January 31, 2013
It's getting pretty chaotic up in here, Internet. We move out of our house on Monday. My clearance still hasn't gone through yet, so we still have no plane tickets to Asia. Or idea of when we might be able to leave. Or actual plans for the in-between time since we don't know how long it will be. Or reservations in Burma since we don't know when we'll get there. Or address between Monday and sometime in mid-March. Wheeeeeeeee!
What I do have is fourteen angry red half-dollar sized bug bites on my right leg. The real injustice here is that I was with Raj for almost the entire day on Monday when I got them and he has none. Last night, I put hydrocortizone on them before going to bed at 10. I got up at 11 to take two Benadryl and put liquid soap on the bites since I'd read that drying them out makes them stop itching. At 12:30, I gave in and just scratched. And scratched. And scratched. Which, of course, made the itching exponentially worse, as I knew it would. So I got up and put on long pajama pants to limit my access. I think I fell asleep around 1. Tonight, I may have to have Raj duct tape oven mitts to my hands. Except the oven mitts are packed and the duct tape has gone missing.
What I also have is a new computer. Internet, meet Joaquin.
He is an 11' Macbook Air. So light and so fast! And he fits in my (admittedly rather large) purse! Paolo is now four and a half and needed replacing, though never in my heart. He will still be making the trip to Asia with us though, since when have I ever had a classroom that couldn't use an extra computer? (Never is the answer.)
What I do not have is my reimbursement for the badge and fingerprinting I had to pay Escambia County Schools $105 for back in July in order to do my job here. After six months, they finally mailed my check. Except they mailed it to the address they had on file from when I previously worked there. Except that I never worked there before and never lived at that address. Whoops. You're welcome/I'm sorry Other Lori Graham for the check you're about to receive, but will hopefully be unable to cash.
On the other hand, I do have an extra three or four pounds. One thing Raj and I accidentally did right before the wedding was to start a running program together. It gave us something to do and talk about in the weeks leading up to the big day that had nothing to do with the wedding. I'd recommend that all couples do something similar. For us, the timing was entirely coincidental. I'd wanted to switch from distance to speed work after the half marathon. It turned out that with a week off after the half, we ended up starting our six week speed program six weeks before the wedding. It's a Stew Smith training plan and is really very intense. The first page says NOT FOR BEGINNERS. While I like to consider myself more of an intermediate runner at this point, I certainly felt underqualified for this program at times. But we showed some rare self-discipline for the first five weeks, never missing a workout until the week of the wedding, when we only managed one (plus our wedding day 5k, but I wasn't exactly running that for time). So I was half marathon training for sixteen weeks, then working out very hard five times a week for five weeks prior to the wedding. Since then, ehhhh, maybe I'll run a couple of miles a couple of times a week. With the result that when I put on my wedding dress to wear it for our family reception in Texas last weekend, we had to safety pin the opening in the front so as not to be completely indecent. And I couldn't really take any deep breaths for fear of busting out of it like the Hulk. Did that stop me from ordering yet another bowl of queso the day after? It did not. But the time has come to get back on the healthy living wagon.
Except that with our house in chaos, we chose to eat out last night. It seemed like trying the local delicacy was the thing to do before leaving the area. Unfortunately, the local delicacy on our tiny peninsula is fried mullet. You guys. It's awful. But at least it came with hushpuppies and new potatoes served in a bowl of melted butter.
Finally, here's something cool for you to take a look at. Our photographer wrote a post on her blog about the magic-except-it's-actually-work-instead behind how she made that one picture of us look so very cool. I love learning about how people who are really good at something go about doing that thing. If you do too, then you should check out the post.