Meating in the middle: jalapeño-cheddar turkey balls
Cheese-y / Coping mechanisms / Food and recipes / Relationship advice

Meating in the middle: jalapeño-cheddar turkey balls

I’ve mentioned that one of my fears about army life is less about army life and more about blending my vegetarian past with my carnivore future army husband. Jonathan’s dietary needs (not to mention his overwhelming likes) are much different than mine. He’s big, extremely active, and physically incapable of saying no to a cheeseburger; … 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 »

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 »

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 / Care package / Deployment / Relationship advice

Choosing a Christmas gift for your deployed soldier

Now that it’s mid-November, I’m in crunch mode for choosing Jonathan’s Christmas present if I want it to get to Afghanistan before December 25th. And it’s a good thing he’s not expecting Hanukkah gifts yet, because that’s only three weeks away and I don’t think latkes ship well. Choosing a gift for a deployed soldier … Continue reading »