So, I think that is my longest title ever. However, I am all about not burying the lead. In less than 2 weeks, we find out where the Navy is sending us for the next 3-5 years. I keep trying to minimize the magnitude of this decision, but I am completely failing. You see, we have never lived anywhere more than 2 years. Chase has been splendidly bouncing around PA wherever my Master’s or doctoral degree has beckoned. Now it is my turn. The only thing we do know, at this point, is that Chase has a 99% chance of being sent to one of the three following places:
(So actually the Naval hospital will be in Bethesda, MD, but it is a mere 8 miles from DC. Plus, Bethesda doesn’t have a pretty skyline. For the sake of bloggy aesthetics, we are going with this.)
(This would be Norfolk, VA. Basically, it is the Naval capital of the world as this is where all the big boats are stored.)
My anxiety is higher with this move than with others because major life events will be happening in the place where we are sent:
1) We want to actually buy a house.
The word “house” is very loosely defined, based on where the Navy decides to place us.
In Bethesda, we will be looking at more condo/town house/tiny single family dwellings.
In Norfolk, we will looking to purchase something more like this:
(For those of you who don’t have people.com as your home page, this is Oprah’s house, and I am completely kidding.) In Norfolk, money goes a bit farther, so we will definitely have more housing options.
In contrast, if San Diego is the winner, we will be on the market for one of these:
I wish I was kidding on this one. Have you seen San Diego real estate prices? This may be dreaming too big!
2) Chase’s Career Path
If Chase gets placed in Bethesda, we will be there for 5 years and he will have a combined pediatric/neurology residency. Basically, this will almost guarantee that Chase remains stateside forever = with me = happiness.
(I like this option a whole heap!)
At San Diego and Norfolk, Chase would complete a pediatric residency in 3 years and then possibly be sent anywhere and everywhere the Navy needs him, before completing his neurology fellowship (3 additional years). This means I might have to share him with the Navy.
3) Last, but definitely not least, Chase and I will have to make sure wherever we live has one of these:
No, I am not pregnant. However, in the next year-ish, we would like to move in that direction. This means that we will be raising our kiddies wherever we live next. Translation: I would like to be on the same coast as my Mumsie and all of our family (the East Coast).
Where would YOU want to live? Does anyone have any thoughts or insider details on the above locations?