Feeling a Bit Blue

Where you used to be, there is a hole in the world, which I find myself constantly walking around in the daytime, and falling in at night.  I miss you like hell.
~Edna St Vincent Millay

You all heard a few weeks ago that Huzzy is deploying again before I return home from the Defense Information School. The time is getting closer and I’m getting sadder. I’m excited to be done with school and back home sleeping in my own bed. But I’m sad that bed will be empty once again. By the time he returns from deployment, we’ll have been together only six weeks of the last 15 months. And of course, another deployment will only be a few months away.

I’m very much looking forward to shore duty when we’ll have three years of togetherness. Only 18 months left. Not that I’m counting. HA!

Anyway, I’m in the middle of packing his deployment box… or gallon bag, since submarines have less room and don’t allow the larger, traditional shoe boxes.

Here are some things I’m adding to it. Please remember, these guys are under water for months at a time in a tin can where the farthest they can see is 100 feet, which is only in a few places on the sub. They like their pranks to keep their sanity.

  • Reese’s Pieces
  • Real fruit strips
  • 5 Hour Energy drinks
  • Mini Red Bull cans
  • Silly Putty
  • Wint O’ Greens
  • Strawberry Cream Savers
  • A card
  • A pair of thongs with a note that I’ll be wearing matching ones when I meet the boat for homecoming (yay anticipation!)
  • Itching powder
  • Pop Rocks
  • Candy that tastes like fish
  • Stiff Drink (powder that turns liquids to gel instantly)
  • Jelly Belly’s split in half… one side is regular flavors and the other side has flavors like Skunk Spray, Pencil Shavings, Rotten Egg, Toothpaste, Canned Dog Food, Barf, Booger, Moldy Cheese, Centipede and Baby Wipes.
  • Jumping Candy
  • Cigarette Stinkers (put it in someone’s cigarette and it’ll smell like skunk… perfect for the last deployment where smoking is okay [Huzzy doesn’t smoke])

What do you like to put in halfway bags? If you don’t do halfway bags, what do you like to put in deployment boxes to your spouse?

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8 thoughts on “Feeling a Bit Blue

  1. I’m so sorry you guys have had such bad luck with timing! I hope the rest of his sea duty time flies by! As for what went in Chris’s box… a bottle of Jim Beam hot sauce (he’s addicted), mini bags of hot fries, a couple card games, a new Star Trek book, a CD with a bunch of our favorite songs on it, and–my favorite, which was inspired by your keeping romance alive post!–a CD with a couple videos of me talking to him burned onto it. He loves that, because he said what he missed most last time was hearing my voice 🙂

  2. alot of the same similar things, including birthday cards to send to the kids. he also loves air fresheners because the tents or rooms stink

  3. My squid LOVES his candy, and always takes a load of it on the sub. I love hearing about all the pranks they pull, the last mission The Big S took a pink dress. I can only imagine the fun they will have with that.lol. Also, I got alot of inspiration for his next trip from your keeping romance alive post. Thanks!

  4. Why only a gallon bag? We did use gallon bags for mail drops, but I always sent him with a shoebox for halfway day. I’m actually surprised they told you what size it had to be; I always just sent mine with him, so it was more what about what he thought he could cram in his rack than what anyone else thought.

    As for what I put in, I always added some kind of toy or game. The last few underways before we went to shore duty last year I included a Lego set. I’ve also added Water Uno (all the cards were printed on clear plastic), a dice game, and a Rubix Cube. I always put in a couple new books to read, sometimes a computer game, and a video from the kids and I. I’d take pictures he’d never seen to add, and once I made one of those little photo books (a soft cover one that he could stick in his pocket) about all the reasons we love him. I had the kids pose in various pictures that illustrated the things he does for us and added captions. The last picture was one of all three of us that I had a neighbor take so it would be new to him. That was definitely one of his favorites.

  5. Ana… the COB takes the bag and doesn’t give it to the guys until Halfway Night, so there’s not much room for all of them. Also, our mail drops (if we even get any) can only be one standard-sized letter or card. We can’t send THINGS with it. No gallon bags for maildrops for us!

  6. I was always warned about sending racy things…dunno if your hubby’s boat is anything like the ones mine was on but they have gotten into competitions of whose wife sent the best item, which meant everyone on board saw it. I know a lot of the wives expect it but…. DH always brings little word puzzle books and I do the card thing. I label them with things like “if you’re missing home” or if he’s going to be gone for a holiday I’ll send one for that. I’ll ask the hubs later if there’s anything else he can think of.

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