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Sunday, January 29, 2012

What to do after a deployment?

What do you do when you haven't seen your spouse for a while because of deployment separation?  Go to Disney World?  Nahhhhhhh....Disney is great for a family vacation, but I had a different plan in mind.  I went looking for an affordable, relaxing, intimate getaway just for my spouse and I that was relatively close to home - I didn't want my teenage daughter to worry about her parents being far away.  With the help of my favorite travel agent, I found just the place.

Nestled in the rolling hills of the central portion of North Carolina, the Fearrington House Inn met all my post-deployment "pamper-me" criteria.  From the jacuzzi tub in the bathroom to the unexpectedly wonderful turn-down service with port wine and chocolates, the Fearrington staff really put together an amazing, romantic weekend that I will never forget.

The grounds reflected the history of the Fearrington farm, and the Tennessee Bandit "fainting" goats along with the Belted Galloway cows nearby added an air of country authenticity.  Gardens were literally everywhere, and even though I visited the area in winter, there was no lack for natural beauty.  My husband and I enjoyed long walks on the grounds when we weren't cuddling by the cozy fireplace in our room.

No matter what the length of separation due to deployment, it is important to have a time to wind-down and rediscover married life...I am just grateful that I found the perfect place to do that before getting back into the daily grind.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Kuwait Chronicle X

A Farewell to Arms....sort of

Time flies away, and in the twinkling of a leftover Christmas light, it's time to pack up the 90 days worth of accumulated 5K fun run t-shirts and head back many t-shirts and so many miles run.   I have my favorite (Marine Corps Birthday Run) that will already be well worn-in by the time it makes it back to North Carolina, and most of the others might make it into a memorial quilt at some point.  The part I hate is having to leave people behind - people who had my back and would give me their last rubbery pork chop at the DFAC if I needed it...the thought makes me teary.

Of course, there are always those end-of-tour awards to give and commemorative coins to plant in someone's palm - a sort of farewell to arms, or at least, a farewell to battle buddies.  If I could, I would take them all back home with me...they will be with me in my heart for a long time.

We did our jobs here as 90-day boggers (boots on the ground) medical assets, but as with other mobilizations/deployment, I am always left with the wish that I could have done more.  Still, we get over that thought quickly with the realization that there will very likely be yet another opportunity to serve in some foreign land in the future....give me a minute to think....yep, I'm over it!