Sunday, March 13, 2011

Thanks + Sunday Runday

Thanks everyone, for your concern and your virtual hugs over last night's post.  I was not a happy camper, to say the least.

Being the sole provider for a household sucks.  Feeding three grown adults (and keeping all of them happy), paying all of the bills with a measly teacher's salary, trying to pay off debt, and attempting to maintain a marriage and doing "fun" things is hard.  It's especially difficult when you don't feel appreciated for all of your sacrifices, or when you feel like you're the only one who's making any visible, tangible efforts to better the situation.

Earlier this week, DH actually recognized and verbalized that he'd been having mood swings lately.  He's never been diagnosed with anything clinical, but I really wouldn't be surprised, considering his past experiences and his behavior in general.  While he is slowly getting better at recognizing when I'm upset at him, he typically has no idea why.  I'm sure this sounds like most everyone's husband on a bad day.  Like we say at school, I'm just paving my way into heaven, one patient brick at a time.

Today has brought a new day, albeit with one less hour, and the Colorado mountain air smells heavenly today.  I'm sore from yesterday, but I'm working up the motivation to get dressed and get outside for my run.

DH has an interview today, his first face-to-face since he's gotten out of the Army (in September).  He does really well in person, and he's quite charming, but still keep your fingers crossed.  While this isn't a paying gig yet, it has the potential to give him the training and open doors that he so badly needs.

In other "onward and upward" news, I'm excited to report that I'm almost all packed for BMT!  Here's the list - I've highlighted the stuff I've got.  

What to Take to BMT
  • 20 copies of your orders
  • An additional ID card (other than your military ID)
  • Unit Personnel Records
  • Social Security Card
  • Civilian clothes to last you three days, including a light jacket.
  • Laundry Soap - 1
  • Ballpoint pen (blue or black) - 1
  • Shampoo - 1
  • Deodorant (non-aerosol) - 1
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothbrush tray
  • Toothpaste
  • Notebook and paper (I'm using this for my important docs too, in clear protectors.)
  • Black shoe polish (My recruiter told me to wait and buy this down there.)
  • Shine brush/cloth (My recruiter told me to wait and buy this down there.)
  • Shower shoes
  • Soap
  • Soap tray

Female Specific Items
  • pads/tampons - 1 package Diva Cup has me covered!
  • bras/sports bras - 6
  • hair bands, bobby pins, etc
  • underwear - 6
  • brushes or combs - 1 each
  • nylons/panty hose - 6 pairs (My recruiter later told me one nude, one navy.)

Optional Items
  • Envelopes - 1 box
  • Towels - 2 
  • Cotton balls - 1 box
  • spray starch/fabric finish - 1
  • nail trimming equipment
  • sewing kit
  • foot powder
  • shaving items (females)
  • iron
  • stamps
  • spandex shorts (females) - 3
  • batteries (D size) - 2
  • watch - 1
  • calling card (I'm assuming this is obsolete now, since we're allowed cell phones.)
  • white socks - 3 pairs
  • stationary supplies - 1

I've got my new duffle bag packed in my room, new bras/panties washed and folded inside.  I feel like a nesting mother, and yesterday I felt the excitement of shopping for "school supplies."  April and May are going to be a non-stop, hectic, clusterf*ck for me, between wrapping up a school year, a billion IEPs, and preparing to leave DH unattended and responsible for himself and our home for 106 days.

Ok, I'm running behind today, I need to get going!  Happy Sunday, everyone!


Sarah said...

I showed ben your list and he said: "fucking air force!" I guess he wasn't allowed to bring anything and what he did have the put in a box and he didn't see it until graduation. :P

In any case, we are both super excited for your new venture into the blue! :)

beth said...

wow you guys have to bring a lot of stuff! we have a short list for the army and buy most of our stuff when we get to basic.