Working for the Weekend

What do you do when your hard work all week long is not rewarded with a weekend relaxing with your husband? Seriously what? I need ideas.

Being the wife of a pilot in the Air Force is not always rainbows. Sometimes you’re in bed before your husband gets home. Other times you spend the weekend apart because he has to fly. Then there are trips + deployments, but we won’t even go there. What I’m trying to get at, is you get really good at finding a good girlfriend to have dinner with. You get really good at running errands alone. You find a hobby. You get in phenomenal shape. You learn to like alone time.

But in all honesty, sometimes it just sucks. But really, it probably sucks a little worse for him.

Favorite alone activity. Go:

xoxo, Mallory

12 thoughts on “Working for the Weekend

  1. Shawna O.

    Wife of a PhD student… maybe not as bad, but close! πŸ˜‰
    I love knitting and watching TV series on Netflix. Knitting keeps the hands busy and prevents me from feeling like I’m just vegging out and the two together keep you just busy enough to keep your mind off being alone! πŸ™‚ May I suggest… http://www.purlbee.com/hudson-bay-crib-blank/
    (seriously, that and catching up on Gossip Girl got me through winter and spring terms!)

    Also, find some other lady friends in a similar boat and make a pub trivia team. (I don’t drink, and I swear its just as fun :))

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    1. Mallory

      The PhD & the Pilot. Very similar!

      Good advice. I already do the Netflix thing (love it. got hooked on Parenthood) but I love the knitting idea. I need to knit a baby blanket anyway. Now I just need to learn how to knit something bigger than a wonky scarf. πŸ˜‰

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      1. Shawna O.

        That sounds like a TV show in and of itself! πŸ™‚
        And I that’s why I love this blanket — it’s just knitting! Just straight knit with a color change every 15 rows or whatever, so it’s perfect for while watching tv because you can zone out a bit and then go back and count the ridges.

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  2. jillian

    Baking cupcakes (duh!) and sewing. And walking Scout (or Duke). And having friends who understand and commiserate. Dan and I have spent the last 3 weekends apart and I have scheduled my free time so that I feel more productive and keep busy. There’s a reason I baked and frosted 400+ cupcakes the day Dan left for SERE πŸ™‚

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  3. Amy

    Preach it, girl. Fun things to do alone: Watch movies while doing a craft. Specifically, spraying something with chalk board paint or…something. I’m drawing a blank. I also encourage dancing around in your underwear to really crazy music [*cough* Girl Talk *cough*]. Maybe you should brave painting baby’s room. Maybe. If you feel up to it. Wait, are you allowed to paint your base housing? I forget how that works.

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    1. Mallory

      We CAN paint, but then we have to paint back. Haven’t decided if we want to paint the baby’s room yet… though that would be a great way to spend time! Maybe I’ll just make some curtains for his room.

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  4. Notes From The Backseat

    As a relatively new Army wife, this is a difficult thing for me. Before my husband joined the Army, he worked from home. Having him home all day, every day for nearly two years and then having him disappear altogether when he joined the Army was a really difficult transition. We just hit two years in, are at our first duty station, and he’s about to deploy (Oh JOY!). I think the hardest part for me is not having close friends. Having Apergers makes finding people hard and having two kids makes it even more difficult (gotta drag them everywhere and my daughter has autism, too, so we have to work around her schedule a lot). I don’t like TV much and it gets boring fast. Books have become an all consuming passion since I have no one to talk to for weeks at a time.

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