2011: A Pod Odyssey (a Pilot Post)

So, the other day this happened…

pod opening

“Open the pod bay doors, Hal.” Sorry, I couldn’t resist <—huge nerd (More on the pod adventure in a second).

What’s up, bloggies?? I’m taking care of the post this morning so Gina can go straight to her first day of her new job! Things over here are pretty good. I’ve had my first few state-side flights while learning my new secondary job in squadron standardization and evaluation. Yes, the job is exciting as it sounds <looks over at the small electrical fire now emanating from the sarcasm detector>. It’s actually not too bad. I think I’ll enjoy it once I figure everything out. Anyway, I hope you all had a nice, relaxing weekend/beginning of the week. Maybe some good eats in there, too? Fending for myself in the food department has been a little rough, and it was looking like I was going to celebrate Easter only relying on my way-out-of-practice cooking abilities, but my good friend “Tex” and his wife invited me over for dinner!

Easter meal

They’re awesome cooks and created a delicious feast that I killed with the help of one of Tex’s margaritas (which are pretty full up…possibly flammable). There were several other families and kids there plus their hounds, Buddy and Stormy:

Tex's hounds


It was some much needed relaxation because Saturday…I attacked the pod!

pod beast

I needed to grab some more uniforms and clothes (so I’m not doing laundry every other day), and I needed to track down our taxes from the past couple years for the home loan paperwork.

fireproof box

Looks like a couple other documents found their way into the fireproof box during the hustle and bustle of moving. It’s still fireproof in spirit, right?

With all that done, there was just one mission left: find Gina’s summer clothes to prevent the most epic shopping trip in the history of Gina (Note: I’m pretty sure she’ll still do some epic shopping despite what I end up mailing back to Tucson). Of course, it appeared, after an initial search, that the boxes containing her stuff were lodged in the back of the pod, so I did what any red-blooded husband would do that’s trying to prevent any major dents in the checking account…I unpacked enough stuff to create a tunneling system and climbed in abyss.

in the pod

I took my phone in case I got stuck and went to work. Despite my best effort, I found very few gold nuggets of clothing. They must be more towards the bottom, in the very back of the pod (by design maybe? could she have intentionally tricked me into loading her clothes like that all those months ago??).

Well, despite the failure on my last mission, it was really nice to see our stuff again. While surrounded by all of our familiar things, it felt like I was finally back from the deployment…even if it was for a short while. Fortunately, soon it’ll all be on it’s way across the country to our new home somewhere in Tucson where I can get back to this:


Have a great (Indian food) Wednesday, and hopefully, the next pilot guest post will be from our new place!


The Pilot

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  1. Katie on April 27, 2011 at 6:46 am

    Hi Pilot!!! Thanks for doing a great guest post! Wow that POD is full to the brim! haha! Love it!

    I am glad you had a delicious easter feast, I know Gina missed you so much!

    How exciting though soon you guys will be in your new place! Have a great day!

    And Gina Congrats on your first day at your new job girl! Kick butt today! I miss ya!!

    xoxo <3

  2. Cait @ Beyond Bananas on April 27, 2011 at 7:06 am

    What a cute dress post – I think any man would do WHATEVER it takes to try and prevent an epic shopping spree! What a sweet guy to build a tunnel to Gina’s summer clothes! 🙂

  3. Holly @ The Runny Egg on April 27, 2011 at 7:36 am

    Hilarious post – I’m so glad Gina has you back Pilot!

  4. G on April 27, 2011 at 7:40 am

    This post made me smile! 🙂

  5. Colleen @ The Lunchbox Diaries on April 27, 2011 at 7:41 am

    Now I think that I should get a POD in order to stage a “necessary” epic shopping spree 🙂 Fun post, Pilot!

  6. Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat on April 27, 2011 at 8:01 am

    Thanks for the great post, Pilot! It sounds like you had a fun Easter, and how nice of you to venture into the depths of the POD to find Gina’s clothes! When I moved to the Middle East, the container my family shipped from Canada got lost in Italy (??????) and we didn’t get to see our stuff for about 6 months!! Glad you’re having fun re-discovering all your belongings. Have a great day! 🙂

  7. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) on April 27, 2011 at 8:06 am

    What a great post, Pilot! I love your guesties.

    “trying to prevent any major dents in the checking account”– lol

    And glad Tex and his wife had you over for dinner…that’s great!

  8. jenna on April 27, 2011 at 8:14 am

    LOL….i don’t even ‘know’ gina…but I could see her doing that(shoving her summer close in the very back) to you..smart girl!

    *Hope you had a great first day, gina!

  9. Linda B on April 27, 2011 at 8:53 am

    It’s pretty nifty that the clever Pilot wants to get back to the Fitnessista in front of a daycare? 😀 hmmmmmmm……

  10. JillToday on April 27, 2011 at 8:54 am

    The pilot is too damn cute for words. Y’all are very lucky to have each other!

  11. April @ Grits & Granola Bars on April 27, 2011 at 9:09 am

    Sorry your mission failed, Pilot..but hopefully we get to see the results of Gina’s epic shopping trip now! 🙂

  12. Sarah on April 27, 2011 at 9:25 am

    You are hilarious!! I love this post! Get shopping, Gina 🙂

    • Fitnessista on April 27, 2011 at 9:48 pm

      shopstravaganza begins NOW 🙂

  13. Char on April 27, 2011 at 10:02 am

    The fact that it’s called the pod is funny enough…the tunnel pod just made it all that much better. I’m gonna agree and say it was strategically placed in the least likely place to get the clothing, coming from a girl’s perspective 😉

  14. Shannon on April 27, 2011 at 10:17 am

    I agree with April!! 🙂

    • Fitnessista on April 27, 2011 at 9:48 pm

      it’s allowed. haha

  15. Desi on April 27, 2011 at 10:24 am

    LOL, I’m sorry your POD tunnel wasn’t so successful in theclothes for Gina department, but I’m glad that the adventure helped to make you feel more at home after your deployment.

