Let’s have coffee, quarantine style.

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Good morning everyone! I hope you are all doing well considering the current environment. I want to give a quick update on my life since there have been some big changes the last couple of weeks. Plus, the next chapter of my life started this past Friday.

Let me set the scene. I’m in a lodging unit with a kitchenette on base. I have coffee (praise the Lord!), and Coffee Table Jazz from Spotify is playing in the background. Coffee of choice this morning is hazelnut with hazelnut creamer and a dollop of whip. I’m wearing my ripped out tomboy jeans and my hair is a mess. I’m sitting cross-legged on the bed, but I’m not sure how long I can hold this position because my knees are killing me. Is this what 30 looks like?

Where am I?

Last week, I graduated OTS and officially began my journey in United States Air Force Nurse Corps. It is overwhelming and exciting. On Friday, I drove from Maxwell AFB to Keesler AFB, where I began my 14 day conditional release quarantine.

What does that mean for me? It’s not strict isolation. I can go to the grocery store and grab takeout from restaurants, as well as move about outside within reason. It’s not too bad. It actually feels a lot like what I was doing right before OTS to ensure I didn’t get sick. Fortunately, my partner has a lot of time off right now, so I can spend much of my day with him on Skype.

Once the 14 days are up, I will head into the hospital for the first time to in-process into my unit. Then I am allowed 10 days of house-hunting leave to find a place to live. After the house-hunting time – I will start working.

First day of freedom + quarantine.

I’m feeling nervous.

I’ve talked about it here before. Applying for the NECP, attending nursing school, and the subsequent actions that followed (OTS & actually being a nurse and officer) were/are big risks for me. I am not one to try something if I think there is even a slight chance I will fail.

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If there’s anything they taught us in officer school – it’s that you will fail, and you will fail often. Sometimes, there are no right answers and a decision must be made. Indecision is one of my biggest weaknesses. It always has been. I do not like to make decisions without all the possible scenarios set out before me and a proper plan to deal with them. I blame it on my ISTJ personality type.

Anywho, starting this new career with much bigger responsibilities is nervewracking. It’s not a matter of if I will fail, but when, and how I handle each obstacle will define who I am as an officer and leader. It’s a lot to think about. I’m working on trusting God with all of it and staying grounded in who I am.

What am I eating?

All the things. Pensacola was such a bust on food, and I was spoiled from living in St. Louis and Denver. Thankfully, Biloxi has not disappointed in the food category so far. I’m two for two on food joints, and my friend and I are planning on ordering takeout and pastries from numerous local shops for my birthday tomorrow. We may not be able to have a full on 30th birthday bash, but this will be an amazing substitution.

Here are some places I’ve eaten or plan on trying:

Other things I’m doing.

Reading a lot of easy chick lit. I can’t help myself. My partner and I don’t know when we will see each other again, so I’m a sucker for all the love stories right now. Guilty pleasure, I guess.

Looking at houses. I peruse Realtor and Zillow darn near every day. I want a house so bad, but I know right now is not the right time. I’m working to set myself up for success, but one can dream, right?

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Putting on make-up and fixing my hair. I’ve spent the last two months being sweaty and expeditionary, so it has been nice fixing myself up, even if I’m quarantining.

Missing Motley. No tentative date as of yet for when Mots can come home, but I’m hoping for some time this summer. There are some big holes in my heart right now, and I miss Mots more than ever. Fortunately, he’s happy as a clam in Missouri with my parents.

I’ve been replaced. Who can blame him though?

Thinking about what to do with the blog. My renewal is coming up in July, and this will mark six years for Rose Colored Water. I feel like I’ve moved into a different stage in life, and I’m not sure I want to continue blogging. That being said, the next couple of years will be full of new memories and lots of personal finance endeavors, so I’ll have plenty of content if I choose to write. Decisions, decisions.

Final thoughts.

I am happy to finally be somewhere that I know will be home for the next four years. I miss feeling settled, and it feels good to know the next time I move my stuff, it will be there for a while.

That’s all I have for now. I hope you all have a wonderful Memorial Day. If you want to chat while quarantining or stuck at home, hit me up on Twitter or my email!

7 thoughts on “Let’s have coffee, quarantine style.

  1. Hey!!! Nice to see you again. You look beautiful! For some reason I thought you had found a place, but maybe you just had decided what area you wanted to live? Anyway, hope you get settled soon and having nerves about starting something new is TOTALLY normal!

    1. Tonya!! Thank you so much for the compliment! I haven’t decided quite where I want to live yet, except that I will be living with my friend first to pay off some more debt before possibly buying a house…. We will see how that all plays out. How everything goes with the new job may determine how I feel about buying something that requires more time and effort vs. renting. Thank you for the encouragement, as always. 🙂

    1. Thanks Freddy! First, I would like to note that I do not eat raw oysters. haha! I know they’re a delicacy but I just cannot. I will gladly eat the shrimp though! So much happening at once. It has been a lot. Thankfully this little “quarantine” thing I’ve been in has allowed me to relax and just run around the area trying lots of great new food. Can’t wait for you to come down here sometime again so I can meet the lovely Mrs. Smidlap and we can all eat oysters and shrimp together!

  2. Hey just a quick question! Is Keesler where you will be doing your NTP training as well? Like are you stationed there after that training? If so, when did you find out about your assignment for NTP and where you will be stationed after? I am currently in the NECP program and graduate May 2021 and just wanted to get an understanding of the timeline! 🙂 Thanks so much!

    1. Hi Briana!

      Congrats on your acceptance! Originally, my NTP was supposed to be in Cincinnati, but it was cancelled due to Covid-19 and we graduated OTS early. Normally, you would go to NTP directly after OTS and be there for 10 weeks. Since Covid threw a wrench in everything, my class went through something different. We were rerouted directly to our gaining bases (Keesler being mine) after OTS, and we are doing a reformed version of NTP online. So in your situation, hopefully everything is back to normal by 2021. You will probably put in your station preferences around January 2021, and if everything goes well, you’ll find out about 6 weeks later. Of course, that’s just an estimate. Things change all the time! I was a December grad, so my timeline was 1) preference worksheet in August 2) found out our NTP/permanent duty station in late September.

      Good luck on your journey! I hope this helps!

  3. Yes this helps a lot! Thank you so much! And yes, congrats to you as well 🙂 this is all so exciting! Just one more question, can you explain the reference sheet? Is that sent directly to our personal email and we fill it out? Or does our ROTC unit get notified of the reference sheet we need to complete and they reach out to us about it? Oh and does this preference sheet only go toward our permanent duty station or for NTP and the duty station?

    Sorry for all of the questions… I was accepted into NECP as an A1C so Air Force things are still very new to me.. haha but I truly appreciate all of your help 🙂 thank you so much

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