Google” ways to keep busy during deployments” and you will find all the common things like volunteering or joining the FRG etc. For people like me who are not exactly sociable on a frequent basis (shocking right) I kept busy by creating certain type of theme days and weekends for solely myself or the kids and I. I also set aside time for friends and girls night.
1. Monday Starbucks Day
While this wasn’t weekly (because Starbucks is expensive as hell) I did do this every other week. If there was thing I loved about the PX/Exchange on Schofield was that it had a pretty nice Starbucks. I would bring my Ipad along and hop online. I would mainly do this on Mondays since that was the most stressful day of the week for me (hell for anybody). I figured after the chaos of getting the rugrats off to school I could head there and relieve some much needed stress with a tall white chocolate mocha.
2. Bubble Bath Pampering
Unfortunately in Hawaii I had a gorgeous house but the bathtub was just a tad bit small for my version of a bubble bath. In Georgia though (and until this day) I make sure I set aside time for at least a bubble bath 3x a week. There is nothing more invigorating then putting the kids to bed lighting a candle or two and sliding into the hottest water your soul can stand lol! I literally feel like the day just lifts off of me when I do this.
3. Online Karaoke
I love karaoke and I love to sing. Unfortunately with no real baby sitting options at the time I took to online karaoke sites such as SingSnap.com , Myspace Karaoke (now closed down) and Paltalk.com Karaoke rooms. Some other options are http://www.karaokeparty.com, http://www.cantanding.com and http://www.singon.com/ . I swear to you that this got me through so many boring Saturday nights.
4. Talk To Myself
Yup I did this and I still do. Yes there were times I stood in the mirror and talked to myself but what I am really referring to is talking to myself via my webcam. The best therapy for me was to talk my frustrations out on camera. I don’t know why it made me feel better but it did.
5. Outside and Inside Movie Days
Twice a month my kids and I would get up early and head out to the movies just in time to catch the matinee and sometimes catch the military discount that was only available on matinees. I would save up so that the kids could see a movie they wanted to see and then I would take them with me to catch one I wanted to see. Sure my little guy would fall asleep but I was fine with that since chances are I didn’t want him watching the movie anyway. I would bring one of those little $5 Walmart throws and it would be lights out for him!
For those days where I wanted to be inside me and the daughter would plot out the movies for the day on Lifetime and the Hallmark Channel. I would give us a $15 snack budget and we would totally veg out all weekend. All my cares and worries were still there but they were temporarily interrupted by wondering when the naive mother was going to figure out that the babysitter she loves so much was secretly plotting to kill her!
6. Girls Nights
Lastly contrary to popular belief I am not a total introvert. I do love the occasional gab fest with my girls. I am the queen of appetizers. If you want an appetizer I am your girl! Anywho, just about twice a month I would get the kids down to bed then me and a few fellow gal pals would soak away our care and worries in cheap bottles of Riunite Lambrusco , deviled eggs, rotel and crab dip and nachos.
Tell me what activity do you enjoy doing to keep your sanity when your loved one is on a TDY or deployed?
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