Most of our civilian friends have never had to deal with a relationship gap that crosses state lines for more than a holiday weekend. (Side note: thank you for your service! You know who you are!!)
But with this new job, we made the intentional decision to spend this year focusing on our own jobs, saving as much cash as we can, and planning to see each other about every 4-8 weeks.
Ideal? Absolutely not. Doable? So far! Thanks to the wonderful iWorld of FaceTime. And the part where I’m lucky enough to be dating my best friend.
I moved to Singapore Jan 26th.
Went back to the States for 2 weeks in March/April.
And he visited here for the first time last month; for the shortest, most gloriously packed week of vacation ever.
We’ve spent 47 whole days together of the 164 so far this year.
And that last trip — for reference — meant 65 hours of travel for only 7 measly jet-lagged yet wonderful days together.
Imagine working for a week and a half straight. But sitting. In coach. On a flying people tube. Being 6’4″.
This can mean only two things; Economy Plus is so worth it and he obviously loves me. 🙂 I win.
So this leg we have to endure just shy of 7 weeks; 48 days.
Roughly the time it takes to drive from New York to Los Angeles.
In a row.
Without rest stops……….
Mom says you can do anything for [insert time period]…. and she’s right. But time passes so much faster when you ignore it and instead focus on the task at hand. [something about a watched pot and boiling… ??]
So we’ve learned to count events, not days. Maybe because it’s a shorter list, maybe because it’s more quantifiable, not sure. But it feels easier. And, frankly, keeps me occupied.
And we’re over half way there………..
So we don’t count the days. We count the things on the to do list. And I have a lot to do before he gets here…
a condo to get moved in to
a 4th (6th) of July party to plan
grocery trips to make
laps to swim
miles to bike & run
…and hit up Macau, Australia & China for work!
But with only three weeks to go, the tickets are booked!!! July 5th, our 6 year anniversary, will be here before we know it!
‘t. Wait. Because some people are worth waiting for.
“How many people can make you feel rare and pure and special? How many people can make you feel… extraordinary?” – Marley and Me