Military Celebrations- Veteran's Day and Revealing the Duty Station

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Hey all! I hope you guys are having a good weekend!

I'm all sniffly and sneezy again with flu like symptoms thanks to being required to get the flu vaccination Monday. In fact, Monday I was faced with the choice to get a few of my required vaccination shots taken in one day and the rest in another appointment or to just get them all done at once. I chose to be brave and take the needles one after another. A total of 5 shots with a Veracella (chicken pox) vaccine that wasn't cooperating with my veins causing me to have to be stuck 8 times in total Monday. >_<

My arms have been sore the last few days and it's finally subsided. Those lovely flu symptoms wasted no time in arming themselves against my immune system this week. I never had a flu vaccination before (took this up the nose) and am reminded why I always refused them...Unfortunately I don't get to refuse them this time. Before all you vaccination people start jumping on me with pamphlets and articles stating my rights against vaccinations, I must clear something up.

THE MILITARY DOESN'T ALWAYS APPLY.


What? What could I possibly be referring to?

This brings me to this post..

BUT...

I'm going to make you wait just a little longer as I cover Veteran's Day! :P

It wasn't really a big deal except because Jason is graduated we had to do some kind of celebrating right?!

Veterans were being offered free food at Little Caesar's so of course Jason went there to grab his free and first ever deep dish combo from the commercial:

He ate it while playing the video jingle. My adorable husband cracks me up with his ability to enjoy life with the little things. ^_^

Later that evening we went to Applebees to enjoy our free dinner and ended up playing a digital timed trivia game that he was better at. All those test taking skills I suppose! I also was introduced to a new drink I've never tried, called kiwi lemonade. Something Jason discovered long ago and now shared with me. :)

The wait was long but worth it for celebrating ending another phase of life on a high note AND getting the free food. :P
 
So this week my kitchen took revenge on me for all the times I have said it's not the place I enjoy being very much even though I cook in it. I was just pulling off a freshly washed pan to boil rice in when a glass underneath it flung off the counter and landed right on the top of my little toes. Oh my word it was worse pain than the shots! Shots are a short lived pinch even though my arms were very sore for a few days. This was a throbbing pain and quickly the bruise formed and so did the pain when I tried walking on it. Today it looks worse and has spread, but thankfully not broken.
My feet are weird and have issues. I know. Just look at the bruise lol.

Alright enough postponing. I know ya'll are dying to know where Jason has orders to and why I had to torture myself with ridiculous amounts of mandatory immunizations.

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EEEEEEE!!!! RIGHT??? We are so excited! As of a week ago Jason was getting orders to have to leave in a few weeks, but since then after prayers, appeals, and waiting, his orders have been modified to not have to leave till spring. This doesn't mean we can fully relax! We are currently working on medical and dental screenings, passports, downsizing our stuff because of the packing limit, and I'm doing mad research everywhere I can on this new unfamiliar country that is nothing like the U.S.

I've been connected with some other wives there who I've gathered some information from and continue to learn what I can for now. There's so much to do and prepare for. We are rushing against the holidays to make sure we can get the paperwork out of the way.

What I know so far about Okinawa:

They have limited data internet plans and personal business restrictions. This could really affect my internet usage and pursuits in my tech/financial blog and blog designing. But God knows best and if I can't start it and work on it like I hoped because of these limitations and restrictions, then there's something else God has in mind for me in the meantime! That's ok! He knows best!

It's VERY HUMID AND HOT. We are talking so humid, two humidifiers have to be run in the homes to keep stuff from molding. So hot that air conditioners have to run most of the year.

In the winter it's so cold it feels like ice. Cause of that humidity and the heat, winter can feel like being in a below 0 icebox! At least that's what I've read and heard. :P

Housing might be primitive. Carpet is a word that isn't well known there. Some of the nicer homes have wood floors, but carpet is a rarity. Usually the floors are like that 80's linoleum white tile in bathrooms and some workplace establishments like Goodwill. :D We will be learning soon what the housing ACTUALLY looks like. The walls I know are made of concrete which brings me to....

Typhoons and Earthquakes. Yep. Common. They happen. No avoiding them and cars have one year warranties on them because it's common for them to get swept away or overturned in one of these. Thrilling right? Lots of prayers will be requested during this time for our safety and the protection of our possessions as little as they will be.

Their cars are dirt cheap and everything is paid for in cash or yen. Again, because of above point. Also because so much PCSing is going on. It's not uncommon in three years to have to purchase two cars at some point because the other one broke down. As for the yen, apparently credit cards are not popular over there and so I'm going to have to set up a new system for tracking our finances. Two types. One for yen purchases and one for purchases with American money. Whew!

They drive on the other side of the road and you have to take a driver's test. This will be quite the experience that I look forward to!! :D It's not every day you get to learn to drive on the other side of the road and it's legal!

The food is so expensive over there most people eat out because it's cheaper than cooking. I can't say I'm upset about this. Great opportunity to learn more about the culture and get in the middle of it all and the possibility of less cooking for the win! :D

I need to learn to read and write at least some Japanese. If I want to survive, it would be good to know things like how to ask for directions, where things are, where's the bathrooms, and have some emergency phrases memorized in case of emergencies! I'm speaking for myself but I have a feeling Jason may benefit from learning some Japanese too. ;)

There is a community there I can plug into so I'm not completely alone. I have already been forming some preliminary connections from those who have their stuff together and live there. Many other wives and plenty to get involved in. Church hunting will be short probably. There aren't many options.

The Okinawans live a very very long time. Must be their diet. All that fish and those herbs they use, but it's amazing what they have tapped into and learned about life, health, and the body. Maybe I'll pick up some tips.

Japan is a day ahead of the USA. This means communication is going to be challenging, but there are some methods. Just not as convenient. We will have to figure this out, but I will continue to blog so now would be a good time to subscribe so you don't miss out on our updates! I may try to set up MailChimp to make the emails look nicer when a new post goes out.

Travel is cheap out of Okinawa and there's so much to see and do. We are looking forward to the tourism opportunities there. I plan on taking lots of pictures. I'm thinking I should purchase a back up hard drive before we leave to hold all the pictures and videos.

I will be expanding on these bits of knowledge when we are actually living through it! Should make for some great writing material! I will keep you all informed on the process and steps and let you know how you can reach us when we get closer. We don't leave till the spring, but time does pass quickly and it will be here before we know it! I'm just so thankful we will be able to spend the holidays with family this year. Please be with us in prayer during this process of preparation. Thank you!



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  1. I have a female relative who's husband was stationed in Okinawa, Japan! She's now back in the states but if be happy to get some pointers from her if you're interested!

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  2. Congratulations to you guys! I've already started praying for ya!
    Blessings in Christ!

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