Tuesday, September 23, 2008
*SIGH* So, the wonderful idea of the do-it-yourself DITY move (which isn't even called that anymore! - it's personnaly procured something-or-other) is much less wonderful in action. Yesterday as Rob and I were lifting heavy furniture and boxes and packing remaining boxes for upwards of 9 hours the thought "WHAT WAS I THINKING?!?!?!" kept running through my head. I have still decided that my labor at this point in my life is worth the big check the government is going to give me for moving myself, but boy it is NOT EASY! With each heavy box I lifted, I was comforted by the thought that this box was 1/100 of my new couch or 1/70 of the boat we bought, etc. etc. So far, I still think it is worth it.
Today, I have a much better outlook. My arms are still so sore they won't grip anything and typing is kind of giving me little forearm spasms, but I'm sitting on our mattress in an empty (and clean!) house as Rob is returning with our boat (YAY!) and some pizza (mmm).
Tomorrow we set out for Florida!!! with stopovers in Longview and Ruston and Mobile before Panama City fills our windshields. I'm so excited to live near the beach!
Okay, I really can't type anymore because my arms hurt! But I love you all and look forward to when I get to see you again. Much love to Wichita Falls. muah!
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Our house looks weird now without all the art on the walls. The walls are very white.
I'm mentally gearing up for van loading tomorrow - I'm totally going to lift heavy objects - HOO-rah!
Saturday morning we took Gus to base (all three of us in the Miata! see below photo) to chase jackrabbits for the last time.
Also, I'm sad I finished my box of raisinetts. I want some more. mmmm.
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Our boat trailer with no left wheel!
Yesterday morning! We get up early and grabbed the Krispy Kreme donuts (that my wonderful husband bought for me on his trip to get a trailer ball in OKC!!!! - he is so awesome!!! ... and he knows how much I love Krispy Kremes) and set out to get our boat.
The boat and trailer on the side of I-44
Here again, I'd like to give applause to my very capable husband for his handyman skills - he took off the whole axle of the trailer (that included a lot of him lifting the boat and trailer while I placed the blocks or dislogded the axle tongues!) His arms were SORE! We took our axle to Lawton and found a trailer place, bought a new hub and went to a marine place and bought a new trailer wheel. We returned to the trailer and with a LOT of effort (Rob holding the boat and trailer while I furiously tried to quickly replace the tongues!) we had ourselves a tow-able trailer once again! Rob is my hero!
The axle we took off the trailer
I'm really looking forward to sailing it on the bay in Florida (and you can too if you come to visit me! :-)
Monday, September 15, 2008
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Not that I didn't appreciate God's lessons in teaching me patience and trust in His sovereignty, but I am really glad to be able to move forward with the "to do list." So... we've got our TMO brief scheduled for Monday (15th), pre-inspection scheduled for Wednesday, our moving van to be picked up on Monday (22nd), and our drive-away on Wednesday! Wow!
It's just now starting to sink in though, that we're leaving Wichita Falls and all the awesome people we've come to know and love there. I'll really really miss our church group! Y'all are super fun! Hey, maybe one Sunday morning, we can meet on the beach... :-) And of course, the ESSG - but I feel certain I'll see many of you later down the road in this crazy Air Force life!
I just wanted to finally announce that we have real dates! And now our parents (and others who keep up with us) can say, "yes, they're going to Florida at the end of September" and so on.
Thus, I launch our blog with the knowledge of our first real PCS... Here's to keeping in touch and facing adventures and trusting God! Cheers!
Friday, September 5, 2008
Last month, the thought of not having orders yet made my body tense up with all I knew that had to be done - packing boxes, move scheduled, inspection scheduled, new house in Florida scheduled. Now?... se la vee... whatever. It'll happen. One day. In the meantime, I've severely lessened the speed at which I'm packing our stuff (also because when you still live in the house and do stuff, sometimes you need that stuff that's now packed!) And, since our new neighbors have moved in (yay!) we've been getting their empty boxes.
Dude! Moving boxes are niiice! I've been using the fry boxes from McDonald's (I like my boxes to be the same size, okay?) and stalking the dumpsters - even speaking Spanish at one location to acquire more boxes (Juan was so nice - he went inside and brought me some more boxes!) Anyway, I've since discovered the wonder of the wardrobe box and dish boxes with packing paper! WOW!
Also, I'm thrilled to report that the engine work on the Miata went extremely well!! Rob and I took most of the removable stuff off, replaced, the timing belt, the camshaft seals, crankshaft seal, water pump, thermostat, radiator hoses, spark plugs and plug wires. uh huh!! At first, when we started it up again, there was a very alarming knocking noise! But, we prayed again, this time that it was something little that we could easily fix and found that we forgot to tighten the bolts on the water pump pulley! woo hoo! Thank you, God! Now, my car is working beautifully, and we completed my 60,000 mile update! It just wish parts stores actually stocked Miata parts (and ordered them accurately!) so that when we decide to replace something or discover an unknown need mid-way, it doesn't add 2 more days to our project time! augh!
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
One of his many skills involves working on cars. I had decided that I wanted to change my timing belt. One is supposed to do this at 60,000 miles and as my car had recently passed 86,000, I thought it might be a good idea to change the timing belt. Reading the Haynes manual, we knew it would be a big project. So, we began on Saturday over Labor Day weekend.
I love the Haynes manual. It is a very good guide for working on one's own car. But, the steps can be very misleading. For instance, when it says "remove the cam shaft oil seal" what it doesn't tell you is that you will try for 45 minutes to wedge that stupid seal out with an assortment and combination of exacto-knives, screwdrivers, pliers, etc, all while trying not to nick the camshaft, until you discover that you can take the top off the seal cover and very easily slide it out from there. hmmm. nice. But the steps are like that in the Haynes. One thing may take 2 seconds and the next step after that takes 4 hours. They should have guidelines, like on google maps - step 1: Turn left on "remove timing belt covers" 4 miles. step 2: Turn right on "remove timing belt sprokets" 18,000 miles. And so on.