Well, we’re entering week three of the deployment. And while the furry ones and I miss G like crazy, life must go on. The first week I moped. The second week was much more productive. H
Hermione and I have spent a lot of time walking in Yorktown. So far since G has been gone, we’ve walked 19.2 miles. The weather has been absolutely perfect, and it’s been so good for both of us. One of the items on my deployment bucket list is losing 30ish lbs. Since starting the Whole30, I’ve been tired a LOT. I don’t have the energy for strenuous workouts, but I can handle a long walk with my favorite girl.
Also on my bucket list is to purge the magazines I’ve been unable to throw away over the past year or so. I started on that last week, and am halfway through the stack. The cooking magazines were the easiest to go through. Instead of cutting out recipes, I just went on the website, found all of them (except one), and pinned them. And now, the magazines are still in good enough shape to pass along to a friend. Her son is interested in cooking, so I’m glad to be able to give these to someone else, instead of just throwing them in the recycling bin. The home decor magazines are a little harder to go through. If you follow me on Pinterest, be prepared for a lot of photos of things from the magazine.
I did something social this week (other than dog park time)! Wednesday night, our apartment complex had bingo night. I used to go play bingo with my grandmother ALL the time when I was younger, so this was a nice bit of nostalgia. I didn’t win anything, but I had a good time. Two friends were there as well, so it was nice to spend time with them.
This past Thursday was our 4th wedding anniversary. It was so, so hard not being together that day, but we made the best of it. We exchanged cards before he left, but promised not to open them until the 23rd. His card asked me to find a way to celebrate the day, and not spend the day sad & weepy…So, that’s what I did. Since I’m still on the Whole30, I couldn’t have a glass of champagne, but I poured myself some sparkling water, used a Lush bubble bar, and took a long, indulgent bath. It was perfect. G also sent me absolutely gorgeous flowers, which made me smile. I think flowers from a florist are way too expensive & extravagant, but I still love getting them.
Saturday morning, Skype cooperated really well for the first time ever, and we were able to video chat. It was so good talking to him face to face, even if the face was on a computer screen. We talked for over an hour and a half, and it was the perfect way to begin my otherwise dreary weekend.
It rained for a good bit of the weekend, so I spent a lot of time with my book (sorry, I can’t do Jane Austen just yet…). I watched Lincoln the other night (phenomenal movie & definitely worth watching, if you haven’t already seen it) and noticed in the credits that it was inspired by Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin. This book is fascinating, and now I want to read everything I can get my hands on about a lot of the “characters”, including Abraham & Mary. This period of history doesn’t typically interest me (my interest in American history is mostly pre-revolutionary), but the personalities of these people are sucking me in, and I can’t get enough.
So, yeah. The deployment is trucking along. We’re both in routines, and trying to stay busy. The photography class I’m taking starts this week, and the weather is supposed to be beautiful, so that means lots more walks for Hermione.
And just because, here are the answers to the questions I get the most often:
- Do you get to talk to him? Yes. Every day. We text throughout my morning/early afternoon, and he calls me before I go to bed. I was nervous about how the time difference and his work hours would affect our being able to talk, but it’s actually worked out well.
- Are you worried about him? No. Except for when he’s on a plane, which won’t happen again for quite a while. I’m irrationally worried about plane crashes, when logically, I know he’s safer on a plane than I am driving on I-64 multiple times a day. He has a desk job, & isn’t someplace scary like Afghanistan.
- Will he have to go again? Hopefully, no. But there is the possibility.