July 23, 2009


I do this every deployment: I get to this point where I don't even intentionally do it, but I realize I have started listening to The Cure. (I did it last July too.)  It's just not such a good plan when you're trying to stay upbeat. But "Disintegration is the best album ever" and it's hard to avoid music you like.

The thing is that The Cure has so many deployment-applicable lyrics:

I've been looking so long at these pictures of you
That I almost believe that they're real
I've been living so long with my pictures of you
That I almost believe that the pictures are
All I can feel

However far away
I will always love you

Daylight licked me into shape
I must have been asleep for days
And moving lips to breathe her name
I opened up my eyes
And found myself alone

For the telephone to ring
And I'm wondering
Where she's been
And I'm crying for yesterday
And the tap drips
Drip drip drip drip drip drip drip...
It's always the same...

AWTM said I need to listen to The String Beans instead, something cheery.  I'd better go find some Elvis or Weezer instead.

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July 19, 2009


I failed to mention two anniversaries this week, two events that mean a great deal to me.

First was the Apollo XI mission.  Over recent years, I have developed an awe with the engineering feat that was the space program.  I love imagining the what-ifs and the science problems and the minutae.  And I can't put into words the profound sense of Americanness I feel when I think about it, despite the fact that I too experience "contradiction in the conservative soul."  Nevertheless, it makes me feel alive, and confident in my fellow man.

Second was the anniversary of Willis Carrier's invention of the air conditioner, an invention that put food on my table and a roof over my head for the first 18 years of my life.  And one for which I am sure my husband is eternally grateful right about now.

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July 16, 2009


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July 11, 2009


I feel like I should check in, just to check in.
We're good.  Despite what I said here, husband is back to the original plan; he leaves in a couple of days.
Let the packing begin...oy.

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