We've been doing this Air Force base life thing for seven weeks now. It's starting to feel normal.
Brandon loves his job. He really does. It's different than a civilian nursing job. . . and it's hard to explain the differences. I think the best way to describe it is "Officer first, specialty second." He is still an ER nurse, but that comes second to his role as an Air Force officer. He doesn't just work his ER shifts. He has many more responsibilities-- trainings, briefings, meetings, TDYs, etc. It's more responsibility, but he is up for the challenge and loves it. It really fits him well. He is definitely doing what he is meant to do, and I'm so proud of him.
The downside is that he works more, which means less time together. That is an adjustment for us-- we are used to having nearly unlimited time together. . . and we still really love that time together. So it's been tough to give some of it up. But we're settling into a "routine" (routine in quotation marks, because every single day is different around here!) and learning to make the most of our time.
We *still* haven't completely unpacked. I know, I know. So wrong.
We did get to have a "sightseeing day" in New Orleans. We had a meeting we had to attend there, and took the opportunity to see the French Quarter! It was a blast. Really. I'm a huge fan of the French Quarter (though not of New Orleans in general. . . the traffic was crazy and the roads were terrible). But the Quarter was a blast-- yummy food, live music, open markets. It was a great day.
|My favorite market!|
|We had a big sampler: seafood gumbo, crawfish etoufee, jambalaya ,and shrimp creole. YUM!|
Since I last blogged, we have also celebrated our 5th anniversary and Brandon's birthday. Whew! It's been a crazy month, and it doesn't look like it will be slowing down any time soon!