It’s 5:00 somewhere, especially in Afghanistan
Coping mechanisms / Deployment / Food and recipes / Wedding planning

It’s 5:00 somewhere, especially in Afghanistan

In the spirit of PANICKING TO GET EVERYTHING DONE before I move to Fort Campbell, I ventured to Glen Burnie on Saturday to meet with my two lonesome Baltimore bridesmaids, Lindsay and Rachel. Their bridesmaid dress appointment was a special treat for me, because I was able to gush over both their brand-new baby bellies … Continue reading »

George Washington’s guide to civility, deployments, and Valentine’s Day
Cheesy / Deployment

George Washington’s guide to civility, deployments, and Valentine’s Day

All the holidays that have passed since Jonathan deployed have acted as little landmarks for the proximity of his return. He may have forbidden me to count down, but we didn’t lay down any ground rules about knowing, as each holiday passes, we’re one holiday closer to his return. Unfortunately for George Washington, his birthday … Continue reading »

A Valentine’s Day care package: nothing says “I love you” like three sticks of butter
28-Day Blog Challenge / Army 101 / Care package / Deployment / Food and recipes

A Valentine’s Day care package: nothing says “I love you” like three sticks of butter

Though it is still a time of great loss for my family, today is also a day of great love. Or at least that’s what Hallmark has led me to believe; and if I can’t trust Hallmark, what can I trust? Valentine’s Day doesn’t top my list of favorite holidays (after all, Purim is coming … 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 »