On Wednesday morning, Clayton came home with fresh orders in hand.  This means that he will no longer be stationed at Cherry Point.  Normally, I would be super excited about this, but these orders were for pretty much the worst place one could be stationed after being at Cherry Point.  That's right, he's supposed to report to Camp Lejeune no later than May 3rd, and no earlier than May 2nd.  If you're aware of what day it is (it's ok if you aren't, I'm not half the time myself), you'll realize that they only gave us less than two (2) months to get our butts over there.  People have been known to get less notice, but the average is more like 3+, so I'm not pleased.

The relatively short notice is not the worst part about this situation, however.  In fact, Cherry Point is considered to be close enough to Camp Lejeune that the service member can commute from their current home.  This means that the Marine Corps has no intention whatsoever of reimbursing or otherwise compensating us for moving closer to the base.  Commuting is doable (there are Marines living aboard Cherry Point who do it)...but just barely.  Even people who live in Jacksonville (the city in which Lejeune is situated) have a 30 minute to hour-long commute, because the traffic to get on base is so dense in the morning.  Clayton would be driving 45 minutes to an hour, just to sit another 45 minutes to an hour in a traffic jam.  So we're looking to move ourselves, even if the Marine Corps won't cover the costs.  In the long run, though, we might save some money by renting in town instead of getting base housing, so it won't be so bad.  Perhaps the most exciting thing about this whole situation, is knowing that Clayton is still flagged for a B billet, and we might end up moving again within a few months (so don't expect to see me painting walls this year).  


At any rate, in between fits of growling at the paper pushers, I'm diving into this.  As soon as Clayton explained the situation to me, I started looking into our housing options.  Packing up the house ourselves will be a pain, but we're already targeting things that can be packed as soon as we get boxes.  Actually getting things from Point A to Point B won't be too bad, since we'll have time to get out of our current house (this is possible for the same reason the Marine Corps won't pay for us to move; they expect us to stay here, so we have all the time in the world to find another place and move in), Clayton's Tahoe holds a lot of stuff, and we know of several U-Haul places in the area.  All in all this won't be a terrible move, but I am still a tad bit cranky that it won't be quite as smooth as a typical military move could be, and that I'll have to quit my perfectly pleasant job over something that might be temporary.  


Oh well.  On we go.  For the next few weeks, we'll be spending our free weekends scoping out potential new homes.  Hopefully that will be a bit of fun, forcing us to get out of the house for a few hours each weekend.  If anyone has any tips on moving; living in Jacksonville, NC; or anything else that could make this transition easier, please feel free to comment or email me.  I'll be sure to keep you posted on any other developments.
 
As many of you know, Clayton's birthday was a couple of days ago.  He got his present from me a few weeks in advance, and has been enjoying it ever since.  Since Clayton isn't home to say so, I'd like to thank all of you on his behalf for the cards and gifts you've been sending.  Thank you, everybody, for your kinds thoughts on Clayton's birthday!  I know he appreciates all that love, even though he doesn't like making a fuss about his birthday.  
 
I have one more reason to be proud of my Clayton today!  He just got promoted!  Once again, he will never make a big deal about the things he does.  As his wife, though, I delight in taking pride in his achievements.  So congratulations, Clayton!  I love you so much, and I'll never get tired of bragging about you.
 
At last!  I have done a project I found on Pinterest!  Clayton was very encouraging, and even helped me by doing the paint.  If you go here, you'll see what inspired my project.  The blogger used a frame and some lace to make a very nice-looking jewelry holder.  I already have a holder for my earrings, so I loaded this up with my necklaces.  As for the frame, I already had one from a mirror I found at Volunteers of America ages ago.  Unfortunately, when my lovely husband insisted on using Command Strips to hang absolutely everything in our house, the mirror was a little too heavy, fell, and broke.  The frame, though, was salvageable.  

To make this, we:
  • Removed the broken glass
  • Painted the back board black
  • Wrapped pieces of ribbon around it.  
  • Put the board back in the frame, and hung it in our room. 

Check out the pictures below to see how it turned out!  (And as always, comments are welcome!)


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Clayton and I like to exercise together, but we're at very different fitness levels, which makes activities like running together rather frustrating.  Lately, I've be trying some workouts that are based on movie or t.v. show drinking games.  Each time certain things happen in the show or movie, you do the indicated exercise (instead of doing a shot or whatever).  Clayton liked this idea so much, he made us a workout for the Indiana Jones movies.  It was pretty fun, and it kept us moving for over an hour.  So here it is, if you'd like to give it a try.  Clayton insists that this is only a light version.  He plans on adding more exercises to it.