Luke is leaving tomorrow. The Army, as we know, likes to change its mind and so this last week has been a seesaw of indecision as to the date exact date of his departure. This shouldn't really be a surprise since the last month has been a similar guessing game of exactly how long he will be gone. First it was 6 months, then it was 8 and now it is a solid 12 to 15 ... first he was leaving last Thursday, then it was next Wednesday, then Monday and now, finally, it is tomorrow.
It's heartbreaking, really. I'm trying oh so hard to put on a brave face and redirect my attention to busy things in hope that they will distract me. Yesterday I joined the Y. As soon as Luke is out of the country I'm heading to the Verizon store to get a new cell phone plan and blackberry (!!!!!!! we'll talk about this joy in a minute). A week from Wednesday Shelly is coming and we will watch Friends and go to the mountain and find a REALLY hot dress for me to wear to Callie's wedding and do all sorts of other fun things (in between me working on the next Research Paper of Death ... this time: Paul and his view on the Law. This stuff is dry as... [I was searching for an analogy and Luke suggested "dry and dandruff"] ... lint ... or something. Whatever. I hate it).
Baby Dave has been one grumpy kid over the last few days. I don't know what I did to piss him off, but he is NOT HAPPY.
HOWEVER ...he DID smile at me this morning! For like 1/2 a second. And it wasn't just gas, it was in response to me talking to him. I do, however, think it was an accident because as soon as he realized he was no longer looking pissed off and angsty, he stopped and refused to repeat. Whatever. It so counts.
I am VERY excited about my new blackberry. Remember when I was so awesome before and gave it up in the name of saving money? Well, that is so over. I'm going to get it back and this time it's going to be 4,000 times as cool as before. Why? Because my current one is two years old and does not have any of the new awesome things on it. My new one, the curve, will be able to stream pandora from the internet. That means that instead of some lame radio station I don't even like, I can listen to an endless list of commercial free music that I'm fond of. It's revolutionary! It also has the all important camera so we can resurrect mobile photo posting. That's right, you're in for a stream of baby Dave pics like you've never experienced before. You lucky duck.
I am also VERY excited about my plane tickets to D.C. which I purchased yesterday. I arrive there September 5 and leave September 21. That's more than 2 weeks in my favorite place on the planet. I don't really know what Im going to DO for the whole two weeks (several days over the first week will be spent with the Brooks, several days babysitting Veeka, which leave at least five week days with no plans while responsible people are at work) but I'm sure it will be lovely.
Activity plans do include:
Going for a run on the mall
Visiting the newsroom with Dave
Visiting friends far and wide, possibly including the Whites, Becca Rowe, Amy R., Shep, etc.
General viewing of beautiful monuments
Eating really delicious food in a LOT of places
Visiting the Aunts, cousins, cousin dogs, etc.
Visiting friends in general.
IM SO EXCITED!!