Hello! My name is Alyssa. I’ve lived in Virginia my whole life. I graduated from Old Dominion University with a double major in English and Communications. I want to be a novelist and a screenplay writer. I want to write fun adventures, love stories, and one day take my stories from the page to the big screen. I’d like to have a novel finished one of these days, but I tend to jump from one idea to another. I’ll stumble upon the right idea I just can’t put down one of these days. In the mean time I’ll scratch outlines together, write bad poetry, and making vlogs that I will never post.
If you didn’t know, Norfolk, VA is known for it’s military population, so no surprise when I was out on the town for girls night when I met the perfect sailor for me! I had agreed to be the sober driver, so my boy sighting eyes were in tip top shape when they stumbled upon the tallest cutie (I have a thing, okay) in a room full of unattractive short guys (okay, guys my height). I blame watching watching Mary-Kate and Ashley movies as a kid where they danced with cute boys at least a head taller! Anyways, I had almost lost hope when he disappeared for a bit. I went to sit and sulk with my friend whose toes had been crushed by a heal (sloppy drunk friends heal) when I looked up to notice that he and his friend were standing right near my other friends who did the toe crushing. Of course off I went to casually chat with them, when HE bumped into me! And the rest is history! <3
Fast forward to after graduating college, him picking new orders, us getting engaged and we are in November of 2013. I married my amazing husband and became a Navy wife. I was definitely thrown into the military lifestyle. We got engaged, he left for his last deployment, with the help of my family and close friends we planned a wedding in less than four months. He arrived back the morning of the rehearsal dinner with just enough time to pick him up, get our marriage license, rehearse, and get to dinner. Thankfully, our big day went smoothly. I got to spend the weekend with him for our mini-honeymoon before he was off again to training school in Texas for three and a half months. Luckily, it was during the Holidays, so I got him back for a few weeks in between.
Now that he is done with training school we are going to be living in Spain for the next few years. For a girl who has literally lived in the same house her whole life (minus those few years away in college) traveling to a whole new country is certainly going to be a new adventure. I have my passport ready to go, now we’ve just gotta jump through the millions of hoops that are the military. Since we weren’t married when he picked his orders they are unaccompanied. They told us he’d have to rank up to change his order and have me with him there, he did. They wouldn’t alter them before he got there, so since then it’s just been one thing after another. They give us one hoop to jump through and as soon as we make it through, they give us an obstacle course.
My college roommate is getting married May 10th, and the week following I will be on my way to Spain for the 90 days that I’m legally allowed to be in the country without a visa, then back to my parents I’ll go. Once I’m home again I can start applying for a visa to be in the country on my own accord since the military channel is going to take a million years. If all goes well I will be back in Spain to spend Christmas with my husband and stay for good. If not it’s surely going to be a lot of expensive plane tickets, flying back and forth, and grumpy rants. You’ve been warned. The one plus if I have to keep going back and forth is that I won’t have to miss my family and friends here as much, but I will be missing my husband more than I want to.
The whole point of this blog is to keep our family and friends in our lives even when we are far away. If you decide to stick around with me for this journey the next few years I promise to try and keep this blog up to date. I also promise to show you all of our adventures around Europe and all the delicious food that is in our future!
Until next time :)