Friday, July 10, 2009

The Eleventh Hour

I've been far away from the bloggy world for a long time. Things are about to change...big time.

On Monday, the Lizard King had an interview for a Wednesday, pulling into the parking garage at the airport to pick up his sister and brother-in-law, LK got the call. The job was a no. I looked at him and said the words that had been going through my mind for the last few days. "Please stay. We'll figure it out. We always do." He told me that he had been thinking the same thing. The possibility of this local job had both of us rethinking things.

Later that night LK and I talked. He then revealed to me the things he had learned when his airline details arrived. It included things like:

Back Pack to carry two days of clothes

Flashlight - Red, Green or Blue lens (Blackout camp rules)

Breakfast/power bars (possible travel delays with no foodavailability)

Pillow, Flat Sheet, Extra Blanket, Wash Clothes, Towels (2-3 Bath. 4-6 Hand)

and comments from the field:

Bedding for cot style sleeping. I have an air mattress from Amazon & use a twin fitted sheet.Put an air mattress on the cot -Tolerable comfort. Pillow really helps. Amazon does deliver to the FOBS 4-7 days for most items.

Be prepared to take pictures from the back of a Chinook between BAF & Shank - Rear door stays open. Ask for tail gunner Roberts - She is my favorite.

DO NOT bring conventional luggage. You will have to pull over rocks for long distances.Recommend Duffle bag style, great for mill air travel.

Headphones (Small portable) for watching movies on your computer. That's all the entertainment your allowed.

We made the decision for him to stay. I am so totally thrilled and relieved. The thought of him leaving was breaking my heart. I told him that the next year might suck, but we'll get through it. If he went to Afghanistan it would suck. If he stayed, financially it could suck. Either way it might suck, but I'd rather it suck with you than suck without you.

Then we got the call from the head hunter. They said that they are still in negotiations with the company he interviewed with, so that job may come through after all. Keep your fingers crossed!


RasJane said...

Wow, it's never easy is it? Fingers tightly crossed!

Aliceson said...

What a roller coaster ride this has become for you! I'm glad to hear that he's staying, sometimes you just have to trust your instincts.

Frau said...

OMG I hope it comes through! My prayers are coming your way.Have a wonderful weekend!

Sherry said...

I am SO glad to hear he's staying!!!! :D

Prayers may not mean much to an atheist, but I want you to know I'm sending them up for ya'll anyway. ;)

Momma Bear said...

I feel like I am a failure at this bloggy friend relationship...I'm so sorry!

So glad that he's not going. i'm sure you can breathe now lady!

Shady Lady said...

Thank you all!! I'll take energy, wishes, prayers,'s all good. No matter what, we have each other. We are together, one happy family. I am so grateful.

Kelly said...

Fingers crossed in Ohio!

Secret Mom Thoughts said...

I'm so glad he gets to stay. Things will work out.

Zayna said...

"...I'd rather it suck with you than suck without you."

Hear, hear. That's my philosophy. Congrats on coming to that decision together and I'm sure things will work out for the best.


Shady Lady said...

Thanks for the crossed fingers and encouragement, ladies. And yes, Zayna, excellent philosophy.

Ya know, we have been through some really crappy financial times, but we always make it. We'll be just fine this time, too.

Lisa said...

I'm sooooo glad he stayed! Happy to hear that! I was just thinking about you today and was hoping things were going well. Good luck with the other job and keep up the good spirits!

Lisa :)

Banteringblonde said...

what a relief!!! Good luck with this and definitely fingers crossed!

Rachel said...

Funny how things have a way of working themselves out... Glad he's decided to stay and I can't wait for the big news on the new LOCAL job! :)