I hope I always feel butterflies

The husband is away for work frequently. The length of time and frequency of trips has varied through our 15 years of marriage, but it is a constant in his career and in our life. He just returned from a 2 week trip and asked me to pick him up at the airport. Pretty routine…

A Mental Health Check-in

Time for a little mental health check-in. I wrote over a month ago that I was going through a difficult bout of depression and anxiety. I was not sleeping or eating well. I was having difficulty with work, writing, and simply living a normal life. I had returned to therapy, and I was beyond thrilled…

The day I became the “old spouse”

I was sitting at a spouse dinner the other night, getting to know a brand new wife to our area and to our squadron. She had a ton of questions, all of which I felt I could accurately answer. She asked about deployments, TDYs, amenities and services around the base, etc...and I could answer her.…

Woes of the working mom

Last time I wrote, over 3 weeks ago, I had just started working again - huzzah!  Call me crazy, but I love working.  I like knowing that I am expected and needed somewhere outside of my home.  I enjoy drinking copious amounts of coffee as I dress, primp, and drive to work.  I really love…

My name is Rachel, and I’m addicted to books

I have a serious problem.  I love books.  I know I have written about this love affair before, so this is not a new revelation.  However, I am finally admitting what I should have long ago:  I may have a book obsession/addiction. How did I discover this?  Was it as I walked around the library…