2008. Pam and I already know it’s going to be a big year, set up by the foundation that 2007 laid. Here’s a sneak-peak of what you’ll be reading about on this website for ’08:
- First and foremost if everything goes as planned, Pam and I will have a kid by year’s end. That, in and of itself, will be a life-changer. I think we’re ready to “settle down” and take that challenge though. Not to say that we won’t be throwing our share of parties in the future, just less of them as our focus will probably have changed.
- Sometime this summer, I should find out where Pam and I will be stationed next. I won’t be out of Savannah until early 2009, but it will be nice to know where we’ll be going for the next 3-4 years of our lives. Pam and I still have to talk out what we want, but I think anywhere in Europe will be high up on our wishlist.
- Grad school. Now that I’ve been accepted to Colorado State, I have to register for classes by next week and hit the books. Let’s get it started. The quicker, the better.
- More deployments to the desert. Though I’m unable to write a ton on this site while I’m over there, Pam will have the keys to keep things going while I’m gone. Any home-made beef jerky is much appreciated!
That’s a lot of big stuff crammed into one year. For the most part, it’s all change for the better. Combined with the kid news, just knowing that I’ll be going back to the cockpit around year’s end is enough to make this a happy year for me.
Now for my New Year’s Resolution: I vow to run a marathon before I start my next assignment. I’ll be training for it throughout this year when I can. The TDY schedule will probably be nuts and ever-changing again, so I really can’t schedule something until I know I’ll have the time to do it (one of my troops scheduled a marathon, only for an exercise to fall on the weekend he was going to run it). Really, I anticipate running a marathon in Phoenix while I’m re-learning how to fly the F-16 (I just have to make sure there’s actually one going on). That gives me a full year to make sure I’m ready, so there will be no excuse. For Christmas, I received a GPS watch that allows me to log distances, speeds, courses, etc into my computer. Using that will definitely motivate me toward this goal as well.
So a Happy and Healthy New Years to all!