Welcome home
Army 101 / Deployment

Welcome home

Lessons learned: if it’s 1:00am and raining on a Saturday in Tennessee, that’s when it’ll be time to report to a Fort Campbell air hangar to await your soldier’s welcome home plane. Successes: Remembering an umbrella. Bringing a fully charged Kindle equipped with the remaining 25% of Jane Eyre. Wearing wedges instead of heels. Securing … Continue reading »

Ignorance is 140 characters of bliss: how to cope with news headlines during deployments
Army 101 / Coping mechanisms / Deployment

Ignorance is 140 characters of bliss: how to cope with news headlines during deployments

During Jonathan’s first deployment, I spent long morning train rides into work behind the greasy pages of a newspaper. I flipped every day through the filmy sections, scanning the headlines and searching for content to keep me awake after 40 miles of 5:30am rush hour traffic with my face smashed into the steering wheel. I … Continue reading »

A guide for goodbyes: moving advice for your nerves and your hair
Army 101 / Coping mechanisms / Deployment

A guide for goodbyes: moving advice for your nerves and your hair

I’m currently following Jonathan through that magical stage of his deployment when I know he should be coming home soon-ish, but the United States Army’s definition of “soon-ish” is more like “probably sometime before 2015; we’ll let you know soon but also maybe not lol ttyl.” I became acquainted with this process towards the end … Continue reading »

For better or for worse Netflix suggestions
Coping mechanisms / Deployment / Relationship advice

For better or for worse Netflix suggestions

Netflix’s suggestions for Jonathan before he deployed/handed his account over to me: Breaking Bad How I Met Your Mother (I’ll ignore how angry I still am with him for calling me Ted Mosby. Lots of people like to make lists, JONATHAN.) National Geographic’s The Truth Behind: Zombies “Violent Suspenseful Independent Serial Killer” movies (Should I … Continue reading »