Monday, March 15, 2010

The fine line

So things really seem to be falling into place right now, which is almost scary.  For so long, we really had no clue if this move to Italy was going to actually happen or not.  At first we were all gung-ho about it, but around the 3rd time of all our plans changing, our hope was quickly diminishing and we weren’t sure the move was going to happen at all.  I stopped studying Italian, and tried to focus on other stuff (unsuccessfully).  But now the movers are actually scheduled, Mark is doing all his out-processing stuff, we have flights scheduled, hotel rooms reserved here and in Italy, dog appointments for health certificates made, etc.   The only thing that is going to screw this all up is whether or not Abbie’s and my passports are back in time.  I’m walking a very thin line of trying not to freak out that they won’t be here, and trying not to get my hopes up too much that they will. 
If they do get back by the 25th, we’ll be leaving LA on March 28th at 2:30pm and flying directly to Frankfurt, Germany, arriving there at 10:35am.  (That’s a 10.75hr flight.)  Then we’ll fly from Frankfurt at 12:20pm to Venice, Italy at 1:35pm.  The dogs have spots reserved on those flights also.
Now I find myself wondering often what Italy will be like.  I’ve been to Italy before, but not the part we’re going to live in.  How long will it take for me to figure things out there?  Be able to read road signs, or understand signs in general?  Will it smell the same as the US?  What will the weather be like?  What will the Italians be like?  What will the new squadron be like?  What will it be like to have Mark busy and gone a LOT?  What will the 6 hour time difference be like and how often will I get to talk to friends and family?  There are so many things we take for granted now, like being able to turn on the TV or radio and understand what they’re saying.  Or like having houses with any sort of storage in them. Or kitchens that are bigger than the size of bathrooms.  Or carpeting.  Or having appliances that actually plug into outlets.  I’m a little nervous about them packing up all of our stuff and moving it for us.  We’ve always done partial dity (do-it-yourself) moves, where we’ve taken our most important stuff with us.  But we can’t really do that when we’re flying.  As long as we, along with all of our stuff, get over there, I’ll be happy.
Hopefully this will be the beginning of, yet another, great adventure.  I guess that all depends on how you look at it.  =)


Em said...

WAHOO! Monica, I say CELEBRATE whatever the adventure brings your way! I can't wait to follow your adventure!!!!!!!! Thank you for visiting my blog today, I hope you enjoyed and entered the giveaway contest! Em

Unknown said...

I just really can't believe that you're leaving so soon! I'm sure it will be a blast and all 3 of you (and the puppies) will have fun and experience all kinds of great stuff!!