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MilSpouse Friday Fill-In #34

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Thursday, March 17, 2011

MilSpouse Friday Fill-In #34


I'm putting the number with the title to correlate them to Wife of a Sailor's original questionnaires.

Here are this week's questions and my answers (and I'm finally starting to get the hang of the formatting with these):


1. What are some of your ideas for staying connected with family…you know, those people we moved thousands of miles away from? submitted by Live it. Love it (or not). Write About It


Webcams, Skype, cell phones, etc.  This blog, and our social networking sites.  As a military brat myself, I remember my Mom sitting me down and having me write letters to my Dad once a week.  He was in the Navy and spent 6-months at a time deployed when he was on sea duty.  Little did I realize that sometimes those letters would arrive in a clump, depending on his opstempo and port schedule.  And there was nothing more spectacular than getting a letter from my Dad in reply!


I think about how well deployed folks have it these days.  Even the most forward deployed troops can get to an internet connection occasionally these days.  That's so impressive!


2. What’s the most romantic gift you have GIVEN? submitted by Painting My Canvas

This past Valentine's Day my husband sent me on a scavenger hunt throughout our house, searching for memories of our early days, taking me right up through our two kids' births, ending up with a pair of pretty earrings.


3. Would you encourage your child, if they came to you and wanted to join the military?  submitted by Perfectly Imperfect

Abso-freakin-lutely!  There's very little more honorable for my sons to do.  I might, ahem, massage/inspire what service/career fields they'd want to do but I would never ever ever discourage them!


4. What is your least favorite bill to pay and why? submitted by A Little of This, A Little of That

Our bill to AT&T.  It's a combined home phone, cell phone, and high-speed Internet bill.  Don't get me wrong, I love our iPhones, our high-speed internet, and our cheap long distance service so we can talk to our relatives.  But the amount of $$$ spent for those services seem to get more and more expensive, contrary to the typical trend of technology getting cheaper with time.  I just did our mid-month bill-paying this morning and seeing that $250 combined bill to AT&T is frustrating every. single. month.


5. What is the proudest moment you’ve had as a military spouse?  submitted by Our Okinawa Life

When my husband was selected for squadron command.  My opinion is that career military officers should be aspiring to command troops and resources.  It's what they train for and in my view is the ultimate accomplishment.  (I fully understand that not everyone shares my view, hopefully we can agree to disagree :-)  I am so proud that my husband was selected to be an Air Force weather squadron commander last fall and will be taking his command this summer.  He's going to be awesome, even if we have to say goodbye to vacations for a couple years, since he'll also be extremely busy.

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At Sunday, March 20, 2011 at 6:07:00 PM CDT , OpenID wifeofasailor.com said...

Don't forget... even the most forward deployed have lots of connections. But submariners don't ;) We still rely on the OCCASIONAL email (maybe once a month if we are lucky) and one (if we are lucky) maildrop a deployment. Fun fun!

However things have definitely improved a lot for everyone. And that's absolutely awesome!

 
At Sunday, March 20, 2011 at 7:12:00 PM CDT , Blogger Major Mom said...

Oh dear -- I didn't think about the poor sub guys (and soon to be sub girls). Sorry about that!

I learned recently that even on a surface ship, they put limits on e-mail due to conserving bandwidth and OPSEC. Even if you sent a "Hi Mom" message, it could light up the location of your ship.

I remember my first deployment when I was active duty, it was before most Americans had e-mail. Even though I had an e-mail address, many of the family members who'd want to keep in touch with me still wrote "snail mail" letters.

Thanks for reading!

 

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