Welcome home
Army 101 / Deployment

Welcome home

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »