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Duty Station Scrapbooking

Last weekend was my first weekend all by myself. In a way, I was actually looking forward to it. Of course, I missed my husband and friends, especially after my NYC visit the following last weekend. It was just refreshing to go around town and be on my own for a bit. I used the time to get started on something I committed to doing while my husband is away and that’s starting a duty station scrapbook. So far, I’m doing pretty well with all tips I shared in my Operation In Touch blog story! I went to a local…

Cowgirls at Yankee Stadium

I spent last weekend in NYC — and it was great! Instead of spending my first weekend alone, I decided to plan ahead and schedule a visit with my NYC friends. I also took that opportunity to see my all-time favorite sports team, the Yankees play. Before you harp on me for being a Yankee fan, I really had no choice. My dad was born and raised in New York and is a fan himself. Despite never being stationed in New York, my dad was able to pass along his for the Yankees down to me. Sometimes I call it a curse…

Cabin Camping and Six Flags America

My husband and I have been keeping ourselves busy the past couple of weekends. We’re trying to make the most of our final weekends of summer together because he leaves for Arizona again in just a couple weeks.When we visited Colonial Williamsburg, the concierge suggested that we try camping at Lake Anna because there are cabins and swimming. I’m realizing that a lot of the parks around here don’t have any swimming holes — and my husband and I love to go swimming! Lake Anna has camping cabins and full modern cabins too (the kind with rooms and bathrooms). We…

Why I Work From Home

A couple months before my huge life change to legit Army spouse, I was really forced to evaluate my career moves. To speak candidly, it was really a devastating blow to lose the job I held in New York City. Despite the slight depression that set in when my former employer told me they wanted someone in-house, I knew there was more out there for me. I’ve been writing career-related topics for NextGen MilSpouse because it is just too close to home. The transition from full-time civilian professional in New York City to collecting freelance/contract work as an Army spouse…

The Fourth of July at Virginia Beach

Hurricane Arthur couldn’t wreck our weekend! My husband and I drove down to Virginia Beach Thursday night as planned. We booked our hotel stay ahead of time — and because we utilized a discount, we had to pay upfront with no refunds. I knew once we got ourselves there it would be okay. The goal was to get to Virginia Beach before the storm. Goal accomplished. Of course, when we got there, things were closing up early and the boardwalk was empty because the storm was literally minutes away. We saw news crews setting up and reporting on how Virginia…

What I Miss About Austin, Texas

The weekend before last, I was back in Austin, Texas again. Although, it’s been for an unfortunate circumstance, it’s nice to see so much of my parents. Since I’ve moved away for college in 2004, I would only be back in the area twice a year-ish.When I was in college from 2004 to 2008, I would spend an extended amount of time at home for summer and the holidays, but it quickly shifted to just a couple of weeks a year after I graduated.Every time I would come home from then would be such a treat — and my trip…

Biking Adventures: South Run Park & Burke Lake

My husband and I have been biking fools! The past two weekends we’ve biking both Saturday and Sunday. Another exciting development, we signed up for a gym membership! I’ve been feeling a little blubbery the last couple of months because I haven’t been doing the same amount of exercise I would do before I got married. Same for my husband…we’ve been so used to just lounging around. A gym/exercise routine hasn’t been on top of mind. That had to stop! We decided to ramp-up our biking efforts. For us, it’s the easiest way to exercise.We’re really enjoying the cardio on…

Memorial Day at Colonial Williamsburg

I’m spending a bit of time catching up to what I’ve been up to lately, so I appreciate everyone baring with me!My trip to Colonial Williamsburg with the husband was too much fun that I can’t pass up sharing it! Fort Belvoir’s ticket office was giving away free admission passes (yay for FREE!) to military families for Memorial Day Weekend. After all the personal stuff going on, everyone thought it would be good for us to spend a couple of days enjoying ourselves and exploring a new part of Virginia.We decided to book a stay at Colonial Williamsburg’s 18th Century…

Biking Adventures — The Mount Vernon Trail

Last week, my husband and I bought a pair of bikes. I haven’t owned a bicycle since I was in high school! We used to go bike riding upstate, but I was using a borrowed bike — and we only went a couple of times. Primarily, we would walk the hikes.After learning about all the exciting trails here in Virginia, we thought it would be a disservice if we didn’t get bicycles. There are miles and miles of beautiful scenery and trails! I shared one of the first trails we discovered already!Because it was rainy here last Friday, we were…

Mount Vernon & Cherry Blossoms!

Remember the bucket list of D.C. area things? Thanks to last weekend two things are scratched off the list!Also, it worked out that very close friends from Pennsylvania were visiting their cousin that lived in Arlington, so we were able to meet up throughout the weekend!On Saturday, we went to Mount Vernon, George Washington’s Estate (bucket list item number one of the weekend). Our friends already had tickets and we thought it would be an excellent time to visit the place too! Mount Vernon is literally less than ten minutes away from our apartment. It’s nice to finally make our…