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A Time For Change... and Sandwiches!! 
 
Jul. 11, 2011 7:20 am 
Updated: Feb. 2, 2012 10:35 am
Things are changing around my house, for the better for sure, but a big change nonetheless! My husband graduated college in early May and had a spinal fusion a little over a week later. He's now almost 2 months post-op and got clearance about 2 weeks ago to start working so he was FINALLY able to take a job that he's been lined up for since last November! It is with the Human Terrain System and a Marine he worked with before told him about the job last year. When Kenneth first contacted the recruiter about the position he was told they could take him right then without him finishing his college degree at one level, or if he finished his degree (he only had ONE semester left to go!!) they would be able to hire him at the next level up which was a huge difference not only in pay but the actual position itself was much more what we were looking for him. So Kenneth went ahead and finished up school; which in itself was a HUGE triumph since he really, really hated being in school and he's been working on his degree since we graduated high school in 1999!! It's been a long road, but that chapter is finally completed and we're on to bigger and better things and I am so VERY very proud of him and can't wait to hear if he likes this new position! Such a big change from Marine Corps Reserves and school which has been our life for the past 6 years or so!

So yesterday we finished getting him all packed up, loaded up the car and drove to the airport. We had lunch together at Atlanta Bread inside the airport, said our goodbyes around 1:30pm and off he went... I cried a little but held it together for the most part. I think part of me is still in shock that this much anticipated day in our lives has finally come... Kenneth is now in Kansas City and will be in training for the next 5 months followed by an overseas deployment, cycle repeat! At least that's my understanding of this job - we'll learn more as he gets into it obviously. He arrived last night and called me when he reached the hotel just before 7pm my time. He sounded tired but good. He called me again when he was at WalMart trying to figure out what to buy to stock his little extended stay hotel kitchen! I really wish I could have gone with him, gotten him settled and stocked up and then come back home but that was far from practical. I know he'll do just fine, he always does - but I'll still be worrying and thinking about him and wishing I could cook for him and take care of him! I told him I'll just have to send him cookies every now and then so he gets something from home! :)

In any event, now that it's just me and Kent to cook for and take care of I pulled out the trusty weekly meal planner again. I've never stopped meal planning, but had taken it to a more casual level with just dinners being thought of a week ahead of time instead of breakfasts and lunches too and subsequently I have not been packing as many meals for work and have eaten out more than I should the past few months. So, I'm going to try my more thorough and comprehensive full day meal planning and start packing my breakfasts and lunches again.

Since I have free reign I started noticing a lot more sandwiches making their way onto the meal planner instead of "traditional" dinners! I love sandwiches and with just 2 people to fix food for it makes sense to have some sandwiches in there for quick and easy dinners without a lot of cooking and ingredients necessary. In the coming week I have Turkey Bacon Avocado Sandwiches, BLTs, Bacon-Egg English Muffins, Chicken Salad Sandwiches, Cinnamon-Raisin PB Sandwiches and Turkey Pita Sandwiches on the list - to name a few! So, apparently sandwiches are going to be a staple in my lunch and dinner (and even breakfast!) go-to items! I am looking forward to trying out some new ones and enjoying some classics too.

Here's hoping this next chapter in our life is a great one, especially for my hubby who has LONG anticipated this day! I wish him all the best!
 
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Mrs. C 
Feb. 2, 2012 10:35 am
I stopped reading and blogging on AR in June, 2011. I came back about a week ago, and today I figured out where my "blog subscriptions" were located. I subscribed to your blog! Where are you? I hope by chance you find this little note of appreciation and best wishes from Mrs. C
 
 
 
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