Monday, August 22, 2011

Top 10 Positives of Deployment

All too often during deployments I think it is easy to focus on the negatives of deployment. I've decided to do a top 10 of the positives of deployment.
  • Puppies - the dogs naturally gravitate toward J with their love and kisses. While he's gone I'm getting it. It is nice.
  • TV - I get to watch what I want when I want and no running commentary on how "gay or dumb" a show is. I get to watch "Say Yes to the Dress" and "Dancing with the Stars" in peace. 
  • Working on me - J has no problem with me doing stuff for myself but when he's home I love spending time with myself. This time alone is helping me focus on me and learn some balance.
  • Having the bed alone - (well almost) I share it with two puppies but I get to spread out and sleep in the middle. 
  • Eating what I want - sometimes I don't feel like cooking sometimes I like eating grilled cheese two nights in a row. And while he's gone it's easy. I eat what I want. And knowing when I come home everything I left in the fridge will still be there. lol
  • Our Relationship - because we don't see each other everyday we have to find other ways to communicate. Thank God for technology! And so in some ways I think we are stronger in our relationship because of it.
  • My friends - I have been surprised at some of the people I thought would check often and don't and some of the people I thought wouldn't care but do. It has been a learning experience.
  • Work - Both J and I have observed that we are able to give work more during deployment because we aren't worried about going home to the other. 
  • Hobbies - I'm getting back into some things I haven't done in a while.
  • My Faith - I now have the mantra "I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength" I am convinced that without God I wouldn't survive this.
What are some of your favorite things from deployment?


    *~BrittDill~* said...

    Love this post, and I agree with it 100% I don't think a lot of people take the time to see the positives in deployment. Yes, you do not want to be away from your loved ones, but some good can come of it! :)

    Whitney said...

    Great post! I always try to find the silver lining of deployments. I enjoy taking time to focus on myself and the other relationships in my life. I make sure to spend lots of time with friends and family. I also love being able to fall asleep with the TV on (My husband hates that).

    Becca said...

    I always LOVE these posts - The ones where other folks talk about their personal positives of deployment. My top 3 include: eating chips and salsa for dinner, falling asleep on the couch to gritty crime dramas, and girls nights in.