twohundredseventy

Overcoming Deployment One Day at a Time

A Post a Day Keeps Insanity Away

So.  I am still very new and learning my way around the blogging world.  I came across a WordPress.com idea that has merit (not that many of their ideas lack it).  It’s called Post a Day 2012. or The Daily Post.  While I’m not ready to put that little “I’m part of Post a Day 2012” icon on my blog because I’m just not quite sure whether or not I’ll actually find the time, I believe blogging every day could be good for the soul.  Like others, I have a lot to say, and I want to share it with everyone.  Keeping all of these jumbled ideas locked away in this head is dangerous.  Yes, some of my ideas and experiences are bland, but they at least deserve some amusement.  If I don’t find the time to begin blogging regularly, my head may 1.  have memory lapses or 2.  land me in an insane asylum.  Neither of these are options for me.

Step one-Get these ideas and experiences that are running through my mind in order.  What’s most important?  What do I want to share next?

Step two-Work on time management.

Step three-Use the newfound time management skills to blog. Everyday.  It may, after all, keep insanity away.

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Ready, Set…WAIT…Blog!

Starting a blog is so much more difficult than what I imagined.  It’s taken me 3 days just to get to this point.  You know, the point where I tell you what I want to blog about.  Let’s not rush into that, though.  First let me explain why it’s taken me 3 days to get this thing goin’.

When I can get both of my kids to sleep at the same time, I’m under the impression that I can do anything, including but not limited to folding laundry, cleaning bottles, sweeping up toddler crumbs, preparing dinner, catching up on recorded shows and…starting a blog.  Before I could even finish getting the laundry out of the dryer, my sweet baby girl awoke from her 15-minute power nap.  Starting a blog, attempt #1:  FAIL.

So life continued to happen that day, and the dream of getting my blog going dwindled into sweet dreams.  These sweet dreams lasted for all of about two hours in the middle of the night.  A two-hour stretch of sleep is about all I get between my infant’s cries to be fed, held or entertained and my husband’s alarm going off, which also alerts my toddler to wake up…at 5:00 am.

Anyway, 5:00 am!  Surely waking up this early would give me enough time to go back and forth to the computer throughout the day to get my blog how I want it in order to publish my first post.  Every time I thought I had our house under control, I would sit down at the computer, and the next thing I know there’s a ball flying right toward my monitor, a baby screaming or a toddler begging to watch Lion King for the 4th time in one morning.  Starting a blog, attempt #2:  FAIL.

Finally, my in-laws come to town to visit their amazing son before he deploys for 9 months.  Thanks to their helpful hands, I am able to sit down to tell you what this is all about…

My husband and his unit leave for Afghanistan very, very soon.  This is our first deployment, and I want to make the most of what may be the hardest thing I’ve been through to date.  I want to learn how to depend on myself, how to keep a smile on my face and most importantly how to keep my babies entertained while daddy is away.  I want to share what I learn.

Also, this blog won’t only delve into the hardships I will experience emotionally throughout my husband’s 270-day departure, but I will also share things I’m doing in an attempt to take my mind off of the separation.  I want to share outings (both with and without children), my time in the kitchen, my weight loss journey (because, after all, I have had two kids), my experiences back home in Louisiana and everything in between.  This is my “Dear, Diary,” my outlet during deployment.

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