Can I just say that the military wives gossip network is insane? I can't believe how much info some Marines give their girls! I'm not complaining, because I have this impossible urge to NEED to know every little detail of every little incident happening to the absolute one and only love of my life 25/7 (seriously, it's sick... I have Google news alerts sent to my Blackberry several times a day). And I figure... as long as I'm not spreading around the gossip I get from my Marine wife friends, it isn't hurting anyone. I take it and lock it away in the DO NOT TELL files of my brain and wait until I see it on the news to discuss it. Sigh.
Funny story... the first time a fellow Marine's girlfriend told me "They can't call home right now because of River City," I jumped online to Google "River City, Afghanistan." I texted my friend back and said, "I can't find any info about River City, what part of Afghanistan is it?!" to which she replied, "It isn't a place." Haha......... oh geez.
To all my non-military friends, note to self that River City is NOT a place! It's an expression the Marines use to describe what happens when a Marine is killed or injured. All contact with the outside world stops by cutting phone lines and internet connections until the next of kin are notified. I told Joshua about this a few weeks ago (while scolding him for not explaining this to me!), and he laughed and said, "Yeah, that was a total boot move!" Oh my, it was.
The stress caused for some retail therapy Thursday night, and I picked up some new sneakers to motivate me to run!
And also some new flip flops for the summer... All of mine are either really "floppy" or too decorative and pretty, so I opted for something a bit more practical/sporty:
Must. Start. Saving.
In other news, today was the first beautiful day up here. Work was so stressful this week that I took all day today and did absolutely nothing... I looked through a bridal magazine and started a new wedding registry at Pampered Chef... ha. I didn't even take out my day planner and to-do list ONCE! Now that it's nearing 2300 though, I'll probably glance at it before bed and freak of all the things I said I'd accomplish this weekend. Oh dear. I also baked some cookies and sat on the front porch with Jodie...
Easter dinner with the family isn't until 3pm, so I have some time to get things done before then. Without taking out my planner, I know I have to bake a birthday cake, do laundry, get ready for Wednesday's cake class... scrapbook? Ha. And then a million other little insignificant things that always take too much time.
Ooh, I also have to call the girls back. My darling best friends called me throughout the week to check in and see how I was doing, but I was just too depressed to talk to anyone. Luckily, they always understand and are always here for me! So I will be returning your calls tomorrow, girls, if you read this!
And of course, the best news for last... Joshua called me early-early Friday morning! Yay! He sounded well, still hasn't received any of my packages or letters yet, but well nonetheless! It had been over a week since I'd last heard from him, and it was such a relief. I love that man SO much! Of course I didn't get to tell him everything I wanted to tell him, nor could he tell me anything at all, but we talked about normal, simple things—he may reenlist while he's in country, I may move down to North Carolina sooner than expected, work is annoying, money is coming in, I love you, I miss you, I love you, etc.—and it was bliss!
So tomorrow is a new day, and Monday is a new week. We're in month two, whoo hoo!