It finally happened. Steve is going to Officer Training School (he calls it COT for some reason even though I thought it was OTS...must be a different name that I'm sure he's told me, I just can't remember). Anyway, he needs to take a computer with him so he can study and pay bills and have a way to do homework while he's there so he decided we need a more reliable laptop for the family that he can use when he's gone.
So we're getting a Macbook Air. It was ordered today. I get to essentially call it mine from now until he goes to training in October, then again after the training is over. I couldn't pass up the opportunity to write a post about it considering it's something I've wanted for years. We got the most limited version but it doesn't matter to me, it's 11.6 inches, weighs less than 3 pounds, and has a long battery life. It'll be perfect to take with me to Barnes N Noble, use at home, and it's bigger than the tablet I'm currently using, which is the 8" Asus VivoTab Note 8. I'd use this table as an actual tablet, which I rarely do now because I have it in a bluetooth keyboard case. The Macbook is also reliable and fast and has been my dream computer for a very long time. I'm so thrilled that we'll finally have one. I'll be sad to have to relinquish it to him for two months, but it'll be great to have until he leaves.
Of course, I'll also be sad that he's leaving for two whole months while I stay home and keep working and watching the girls. Thanksgiving will just be the three of us. We're not positive his training starts in October, but he's friends with the woman that sets the class dates for the new selects, so it's likely. Everything seems to be happening so fast. I can't wrap my head around it.
I plan to talk to my boss to see if she'd consider continuing to employ me (even if it's just on a consulting basis) after I leave. Most of the things I do can be done from anywhere, especially once I get our shared files off the server in the office and onto a cloud service. And I started uploading everything to a trial version of Dropbox for Business and it's working great. I've already uploaded more to Dropbox in 24 hours than I was able to upload to OneDrive for Business through over 4 weeks of working on it.
My other responsibilities include creating newsletters, an annual calendar, the annual report, and maintaining our websites and database. It'd be beneficial for them too, to keep me on to get those things done throughout the year...they wouldn't have to rehire my position or try training other people to fulfill those roles. It would be awesome for me too, not to have to find another job. I worked remotely from Pennsylvania for a job I had in Louisiana and did so for over a year, but in that case the job was part time and I also worked a full time job in PA and went to school online, so I couldn't maintain all the things I was trying to do, especially once Jane was born.
I emailed my boss this week to see when we could meet to do my annual evaluation, so I'm hoping to talk to her about it then. If she says no, I'll be disappointed and it'll be sad to have to give up this job, but I've got a lot of education and a good resume, and the possibility to live longer at our next base, which might make it easier to explain to my next employer why my resume keeps jumping from state to state. These are the sacrifices I make for the sake of being a military spouse.
After Steve's COT or OTS or whatever it is, we will either be moving to our next base, where I'll stay for 4 months while he goes to Vandenberg, CA to train for his job, or we'll go to Vandenberg together and I'll live at the beach in California for 4 months with the girls and the dog while he finishes his training. That wouldn't suck. Worst case scenario is we go to the next base and he leaves me there alone for 4 months, but apparently that's pretty likely. It sucks (for me...obviously the reasons will be different for him) because if I don't get to keep working for this job, I'll have the girls and no job and the challenge of not having anyone to watch them while I go for interviews.
Maybe I'll get my shit together and finish a book and get an agent and get a book deal. That would be my dream scenario. That's always my dream scenario though, no matter what's happening in real life.
Time to get my butt back to editing.