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Arizona for the Weekend

I’m back! The last couple of weeks have been CRAZY! First, I’ve been catching up from my parents visit AND planning ahead for being away for my Arizona trip. I practically didn’t have any time to myself. Plus, I’ve just been so antsy to finally see my husband again. Last week, I saw my husband graduate a class. It was my very first official Army spouse proud moment. Because most of the soldiers that graduated came from outside of Arizona, a lot of family members weren’t present. I wasn’t the only crazy family member that showed. It was nice to…

Confessions of a MilSpouse During a Separation

My husband has been gone for a good three weeks, so I’m finally getting into a good rhythm with living solo. That doesn’t go without saying, I miss him dearly while he’s on his TDY, but I’m slowly realizing that it is slightly liberating to have all this room to myself. While he’s away, I’ve grown accustom to doing things that I either would, a.) never do with him around because it’s embarrassing or b.) never get the chance to do with him around. We all have some quirks that come out when we are given the chance to be…

Duty Station Scrapbooking

Last weekend was my first weekend all by myself. In a way, I was actually looking forward to it. Of course, I missed my husband and friends, especially after my NYC visit the following last weekend. It was just refreshing to go around town and be on my own for a bit. I used the time to get started on something I committed to doing while my husband is away and that’s starting a duty station scrapbook. So far, I’m doing pretty well with all tips I shared in my Operation In Touch blog story! I went to a local…

What happens when your co-worker is a cat?

I would say the biggest struggle with working from home is the lack of interacting with people in the flesh. Most of the day, I’m by myself at home — with the cat. Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy that I have my cat to keep me company. Otherwise, I don’t think I would do as well. Maybe not that, but my days would sure be boring. She adds some funny moments to my day and/or welcome challenges (i.e. walking right in front of my computer), but it’s never anything that would compromise my daily tasks. In general, it’s nice…

Adjusting to Married Life

I was brutally reminded that my husband and I will celebrate six months of marriage (again…) on July 25. (We have six months to create our wedding album and we have yet to do it!) It’s incredible how time flies. He’s actually been back from Korea for six months too. What makes this six month anniversary different than the last is that we actually spent it together. The year he was in Korea didn’t even feel like we were married. It just said it on paper. It seemed more like our engagement because we spent the majority of the year…

Why I Work From Home

A couple months before my huge life change to legit Army spouse, I was really forced to evaluate my career moves. To speak candidly, it was really a devastating blow to lose the job I held in New York City. Despite the slight depression that set in when my former employer told me they wanted someone in-house, I knew there was more out there for me. I’ve been writing career-related topics for NextGen MilSpouse because it is just too close to home. The transition from full-time civilian professional in New York City to collecting freelance/contract work as an Army spouse…

The Fourth of July at Virginia Beach

Hurricane Arthur couldn’t wreck our weekend! My husband and I drove down to Virginia Beach Thursday night as planned. We booked our hotel stay ahead of time — and because we utilized a discount, we had to pay upfront with no refunds. I knew once we got ourselves there it would be okay. The goal was to get to Virginia Beach before the storm. Goal accomplished. Of course, when we got there, things were closing up early and the boardwalk was empty because the storm was literally minutes away. We saw news crews setting up and reporting on how Virginia…

Biking Adventures: South Run Park & Burke Lake

My husband and I have been biking fools! The past two weekends we’ve biking both Saturday and Sunday. Another exciting development, we signed up for a gym membership! I’ve been feeling a little blubbery the last couple of months because I haven’t been doing the same amount of exercise I would do before I got married. Same for my husband…we’ve been so used to just lounging around. A gym/exercise routine hasn’t been on top of mind. That had to stop! We decided to ramp-up our biking efforts. For us, it’s the easiest way to exercise.We’re really enjoying the cardio on…

Memorial Day at Colonial Williamsburg

I’m spending a bit of time catching up to what I’ve been up to lately, so I appreciate everyone baring with me!My trip to Colonial Williamsburg with the husband was too much fun that I can’t pass up sharing it! Fort Belvoir’s ticket office was giving away free admission passes (yay for FREE!) to military families for Memorial Day Weekend. After all the personal stuff going on, everyone thought it would be good for us to spend a couple of days enjoying ourselves and exploring a new part of Virginia.We decided to book a stay at Colonial Williamsburg’s 18th Century…

I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling Twenty Two!

TGIF everyone! Once again, I’m super excited for the weekend!Since leaving NYC, I’ve been working from a home office — doing completely new and exciting things for my career development! I’m working with amazing people that have just motivated me even more in my decision to work remotely — and even better, I’ve been meeting and partnering with more and more military spouses. It’s awesome!Read more about my decision to work remotely here. I also share a photo of my office in that piece! :)It’s weird what I do miss about working in an office. I miss the commute on…