Up early on my last day of freedom- I’m reflecting on the past few weeks. It has seemed surreal as I packed up my belongings (ya know, everything I could fit in my car!) that I was actually leaving home…. leaving Georgia! My family and friends and husband would not be a phone call away to meet up with and I couldn’t just show up at my parents with a 5 minute warning and have a home cooked dinner. Was I really doing this?! Have I LOST MY MIND??!! (answer yet to be determined….)
The first week of 2011 has been hard- it started with a solid week of farewells. After saying goodbye to my sister, bro-in-law, Jackson and Ella (headed home for Australia, these good byes get harder each time… sigh) I attended a wonderful little get together for a farewell for me! Katy D. (Martha Stewarts’ newest threat) made me the cutest and most delicious cake and my closest friends, one-by-one said “Bye! Good luck! See you later!” it was hard but I was so glad that a wonderful friend put it together for me (Thanks Nikki!). Pictures to come…. There was also a much needed slumber party with Katy and Carly- we somehow made it through without crying in a heap on the floor 🙂
I cherish my friendships and I’m so worried about what life will be like without my awesome support group just a few minutes away…. Oh what have I gotten myself into!?
So, I have about 5.5 hours of freedom left. I’ve met some great people already and we’re all pumped to get this thing started!! We’re all trading tips and rumors we’ve heard and encouragement that we all make it through together. I’m excited and ready! I’ll miss the outside world and it might be hard for me to post this week, but I’ll do my best.
Please send me your thoughts, prayers and encouragement!
I’ll try to post some very flattering pics of me in camo and eating yummy MRE’s… Oh how I’ll miss good food 🙂
Lt. Katherine Washington