Hello everyone. It’s Monday and I’m back to work after a nice weekend. It’s nice to check back in to Family Said and hear from everyone.
I had a lot of distractions this weekend to make it go by faster. I did some shopping and had a party at my house Saturday night. Went and watched our roller derby competition on Saturday also with a friend. Drank lots of beer…
I heard from my HS a couple of times. His crew boss let him call from a payphone on Saturday on their way back from somewhere. (He is on the Hot Creek fire) He said his boss knows that he is trying to get me out there and needs to call me to finalize plans. (That made me feel good) Although, here it is Monday and I still have not bought a ticket and will be seeing him on Thursday. I’m getting anxious. Tickets are getting very expensive and flight options crappier and crappier. His days off got pushed back a day, so there is one more day of waiting.
I figure it will be one, long week. I’m trying to be patient. But when I start to complain about my waiting, I remind myself how exhausted he must be. He sounds pretty burnt out when he calls but gets some excitement in his voice when we talk about seeing each other. I feel stupid telling him I went shopping after he tells me they hiked 3000.’ vert. to get to the line. Oh well. I figure lots of I love you’s and miss you’s will make up for it. And I’m always sure to ask if he’s doing alright, getting rest, water, etc. As far as expectations for the visit…I don’t really care what we do as long as we are together. I kind of wonder if he’s going to want to go w/ his buddies to the bars one night or not. That’s fine w/ me as long as I’m not ignored once we get to the bar. And I guess I don’t want him to be too hungover the next day either.
I’m worried about saying goodbye and how to keep my cool. It will probably be another 6 weeks or 2 months until I see him again and I know I’ll want to break down if I keep looking at it like that. I suppose I’ll just try to not think about it until we’ve already said our goodbyes and he is off again.
Thanks for all of the advice. I love reading this message board. And Nerd, thanks for the info. I will look into it. I found a list of all the vollies around here. I also looked on the Alaska fire website and they, unlike most others I saw, said that temporary position dispatchers do not need previous experience. Could this be right?
You all take care. I’m sure you’ll be hearing from me more than once this week.