Austin, TX

Monday, July 14, 2014

It had been less than a month since Josh left for his pre-deployment mobilization in Texas, but the four day pass his unit received around the 4th of July would be our only opportunity to see each other until after May of 2015.

I flew into Killeen (the town in which Fort Hood is located), but I didn't actually get to see any of the base.  I think one of the smartest things we did was invest in a rental car and there were numerous occasions on the trip that we would have been pretty stuck without it.

I know there are a ton of things to see and do in the area, but we both agreed that the main focus of this trip would just be relaxing and spending time with each other... and eating.  We did a lot of eating.

I was surprised to find out that there really wasn't much going on in the city on the 4th.  If nothing else I at least expected a lot of people.  Since there wasn't too much going on, we decided to make the two mile trek to Torchy's food truck.  It was a long, hot, tiring walk, but the tacos we got were definitely worth it... though may not quite worth the two mile walk back to the city.

We did try to see the city's firework display, but because of construction it had been moved about 20 minutes south of the city.  We started heading in that direction, but got stuck in crazy amounts of traffic so we ended up just pulling over on the side of the road and watching from there.  Luckily all of the neighborhoods around us were lighting off their own fireworks so we were almost completely surrounded by them.  After that we headed back to the city to meet up with some people in his unit for rooftop drinks.... and then another food truck.

The next day consisted of more of the same.  Resting and eating.  We also had a nice dinner with his unit that night... and then went on a hunt for another food truck. 

I'm normally one for going nonstop while traveling, but I really couldn't imagine spending those few days together any better way.  It's nice to feel so comfortable with someone that you can just sitting there (me reading, him playing video games) and still feel completely happy and content. 

As happy as I was that we got to spend this time together, we both agreed that it made everything a little harder.  To have to go through a second round of goodbyes, and knowing that it would be almost 10 months before we got to see each other again just made us both miserable for a few days after. 

Luckily things are settling back down now.  I think we've both adjusted back into the mindset that we need to be in to get us through the next year.  I know it's not going to be easy, but I'm trying to stay positive at this point because, really, what else can you do?

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