Archives for category: life: Pennsylvania

On Friday, one of my friends celebrated her 21st birthday with an evening campfire at her home.  It was wonderful to see some of my very close friends from high school – some of whom I hadn’t seen since we graduated in 2008.  Plus, Alan fit right in, which some of my friends commented on and which made me very happy.  It was odd, however, to see how we’ve all changed in such a short time period.  Although we reminisced and talked about our favorite moments from high school and earlier (some of us have known each other since elementary school) – it was crazy to discuss grad school plans, honors theses and wedding plans (for two of us!) between those memories like that-one-time-when-that-one-kid-pretended-his-button-down-shirt-was-a-cape-and-he-pretended-to-fly-around-the-chem-classroom.  No, seriously.  He did.  Just ask anyone who was in the same chem class.  We’re pretty sure that, after the first week of class, our teacher actually scheduled Class Clown Time into his agenda, because he always managed to cover the day’s material.

And, as much as I enjoy and appreciate the friendship of those at college, there’s nothing like the friendship of those whom you’ve known since first grade (or preschool).  Your college friends come on the scene when you’re already an adult (technically).  But those elementary school friends swapped food with you at lunch, traded notes about crushes and drama in middle school and will never let you live down the fact that once, at Busch Gardens on a high school choir trip to Annapolis, you saw some cute Asian kids and said, “I want to have cute Asian babies!,” only to be told that you, in fact, could.

Of course, some times college friends are the only ones who may truly appreciate the fact that you, as a history major, had a major crush on Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain.  Who was a Union officer.  During the American Civil War.

Regardless, it was a blessing to be able to reconnect with and celebrate the birthday of a friend.


"Deep calls to deep in the roar of your waterfalls; all your waves and breakers have swept over me."

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.