Monday, February 2, 2015

He Deploys. Now What?



It's never fun when a spouse deploys.

But I always try to look on the bright side of things. Do I have my moments of wallowing with a pile of chocolate? Yes, of course. But having a positive outlook helps the time pass quicker for me.

My husband might be gone, but here are things that I look forward to when he goes:


--The bed is all mine!


--I have the remote to myself. I love watching shows that make Tom go, "What the f*ck is going on?" (See: any Real Housewives show, Little People: LA, and Grey's Anatomy.)


--No one saying, "What did you buy at Target NOW?" when I return with bags on my arm.


--I don't have to cook dinner every night. The kids and I tend to have a lot of pancakes or waffles for dinner. This sort of confuses my son, who has autism. He'll sometimes go, "Are we going to have a real dinner soon?" It completely weirded him out when I shouted, "Ice cream for dinner!" once.


--I feel a sense of accomplishment when I fix something on my own. I fixed a broken toilet before. I was quite proud.


--I don't have to shave if I don't want to. Within a few months, I resemble a Yeti, but it's fine.



Deployments are tough. But trying to stay positive helps time go quicker.


What do you look forward to when your spouse is gone?

23 comments:

  1. I think it's great you are focusing on the positive. Yay for no shaving and feeling accomplished for fixing things on your own!

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  2. love your positive outlook on this!! give me all the bed and no one snoring beside me! ha!

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  3. My husband hasn't deployed, but he has gone on TDYs... and I try to look for the bright side of those too - eating whatever I want, having movie nights, drinking my favorite drink that he hates (Sparkletini, haha) - and just relaxing and not worrying about anyone else! I love that you try to see all the positives as well. :)

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  4. I look forward to the same things whenever I'm home alone!!!!! Bed to self = THE BEST!

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  5. Yes! The bed to yourself one is something I look forward to. And not having to pick up after him. Lol.

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  6. Yes! The bed to yourself one is something I look forward to. And not having to pick up after him. Lol.

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  7. Now I still have to cook even when Chris is gone - 2 teenage boys eat a LOT!!! I love that you look for the positives - not always easy but the best way to get through rough times:)

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  8. The bed to myself and watching whatever I want are humongous perks of my husband's business trips. And we eat lots of pancakes and eggs when he's not home, too. Also tacos.

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  9. I like that you focus on positives! My favorites are the not having to cook every night, bed to yourself and full executive power over the television lol

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  10. I definitely found that trying to stay positive was the best way to go when it came to deployments.

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  11. That's a great way to look at it. My husband works evenings 3-4 times a week and I look forward to those times I can eat, watch, and do what I want without having to take him into consideration.

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  12. My husband's deployments all came before we met so I didn't have to go through any of this...I wish I would have known him then though honestly which is kind of odd. But ever since I saw American Sniper I wish I could have been there for him back then.

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  13. Love these, they are all so positive! I can imagine there are down times too but your focus is definitely in the right place!

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  14. You are an amazing person. I am inspired by how positive you are staying through these tough times. Thanks for motivating the rest of us.

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  15. I love the positivity! I definitely look forward to watching chick flicks and not having to cook every night though!

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  16. My husband is actually out of town this week and I look forward to not cooking for a few days and less dirty stuff around the house!!

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  17. I love all of these! Spot on!

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  18. Your positive attitude is so wonderful! I look forward to a good night's sleep without snoring when my husband is gone!

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  19. I grumble when I have to fix something on my own, not like it matters there is no guy around to do it for me. Afterwards I always feel proud. Last week I fixed my dryer, but I still kinda resent I don't have someone to do it for me.

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  20. my husband doesnt go away at weeks at a time or anything but he does go to Myrtle Beach for a week in April and I look forward to not having to cook big meals...like you, my kids would be fine with French Toast for dinner!

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  21. So timely because mine is going away soon, and then for TEN days in April. Why did I put that in capitals? I realize it's not a lot for you!
    For all of Cassidy's many strengths, he can be bossy, critical and cranky. So when he goes, my anxiety is actually really nice. I know that sounds horrible, and this isn't a 100% of the time thing. It's just that I really like a big bed and a remote control to myself.

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  22. I suck at dinner when my husband is gone. It's either spaghetti and frozen meatballs or cereal. I most look forward to not having to do so much laundry. He changes clothes three times a day, so it piles up pretty quickly..

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  23. When my husband is away, I think I'm more productive after work and before bed. I work out more, read more, blog more, etc. When he's home, I treasure those few hours together each day, so I'm more likely put the computer away, put the book down, and skip the workouts to focus on togetherness.

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