Discussion in 'Completed Trip Reports' started by jenjolt, Sep 29, 2008.
This is great! I'm so subing!
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Thank you so much!!
All right sistah! We are on like Donkey Kong! Where shall we meet? I arrive on the 19th and you leave on the 21st.....hhmmm, we will need to come up with a plan! Later sk8r, gotta jet!
Consider it done , Soleil! I just happen to have a fresh supply of Craft sticks that I purchased this weekend! You will be there! Oh yes, you will be there!
Oh my goodness. Wouldn't it be funny if we all carried around little pictures of other DISsers around the "world" with us? That way, we could all be in each others pictures! Ok. That may sound a little weird...but I love my Snowbirds!
Actually, that's been done a lot, and I don't think other DISers would think it was weird at all.
Oh good. Not that I mind being weird or anything...I just didn't want to creep anyone out! That's so cool that people have done that. I think it's cute!
I'm willing to do it all for the sake of a scrapbook and a great photo!! I'm just that crazy and just that much fun!!! To me nothing is too crazy and since I'm going alone who is there to embarrass but myself LOL!!
I think that it would be fun too. My DH would probably think that I'm nuts! I would love to scrapbook, but I just don't have time! All of my pictures of my DD are in photo boxes or on my computer. What a bad mommy I am! You see, I would also get carried away because I love all of the scrapbooking paper and stickers!
Jenjolt..... I totally ge the two anniversary thing... I am married to a retired military guy... he always used to tell me when I was complaining about another TDY "if the Air Force wanted me to have a wife then they would have issued me one"....whatever..........and I also get the whole birthday thing....my bday is Dec 26th.... and we were married on Valentines Day.....talk about not being able to forget.........so I have enacted what I call birth week..... just so that my darling DH doesn't try and do that combining thing... I receive a small gift everyday of birth week (except Christmas) leading up to the big gift on BIRTHDAY..... the plan has worked well... my DD now has birth week... and my sister in laws and their girls have started the tradition in their families - needless to say my brother in laws weren't to happy about it.... but we girls do need to stick together.....
Awww what a great idea!! I love it..a whole week to celebrate you!!!
Episode 3: Youre Going To Do What? WHEN?
Hey guys! Welcome to Episode 3!!
My hubby and I are not strangers to separate vacations. For the first four years of our marriage he was owned by the United States Army. They would often send him on short deployments to Afghanistan, Fairbanks, AK, and Fort Lewis, WA for PLDC. To sum it up, he was gone a lot. During those times I would usually take a vacation home to visit family. He, as previously mentioned, enjoys hunting and fishing and while living in Alaska on the Armys dime he made the most of it! I was known as a fishing widow during the summer. DH would make the notorious midnight runs to the Russian river catch his limit of salmon before midnight, take a cat nap, get up after midnight and catch his limit for that day and then head to PT in the morning. He also took many hunting trips; hed be gone a week here or a week there trying to kill a dall sheep, a mountain goat, caribou, or a grizzly bear. He was successful on the grizzly bear.
Say hi to Beth (yes, we named our grizzly bear)!! Anyway, we were okay with the idea of separate vacations. While I was on my second trip to Disney, he killed his grizzly bear. When I went to Disney with my parents to celebrate my graduation, he wasnt able to go because the Army wouldnt release him for my dates! LOL.
Well, lets fast-forward 2 years to my living room in early June 2008. Most of our vacations since Alaska have been together to visit family. I knew at this time that my husband had a hunting trip planned with his father and cousin for the fall. I was cool with that as he hasnt been on a major hunting trip for 2 years and his trigger finger is getting a bit itchy. So far when I asked about the trip I got non-committal answers. But after a conversation with his father and the arrival of his hunting licenses, I realized that most of the details were set. Like any good wife I asked about them. It played out like this
Me: So honey, did you guys decide where you are going to hunt?
NDH: Yup, on a ranch in Wyoming
Me: What exactly are you going for?
NDH: Antelope and rabbits
Me: Youre going to kill a bunny? (said in very sad and pathetic voice)
Me: So when are you going?
I kid you not, it was silent.
Me: You do know when you are going right?
NDH: Yeah, sometime in September.
TIME OUT: Okay weve been married 5 years at this point. I know my husband pretty well. I know that something is not quite right here, and hes trying to figure out the best way to tell me. Ladies with hubbies-- you know exactly what I mean. He had that look, he used that voice, and I was just waiting. Whatever it was, it wasnt going to be good. I decided to be a bit coy too.
Me: September, umm good time to hunt, I think? How long you going to be gone?
NDH: A week
Me: So when in September are you leaving?
At this point my hubby knew he might as well get this over with, sort of like pulling off a band-aid.
NDH: I leave the morning of September 28th.
Im blonde, but Im not that blonde! After quickly doing some math calculations I looked him straight in the face.
Me: So youll be returning on October 7th?
NDH: That sounds about right!
Me: So youll be gone over October 2nd and October 3rd?
NDH: At this point he just nodded.
Me: You mean to tell me you scheduled a hunting trip over my birthday and my anniversary?
NDH: Well, technically my father did the scheduling. (As if this was the answer to everything.)
TIMEOUT: We had reached an impasse at this point. I could do one of two things A) Get mad, cuz seriously? My birthday and my anniversary?? B) Make sure that whatever I got out of the deal was going to be seriously good. I chose B. Yelling and crying werent going to get us anywhere. I was sure by this point that he had already purchased his plane tickets, so there was no use crying over spilled milk. Option B seemed more like a compromise, and we all know marriage is about compromise. He would get to go on his hunting trip, relatively guilt free. I was going to be okay with him going on his hunting trip, completely satisfied with what I would gain from it.
Me: Well, I guess whats done is done. I take it you have thought of ways to make sure that while youre gone I will still have a good birthday and anniversary?
NDH: Of course (insert really cute sly smile, I hate that he can do that LOL), what type of husband do you take me for? (I just sort of stared at him after that.)
That is how I found out that I would be spending my birthday and anniversary without my husband. Stay tuned for Episode 4: The Gifts Begin Arriving; A Husbands Redemption!
I'm from the Detroit area and I also watch the Red Wings win the Stanley Cup over and over. Disney and the Red Wings are my two favorite things. I want to get married at Disney World and then have a reception for the rest of my family at Joe Louis Arena (where the Wings play for anyone who doesn't know).
Great job, can't wait to read more.
Well thank you and thank you for taking the time to stop by and read it!! Oh the Joe...besides Disney World that just might be my next favorite place!! I have actually reserved tickets for the Great Outdoor Game in Chicago for my hubby for Christmas!! Redwings vs Blackhawks..history in the making right there!!
oooooooooohhhhhhhhhh..... hurry with Episode 4.... I can't wait to see how it tries to make this up to you............you are way to nice..... I would have done a little screaming.... then plotted for the trip..........
I love birthday week!! I'll have to slowly ease that on my boyfriend....
Jen- I love your writing! You're a great storyteller. You were so sensible to make choice B lol I would have been ticked off for a while at least
Awww thank you so much!!! I'm pretty sure hubby knew I was peeved but at this point it was all about how he planned on making that up to me LOL!!
SMART WOMAN! VERY SMART WOMAN! Great job Jen! Can't wait to hear more!
This is great reading. Ok, sound nuts but I need to know how do they fly to go hunting? Here in Pa. they drive up uo the moutains. Do they rent guns when they get there.
In this case my father in law was driving up there so when we went to visit them over the summer the guns came with us and my FIL drove them to Wyoming. When in Alaska he had a hard gun case that he would claim as one of his checked bags for hunting purposes!!
Thanks for stopping in to read!
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