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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.


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.