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Army 101 / Deployment

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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 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 »

How to tell a woman she’s huge without getting punched in the face
28-Day Blog Challenge / Army 101 / Twins / Wedding planning

How to tell a woman she’s huge without getting punched in the face

Since I’m still recovering from all the guacamole and stress of Super Bowl XLVII, I’d like to share with you, instead of a game recap, an exciting new use for toilet paper: To measure your pregnant friends’ bellies. Joanna and I tested this toilet paper use personally on our friend Rachael’s pregnant belly, and the … Continue reading »