Wednesdays with the SPCA
Autobiography / Coping mechanisms

Wednesdays with the SPCA

More often than not, balancing military wifedom with a traditional career is difficult. This is perhaps one of the most ubiquitous knowns of the military world, and I came into it understanding that joblessness was on my immediate horizon. Despite a decision not to search for local work upon arriving in California, I didn’t make an adequate plan for dealing with … Continue reading »

I want YOU for the Social Publishing House memoir contest
Army 101 / Autobiography / Coping mechanisms / Promotional

I want YOU for the Social Publishing House memoir contest

DISCLOSURE: I was not compensated for this post. All opinions expressed are my own, and not those of Social Publishing House or its affiliates, unless otherwise stated. Click here for more on my policies. To enter your memoir short story of 1,200 or fewer words into the Social Publishing House contest, visit the SPH Writing Competition page. The … Continue reading »

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 »

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 »

“Happy new year; you’re still homeless.” Love, The U.S. Army
Army 101 / Coping mechanisms / Finances / PCS / Red White 'N' Bows

“Happy new year; you’re still homeless.” Love, The U.S. Army

On December 31, 2013, I was ready to spend my first New Year’s Eve with my husband. We were both in the same state, both in the same country, and neither of us were preoccupied with deployments or wedding plans or much else, really, other than finally being together, and being a few short days … Continue reading »