December 22, 2013 by comhomflt
Well, this is what All Ahead Flank REALLY looks like…weeks of thoughts swirling in my head, dozens of pictures on my computer, and no way to rescue them from the bottom of the ever-expanding to-do list! We’ve gone on an outing, celebrated a holiday out of state, sorted out the deployment debacle (almost), and prepared our hearts and home for Christmas. Most of those things deserve posts of their own, but the rest of our ordinary days will have to settle for a summary of jumbled thoughts and selected snapshots.
- Never bother calling the USPS 1-800 customer service number; call your local branch instead. Calling the 1-800 number will result in lengthy hold times, allowing you to learn of the manifold ways in which the post office can “help” you, but you will not receive any actual help. The local post office will laugh at the case number you received after enduring the self-aggrandizing hold commercials for two hours.
- Always order at least three months in advance from Kohl’s and Tassimo. It takes at least one month for Kohl’s to find items in their warehouse, and Tassimo still relies on the pony express for package delivery.
- Christmas cookies are not necessary for a lovely holiday.
- We have orders. WE HAVE ORDERS!!! The orders will be modified, but the deployment is definitely on, which means we can lay this to rest once and for all…well, for at least five years, during which time, that magical letter of retirement eligibility will materialize in our mailbox.
- I am not looking forward to the pre-deployment emotional workup again. That whole last week, especially, is draining, and I think we are both numb at this point.
- We are thankful to be spending the holidays together this year and are enjoying the feeling of living on “borrowed time” for however long it lasts.
You may have heard of The Piano Guys? Well, we have our own duo – The Piano Kids. No CDs to offer this year, though – maybe next year.
The girls discovered there was such a thing as face paint for home – not just carnivals – and begged me to buy some. I promised some artwork to go with their Navy cheerleader outfits and marked the Army-Navy game date on my calendar. They were thrilled, and we had a lot of fun watching the game – especially when Navy won – again!
Our Seaman has recently discovered the world of books for himself, and that not a moment too soon! I’d be thrilled to have a family of book addicts, reading “under cover” by the light of an alarm clock dial. This here is part of our secret initiation rites.