Monthly Archive for February, 2012

How to draft yourself a Scuba buddy

I felt like since I got a beautiful ring, Shaun deserved some sort of engagement gift. What I settled on may turn out to be a bit of a “from: me, to: me”, kind of gift. I went with scuba certification for Shaun. I got certified in El Paso back when I first arrived at post and have been diving in Puerto Vallarta and Cancun since then. Both were amazing but I didn’t have a dive buddy which has been kind of lonely. I’ve meet some interesting people that way, since you always get paired up someone on the boat but I thought it would be more fun to have someone to dive with. The solution seemed totally obvious to me, I’d just draft my asthmatic fiance! Fortunately he is a very mild asthmatic. So, after doctors clearances and getting him outfitted with equipment and everything else he is now half way to being certified. When I did it we had our pool sessions split over two weeks. They decided to cram all 5 pool dives into one insanely long day. Shaun pretty much rolled in the door and fell asleep. On the bright side he seems to be enjoying it or at least is being a good sport about it. I’ll take it as a good sign that he’s added a few Scuba stops on home leave trip. We’re now going to be detouring to dive at some wreck sites. The grand plan is to take advantage of the fact that Spain is a short cheap flight from Morocco and the Canary Islands are a short cheap flight from Spain. Grand Canary here we come!

And we’re back…

So time flies, when you get insanely busy! I have a little over three months left at post. It’s kind of hard to believe the last two years have gone so quickly. Let’s see in the last few months, I’ve done a lot of traveling including a weekend in Napa/San Francisco, 89 hours in Seoul, South Korea, skiing in Lake Tahoe, a trip to Detroit to see the Red Wings play at Joe Louis, and a weekend in Ruidoso, NM. Considering Ruidoso is close I can’t believe I haven’t gotten there until now. We’ve got a lot planned in the next few months including another trip to Oaxaca, Mexico, a trip to Big Bend and then an epic road trip at home leave as we slowly make our way to upstate New York via the Grand Canyon, Mesa Verde, San Antonio, New Orleans, Kentucky, Michigan… ect.

Hopefully I’ll be a little bit better about blogging it all. It’s been a busy few months at work and personally. I got engaged a few weeks ago! Apparently the whole foreign service life didn’t scare Shaun off at all and he decided to sign up for the long term. So just in case things weren’t busy enough with the moving to DC and then to Morocco, we thought it would be fun to add into the mix the stress of planning a wedding. I think my father is more jazzed about that then I am. He ran out a couple of weeks after and signed a contract with a venue. He also got it into his head that we’re having an Alpine themed wedding. I’m not sure what that is exactly but I’m afraid it involves lederhosen… I’m entirely terrified and hopefully we can fend off the lederhosen before this gets too out of hand. I apologize in advance if this blog gets a little eaten up by wedding planning.

On the Morocco front, we’ve spent the last few months reading pretty much everything we can get our hands on about Morocco. I can’t believe what an amazing post we’ve got for the second tour. It is going to be hard to wait the little over a year plus to finally get there. We started taking French classes in El Paso to start getting familiar with the language. My job is Arabic designated so I’ll be getting a full course of Arabic and because of scheduling issues I’m getting two months of French as well, which is fantastic but we figured since that wasn’t much time, a head start never hurts.