When Your Man’s Outta Town {a guest post}

Hey there y’all! I’m Elizabeth from the blog Army Ever After. I met Jessica about a month ago via the Cara Box Exchange (it’s really fun, you should check it out!) and have loved getting to know her better. So when she suggested we swap guest posts, I literally jumped at the chance and that’s how I ended up here talking to all of you!

As you might have guessed from the name of my blog, I’m the proud wife of an Army soldier. My hubby Zach and I have been stationed in paradise (better known as O’ahu, Hawaii) for about a year now. I absolutely LOVE being a military wife; however, one thing that always gets me is the amount of time I’m separated from my man. Spousal separation isn’t just a military thing though–there’s bound to be at least one time in every relationship where you spend a day or two or three without your other half–so I thought I’d share a couple tips and tricks about how to make time away from your hubby (or wifey, if there are any gents out there reading this) more bearable.

Start a project.

For me, it’s scrapbooking–every time my hubby is away for the night or the week or sometimes the month, I drag all four totes of my scrapbooking supplies into my living room and set up shop. Your project might be photography, painting, cooking, cleaning your house from top to bottom or even watching the entirety of the Gossip Girl series on Netflix. Pretty much anything can qualify as a project (if you end up getting the house dirty in the process, extra points to you) And the best part? You only have to stop when you feel like it (or right before your other half gets home).

Keep a journal.

I started getting into this habit when Zach was going through basic training and the only means of communication was writing letters back and forth. It became such a great way to record memories and emotions that I’ve never stopped. I even have a special notebook I call my “Away Journal” that I write a little something in every day when he’s away. My hubby is not reading’s biggest fan but whenever he comes home, he always takes a peek inside. It doesn’t have to be much–just a line or two about your day or what you’re thinking at the moment–you might be surprised how much you like it.

Make a special meal.

Do you live with a picky eater? You know the kind–the one who refuses to eat anything green and leafy or the one who dislikes fish. My hubby can’t stand tomatoes and spinach; I love both of those yummy vegetables so guess what I make when he’s not home? Something with tomatoes or spinach (not in the same dish though because that might not turn out well). I also eat a lot of frozen dinners when he’s gone, because frankly I don’t want to cook a full meal for little old me! The main idea here is to change up your dinner plans a little and make something you enjoy eating. That’s right–treat yourself!

Shop till you drop.

I’ll be honest here–the only kinds of shopping I really like doing are book shopping (I could spend days in Barnes and Noble) and grocery shopping (yes, I did say grocery shopping). Other than that, shopping just isn’t my favorite thing. However, if you are a shopper and your husband is always giving you those “Are we done yet?” looks when you drag him along, hop on the shopping train, my friend, because you have plenty of time to check out the stores. And remember, ladies, window shopping qualifies as shopping. So grab your purse and hit the stores (responsibly)!!

Well there they are, my friends, four tips to combat boredom when you’re all by your lonesome. Separation is super hard for any married couple, whether it’s for a few days or a few months. The key is to focus on the positive aspects and do some things you love. I hope I’ve sparked your imagination and you’ve enjoyed this post. If you have, come visit me over at Army Ever After and drop me a note to say hi–I’d love to hear from you!

Until then, Aloha nui loa!

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Thank you so much, Elizabeth, for sharing your tips on what to do when your man heads out of town for an extended period of time. I’ll be experiencing a long, domestic deployment situation with my own Hubby soon enough so these tips will come in handy when the time comes!

I am honored to call you a friend and hope to meet you one day on YOUR turf, obviously!!

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