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Fort Ord from my bike
America. / Coping mechanisms

Fort Ord from my bike

Most military members who are stationed in Monterey, CA are attending either DLI (the Defense Language Institute, where Jonathan is) or NPS (the Naval Postgraduate School). Monterey is unlike most military bases because it lacks, well, a military base. Army, Air Force, Navy, and Marines are scattered together across the peninsula, mingling with civilians and fighting … Continue reading »

Filing taxes as a military spouse
Army 101 / Finances

Filing taxes as a military spouse

It’s five days before April 15th, or what’s known in my world as “time-to-hurriedly-fix-all-the-mistakes-I-made-on-my-taxes-because-I’ve-already-spent-my-expected-refund.” It’s a very magical five days. It’s filled with laughter (the maniacal, sleep-deprived kind); it’s filled with childhood nostalgia (the kind in which I pop Xanax pills into a Pez dispenser and eat them like chalk-flavored candy); and, above all, it’s … Continue reading »

Diaries of a DLI wife: a typical Saturday night
America. / Army 101 / Autobiography / Coping mechanisms / Cry for help / Histrionics

Diaries of a DLI wife: a typical Saturday night

It’s a typical Saturday night in Monterey, California. Which means it’s been raining for a week and a half straight. I saw the sun briefly on Wednesday, as it was setting through the clouds, and I quickly went into Vitamin D shock. After consulting WebMD, I decided the best recovery route was to sit on … Continue reading »

Red White ‘N’ Valentine’s Day giveaway
Army 101 / Cheesy / Promotional / Red White 'N' Bows

Red White ‘N’ Valentine’s Day giveaway

Last week I came clean about my first real celebration of military spouse life: my secret courthouse marriage. (And a huge thanks to all of you who commented with love and support–it means more than you know.) Next week, Jonathan are I are celebrating another military spouse milestone: our first Valentine’s Day together. Going from … Continue reading »