More on the plumbers; First, my bad: they asked me if there were any ‘unintelligible Spanish word here’ in our yard. After asking them to repeat the word a couple of times, and looking like a stupid foreigner one guy finally asked if there were “chu chu chu’s” in our yard. Now I don’t know about you, but that sound says ‘sprinkler’ to me. I told them no. They were annoyed the next day when they found pipes in our yard. We don’t have sprinklers, but there is a faucet on the other side of our house from our connection to city water. They told me they’ll have to come back Monday to finish up the yard work. Second, their bad: they didn’t see the bidet in the master bathroom. I don’t know how they could have missed it…every Spanish bathroom I’ve been in has had a bidet; and why would the guest bathroom have one and not the master bathroom???
We do have hot/cold water now, and the use of the guest shower. When they come back Monday they also have to hook up the shower head and bidet in the master bathroom, fix some tiles in the kitchen, and I’ve found a leak in the guest bathroom they need to caulk. Hopefully that’ll be it. In a way it’s nice to have the whole house to ourselves this weekend; but on the other hand I’m in a fix. Everything in this house is covered in dust from them jackhammering and tearing out tile; but I can’t clean it all up until they’re through here. Tj swept, I cleaned the guest bathroom and put the first coat of bleach on the moldy walls today; guess I’ll just bide my time until they’re out of here and then give everything a good cleaning.
The landlady came by a couple of hours ago…why does she think she doesn’t need to call before coming??? We’re both sick and the house is a wreck…a little heads-up would’ve been nice. At least she apologized for the mess; I was a little worried she’d be upset at the shape of her house.
Some good news: Tj got an email yesterday saying our next move is to *……drumroll, please……* Dobbins AFB in Marietta, GA!!!!!!!! There had been a very very slight chance that we could go to Germany; which I thought would be so cool. But I’m so excited to be going to anywhere in the US!!! I feel a little bad that it’s obvious that I’m so happy to be getting out of here…but I rationalize it because even when you’re on vacation, when it’s time to head home who doesn’t really ache to get back to their home and the norm? I miss fitting in; I’m tired of being a foreigner, I never realized how much hard work it was! I remember our Preacher’s wife telling us this story: She’s from America, and has lived here in Spain 15 years. Not long after they moved to Murcia (our province), and before she became as comfortable with Spanish as she is now, she had to go to her neighbor’s to call her husband because their phone was out. Her neighbor was amazed at how rapidly she spoke English…all the neighbor had ever heard was her halting Spanish, and here she was talking a mile a minute. When she hung up the phone the neighbor said something to the effect that she wasn’t as stupid as she sounded in Spanish! (Yes, that is how tactful Murcianos usually are.) I know I must come across just like that in Spanish…I’m always halting and searching for the right word; and although I do pretty well speaking in the present tense I never get the past right, and the subjunctive is completely beyond me. I’m ready to sound like an educated woman again, for pity’s sake!
Tj’s a little worried about this position. Although he’ll be working with C-130’s again, it could be his first step out of the AF. He’s worried that this will turn out to be an Active Duty advisor job to the Reserves, and since he worked with the Reserves already, and has been here on the sidelines in Spain for the last two years this may be the beginning of the end. He loves the AF, and we hope to stay in for many more years, but there’s no allaying his fears this weekend. He can’t find any info on his position on the internet. Although there’s a lot of info on Dobbins, none of it concerns his portion of the base. He’s tried calling the US for information, but to no avail. He’s sent off an email to Germany, and we’ll just have to wait until Monday when (hopefully) we’ll get some reassurance.
I’ve never lived in Georgia, but as far as I remember it’s a pretty state. Again, I think I’m just excited to be moving and would be happy with wherever they send us. From what we can tell over the internet Marietta is about 30 minutes from the Atlanta airport, so we’ll be living in the big city, baby!! I’m glad to be getting out of the boonies….ahhh….can’t wait to make drive-thru part of my weekly life again! (Isn’t that sad to hear!!!) I have a cousin living 1 hour away from Marietta, and one of my sisters is a 3-hour drive…I can’t wait!