Deployment: 10 Months In

by Koko on March 3, 2012 · 5 comments

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It’s almost over. It’s close to the end. We’ve almost made it. 10 long months down.

A lot of military wives and girlfriends say the last couple months are the hardest. There’s the excitement about their return mixed with nerves. I’m anxious. I’m impatient. I lost my “it’s ok, he’ll be home soon” mindset and it’s turned into “get home now” instead.

I’m sick of delayed phone calls. Of sleeping alone. Of petty fights over nothing. Of not being together. Of not holding someone’s hand. Of going to events and weddings and parties alone. Of not having someone to share a bottle of wine with. I’m tired of being apart.

I’m excited to see Q. To spend a Saturday night curled up on the sofa watching a movie together. To cook dinner. To sleep in late and eat breakfast in bed. To find the joy in going to Bed, Bath and Beyond on a Sunday. To eat ice cream even when it’s -10 degrees out. To play in the snow. To run together. To laugh at all of our favorite shows. I just want him back.

I’m  counting down the days.

For more about me dealing with Q’s deployment, you can visit The Deployment page here.

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Yesterday was your favorite recipes of 2011. Today I list my favorite all time posts of this year. 2011 was a big one for me: really starting the blog (after a soft start last October), changing careers, getting a brand new camera, having Q deploy and dealing with 8 months of it so far with the help of lots of cooking and baking. Here are my top 10 (plus a few) posts of 2011 on Koko Likes.

10. Palm Springs in Pictures: Our annual girls trip was such a blast and I had so much fun snapping pictures of our adventures.

9. Fishing for Japanmy first time ever fishing and it was quite the learning experience. Unfortunately the rocky ocean didn’t agree with me…but I did catch plenty of fish (looking on the bright side).

8. New York and Good Friends: My best friend Ashlee and I traveled to New York in August for a fun girls trip. It was so nice to relax, not worry about work and shop for 8 hours at a time…

7. Pomegranate Vinaigrette: A salad dressing as one of your favorite posts of the year? I know, I know, but I love a good salad and I think the mark of a great salad isn’t just how much avocado is in it, but the dressing on top! This dressing is sweet without overdoing it and this recipe makes a huge jar of it which will last you a couple weeks (I love making something once and having it last for a while).

6. A Dog and A Smoothie and If You Give A Dog A Treat: I loved these quick, cute posts on the dogs and their treats. Who doesn’t love a good pet post?

5. Golden Corn Cakes and Arugula Salad: Beyond delicious vegetarian lunch. These corn cakes are light and sweet and a perfect match with the arugula salad. We have continued to make this recipe over and over again in our house.

4. Pan Am: A few photos of my mom as a Pan Am stewardess in the 1970s. I love looking at these old pictures and “talking story” with my mom about her flying days.

3. Halloween Coconut Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Icing: I love cupcakes. They are my ultimate indulgence. This year for my birthday, my mom baked these cupcakes and they were to die for: moist, flavorful, perfectly coconut and melt in your mouth frosting. Couldn’t ask for better.

2. Summer Pasta with Roasted Cherry Tomatoes and Summer Caprese Pasta: My two favorite summer time dishes. Fresh tomatoes in the garden + fresh burrata or mozzarella + garlic + pasta = perfection. These dishes are my go-tos. They have never done me wrong and I count down the days until Summer so that I can make them again.

1. And He’s Home/ And He’s Gone / Deployment: This year Q deployed to Afghanistan for a 12-month tour. He came home for 2 weeks in November and it was the best 2 weeks of the entire year. I hope 2012 brings many more posts with Q in them as opposed to photos of us on Skype. I can’t wait to make him more a part of my blog world.

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Deployment: 6 Months In

by Koko on October 24, 2011 · 5 comments

in Army, Deployment

We are finally at the half way mark, time seriously flies by. I know I say this a lot, but it is hard to believe Q has been gone 6 months already. It feels like just yesterday that we were saying the final “I love you’s” and “goodbyes.”

Feelings: I am actually really excited! We can finally count down the days until Q comes home for his 2 week R&R (rest and relaxation). We have a date that he should be home at the end of November and we have already planned a trip to DC to visit some friends and one of his soldiers. Knowing how soon we get to see each other makes everyday go by quicker. This has been the easiest part of deployment by far because of the upcoming trip. I think the hardest part will be once he leaves and goes back after his R&R…

Communication: Once Q moved into his new area, they set up phones and internet right away and we were able to get back to our twice a day phone calls and Skype a few times a week. It’s so fun to actually talk to each other face to face (even with a 5 second time delay) and laugh a lot. (Is it bad that I am jealous of his sweet tan?).

Care Packages Sent So Far: 25 (approximately)

Favorite Care Packages Sent: The last 3 which were filled with Halloween candy/toys/costumes. Halloween is my favorite holiday (not only because it is my birthday), but because of how much fun it is. I sent Q bags of candy corn, fake fangs, gooey eyeballs and black and orange cookies to celebrate.

Number of Birthdays Missed Because of Army Stuff: The past 3.

Number of Ways He is Going to Make it Up to Me: TBD. Pressure is on.

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September 11

by Koko on September 11, 2011 · 2 comments

in Army, Deployment


I wasn’t going to do a post on 9/11, because honestly I don’t really know what to say about it. But after watching all of the news coverage about it today, I feel like I can’t just let it go by without saying something since it has impacted me in so many ways.

I was 15 when the towers went down. At 15, I didn’t know that in 10 years my whole life would be so deeply impacted by the attacks. Ten years ago, I was sad and confused and angry, but didn’t have any direct connection with what was happening. Today I am still sad and confused and angry, but I am also so proud to stand by Q who fights everyday to make sure that this sort of thing never happens again. These attacks have shaped the rest of my life.

When we are reminded of the horror that happened that day, it makes us even more appreciative of what servicemen and women do everyday. Q has dedicated his life to fight for us as Americans. He has left me, his home, his friends and his family for a year to protect us. For the next 20 years, we will move every 3 years, he will deploy many more times and he will put his life on the line for us over and over again.

I couldn’t be prouder of him and what he is doing and as horrible as this day is, I love that it makes us as a country recognize that our men and women are still over there and fighting for us. I am happy that on this day we can all join together and be thankful for the sacrifices he and everyone else make all year long.

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