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

Christmas care package: the stuff I’m never doing again
Army 101 / Care package / Cry for help / Deployment / Food and recipes / Histrionics

Christmas care package: the stuff I’m never doing again

To recap, in my desire to over-achieve the crap out of Christmas this year, I prepared Jonathan’s to-Afghanistan holiday care package with both the sweet and the sentimental. So, naturally, I had to prepare an element that melded the two ideas, while also oozing Christmas spirit. Which sounds kind of gross, but I promise it’s … Continue reading »

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Christmas care package: the sentimental stuff

In case you missed yesterday‘s Christmas care package post, you should know that Christmas and Hanukkah simultaneously exploded in my apartment during the marathon few days I spent creating Jonathan’s care package. Partially because I was overcompensating for sending him emails filled with possible gift ideas, most of which were cat sweaters. Lessons learned: If your … Continue reading »

Army 101 / Care package / Deployment / Food and recipes

Christmas care package: the sweet stuff

Now that Hanukkah is over and I’ve suffered the annual splattered-oil latke battle scars (Note: never, ever, mistake canola oil for vegetable oil; they are not the same thing, and you will not have a good time.), it’s time to focus on the sweet stuff. In some kind of joint Hanukkah-Christmas miracle, Jonathan’s Christmas care package arrived … Continue reading »

Army 101 / Autobiography / Care package / Deployment / Histrionics

3.5-month migraines

Jonathan is 3.5 months into his deployment. (Not that I’m counting. Jonathan once told me that “countdowns” only make deployments more exasperating. And I would never try to over-exasperate myself.) Which naturally means I spent my weekend finishing and shipping my Christmas care packages, and lulling my migraine in and out of violent fits of … Continue reading »

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Halloween in a belated box

When Jonathan got back from his first deployment, I decided we’d have a celebrate-all-the-holidays-he-missed weekend. Since he was gone for a year, that’s…all the holidays. Which turned out to be a little over zealous, and we ended up celebrating none of them instead. So for this deployment, I’m just sending the holidays to him as … Continue reading »