2 more days!

The husband arrives home in 2 days.  2 DAYS!  One would think that after all the years of deployments and of the days/months/years apart, it would not be as exciting when he is coming home again.  But it always is.  This year apart has been hard, just as challenging if not more so than the…

Why I love my work commute

I started work as the office manager (or Operations Assistant, in Army terms) at a vet clinic here just a few months ago.  I was doing the same job in Germany and loved it; I interviewed for this position months ago but had to wait awhile to take the job.  It has been so great…

Revisiting those resolutions

Now that the year is 3/4 over – which seems impossible but here we are – I thought about the resolutions I made and posted here in January.  As I have stated before, I generally hate resolutions.  I feel like it sets a person up to fail because we strive for drastic changes with unrealistic…

F-word Fridays: Finding oneself

I am a 32 year old wife and mother.  I know my strengths and my weaknesses, my likes and dislikes, my dreams and my nightmares.  Yet every year that passes, I find that I’m still changing and evolving, and I do not just mean physically.  I am still finding myself or learning who I am,…

Woes of the working mom

Last time I wrote, over 3 weeks ago, I had just started working again – huzzah!  Call me crazy, but I love working.  I like knowing that I am expected and needed somewhere outside of my home.  I enjoy drinking copious amounts of coffee as I dress, primp, and drive to work.  I really love…

This is 32 1/2

  I met up with a friend at the beach the other day.  It was someone that I have never really known where I stand – are we friends?  Do we even like one another?  Do we really know each other?  I hate living in unknowns.  Whenever I have been in therapy and talked about…

14 years

Today is my 14th wedding anniversary.  I know people say that time flies by, and I am usually not one of them.  Time can crawl painfully slow through hours, days, and years – but I truly have felt that 14 years have gone by quickly.  I do not feel like it was so long ago…

My husband is better than yours.

Ooh, controversial – you read this and either thought, Your husband must be amazing! or You are full of crap, or Um, you haven’t met my husband.  But this isn’t your blog or your post, so I’m talking about my husband today.  He left today after 3 weeks of family time, swimming, sun, food, exploring, hiking, arguing, debating,…

The thing about Military R&R…

…it’s a nice point to look forward to in long separations. …is that it is never long enough. …is that you spend half of that time knowing that with every day that passes, you are one day closer to having that person gone again. …you will spend way too much money on food, entertainment, and…

Tuesday Thoughts

Not much new to tell lately.  More job interviews, more volunteer opportunities, more days that pass until the husband is home for a visit (eek!), and more everyday life in the Carpenter house.  I have been driving a lot lately, and I think about many things while driving.  I present you with some Tuesday Thoughts,…

F-Word Friday: Fear

I am nearly finished with “Americanah” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and she is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors and speakers.  She speaks about women, feminism, immigration, racism, living abroad, and adapting to life in a foreign place and returning to your homeland.  This fictitious novel has kept me entranced as I follow the…

Ehukai Pillbox trail

I had signed the toddler into hourly daycare here.  It is so competitive to get into a spot that I call weeks ahead of time, so I forgot about this spot until a few days before it.  I began planning all the errands and tasks I could accomplish alone, but then I stopped and realized, I…