Tonight, our first dinner guest was our dear neighbor, Becca. Her dear husband is also deployed; and Sex and the City finally hit our theater, the Billiken: what better reason than for a girls' night? (Movie tickets are $4 each at the theater! With popcorn and drinks, our date night was $ 13.25.)
For dinner, I bought flowers, prepared herb stuff tomatoes, and for our entree, treated our fine guest to penne with asparagus, mushrooms, bacon, and topped with basil and parmesan cheese. We chatted nonstop- a trait I love about the fast talking New Englander- about everything from family to dog training tricks.
After a picturesque ride in the bug, we arrived for our 2.5 hour movie. The movie itself was LONG; I even commented that I did know there were that many lose strings to tie up; but nonetheless, the movie's theme left me waning for DC. The Fergie-sung introduction, complete with hip hop beat and fashion montage, made me smile as wide as when Tok gallops toward me, ears flopping the whole way. Despite the amazing company of a new friend, who is fast becoming a dear friend thanks to our common personalities, I miss my friends and lifestyle in DC.
Yes, Kodiak is awesome. Yes, it is new and exciting. Yes, it is great for Brad's career (hell, it is great for mine, too), but more than anything, I wanted to dress up and see this with my vogue-reading, career-oriented, cocktail-drinking, power-book hungry, fabulous girlfriends. For 2.5 hours, I was whisked away to fashion, commarderie, and friendship. Walking out the front doors of the theater, to be greeted by snowy peaks was somewhat awe-inspiring and depressing all in the same moment (strange...never thought I could feel that way).
So, what did we do next: went drinking. Over a glass of wine and edamame at our local sushi joint, the Old Powerhouse, Becca and I exchanged stories about what we have done for love. We both married young (her more than me by three years), and we are both supportive of our husbands' military careers. Neither of us really "fit" the mold of an O-club wife, but we love the fact that we wake up to those same natural wonders of Kodiak, despite the fact that we both miss our families and our city conveniences, like public transit.
In the end, only time will tell. Wherever the USCG sends us next will be home...until the next rotation.