Big Things Happening

By Wednesday, August 3, 2016 10 Permalink 0

If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram, you already know that Cass was selected for promotion to Technical Sergeant! For non Air Force, it’s E-6. From what everyone says, it’s the hardest enlisted rank to make so it’s a really big accomplishment for him. I’ve been nonstop bragging about him since the promotion list came out. He seriously worked his butt off for it and I couldn’t be prouder!
 

TSgt promotion party

 
When we were dating, Cass told me his goal was to get to MSgt (E-7) before retiring. I think he has a really great shot at making it further.
 

 
A little bit ago, I wrote a really vague tweet about things happening that could prevent us from going home to Hawaii this fall. At the time, Cass had interviewed for a QA spot. If he got the job, he wasn’t sure if he could still get leave for September. Well, he ended up not getting the job.

…but I did. Well, not that job, but a job. I’ve been dragging my feet about getting a job since we moved. I got a position as a receptionist at a doctor’s office. In some ways, it’s very similar to the admitting jobs I had in Alaska and Oregon. But in a lot of ways, it’s very different. I’m really enjoying it so far and my coworkers have been really easy to get along with.
 

 
I love getting out the house and socializing with people outside of the military again. We’re bummed that Hawaii isn’t happening this year, but we’re happy for the job opportunity.

Oh and I chopped off all my hair! I wish I kept a few inches, it would make it easier to tame. But I love having short hair again! I keep forgetting though and I’ve overdone it on the shampoo and conditioner all week.
 

After years of saying I was going to do it, I finally went back to shorter hair again!

A photo posted by Joslin (Ech & Will) (@echandwill) on

 
So those are our life updates! I’m still figuring out my daily flow and how I’m going to handle work + chores + reading + blogging, not to mention time with Cass and Lexi. Cass is also busy with work + schooling + getting his ducks in order so he can get his A&P license. Our days are busy and life is good. I hope all is well with you too!

July Reading Wrap Up

By Monday, August 1, 2016 8 Permalink 0

July was a little chaotic. Road trips, job hunting, and life…you know how it goes. I’m surprised I have more than one book on this list. It was a good reading month though. As in, I really enjoyed the three that I read.
 
 
Saga, Volume 6 by Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples – This volume felt transitional, but I really enjoyed it. I liked it much better than volumes 4 and 5. The story can go in so many new directions, it’ll be fun to see what happens next.
 
One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid – TJR is one of my newest favorite authors. I have a tendency to get emotionally invested in her characters and the relationships. The ending was convenient, but every once in awhile it’s nice to get a neat ending.
 
Dandelion on Fire by Sherry Torgent – I haven’t read a supernatural mystery in forever so I overdue to pick one up. This one was exactly what I wanted. Enough supernatural elements to make it interesting, but not too much to make it overwhelming. I have a full non-spoiler review on Ech Reads.
 
 
I’ll have a life update soon. I feel like not a lot has happened lately, but at the time time, a whole lot.

How did your July reading go?

A Day in Austin, Texas

By Wednesday, July 13, 2016 17 Permalink 0

We decided to daytrip up to Austin while we were visiting my sister in San Antonio. None of us had been and we were all curious.
 






 
I’ve always heard that Austin is so much like Portland. I’ve always sneered at the thought. Portland is Portland, there is no substitute. But walking down South Congress and going down some of the residential streets coming off of it, I kept thinking This street literally could have been picked up out of Southeast Portland and set down here. Downtown didn’t give me any Portland vibes, but SoCo totally did.
 


 
After walking SoCo, our feet hurt and the heat was getting to us. My sister went to meet a friend so Cass and I drove over to see the Texas State Capitol. He parked and hung out with Lexi in the air conditioned car while I hopped out. I planned on taking a spin through the building, but I had bad timing and the security line was pretty long. I didn’t feel like hanging out in the heat so I walked around the grounds and hopped back into the car.
 

 
I really wanted to see the LBJ Presidential Library so we drove over to the University of Texas campus. Wow, that’s a gorgeous campus. And their sports complexes are insane! It blew my mind that they had whole fields, stadiums, and gyms dedicated to individual sports. Lucky athletes. Again, I went to check out the library while Cass stayed with Lexi. I asked one of the men at the front desk how long I needed to reasonably enjoy the museum and he said I needed at least an hour and a half. Unfortunately Lexi was acting up so I felt bad leaving her alone with Cass to deal with for that long.
 

 
If you can’t tell, I have some unfinished business in Austin. If the opportunity to return comes up again, we would definitely go back. But next time we’re either boarding Lexi here in New Mexico or we’re putting in day care in Austin so we can go into all the buildings and explore more of the city.