One thing I've rarely to never done here is write about the kinds of things I should on an Army-family-far-from-home blog: birthday celebrations, fun family outtings to uniquely Okinawan/European* settings, or our trips to exotic locales. In our 19 months here we've been to Thailand, Hawaii, Taiwan, and Hong Kong, and what have I recorded? A blurb about Hawaii, and a few pictures from Taiwan. I managed to write about whale watching, but only because God granted us one of our most amazing wildlife sightings ever, and about our day trip to Manza Point and other Oki sights, but only because I will remember that day forever for the Tohoku Earthquake.
It's incredibly frustrating. I mentally gather all these little details and then can't string them into any kind of narrative that I think would be worth reading. And then I forget.I have a really bad memory (for everything except song lyrics and Things My Husband Neglected To Do--canIgetanamen?) , which I blame (like everything else) on the marthritis, and that is why I'm so obsessed with taking pictures. And that's also why I now take notes in one of my four notebooks or on appointment reminder slips or on the back of Eva's school art or receipts, often with gum in them, or on Popeyes napkins--that's where I wrote about the PF's lost/found phone. But I rarely do anything with the notes.
All of that to say, it's my goal to record more of our life here. It kills me to think of everything I did not write down about Europe, and I will not make that mistake again.
The first Epic Family Adventure that will be recorded to begin to fulfill this goal: We try out the Renaissance Hotel indoor pool, where Martha takes a most satisfactory nap. Are you so excited to read it?
*Back in Italy, I couldn't think of a way to write anything down that didn't read something like "And then we went to this city and it was awesome and then we went to this city and it was awesome and then we wandered around Venice and don't you hate me now and then we were forced to go to Rome because how can you live in Italy and not go to Rome and boo hoo hoo I never went to Pisa...