LEAVE ME ALONE, GHOSTS.
28-Day Blog Challenge / Coping mechanisms / Histrionics

LEAVE ME ALONE, GHOSTS.

Another of the distractions Jonathan has offered me during this deployment is access to his Netflix Instant account online. Which obviously means I spent the first few weekends he was gone watching “Tangled” on my laptop until I started hallucinating in Disney cartoons. Which actually isn’t a terrible way to live. So when I found myself … Continue reading »

The fastest way to a man’s heart is not through quinoa
Autobiography / Cheese-y / Cry for help / Food and recipes / Relationship advice

The fastest way to a man’s heart is not through quinoa

Transitioning from a lifetime of civilian conveniences into a strictly military environment is a huge hurdle I’m preparing to jump for my impending marriage to Jonathan. What you may have guessed, however, is that this is not the only lifestyle difference we’re soon going to mesh. I’ve mentioned that Jonathan is the gun-weilding, country-music-listening type, … Continue reading »

My fiancé went to Afghanistan and all I got was this iPhone armband
Coping mechanisms / Cry for help / Deployment

My fiancé went to Afghanistan and all I got was this iPhone armband

One of the distractions Jonathan has offered me during his deployments is sole access to his Best Buy rewards. Because, like any man preparing for marriage, he understands that most fears, anxieties, and sadnesses can be soothed by sparkly smartphone accessories and romantic comedy DVDs. When Jonathan’s latest passed-down rewards came my way, I headed … Continue reading »

How (not) to communicate with your deployed soldier via email
Army 101 / Deployment / Relationship advice

How (not) to communicate with your deployed soldier via email

Jonathan and I may have our communication mishaps when he’s stateside, but I’d like to think, with his last deployment under our belts, we’re starting to get the hang of communicating successfully through the distance. Which just goes to show you how often I prove myself wrong. Anybody who has worked in an office is … Continue reading »

Army 101 / Deployment / Histrionics / Relationship advice

There’s an app for that (but it probably doesn’t work)

With a 9.5-hour time difference between Washington, D.C. and where Jonathan is stationed in Afghanistan, it’s easy to understand why communication is often difficult during deployments. And also why Jonathan almost never knows what day of the week it is on this side of the world. (A recent conversation with him included the quote, “What, … Continue reading »

Army 101 / Autobiography / Cheesy / Cry for help / Deployment / Histrionics / Wedding planning

2013: A year of resolves to not lose my mind

Happy new year! This morning I received the first great news of 2013: Jonathan went to the board, and is now eligible for his next promotion! Way to set the bar impossibly high for me to catch up on accomplishing things in 2013, Jonathan. (Also, congratulations; I think I speak for all the people in your … Continue reading »