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 »

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 »

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 »

LEAVE ME ALONE, GHOSTS.
28-Day Blog Challenge / Coping mechanisms / Histrionics

LEAVE ME ALONE, GHOSTS.

Another of the distractions Jonathan has offered me during this deployment is access to his Netflix Instant account online. Which obviously means I spent the first few weekends he was gone watching “Tangled” on my laptop until I started hallucinating in Disney cartoons. Which actually isn’t a terrible way to live. So when I found myself … 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 »

Coping mechanisms

Holiday high tea

Tonight will be the third night of Hanukkah, which means, according to the Hebrew calendar, it’s been nearly a year since Jonathan proposed. Yes; I do expect him to remember all of our anniversaries based on the Hebrew calendar too. He’s doing terribly at this so far. Jonathan’s deployment makes this year’s Hanukkah a bit … Continue reading »