Monday, July 16, 2012

Fort Sill Update

I just wanted to do an update to talk about how life has been for us at Ft. Sill so far.

Our flights to the states were pretty uneventful. I was a nervous wreck since we were flying with Boomer, but other than a few minor issues, we got to our destination with all our bags and Boomer.

My family actuallly picked us up at the airport. I can't tell you how great it was to see a friendly face at the airport. Not to mention I haven't seen my family since Christmas and Sean hasn't seen most of my family since last summer.  We got settled in our hotel room, which is pretty awesome in the way of on-post hotels. We have two bedrooms, a bathroom, large living room and a kitchen complete with two fridges and some burners. I'm was hoping for an oven, but we're making do with what we have.  Luckily they have a good lending closet where we borrowed a crockpot and other kitchen necessities. Unfortunately they do not have any government furniture we can borrow, so we will either have to borrow from friends or my parents until our household goods get here.

We have good news about our housing situation.  We actually have a house, although we have yet to see it. We are due to sign the papers and move into it on the 26th of this month. Although like I said before we have nothing really to move into it except what we brought in our suitcases.

Sean has put in a pass for about 2 weeks so after we sign the house paperwork, we can go four hours north to our hometown and stay with my parents for a couple of weeks, which will cut down on the amount of time we have to pay out of pocket for a hotel room/give us the chance to visit with friends and family/ and give us some time to relax and eat at our favorite restaurants. It's win/win.

As far as Ft. Sill goes, I haven't seen a lot of the post, but what I have seen reminds me of Fort Polk.  There are three gyms here, which is a plus and so far I've only been to one. The fitness classes are free which is AWESOME and I went to my first Zumba class here today. It was awesome. I've never been to a fitness class with so many people there. There were probably 60 people in this Zumba class today. I will be going back several days a week, as well as getting back to my running and weight lifting routines as well.  The PX and commissary here are about average. I'm excited to check out the library and thrift store as well.

I'm also excited about the free upcoming Brad Paisley concert happening on post in August. It's been awhile since I've been to a concert, so I'm pretty pumped about it.

What I'm not excited about is the fact that our paycheck is about half of what we were making while we were OCONUS.  We aren't hurting for money, but the fact is I need to buy camera equipment and we need to save a bit more for when we buy a house, so once we get back from leave, I'll be job searching. I'm hoping for something on post. Crossing my fingers for something good!

Now if I could only get my car so I could go visit Goodwill and Hobby Lobby....

12 comments:

JG said...

Ah, yes, Hobby Lobby! :) Hope your HHG get there soon! And good deal about the trip back being uneventful. I'm paranoid now about having to fly the dogs anywhere. Hope Lawton treats you right!

Mrs. Lawler said...

Can't wait to find out more about Fort Sill! When my hubby gets back from deployment we will be headed that way! :)

SarahEileen said...

Gyms tend to intimidate me so I have yet to set foot in any of them. Maybe one day... I wanna know how you scored such a nice lodging place! We got a basic hotel-style room when we got here. You'll have to let me know where your new place is...maybe we'll be neighbors! Ha. I love wandering around the thrift shop. I'm slowly adding to my kitchen collection from there - it's so much cheaper than buying new!

Stephanie Hartman said...

I know your so excited to back in the states. Glad you made it safe and sound I hate flying as well.

Emily's Going Nuts said...

Welcome home! Glad to hear the travel went relatively smoothly!

Jessica said...

Glad everything went well! I know it's nice to be so close to family after being away for so long. 4 hours is nothing now, right?!? And AND you're in Oklahoma right in time for football season :)

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T, C, and E said...

My mom works at the GNS in the PX a day or two per week! Hug and kiss her for me!

Angela Noelle said...

Sounds like it's been a pretty good moving experience--it's great that you're already starting to get settled in and will get to spend some time with your family.

Paula said...

Sounds like you're on your way to settling in. Those overseas moves are always tough. I hope you're able to go visit family and cut down on your "camping out" time. I find that I can be happy on any post. It's the people and my attitude that make it great! Good luck!

Crazy Shenanigans-JMO said...

that's great that you've made it and are getting settled in!