Orders.... Orders... Yes I have a hard copy of orders in my possession or I should say an emailed copy that is.. Nothing is still popping up on BUPERS, I can work with this though!
Last week was the start of it all... Whew and it was a nightmare to say the least! I spent 3 hours online trying to figure out the new moving system the military uses and WOW is all I can say to that.. If it ain't broke don't fix it... Why they changed us to a new system I have no idea.. Figured it out and got all the paperwork submitted. I don't live near Norfolk where the big Naval Station is so I had to Choose Ft. Eustis Army base as my closes Personal Property office or in Army terms Transportation Office.
I took the orders in on Tuesday morning and a counselor needs to double check my paperwork and sign up and send it into the system to JPPSO where they will assign the moving company. The lady I talked to looked at me like I was an Alien because my paperwork was filled out online and I didn't need a session with someone in the office to do it for me. Said someone would check it over and call me Wednesday.
Thursday and no phone call so I go over in person.. and good thing I did! They didn't touch my paperwork, just threw it into a pile..and I was livid!! The poor guy that checked me in was scared I think, he knew that paperwork should of been processed already and that I shouldn't have to be in there because I already filled it out online! Chick that had my paperwork... IDIOT!! Yeah that's putting it nicely, it's all cubicles and I could hear her talking to the old guy about my paperwork.
So I had to sit and wait for her to go over it and then make sure it got sent off! I sat and waited for over 30 minutes.. then when I got back their with her I was there for another hour.. She made me go through the entire paperwork again and basically file a new set-up.. And then she couldn't read the orders, and keep complaining about why the Navy shouldn't allow us to self counsel. ourselves. The whole time I'm trying to remain calm and thinking about one of the soldiers sitting waiting for his turn he was their before I got there and didn't get back to anyone until after I was leaving.
You will NEVER see a Navy person sitting in an office waiting for anything all day like that.. They have shit to do!! I'm not saying the Army doesn't but it seems like they spend a lot of time all day waiting for stuff.. and I used to live on Ft. Eustis and have seen it for myself.. My neighbor's husband wasn't even allowed to live with her in base housing, because he was in a school and had to live in the barracks 3 feet away on post.. That is ludicrous!!
They way that lady was treating me was like I was infantile and didn't know anything... and she just keep asking me the stupidest questions over and over again.. at one point I was like I have moved a million times and I have been a spouse for 15 years I know what I'm doing better then you!! I couldn't hold it in any longer!! Needless to say I left asked her if my paperwork was sent off where it needed to go she said yes.. I got home looked the paperwork over and something seemed off. She basically just did another move request and re-submitted it back to Ft. Eustis and it's waiting for me to turn in my copy of the orders so they can process it.. But, yet that is what I did last Mon. Evening and then Tuesday morning and then again on Thursday morning!!!
Anywho.. I fixed everything Friday and Monday and our move has been assigned to a local company I'm just waiting for them to contact me and set up the dates.. We are one 3 housing waiting list for the area and should know something for sure next week.. And Bill should be back with us Next Tuesday!
So I'm making progress.. slowly but making progress.. and I already know that this stuff never goes smooth.. but I always hope it does. I need to just prepare for the worse and then I'll be okay I think!
Sunday, May 16, 2010
Do I need to get back to remembering this blog is here.. I thought I ignored my stamping blog sometimes this is ridiculous.. I haven't posted since March 1st and it's May 16th...
So what has been going on? Well a lot! My kiddos are pretty much the same crazy and keep me busy as ever!!! It's been pretty warm off and on the past few weeks so we have broken the pool out a few times.
It will be really warm, like in the 90's then all of a sudden go back into the 50's.. That's VA weather
for you though.. if you are from here or have lived here you know all about that.
In April I went to San Diego, CA to see my husband and meet the ship as it pulled into it's new Home Port after it travelled from Norfolk, VA.. took what seemed like forever! But they finally made it after a few port calls and a month in Haiti. They were right on schedule and arrived safe and sound.
I got to spend a week with him and it was wonderful. My mom came down and stayed with the kids. And it was the first time my husband and I have been alone without the kids on any type of vacation or trip in over 9 years.. How crazy is that? It was a vacation that was well needed for me after the deployment but it was just some time off for my husband. He has been in San Diego since the 12th April and is still there as I write this..
We did lots of touristy stuff and it went by so fast.. I didn't see nearly as much as I wanted too.. Sea World was on the list but we didn't make it there.. The Zoo and Wild Animal Park were first on our list and we did a Sea Tour.. Where you ride in the water/land boat things.. Pretty Cool and we ate at some cool restaurants.. We didn't go to the Gas-lamp quarter till my last night there and I could of stayed there for days.
I took pictures of everything while we were there.. The three things I was mostly excited about were the Kola Bears, the Seals and the Panda Bear..
These were 3 animals I have never seen in a Zoo let alone close up in real life or with the seals in their natural habitat. When we lived near Seattle I knew their were some but never managed to get over to see them. I really like Polar Bears too, but he wasn't cooperating the day we saw him, he was hiding.
I'll get around to posting some more photos soon I hope.. Yea, your like sure she will, she hasn't posted on here in almost 2 months.. We'll believe it when we see it.. Like I said I will try to post some more photos..lol
I returned from my mini vacation and left my husband behind and headed back to the real world! There is some great news though, instead of my husband getting off the ship in November of this year he will be leaving in May.. Yep that is this month.. but let's say he's is suppose to leave in May....
He got new orders to Shore Duty and we will be headed to Bethesda, MD..where he will be working at the Naval Hospital.. Needless to say this is not where we wanted to go and I will not be a happy camper for the next 3 years unless something miraculous happens and I love it there. Which I doubt!
We don't know when we will be leaving exactly, but we do know when we need to be there by the end of June. Yep, not to far from now.. and I don't have a Hard Copy of Orders in my hands yet either, and that could be a disaster.. But I am a seasoned Navy Wife as we like to say and I can wave my magical wand and things happen.. Just like when we moved from FL to VA in 08'. I had 2 weeks to get a move set up and get us housing and somehow it all fell into place.. I just hope we are that lucky this time.
So more to come on that as well.. STAY TUNED!!!!!! I'll try not to go so long in between post but, what can I say.. I always say that and yet I leave ya'll hanging for months on end..
Ta Ta for now.......