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?