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Deployment Soundtrack: Tomorrow She Shines

Tomorrow She Shines

 Another Man Down, 2001

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I am sad and lonely. There. I wrote it and it is out there for you to ponder. It is my firm belief that everyone  goes through emotional cycles during deployment. The cycles may not be the same, and we may not go through them at the same rate. However, we all go through them. So far, my cycles have been the following:

The College Spouse: Funny how things change

I cannot believe I am sitting here, weeks away from my 20-year high school reunion. Where have 20 years gone? I remember being a freshman and thinking, ‘Oh my goodness, we have four years here. We are going to be here forever!’ Not only did those four years fly by, but so have the last 20!

Pinterest killed the work at home star

I heart Pinterest.

But it is killing my work routine.

I’ve long found that the beauty of working at home is that you can take an eight-hour work day and squish it into about five if you really concentrate – four if you let your toddler veg out in front of the “Wonder Pets” on repeat mode for at least two episodes.

The Deployment Soundtrack: Hanging by a Moment

Hanging by a Moment

            Lifehouse, 2000

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People have said some strange things to me over the 10 years that I have been married to my sweet soldier.

Usually, it comes from a well-meaning civilian friend who asks, "How can you deal with all those deployments?"

He goes. He comes back. He goes and he comes back. It is a strain on him. It is a strain on me. It is a strain on our children.

Military Spouses: There from the start

 

When the Declaration of Independence was signed 236 years ago today, there certainly must have been nervous wives waiting at home.

The colonies were heading to war. And their husbands would soon be on the frontlines.

Spouses of Iraq war veterans know all too well what that call to arms sounds like. Terrorists slammed planes into our cities. Innocent people died. That night, the president rallied us to arms.

The College Spouse: AWOL Motivation

Have you ever gotten to the point when you know something needs to get done, but don’t have an ounce of motivation to do it?

Yep, that’s me. And the motivation has been missing since, oh, the start of summer vacation!

I don’t know what it is. Perhaps it is not having to get up early and get the kids off to school. Or perhaps it’s the ridiculously hot weather that is draining me. Whatever it is, it’s not good.

I find myself waiting until almost the last minute to do my homework assignments, or worse, I am not giving what I believe is 100 percent effort.

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There are women in my neighborhood, lots of them, who want nothing to do with Army life.

They don’t attend FRG meetings. They don’t attend teas with the commander’s wife. They may not even know who their husband’s commander is.

Deployment Soundtrack: Good Times

         Good Times

            Chic, 1977

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The College Spouse: Who has time for midterm exams?

Do you ever feel like there are not enough hours in the day? Well this week, I am feeling exactly that. It is midterm week, and I have two. Thankfully, my college has two quarters as opposed to one semester. That makes studying easier with just two full-time classes to juggle each quarter as opposed to four in a semester. But that also makes the classes move along at a faster pace. Add that work in with everything else that’s going on this week and I feel like I am doing all I can to keep up.

The Amazing Military Spouse

About 48 hours into the deployment, Murphy’s Law supplanted itself into my friend’s life. Her husband had been gone about two days when the pain in her hips got so bad that she scheduled an MRI. 

The tech examined her hips, searching for the source of the pain and found a “thing” on her spine instead. Docs called and demanded she return to the hospital, immediately, for another look.

Four MRIs later, she was told her spinal cord was sitting outside of its protective shell and completely exposed. This is not good.

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