Getting Ready for Packout!!!

In a week we will be doing our first Foreign Service packout!! So excited! So much work to do!!!

So far we have started an inventory of all our items: DVDs, CDs, Kitchenware, Books etc

Next we have to decide what goes in UAB, HHE, the things that go with us and what will go in storage. We also have to start thinking about what we need to buy. These are tough choices to make considering we have to choose wisely about what we choose to travel with us. I have been looking at gorgeous cookware that is both pretty and useful. The ability to go from the stove as cookware to table as serving dish is the goal!

Okay, so I know I have been throwing around some alphabet soup:

UAB: Unaccompanied Air Baggage- This is the shipment that will arrive within two weeks after we move to DC. UAB can weigh 450 lbs (counting packing weight); we will put the most important items in this shipment such as cookware, entertainment and clothing..

HHE: House Hold Effects- This is the big one! HHE can hold up to 17,000 lbs, however we can only get 7200 of that shipped overseas to us at one time, so if we had more than that in HHE it would be considered storage. Thankfully D and I have nowhere near that amount haha. Whatever we put in HHE, we won’t see until we are overseas for at least a month or two. We won’t have access to HHE while in DC but thankfully we can add to it.

Storage: Pretty much whatever in our HHE that is beyond the 7200 lb HHE shipment that will go with us overseas is considered storage. It is highly unlikely we would have such a storage but still good to keep in mind.

Consumables: If we are sent to a country where it is tough to get certain consumables, we will get a 2500 (ish) lb allotment for such consumables. Our consumable list will definitely include cat food, cat litter etc. Anything else will depend on where our first post is located and what it has in store for us!

We are not allowed to pack anything ourselves but we will be organizing the different shipments into piles so that when the movers get here on the 8th we will be ready!

So exciting!

B

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Wedding Weekend, Great Friends and Giant Quesadillas!

I have been slow about blogging lately, the days have been moving quickly but I have been working on a post! Here is one I started a few days after the wedding. Beware, there be gushy mushy stuff ahead:

As most of you already know, D and I got married this past Saturday (8-6-2011)! The ceremony was simply amazing and we are both very very happy 😀 We both feel incredibly lucky to be surrounded by the group of amazing friends and family who have shown us such support over the past three years (our three year anniversary is only a month away! 9-6-2011) and appreciate each and every one of you!

We toasted with Ale 8 (Kentucky Ginger Ale) rather than champagne. Yum 😀
Lilies, Hydrangea, Daisies and baby Marigolds 😀

Our friend S officiated the ceremony and our friend B did all the photography with the help of her lovely partner K. Everyone did such an amazing job and we could not possibly thank everyone enough!

Bouquet that B and K assembled! They did such an amazing job!
D's boutonnière! One of the many things I crafted! Our friend B added the flower from my bouquet 😀

D and I stood in the creek as we said our vows, it was very moving and romantic ( I got a bit teary). The weather was perfect and the water was so warm!

We said our vows in the creek! Really!

After the ceremony we took some more pictures and then, as a group, decided where we wanted to go for dinner. D suggested this wonderful Mexican restaurant nearby and so we packed into our cars and headed over there where we enjoyed margaritas (for the non-drivers) and the biggest quesadillas I have ever seen! It was delicious and the company was even better 😀

Just Married!

By the end of the day we were all happy and exhausted, we said our goodbyes and headed on home. B and K, who had come from NYC to attend the wedding stayed with D and I until today when they left to see other friends before heading back to the East Coast. It was so wonderful spending time with them. We played lots and lots of board games, visited two bourbon distilleries (Four Roses and Wild Turkey) and ate yummy Vietnamese food. D and I were sad to see them off this morning but we were so happy that they were able to visit. We also had a close friend from Detroit who flew down for the wedding as well and it was wonderful spending time with everyone together, introducing old friends who had never met one another. It is always interesting to introduce different friend groups to one another, both mine and D’s.

After all the festivities of the wedding and visiting friends D and I have settled into a comfortable down time together, we made a trip to Louisville for D’s younger brother’s birthday, trip to Berea to have dinner with two wonderful people and drinks with another friend (Fantastic day!) but otherwise the past few weeks have been pretty uneventful. Winston is on a diet and had a bit of a chemical irritation in his right eye so we had to take him to the vet and get medicine for him (he is fine now!). The vet told us he really needed to go on a diet so we bought him special food and a measuring cup to ensure we are giving him the proper amounts. He is, naturally, very unhappy with this new change but he has already lost half a pound and probably more at this point! We spent Sunday at the farmers market with a good friend and had a wonderful time! There be apple cider donuts in our hotel room 😀 and watermelon. Yum!

Today we got our Foreign Service travel orders settled (for the move to DC) and the FS is officially recognizing us as a couple since we emailed them our marriage certificate! Shew! Nice to have that settled. Now we know when to expect the movers and when we need to get our packing sorted. There are inventories to be done!

This week will include lunch with my family, D and I both have a lot of work to do and we have the first of a few going away parties this saturday. Busy busy.

Sorry for the muddled post, this one has been worked on over the past few weeks so it definitely zigs and zags from one topic to another. Hopefully I can bring you a more cohesive post next time 😀

B