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Miscellany Monday @ lowercase letters

+ On Friday, I submitted my an article to the final round of the application process for a journalism program.  I was really excited until I read over my submission and noticed three mistakes.  This is what happens when you work between three different word processing programs, copy and paste and then fail to review your work because you’re so stressed out about deadlines and the possibility that the time difference between New York and Pennsylvania is 15 minutes.  If I’m freaking out about an application process, I’d hate to see me when I’m actually working.

+ I really want to attend the Women of Purpose Conference in Hershey.  I’ve never been to a women’s conference before, and I’d like to go before Alan and I move to Texas.  Plus, Kari Jobe will be there.  She sings “Revelation Song,” one of my favorite songs.

+ Speaking of Texas, Alan and I perused house listings in the Belton area a few nights ago.  We’re still debating whether to live on- or off-post (as it would be cheaper and obviously closer to work for him), but one of the houses we really liked is within walking distance to the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor.  I had never even heard of this university before reading the house description, but not only does it offer undergrad courses in most of the subjects for which I am internationally certified to tutor (I’ve been toying with the idea of tutoring as a temporary side job), but it also has a graduate program in counseling/psychology (I’ve also been toying with the idea of earning my master’s degree in psychology)!  Plus, UMHB is a Christian university.  While we obviously need to pray for God’s wisdom and will in this situation, I’m torn between wanting to live near that campus (and possibly start earning my master’s) and wanting to live on base and save money.


+ writing.  Lately, it seems that all of my creativity has flown out the window.  Usually, it waits until the beginning of the fall semester to pack its bags, but it would seem that my inspiration decided to leave early this year.  To make up for the half a dozen or so blog posts I’ve started and subsequently trashed over the past week or so, I decided to try a different approach – I’m writing this entry on OmmWriter, a downloadable program with pretty backgrounds, relaxing music and and minimal features.  I used OmmWriter Dana the other night for the first time, and wrote a 700+ word article in far less time than I’d alloted for myself.  This thing is magical.  Either that, or it’s a psychological trick that my mind is playing on me because the program is new (to me) and has pretty backgrounds and music.  Nevertheless, whether the program is magical or whether I’m crazy, I still managed to write an article and I love OmmWriter.

+ future stepmomhood.  The boys and I have recently taken to playing Monopoly and asking to visit a nearby park.  I may or may not play on the equipment with them until other adults show up, and then quickly pretend I’m just taking photos because I’m clearly too old to be playing on a playground. …  Since they learned that the Nikon D5100 has a video-recording feature, they’ve begun scripting their own movies and commercials.

+ journalism.  The 2011 Associated Press Stylebook arrived in the mail the other day.  Or, maybe that was yesterday … the days all run together.  Either way, I was super-excited to upgrade my 2009 edition.

+ pcs.  Yesterday, I decided to finally begin sorting my belongings into pack/sell piles.  After a couple of hours, my room looked like it exploded (and, actually, it still does) and I didn’t even have one full box to show for my efforts.  I’d like to hold a yard sale, but I don’t live in a high-traffic area and I wouldn’t be able to ask reasonable prices for a lot of my more pricey things (like two prom dresses).  I considered posting online, but I’m not keen on the idea of shipping said prom dresses, in the event that someone is interested.  So, at the moment, my room is a mess and there is a box of randomness on the floor.

+ wedding planning i haven’t done.  In other news about things-I-should-have-started-half-of-forever-ago, Alan and I still have yet to select a caterer.  I suppose one usually schedules a tasting with potential caterers, before selecting one.  Which, we still have yet to do.  On the upside, my mom, sister, K, N and I are going bridesmaid shopping next month.  Which, apparently, is only two days away.

+ more wedding planning i haven’t done.  Also, we’ve decided to send out our save-the-dates nine months ahead of time (mid-September) and our invitations six months ahead of time, instead of the usual six- and three-month mailing dates.  Since almost everyone on Alan’s side will be flying in or driving in from outside Pennsylvania, it only makes sense for us to give everyone early notice in order to arrange flights or vacation/leave dates.

Alan finally received his orders.  Sort of.  He doesn’t have a hard copy yet, and that won’t arrive until about a month before he leaves.  I’ve only been saying, “He should receive his orders this week” for the past six months or so.  Not that I was frustrated, or anything. …  Anyway.  Guess where we’re going!

+ Alan’s next duty station is located within the contiguous United States (the 48 adjoining states) and is not in the Mid-Atlantic region.

+ The state boasts the largest land mass of all 50 states (so, it’s not Rhode Island, if that’s what you were thinking).

+ The state has the largest herd of white-tailed deer in the nation (but the first day of hunting season is an unofficial holiday in Pennsylvania).

+ This state has armadillos.  I don’t think I’ve ever seen an armadillo.  Except maybe in Florida.

+ The actual duty station was named after a Confederate general who led at Gettysburg, Penn.

+ A Pennsylvanian was made a hero in light of her actions during a tragedy at this duty station in 2009.

This fall, Alan is PCSing to Fort Hood, Texas!  I will be joining him after our wedding in June.  I’m glad that my first moving experience will be within the United States (his other possible choices were Germany and Korea) and that we’ll be close to both his family on the West Coast/Mid-West/East Coast and my family on the East Coast.  I’ve also been stalking the Killeen Daily Herald like it’s my job.  Mainly because I’d like it to be (writing or editing for it, not stalking, that is).

My parents suggested that I send as much of my belongings as possible with Alan this fall.  That, coupled with the fact that this past Independence Day was the last I’ll celebrate with my family for a while, really drove home the fact that I will be graduating college and moving out of the house and starting my own life in less than a year.