Thursday, September 26, 2013

Milestones & Countdowns (how to survive long distance)

It's no surprise that Travis and I live for vacations (as well as most normal human beings.) We live for an extended weekend, heck even just a regular two day weekend. What has made PA school bearable for us has been the use of milestones and countdowns. Maybe it is just me but I couldn't and still can't fathom looking ahead 28 months in the future to graduation. I just can't quite see it. Even at 8 months out now, I still am just beginning to see the flicker of light at the end of the tunnel. Instead, what really worked for me was setting smaller more attainable goals. Once we pass one milestone, it is time to make another. This keeps me pretty busy. Seriously, you should see all of the countdowns I have going on my computer.

What my current goals look like:

"1 day until our weekend in Boston together."

"Two more weeks until our next long weekend."

 We have also come to realize it is fun to plan little adventures or trips for us to do, even if it is just a two day weekend. Currently, we are both looking forward to Columbus Day weekend when we will be heading up to Lake Placid in the Adirondacks for a little mountain getaway. So in my free time from school I like to research new hikes, places to eat, and things to do. It definitely keeps my mind off the distance and keeps me looking forward to the future. Pretty soon we will be running out of milestones. Won't that be the day!

Do other people do this? Or do you have any other tips or advice? If you do, I am all ears! So with that here are a few more pictures from our latest adventure - a whole week together in Cape Cod!

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Sunday, September 22, 2013

Cape Cod 2013

With August came a two week break from school (thank you Clarkson for instilling numerous vacations into our 28 month schedule). It worked out perfectly that the wedding we attended on Saturday was the first day of our vacation. We spent the rest of the week nestled up in a beautiful home in Orleans, MA. Over the course of the next seven days we (I) nursed a hangover from the wedding, visited lots of friends both old and new, relished the outdoor shower, picnicked, day tripped to Nantucket (which will be another post in and of itself) and put in countless hours on the Cape's finest beaches. On our drive back home Travis and I were discussing how amazing this week was. While it was busy and hectic at moments, we wouldn't have had it any other way. As always, here are some of my favorite pictures from our getaway. 

The last picture was the sunrise at Nauset Beach on our last day. What a perfect way to end our vacation.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Sunday Goodbyes

and why I hate them...

1. They never get easier.

2. They always seem to come, no matter how much I wish them away.

3. They make me realize how big my bed is and how quiet my apartment is.

4. While they will end in PA school, I know they will continue in the Marine Corps.

5. It is always the longest point until we see each other again.

This is how a Sunday should be spent...

1. On the couch together watching football or E! News (depending on who you talk to).

2. Walking the dogs.

3. Shopping for and cooking dinner together.

4. Having a conversation together face to face not over the phone or skype.

5. Going to bed together.

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