  16. Leanne (Bride to Mrs.) on April 27, 2011 at 10:41 am

    Hey Pilot!

    I think that Gina is one clever lady…. putting all the clothes at the back of the Pod! But what a great hubby you are to search through & rescue them! I’m sure she’ll be happy to wear her old clothes again 🙂

  17. Kyla on April 27, 2011 at 10:55 am

    Love this!

  18. C on April 27, 2011 at 11:02 am

    I’m a long-time reader, and I’m just so endeared by the occasional Pilot posts. What a sweetheart. Wishing you both all the best.

    • Fitnessista on April 27, 2011 at 9:47 pm

      thank you! <3

  19. Tina on April 27, 2011 at 11:12 am

    As always, love reading posts by the pilot! Such a natural:). As for the POD, my husband still shudders when he passes one of those things from remembering the time he packed and loaded all my stuff and moved me back across country from the hottest July day ever in Houston. I couldn’t help with any of it due to a broken collar bone. It makes for a hilarious story now though!!

  20. Erin @ GlamPersuasion on April 27, 2011 at 11:50 am

    So cute! I want an epic shopping trip post! <3

  21. Moni'sMeals on April 27, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    Yikes on the POD! Good luck–you both are such a team!! 🙂

  22. Katherine: Unemployed on April 27, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    So funny when you guest post. I need a post for how to find a pilot! the pod adventure is one I can totally relate to. I’m not looking forward to packing

  23. fittingbackin on April 27, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    ha! I have no doubt they were purposefully put in the back to commence said epic shopping trip! j/k Hope you guys can get out of the pod soon – I know that can be frustrating!

  24. cathy on April 27, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    pilot, you write wonderfully and are hilarious. i think gina should invite you to write a few chapters in her book, when that project gets the green light.
    you’re a trooper for venturing into THE POD!

  25. Claire @ Un Bello Aperitivo on April 27, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    I’m glad you got to enjoy an Easter dinner! Your post made me laugh out loud!

  26. Mary (What's Cookin' with Mary) on April 27, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    What a sweet husband !

  27. Krystina (organically me) on April 27, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    “(Note: I’m pretty sure she’ll still do some epic shopping despite what I end up mailing back to Tucson)”


    • Fitnessista on April 27, 2011 at 9:44 pm

      he knows me so well 🙂

  28. Courtney on April 27, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    I LOVE Pilot guest-posts! Can’t wait 🙂

  29. Amy on April 27, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    Dear Pilot,

    I have a wicked crush on you.

    But told tell my husband… or Gina. They might be mad.

    That is all.


    • Fitnessista on April 27, 2011 at 9:42 pm

      i’ll pretend i didn’t read this.
      hahah jk- everyone is allowed to crush on the pilot, because he’s pretty much the perfect man 😉

  30. Amy on April 27, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    Apparently my wicked crush prohibited me from using proper English.

    Delete: “But told”

    Insert: “But don’t”

  31. kate@ahealthypassion on April 27, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    Aww cant wait till you and all of your things are back in Tuscon!

  32. Miniskirt Murder on April 27, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    Love love love a Pilot post. What a good sport! Future husbands: are you hearing this?

  33. ellalinea on April 27, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    Can’t wait to see the new place!! 🙂 You’re so sweet to have build a tunnel to Gina’s clothes! You guys are the cutest couple! 🙂

  34. Denise on April 27, 2011 at 3:59 pm

    I’ve just started reading this blog… fun post to read this morning 🙂

    • Fitnessista on April 27, 2011 at 9:40 pm

      thanks! welcome to the little blog 🙂

  35. Jess on April 27, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    Brill post! Well done on tunnelling through the POD! I would have been way to scared to do that :-0

  36. Holley @ Lunges and Lashes on April 27, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    Love you top, love the pilot digging through the craziness to get to your stuff! True love. 😉

  37. Danielle (Shrinking and Studying) on April 27, 2011 at 8:29 pm

    Love this post. It made me smile! I’ve officially decided that you two are like the Brad and Angelina of the blogging word (minus the children!) haha.

    Hope your first day went well, Gina.


    • Fitnessista on April 27, 2011 at 9:39 pm

      haha you stop that 😉 thanks girl.
      he wants 5 kids… and i would like 2 🙂

  38. Taylor @ Taylor Baker on April 27, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    Love the hubby post!

  39. Emily on April 27, 2011 at 10:21 pm

    Hey there! I’m not sure if I’ve ever commented on the blog before, but I read it all the time. I’ve lost almost 70 pounds in the last 3 years, am an avid runner, half-marathoner, foodie extraordinaire and nail polish connoisseur and I blog at Making Life Fit! I’m also an Army lady. My boyfriend recently got back from his second deployment from Afghanistan, and I love reading and relating to your story. Keep on writing, and I’ll keep on reading.

    • Fitnessista on April 28, 2011 at 12:09 am

      thanks girl! and SO happy your man is back home safe <3

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