This week, we’re finalizing our “Dream Sheet”, or our ranking of open spots for our PCS (Permanent Change of Station.) Basically, we get a list of what stations will have spots, or billets, open next year. We rank in order of preference and submit them to the Detailer, the person in charge of filling the spots. They’ll sort through the lists and fill the spots, and we’ll eventually get a set of orders sometime around Christmas which will tell us where we will be moving next summer.
We spent an insane amount of time looking at each location. I made charts with average rent and where the best school districts were located. We spent hours on Zillow and Homes.com, browsing rentals. I combed through GreatSchools. We asked friends and family who were familiar with the areas what they thought. We sketched out a list, crossed it out, and made a new list. Then we crossed that one out and made a new one. That one got crossed out, too. We finally settled on a list the other day and it sits and stares back at me from my desk.
Now we do my least favorite thing in the world: wait. I am not a patient person normally. Add in the bonus of waiting to find out where we’ll be living this time next year, where we’ll have to find a new house, enroll in new schools, find new doctors, and my patience wears thin. It’s not because I’m unhappy about the move and see it as a hassle. I see it as an adventure. An exciting new chapter in our lives. We get restless after so much time in one spot.
And yeah, there’s also that part about how I am a control freak and the unknown drives me to the brink of insanity. Once we have our orders, I can start making lists, saving rental listings, narrowing down schools and doctors, searching Yelp for the best pizza and take-out restaurants (priorities.) Basically a PCS is the perfect excuse for me to make ALL THE LISTS and I love it.
In the meantime, we wait. We hope we get one of our top choices. We try to let go. And we enjoy our Season of Lasts.
Question of the day: if you could live anywhere in the US, where would you live?