My long awaited class break was last week. I flew to Idaho and met up with Justin there. The morning after I arrived I got to attend his promotion ceremony and pin him as a Specialist. I hit the battalion CSM when I threw the old PFC patch, and punched Justin so hard that he had to take a small step backwards, so I call it a success.
We spent a couple of days in Boise, and then drove to Utah to see my family. I got my name legally changed while we were there, and pretty much had a great time. On the drive back to Boise we detoured over to the Golden Spike national monument, and now we have an annual pass to all National Parks. Somewhere between Utah and Boise a filling in one of my cavities fell out...not really the highlight of the trip. However, I got it fixed in Boise, the next day and we went to McCall, Idaho with Justin's family despite the fact that half my face was numb and Justin couldn't talk to me without laughing. I rode a wave runner, and drove a wave runner, and was totally unadventurous on them as both a passenger and a driver. I don't like the way they bounce around on the waves, it kind of freaks me out. I'm a very bad swimmer...and the water was cold.
My week of blissful freedom did unfortunately end, and I'm back in Russian classes. I guess it was bound to happen.
Anyhow, while Justin was at his annual training his unit started telling him that he needed to transfer to another unit because they are planning to deploy next year, but they know he's been planning on contracting with ROTC and won't be going with them. They need to get his vacancy filled so that his replacement will be trained and prepared. After we got home Justin and I talked it over, and have decided that he will be staying with his unit and he will deploy to Afghanistan with them sometime late next year. We feel like this is what he should do, even though it doesn't make a lot of sense as far as his schooling, but whatever. We're not really sure where we'll be moving once I graduate from this place. Maybe Utah, maybe Boise...but probably not Logan. It's all just sort of up in the air right now. I'm excited for him, and very proud of him for stepping up and fulfilling his commitment, but kind of dreading the year without him at the same time. Such is life in the military I guess.