Marrying military often means embracing solitude with open arms, because your SO will be here, there, and everywhere except home. It’s just one of those things you have to accept.
Now, we have yet to deal with a deployment (praise Jesus) but we do have the pleasure of dealing with super duper fun 4-6 week field ops! Do you sense the sarcasm there? So far this year, my hubbs has been gone more than he’s been home. It’s basically become the norm. Yet with each passing time apart, the stages of solitude remain the same…
The 5 Stages of Milso Solitude:
- I am a strong, independent woman! AKA: “I get the bed to myself (kind of, because kids), I’m going to sleep sooo good, and I have HALF as much laundry to do! Also, I’m going to lose 10 pounds and look smoking hot when he gets back.” Woo woo!
- Time to go on a Netflix bender.. AKA: finish every single show you’ve ever started, then precede to watch Friends and The Office for the 125th time each.
- My name is now Mr. Clean! AKA: scrub the entire house top to bottom . Organize the closet, rearrange the kitchen, and declutter entire life.
- Cry, cry a lot. AKA: Let your emotions consume you. It is now time to resort to your emotionally unstable wardrobe, which consists of sweatpants, your husbands t-shirts, and a whole lot of dry shampoo. Adding insult to injury, this stage is where you may find yourself staring at pictures of him and of you guys together, all while listening to ‘your’ songs and eating an entire pint of Ben & Jerry’s #noshame.
- It’s GO TIME! Get it together! AKA: your SO is coming home soon, and you didn’t loose the 10 pounds you told yourself you would. Time to do a juice cleanse and live off kale and quinoa. Start brushing your hair again. Watch some makeup tutorials on youtube and practice for the big day. Hide all evidence of your emotionally unstable wardrobe, and start dressing like a fully functioning adult.
If you can relate to this, do me a favor and let me know in the comments, I’d love to know I’m not crazy! If your cycle is different, I would love to hear about that as well.
Now for a quicker read, here’s the same list, but gif edition… (because who doesn’t love a good gif!?)
5 Stages, Gif Edition: