Please tell me I’m not some sort of freak, although you might think so by the time you’re done reading this.
I love doing endless, often pointless, research on where we might be living. And I mean might. We are not due to leave here for at least another 18-24 months. I have no earthly clue on where we will go, but this is my way of dreaming. In my own defense we do move a lot, I’m always in awe of the folks who have stayed at the same duty station for more than 3 years. And this whole mess started when the darn branch manager came to visit. Usually it begins when dh mentions something offhand, like, “You know, I’d really like to take an overseas assignment next.”
Me: “Oh? Where do you think you’d like to go?”
dh: “I don’t know, I was thinking somewhere cool, like Belgium or England, maybe. Where would you like to go?”
Me: Now out of the room and already searching things about Belgium on the internet.
Seriously, I need school to start because I have already wasted entirely too much time looking at where we could live (Brussels! Mons!) and then at schools and what the towns look like, what expats say about living there, and on and on it goes…
Don’t get me wrong, I would love England, too, I just happened to research that one already a few years ago and I still have my links (is this sad? I think it must be).
I have a lot of fun thinking about a place and what it would be like to live there. Since I know this is off in the future it doesn’t have the same pain attached to it as when we’re making our list and hoping and praying for an answer we can live with. It also helps if said place is on the exotic list. You wouldn’t find me doing this about Ft. Irwin, say, or Ft. Polk. Nevermind that usually if I’ve taken the time to research something, the Army sees fit to send us to the exact opposite place.
For someone who grew up in the same small town my entire life, and had the same schoolteachers as my mother did, I am startlingly well suited to the military life. And just let me know if you’re moving to Belgium anytime soon, do I have some links for you!