Sunday, January 22, 2006

You know your soldier is deployed when...

(I found this list at Syvanna's and was nodding and laughing so much I had to paste it up into my blog, too.)

1. You wear old sweatpants and sweatshirts to bed.

2. You can watch whatever you want on TV without arguing with him first. (Well, my bf is not such a TV nazi...I am...he always lets me watch what I want, on HIS TV...even if it is German television...I tell you, the man is a saint.)

3. You get up in the middle of the night to check your e-mail.

4. You sleep with your cell phone incase he calls in the middle of the night.

5. You love watching cute love movies because it reminds you of all the cute things he does when he's home.

6. You haven't shaved your legs in weeks.

7. The mailman knows you because you are always out waiting for him to come.

8. You start paying close attention in class when the words "military" or "iraq" are mentioned. And Afghanistan, Pakistan, Taliban, Chinook, etc.

9. You suddenly have an obsession with anything military related. Oh, yeah...my non-military friends are shocked.

10. You see someone wearing an army, navy, or usmc shirt and you get this overwhelming urge to talk to them. Yes! It's so nice to know that I am not alone in having this urge.

11. You make friends with strangers online just because they are in the same situation as you and are the only ones that can truely understand what you are going through. Yes! And some very special ones at that.

12. You can't decide what to wear when you meet him at the airport because his flight comes in at a rediculous hour in the morning and you want to look cute, but not too cute, because your cutest outfit you want to save for your first full day together. Oh yeah... not to mention the 3 "costume changes" a day during R&R.

13. Your first Christmas together is.... apart.

14. You find yourself checking your e-mail every fifteen minutes. What? That isn't normal?

15. You know all the time differences between where you are and Iraq, Ireland, Kuwait, Italy, Germany, Korea, and every state in the U.S. Afghanistan is 3.5 hours forward from Germany, 12.5 from Los Angeles, and 14.5 from Hawaii...in winter. In summer, 2.5/11.5/13.5.

16. The highlight of your day is getting a letter that was mailed a month ago.

17. And if you don't get a letter, the highlight of your day is writing him a letter that you know he will be able to read in a month.

18. You realize that HOMECOMING is so much more than a football game.

19. You want to hit any happy couple you see together.

20. You get excited about "unknown" phone numbers calling you.

21. You've exhausted every idea a brain could have of what to put in a box. And I will always have a soft spot for Flat Rate Priority Mail boxes.

22. You see a "support our troops" sticker on a car when you are stuck in traffic and you find yourself guessing about who they know that is deployed and thinking about their entire life story. Oh my God this is soooo true. Especially when I was on Kauai, because almost every other car had a sticker, but from a population of about 50K only about 100 National Guard Soldiers were deployed, so I was always wondering: uncle, cousin, brother, sister, auntie, teacher, friend?

23. When the clock says 11:11, you find yourself wishing for the same thing everytime: a call from your soldier.

24. You get excited when its only 9 months until you see your soldier instead of 12!

25. You can't stand girls that talk about missing their boyfriends who live a few hours away. You just want to yell "drive and go see them then" because if you had the chance, you would jump on the first plane to go see your soldier no matter how far it is. Oh, yes...I have lost any empathy I could have ever had for them.

26. You don't know what teams are on top for football, basketball, etc. (My bf is not a sports freak, so I never did.)

27. You wouldn't dream of walking out of the house without the cell phone and every number you have is forwarded to that cell.

28. You find yourself randomly crying from just looking at a picture of the two of you together. *Sniff*

29. You find yourself randomly crying and you sometimes have no idea why. Um, yes. I swear, I can read a story about anything and start crying. I was reading the book sleeve of the autobiography of a pretty inspirational book, and just start crying in Borders Books. I cried when reading an article in PEOPLE about a family whose house had burnt down and all the people who helped build it again. I. Cry. All. The. Time. I was not like this before the deployment.

30. You stay on the internet for hours searching for anything and everything about the military.

31. You talk to your friends about him so much that they know his full name, birthday and even his favorite color.

32. You are reading this and smiling and nodding because you know it's so true!

9 Comments:

Blogger Jen said...

I can SO relate! And all of this behavior is completely and totally normal.

The oddest things remind me of him. It's kinda like the six degrees of separation. I can somehow make a reference back to him from just about any object or place.

#11 was my favorite. :)

1:28 AM  
Blogger nicole said...

#15...When I would go to the family readiness center on post in Germany to send e-mails, they had two clocks...one in our time and one in Iraq time...oh the days! You're almost done!!! Yay!!!

6:56 AM  
Blogger Day by Day said...

Oh my gosh... only 32 more days! ;) Wow! I am excited for ya!

8:36 AM  
Blogger HookersGirl said...

so true so true...lol

9:40 PM  
Blogger airforcewife said...

Oh my Lord! #11 is definately it for me!

9:40 PM  
Blogger Teresa said...

Soon Soon... you're nearly there.

10:52 PM  
Blogger Household6 said...

10 & 11. You don't even know how many rides I have given to guys in uniform from the airport, from downtown back to base, from the PX back to the hospital, etc. I really do start talking to anyone in uniform and I am a total introvert!

HH6

6:17 PM  
Blogger Zeeshan said...

thanx 4 this lovely post, yes it reminds me of my darling my sweetheart airforce soldier.but u know u hv to hv a heart of a lion to be in relation with a soldier,cuz even if he is not in some exercise he will be busy in brieings, presentations, i am crying rnow n missing u Zee

4:42 PM  
Blogger Zeeshan said...

OMG i miss my soldier every second every moment and i feel so much aloof even in big gatherings , i am shattered at one moment and with one call from him will make me feel better , i behave and pretend that i am strong at my workplace and with people but inside my heart i am crying and longing to hold my darling Zee and kiss him a lot

9:36 AM  

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