Greetings, Citizens! One of our clients says that every time he joins a conference call and it cracks me up every.single.time.
We have a bit of news to share on the Navy front, for any of you who are interested or are (ahem) planning summer vacations to the beach. As you might know already, Andrew is finishing up Power School and will be graduating on February 25. Woo hoo! He has two more phases left to complete: Prototype (6 months in either Charleston or New York) and SOBC (3 months in Groton, CT). Whether he'd go to Prototype or SOBC first, we didn't know. And we didn't know for certain if he'd go to Prototype in NY or get to stay here. But we were fairly certain that he could stay here. His choice was to go to SOBC first (have a relaxing 3 months in CT) before coming back to Charleston to enjoy 12 weeks off until Prototype. Then he'd wrap things up and we'd wait for them to tell us what's next. And last week he was told that everyone would likely get their first choice.
And we believed them! Rookie mistake.
The good news is, he gets to stay in Charleston for prototype. Yay! The bad news is that he's going to Prototype first, then SOBC. No restful New England vacay. No 12-week break. Just a direct transition into shift work - 12 hrs/day, 7 days/week. Oh, goodie.
Silver lining? Why, I'm glad you asked:
- The first seven weeks will be classroom training (no shift work) and that particular building isn't even open on the weekends. Which means Andrew absolutely cannot work on the weekends. I don't have to tell you how I feel about that.
- If he meets all of his qualifications by a certain point, he'll only be required to work 8-hour days for the rest of the program.
- He's not leaving me yet!
So there you have it. The orders haven't officially been cut yet, so that could all change. But we're not counting on it. We'll just take what we're given and make the best of it. Amen.
Next up, a free calendar?! I wanted to design a calendar to hang by the desk in my office and I figured I would share it with you! Here's what January looks like:
Cute, huh? Click here for the PDF to see the other months and print your own. You are so very welcome :)
Oh. And tomorrow's Friday. Word.