I am uber-pleased to be guesting for Mrs. S. today. I can normally be found at the annoyed army wife. For the past 7ish months I've been supporting my darling husband, OccDoc, on his first deployment to Afghanistan as a battalion surgeon. Here is a snippet of what I learned while he was gone.
Top Ten Things I Have Learned While My Husband Was Deployed
10. OccDoc, my husband, cleans up dog shit in the yard and doesn't tell me about it. He's been gone for 7 months, and I have never ever seen so much Chihuahua crap in the yard. I am planning to clean it up in the next couple of days and expect to be rewarded a medal for my valor.
9. Movies are not as funny when there isn't someone on the couch to laugh at the funny parts with you.
8. Flannel sheets aren't as warm and cozy when you don't have your husband's thighs to put your cold feet on.
7. It doesn't matter if there is another person present, I will have a conversation with my dogs, or my rabbits if I'm really desperate. I have a need to incessantly talk to some one, even if they don't know what I'm saying.
6. Apparently OccDoc is not the one who forgets to put a new roll of toilet paper in the bathroom when the current one runs out. That lesson sucks big time every time I had to learn it while he was deployed.
5. My car does not need to be washed every week, that's a waste of money. That money could be spent on shoes.
4. If you are 5 foot 3 inches, the entire contents of the all top shelves of your cabinets will live on the countertop while your marginally taller husband is deployed. I'm too lazy to be climbing all over the counter every time I needed the kosher salt or the grilled cheese sandwich maker.
3. Pillows can retain your husband's scent and will release that scent when you least expect it. Keep Kleenex by the bedside for these times.
2. I spill a lot of coffee in the morning. OccDoc always cleans it up before I realize I spilt it. He's always doing stuff like cleaning up my little messes before I notice them. After seven months you will notice 'little' messes.
1. I can make it through a deployment and be just fine, but that doesn't mean when he comes back I can't exaggerate a bit and guilt my husband into buying me more presents and doting on me a bit more this year. Just sayin', you've got to have a plan, people. I'm just kidding, I won't guilt my husband into too much, maybe just a few pairs of shoes...