I intended this website and blog to be a professional resource for me, and it is - but, I've decided to use the blog more as a personal page so that friends and family can keep up with what's going on since we're scattered here and yon.
So, what's going on with me, you might ask? Well, lots of things and at the same time, not so much. I got a new job (exciting!) at an awesome nonprofit called Access College Foundation that helps students in Virginia apply and pay for college. It already seems like a great place to work, and as a former student who relied solely on a wonderful scholarship to pay for college, I love that I am able to work for an organization such as this. They also get a gold star for hiring me despite knowing that I probably won't be in Norfolk longer than a couple of years (thanks, Navy!). I probably applied to LITERALLY (cue Chris Traeger) a hundred jobs, got LITERALLY like ten interviews, and in each of those interviews as soon as the Navy was mentioned, I could see their interest in me fade. So, just as I was beginning to lose hope, Access swooped in and hired me.
I'm getting settled in here - and Norfolk is not the Naval Post I'd love to be at most (I mean, hello Hawaii) but so far its not so bad. I love the mostly balmy weather, although it did snow today that's not the norm, and living within walking distance to restaurants, shopping and the movies. Growing up in extremely rural North Carolina, this is a true luxury. When I was a kid, we had to drive like an hour to a completely different state for that stuff.
What's not going on is that the boo recently left for a 3-4 month stint on the USS Stennis for shooter quals. Now, I'm not complaining, because he could be gone for six months, or nine months or even a whole year - so by comparison three months is nothing. However, I've only been in Norfolk a couple months, and he's almost the only person I know here. So that's made it a little difficult now that he's gone. However, that's a whole blog post for a different day - I'm going to write a series on how to make friends as an adult, because its SO painfully awkward. Making friends when you're 30 is like dating, except platonically. Where's the fun in that? The nice thing is that I am reconnecting with old friends by forcing them to come and see me on weekends.
I think that pretty much sums it up. I'll be posting more about adjusting to life not just up here in Norfolk, but also getting used to a military lifestyle. I've got a couple new blog posts over at Blinq, so be sure to check those out as well in my work section.