is a necessary evil. I am blessed that we are stable financially, and that my parent’s house was available to rent (who else would accept six pets?). I’m trying to appreciate my downtime because I know it is temporary. One of my goals is to start keeping this blog up-to-date again!