Friday, February 18, 2011

MilSpouse Friday Fill-in #30

Giving it a shot again! Sorry if links are wonky! 

What is your favorite MilSpouse blog (not including Wife of a Sailor who we all love, or your own)? submitted by Our Crazy Life(Wifey note: whaaaat? You can’t say my blog? No fun! LOL, just kidding) 

I don't know that I have a favorite - I'm a very bad blog reader. I have quite a few bookmarked...ok who are we kidding, I'm addicted to bookmarking pretty much everything, and have an entire sub category of fellow spouse bloggers. I think theNth has to be up there, I love her style and I definitely gravitate towards fellow geek girls. 

What are your favorite perks about your s/o being deployed (we all know there are perks)? submitted by Ramblings of a Marine Wife 

Hogging the covers. I have to say that when he's gone I get quite used to not having to live around his schedule and surprise TDYs. Plus when he's gone I generally travel frequently - we homeschool biggish so that gives us lots of flexibility too. The last deployment we figured out that we traveled for nearly 8 of the 12 months! We're already planning on the next deployment doing some international travel as the midgets will be less midgety. Homebody I am not! 

How long did you date your <significant other> before getting engaged? Married? submitted by Utterly Chaotic

We dated for about 9 months before getting engaged. We were married about 6 months later. Looking back it looks a bit rushed but it really didn't feel that way. We were both north of 25 and just "knew" and that was the proverbial that. 

What do you think your <significant other> would do if s/he wasn’t in the military? submitted by Adventures of M-Squared

The crazy, crazy man wants to be a high school history teacher so I'd imagine he'd be doing that or possibly working for NOAA in some capacity (he's a meteorologist). We'll find out in a few short years though! He's in the twilight of his career so these are definitely things we've talked about. 

If you could talk to the Secretary of (fill in your appropriate branch) what is one suggestion you would like to bring to their attention in order to improve the lives of military families?  submitted by My Life as His (Air Force) Wife

I feel very strongly about the mental health arena, that there needs to be more and easier access for not just Soldiers but their family members too. When a Soldier suffers from PTSD, they do not suffer alone. Seeing the effects first hand is just heart wrenching and it's a very real, very large problem. The powers that be have been trying to adress it better but they have a long way to go in both providing help and helping to tear down the stigmas attached to even asking for help.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Once upon a time there was this lamp....

It was an ugly lamp. Functional, yes, but ugly. Undeniably so. But it was my lamp. It was a faithful lamp, it lit many a dark corner, it had uncomplainingly moved with me countless times from dumpy college apartments to young single working gal (not *that* kind of work) pad to blissful nuptial nest and beyond. It weathered several PCS moves as well as two not-exactly-gentle little boys.

And then we moved to Texas.

Some how the mover who packed my faithful but ugly lamp decided that it should go in a box with none other than a metal baseball bat. Yes. Really.

Guess who won?

Not the lamp.

So dear lamp, it is off to the dump you go. I hate to do it but this time you are irreparably broken. You've been a good lamp. I'm sorry our movers were obviously stupid. You should see some of your fellow furnishings. Really, it's not a pretty sight.