Friday, July 20, 2012

Themed Care Package Fun - Back To School

It's been a while, huh? Well hopefully you guys are enjoying the Themed Care Packages as much as I am! I know that Huzzy has been liking them.

I like to send out packages for holidays and whatnot, though there really isn't one coming up for a while. But it is time for back-to-school, so I figured I would have some fun with that.

Now, this won't work for everyone I'm sure. I'm lucking out this year. Last year Huzzy would have had no need for most of this, but since he's doing a lot of office work this deployment it totally works out. Of course this is a fun care package idea for anyone who's heading off to school, not just military types.

Some of it is a little...juvenile (*cough* kiddie lunchbox *cough*) but the point is to make it fun, right?


I totally fell in love with this lunchbox the second I saw it.

Full of snacks and goodies!

Ok, so I played lazy on the decorating. So sue me!

A closer look.

Back to School Care Package:

Magnetic Dry Erase Board
Spiral Notebooks
Colored Index Cards
Post-it Notes
Dry Erase Markers
Pens (cheap pens he can let people steal)
Mini Markers
Hand Sanitizer
Wet Ones
Good Pens (that he won't lend to anyone)

 I also included some drawings from Baby Girl, and wrote little notes in the notebooks. Just a personal touch I guess. :D

Have fun!

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Zutara - My Latest Obsession

As River says, SPOILERS! I can't imagine that anyone hasn't seen Avatar the Last Airbender yet, but if by some chance this show has eluded you (as it did to me until just recently) you probably don't want to read this post. Just sayin'.

When Huzzy is gone I practically devour books, TV shows, animes and basically anything else I can get my hands on to fill my time. So far this deployment I've gotten into Switched at Birth, Sherlock, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, Glee, Downton Abbey, Avatar The Last Airbender, Firefly, Farscape, Eureka, Drop Dead Diva, and Ouran High School Host Club. I also finished watching Doctor Who and read those stupid Fifty Shades of Grey books.

I'm a fandom hopper.

I get into something, get super into something and then obsess over it for a while. It's totally unhealthy, and I don't care. This is how I choose to live my life.

But now I'm stuck! I got completely sucked into Avatar (the show, not the movie. The movie sucks), and now I can't seem to escape Zutara. Seriously. I've actually started doing something I haven't done in years. Something I never thought I would do again. Something I'm not particularly proud of.

I started reading fanfiction again.

I feel dirty. Not that this is my fault or anything. I'm pretty sure the creators knew exactly what they were doing. They created a wonderful story, one that appealed to children and *ahem* adults (or at least me). It was funny, sad, smart, entertaining and there was that dash of romance. What I just don't understand though is why they decided to stick Katara with Aang. Seriously?? I don't know about you, but when I was 14 I wasn't attracted to immature 12 year old boys. The entire series she treats him like a child (to be fair, he acts like one) and there is very very little hint from Katara that she is interested. Sure, Aang is totally ga-ga over her from the beginning, but still.... Zuko would have made a much more believable suitor for her.

Oh geez, now I'm ranting. About a TV show.


So anyway, I definitely need to find something else to fill my time. So please, suggestions? I need to distance myself from this Zutara crap before I go crazy.

....Still totally shipping them forever though.

....Screw canon.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Surviving the Deployment Funk

It's official folks. I'm definitely in a funk. The days here are so similar that half the time I'm not sure what day it actually is. Yup, my life is that exciting.

On top of that I feel terrible for dropping this blog like I have recently. It's hard to write about something new and interesting though when there is just nothing new and interesting going on.

I'm getting closer and closer to the big 3-0 and find that I'm pretty bitter about that. I guess it's pretty normal. How many people are where they expected to be at 30? I certainly didn't expect to be just starting my degree, that's for sure. I guess I can't complain, I'm happy with my life and where I am. I just dislike the fact that I'm getting older and older. Yuckers.

So, not much for an interesting update, I'll give you that. Stay tuned though, I have another themed care package I'll be doing sometime in the next few days. Woo! Seriously not sure what I'm going to do with myself and he's home. I love making these care packages! Good thing I have friends who are still active duty. I'll just start spoiling them!

Have a good one, y'all.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

What A Difference A Year Makes....

July. It's finally July!

I'm so glad to be another month into this deployment, but this month is particularly bittersweet. This time last year I was one week away from Homecoming. I was going crazy getting last minute projects finished, painting signs, cleaning the house, taking care of yard work, etc. This year... Well, I can't say how long until he comes home but let's just say it's going to be a long time yet. There's no real excitement this month besides knowing we're (slowly) getting closer to that special day.

I've been feeling pretty rotten lately, though. A lot (though not all) of my fellow milspouse peoples are taking this deployment pretty badly. It can be rough, we all know that. The thing is though, this deployment is actually a million times easier than last year.

Last year I spent a good amount of time crying and feeling sorry for myself. I missed Huzzy constantly, in that it-hurts-to-even-think-of-you kind of a way. But for some reason this year I'm totally fine.

I feel like a jerk saying it. I'm fine. I'M FINE. I mean, I miss Huzzy. I do. I send him care packages and letters, I email him constantly. He's always there in the back of my mind. Somehow it just doesn't feel like it's that big of a deal.

Maybe it's because we just went through this. Maybe I'm getting better at compartmentalizing my feelings. Maybe it's just because I'm keeping so damn busy between our daughter, the puppy, the house and now school. Oh, and this blog I feel like I've been slowly abandoning as my free time evaporates.

Still, I feel like a jerk because on a day to day basis I'm not really that upset. I'm carrying on with life like everything is fine and dandy. I'd love if he were here, but he's not.

I suppose that this is a good thing. They say that kids take their cue from the parent left behind in how to deal with deployments. If you're good, they're good. And Baby Girl is definitely handling it well so that's a plus. I just can't help but feel like Huzzy would be upset to see that I'm not fall down devastated over his being gone.

I find myself actually becoming more concerned about what life will be like when he is back home again. Honestly, that will test our relationship more than anything. We have never spent more than 4 months together without getting separated thanks to the Navy. At first it was me being stationed away from him. Now it's him deploying and leaving me behind. What will life be like for us when we actually have to put up with each other all the time?

Someone may not make it out of this relationship alive.

When he gets back we're looking at 4 years of him being home. All the damn time. That should be an interesting adjustment. And not just for us, but for Baby Girl as well. He has been gone so often in her short life that it's just the norm for her. I'm sure she will adapt well though.

So many other milspouses worry about how they will get through deployments intact. I must be the only one that worries if shore duty will do us in!

In more cheerful news, Baby Girl turned 2 on the 5th. We had a great party with her cousins and Huzzy's family, and she's already showing that she understands the true meaning of the "terrible 2's". Lucky me!

Elmo theme.... Are you really surprised?

We also had incredible luck for her birthday. Huzzy actually managed to webcam with us and be there for her party. He got to sing happy birthday to her, watch her blow out her candles and feel like he was a part of it all. It is nothing short of miraculous to me that from thousands of miles away he was still able to be there for her on her special day. I planned the party day over a month in advance, and we had no way of knowing when he was going to be in port or able to get on a computer. Someone up there is definitely watching out for us.

Thank you.

Stretching with a bat...She wanted to play softball with the big kids!