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MilSpouse Friday Fill-in #1

Posted in blogging, deployment, food, military, moving, technology, travel by MommyTaco on 25 June 2010

One of my MilSpouse gal pals, Wifey of a Sailor, has started a new blogging topic called MilSpouse Friday Fill-ins. I really like this idea, as it is a great way to get to know some of my MilSpouse gals that I have become friends with thanks to the interwebs. I thought I’d take a few minutes to make my own post, while Taco is Farmvilling and The Boy is watching good ol educational television (thanks PBS!)

This week’s questions are:

1. How did you and your spouse/significant other meet?
Officially, we met on MySpace. After a few weeks of chatting via Yahoo! Messenger, we were both bored one Sunday afternoon and decided to hang out and go to a movie. It was nice because neither of us were remotely interested in getting into a relationship with anyone, so there was no stress-to-impress…we just wanted something to do besides sit in front of the computer. He showed me his tits while waiting for the movie to start (after I asked if he had any other piercings than his double labret). Apparently he liked me so much that he didn’t want to leave my presence, so we went to Arby’s for dinner afterwords, where they had run out of roast beef of all things. Though, if you are from Clovis, you know that this Arby’s is the most ridiculous Arby’s ever and it’s no surprise that they had run out of the beef. Since that day, we were nearly inseparable and besides the military taking him on adventures away from me, I can count on one hand the number of times that we have been apart.

The funny part about how we met comes that about 9 months into our relationship we realized that we had met in the past. In my pre-Chicago waitressing days, I worked with and was very good friends with his ex-girlfriend. Of course, they were dating at the time, and I was in a long-term, long-distance relationship, so neither of us really paid attention to each other. But I do remember having hung out in his dorm/barracks room with her while he was gone to work and having taken her to visit him at work to bum some money for smokes. I like to think that he stayed stationed at Cannon AFB waiting for me to come back from my “learning experience” in Chicago…it just took a year for either of us to find each other again. 🙂

2. What is the best thing about being a MilSpouse?
The best thing about being a MilSpouse is the amazing people that we get to meet along our journeys. Some are amazing in a not-so-pleasant way but most are amazing people that will continue to touch your life even after you have moved on. Some are also people that you may never meet in person but the wonders of technology and the internet have brought us together. The bonds formed with these fellow MilSpouses are like no other, and as much as our civilian friends try to, no one else can truly relate to the struggles that we face as a MilSpouse.

3. What is the hardest thing about being a MilSpouse?
Obviously having to spend great lengths of time with your other half living on the other side of the planet or gone for training 75% of the time they are “at home.” But second to that, is leaving behind the aforementioned friendships. I am sad as heck when Taco leaves but I know that in the end, he is coming home to me. But when friends move or we move away from our friends, I think it’s difficult on another level because who knows if or when we will get to see those friends again?

4. What is your favorite dish?
it’s a toss-up between baked mac & cheese or chicken & dumplings (rolled shortening dumplings only)

5. If you could change one thing in this world, what would it be?
Invention of teleport machines so that we can still visit our friends who have moved away without breaking the bank

there and back again

Posted in blogging, deployment, military, parenting, travel by MommyTaco on 14 June 2010

It’s been less than a month since The Boy started his summer break from school and we have already done a TON of traveling! I will get around to posting more about those trips, especially my most recent expedition to the GORGEOUS state of Washington with my bestie, MeganDubYuh. Add all the miles up that I have put in during these last few weeks and it totals approximately 4500 miles! WOW! And yes, that is all driving miles…doesn’t count the flight back from Seattle to Albuquerque.

I am very excited for our next adventure, to South Carolina, where I will get to visit my BFF from high school that I haven’t seen in the last 9 years. That is a LONG time! But before that, I am so happy to announce that the next two weeks will be spent at home with Taco! He arrived today for his 2 weeks of R&R. We were going to reschedule the SC trip to where he could go with us, but thanks to the ever unpredictable timing of the military, I didn’t want to book anything until he was actually here. Having to schedule that close to traveling time makes for VERY expensive airfare and rather than spend an additional two THOUSAND dollars (on top of the fares I have already paid), we decided to stay here in El Paso and explore the area and enjoy the time together here.

So yes, I am sitting on my laptop while my delicious hubby is sitting right in front of me. I’m on Gmail, Twitter, Facebook, and am blogging. Don’t chastise me, since he’s having some much needed Playstation play time with The Boy. I’ll get my “time” with him later. 😉