Today marks two months since my husband left for his first deployment. I can't say that time flew by, but it does feel good to mark off this second marker, and know it's that much closer to the end!
In addition to all the other changes (PCS, law school, etc) in my life since he left, here's some of the changes I've made that are a little more deployment-specific:
- I am trying to send at least one big care package a month. This is pretty easy now that there is a post office literally across the street from where I live. I keep a box on my kitchen counter and throw in things I need to send, and spend a lot of productive hours on Pinterest looking up new snack recipe that will pack nicely. So far I have sent three, so I guess I can slack off for the next month.....
- I added an extra clock to my wall. I now have one with my current time and one that is on Afghanistan time. Sometimes I forget which is which.
- I have started answering every single call I get. Usually I ignore my phone when I don't recognize the number, but now, it might be an overseas call just being routed through Wyoming!
- Sometimes I have to write down all the funny things that happen during my day that I want to include whenever I can chat with him next. For the first few weeks, I tried going off the cuff, and forgot most of the, "Oh I have to tell Kevin this" moments. As a result, as soon as he signs on to Google, he is greeted with something like "OMG I ate a whole half of an avocado for lunch, my hammies are killing from that new exercise you told me to do I saw a guy fall off the curb near the bust stop and the guy at 7-11 across the street gave me a free slurpee! How was your day?"
I also hear that some wives have different ways of counting down the months; I've heard of buying 12 beers and keeping them in the fridge, drinking one every month, buying a new movie for every month, or creating something like an advent calendar, with a little treat every month until he comes home. Maybe I should try something like that; is there a champagne of the month club anywhere in Baltimore?