Yesterday was my first deployment ceremony ever. I've been two a couple of re-deployments, once to photograph my friend and her husband and once as a representative of the USO.
I met my boss yesterday at the USO and we proceeded to where the group deploying was gathering at. It was a small group, about 22 people, so the ceremony was very informal. We set up some drinks and snacks and got our goodie bags together to give to the soldiers as they left.
I didn't anticipate having a sad feeling, but I did. We actually had several regulars of the USO deploy with this group and the thought that I wouldn't be seeing them for a year was sad. One of them actually asked me if I'd be there when he got back. I assured him he was stuck with me for the next couple of years, so he had nothing to worry about.
I know it's going to be even worse when Sean's brigade deploys. Not only will I be saying goodbye to my husband, but I'll be saying goodbye to practically the whole population of the post.
I do love my job, but I have to say this part of it really sucks.
Now for some cheery news.
I have recieved almost everything I've ordered in the last few days. I finally broke down and ordered the eyeshadow primer that my make-up guru Sara has been encouraging me to get for the last six months. I was beyond tired of my eyeshadow creasing by the end of the day.
Plus is this not the cutest bottle? Makes me feel like I'm in I Dream of Jeannie!
Now I'm just waiting for my copy of 501 Italian Verbs to get here. It's time I got to work on my conjugating!
I'm debating whether or not to go to Venice this weekend. I don't have anything planned on Friday or Saturday so I'm thinking it might be a good idea. However, another part of me thinks I should go to one of the smaller towns that are around that I haven't explored yet.
Oh and a big thank you to everyone who left such nice comments about my pictures. You guys encourage me in so many ways and for that I thank you!