When your husband works every other weekend, the weekends you have together are precious. JD's first weekend off this month was spent on a motorcycle trip, so we had big plans for a date night and quality of time together this weekend. But then this bitch named Hurricane Irene decided to steal my husband away by making landfall in NC, and plans changed. Our hot date night together turned into his hot date night with his training officer.
We live inland, so we didn't feel the full impact of the storm, but they still need extra officers on hand to direct traffic in areas where there are power outages and stuff. I’m not mad he got called in. SOMEONE has to be out protecting our city, even when the conditions are dangerous, and I’m proud of him for wanting to be that person. I just wish Irene would have picked a different night :)
I do have to admit that I had a small moment on Friday when he told me he was getting called in on Saturday. I knew being a Law Enforcement Wife would be hard, and I knew a lot of things to expect, but sometimes you can know something and not really understand it till you've experienced it. It seems so unfair that LEO's (Law Enforcement Officers), military, and other public safety workers get called away from their families when they're needed at home most. We were lucky that the storm wasn't that bad here, but I was hit with the realization that I would have been on my own no matter how bad things got.
I wish I could fully articulate how consuming this job is, for both of us. It not only affects our time together, but it's forced me to change the way I approach certain things. JD may be the protector of the city, but I'm now the sole protector of our household. That may sound dramatic, but it's also reality.
For now, I will be glad that we can have a date night tomorrow, and hoping that everyone in the path of the storm is safe.
Saturday, August 27, 2011
Sunday, August 14, 2011
Every year, my dad's side of the family takes a week-long summer vacation together. We almost always go to the beach, but this year we decided to switch things up and rent a cabin in the mountains of Gatlinburg, TN. It was a relaxing and fun-filled weekend of hiking, motorcycle rides with JD (although I can't say I'll ever go riding in the mountains again- I got super motion sick and almost puked over the side of a mountain), shopping (normally I don't like shopping on vacation because I feel like I'm wasting time that could be spent doing something else, but I enjoyed the shops in downtown Gatlinburg and the nearby outlet mall), tons of relaxing in the hot tub, and a horseback ride.
I also had the first really good opportunity to play around with our new DSLR camera. Enjoy!
Some views from hiking
Motorcycle ride- I was SO happy to be off the bike at this point.
Taking in the view (please ignore my helmet hair)
Stopping for ginger ale, a snack, and some people watching :)
Grotto Falls- The only waterfall in the area that you can walk behind
Rather than hiking with the rest of us, JD decided to RUN up the mountain. Here he is cooling off (actually, freezing his butt off) in the waterfall.
The view from our cabin. Not bad, eh?
Shopping in Gatlinburg. I loved this area that was off of the main road. Instead of cheesy tshirt shops and typical touristy stuff, it was filled with cute boutiques and pretty landscaping.
Great Smoky Mountain National Park... here is the view from the highest point in the park.