“Everyone thinks they have the best dog. And none of them are wrong.” — W.R. Purche I did have the best dog. His name was Astro, and he died a few weeks ago at the (best guess) age of 18. He...
On December 6, 2018, my husband burst through our front door much earlier than I was expecting him. He had been on duty all night, and I had not seen or heard from him since the day before. He...
My earliest memory of taking photos was when I was 15 years old. I borrowed my dad’s Sony Mavica he used for work. It was my first digital camera, and it recorded photos on a floppy disk. I thought...
My family and I enjoy holidays, but we love the Christmas season. The lights and decorations; the cheer and spirit; the food and family. Something about this time of year and season is just a little magical. I look forward...
If you are fortunate enough to be stationed in Europe, then the most festive time of the year is rapidly approaching - Christmas Market season! It's no secret that the winters in Europe can be dark, dreary and damp,...

Diary of a Bad PCS

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June 4, 2018 Dear Diary, Today is finally the day!!! Our packers start and the move will begin! Can’t write long, have to go get bottled water, Gatorade, and snacks to keep everyone happy!!! June 5, 2018 Dear Diary, Still no packers. Have to...
  "Sometimes you feel foolish, even look foolish, but you do the thing anyway.” –Gus, The Go Giver   She’s beautiful, collected, approachable and she's oozing self-confidence. Her outfits are on trend, yet, effortless and with no fuss. She almost always has a...
Deployments suck. We can all agree on that. That doesn’t mean we have to lead a terrible life for half the year though. I’m no expert, but I think I lead a pretty happy life even when my husband...
  Finding your way when a village doesn't exist Perhaps it's one of those nostalgic, rose-colored glasses perspectives, but it often feels like the days when parents had an established village was a lot less overwhelming than modern-day parenting. That's not to...
Since our arrival in Japan, the base installation has offered an Emergency Preparedness class almost every month focusing on NEO (noncombatant evacuation operations). I put off taking this class for over half a year, thinking this would never affect...
Last January, I enrolled my 4 1/2-year-old in ballet. She had been begging me for nearly a year and the begging only intensified after she watched the movie Leap. I didn’t think she’d like ballet. I didn’t like it as...
Happy 4th of July! Today America celebrates its independence from the British Empire, as the Declaration of Independence was adopted on July 4, 1776. Today is also the day we eat embarrassingly large amounts of grilled meats; we spend...

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