Thursday, March 13, 2008

The list.

Last week I was reading one of the blogs I frequent and was pretty intrigued by her post. (Army) Wife posted a blog that included a list of things she'd like to accomplish before she dies. I have one of these lists also. It's long though. I tend to add to it from time to time and so it doesn't seem like I ever cross much off, but I'm working on it :).

I thought for a couple of days about putting some things from my list on here but then decided that the point of my blog isn't so much about me (although I do discuss my life sans Army/Deployment/Sgt. from time to time) but about me and Sgt. and how I'm sort of dealing and surviving and even on occasion kicking ass through this deployment :). So with the original idea in mind and throwing a little bit of my own blogger purpose in here, I've made a list of things I want to accomplish during the rest of this deployment. Here we go! In no particular order.

1. I want to send Sgt. at least ONE book that he's never read before that he also enjoys. I've been sending him books by his favorite author but he's already read them all! I've threatened Nicholas Sparks books from here on out... I might follow through :).

2. I want to discover the mystery that is the FRG online... I've got access, I can log in and look at stuff but it seems like they don't really keep up with it. Surely I am not the only family member (significant other... someone other than spouse personnel) who is interested in knowing whats going on who doesn't live OCONUS. Maybe one day they'll, I don't know, post a newsletter up?

3. I want to figure out exactly where he is on a map. How can I know the name of the outpost, the name of the district, the name of the FOB but not find a map in existence with this information on there. I would even settle for knowing it's X distance from this place and Y distance from this place and closest to Z.

4. I want to convince Sgt. that writing another letter back home, in his own handwriting is a FANTASTIC idea.

5. I want to get really really good at Guitar Hero 3 on hard so that way when he comes home I will actually be able to follow through with our bet.

6. I want to be able to run 3 miles and then go jogging and beat him when he comes home.

7. I want to get my window fixed on my car before he gets home and makes fun of me :)

8. I want to think up a really great birthday gift and surprise him with it... something he would never expect. (anyone know how much it costs to ship yourself to Iraq?)

9. I want to pay off my credit card

10. I want to figure out a way to get him to WANT to send more pictures home.

11. I want to get the courage to say hello to some of the wives of the men he's serving with....

12. I want to plan a surprise evening for him when he's home on R&R... what to do what to do.

13. I want to sign up for an outrageous event. Skydiving, bungee jumping, or triathlon.

14. I want to learn an amazing recipe for home-made granola bars and finally send him something home-made that isn't incredibly bad for you.

15. I want to save enough money to be able to go over to your homecoming ceremony... even if we decide I shouldn't.

Well I suppose that'll do for now. Nothing really outrageous on there but if any of you more experienced out there have suggestions or want to add to your own list, by all means!



That is an amazing list. I have much respect for you to even consider skydiving, bungee jumping, or a triathlon!

Have you made Sgt. homemade trail mix? Flyboy loves it, I used to make it for him to take with him or send it to him before dash-1 came along and we found out he was allergic to nuts. that kinda killed it. but it was healthy and very yummy. and you can package it up as cute as you like. and... it travels very well!


trying - no I haven't sent him homemade trail mix but that sounds like a great idea!! What all did you put in it? Thanks for the great idea!


Ah I love this list, what a cool thing to do! When it is my turn to be slowly counting the days down, I am going to have do make my own list!

I have a really great recipe for granola bars...

* 1/4 cup sugar
* 1/4 cup maple syrup
* 1/4 cup honey
* 2 tablespoons reduced fat peanut butter
* 1 egg white
* 1 tablespoon fat-free evaporated milk
* 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
* 1 cup whole wheat flour
* 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
* 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
* 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
* 2 cups old-fashioned oats
* 1 1/2 cups crisp rice cereal
* 1/3 cup vanilla or white chips
* 1/4 cup dried cranberries
* 1/4 cup chopped walnuts

Slowly stir all ingredients together, adding each thing separately. Press into a 13x9 pan (well covered in no-stick spray!) and bake at 350 for about 16-20 minutes. Score them into bars, turn out onto wire rack to cool, then cut into bars when totally cool. Keep in an airtight container!

Jrzy Army Wife

The FRG online .. I don't get it either,LOL. I totally feel you about getting him so send more stuff back. As for talking to other mili wives.. we're pretty welcoming to newbies that our in the same boat as us. Great list.


This is an awesome list! I had the same problem with sending Stonewall books. The boy practically owns a library, so everything I sent him, he'd already read. Until I sent him a history book on pirates (it was a shot in the dark because he never said anything about liking pirates). He loved it and it was the only book he read over there.