It’s been awhile since I’ve participated in the MilSpouse Friday Fill-ins, but I decided to hop back and join this week.
But before I answer these questions, I have a question for YOU! I’m trying to find and make (healthier) copycat recipes of our favorite American foods that we won’t be able to get in Italy. So give me some inspiration: what specific American food(s) would you miss if you moved to another country? (And yes, I know we’ll have a commissary there with American brands, but I want to be able to whip up some Sonic Drive-in Chili Dogs and Girl Scout cookies whenever we get that craving!)
1. What is your favorite MilSpouse blog? Oh, this question seems like a trap! Honestly, if I read and comment on your blog, then it’s a favorite. These days, I’m trying to scale back on blogs, because I’m trying to prioritize my time online (ha!). I have a list of military blogs here and I would love to update it, so if yours isn’t listed, let me know! I know it’s not as gigantic as some blog rolls out there, but sometimes smaller is better.
2. What are your favorite perks about your s/o being deployed? Having NCIS marathons while eating ice cream and potato chips for dinner. Hmmm…and I wonder why I’m not losing that newlywed weight!
3. How long did you date your before getting engaged? Married? We dated for three years before he proposed, and then we waited one year and six days before we got married. So in total, a little bit more than four years. (Did I mention our FIRST anniversary is this Sunday?!!!!)
4. What do you think your would do if s/he wasn’t in the military? I love this question, because I think his response is really cute. He’d want to be a librarian, teacher, or wine connoisseur. Personally, I think he would be an outstanding teacher who drinks wine and tutors students in the library.
5. If you could talk to the Secretary of (fill in your appropriate branch) what is one suggestion you would like to bring to their attention in order to improve the lives of military families? Dear Secretary of the Air Force (Michael Donley), I know a lot of money goes into air shows, because you need to keep moral up for families, civilians, the “higher-ups,” and our service men and women, but here’s the thing: the plane my husband flies in needs new engines. They need new engines so that they can fly and safely contribute to “the mission.” They need new engines so spouses don’t have to worry every single day they fly, that an engine is going to die—do you know how old those engines are? It irkes me to no end when I see how much money the Thunderbirds continue to receive year after year for air shows. Toss a little of their funding this way so we can sleep and breathe a little easier when our husbands are in the air. (I know I’ve read several articles about funding for the Thunderbirds, but I can’t find them now—of course. I’ll do a little more researching and source them here if/when I find them. And please know that these views are my own and I’m not looking to pick an argument about this. I’ll be the first to admit that I absolutely LOVED watching the air show when I saw it. Like I said, I just get irked sometimes.)